Be gentle with me. I'm a newbie. I just started watching AMC a few months ago out of necessity because I was getting too lost doing Eye on AMC when I didn't watch AMC. Some of the things I comment on are probably going to ring weird with the veteran viewers, so be patient with the baby here.
WOW, WOW, WOW, HOLY FREAKIN' COW! I about fell off my chair when Ryan and Liza started making out on Friday. Was that EVEN in the spoilers?? I was at the park when it aired and just happened to set my VCR to record it. Normally, I wouldn't bother because, like I said, I'm new at this and if I miss one here or there, it's not that big of a deal, but I thought, "hey, it's Friday, *something's* going to happen" and YOWZERS! Did it ever!
I mainly, in addition to site related stuff, started watching for two reasons: Opal and Myrtle. I guess if you have to take one of those personality tests and you pick "Opal" and "Myrtle" for the reasons you started watching AMC, it probably charts you as mental or something. I saw Myrtle when she crossed over to OLTL and thought she was just great. She was giving Skye the business about something and was really up in her face, doing that little old woman curse out without the swearing and I thought I was going to pee my pants laughing at her. You GO, Myrtle!!! Then I accidentally had the TV on when the whole libidozone-on-the-boat party was happening (I won't even pretend to know what was going on or what the party was about and insult all of you regular viewers), but that show was so full of things going on that I couldn't NOT watch. Here was that freak, Leslie, climbing all over Tad and Arlene getting in bed with Mateo and Greenlee dumping Laura (I hope I'm remembering that one right) off the boat and Vanessa yapping about how much the necklace Palmer gave her cost�I mean, how could you NOT watch? Then the clouds parted, the sun came out and a goddess in the coolest outfit I'd ever seen and a voice that sounded remarkably like mine swept onto the scene and I knew I'd found the mother from whom I'd been sorely separated at birth: Opal. I wanted to raid her closet in the worst way. I wanted to talk to her about where she'd been and who she'd done and what her life had been like. So Opal and Myrtle got me hooked and after that, I never saw them again. Thank God Gillian died so that I could see Opal actually do something. It's sad that she had to talk like Gillian to get some air time. Knowing that Esta TerBlanche has signed on supposedly until December makes me wonder where this can go from here. Will Gillian be watching Ryan and Liza's carnal buffet on Monday? Will Jesse distract her in time? After the way she flipped out over Mia just playing cards with Ryan, I doubt she will take this lightly. Is Wildwind still burning (I have images of Nero/Ryan fiddling)? Whew! What a loaded pistol this situation is, especially with Ryan back at work for Liza. I think a raise is in order.
OK, they've talked about it. Will Anna PLEASE call Mac now? Why hasn't Robin? Sure, she's on vacation, they mentioned, but wouldn't she be breaking her legs to get to Mac and tell him Anna is alive and that maybe, just maybe, Robert is around as well? Since she has pushed Edmund off on poor, unsuspecting Brooke and Gabriel is leaving (or being killed off by the teen-killer of PV), she has no ties left there and can finally get back to GH where she belongs!
Speaking of Gabriel, I'm not sure why he was on the show to start with since they never really did anything for his character except have him stand still while everyone beat on him. He can't have his woman (either of them), he doesn't have much interaction with his sister or her family (who hates him), he is only ever seen at SOS any more. Given that, I can see why the powers that be decided to cut him loose. What a disappointment it must have been for him to be brought on and then left as Dog Boy.
Can Jake wield a crutch or WHAT? He turned into revenge man on one leg when David's case was dismissed. I thought he was going to take out the whole courtroom with that thing.
Am I hearing things or is Dixie actually speaking to Tad with some degree of intelligence about staying out of other people's business and just living their lives. Granted, if everyone did that, the show would be fairly boring, but I think they've more than done their time with interaction and need some quiet Martin home time. Of course, Tad's not listening and will go ballistic when JR tells them about Adam and David and the blackmail and the judge, but at least she gave it a shot.
I hope we get a good birth scene when Kelly Ripa gets back from maternity leave. A little known fact about Katrina is that I was a Lamaze instructor of the highest order for 18 years and I *love* a good birth scene. I just pray they don't hold up some three month old with a smear of blood on his head and piece of aquarium tube taped to his belly. I can't believe they are having their first baby and don't have a name for it. Most first time parents I know roll over in bed after conceiving and name the kid. It's when you get to #5 and #6 that the names no longer come easy. For #5, I was trying to think of a good name and decided on David, only to realize that I already had a son named David. Then I ended up inadvertently giving him pretty much a shortened version of his sister's name: she's Delena and he's Dylan. Just leave off the "a." For #6, I just told my husband to name him and anything was fine (I knew that was dangerous because when I asked my first husband to give David a middle name, the poor kid got saddled with "Uriah"). I was lucky that he picked "Nathan," a really good name I had never considered. ANYWAY, back to the soaps. Name the kid already.
OK, so if Chris Stamp is an FBI guy, we can assume that he didn't kill Sweeney as I thought, so that leaves some mad teen killer on the loose, presumably in relation to the drugs, but not for certain. I vote for Rosa with her pent up, Catholic girl rage, but it's most likely some faceless, nameless drug dealer or some similar thing. We know it wasn't Tad because that's just too easy and Tad would end up in jail. We can also figure that Rosa screamed and ran away after Marcus tried to attack her and someone else popped him for her. Maybe Shannon is the one killing all these people. Maybe THEY are the ones who beat her up in self defense! That's my vote (I was right about Nora, mind you!)
