When they're bad, they're downright despicable. One such contemptible creature and the object of my unrelenting ridicule is resident troublemaker, Chloe. I simply can't stand her. So I guess that means she's doing her job. As the week began, Chloe continued to show her softer side, but it didn't reduce my revulsion in the least. Because, despite the simpering smirk on her scheming face, the outline of the scales on her snake skin were still clearly visible. Of course, she can afford to be nicer now that she's gotten everything she wanted and more. She's got Cane eating out of her hands like one of those goats at the zoo, who spend their days gobbling quarters' worth of feed out of little kids' palms. Esther stays in gushing grandmother mode. And while Jill is not nearly as demonstrative as her grandma-to-be counterpart, she, too, has fully accepted Chloe as one of the family. Even Billy has thawed considerably toward the little gremlin, bearing baby I love New York gifts. But, me, I'm in need of a little soap justice. I don't mind the bad girls; in fact daytime would be unwatchable without them. But half the fun of seeing them weave their wicked web around their prey is the anticipation of the joy I'll feel when their day of payback arrives and they wind up hopelessly entangled in their own snare.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Chloe, I'm not at all certain I'll be content with her comeuppance. Because even if Cane boots her little caboose to the concrete curb once he learns the depth of her deception, Billy may be all too eager to retrieve the reins big brother has cast to the ground, especially if the little seed Chloe carries remains intact. And Esther's Mommy love isn't likely to decrease no matter what her deceitful little darling has done. She'll be too gaga over little Katherine and too guilt-ridden for all the Mommy deeds she herself failed to carry out. As for Jill, I bet she could care less how much trickery the tart employed, after all, in her heyday, she pulled quite a number of underhanded tricks to trap her men into captivity.
I know I'm probably being unreasonable, but I would hate to see Chloe get to live happily ever after when she so determinedly and purposely set out to ruin so many lives. I could understand if she had done all that she did out of a helpless, undeniable love for Cane. That, at least, would make her plan more palatable. But she didn't (and doesn't) really even care about Cane. So she could have left Cane and Lily alone and saddled Billy with her wee one from the beginning. For her crime, I want Chloe to end up both baby and man-less. What I definitely don't want to see is Cane falling for Chloe, and Billy falling for his baby and Chloe, but only after Lily has fallen for him.
At this point, even though Billy knows the truth and isn't man enough to step up to the plate and assume his father-to-be responsibilities, I'm rooting for him and Lily, although it seems pointless given the fact that he knows he's Chloe's baby daddy. Because I'm afraid he'll eventually feel the pull of Papa-hood and woe to Lily if she's been foolish enough to have fallen for the cad. Besides, even though my opinion could change, depending on the scribes' script, right now the Lily-Cane pairing has been tainted for me. Both Cane and Lily were much too gullible and accepting concerning the questionable DNA results. They gave their love away without even a tiny tussle to keep it, so perhaps they deserve to be apart.
Of course, Chloe is a rank amateur when placed beside GC's finest and most experienced manipulator, Phyllis Newman. Hammer in hand; Phyllis has repeatedly pounded nails into the coffin of Jack and Sharon's marriage. Not that I can place all the blame on Phyllis since Jack had already damaged the wood to a near unrepairable extent. But it seems Phyllis won't be satisfied until that union has expired and is well on its way to the hot place. And to hopefully give it a good shove to send it there, Phyllis summoned Brad on New Year's Eve to assist her in her dirty work. But, disproving Phyllis' oft-touted claim that Sharon always needs a man to prop her up, Sharon showed no interest in investing in anything her prop had to offer. And for that, Sharon got a round of applause from me. By the way, Phyllis' insecurities continue to show with her gift of a GPS system to Nick. And maybe it was just me who thought so, but Phyllis seemed to accept her diamond bracelet with about as much enthusiasm as one would greet a Cracker Jack prize, and Nick eyed his GPS with a decided lack of excitement. If there is any soap justice, I'm guessing it won't be long before Nick finally catches a glimpse of the real Phyllis. I can hardly wait.
Speaking of applause, even though many fans are fond of pointing to Sharon's every stumble as an example of her Saint Slut-hood, Sharon showed she can still be a class act, and got a standing O from me for her performance this week. Unlike so many other soap sirens, who often don't hesitate to sink their claws into what really isn't theirs to claim, Sharon did the right thing by returning the Abbott manse to the rightful Abbott hands.
The third despicable daytime dame to merit my mockery is, of course, Olivia. And I would bet my last buck that I was not the sole fan in the world screeching like an unbalanced banshee at the TV, while tossing every soft object I could get my hands on at her likeness. What a hateful hag this woman continues to be. Who quit and put her in charge of Neil's marital joy? And what makes her so sure he's eager to wed a Dru clone? Even if he was, what the heck makes her think Tyra is the drama mama who fits the bill? I've known Tyra longer than Olivia has and I've seen neither hide nor hair of that fire Olivia is convinced Tyra is hiding from the world. Karen might not be Miss Excitement on the surface, although I do like her, but Tyra doesn't seem to be a moth-drawing flame either. Maybe Olivia does have Neil's best interests at heart, although she's been away for so long, she can hardly claim to know him as well as she insists. But Neil is not the same man she used to know. As for Olivia, however, she certainly hasn't changed much. Because this interfering busybody is the same Olivia who once felt it was okay to tumble into bed with the married to her best bud, Brad. I'm with fan Carolyn below. If this is all the scribes intend for Olivia to do, I say bid this babe a not so fond farewell.
