Whew! What an emotional week. I'm like a limp, wrung out rag on the floor, the salt taste of tears on my lips, my Puffs box empty. Between Brad's way too real looking icy demise, Katherine's stubbornly absent memories, Colleen's heartbroken anguish and Nick and Sharon's temporary reunion, my poor little emotions have gone up and down and all around.
So much for any hope Brad might one day make a miraculous return. Brad beneath that ice, his gloveless hand frozen in an upright position, as if he'd desperately been trying to scratch his way through, his red scarf, so gay in life, but so ghastly in death, is a visual this fan won't soon forget. It was very eerie, extremely effective, and, unfortunately, irrevocably final. Hard to believe he's really gone for good. But there's definitely no way to write him back from something like that. Even though the Brad character had undergone such a transformation he wasn't much liked by many fans anymore, the man he used to be and his future possibilities will be missed.
Colleen, for so long her sole role one of support for other characters' dramas and traumas, finally got a chance to stand on center stage, the single spotlight focused on her, and her performance as a daughter dealing with her Dad's untimely death was noteworthy. She gave me a second reason to surge to my feet in support when she fearlessly took on Victor. It was a wonderful change to see someone finally give Victor some of the verbal abuse he's constantly dishing out to others. Yes, I know, her anger and disgust isn't likely to last, and obviously Victor wasn't much fazed by it anyhow, still, it was gratifying to see one Genoa Citian with no interest in prostrating themselves at Victor's feet with an open offer for him to walk all over them. Ashley certainly isn't likely to be growing a backbone anytime soon when it comes to Victor and the only way those fault-hiding glasses will come off the end of her nose is if Victor inadvertently knocks them off. For Ashley, Victor does everything but walk on water, and perhaps she thinks on a good day he could do that too. As for Abby, though I agree with fan Anita below that Abby dresses like she's 30, she is but a child who will probably continue to be bought with more expensive trinkets. Though she was shocked at first by the venom in the voice mail Victor left for Brad, I doubt she'll lose much sleep fretting about it.
For his reaction to the realization that Brad died saving him from he and Eden's own foolishness, Noah deserves kudos. His shocked and disbelieving face pressed against Nick's shoulder, that one glittering, tear filled eye looking out at nothing had me snatching up a Puff and mopping at my eyes. In fact, all involved were magnificent in that particular scene. The way Nick rushed through the hospital room door one second after Sharon told Noah the news, looking neither right nor left, his only goal to give immediate comfort to his son; the final picture of the three of them clasped in an embrace, clearly drawing strength from each other, while Jack looked at them through the windowed door, his own anguish and realization written clearly on his face, had me rewinding again and again.
Now that Brad's been dispatched, Victor has won by default the Board seat battle and tug-of-war-over Abby. Which leaves him free to focus all his vindictive might on Jack. In a different twist on the adage that one should keep his enemies closer than friends, Victor seems to be preparing to surround Jack with what he thinks are friends and family but will eventually wind up being his foes. With Ashley under his thumb both on the ranch and perhaps on the Newman board, Billy under his control through Jill, Jack will be under attack no matter which direction he turns. Hard to believe Jack stands even a slim chance against all that Victor-propelled power.
Her memory files may be temporarily lost, but Kay proved to the smirking pawnbroker she can still be a formidable foe to reckon with. Lucky for him, he wisely decided not to see if she could put her future money where her mouth had already gone. Katherine is breaking my heart with her just out of reach memories and she's got me on pins and needles here. It would be nice to have the occasional flash of memory to keep me going until she finally regains her memories, her mansion and her money. But, like fan Cheryl below, the consolation prize for all this pin and needle pacing in place has been the antics of the Kay-helping foursome of Kevin, Amber, Daniel and Jana. While I'm enjoying all four, Kevin and Amber have been absolute standouts. The renewed friendship between the pair has been fun to watch. But, please, no romantic crossovers. I like Kevin with Jana and Daniel with Amber, and would hate to see this foursome fracture because of infidelity. We've got enough of that with Sharon-Nick-Phyllis and probably more to come with Neil-Karen-Tyra.
Well, it seems the great debate will continue to rage on when it comes to Nick and Phyllis vs. Sharon and Nick. Obviously, each pair has its diehard, faithful fans and no matter which duo rises intact from the muddy dirt, there will be a faction of fans unhappy with the outcome. For instance, of this week's fans who offered an opinion, it's four for and four against when it comes to one versus the other.
