By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
For Marlena, this week wasn’t about the shows or the storylines. It was about individual moments, some divine, some not so…
Divine: Nikki and Victor’s long embrace, promising each other to rebuild among the ruins of the Newman ranch, all set to The Young and Restless theme (Nadia’s Theme). I love this traditional soaps move, playing a crucial plot moment for their lead characters or couple against the theme music of the show. It is such a mood moment, in this case such a romantic and a greatly grounding one for two characters who have endured so much together and always come through. A very nice touch by the show’s new production regime.
Divine: Every moment in the consecutive episodes in which Stephanie told her loved ones (Brooke, Thorne, etc.) she was going to die, by giving them a hand-delivered invitation to a party celebrating her life. I sobbed at every single sad announcement and adored the flashbacks accompanying these scenes. Nice job, Susan Flannery and The Bold and the Beautiful writers, who accomplished these emotional scenes with the upmost class.
Divine: Sally Spectra, the most divine soap character of all! B&B surprised its audience by having Stephanie invite her dear frenemie Sally to her party. Oh, those fabulous flashbacks of the hilarious duo of Sally and Stephanie! Actress Darlene Conley died in 2007, yet Sally is still alive on the show, living in the tropics with Fabio.
Not so divine (even tacky, and not in a good way), likewise on B&B, was a real time scene in which Fabio answered Stephanie’s call for Sally, who was represented by someone in a red wig, back to the camera, speaking a line in a fake Darlene Conley voice. This moment was so weird, and not a tribute to our darling Darlene, whose memory deserves only the best.
Not so divine: On General Hospital, Jason is shot in the back (probably) by Duke on the pier, and Duke kicks the injured Jason into the harbor. What an ignoble end for the lead hero of GH and for the actor Steve Burton, who had been on the show for more than 20 years. And to be shot to death by Duke, a character who has been back on the show and in Port Charles for only two months! Marlena shall cry into her pillow every night until the show explains why the divine Duke (as played by Ian Buchanan) has turned so evil in this incarnation.
Divine: On Days of Our Lives, the other Marlena says to the newly re-arrived Kristin in the middle of an argument: “This all feels so déjà vu.” I’ll say! The divine character of evil Kristin DiMera is one of the few characters in Days history who disrespects Doc, and caused plenty of trouble for years and years. Let the new round of tortuous games begin!
What were your divine or not so divine moments of the soap week? Dites-moi vos choix, s’il vous plait!