As much as I find little to root for in Tyra, she does deserve her props for refusing to follow Olivia's cockamamie counsel. Liv already went out of her way to let Neil know Tyra was both interested and a better fit for him, but I didn't see him racing to Tyra's side. So what makes Olivia think Tyra was going to convince the man to dump his betrothed and marry her instead? And, on top of that, if Neil had done as Olivia suggested, then I guess Ana would have gone to strangers, because I thought the whole reason for relegating her to foster care was because Child Services refused to release her to Tyra. But, of course, Olivia didn't think of that. I guess she thought Tyra would be so anxious to get her hands on Neil that she would forsake the child she claims to live for.
The fourth and final despicable dame of the week is Jill. Another hateful hag in action. Yes, I know. It would be a bit hard to accept the reality of Katherine magically coming back to life. But in my opinion, Jill gave it a whole lot less than the good old college try. Another, yes I know, it was handled that way for the sake of a more compelling (and longer) story, but to have the woman arrested without even looking for a little token proof was cruel, even for Jill. A woman as rich as Katherine would practically have her dentist and doctor on speed dial. So it would have been a simple matter to have those pearly whites checked instead of just rejecting her claim right out of hand. I don't know about any of you, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for Katherine, hustled out of her own home in handcuffs, Marge's old coat thrown at her head in the hallway. Like fan Carolyn, I can't wait for the coming confrontation between Mother and Daughter Chancellor when the truth finally comes out. Funny, Jill, who has known Kay practically all of her adult life, instantly disbelieved and rejected Kay, not even trying to check out her story, yet Gloria, who knew her for all of a few years, and after two minutes of conversation, easily acknowledged the woman sharing her cell was Kay. Speaking of that jail, has Genoa City jail suddenly instituted a no-touch policy? We've seen visitors streaming in and out of that place, hugging, kissing, even slapping their sons upside the head, but Kay and Murphy can't even get a quick platonic peck on the cheek at arrival and departure?
Of course, it's not just the dames that are despicable in this town. A few of the men folk residing here have some unattractive traits as well. Like Jack. With Gloria's arrest and confession to tainting the cream, Jack can finally return to Jabot and, despite Billy's attempt to keep him out, he wasted no time doing exactly that. Of course, if Victor has anything to do with things, Jack's reign will be short-lived. But, forget about Victor. Because Jack's worst enemy is not Victor. It's his own wayward, uncontrollable tongue. Jack never seems to meet a bad situation he can't open his mouth and make eminently worse. Which was exactly what he couldn't stop himself from doing during a chance meeting with Victor. Jack doesn't make it easy to feel any sympathy on his behalf, when much of what he gets, he brings directly upon himself.
And then there's Victor. Now that he's decided to retake the Newman reins, Nick is right to wonder which Victor persona will be running the Newman show. Because Victor, for all his bellowing and belly-aching, is no better than the man he detests. He is fully prepared to sabotage his own romance with Ashley, so intent is he on revenging himself against Jack. So much for that line he constantly spouts about keeping his business vendettas separate from his personal ones. Now, because he so hates Jack, he would scheme to give Jabot back to Jill, a woman who should already have more than enough to keep her busy with at Chancellor. And at the same time take it away from the woman he allegedly loves, and it's her family company to boot. Victor doesn't want anyone outside the family (or inside it for that matter) running his empire, at least not for long, yet he obviously sees nothing wrong in taking Ashley's away from her. But Victor's always been a bit of a chauvinist. He probably feels Ashley should be content to tinker with test tubes in the lab instead of being front and center in the CEO seat. The man is indeed a disgraceful despot. Shame on him. And I will be the first to laugh uproariously when Ashley leaves the evil old thing.
I'm not too impressed with Paul either. I know Heather is not well-liked by fans. With her ever-worsening case of extreme tunnel vision and her tendency to fly off the handle and flounce off in petulant fury. But Paul isn't always the upstanding PI he pretends to be and hasn't been the best example of a Papa. Right or wrong, he has smashed Heather to the floor and left shoe prints on her back in his haste and zeal to protect Nikki and Victor, yet he isn't above bending or outright breaking the law when he deems the situation calls for it. He may claim to always follow the letter of the law in his pursuit of the truth, but he's not above scribbling outside the lines while playing protector.
Much like Michael when it comes to Gloria. No, Gloria might not be responsible for killing Emma Gibson, but clearly the law has her dead to rights when it comes to tampering with the product. Michael knows it; just as he knows he and his family did everything they could to cover her crime. He knew when he was railroading Jack right out of the executive suite that it was his mommy who deserved to be shown the door, but he didn't hesitate to feed Jack piece by piece to the wolves anyway.
Now I'm not saying Jack hasn't done plenty on his own to earn the enmity of the Fisher-Baldwin clan, but I just hate when Michael turns all bellowing self-righteousness when he's far in the wrong. Paul and Michael have both proven they will place themselves above the law, but still get up most mornings and shrug into their honorable shirts when their actions are often anything but.
Jana is back. And not a second too soon. I already like her better this way. With all her talk of cosmic karma and auras and keeping the spirits happy, I expected her to start burning incense and telling fortunes. I can't wait to see what mischief the Fishers get up to. Let the games begin.
Well, although there is always more that can be said, now seems like as good a place as any to stop. For 2009, I must say I have to agree with the hype. I do believe the best IS yet to come. And like you, I'll be watching to see if it's true.
Okay, fans, your turn on the podium with your picks of pluses and minuses. See ya next week.