Best Scene This Week:
On Thursday, Rex visited Clint at Llanfair to discuss the papers Cutter had informed Clint about. Rex admitted to Clint that it did not matter if he had signed the papers – he did want to give Clint back his property and money. Viki was sympathetic when Rex explained he had traded Gigi’s heart for Clint’s money and power so that he could avenge Gigi’s death. Rex also confessed that he “sucked” at running the company and would rather spend his time with Shane. He said that Gigi would have never approved of him bargaining with her heart and he just wanted to put things back to the way they were.
Rex told Clint that he and Shane would move out of the mansion and asked Viki if they could move back into the Carriage House until they found a new place. Viki warmly told Rex to stay as long as he liked, and when he turned to go her eyes pleaded with Clint, but Clint barely paused before calling for Rex to wait. He offered to let Rex stay in his house (since he is under house arrest at Llanfair) because the house should stay in the family and Rex is family. Viki became teary-eyed when Clint stated that Rex was his son and Shane his grandson and sniffled when Clint and Rex shook hands.
After Rex left, Clint asked Viki why she was staring at him like that, and she threw her arms around him and told him he had just done “such a great thing.” He said the decision was logistical and she informed him he could deny it, but he had taken a big step with his son.
She grinned when Clint called Cutter and told him to take his document and “shove it.”
Eye Roll of the Week:
Thursday’s episode opened at the bottom of the stairs in Llanfair with a rather suggestive conversation between Viki and Clint – consisting entirely of innuendos like, “I’m not so sure it’s a good idea to rush things,” and, “What if I can’t do it? It’d be so damn humiliating.” Clint was of course concerned because of his recent heart surgery but Viki promised that she would help him and he would “enjoy it.” When he expressed concern that he might only be able to go one round, she suggested they just try it and softly blew a whistle to begin their exercises. Yes, they were talking about exercising the whole time.
Character of the Week:
Blair has been caught between a rock and a hard place. She loves Tomas and does not want him to go to prison, but she will also always love Todd, the father of her children with which she has a deep and abiding history. In addition to having to figure out which man has her loyalty, she has also been deeply concerned about her children. Starr has been in jail and Blair has also been trying to figure out how to get Jack to tell the truth about not knowing Todd shot Victor. (All this after having removed a bullet from Todd’s shoulder with no medical supplies!) Even though most people are not faced with the (combined) situations Blair has been going through, her mixed emotions and jumbled priorities are very understandable and even easy to identify with.
Quote of the Week:
“I’m always better when you’re around.” – Tina to Cord
Questions This Week:
When Phylicia Evans and Nora left a month ago to talk about their grandchild, what were the results? (Nora is working again now.)
What happened to the security at La Boulaie? When Aunt Dorian lived there, a reporter would be stopped at the gate, or at the very least security would have been screamed for when there were unwanted visitors.
Fail of the Week:
Many viewers are still not sure why they should care about Mayor Finn. She seemed to appear from nowhere after Dorian’s departure and the audience was immediately fed a brief history about how she had been interested in Bo at one point. Now she is fulfilling the role of the stereotypical mayor interfering in police business and throwing her power around for her own approval rating. This character is like a disembodied head – she talks, she has a point, but she has no roots or connection to the history of the show and no sentimental value to the viewers. To the discerning, she comes across as a plot device – a simple foil to Bo, Nora, and the police. This would have worked with Dorian, as she shares a rather colorful and developed history with the other characters, but Mayor Finn is simply annoying. If One Life to Live wants to help the actress (Wendy Moniz) out, they should give this character a quality we can identify with.
Success of the Week:
There was an overlapping but subtle theme that carried through several storylines this week and was voiced in Tina telling Cord that she behaves better when he’s around. The same sentiment seemed to apply to Clint with Viki, and even carried through to other characters in less obvious ways. For example, Rex has prioritized his son, which resulted in him giving Clint’s property, money and company back to him. Tomas stated that he did not deserve to have his family or Blair in his life unless he was able to do so honorably. These are only a few of the examples of how each character’s behavior is not based solely on their personality – but also affected by the characters around them and the people they love. This is truly a success in that it immerses the viewer in the complete web of Llanview’s families, friends and neighbors and allows a feeling of connection instead of the often more familiar feeling that people are talking purely to advance the plot.
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