Sofie makes a great ghost! (Soaps.com)

Wow! Has it really been another full week of recapping, reviewing and picture taking all around Oakdale? Call me crazy or tell me I’ve got a serious case of summer-it-is (that disease that leeches time from every day until the summer’s gone and fall is upon us) because I seriously woke up this morning thinking it was Wednesday and I had two more full days to throw myself into the wackiness of Oakdale of late. What went right for you this week? What went wrong? In a second we’ll talk about a few of my favorite things from this week. . .and a few things that weren’t so memorable. Drop me a line in comments below whether you agree or disagree and we’ll keep the conversation flowing. Now, on to the column!

August 8, 2008

That absolute best darn thing that happened this week? Soaps.com received confirmation that two big stars are coming back to Oakdale! Turns out, Dusty isn’t really dead and James is tired of being left out of all things Oakdale so they’re headed back to our favorite city! You can read more about that here. Also, the writers are bringing back an Andropolous! Betsy’s daughter, Dani, returns to the canvas later this month. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for everyone…and I’m wondering if that means a few more golden oldie families (or family members) could be headed back, too?

Did anyone else think Lily’s initial play for Mike was lame? We know she’s hurting, we know she wants to get back at Holden. But what soccer mom tries to seduce a man in jeans and a t-shirt? Her second attempt, at The Lakeview, was much better. But it probably would have gone over with different results if she hadn’t tried that first swoon at the house. C’mon, Lils!

Last summer when Parker was up in arms about Carly returning to town, he leaned on Paul quite a bit. In fact, the two seemed rather inseparable. Just a few months ago, Parker insisted on going to the hospital right away when Paul’s car blew up. But now that he really needs to talk to an adult he could actually trust, he isn’t even trying to see Paul? Not even calling him? Not asking to move into Fairwinds? Let’s give Parker a little stability – even if that stability is Paul!