As The World Turns Weekly Blog!
A crazy Paul is a fun Paul! (Soaps.com)
As The Week Turned
October 20 – October 24, 2008
Isn’t it funny how life can turn on a dime for soap opera characters? One minute, they are embattled in life-and-death situations and the next they are having lunch at The Lakeview or making up with an ex-friend. Real life isn’t quite this quick, but then, who would want to watch our lives? Am I right?
On with the blog!
Meg, Paul, Dusty and Emily
You know, for the first time in a long time, I had to feel sorry for Emily. She used Chris to get back at Dusty and then had an affair with Casey, so I thought she had a little som’n-som’n coming her way. But I didn’t expect to actually feel sorry for her when it did. When Dusty told her on Thursday that they had no future because he still loves Jennifer, I wanted to cry right along with her. I actually rooted her on when she tried to change his mind and I wanted to hold her hand when she made up a busy work schedule just to get him out of her office.
Of course, she ruined those feelings by running to Paul and continuing down that slightly-less-than-normal path.
I’ve said a few times that a good, crazy character is the cure-all for a bad storyline. Paul is the picture perfect example of that. When the madness with James began, I just wanted to shake him and make him ignore his father. Now that James is gone, though, Paul is holding the storyline together. I want to see who he’s going to go off on next. He hit Holden and Dusty this week. At some point he has to have another run-in with Jack.
Maybe one of his run-ins could be with Margo and her trusty side-arm; then we could get Barbara (by the way, where is she???) back into the mix. I could get behind a few Margo/Barbara girl-fights, couldn’t you? Oh, the barbs. The one-liners. Ahhh, every soap needs a girl-fight from time to time!
On the other sides of the coin are Lone Ranger Dusty and Damsel in Distress Meg. Although I like both characters, I don't like them together. They're no Bob and Kim or even Tom and Margo; those couples have sparks and fun. Dusty is too wounded right now and Meg is too wishy-washy. "I love Paul. I don't love Paul. Paul needs help. Paul is fine." Yeesh. Make her stop already.
Carly, Jack and Janet
I said it last week and I'll say it again – Where is Chrissi Snow? That's all I can think of when someone mentions Jack and someone else chimes in about Janet. I like them, they do have spark (albeit not Carly-Jack type spark), but I'm tired of Jack trying to convince himself once more that he is over Carly. And I'm tired of Carly waffling about her feelings for Jack. She knows she wants him so just admit it!
I even liked Liberty's turn about, telling off Jack and then encouraging him to do the right thing. Trying to set Janet straight and then jumping on the marriage bandwagon was excellent. From the troublemaker she was brought on the show to be, Libs has grown up.
Katie, Brad and Spencer
I'm glad to see Katie finally getting a little competition in the man-market. She's usually the 'bad' girl, so having someone else go after her man is a nice bit of karma, don't you think? Added to that, having Katie get crazy about Brad and Spencer is hilarious to watch. She sooo wants to believe in Brad but yet every time she opens her mouth, Brad thinks she's lost just a little bit more of her mind. And the poisoned Chinese food? Genius. I bet fledgling reporters all over the world are taking notes from Spencer's handbook!
Speaking of Spencer, you guys must agree with me that she's a nice addition to the show. Last week, I polled you about Spencer. About 40% of you think she's a great addition as Katie's competition (and Brad's possible love slave) while another 40% of you think she should take over WOAK.
It's also nice to see Brad acting more or less like an adult. Instead of buying into Katie's craziness, he just keeps telling her that he loves her. Nice, Brad, really nice!
And who could forget Henry and Vienna? These two kooks really need to open up their own private investigation business because it took them about 2 seconds to break into Spencer's hotel room (twice!) and about 2 seconds to bust open a suitcase filled with cash. And Henry rubbing the money over his face and practically kissing it? Absolutely priceless! Forget about Al's, get these two a couple of PI licenses to give Margo and Jack some law-and-order competition!
Is anyone else tired of Luke banging the 'I'm Gay' drum? I understand it was hard for him to come out, I understand there is bigotry in the world (too much of it, too) but having him constantly on the lookout for any bigotry is getting old. Fast. I can't believe I said that...I'm being pulled to the Dark Side!
Okay I took a deep breath and I'm not back on Luke's side - because I really want him to stick it to homophobe-Kevin (at least he used to be!) and win the election! So I'm willing to let this play out a little while longer. But, pleasepleaseplease writers, let Noah and Luke kiss a few times while they're campaign strategizing.
Oh, and an Alison/Casey hookup would be fun, too, don't you think? Talk to Soaps.com about that – and anything else on your minds! – below!
Until next week!