A Kiss is Still a Kiss



In today's episode:

Luke & Noah: They're back on screen and together. Yay! They get to kiss and smooch and make ugly happy faces! Yay! They still have less screen time than 4 year old day player Ethan. Boo! (Not much to say since they didn't have much to do.).

Carly/Jack/Janet: Jack asks Carly if they can try again. For the 8,271st time. Yay! Carly kicks him to the curb! Yay! Carly tells Janet to come take care of him because Janet is good for Jack! Yay?

Lily/Holden/Carly: Just when I thought this triangle was being abandoned, it looks as if it's going to be reconfigured to include Dusty now that Mike has decided to kick rocks. Lily bared her claws at Carly, who in the old days would have wiped the floor with the Walsh heiress. But since Lily has already attempted to run down Carly, Ms. Tenney-Snyder better watch her ass. Meanwhile, Holden keeping Dusty's resurrection a secret from Lily is going to bite him big time.

Dusty & Meg: Methinks the show is re-testing Dusty with Meg, in addition to testing him with Noelle Beck's Lily. Personally I am all for Dusty being in the middle of two triangles, unlike the last time when it seemed as if he were in the middle of eleven.

Lucinda & Brian: One of the two most interesting developments of the day. Aside from Big Lucy's delicious showdown with Carly, there was the curious conversation that Brian had with her. Big Lucy expressed support for Lily & Holden reconciling. Brian observed none too cryptically that people can't control with whom they fall in love. Now I know there is speculation that Brian is gay and he'll come between Luke & Noah, but my theory is that Brian may have some involvement with Kevin (Luke's straight boy crush) who is returning soon.

Dusty/James: In the day's other interesting development, we found out from the funeral director that James's estate left Dusty's name to contact in case something happened to James. Funny, wasn't James holding Dusty in a cage? Where is this going?

NON-SPOILER SPECULATION: For the past few posts I've been hinting around what I think may be going on with the Stenbeck story and how Dusty is involved. This is pure speculation on my part: what if Barbara had an affair with Gunnar St. Claire (the original Stenbeck heir) at the same time she was sleeping with James Stenbeck all those years ago and got preggers with Gunnar's child, thinking it was James'. James got wind of it and somehow switched Dusty and Paul at birth, echoing James himself being switched at birth with Gunnar decades before? This would make Paul the real heir to the Stenbeck fortune. James would spend years to try to shape Paul in his own image and would eventually fail. So James decided to get rid of Paul by having Paul kill Dusty (Gunnar's son, previously thought to be the heir). Paul would get put away for the crime and James would take Meg's baby, who would be Paul's heir to the Stenbeck fortune that Stenbeck would control. Finally, anticipating things might go awry James leaves Dusty (not Paul) as his primary contact contact since Dusty would still be the legally recognized heir to the Stenbeck fortune.

In short, should we be in for a switched at birth story line involving Dusty and Paul? Just how badly would such a scenario screw up history? Do we really think Stenbeck is really, most sincerely dead? Did Liberty color her hair? What the hell happened to Luke's? Goodbye, Jon Prescott. We hardly knew ye!


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I have a question: Was Paul born on Screen? And when Babss first meet Gunar, whouldn't she reconize having the affair..
Final you know what make it better is if Gunor was still alive and James locked him up some where.

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Eww...wouldn't that make Dusty & Jennifer siblings???

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No one other than Barbara even knew that Paul existed until he was about three. She had an affair with James when he was still an art student, she was pregnant when they broke up, but she never told him about the baby and then gave him up for adoption when he was born. She was engaged to Tom Hughes at the time, and he helped her get her son back - the adoptive mother had married someone else, Tom and Barbara both suspected that he was abusive, and he didn't fight when they wanted to take Paul themselves. James came back into her life around that time, he did the math and realized that he was Paul's father. When he confronted Barbara just before she was supposed to marry Tom, she told him that she could never forgive him for what he did to her. He was clueless, she told him that one of his aides had come to her and said that she was to have an abortion, and that it was what James wanted. James denied that he'd ever said that and stopped the wedding, then later took Barbara to the Caribbean and tried to get her to marry him.

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BellaDonna,

So, with all things being equal, it is indeed possible that Barbara might have had a secret affair with Gunnar around the same times as James, yes?

I was watching off and on and I have vague specific recollections of this time, but wasn't it implied that James knew he wasn't a real Stenbeck prior to his true paternity being revealed onscreen, which was one of the reasons it was implied James killed his own brother?

My speculation is based on the fact that soap history is very malleable.

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"Eww...wouldn't that make Dusty & Jennifer siblings???"

Are you kidding? This is As the World Turns, where Emily is boinking Casey, the brother of her son Daniel, whose father Tom is also Casey's, and where Holden is married to his (non-biological) niece, Lily! LOL

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Besides, incest is so in this season!Smile

But oh God! Thank the Lord Johnny isn't his biological child! Poor kid would have a foot on the side of his head. LOL!
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I loved the Carly/Jack scenes. Terrific acting. Wonderful chemistry. They knocked it out of the part.

I enjoyed the bit of Luke and Noah we got, but I'll be so glad when they get a storyline in a week or so.

I must admit I'm interested in seeing the chemistry between Noelle and GMC. They are obviously testing Dusty and Meg together. And.... there are sparks there... much more than with Paul, with whom no one has chemistry.

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I miss Rose and Paul (as played by Scott Holroyd).Sad

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HOLY CRAP BATMAN!!!! Scott Holroyd is going to play on Dirty Sexy Money! I don't watch the show but I just became a viewer!Laughing out loud

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This is, after all, the show that fabricated a long ago secret affair between James and Lucinda Walsh that produced David Allen, so anything is really possible. But if Barbara had a secret affair with Gunnar and James at the same time, wouldn't she have recognized the face when she started having those half-assed visions. And she was pretty shocked when she first met Gunnar and realized that he looked just like the man in her dreams. Come to think of it, that must be the reason for Paul's sudden outbreak of ESP - he inherited it from his mother.

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Oh... this show....

Noah leaves for a month, the show promotes their reunion in their newsletter as something you don't want to miss and we get what? 3,5 minutes of airtime and most if it was during that meeting at Metro.

*sigh*

But I loved their short scenes at the farm in the beginning. That second kiss was great.

The Carly/Lucinda scene was awesome. I love it when they let characters interact outside their own storyline bubbles.

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I enjoyed today's episode, even though I'm disappointed that the much promoted "you don't wanna miss this"-reunion of Luke & Noah was treated like an afterthought.
This is what ATWT should be like, intimate conversations between different characters. The Ethan-in-a-hole and the Rick Decker-is-poisoning-half-of-Oakdale stories only proved that this show sucks at action. They can't write it, and they certainly can't produce it.
Today all the actors were excellent, except the dayplayers (the doctor talking to Meg and the undertaker talking to Dusty), they were horribly bad.