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Actually, scratch that, I do. It's Adam hands down. He's got Erica going in so many directions she isn't sure which way is up any longer. She thinks he wants her back when he actually wants her distracted so he can weasel on into Fusion. She thinks he is rubbing the Jack/Carmen romance in her face, and yeah, that's part of it but again, it's all about Fusion. You know what I think would be awesome? If Erica turned the tables on Adam and accepted his proposal. You know that would have him choking in his scotch!
The best line this week? It came from Erica. She was telling Kendall about Adam's new advances and Kendall reminded her of their past.
"I wouldn't be with Adam Chandler again if he were the only man on earth. Not even if he were the only alien man!" said Erica. Priceless!
You know what does have me torn? Carmen and Jack.
I like the two of them together because they play off one another well but I'm just not buying the romance angle. I think these two would be great partners in crime but they just aren't doing it for me as partners in bed. I just don't buy it. Mostly likely this is because of Jack's history with Erica but I'm also not sure Carmen is strong enough yet to realize that Erica's friendship is great but Erica's friendship is also very one-sided. As long as Erica wants to be a friend, she will but she can turn on her friends very quickly. Carmen's had such a tough life, she doesn't deserve that. It would be fun, though, to see Carmen and Randi team up to bring Erica and Kendall down! Now there's a cat fight fans would pay to see, don't you think?
Annie/Ryan/Greenlee/Aidan…what can I say. This storyline is dragging on and on and the writing really needs to be sharper. I'm still a complete fan of Annie's, craziness or not, because I can relate. My problem with the storyline is that Greenlee is still faking her love. She isn't in love with Ryan any more than Erica is in love with Adam. She is so in need of being in love, though, and of being right and proving Kendall wrong that she's breaking poor Aidan's heart. And, I'm sorry in advance to all you feminists, but if my husband asked me to put a damper on a friendship because it scared him, I would most likely do it! I'm not a henpecked wife and I'm not saying my husband is always right, but there are times when other people can ruin a relationship. At the very least, she should have taken him seriously and not gotten on her "Only I Can Save Ryan" high horse. Ryan doesn't need to be saved! He needs to get a grip and move on already!
The Colby/Petey pairing is really growing on me, by the way, and Petey's scenes with Adam are hilarity in print. Petey doesn't take the Head Chandler seriously and considers this whole poison-Bella thing a game. Meanwhile, Adam is trying very hard not to smack Petey around simply for being a Cortlandt! Of course, once Colby figures out what is going on, the high-priced China is going to high the fan. But it will still be fun to watch!
There you have it, my friends. That's how I see things this week in Pine Valley. Agree or disagree, drop a note in comments and we'll keep debating. And, if something struck you funny or sad or wrong and I didn't touch on it, let us know and we'll talk about that, too!
Welcome to Kristi’s “Pondering Pine Valley” Column for the week ending September 5, 2008!
Another Friday has rolled around soap fans, and that means another week of angst and silliness is under our soap opera belts. Was it a good week for you? It was for me, so without further ado, let’s put on our discussion caps and talk about what went right – and wrong! – in Pine Valley this week.
A couple of weeks ago I was all over Randi because she wasn’t explaining enough about her past. Now that she’s opened up a little bit, I find I’m changing my tune. I’m still not completely satisfied with her storyline but I am – slowly! – learning to like the character. I still don’t understand why she is shutting out Carmen and, call me crazy, but there has to be more to their backstory than simple anger on Randi’s part for being left behind. I have a feeling that something big and bad happened to Randi after Carmen flew the coop and my initial guess is that it is going to be some kind of sexual abuse storyline. You know what I’d really like though? A total change for Randi. I like that she’s getting a second chance by working at Fusion, but since she opened up about being a foster child today and since we know she is still reeling from Carmen’s abandonment, I’d really like to see her go to school and try to make changes for other children. I think she could be a great social worker, a good doctor and she’s selling herself short by accepting the first receptionist job – fun as it may be! – that comes along!
All My Children began as a social issues show, or at least that was Agnes Nixon’s vision. She wanted to tackle tough topics and tell real stories. What could be more real than a child from the system coming back and making changes in that system? I think it could be a great story and I think it’s one that should be told.
Now that the tough stuff is out of the way, there are a lot of things cracking me up about show lately, namely Kendall. Especially since she isn’t trying to be funny!
I find it hilarious – not ha-ha-funny but you-deserve-this-funny – that she’s shut Zach out of her life for the past several months and now that he’s made himself unavailable, she is nearly at a breakdown. If you think about it, she’s been pushing Zach away ever since the one-nighter with Aidan; I really think this whole ‘I have to fix Ryan and Greenlee’ thinking isn’t really about Ryan and Greenlee; it’s about Kendall not being able to forgive herself for cheating on Zach. She can’t forgive herself. Knowing his past, she doesn’t know how he can forgive her and so she is sabotaging their relationship. At the same time, though, I find myself screaming at the screen every time she comes on. She isn’t being a friend to anyone and has been called on that several times this week.
This one isn’t so funny, but Kathy is really turning into a little troublemaker, isn’t she? I did find something a little funny, though. How does a 6-year-old flip over a heavy ladder holding Krystal? That is way more weight than Kathy should be able to move – and no, I’m not saying Krystal is fat!
Erica takes the cake for hilarity this week and I do mean ha-ha-funny hilarity this week. It seems like every time she turns around she is being confronted with Jack and Carmen – was it priceless when she saw Carmen wearing Jack’s shirt or what? – or Adam. I’m not sure which gets the most laughs, at least from me, though.