Performers of the Day: Mick Hazen, Maura West and Michael Park




On this week’s Performer of the Week episode I talked about how the expressions on Melody Thomas Scott’s face, last week when Nikki realized that Katherine is who she claims to be, gave me chills. Well move aside Melody Thomas Scott, Greg Rikaart and Emily O’Brien, As the World Turns’ Mick Hazen, Maura West and Michael Park are in the house.

The intensity with which Mick Hazen went toe-to-toe with Maura West was riveting. West was at her best as Carly lashed out, trying to stop the marriage from happening. It was the perfect blend of a mother lion and desperate inevitability.

Meanwhile, for every roadblock that Carly threw up Parker was right there to tear them down with a sense of sanity and calm that only made Carly look even more unstable. It was brilliant. When Jack finally arrived on the scene it was too late. Then back at Carly’s house where Jack packed up Parker’s things, telling Parker "not to come near him or else," and threw the newlyweds out, was the perfect blend of heartbreaking and fury.

For a show that has relegated Luke and Noah to Starsky and Hutch investigations, pimped the vortex of suck Paul and Meg at every turn, recycles almost every single 2006 script, chews through storylines faster than Enron shredders and practically ruined the characters of Katie, Brad, Henry and Vienna while sidelining the Hughes, the performances of Maura West, Michael Park, Jon Lindstrom, Julie Pinson, Mick Hazen and Meredith Hagner have been the saving grace of Oakdale.







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Mark's picture
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I was sooooo glad Jack kicked Parker out on the street. Did he really think he and Liberty could be together under mommy's roof now that they are married?

The acting was great, but I just can't stand Parker anymore. He's a horrible kid! He didn't blink an eye when he made Carly look like an abusive parent. I felt sorry for Carly...

It makes for good drama for the parents, but Parker and Liberty are a chemistry-free couple IMO. I don't believe they're in love. Not at all.

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Excellent show today and I was on the edge of my seat all the way through. Carley made her bed and she needs to know she can not force a 16 year old to do the things she wants and the same goes for Jack. I can understand Jack doing what he did but he was cutting off his nose to spite his face.

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I think I would have done the same thing Jack did.

Is it really legal to go to another state underage and get married? I would think you would have to live in that state to do that.

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Like I said, the acting was great, but in the end this is still a recycled plot point. I think it was 2005 when Will and Gwen got married at age 17 to prove to their parents that they should be allowed to be together. But unlike Will/Gwen, I don't think Parker and Liberty's marriage will last.

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I see Parker as a young disturbed teen who is acting out after years of dealing with a schemeing mother. I love Maura West and Carly, but Carly deserves to be going through this after everything she's done. I think both Mick and Meredith are really good actors, it just seems that their motivation for acting out and how much they are in love isn't there.

If I had a son and he did what Parker did today I'd do the same thing Jack did. Paker has refused time and time again to listen to either Jack or Carly because he's actually quite a selfish character. His problem is that he's always been protected by Jack or Carly. Now he has his millions, the woman he loves and deserves to get a wakeup call about the bitter cold world as it is.

It will be interesting to see how Rosanna plays into this when she returns.

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I can't agree with you more Luke....those scenes today were riveting....It was so well done that I just wanted to smack Parker when he was saying those things to his mother....and those scenes with Jack when we told Parker to step away from him...now THAT gave me chills...Parker didn't even hesitate...I would also like to state that Jack was totally right in kicking him out....I don't think I would have been able to pull that crap and still call my mother's house home....lol....

This episode today really infuriated me as well as it showed how much potential ATWT has and how much they're wasting their talented actors...

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I disagree, Luke. I don't think Carly deserves this. She has made a lot of mistakes, but she's trying to make up for it. Carly has been on Parker's side a lot. She believed him when Faith got hurt by the BB gun (JJ was the one who left the gun outside). She believed him when Sam was killed. Parker would be in jail right now if it wasn't for Carly. Even when Jack was kicking him out today, she was defending him. Saying he didn't have to leave. What a way for him to be thankful to his mother.

But you're right. It could be interesting with Rosanna coming back. But her first episode is in late May, so I'm thinking this storyline will be long over by that time.

What I do like about this is the contrast between Parker/Liberty and Luke/Noah. Parker and Liberty get married and the parents are horrified. Luke and Noah decide to move in together and Lily and Holden are super happy for them. It probably would've worked better if the Nuke/Lily/Holden scenes were part of the same episode, but it still worked for me. Smile

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Who is Smack to kick somebody out of Carly's house? I am so tired of those chest-thumping farm boys, I don't know what to do!

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The 3 M's were terrific today! I have to especially give kudos to Michael. It's been a long time since they have given him something so meaty to work with and he was just sensational. You could feel Jack's rage.

It's been a long time since this show or any story on it made me feel anything and I find myself usually just half watching. Today however Maura, Michael and Mick totally drew me into the scenes and I was riveted on the edge of my seat, not aware of anything else. Now this is what I expect from ATWT that has been missing for a long time. Tomorrow looks like it should be good and I just hope they do the fallout of this story justice. It has so much potential!

