This past week yielded few surprises and we lost a day, but some
nuggets were gleaned anyway. Lulu and Dante have decided that they
will work on their relationship. These two have been selfish and
childish much too long. They do agree a new bed and probably a new
house is a great idea. The former head writer was trying to shake
things up, I get that. But the way he did it was short sighted and a
disservice to the show, the characters and the actors. He changed
Dante into a faithless cheated who didn't have the decency to talk
to his wife before inviting her cousin into the marital bed. He
turned Liz into an unrecognizable liar who thought only of herself
and forgot her children. He turned Nikolas into a heartless liar who
easily tried to have a woman killed. He killed Silas, created Denise
Demuccio and wrote Brad and Rosalie into a Gordian knot. Jason was
inherently decent, and using him as a puppet for Helena was
interesting, however. It gave Sonny a way to get out of prison. Sam
was portrayed as a watered down version of herself, and she was
pushing to be Suzy Homemaker. Oops.. This got away from me, so let
me go back. Sam and Jason were moving fast. It seems that it is too
fast. They may be married, but they really don't know each other. If
they don't slow down they will risk losing any chance they have. I'm
glad that the writers have seen this and are going to start a new
courtship. I used to love Liz and Jason, but that was ruined by the
lie. Liz is going to figure out a way for Jason to reclaim some of
his memories. This will help with her redemption. I hope she and Sam
can come to a place of tolerance. They both have children with Jason
and need to at least be cordial. Jason is still in a place of
finding himself. His past is just a concept to him. He has heard the
stories, but it's abstract until he remembers on his own. I like his
interaction with Monica, and I was pleased that Carly admitted that
she tried to keep him away from the Q's. Monica has lost so much,
Alan, Emily, AJ and even Jason that it would be nice to put one in
the win column for once. Anna is back, or at least on that path. She
doesn't trust Paul (rightly so) and needs allies she can count on.
Robert and Mac are both solidly in her corner, but it's not enough.
When Sonny showed up at her house, it was fortuitous for her. She
knows how Sonny operates. She knows that in his own way he is
honorable, so she made sure his attention was drawn to the photo of
Carlos. She gave him enough time to look it over and came back,
allowing him to question her and draw his own conclusions. Now she
has someone with a greater reach helping her. He even agreed to keep
her in the loop because of his great respect for Duke. Trust me,
this is going to be exciting! I have to give Ava props for handing
Avery over to Sonny. She could have called Julian, but put Avery
first. This week there will be a twist that no one would have
predicted three months ago. Ava might not be running guns anymore,
but she did make a dangerous enemy in Raj. Raj blames Ava directly
for what happened on the pier. She had convinced him to ignore
Morgan's presence before, and it came back to bite them all in the
ass. Ava has a target on her back, and so does Kiki and Avery. Sonny
steps in to help. He really likes Kiki and feels responsible for her
being on the docks that night. Think about this.. Carly told Sonny
she would call and donate his wheelchair. He agreed. She said she
would call the contractors to remove all the ramps and equipment
that was needed for his accessibility and comfort. He said no. Guess
who he may be hosting? It's actually the best and safest option,
unless Raj comes through the backyard. Anybody can get in the back
way. Yes, I am being sarcastic. But I am certain that not only will
they all be at Sonny's, there will be a new understanding. Not with
Carly. She hates Ava. There are things that are happening now that
are far reaching on other fronts. Julian is getting serious about
sinking Crimson. Alexis needs this issue for her lawsuit, and her
husband is doing all he can to kill it. Nina is an innocent, but she
has great instincts and she is intelligent. Her desire to make
Crimson a success is equal to Julian's desire to destroy it. She
turned his sabotage around once. She will do it again. And does
anyone really think he left the mob? Not me. He is in it up to his
eyeballs and it will come out. Tracy is in deep doodoo healthwise.
Dr. Mayes has tunnel vision. There is an old joke, What is the
difference between God and a neurosurgeon? God doesn't think he's a
neurosurgeon. Dr. Mayes has a God complex and he will be fired from
another case. First Sonny, now Tracy. Dr. Munro will save the day,
probably with an assist from the new doctor. Speaking of Griffin
Munro, his desire to get to know Anna and get some answers is going
to be bittersweet. He is Duke's son and also has connections to
Sonny. He will integrate into the community nicely.
