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Fresh from a weeks vacation (kind of) in an isolated location where no television meant  eight straight days with NO SOAPS, Eye On Soaps writer and Daytime Confidential podcast co-host Belinda shares with you her return columns commentary on her favorite daytime sudser; One Life to Live.

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"When I returned to civilization (and sanity), the first thing I did was watch the current episodes of our beloved (be-hated?) ABC soaps and I was most shocked to find how much I liked what I saw!

Man, oh man, I missed this show. This one. I know I feel like I’m cheating on General Hospital but I just can’t help it. I am really jazzed looking forward to a bottle of wine and an all night One Life to Live marathon. Meanwhile, for the first time I like Jared. Cops taking him away, finally I feel him. I also liked Natalie with Charlie and Roxy. Charlie & Roxy could have some chemistry if they decided to play things that way. How sweet would it be top off this show with Roxy getting an old fashioned, slow building love story? Viki could take the loss. She’s going to have her hands full with Tessica if I hear things right anyway!

The break up scene with Rex and Adrianna is by far my favorite thing I have ever seen from them; BY FAR. I was slightly irritated at Nora’s sanctimonious attitude at the Gannon Spread (doesn’t have the same ring as Buchanan Spread nor does Cramer Enterprises sound as grand as Buchanan Enterprises, in my opinion.) How dare Nora act as if she hasn’t been on the other side of a scandalous act? I’m not sure I like Nora anymore. She has become one irritating wench.

I really am impressed with all of the closure and growth I’m watching in the characters on all three soaps. Things like Marcie so bravely closing the drawer with the picture in it and going to try to be a friend to Adriana. Blair and her mothers revealing chat… it all really bodes well for things to come. I’m practically a cock-eyed optimist right now. It’s definitely a mood swing I am not normally going through.

I believe I have mentioned that I didn’t want to be invested in the Starr and Cole story in a column where I said “Damn you, Ron Carlivati” for dragging me into this one! (or something close to that) it is still true, but Starr’s intelligent and heart wrenching discussion with her mother about being pregnant touched a few of my heart strings. I hate it that I love this story! Cole’s naively thinking that he gets to be a father like the one he wanted, at his age and under these circumstances and without the knowledge that Starr hasn’t decided to keep this baby, apparently, is very touching for me. I saw the promos for the “original” returns. I am really looking forward to this! It’s like freakish!

Don’t break my heart, Ron, seriously, I mentioned how fickle us fans are didn’t I? I know that people are counting on you not to screw this up but I’m the tough broad at this high school musical revue (call me Rizzo-diva today) and I’m from Missouri so you still have to “show me”. "

Check out my commentary on All My Children and General HospitalHERE and catch me on the upcoming ABC Edition of Daytime Confidential podcast