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Pondering Pine Valley
October 13 – October 17, 2008
There were a lot of things that made me go ‘hmmmm…’ in Pine Valley this week, fans. How about you? Ryan wants Emma but ignores her? Greenlee loves Ryan but doesn’t want him? Opal’s visions and Tarot Cards and dreams, oh my! And, of course, now that everyone is doing Kendall’s bidding, she has plenty of time for Zach.
On with the blog!
Now this is a love triangle that has me at some moments and at others I’m screaming at the television. Which, I suppose, is the point. On the one hand, I love Greenlee and Aidan together. On the other hand, Aidan needs a woman who really loves him. Notice I didn’t mention Ryan? Yeah, he’s on my list this week. We’ll get to that in a minute.
Aidan’s scenes this week floored me. Seriously. From wandering to The Comeback alone to telling Greenlee off to going to Ryan’s with a gun, he had me watching. Every. Single. Minute. I don’t know if this is going to be the character from now on but if it is, I think the writers are on the right track. Aidan is a great hero. He’s strong, faithful (we’ll ignore the one nighter with Kendall for now) and he gives his whole heart. Last week, I polled you guys to see what you want from Aidan and 59% of you said to send Greenlee packing. Well, this week he did and I hope he won’t look back.
Unlike Ryan for example.
Yeah, you knew I had to bring him up. Ryan drove me nuts this week and here are the top three reasons:
1) ignoring Emma in the midst of tornadoes
2) bashing in Greenlee’s door after she told him a million times to leave her alone
3) saying the tornadoes were a celebration of his love with Greenlee.
What?!?! Seriously, Ryan, what?!? You’re character just completely left me in the dark this week. And the line of the week came from Jesse when he said (after you slugged a police officer), “Why are you stuck on stupid?” So I ask, why is he stuck on stupid? Yeah, he loves Greenlee and wants her back. But just like when he chased after happily married Kendall soon after losing his memory, the man needs to back off. Can’t he see that Greenlee needs to process? Can’t he see that the weather is too flippin’ bad to send out a teenager and his 5-year-old daughter?
Greenlee did win me over a little bit this week. Every scene I could see how ripped up she was. Not over Ryan but over her actions. She knows she hurt Aidan. She knows Ryan hurt Annie because of her. She is worried about hurting even more people. I just wanted to hug her and give her good advice – not the same advice Kendall gave her – like taking a break of the tumult of romance. Like hiding out at Jack’s or moving in to the Chandler Tunnels for a while. That way she could figure out what she really wants with Ryan (eye-roll) bashing in her door, chasing her down or otherwise getting in her face so that she can’t process what is happening to her life.
Zach and Kendall
I really am a Zendall fan, fans. Seriously, their love story is a really good story and they really do rely on one another. That said, it really annoyed me that Kendall finally took time to focus on Zach only after she had Ryan and Greenlee settled and then grabbed her phone at the first sign of trouble to try to straighten things out again. Every soap needs a meddler but it doesn't make sense that Kendall is sooooo up in Greenlee and Ryan's business when she is supposed to be so happy. She has Zach, Spike and Ian. When they are alone, that is her focus but it's like a little part of her can't let go of all the rest. That's just weird. Of course ***Spoiler Alert*** we know that her full focus will be back on Zach soon enough because Kendall ain't gonna be a happy camper when she finds out that Zach is Binks baby daddy… Ooooh, the drama!
Jack, Carmen, Adam and Erica
I know you guys are Jack and Erica fans, but I love Adam and Erica together. He doesn't let her get away with her batting eyelashes, manipulations or game playing. As soon as she tries something, Adam calls her on it. Jack, though, buys into her act every time. Even though most of their relationship was off-screen, I actually liked Jack a lot more when he was with Carmen. He was a manly man, he didn't have games to worry about and he really seemed to enjoy that. So this week when Carmen called him on his true feelings and when she went after Erica (man, I love a good cat-fight in Daytime, don't you?), I was a little bit heart-broken. I mean, that was a funny fight to watch and having Carmen break into Spanish when she couldn't find the right English words was priceless. But now it's certain that the quadrangle is going to turn into a love triangle. Boy, are these going to be some fun scenes, though, because Adam, Erica and Jack can all throw the zingers when they want to!
First, I have to applaud all of the special effects from this week. The storm sequences were so very real looking that I found myself holding my breath. Being from the mid-west, I've seen a tornado or two. The CG effects totally had me hooked! Opal's heart attack upped the stakes at The Comeback, Krystal being separated from Jenny was heart-breaking, Kendall and the boys being alone? Priceless.
I know it's impossible to do because of the costs of the CG effects, but I was totally taken in by the drama surrounding the tornadoes this week! Seriously, if soaps (any soap, not just All My Children could do this all the time, I think Daytime would have a whole new following. Did you miss out on any of the tornado footage? Click here to see one of the promos about the event!
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Until next week, fans!