Franco and Nina seem to be heading for trouble. Everyone is up in
arms that he and Liz are going to be a couple. They are not. Franco
found a great capacity for love with Nina and Kiki. He wants to be a
father, but he has been shut down and put down for so long, that he
rejects the idea. Give these two some time in a mature and real
situation. They will work it out. And Kiki is not Nina's daughter.
The past week has been emotional and revealing. First, we can all
agree about Bryan Craig and his gritty and realistic performance as
Morgan in the throes of mental illness. Maurice Benard and Laura
Wright were beautiful and fragile as his heartbroken and finally
aware parents. They finally saw that they were incapable of caring
for their son at home. Caroline Hennessey was amazing as she
witnessed Morgan's meltdown and assured him how much she and Max
loved him. Those tears got me.
Now, let's talk about things that bothered me.
1) Felicia bought Nathan a stuffed toy poodle. Nathan hated it
because it was too cute and reminded him of his lie. Instead of
giving it to Georgie or charity, he threw it away. Really?
2) Paul cares more about his image than doing the right thing. He
is protecting Ava, but wants to hang Morgan who is obviously ill.
3)Julian is hiding something about his mob involvement. He claims
to love Alexis, but I have to question his sincerity.
4) Jason has every right to see Sam. But after talking to Liz and
knowing how stressed out she is, he should have asked Sam to wait at
the hotel when Jake was being released.
4) Liz agreed to move in with Nik, knowing that Jason has a
problem with him. She should have told Jason upfront. Visiting Jake
is going to be hard.
5) Sam needs to accept the fact that she is insensitive a lot of
times. Pot meet Kettle.
6)Dante must have taken those divorce papers to court the minute
Lulu signed them. He can't keep playing "she loves me, she
loves me not". Play her or trade her!
7) Franco is turning into a world class turd. He is sweet and
kind to Liz and Ava, but the woman he professes to love begs for
scraps. Dick move!
8) Alexis is now Kiki's aunt and Julian's wife. She can't spare
three minutes to visit and offer support to her sister in law?
There is so much left for us to ruminate, but let's start with
Raj. He is still running around town and will be popping up soon. He
is a loose cannon and he has targets. Ava because she asked him to
leave Morgan alone and then blew the deal, Paul, because he was
playing both sides and Sonny, because of Morgan. When this explodes,
and it will, where will Julian fit in?
Sonny and Carly are at a crossroads in their marriage already. He
kept her in the dark, and a lie of omission is still a lie. I know
why Sonny did it and I agree with him. Carly just can't control her
emotions and the whole town would have known. They will get past
this. But, if they don't? There's always Laura.
Jason will get a taste of his own past this week and it will
ignite his desire to reclaim it. Monica will finally get her chance
to get her son back. I really think that between Carly, Liz and Sam,
Jason gets a pretty clear picture of who he is. The question begs,
Who will he become? And how will this affect the people in his life?
Helena's will could play a part. Griffin Munro is following Anna,
and speculation is running wild about who he is and what he is up to
with her. Could he be her son by Duke? Or perhaps someone who needs
to have questions answered? The answer is coming quickly.
Julian is trying to sabotage the newest issue of Crimson. Maxie
derailed it, but is unaware that Julian ordered the printer to Go
Green again. Fortunately for Nina and Maxie, he is otherwise
occupied. Nathan is going to tell Maxie the truth about Claudette.
This means that she is in town already or heading that way. We get
to see Brad this week! He helps Griffin with his concern over Tracy
and her diagnosis. Hayden is about to implode her life and marriage.
She is going to do some fancy dancing! There is so much more, but I
have gone on long enough. Thanks for reading!
oday, I am giving out the awards for the
week. It has been exciting and electric. Here are my
Best Moment in a church: Sonny jumping out
of his chair to stop Dixon. Even though the brakes were on, it rolled backwards
Best Moment of Betrayal; Carly walking in to
see Sonny standing over Dixon with a gun, and Sonny trying to be a badass. Even
Dixon could tell Sonny was afraid of her.
Best Moment of Heartbreak; Morgan on the
ledge, preparing to jump. Seeing his vision of Kiki goading him. She failed. But
he really did give a great performance.
Runner up; Sonny trying to make Morgan
understand that he is loved. He actually was willing to jump with him. It would
be less stressful than dealing with Carly.
Best Moment of Kindness; Carly telling Ava
about Kiki. Ok, she still had her blood all over herself. Next time, take off
the sweater!! And we know there's always a next time.