For myself, I'm not a fan of Nick and Phyllis. For the most part, I'm a staunch believer of fair play and retribution for wrongdoing. So it's been hard for me to drum up much sympathy for Phyllis' predicament. I mean, come on, regardless of why she felt it necessary, it was she who furnished all the pieces and lined up all the players to engineer this whole scenario. She couldn't be content with Nick leaving his first marriage and loving her madly. So I can't quite figure out why Phyllis is painting herself so surprised. She took her trusty sledge hammer to Jack and Sharon's already crumbling marriage and now she wants to twist her mouth and cry croc tears because Sharon wound up in Nick's willing arms. Why such surprise that exactly what she feared most has happened? Had Sharon been interested in revisiting Brad's charms, she had ample opportunity to do so yet chose not to.
And another thing, Phyllis landed her man while he was married, and I happen to believe that what goes around can often take a roundabout route to return right back to you. And since soap life has proven there's almost always a price to be paid to Queen Karma for doing both good and evil, Phyllis should have known that one day she'd receive a demand for payment in the mail. And I also didn't feel a thing when she was whimpering about the unfairness of finally getting her dream, then have it start slipping through her tightly clenched fingers. Well, unfortunately, her dream was Sharon's nightmare, just as it was once Christine's when Phyllis' then dream man was already spoken for. It is just and fair retribution that what she did to other women is now happening to her. She didn't seem to care what she was doing to Sharon or Christine's dreams when she set out to win their men by hook or by crook. Maybe it's just me, but it's impossible to root for a woman like that. I can't help but consider it poetic justice that she's having to sample the dish she once served to Sharon.
Then there is the fact that she keeps going on and on about her husband, her marriage, their daughter. What makes her feel that those things are so much more important than those exact same things when they belonged to Sharon? Why is her marriage, her husband and her daughter so much more important than Sharon's husband, marriage and children were? Funny how things can sort of come full circle. Phyllis stated numerous times back then that she had little to do with the death of Sharon's marriage; it was already in trouble before she came on the scene, she asserted. Well, apparently unbeknownst to her, this time it's her marriage that's toddling around on uncertain legs causing Nick to look over his shoulder at what he used to have. Sure, Sharon wasn't immune to jealousy, she had to deal with Nick's frequent falls in the sack with Grace, but I'm guessing Nick will soon find out, if he hasn't figured it out already, that Sharon was a heck of a lot easier to deal with than a furious Phyllis is going to be. In her rage, she appeared fully capable of harking back to some of her old ways. Like tying Nick to a chair the way she once did Michael. Would be kind of funny to hear her trying to explain to Summer why Daddy was duck taped to a chair.
Now, don't get me wrong, Phyllis fans. I'm not in any way saying Sharon was all right and Phyllis was all wrong. But, unless you are truly a paragon of virtue, like Hope was perhaps, what red-blooded woman wouldn't feel at least a small scrap of secret satisfaction at returning the favor to a woman who waltzed away with what was once yours? It would have to be quite the ego booster and a nearly irresistible temptation to pay back the original wrong. But, was Sharon wrong in joyfully doing her part to help Nick cheat on his wife? Of course, she was. Does she stand on the side of right since Phyllis first did it to her? Of course not. Not to mention that, Nick stuff aside, there are plenty of other dark blots in Sharon's debit column. I tend to give her a free pass for the Cameron mess. We all know that had more to do with coming up with a cover story for those prolonged contract negotiations than because she was really the type of woman who would leave her children untended, then take up with some man who mashed her face into hamburger. Unfortunately, like tar, the Cameron mess stuck to her shoe and she's never been able to get completely away from the stench of her association with him or the stinky scent left behind because of that kiss she pressed on Victor's lips. Things only got worse when she changed her mind and decided she wanted Brad after all, even though he'd in turn changed his mind and picked Victoria instead. Like the uncharacteristic Victor kiss, there's just not much defense for that kind of behavior. One thing is for sure. The goody-goody Sharon we once knew is a thing of the past.
The debate of who is best for Nick and most deserving of his heart is likely to continue for some time to come. My pick is for Sharon, simply because Phyllis has had him for awhile now and I'm ready for something different. That's not to say that a Sharon and Nick reunion will even work after all this time. But I'd certainly like to see what could happen. It's not like he can't return to Phyllis if it doesn't work.
