We had all of that this week and more!
Hi everyone. First, Iíd like to quickly introduce myself before I sink my teeth into this weekís show. My name is Liz and Iím a long time viewer, and big fan, of One Life to Live. Iím filling in for my good friend Dawn, who will be back in two weeks with another one of her wonderful columns.
So, letís start with Nashís exit. I confess that Iím biased. I absolutely adore Forbes March. Heís good looking, sexy and a fantastic actor. It crushed me when I learned that he was leaving One Life to Live. Nash was an interesting character with tremendous potential. Itís beyond me why the writers seemed to give up on the character but they did. Once he was happily married to Jessica, Nash was shoved into a closet and left to collect moth balls. It was a complete waste of Forbesí talent.
That said though, I do love it when they kill off characters. The scenes always pack an extra powerful punch. That was the case this week with Nashís exit. I thought the scenes absolutely rocked. Bree Williamsonís performances were outstanding. There wasnít a scene that I didnít cry right along with Jessica. When Michael walked out and said that surgery was pointless, like Jessica, I was flabbergasted. What?!?! When did it become the doctorís decision to let a patient die? If I ever fall, two stories, through a skylight, I had better have my poor broken body rushed into surgery or so help me I will come back and haunt every single doctor and nurse who gave up on me! I expected Jessica to completely unleash her fury when she ran into the chapel. I was surprised when, instead, she acknowledged all the blessings and miracles that sheíd been given. It was that much more poignant when she began begging God to spare Nashís life. I was a bit annoyed with Viki though when she told Jessica that she was asking for the impossible. Isnít that what miracles are? I understood though that Vikiís heart was in the right place. She was preparing her daughter for the inevitable. Of course Nash was going to die. They stopped giving him medical treatment!!!
The heart wrenching moment of the week, for me, came when Viki overheard Jessica talking to Nash about the baby that she was carrying. The look on Vikiís face when she heard that, it was as if sheíd been sucker punched. I couldnít help but wonder if Viki flashed back to the day that her first husband, Joe Riley, died of brain cancer, leaving her alone to raise two small boys.
The scene of the week though, was definitely when Jessica railed at Natalie and then slapped her into next week! Normally, I like Natalie but she had that one coming. She had no business taking Jared in to see Nash. Jaredís need to apologize wasnít more important than Nashís right to die in peace. What happened between Nash and Jared wasnít murder. It was horrible and tragic, yes, but not criminal. Jaredís apology to Nash and Natalieís defense of Jared, every time his name was mentioned, was unnecessary.
In the end, Natalie has only herself to blame for the rift between her and Jessica. Jessica needed her sisterís support but didnít get it. Natalie was too busy giving Jared support and frankly I donít think he deserved it. Jared may not have been guilty of Nashís death but he was guilty of the family losing their business and Nash his vineyard.
Now letís switch gears to a few lighter moments. The funniest scene of the week, hands down, was when Sean was watching television and they interrupted his program for a late breaking news report about the stockholders meeting! Man, could I sympathize! On Wednesday and Thursday, we had nothing but constant severe weather breaks all day and night long. I was just as frustrated as Sean was. Whatís the point of having that little map in the corner of the screen with all the warnings and watches listed? And what happened to the little ticker that would announce late breaking IMPORTANT news at the bottom of the screen? If it doesnít require me to take immediate cover or to run for my life then catch me during commercials or between shows!
Another hilarious scene was Clint trying to wring Dorianís miserable neck. I was in stitches! Robin Strasser played it perfectly. Dorian standing there, all but giggling with glee and purring with satisfaction, was enough to make ME want to reach through the screen and wrap my hands around her throat. I completely understood Clintís urge to do it. Sadly for Dorian, karma appears to be far from finished with her. Adriana has learned of Mommy Dearestís last ditch effort to derail her marriage to Rex and the Cramer women were unanimously appalled at the idea of Cramer Enterprises. On top of that, Dorian made the mistake of scamming David out of some much needed cash. That was a very dumb move because David knows that Dorian had Charlie. When David learns that Charlie was found just a few short hours later, supposedly after an all-night bender, heís going to use that information to his advantage, not Dorianís. What Dorian did to Charlie was criminal. She drugged him, kidnapped him and then forced a nearly lethal dose of alcohol down his throat. According to Michael, Charlie was saved only because Viki had called an ambulance. If Charlie had been left, even an hour longer, he could have died of alcohol poisoning.
Todd was another source of amusement this week. That is something that I really didnít think would be possible. Lately, Todd has been less than entertaining. However, I did enjoy his scene with Bree. It was nice to see that side of Todd and I loved it when Viki came down and freaked, thinking Bree had wolfed down a bunch of Oreo cookies. Thatís the Todd I like, not the one who terrorizes his family and breaks into their home.
I want to quickly mention two scenes that I had issues with. The first was when Charlie was being taken to the hospital. The paramedics were talking and pretty much said that they were wasting their time saving Charlie. The other scene was between two police officers following Nashís fall through the skylight. They were just as callous and disrespectful as the paramedics. I know that in real life there are people like that, but I didnít understand the point of those scenes. These were some nameless characters we will probably never see again. Who cares what they thought?
Finally, it looks like we are finally going to find out who the woman is, stashed in Ramseyís penthouse. I have been avoiding spoilers because I want to be surprised but I canít avoid the news. I know we have a couple of returns scheduled. Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) and the original Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskill) are headed back to Llanview. My theory is that itís Marty in that bed. It would make sense because Ramsey hates John and John and Marty were an item before she went KABOOM in the van that we all saw explode.
See why I wasnít too upset about Nashís death?
Liz Masters is a freelance writer who occasionally submits news stories for Soap Central. She is filling in for Dawn this week.