One Life To Live Weekly Blog
The third wheel with the funny hat. (Soaps.com)
Welcome to Amy’s “One Life in a Week” for July 25 – 29:
It’s safe to say this week was all about reveals. One man revealed himself to another. An outsider revealed his true feelings. And amongst the confusion encompassing Llanview, Tomas finally admitted a small part of his past. It’s about time, so let’s get on with the details and where I stand on the current storylines…
Tomas was in the CIA. No big surprise there and no doubt he’s still covering up some major secrets. Too bad we’re not any closer to knowing how Todd fits into all of this. If I had to guess, considering Tomas stated that he got mixed up with some bad people who were connected to Todd, I’d say this goes back to the Walker Lawrence affiliation. For fans who weren’t watching back then, Walker was Mitch’s brother, who was involved with the mob. Considering how guilty Todd is acting, and Tomas’ claim that he’s not the real Todd Manning, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was indeed Walker. So, who’s the big boss that everyone is afraid of, including Agent Baker? This spells trouble with either Mitch Lawrence or Carlo Hesser’s name written all over it. If you’d like to hear what the head writer had to say about this storyline visit Michael Fairman’s Ron Carlivati Interview.
I don’t usually go home with a guy on the first date.
Love, love, love John and T.M. working together. I’m starting to see the past Todd Manning surface in T.M.’s dialogue. What a crack-up he was to comment on John’s good looks [can’t argue with him there] and joke about John taking him home after their ‘first date’. Classic Todd Manning. I about lost it watching T.M.’s facial expressions while Roxy rubbed his toweled head, thinking Johnny McBain and his amazing hair were underneath. The family is going to be put on the biggest out of control rollercoaster ride of their lives and next week will reveal all of their reactions to T.M. Though she loves Todd, if it turns out T.M. is the real Todd Manning, I anticipate an emotional reunion between him and Starr like no other. Those two always had such a close bond.
Buzz off, Baz.
If someone knows why this character is needed in Llanview, please fill me in. Not only does he have an annoying chip on his shoulder, he's simply one more teen who irritates me. There are foreshadowing hints that Starr may be subconsciously reevaluating her life and who fits into it, which doesn't bode well for James. And what's with that damn hat that Baz has been sporting? Soaps.com poster NoMoFords33 was right on the money to say, "Will someone please tell Boy George that Baz stole his hat."
Buster Ridge and his diploma.
If I could've been a fly on the wall anywhere in Llanview this week it would've been at the "Viker Man" premiere. The much anticipated event turned into the newest town scandal, and I loved it. I've missed these types of events-gone-wrong. They contain not only the main drama surrounding the gathering but give a backdrop for all of the other impending doom involving so many Llanview citizens: the Todd Manning storyline, Rex's revenge plot, and it even revisited Markko and Ford's old rivalry. Brilliant scenes.
Out with the old, in with the new.
In the case of Natalie and Brody moving in together, I see nothing but trouble resulting from their decision. I find as the weeks go by there's less and less to say about this storyline. That thread of interest that had me hanging on… It's rapidly fraying. Brody pushing aside Natalie's concerns for John, and reminding her that John turned his back on her and Liam, disgusted me. Guess this is Brody's way to appease his own guilt for keeping Liam's true paternity to himself. How do you feel about Natalie and Brody deciding to move in together? Share your thoughts through my Poll: Natalie Moving In.
Well, I'll be damned. Jessica's return hasn't had me pulling my hair out and begging for Tess to reemerge. Uncle Bobby was right. There's a lot of Tess still evident in Jess. I'm even rooting for her and Ford. Before tomatoes are hurled my way, keep in mind Jessica knows how Ford took advantage of her in the past, and she's moved on and decided to bond with him over Ryder. They have great chemistry and could be really good together. Then again, I've said that about a lot of the guys Jessica has had a strong bond-turned-relationship with. She has amazing luck with finding good men, not so much when it comes to holding on to them.
I'll be on vacation most of next week, but be sure to tune in next Friday, as Ally will be filling in and posting her thoughts on Llanview. Have a great weekend!
- Amy Mistretta