By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
On soaps, romance comes in many permutations, some exhilarating and some, shall we say, less so. Far out on the latter end of the spectrum is the romance that seems to be on the horizon on The Bold and Beautiful. I’d place it solidly in the category of “Ew!”
We got our first clue this week when jewelry company head Quinn kissed Forrester CEO Eric for not cancelling her contract with the company. The kiss of gratitude was clearly meant to be romantic. But he’s decades older than she is, and the big smooch came off as gross and most unbelievable. The second clue came the next day when Eric kissed her back, and it was like Grandpa lip-locking his granddaughter. Are we ready for this May-December pairing? Pas moi!
Keeping It Real
It’s a soap’s obligation to present situations that feel absolutely real to the viewer. This week two soaps came up with storyline turns that, to put it mildly, felt very contrived. Do these diseases really have such immediate and radical consequences?
— On General Hospital, Sonny, a manic-depressive, went off his meds. In real life, such meds take a while to wear off it not taken. But Sonny, still grieving for his lately deceased love Connie, immediately lost it and danced up a storm at Kiki and Morgan’s wedding reception. Further, he blurted out that he had kept from “cousin” Michael his knowledge that Morgan knew that Kiki wasn’t a Quartermaine before he married her. A little quick to blame the outburst on the meds. Even so, I loved the crazed manic gleam in Maurice Benard’s eyes during this party sequence.
— On The Young and the Restless, Dylan, a victim of PTSD, kidnaped baby Connor when he found out that Adam is the biological father of “his” son with Chelsea. It was terribly out of character for Dylan to do this, and who knew that the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome could be so overwhelming and drastic? Again, solid acting came to the rescue. Kudos to Steve Burton.
In baseball they call a player who can play several positions well a utility player. Well, this year’s newest and most valuable soap utility player may be William deVry, who now plays Derek Wells/Julian Jerome on GH. He’s equally adept as a criminal (who this week committed murder), a businessman, a concerned father and grandfather and a romantic love interest for Nancy Grahn‘s Alexis, even though he is a decade younger than she is. Canadian actor deVry is no stranger, of course. He proved his great value and talent on soaps in the past, playing Bianca’s rapist Michael Cambias on All My Children and suicide victim Storm Logan on B&B.
I’d like to strongly endorse hard-working author Jeff Giles’ “Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live,” available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book form. It’s nostalgia heaven for longtime viewers of the show, like moi, as stars and backstagers tell in their own words the story of the many decades the soap was on ABC. What I really liked was the story is told not only by its big stars like Erika Slezak (Viki) and Bob Woods (Bo), but also like long-ago favorites like MarilynChris (Wanda) and Julie Montgomery (Samantha.) Cheers!