As The Word Turns.

Thoughts on the week of November 16-20.

It was a consistent week. Even though the manic pace of the plots can be a bit overwhelming, there was a successful balance of moods that kept things from falling apart.

Mysterious Mick. Mick was back to make his pitch for Barbara. We still don’t know anything about him, but he certainly ratcheted up the creepy factor pretty quick. He made a pass at Babs, which may have just been salesmanship, but it got her back up. He also made a pass at Ali. Adding to the charm was the fact that his face was caked in blood at the time. Mick seems prone to nose bleeds, in spite of running around with a miracle cure-all, and refuses to see a doctor about them, which suggests that he could have some kind of neurological problem. He does have enough brains to scowl derisively at Casey though.

Mad Meg.
Meg was in the closet to witness Lily asking Damian to move in with her and play house. Meg’s face as she listened to them was utterly hilarious. It was actually a completely fascinating scene that played like a blackly humorous bedroom farce. Even the background music referenced the sex comedies of the 40s and the theme of “Basic Instinct.” Watching her make Damian squirm at the hospital was also a delight. Even if Meg is acting desperate, it’s a vengeful, in control, kind of desperation, and that’s a lot more attractive than what she’s been up to lately. All the same, why Meg is like this is kind of bewildering. I know that Meg was never the most stable of people, but it really wasn’t until Paul lost his personality and then it spontaneously came back reformed that she fell so much for Damian. Previous to that, she was far more reluctant, she was more obsessed with Eliza, and he was doing all of the chasing. I’m really curious to see if this snap ever gets explained.

The Nuke explosion. After a tiff, fireworks went off in Noah‘s face and the filmmaker was blinded. He was angry at Luke for his role in getting Mason dismissed and messing up his project. To make amends, Damian decided he should adopt him so they can make his medical decisions. The irony is being lathered on so thick in this storyline that it’s almost impossible not to think of it as a comedy, even if an unintentional one. I always feel bad talking about Nuke plots. I want to like them, but things always go wrong. Now, of course, Mason was a bit sleazy, but I could forgive that easily if it made this story interesting. Unfortunately, it was blown too quickly. Why couldn’t Noah have actually had an affair, or at least been tempted? Isn’t he human? The only time he was ever an interesting character was when he was sleeping with Maddie and longing for Luke. They could have played on that so easily. Instead, they’re playing on another part of the Nuke mythos – the nursing back to health of the wounded lover who wants to be alone. Why is nursing people back to health so often relied upon as a source of sexual/romantic stimulus? I have a pretty good idea of what a shrink would say about it, but I shouldn’t go there. Complicating things a little more, Noah is now part of the most rapid adoption case in history. Could Noah being adopted into the Grimaldi clan actually save him from being so deathly dull? Being a Grimaldi has always saved Luke from the blandness of the Snyder family, so maybe there is still hope for him.

The Ghost theme continued. Henry was called to testify and one of Manzo’s goons tried to stop him. The ghost of Brad scared him off and brought Henry to Katie to try and help her out. Watching Henry and Brad sing to the baby was cute. The cheesy synth music in the scene with the psychic was also a nice touch, but I’m still not quite sold on this story. It’s getting better though. Margo chatting with Katie certainly helped flesh it out a little more. One of highlights of the week was, however, Dusty, who managed to be rather adorable in his own way as he reached out to help Teri with the Manzo mess. There are hints that he will be getting involved in a triangle of sorts with the Ciccone sister and they seem to be laying the groundwork for it.