Twists & Turns

Lucinda, Dani & Luke

While The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live are the two must see soaps on daytime right now, our schizophrenic As the World Turns is firing on most of the right cylinders and can’t be counted out of the fight. The last time I posted about ATWT, I had a great many concerns about the direction of the show and it’s storylines given the supersonic speed by which they are told. In the last week however, the show has made me sit up and take notice with some interesting developments.

On the plot front, the mystery of Josie Matthews Driver continues to deepen in a way that is truly starting to be creepy-fascinating. Kristin Connolly is walking the tricky tightrope of this role as written just right: the addition of a little flirty-flirty with Dusty after his kiss and a dash of contempt for Paul and Emily in the immediate aftermath of the faux-bribery was a good touch. She’s no Jennifer Ferrin (who is great right now on Life on Mars), but Connolly isn’t supposed to be the former actress or the character of Jennifer either. At least not yet. The possibility that Josie is related to characters from Another World continues to intrigue.

The Carly/Lily/Holden dynamic is still way too weird given the emotional toll Carly’s affair with Holden took on everybody just a few weeks ago, but since the show has moved them past it, I have too. I do like the realistic beats being played in Sage’s lie that Janet struck her, the subtext of which resonates through Parker & Liberty’s odd relationship, Janet’s insecurities and Carly’s feelings for Jack.

Meanwhile, the Spencer/Brad/Katie story seemed very played out and overcooked until it took a delicious turn when it was revealed that a) Spencer is alive and b) Dani Andropolous is apparently behind it all!

Dani was a liar and troublemaker as a teen and this turn of events makes perfect sense for her as an adult. Also good is how a lot of the events line up: Dani arrived in town the exact same time as Spencer; it was Dani who "discovered" Spencer’s supposedly dead body missing from the morgue and Dani has been working the murder case.  Not a week ago I was scratching my head, but as of now I’m very interested where this tale goes. Is Dani just trying to prop up her own career? Does she have a vendetta against Brad..or Katie? After all, Dani is a Stewart woman and it was only a matter of time before those crazy Stewart genes kicked in. Deirdre Skiles is starting to grow on me with the revelation. I give head writer Jean Passanante hell all the time, but this twist was very inspired. (Continued)

6 Responses

  1. Profile photo of ghaddict

    WHAT THE HELL….I miss two episodes and I’m totally out of the loop that Dani is behind the whole Spencer fiasco….that really is genius….Elizabeth Hubbard was AMAZING today in that bed….I could see the fear in her eyes realizing her mortality….I had to watch that scene with Luke and Brian through my fingers because it freaked me out so much….I was like “please don’t kiss please don’t kiss please don’t kiss”…..I can’t wait to see it play out….that Sage is really turning out to be something special isn’t she????lol… was sort of eerie when she said that she would be fine as long as Carly and Jack were happy….Carly looked a little disturbed as well….

  2. Profile photo of GoMoborGoHomeABC

    I’m sorry and I’m going to stir the pot (Jamey should be proud) but I think Margo is a dumb cop. She’s sanctimonious and judgmental. Isn’t this is the second time evidence has disappeared under her watch? She isn’t a heroine. She’s just a average, soap cop. Look deeply into the camera Margo and try to put together the clues to solve ONE case.

    Luke and Grandpa kissing is a shame because Grandpa can’t act a bit. It’s sad Luke is carrying him in his scenes.

    Carly and Jack need to get over these losers they keep running to: Simon, Janet, blah blah and be with each other. Jack all of a sudden gets down on one knee and asks that hack Janet out (by the way I love Julie Pinson, just not as Janet. She will always be Eve!). It doesn’t make sense. Jack doesn’t make rash decisions. He thinks things through. He’s a cop who wheres the same shirt in different colors three days of the week. He’s willing to toss the beautiful and exciting Carly aside for Janet who works at the dinner and has a mouthy daughter? Liberty and Parker will then be related…this is starting to remind me of the Bold and Beautiful. You know what Jack wants? He wants Carly to once again get on her knees and beg for him. Carly shouldn’t do it though. She should clear off all the papers off of Jack’s desk late one night and get on top of him and show him what the real deal.

    Sorry I got carried away at the end, but you are right about one thing: ATWT is schizophrenic.
    “I wish I could back to the time where romance was alive and growing and then followed up by a bullet to the head of a enemy”

  3. Profile photo of jefhamlin

    I disagree about the whole Dani Andropoulos thing, but Dani has been played wrong since 1996, when Ellen left Dani (and apparently her house) in Susan’s hands. Kim is Betsy’s surrogate grand-mother, not Susan. Dani was a schemer when it came to Ryder, but not a felon…especially knowing how she lost her father.

    The kiss between Brian and Luke was so wrong, mostly because it was so unconvincing.

  4. Profile photo of Lewis0817

    The Dani surprise really made me excited to watch my favorite soap ATWT, but now the Lucinda/Brian/Luke Triangle (lol) is really something! Hubbard did amazing on today’s episode and the wedding seemed sincere on Brian’s part, but that kiss afterwards .. Dramatic! I wasn’t as grossed out as I thought i would be by the scene, but at least Brian is nice to Luke and not like Noah, I am sorry but they destroyed that couple. I can’t wait to see how this will all play out, I cant wait to Lucinda finds out, if there is emmy’s in the coming years, this might be her year!!!

  5. Profile photo of Jon

    I LOVED the kiss twist but I agree, I wish Larry Lau had been a little more convincing but under the circumstances (Luke drunk, Brian’s first man to man kiss (according to Lau), Lucinda and the wedding, and just who Luke is (the age difference, Lucinda’s grandson, Brian’s boss) the tentativeness and lack of passion could make sense. (I hope the second kiss, if there is one, will be a little hotter!)


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