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Pondering Pine Valley
September 29 – October 3, 2008
Hey there, Pine Valley-ites, didja miss me this week? I didn’t really give you a chance now did I? But, we did have some fun in Pine Valley this week – at least I think so. Greenlee told off Ryan, Annie told off Kendall, Colby started to see a little som’n, som’n in Petey and Opal became Chicken Little.
On to the blog!
You know what really gets me sometimes? No thru-lines in the stories we are watching. Remember that teensy little thing we all hated this summer? Richie’s death-by-wrench? Yeah, it’s still not tied up and it’s driving me crazy but it seems that the police in Pine Valley (yes, that would be you, Jesse Hubbard!) have forgotten all about it. Ever since the kids were cleared, we have heard nothing, nada, zippo about the search for the real killer. If they just don’t care or have no leads or whatever, that is fine. But for a while there Jesse (and Tad for that matter) were hot and heavy all over Annie for the killing. Now that the kids are cleared, it’s like they just forgot to finish up that little thing called a homicide investigation. At the very least, I think we deserve to know what the cops are doing (even if it is nothing) to figure out the crime. To me, it seems like the storyline was just dropped by the PVPD. That ain’t good.
The storyline was even dropped by Annie, somewhat. She talks about Richie from time to time, especially now that she has a stalker, but she’s not worried about going to prison for his death. And his ghost is no longer calling out to her at the most inopportune times. His ghost should still be ticked off at her, right? He’s dead and she’s the culprit and she’s getting off scot-free. Where is the angry ghost storyline? Or just Richie twisting the knife in her back a little bit more? I just don’t get it!
What I am loving about Annie, though, is that I can identify with her. I understand why she is so focused on Ryan. I understand why she hates Greenlee and Kendall and I understand why she is working with Adam to bring them down. Who wouldn’t do the same? Seriously, who wouldn’t fight to save their marriage and who wouldn’t want to kill whomever was responsible? And, in my opinion, that is Kendall and Greenlee. Kendall has been pushing Greenlee in Ryan’s face since about February. Greenlee may not want to admit that she still loves Ryan but it’s obvious that she does. I’m not saying it would have been easier for Annie if Greenlee and Ryan sat her down and said they were getting back together but at least it would have been over. She wouldn’t have had to worry every day and night about what was going to happen. That’s enough to drive anyone up the wall.
Oh, and one other thing - Annie's stalker! I am totally freaking out over who it might be. Is it Ryan? Is it Kendall? Is it someone from her past? I'm hanging on every second of it!
You know the thru-line that is working for me? Zach. He's always been a dark character. He is best as a dark character. Yes, he is a hero but he is the kind of hero who will do absolutely anything for his family. Anything. So it was no surprise - and not out of character - for him to think about offing Josh after the embezzlement scam came out. It shouldn't have been a surprise to Kendall, either, but that's another diatribe that we'll get to in a little bit. I like that Zach felt so strongly about the damage done that he told off Erica and Kendall and wouldn't cave in to them at all. I love that he 'hired' Ryan to look into what happened (what better way to keep an eye on the man who doesn't know who he loves, after all?). That is complete Zach. A little bit underhanded, a little bit dark but absolutely what he is about.
Which leads me to Kendall. First, why did she want to save Josh at all? He's been her brother for about five minutes and she's hated him most of that time. He embezzled from your husband, woman, that should be your top priority. I'm not saying she should have wanted him killed, either, but I do think she should have approached the matter differently that helping Josh escape from the evil Zach. Kendall is supposed to be all about her family. Her 'always, only you' family. That is Zach, not Josh.
You know what I really did like this week? Opal. Was it classic or was it classic that she pulled out the old Tarot cards and found out something bad was in the works? We know from the ***Spoilers*** that it is the tornado she is seeing in the cards, but no one else does, so it's fun to see how they are all reacting to her dire predictions.
Adam and Erica's I-like-you, I-don't-like-you dance is really fun to watch. I know they've been down this road about a million times but there is such history and such chemistry that they are flat-out fun to watch.
The Colby/Petey romance is certainly heating up but I still want more from there. I like that Petey is so bent on romancing Colby. I like that Colby is trying to ignore him and convince herself that she isn't interested in Petey. What I'd like to see, though, is Petey acting a little bit less stalker-like. He's not a danger to Colby, I know that, but he is acting very…um…over the top interested. For a teenage girl, that isn't a good thing.
I also really like the chemistry between Carmen and Randi. These two have so much potential and their backstory as foster children is one that should definitely be told. The little snippets they are revealing when the girls meet for lunch are perfect for this because, at least in the foster home, it seems that they weren't abused or harmed. All of the bad things that happened to each woman seemed to have happened after they left the foster home, but it is likely that the problems they've had are directly related to their early placement. It's a story that is relevant no matter when it is told and I can't wait for their scenes every day.
Speaking of relevant storylines, I am really beginning to love Taylor! I know I was all over her last week but this week Taylor pulled it out for me. She was honest and straightforward with Jake, even if she did keep lying to the therapist and con Frankie into getting her medication for the tremors. And her reaction when she saw Amanda in Brot's jacket was right on.
The other fun little diddy that I'm looking forward to each day is the hate/hate relationship going on between Adam and Petey. Adam, you can tell, can't stand the kid because of his interest in Colby. Petey isn't quite so obvious but he is definitely more interested in getting to Colby than in doing Adam's bidding; although he does like the power that comes with the whole plan.
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