Of course, choosing a Nick and Sharon redo doesn't mean I just hate Phyllis. As I mentioned, I just don't like her with Nick. I do like her with Jack, however, although an awful lot of stagnant water has flowed beneath that particular bridge. But long ago or not, I have never forgotten how good they were together before Jack's stubbornness and her loyalty to Victor caused it all to go bad. Both brought out something in the other than none of their subsequent partners have ever managed to match. These two can be so unlikable alone or with others, but I still think they are dynamite together. Jack is the one person who knows all Phyllis' faults, but is still head over heels for her anyway. Just a couple of weeks ago, Jack was all hurt and offended humiliation when he learned the extent of Phyllis' interference into his marriage. I think he accused her of going for the jugular. Yet, he didn't hesitate to run to her side the moment she beckoned, offering whatever support she should happen to need.
Not that Nick doesn't love her, but if he knew pretty much all there was to know about her, would he still? When Phyllis was flipping out, then telling him exactly the way he was going to behave, whether he liked it or not, his face was the very picture of horrified. Though it's much too soon to count these two out, it seemed clear by the end of the week, that the last place Nick wants to be is with Phyllis. But I have a feeling that circumstances will cause that to change. Sharon is likely to immediately toss her top hat in the who's to blame for Brad's demise ring, while at the same time insist on sending Nick back to his rocky marriage for repair purposes. Just as in real life, the soap world is filled with double standards and the way fans regard Nick is a perfect example of that. While scorn and abuse is heaped on whatever lady's head you happen to like least, Nick has pretty much gotten a relatively free pass for his part in this ever-changing triangle. Though he's proven to be quite the unreliable mutt, with his favorite maiden flip-flopping, I still have a fondness in my heart for him. He couldn't do what he does without his ladies' full cooperation, so, of course, they bear the brunt of the fans verbal abuse. Unfortunately, that isn't likely to change. He's only doing what his father has done all of his life, with no real repercussions, and if the cycle isn't broken, Noah will probably grow up and follow their example.
Already, Noah is repeating the past, tagging along after Eden like a puppy hoping for a tasty dog bone, much the way Nick once did after Sharon. Now, I'm not saying that's an absolutely bad thing, just a first love kind of thing. Considering the multiple bad examples all of the consenting adults in Noah's life have shown him since birth, it's a wonder he's managed to turn out to be such a nice young man. Between the Mommy, Daddy and the step-parents, not to mention the stuff Grandma and Grandpa Newman have gotten up to, the grownups in this young man's life have run the entire gamut of thou shall nots, lying, stealing, cheating and attempted killing.
I guess if I was going to offer my sympathy to anyone, it would be hand-delivered to poor Jack. Like many of his fellow Genoa Citians, Jack is often his own worst enemy, doing so much of the dirty drudge work his actual enemies often don't have to do much more than come along at the opportune moment and deliver the final decimating blow that brings him to his knees. But, what must it feel like to always be nudged aside by a Newman? When it came to Diane, Nikki and Hope, all decided Victor was the better man for them, while Phyllis and Sharon both wound up preferring Nick. The only woman neither Newman was the least bit interested in was Keemo's mother. When is Jack going to learn that when it comes to the ladies, there's apparently nothing like a Newman. Yet, that knowledge didn't stop him from vowing to fight for his marriage. What marriage? There's nothing left to do with that pairing except to bring it to a merciful close. It's been dead so long; it's starting to stink to high Heaven. Time to bury it six feet under and move on to his next lady love. Who, if the rumors are accurate, won't be too long in coming to town.
Lastly, a few words about Noah's bad influence, Eden. Finally, finally, Lauren has had enough of her sister-in-law's surly smart aleck behind and lit into her with all the fury that had been pent up in her compact little body! Not only did I leap to my feet to clap and cheer loudly for Lauren when she reached out and ripped a chunk from the disobedient Eden, I used my rewind button to watch her rip her multiple times. Like many fans, I find Eden way beyond a bit annoying. Always up to no good, it's always someone else's face her lame ideas blow up in. Then instead of taking any responsibility, she has the nerve to mewl about it not being her fault. She's got too much of lying Lowell in her to be the least bit enjoyable, and I'm sorry, but that voice is so like fingernails on a chalkboard, were I watching in real time, I would likely turn on closed captioning just so I could avoid hearing it.
That's it for this fan. What follows are what my fellow fans had to say about Genoa City things. Enjoy and see you in a week!