Blogging From The Beacon.
Thoughts of the week of June 1-5.
Cyrus has returned to town. For those who have missed him, this is good news. We still have little idea about exactly what he was up to while he was gone, but he seems to have hooked up with some of his old gem thief friends. He didn't come alone either. He came with a femme fatale, Natasha. While they aren't exactly Springfield's answer to Boris and Natasha, they've still added an amusing change of mood to the show. It's nice to see him back to his old criminal self and using his highly practiced boyish charm to weasel his way into things. Another nice thing about the return is that it isn't arbitrary, it actually fits right in with the plot that's going on. Natasha's obviously a criminal big wig and there have already been hints that she, or one of her associates, could have been involved in Edmund's untimely demise.
Remy has now been partnered with Cyrus. He may have just become a cop again but he's already been put in charge of a major case. Frank decided it would be a good idea to team him up with the Australian to find the jewels, which is exactly the kind of break Cyrus has been looking for while he's been clearing tables at Company. Springfield PD strikes again! Last week also saw Remy selling one of the diamonds he stole from Edmund. After Christina found the diamond, he dropped to the floor naked and proposed to her. She said "no", much to his relief. After selling it, he used the cash to pay down his father's mortgage, which impressed Christina, who spent much of the week doing vague moralizing. Things weren't quite as light and playful in the rest of town.
There's been a bit of a shift in the Phillip and Beth dynamic. It will change even more this week but she finally snapped out of being nostalgic to just being confused. She seemed utterly lost last week but finally got a bit of pep back by the end to get angry with Phillip for backing out on his plan to save their son. He was left to return to his grave and talk to himself. I'm not sure if the gravestone gives him better advice than his only friend, Rick. The doctor briefly appeared to stand around aimlessly with Matt. Once again, they missed having women. This time, Matt didn't offer to take his friend to the grocery store to try and pick up random ladies in the fruit aisle. Phillip did get some advice from Buzz, however. It's been awhile since he waxed philosophically the way he used to. It was, like Matt and Rick's exchange, this wonderfully random scene that demonstrated how well the show can actually write its male characters (and in Daytime, it's not that common). There were also many nice, brief moments, between the Spaulding family while they were all gathered at Towers for the engagement party.
The more intriguing thing to the mess with James is that he is being prepped for prison just as his cousin, Rafe, has been released. The two Spaulding heirs finally shared a scene this week. It was brief, really too brief, but I'm hopeful that there could be some more interaction between them. The dynamic between Phillip, Alan and James has already been set up, each mirroring the other, with both sons terrified that they'll turn into their fathers, but with James and Rafe, the dynamic is completely different and hasn't been mined at all.
Rafe has Frank looking out for him at the moment, which is good because he's always needed a surrogate son. Frank actually decided to move out on his own this week. He made the announcement to the family and there was much teasing. Meanwhile, his niece randomly turned to Olivia to vent about the Spauldings. Olivia mulled over what to do with Nat and is having trouble keeping her distance. They had a bit of an argument over what was best for Rafe but it was quickly quashed. Natalia also had another run-in with Father Ray. She's stopped going to his church so he served as the voice for her Catholic conscience. But the weird thing about it was that they were having a spiritual argument in the middle of the minimart. While it makes sense, on a rhetorical level, to have such a debate in very colloquial surroundings, I'm not convinced it makes that much psychological sense.
Anyway, those were my thoughts about last week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.
- Matt Purvis