Runner up; Franco comforting Ava. Honestly,
he loves Kiki, so he played nice with her screech owl mama.
Runner up; Monica, Jason and Liz. Liz said
it best. I want to get back to who I really am.
Best place to Kill or be Killed; Pier
Best Moment of Sleaze; Paul trying to
pretend he is competent and in charge. Anyone who deals with Paul needs Clorox
Best Moment by a guest bad guy; Raj! He
uncuffed his hostage before pushing her in the water.
Best Demonstration of footwear; Not Sam,
Lulu! She lost her shoes and her ability to swim simultaneously.
Best Moment of Shock; Morgan realizing that
Kiki took a bullet for him. And that he lost his daddy's gun.
Best Moment of Confusion; Maxie, after
hearing Nathan call her "Claudette". Quick Nathan! Fake sleep!
Best Impression of a Dying Woman; Lulu
floating motionless in the water. Why didn't she just swim to the dock? It was
only a foot away. She could have floated.
Runner up; Kiki, when her head flopped
sideways, while wearing gray lipstick. Lipstick was too obvious. Any color would
not have turned gray, even if her lips did!
Best Moment of Disgust; Anna talking to Paul
after the bust fell apart. She looked like she needed a shower with Comet
Best Moment of Clarity; Carly seeing the
true cost of being married to the mob. And knowing she has short term memory
loss where Sonny is concerned, this too shall pass.
Best Surprise; Ava offering to take
Kristina's place as a hostage.
Runner up; Franco, for trying to distract
Bravest Act; Maxie. She was willing to get
shot to save Nathan.
The What Just Happened award; Brad Cooper
for announcing his divorce from Rosalie.
Where is she? Dead? Hanging out with Ric and
Bobbie? Getting fat off of her divorce settlement?
This past week has been exciting. It also
gave us some glimpses into what is coming, if you were paying attention. Paul
pissed off Anna by suggesting that they squeeze Morgan to get him to flip on
Sonny. It was sleazy and cruel. Not to mention, moronic! A blind man could see
that Morgan was not acting on his father's orders. Paul is hiding something
besides the art he bought and his affair with Ava. There is more to this story,
and we will see it soon. They need to revive the election fraud
Alexis and Julian are married! It's
glorious. But, something is going to throw gas on their hot romance. If Julian
isn't already in the mob, he is about to be. The foreshadowing is plain to see.
Another thing to consider? Sam and Jason.
Will her little admission put pressure on Jason? She is going to tell him that
she is drawn to his prior dangerous lifestyle. Can she accept his quiet and
Let's take a quick look at Nik. He does love
Hayden, but she is a proven liar. His suspicious mind will push him to uncover
her past. How will that affect his marriage? Will he try to kill her again?
Confront her? Dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? Spencer's track record
with step mothers is as bad as Emma's.
Sonny and Ava will reach a point where they
leave their animosity off the table, at least temporarily. This can only benefit
Avery. Franco is being a calm and supportive friend to Ava and Liz, but he is
very discouraging to Nina. What does this mean? It doesn't bode well for them.
He needs to wake up. He thinks he is being honest with her and she will
understand. Wrong!! Nina is coming into her own. If Franco thinks he can control
her by being tough, he might lose her. Nina has been denied a home and family
for too long.
Morgan needs to go to Shady Brook. It's the
only way to get his life on track. He will hate it and when he is released,
there will be more drama. Morgan thinks everyone sees him as
Sabrina will be coming back in a few weeks.
What will this mean for Michael? Anna? How about Carlos? Will he use the murder
of Sloane to parlay a pardon? Will Curtis try to get Shawn out of prison? He
should. That would put the squeeze on Nik.
Tracy is ill. Is this the end of our
favorite snarky bitch? No! It's part of the story. Who will save her? Griffin
Munro is following Anna all over town, when he isn't walking around without a
shirt. Between Nik, Griffin and Anna, Google is getting a workout! Who's zooming
I think Lulu made the right call about
moving in with Nik for now. She needs to work out the problems that got them
here. Besides, the apartment has bad memories and karma. They should buy Robin
and Patrick's house! It's empty. Liz can't live there. It was Sam's address for
awhile. Everyone is moving into the castle. Nik needs to apply for a boarding
house license. The upside is that Hayden can't have a moment of peace. Nik will
be hiding in the catacombs for the foreseeable future. I've rambled enough. If
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And so it begins... I am building on previously published and yet to be
published spoilers, and how I think they may play out.