By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Sunday is a great time to reflect on what’s happened during the week on soaps. So Marlena happily presents the first of a feature called “Sunday Reflections.
General Hospital: Leave it to this regime at GH to bring in a GQ mobster, Joe Scully Jr., as played by the mighty fine looking Richard Steinmetz (ex-Santa Barbara, Sunset Beach) He’s no Paulie Walnuts or Bobby “Bacalla” from The Sopranos. I dig Joe’s artfully clipped hair. But what I really like about Joe is that he’s definitely a Brooklyn “des,” “dems” and “does” guy withouthaving to say the actual words “des,” “dems” and “does.” Joe’s is a master liar who usually got away with everything in the past (sound familiar?) I can hardly wait to see the super melodramatic prison reunion this week between Joe and Kate, the woman he raped long ago. This rape produced a son, obviously Trey, played by slick looker Erik Valdez, an actor I don’t especially like. So that makes a show with how many rapists? Todd, Joe, Luke. And how many murderers walking around? Sonny, Jason, Heather, Johnny. That’s exactly double the number of such criminals GH had under Guza. Sopranos creator David Chase could hardly dreamed up this line-up, no? Ladies and gents, please no letters on the good looks of Maurice Benard and Steve Burton. I already know.
The Young and the Restless: When a friend tweeted two weeks ago “I can’t believe that I’d be so glad to see Christine again,” I just laughed. Now I agree. Lauralee Bell is demonstrating a wonderful maturity and great passion as she now plays a lawyer who is out to prosecute Phyllis for her long ago hit and run involving herself and Paul on their almost wedding day. Speaking of Phyllis, the character has become way too overexposed and tiresome of late. Not that I would ever write a bad word about Miss Michelle Stafford! Give the ever-in-trouble, perpetually center stage Phyllis a little screen time rest already, Ms. Arena Bell!
Days of Our Lives: Except for enjoying the Will coming-out story on Days, I have hardly watched this show for a long time. Getting back into it is proving to be very tough. Is this show slow or is it just me? What I really need is a spoonful to sugar (to make the medicine go down). How about a reappearance of that sublimely kooky character Susan Banks? Eileen Davidson is returning to Days in October after the veteran actress was so unfortunately given the boot from Y&R. (As Kristen, her doppelganger Susan, or both, who knows?) I could really use a laugh at the sight of Susan’s screwed up sour face and buck teeth again (and Davidson is so beautiful!) I wonder if they are going to bring along Susan’s brother Thomas and sisters Mary Moira and Penelope again, all so masterfully played by Davidson in 1993-98. She was nominated for a Best Actress Emmy in 1998! Of course, these comic characters were created and written by the late and much missed Jim Reilly, whose imagination and sense of humor (and solid knowledge of classic soap writing) are so badly needed on daytime these days. But can you imagine anyone but Jim writing Davidson’s hilarious characters again? What do you want to bet me that this show tries it? Could anyone else write Passions‘ Tabitha and Timmy?
Extra, extra: Hurry on over to the We Love Soaps website (www.welovesoaps.net) as they are doing another of their very entertaining soap lists. In the tradition of their 50 Best Actors and Best Actresses list, they are currently counting down the 50 Best (Super) Couples. Marlena has been asked to contribute to all three, and what fun I’ve had doing so! What’s hard about doing a list like this is getting the historic context right. (Readers and other contributors tend to submit couples that they watched in the recent 20 years or so.) So I’m very pleased to see some very old time couples listed already, such as Chris and Snapper on Y&R and Phil and Tara on All My Children. They’ve even listed Dark Shadows’ Barnabas and (sweet) Josette, whereas I was rooting for Barnabas and (the deliciously evil) Angelique. These ex-lovers/enemies, as played by the late Jonathan Frid and the very beautiful Lara Parker, were truly electric together.