Mick and Alison (Soaps.com)

As The Word Turns.

Thoughts on the week of February 1-5.

After about six or seven fairly consistent weeks, something seems to be going haywire. Although it should have felt like the climax or the near climax of a few stories, something is missing.

The early part of the week focused on Noah‘s blindness story. Things continued to warm up between Noah and Luke, but Luke agreed to keep his distance since Dr. Oliver demanded it. For his part, Oliver found himself becoming Katie‘s new roommate much to the chagrin of the romantically frustrated Henry. This means that Oliver is the very noisy third wheel for two somewhat dysfunctional relationships. So far, if you can accept how convoluted both situations are, his presence is actually adding a lot. It’s always nice for Henry to have some kind of enemy, especially one who can shoot out one liners even faster than he can. Henry’s panicky personality is a nice clash to Reid’s deadpan one so it’s rather promising. His role in the Nuke story is a little more underwhelming but that could change if he gets past simple verbal sparring with Luke.

There are a few other honorable mentions before examining the two plots which took up most of the week. Lucinda ran around town doing what she does best, making jabs and telling people off. She’s been gloating about Damian’s disappearance and hired a PI to make sure that he stays gone. Dusty got to act as comic relief by having flour dumped on him. Liberty managed to be achingly pathetic as she was taken advantage of by a sidewalk fortune teller. Lisa showed up for Alison’s bridal shower and acted as the entertaining referee between Susan and Margo. In fact, all three of those frequently underused women were a pleasure to watch. As has frequently been the case with the show over the past couple of years, it’s the more peripheral stuff that is often the most charming.

However, most of the week concentrated on two stories: The CarJack and Janet plot and the Mick plot. Each of these stories form textbook examples of the most generic forms of soap opera plot to exist. That’s not a bad thing, of course, but what’s interesting, to me at any rate, is just how they’ve been playing with them. Sometimes, it really feels like they are being written like it’s an arbitrary assignment rather than an organic development related to anything else in context.