As The World Turns Weekly Blog
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Thoughts on the week of November 23-27.
It was a brief and quick week in Oakdale designed to appease some and appall others, but they certainly got into the holiday spirit.
Surrender. Jack‘s “Never Surrender” tour came to an end this week, which leaves us with the question: Did he? Actually, I still have to wonder what he was supposed to be resisting in the first place. Was it grief? Misery? Hopelessness? Guilt? Something else? He gave in to most of those things. In the end, he also surrendered to Carly. After mostly failing in his ill-conceived plan to pull one of the men from Katie’s past out of their own lives and back into hers, Carly filled in for Janet and bullied and bossed him around, finally dragging him back to Oakdale for the holidays. However, that wasn’t before Janet, with a little help from her sister and Dusty, saw Carly and Jack passed out in bed together.
Poor Janet. She really doesn’t have much of a marriage. At least Dusty is sniffing around her (and her sister – finally! An intriguing possible love triangle). For the moment though, Janet will have to suffer what usually befalls the those who come in the orbit of the curse of the supercouple. Most of the dialogue Jack and Carly shared in the Tuesday CarJack heavy episode was recycled, either from the past or the same episode. Every gesture was completely predictable and the only thing it really demonstrated was that post-drunkard Carly is still more adept at emotional manipulation than Janet. Even Janet just sort of groaned when she saw them together because she knew how predictable it was. The writers seems to be exercising a great deal of anxiety about the whole thing. It was like the entire thing was stuttered. The only part of the CarJack episode that really amounted to much was the fact that the compass is broken and can only point south, which suggests doom… or at least that this metaphor is worn out.
I still know what you did. Meanwhile, the square of romantic infamy (Holden-Lily-Damian-Meg-Molly) continued to get complicated. In fact, it seems to be swelling now that Molly has entered the scene, which will no doubt turn it into the perverse pentagon of polyamory. I enjoy the little group more and more. Molly and Holden have genuine charisma and each day sells me a little more on how deep things really are between Lily and Damian. They have a lot more going for them than passion. When Holden returned, catching them, and then imploded, it gave them a boost and allowed them to become far more attractive. At this point, I'm rooting for them, as long as Meg stays involved and stops them from getting dull. Her blackmail attempt started going south. Damian bought off Officer Grady and now only has her to contend with and his patience is getting thin.
Thanksgiving. Katie got a little closer to Brad this week. She's been verging on the suicidal with her sleeping pills so he's been keeping vigil over her. She finally spotted him in the glass before running home and into Simon, which is destined to be interesting. She also shared a nice little scene with Nancy, who popped in just for the holidays. I was disappointed there wasn't more of a Thanksgiving get together for the Hughes family. The Snyders had theirs and it was okay, but I didn't think they needed to pack it in the way they did. They could have left it a bit more languid and pulled in more of the family that were actually there, featuring bits with the assembled kids and Emma reflecting a bit on what's been going on (since she hasn't had the opportunity to do much of that).
Things I was thankful for this week: Meg makes desperation fun to watch; Craig celebrates Thanksgiving the way I do; angry Noah is actually more fun than happy Noah; Molly hasn't changed much; Simon is back and the traveling is over.
Anyway, that was my babbling for the week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun. Feel free to check out next week's preview right here.
Have a happy holiday everybody!