Phyllis got hers. Chloe and Ashley and Jana did too. Even the always-scheming Gloria got splashed with a stain-covering coat or two. Now it could be Sharon's turn. Although, in my opinion, Sharon's bad deeds don't really compare to those of the aforementioned ladies, her sometimes loose behaviour has certainly smudged her once proper persona. Now, before any fan pulls up their e-mail screen to fire off their dissenting opinion, hear me, or should I say, read me, out.
Yes, Sharon has been a little too liberal in sharing her party favors with the gentlemen of Genoa City. I was none too pleased with her when she was panting and yearning after Diego when she already had an equally handsome and somewhat doting hubby on her arm. And yes, again, having a two-night stand with your brother-in law ranks right up there near the top of the list of tacky, tawdry behavior. And, of course, pressing a closed-mouth lip lock on your flabbergasted father-in-law is not something most women would think to do. Even if he was the great and powerful Victor Newman. Finally, we have the "which of you three musketeers fathered my baby" scenario. While it's not a position any women would want to find themselves in, what Sharon's done is all pretty much standard stuff in soap opera land. And, judging by the scores of similar stories on Springer and Maury, not unheard of in real life either. I tend to giver her a pass for her alleged abandonment of her family and the whole Cameron Kirsten garbage, on the grounds that all that was just a story scribes scraped from the bottom of their idea barrel, to cover the yawning hole her contract impasse created. The other stuff, like the blackouts and klepto behaviour, hmmm, pretty tame.
It would take way too long to do a comparison of Sharon against the other GC ladies of the night. But, just off the top of my head, hmmm, mother and daughter both having done their duty with Brad and Cole, well, tacky and tawdry in my book. Victoria not knowing if Daddy was Brad or J.T.. Tacky, tawdry. Phyllis: Daddy Jack or Daddy Nick. Tacky, tawdry. Chloe climbing naked or nearly so on a stripped to briefs Cane. Again. Tacky. Tawdry. Oh yeah, and I can't leave out Ashley stealing Victor's swimmers. Real tacky and extremely tawdry. I think you get my drift. To borrow some words from some comedian I once heard, but said in Sharon's voice: "Don't act like I'm the only one."
Just my opinion, but unlike a few other soap vixens, Sharon has harmed mostly only herself with her choices. For instance, I don't recall her going off on any rage or jealousy- fueled jaunts intent on taking the life of one of her rivals. I also can't remember her naming some man Daddy just so she could wrest him away from the woman he really loved. And although she met and married men of great means, when it all unravelled, I don't remember Sharon trying to walk away with the family home or a chunk of their fortune. And wrack my pea brain though I might, I just can't quite think of a single time she faked or forged, or coerced, blackmailed or threatened someone else, to fake or forge a DNA test.
Besides, it's not as if Sharon hasn't paid a pretty hefty price for whatever she's done, both those things I've mentioned, and some I've left out. Yes, Phyllis lost Daniel for a time, but that was a direct result of her own scheming, and in the end she got him back with no discernible damage to their relationship. What did Chloe get for all her lies and bad deeds? A beautiful daughter, complete acceptance by her family and Billy's, and a handsome, virginal gentlemen vying for her affection. Sharon? A husband who left her for his pregnant mistress, a man who picked a chance at a chunk of the Newman pie over her, then changed his mind and wanted her after all. Oh, and three dead daughters.
So yes, I think it's time for a whitewash. If whitewash can cover Phyllis' multitudes of sins against her fellow Genoa City men and women, erase nasty Ashley's sperm theft, well, it should certainly be able to camouflage all the sleeping around Sharon has done.
Which brings me to this damnable baby theft. I refuse to ever refer to it as a switch because that implies each woman walked away with something, which we know is not the case. Unless you count Sharon's heartache as her reward for her drug-free labor pains. Like just about every other fan, I continue to hate this storyline with every cell in my mother's body. But, what an opportunity it's given Sharon Case! I am absolutely loving those glimpses of her pain and agony over losing Faith. I'm snatching up the Puffs and dabbing at my eyes right along with her. Besides that, this storyline is giving many of the fans what they have insisted for years they wanted. Sharon needs to stand on her own two feet, many have said on message boards across cyberspace. She needs to stop leaning on some Genoa City man, e-mail others. Which is kinda funny to me, because what young and beautiful Genoa City woman has ever really done that? Other than Jill and Kay and poor Esther, that is. So why should Sharon be held to higher standards?
But, be that as it may, the bottom line is, Sharon's doing it. Home of her own. At the moment, not making goo goo eyes of devotion at some Genoa City fellow. Trying to repair her battered relationship with her son. And leaving Phyllis' husband alone. The only thing missing is a woman friend to confide in. With all the cutbacks, though, it doesn't seem likely Dru will be returning to retake that role, and poor Doris rarely gets written in. I guess there's always Ashley, which I think would really rankle the fans at first, but it would have one big plus. It would put Sharon with Faith and the bonding could begin. For this fan, at least, that would go a very long way toward mollifying me until the truth came out.
