As The World Turns Weekly Blog!
Thoughts on the week of June 8-12.
There was a prevalent theme in this week’s episodes. They seemed to be all about the roles people play, how they get replaced, how they flip from one position in a relationship to another and the confusion this creates.
Anxious about losing his current role in Vienna’s life, Henry showed his insecure and paranoid side. He’s always had a theatrical sensibility and this was highlighted quite nicely. While he’s carefully cultivated his own persona, Vienna can easily match him with hers. Although she saucily hinted that he’s great at role playing in private, when it came to public displays, Henry suffered from a bit of performance anxiety. He and ‘Bubbles’ (aka Katie) were getting buddy-buddy again and watching the preparation for the Vienna and Brad version of ‘Oakdale Now’ when things started to go wrong. The actor who was cast in a skit on the show canceled so Vienna called Henry to fill in. Henry fumed as he watched she and Brad talk about romance. Henry took the opportunity to argue with him, in character, and spill champagne on his lap. Brad eventually flipped out and the two men argued while Vienna tried to salvage things. While they men turned into children, Kim freaked and then they discovered that the show was a hit. Vienna was thrilled. Henry less so.
“I see balloons and a lot of bad hair,” Craig quipped as he and Carly crashed the prom to search for Parker. He’d snuck in on the arm of a friend and started a fight over Liberty with the head of the football team. Janet accused Parker of becoming a stalker. The parents did all of the arguing for their children. Craig had a problem with Carly’s style of parenting, or lack thereof. She and Parker seem more like a pair of teenagers living in a hostel than like a mother and son. Craig confronted her about drinking again and then tried to ingratiate himself in her life. He cares about her, in his own way, and enough that he was willing to try and get along with Rosanna. She, and everyone else, can’t get used to seeing him in this strange role he’s been playing in her sister’s life.
Although Rosanna was less than accommodating to Craig, her sister did her best to talk her around. Paul got in the way, however. Rosanna's ex-husband, now friend, tried to pay her back for all of his craziness. He did this by sneaking into Craig's room, hacking into his computer and sending his money to Rosanna. Craig was furious and threatened to go to the police. A drunken Carly ran him over first. Oh, the irony! Rosanna took the blame, but she was not at all happy with Paul. She thought that he's changed but he's as unstable as ever, which makes one wonder how you can be unstable and be the same. Paul's expression was priceless. He really had no idea why she was angry and looked at her quizzically, like a confused puppy. For his part, Craig has been fighting against his own character. One of the things which makes him so interesting right now is precisely the way he is struggling against his customary role on the series, something which is throwing everyone around him off.
"It's not hummus it's him!" Casey says. Everything is getting weird. Margo was even cooking this week. Those around the Hughes household are worried that Riley has popped up to fill the vacant space which Adam left. Like a character who has been recast with a bizarre choice of actor, he's knocked everything off-kilter. Riley has a genuinely alien presence. This only serves to accent the small nuances in the relationships between everyone around him. I still have no idea what this plot is about, other than the fact that it is dealing with vacant roles and how to fill them.
Derek and Bonnie fought and broke up after he discovered her underwear were in the back of Dusty's car. "I was hot," she said in her own defense. It was pretty underwhelming. Dusty was busy at the time, visiting Meg and offering to back off on Paul. He's having a hard time, especially when Meg has agreed to let Paul spend more time with Eliza. Is this strategic, and, if so, what is she up to? Dusty should probably be more worried that Damian has been sniffing around her. She tried psychoanalyzing Mr. Donovan and finally, quite unceremoniously, dumped him. Damian was there to pick up the pieces. He told her that she should be treated like a princess and he wants to do. While he was moving closer to totally assuming the role that Dusty used to play, Dusty and Bonnie met up and toasted to being dumped and adrift.
Anyway, those were my thoughts about last week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.
- Matt Purvis