By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Soaps are often very logical, with storyline happenings and conclusions ironed out well in advance. Even so, for many veteran soap watchers it’s hard not to second guess the logic of soap writers.
For example, we can see exactly why The Young and the Restless recently decided to make Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) the biological father to Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton). Both are heroic characters and Davidson and Burton are unquestioned stars of the show. But did they have to do it in a storyline that engendered absolutely no suspense?
Specifically, Paul was shot and lingered near death for many weeks. Dylan, suddenly informed he was not Ian Ward’s son but Dylan’s, decided to give Paul part of his liver in a transplant operation, even though it meant endangering his own life because of old war injuries. Would Paul and/ or Dylan die? Really, this is supposed to be a mystery. Viewers know that Davidson has been on the show for 35 years, and Burton has been its big deal star since coming over from General Hospital last year. Come on, nobody in this storyline is going to die!
So far, however, the acting alone has carried the storyline. Davidson, whose character is the chief of police, is usually used just for background, but here he’s getting a real chance to shine. He really delivered when Paul woke up from surgery and hallucinated that son Dylan was really his dead son Ricky who Paul shot two years ago. Davidson won a Daytime Emmy for Best Actor for that storyline. As I write this, Dylan has just passed out in the hospital after his operation and his life is very much in danger. But is he going to die? I don’t think so.
General Hospital offers another unanswered question concerning plot logic: One of the nice things about soaps is that men and women can develop a platonic relationship like the one shared by Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). He recently consoled her when Silas left Sam alone in the park during a date so he could tend to his wife Nina, who had faked having an accident. Sam is also investigating a different car accident in which someone (probably Rafe) ran Patrick and Sabrina off the road, forcing the premature birth (and subsequent death) of their baby Gabriel.
All of this begs the question: if Patrick and Sam are such good friends, why hasn’t Patrick told Sam that her husband Jason is alive? Patrick’s wife Dr. Robin left him so she could find a solution to bringing Jason out of some kind of vegetative state. It’s a puzzle to logical viewers why Patrick still hasn’t disclosed the big storyline secret that Jason is still alive to his wife. What gives?