Now that it increasingly looks like the direction of our country, which is in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, is going to be decided by Joe the Plumber, there are other debate topics that could consume us until Election Day and beyond.
FREE TRADE: Last post, I expressed a desire that Jack get off the Carly/Janet merry-go-round once and for all. The fact that he was literally trying to get with Carly in several episodes, only to turn to Janet within those same episodes, nearly drove me crazy. So imagine my delight when in a series of very well-written scenes Janet discovered at least part of the nature of Jack's oscillation. To put it bluntly, Jack was on the verge of boinking Carly while Janet was downstairs in their house. Janet confronted Jack and said those words I always long to hear a female soap character say: "I don't want you to want me so that you don't want her!" and "I don't want to be your consolation prize. I deserve better than that, don't you think?" Brava!
Better yet, Janet then hightailed it over to Carly's to unequivocably state her own intentions toward Jack to the former Mrs. Snyder. This scenario sets up one of the true threats and deepest rivalries that Carly has ever faced for Jack's love. In this viewer's opinion, Julie Pinson turned in a great performance today as the wounded yet defiant Janet. In fact, these surprisingly mature scenes between Janet and Carly were some of the deepest and most penetrating that have been written in quite some time. Are Carly and Jack truly destined to get back together? Or is Janet the first truly credible, long term alternative to Carly for Jack?
ENVIRONMENTALISM: Most experts agree that recycling is good for our health, our community and the future of the Earth. Be it resolved that with proper care and tending, recycled plots on soaps can be a good thing as well. I speak in regard to Katie's suspicion that Spencer is out to snag Brad and get Katie out of the way in the process. What made me smile was Henry reminding Katie that she had once made Molly sick in one of her many ploys to get Holden when Katie returned as Oakdale's version of "Eve Harrington" to Henry's "Addison DeWitt." Without this acknowledgement, this story would be nothing but a rehash; with it, the plot takes on an ironic edge and is one of those things fans say they love: a nod to history. Is Spencer just a girl with a crush on Brad? Does Katie really have anything to worry about? Is it time to recycle Henry and turn him back into daytime's Addison? And what's in Spencer's suitcase?
TAXES: No one likes paying taxes, but they are a necessary evil. So it goes when one's child acts more grown up than the parent. Parker beautifully took Jack's behavior with Janet and Carly to task without the exchange turning into an angry snark fest. Parker approached Jack as a young man, not a surly teenager and both characters were enriched as a result. Thus, Jack was taxed on his capital gains while earning deductions for his own actions.
Yes, it's a tortured analogy, but I couldn't resist.
GROWTH HORMONES: Dang, Mick Hazen (Parker) grew about 11 feet in 3 weeks! Discuss! Discuss!
CRIME: Who viciously attacked Janet in Old Town? And why? Or was it just a mugger?
IN CONCLUSION: On CBS.com where I viewed today's episode, the complete running time for this show was 38:18. This running seems down considerably from only a few months ago when the average episode registered between 42 - 45 minutes long. Are we closer to ATWT as a 30 minute soap than we realize? (That's just a thought, so don't go around saying that I said ATWT was going to 30 minutes!)
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