Instead, though, for now the scribes have only given her Adam. Curses! On the one hand, we can only hope as he grows closer to Sharon, so would his remorse, but we're talking about Adam. His remorse only goes as far as it needs to in order to cover his own diabolical tracks. Confession might be good for his soul, but it would put an end to his Genoa City existence. Because no matter what she might feel for him at the time, if Adam revealed what he's done, Sharon would hate him. Nick would hate him more than he already does, if that's possible. As would Ashley, Victor, Nikki, Jack, well, to save time, let me just say, all of Genoa City would band together and run him out of town on a rail. After they tarred and feathered him.
Okay, enough about Mz. Sharon. Moving on to that Ashley woman. Was I the only fan ready to toss some hard object directly at her likeness on the television screen every time she prattled piously on about her "girls"? Like a teacher's fingernails accidentally scraping against the chalkboard, it made me want to scream until my head exploded. Watching her stare off to the side of the person she's speaking to, as if she was addressing some being only she could see, and using that superior sounding, sanctimonious voice that is incredibly annoying, just made my blood boil. You've given me my girls, she mewled to Victor. I'll always be grateful. Given!? No, b-word, you stole one of the girls. And Adam stole the other. Victor ain't gave you squat. Yeah, in my anger, I forget everything I've ever learned about proper English. And another thing. I'm sane now. As soon as I had my baby, I crawled around and found all my missing marbles and poured them back into my empty skull. Oh yeah, Ashley, you're sane, honey. Yet, you haven't noticed a few very crucial and telling things about what your body is not doing and hasn't done since you gave birth to your test tube baby. My opinion, she needs to be in pounding on the wall proximity to Miss Patty Williams. Okay, vent over. I think it's clear I'm not at all enamoured of Ashley Abbott Newman right now. Blackmail or no, Dr. Taylor needs to take down his charlatan's shingle and retire from his doctoring duties.
Speaking of doctors, umm, isn't Dr. Emily just a wee bit unprofessional? I thought getting a word from them about their patient's confidences would normally be like pulling teeth from a hen's mouth. And considering that hens don't have teeth, well, that would mean it's usually impossible. Yet Dr. Emily is chewing Jack out over what Patty has shared about him. I know Jack has been a cad, and still for the most part continues to be, but we're talking, what 20-30 years ago. He cheated on her. He lied. He didn't treat her very nicely. But I think she got her revenge when she shot him 3 times. Bottom line, it's possible Patty wasn't wrapped very tightly long before she crossed Smilin' Jack's path. And given her probable mental issues, who's to say all she told Dr. Em was the truth and nothing but?
Well, for those who harboured the hope that Colleen's heart might improve Victor's disposition and make him a kinder, gentler gazillionnaire, well, those hopes were soon dashed to dust. Not that he didn't deserve every bit of it and much, much more, but Victor was brutal to Adam. Don't think I wasted any of my limited sympathy on Adam for Victor's treatment, though, because I definitely did not. I say, for Adam, bring it to him Victor. Hurry up and come back from Belgium so you can give him more. And while Vic's away and Nick is the big cheese in the chair, I'm counting on him to make every minute of Adam's business life pure and unadulterated misery. Long gone are my futile hopes that Adam would one day be fully accepted into the dysfunctional Newman family circle or that any of Hope's character had been bred into him. Because, clearly, it has not. Forget the whitewash and a legion of mind-fixing medical men in the white coats, the only thing likely to fix this monster in human form is a brain and complete personality trait transplant. It's hard to imagine how a fan could hate this man more, but if the scribes put him with Sharon in anything resembling a romantic manner, it just might be possible.
Between aging warriors, Jack and Victor, the little ground gained during the contemplation of the gift of Colleen's heart was lost as both renewed their vow to torment each other until one or both has taken their very last breath. On top of that, Billy has escalated the Newman-Abbott feud to a whole 'nother level, using the newly acquired Restless Style to paint two members of the Newman clan with his tarry brush. Unfortunately, it seems Billy might have also inherited the Abbott family gene Jack carries, which ensures that most, if not all, of his schemes will likely boomerang back and bite him hard in his behind. Like his brother, Billy has already shown he will tromp all over anyone to get back at Victor. Including his own sister, whose loaned money enabled him to attack her child's father. Maybe he didn't get that e-mail once circling cyberspace that talked about learning from other people's (Jack's) mistakes, so you didn't have to make them all yourself.
Well, there's always a lot more that could be said, but I guess that about all I'm gong to try and cover of the past week's Genoa City goings on. On behalf of scores of fans, welcome back Victor Newman. Just as I thought, I didn't have to say my sad so long. See ya when you get back from Belgium. I'm sure you'll be giving certain Genoa City people hell immediately upon your return.
Until the next time I return to this space, here's a little of what your fellow fans thought about Genoa City things. And like always, they did not bite their tongues. Enjoy!