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    Monday, February 09 2009

    Blogging From The Beacon.

    Thoughts on the week of February 2-6.

    After Doris began exploiting the lesbian issue for media coverage, Olivia blew up at her. It looks like she really does have feelings for Natalia after all. Exactly what they are isn't entirely clear but she did turn down a man this week because of it so I'll take that as a hint. For her part, Nat is pushing herself pretty hard into Frank's arms, which is uncharacteristic of her and seems like a sign she's running away from her feelings. So far, Nat and Olivia are turning into the most convincing love story since... um, Cyrus and himself?

    Although I know some viewers find the possibility of a lesbian romance budding between two characters who have long been portrayed as hetero hard to swallow, I can tell you, from the lesbian couples I know, that their situation is quite commonplace. That's not why it's convincing though. It's convincing because Chappell and Leccia are two talented actresses who have just been waiting for something better to sink their teeth into. This time the writers have actually given this time to develop a properly nuanced relationship. It's common enough that two characters vie for something, hate each other at first, get played as opposites and end up in an affair. That's actually a cliché on the show. It usually comes off contrived and, worse, dull (just think of Cyrus and Marina) because it has been done so much it's lost most of the power it could have. But this time there is ambiguity and controversy in the matter and that makes it work the way soap plots are supposed to work.

    Meanwhile, two other soap story mainstays aren't working quite as well – the return of the wounded son and the return of the reformed villain. Edmund and Shayne got together, opened up and talked about Lara and decided to build a hospital together. Everyone in the Lewis clan backed off a little but Dinah is staying involved with the two of them. Since she and Edmund have long been the scourges of Springfield, having them team up like this has some potential. I just hope the 'reformed' Edmund soon breaks down and goes back to his true nature. I really want this to work, but, so far, I'm not so sure. Perhaps now that he and Shayne have a bond, the family will start to force things to unravel.

    At least Alan was in form this week. After he caught Beth and Coop doing the dirty, he forced Beth to agree to marry him, threatening to destroy the Coopers if she didn't. I enjoy Alan so much when he's being mercenary. Blake made things even worse by pushing ahead with the publication of Coop's book in what may have been the most rapid publication process in history. The woman on the cover of the book looked like Beth so everyone got the idea. Coop and Beth shared some great scenes together as she tried to break up with him. If only they'd actually given them that kind of struggle and passion at the beginning of their relationship, more people might actually have something invested in them.

    Mallet finally told Marina about his former career as a killer and his involvement with Griggs. She took it well, so well in fact that they decided they should go up to the mountains and have sex for the weekend. I understand that she appreciates he told her the truth, but his past almost ended up killing her and he waited a year to come clean about it. That makes this deception as bad as anything Cyrus did. Even stranger was the fact that, despite his brief career as a criminal, his underworld connections and his connections in law enforcement, he had no idea how to fake a few years of employment history. Watching him desperately furrowing his brow while trying to figure out what to do, it really seemed less to be a matter of honesty, than a lack of imagination.

    But my favorite moment of the week may have been Robert Newman giving a textbook example of how to suppress rage. Of course, playing Josh and being involved with Reva, he's had decades of experience doing this, but there was something extraordinarily funny about it. Maybe it was the way that David Andrew MacDonald was exploding at him and because it was shot at an odd angle but it created a wonderfully self-skewering scene.

    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

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    Posted by luvphil at Monday, February 09 2009 11:00 AM

    Love you blog. The show has had a rough couple of years, but, I see better days ahead. Philip and now Mindy, all good news. Think they will ever recast Harley?

    Posted by baby15 at Monday, February 09 2009 02:16 PM

    i think that beth deserves someone that will love her ,like phillip!!!

    Posted by vanillahere at Wednesday, February 11 2009 11:19 AM

    Maybe I missing something but if my memory serves me correctly didn't Philip control Beth as well.

    Posted by niptuck at Friday, February 20 2009 07:25 PM

    well i sure hope this is not going backwards for nat. she. deserves to be happy and i think frank is the perfact one for that let things run smooth and quiet for nat. shes been through to much she loves olivias daughter, maybe she and frank can come together and have a child that would feel that void there in the coop family plus her son will be home soon and that would be great to come home to a mother and father, plus it would be nice to see her happy she dont need more drama in her life, so sorry to see coop (john) leave his life was just getting real interesting he was a delight to watch, alan is a riot but a great actor, budd no words can be said for him he's just great the love he has for his family is so real, maybe he can be with olivia they make a good couple plus she needs a man to calm her down sometime you would think shes about to go crazy, reva and jeffery they are so loving together never thought i would want to see reva with another man besides josh, i wonder whats going to happen there? bill has tried so hard to win lizzie back she needs to sit down and take a chill-pill. something has to happen soon why are cyrus and his brother getting away with so much dirt? of course cyrus isn't as horrible as his brother but never the less why? and when its all over billy should stand back and shake his head at all of them even his sister, oh! thats right she did go crazy at one time, well see what happens this time around we'll see.

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