And speaking of Nora, I have a feeling she is going to be more than a little bit intrigued by Troy the Brother. I was intrigued the minute he took off his shirt and showed that ol' Ty has been hitting the gym with some gusto! I feel a Troy-Nora-Sam triangle coming on and I dearly hope it is more entertaining than the Bo-Nora-Sam triangle of days gone by. I think the fatal error they are making here is that the fans needed to be more invested in Sam and Nora as a couple before bringing on a passenger. Since Nora has no memory of their time together, we needed more time to see Sam court and woo Nora and the two of them getting back together, only to find her swept off her feet by Troy and her pull toward him. I always thought that Nora had the hots for Colin and was making excuses to be around him until he started acting so strangely. I just wish that the truth about Lindsay injecting Nora and having Colin keep her prisoner would finally come out. This is as bad as the Matthew Paternity issue and the long arc is really causing a loss of interest. I will be very pleased when writers figure out that the long story arcs just don't work. People need a fast pace to hold their interest. This isn't supposed to be real life, after all.
Roger Howarth is on vacation this month and that means that it would have to involve sushi, plaids and electronic technical talk for me to be any less interested in what goes on between Blair, Max and Gabrielle this week. The return visit has showed me that I really couldn't stand the character of Gabrielle when she was on the show the first time around and if anything, the feeling has only grown. I don't like how she's written. I don't care for the actress (just my personal opinion - I think she's pretty over the top, even for Gabrielle), I don't think she has chemistry with either Phil Carey or James DePaiva and I'm finding the whole story to be cumbersome. The only thing I've enjoyed about it is Todd, Starr and the occasional glimpse of Nigel. Just my opinion, folks!
It's good to see Jessica starting to look like she's coming back to her senses after her visit to Will Rappaport Land, but I wonder when she'd going to start to notice that Seth is acting a little more odd than even his situation, odd as it is, dictates?
Random GH Thoughts:
Someone please kill Sorel soon. This story is making my eyes bleed.
My, my! Is there anything Melissa can't do or any day she can't save?
Goodness, Roy sure got over Bobbie fast!
Did Tony Geary actually WRITE the crap he's being given as Bad Luke?
Man, I almost felt sorry for Flea. Almost.
Constance Towers is brilliant. When she was watching Nikolas and Gia, even though it was obvious that the power that be wanted her to look concerned over their connection, I felt like CT was given us her own private performance and showing us that Helena was touched and even intrigued by her grandson's obvious affection for Gia.
Nancy Lee Grahn is taking garbage writing and giving it flair and spunk. The scene where she tells Ned about the statue and why she wants it was moving, despite the saccharine sweetness of it. I can't wait to see her with Ingo again. She really brought out a spark in him that I never saw elsewhere. If only�
Why in the world did Carly not ask about the white dresses while she was staying at the lake house? If ANYONE would ask, it'd be Carly. That would have been the perfect opportunity to get it all out once and for all and actual have people interested in an Angel/NuCarly scene.
Exactly what right did Bobbie have to open her big yap about Carly not being pregnant? Guess patient confidentiality is a thing of the past.
Sorry, they just don't make purses, envelopes and auction programs big enough any more, Elizabeth. They should have written in the pregnancy.
Hurray! We've actually gotten to see some Stephen Nichols scenes! I've loved seeing him with Chloe, actually opening his heart to her, just in time for Jax to show up and tell her about the fake letter Stefan sent. Stef just can't get a break and it's only going to get worse. Nikolas is chewing him out, Chloe is going to turn her back on him (no doubt there) and then he's going to find out Stavros is alive. He'd better get some good screen time out of this.
I'll be glad when Stavros can be menacing again without looking like he's going to laugh like a girl at any minute.
I loved the scene where Mike was contrasting and comparing Sonny's behavior with those around him that he has cut out of his life. You could see the wheels turning in Sonny's head, but still, he didn't want to hear it. Get that guy to a therapist and fast.
I really, really, really miss Jonathan Jackson as Lucky.
I'd like to see more than the two extremes of Monica. All we have any more is Monica the Shrew and Monica the occasionally loving. Newcomers, she used to be a real character with many layers. Alas, it is no more. Both she and Alan have been rendered down to cut out cardboard stand in's of themselves. A moment of silence.
I really like Robin Christopher (Ha! Just realized that is Christopher Robin - Pooh's boy - backwards�OK, I'm slow) as an actress and I wish Tracey or Lois would come back and give her a decent female to work opposite. She's going to wear out Billy Warlock in nothing flat since he's the only real actor of caliber she's with for any amount of time. John Ingle is wonderful, as is Stuart Damon (when his material is good), but they are seldom in a scene with her for more than a few minutes. I am eager to see what she makes of Jax.
Speaking of Jax, not only is he back but he's evidently really, really rich again (a million bones on a ring??) and has an Australian accent now. I'll stay off of that bad hair cut since it was at least better than the one at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
I keep saying it's got to get better, but the ratings just keep falling! See you next week!