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Pondering Pine Valley
October 27 – October 31
We’re still reeling from those killer tornadoes, aren’t we Pine Valley fans? This week, it was more of the same and I have to say I’m still loving it. There are some ‘Hmmmm’ moments out there, but then, when aren’t there?
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On with the blog!
Zach the Baby-Daddy
A lot of you are wondering about the Zach/Bianca/Baby storyline. You know what, I’m wondering about it, too, because the Bianca we’ve known from the past would never have kept this secret. I noticed on the boards that many of you were blaming Zach for the mess. I have to disagree. According to the conversations we’ve heard, Zach only agreed in theory; he was never told that Bianca actually went through with the insemination. So, while he isn’t completely blameless, he isn’t to blame, either.
What really bothers me, though, is Bianca. Note to the writers: Our Binks would never, never, never have gone through with the insemination without talking it over with Zach and Kendall and Erica first. She would have wanted their blessings and short of that, it wouldn’t have happened. Her explanation that the first and second trimesters were very hard? If it were any other character, I would say okay. But this is Bianca. She would have told her family about her family plans! The other thing that gets me? Bianca wanting a Slater baby because that would make both of her children related. Ummm. . .Hello! Bianca is both children’s mother – that makes them related! It’s like the writers are rewriting the history of Bianca by skirting the whole issue of the rape by Michael Cambias. This makes it seem as if she feels that is okay. And that is not okay! Do you agree? Yes, you do! In last week’s poll, I asked about Bianca’s pregnancy. 237 of you said the storyline doesn’t make sense.
David, Yummy David
This week, I thanked the Soap Gods for releasing Vincent from The Young and The Restless and bringing him back to Pine Valley. Why? Because David Hayward is so deliciously bad! I totally bought into his rage at Babe's death and I totally understand why he blames the Chandler men. I even understand why he's so angry with Krystal. There is nothing I would add to David (at least at this point) because, aside from his revenge storyline, he operated on Kendall, leased Wildwind (I lurrrve the Wildwind sets!) and set Pine Valley on it's ear. Things were becoming too static. Too ordinary. Bringing David back was a strike of genius. Now we can get Bad Adam back, start up another great Tad storyline and really watch the fireworks!
I think I'm obliterated my supply of tissue this week, fans, and it's all because of Babe. From the moment she died until the end of her funeral on Thursday's episode, I was a teary little viewer. Seriously, I don't think the writers could have done any better with her death than they did because it was all honest. Erica hates Babe but she was a class act not to dance on Babe's grave; Amanda and Bianca crying? Completely understandable and Bianca trying to get David to talk? Completely in character. JR pushing away the booze? I like this change in him; he's really turned over a new leaf. Adam, JR and Krystal forming a truce for little A's sake? We knew it had to happen sometime and making the truce related to Babe's death made total sense.
I am going to miss Amanda Baker, though. She brought a maturity to Babe that was missing before; don't get me wrong, I love Alexa Havin's portrayal as well. The writers made the change in her when Amanda took over and those changes made all the difference (for me) for the character. Before she was indecisive and whiny. After she was strong, still a bit gullible, but a stronger woman. We need more strong women in Daytime!
This week, I completely fell in love with the character of Taylor. We have seen glimpses of her humanity from time to time. Who could forget her reaction when she realized that Brot's mother didn't know her at all? Or when drunk Amanda said she was worthless? Yeah, those were telling moments. This week changed it up for me though because, I think, we saw just how wrecked she really is. When she fell down the stairs and became paralyzed, we saw that Taylor isn't just a tough, Army broad. She is a wrecked human being. I don't think she wants to return to Iraq solely to honor Brot's memory; I think she was planning her own suicide mission. Not to place other people in danger, but I believe that Taylor's character wants to return to Iraq so that she can save as many soldiers as she can and if she kills herself in the process? So be it.
There has been a lot of fanfare over the special effects from the tornadoes, fans. I loved those special effects but now that the danger is over, I'm really loving the increased drama and the after-shocks of the tornado storyline. This is the Daytime I enjoy. This is the Daytime I want to see over and over.
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Until next week, fans!