Quote Jacqueline1961: Severely disappointed when the camera zoomed on Lauren's tied up hands. Really? Lauren kidnapped again. Wasn't this the easy, predictable way out. I would have preferred it if the writers took some time to explore Lauren's inner struggle with her attraction for Carmine. I think that he should have floated in the background as a constant reminder and temptation while we watched Lauren reconcile her attraction for him with her marriage. The push/pull thing would have drawn me in. Carmine's tender side contrasted with Michaels type A personality could have driven the storyline. This would have been far more interesting than turning him into an obsessed wacko. Now there's only two ways for this to end. Carmine killed in a showdown with GC police or put away for life. What a waste of potentially good material.
That would be a terrific story but I don't think it would work with Lauren/Michael and Carmine. Carmine is the type of guy a woman Lauren's age would have a fling with. They did epxlore Lauren's struggle between temptation for Carmine and her love for Michael for a couple months but in the end it wouldn't last much longer.
What she felt for Carmine was lust. She never fell out of love with Michael but became disconnected from him so Carmine being a good listener to her problems and then being a hot temptation made sense. But in the long run, Carmine has very little to offer a woman like Lauren besides sex. He just can't compare to what Michael can and has been able to offer Lauren. It was hard to believe she let it go on as long as she did because she never wanted to leave Michael and was pretty stupid to risk losing the love of her life for a guy like Carmine.
Carmine's type of temptation lasts only so long. He was never shown to be all that bright. I think this storyline played out like they intended. They wanted to test the love between Likey and show how a couple deals with infidelity.
They could have kept Carmine around by having him pine for Lauren but move on and realize that what he felt for Lauren never was love. But they decided to go the stalker route which does make sense. All along Carmine showed himself to be obsessive. It likely would have ended as a ONS if he hadn't continued to pursue her.