Bt Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
In their drive to create more and more entertaining soap opera, writers sometimes devise situations that are fanciful and, to put it bluntly, hard to believe. After all, soap viewers will buy anything, right? Wrong. Recently, three soaps have come up with situations which Marlena finds incredibly hard to buy:
The Young and the Restless’ faux Cassie: As Y&R viewers know, Cassie, daughter of Nick and Sharon, died when she was quite young. Recently, Sharon has been shown having extensive conversations with what she thought was Cassie’s ghost. But she really is a Cassie a look-alike, hired by Victor, who is in quest of finding out Sharon’s secret (that Nick really fathered Summer, not Jack). How would Victor find an exact Cassie look-alike, especially one of the right age? This story is cruel, and even took more of a cruel turn when Sharon turned to electroshock therapy (ECT) to extinguish her visions of Cassie. It is good, however — especially in scenes with Sharon Case — to see an adult Camryn Grimes, who is again playing Cassie, or more correctly, her look-alike.
The Bold and the Beautiful’s suddenly crazy, neurotic Aly Forrester: When Ashlyn Pearce debuted as Forrester granddaughter Aly, she brought a real breath of fresh young air to the show, which is mostly filled with older adults. So how sad it is to see her character descend into a kind of neurotic madness, as she has taken to a real hatred of Hope’s suitor Wyatt Fuller. She will do anything to destroy Wyatt, because she feels he destroys Hope’s wholesome values, as made famous by the publicity for Hope’s “Hope for the Future” line of fashion. Recently, Aly has even been seen talking to her dead mother Darla, who was killed in an auto crash long ago. We hope this character makes a quite recovery from all this craziness and is not ruined for good.
General Hospital’s A.J. is shot and Luke is not what he seems to be: Recently, GH has had a lot of fanciful storylines, not the least of which was that A.J. was shot by Sonny, supposedly because he killed Connie, which he did not. (Ava has confessed to the murder.) All his life A.J. has been endlessly and sometimes unbelievably in trouble, his antics filling way too many hours of GH drama. Remember when he, a life-long drunk, conceived Michael in the street with Carly? Remember when Sonny hung A.J. from a meat hook? This time, no matter how many times he swore not to destroy A.J., his son’s Michael’s biological father, Sonny took a shot at A.J. Will he live to die? Actor Sean Kanan is leaving the show.
And if we are to believe GH’s Friday cliffhanger, it turns out that Luke is the one who has been bankrolling mobster Julian Jerome after all. Huh? Sure, Luke has not been himself since he was wrongly imprisoned in Heather’s lunatic asylum. But where would he get the money or the resources to be behind such a major mobster like Julian?