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I don't mean "deserve" in the context of this is punishement for the things Carly has done. What I mean is that Carly has always been a manipulator who gets herself in trouble with the things that she does and now her children are turning out like her and she's having to deal with the fact that she's made past mistakes. Parker is just the first indication of this. Wait until Sage is SORASED. How much you wanna bet she turns into Carly - Hell on Wheels - 2.0? Yes, Carly has always sided with Parker but she can not escape the mistakes she's made or how they've impacted her children.

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The house is half Jack's, which was made clear when he wanted to get a second mortgage. He has every right to kick his bratty, misbehaving teenage son and his wife out onto the street which is where they belong. I was cheering Jack all the way. This all started because those kids were screwing on the sofa while Carly's house nearly burned down and they expected not to be punished for breaking the rules again. And I wish Craig would butt out. Let them stay on the street if they want to be on their own. I couldn't believe when Parker thought he'd say in the house with Liberty and no one would do or say anything? What hubris! I'm not thrilled with the story (and I hate P/L as a couple), but the acting is amazing.

I'm not sure what this has to do with Luke and Noah.... or if there is even a comparison. Seems like apples and oranges to me.

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It doesn't have much to do with it... I just think it was a nice contrast of parents dealing with their kids' love lives.

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I was sooooo glad Jack kicked Parker out on the street. Did he really think he and Liberty could be together under mommy's roof now that they are married?

The acting was great, but I just can't stand Parker anymore. He's a horrible kid! He didn't blink an eye when he made Carly look like an abusive parent. I felt sorry for Carly...

It makes for good drama for the parents, but Parker and Liberty are a chemistry-free couple IMO. I don't believe they're in love. Not at all.

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I agree with you, Mark. I can't stand Jack most of the time but I agreed with him kicking Parker out.

I wish TPTB would let have Carly have a backbone again instead of her feeling like she deserves to be treated so callously. I despise the way Jack and Parker talk to Carly. Angry

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BTW, where is Brad in all of this? His reaction to the almost-couch-sex was already out of character, IMO, but it would be just stupid if they keep him out of this story.

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I agree it will be totally ridiculous if Brad doesn't get involved with this. I would expect his reaction to make Jack look like a pansy today lol. The way Brad has reacted before to Parker, he should be ready to tear him limb from limb. However I do know he'll react but I think it may be a bit out of character. We'll see how it plays out.

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I have not seen this episode yet--but I have no doubt the acting was awesome. I continue to stick with this show mainly due to the wonderful cast. (there are a few exceptions and you know who they are)

I think ATWT and OLTL have the best casts in daytime. Unfortunately, the writing for ATWT is so bad it is getting so difficult to watch

I am glad you mentioned that they are ruining Henry and Katie--two of my favs on this show. I think Trent is one of the best actors on all of daytime and Terri is very good too.

I wish you would have an emergency podcast on how to save this show

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Mick Hazen did a phenomenal job today and I can't wait to see more of him and Meredith as this story plays out.

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I would have done exactly what Jack did. If you wanna be grown, you won't be staying under this roof of mines. I can understand both sides of the situation. Parker & Liberty are being normal teenagers. The parents are all flawed, and they don't want their children to repeat their mistakes.

What Parker is doing is totally in character. Mick Hazen is kicking ass & taking names. Parker is Carly Tenney's child, so of course he would be giving his mother utter hell. Just wait until Sage gets 16. Poor Carly maybe bald...

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I agree wholeheartedly about Maura West; she’s always terrific,and Michael Park as well, but Mick Hazen not so much. I think even more than the horrible writing & story line, it’s his portrayal of Parker that makes me dislike the character so intensely. He makes Parker comes across more as a petulant, whiny toddler than a rebellious teen. Hard as I try, I can't feel any empathy for the kid because he is just so completely unlikeable. And Parker and Liberty together make for quite possibly the worst teen couple on a soap. Ever.

But, yay for Jack having the stones to kick him out! That was the best moment to come out of this whole thing.

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I am sorry but Jack and no other man would throw my child out in the street. sure Parker is wrong but to throw your child out in the street with no where to go So what that is not the only mistake Parker and Liberty will make as it stand Janet only wants Parker punished I do not see her threating to send Liberty to boarding school. there had to be a better way to deal with this. It is carley's house Jack took the money to buy Janet a house with the second mortgage.His home is at the farm Thank God Brad is going to get them and let them live with him and Katie.

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If this were the real world I’d absolutely agree with you, but since it’s a soap and Parker is becoming the singularly most annoying character on the show I was happy to see Jack show him the door. So now Parker will get the independence & freedom he’s been wailing & moaning about for so long and maybe he'll finally understand he isn't anywhere close to being mature enough to take care of himself. If there was anything the least bit vulnerable or sensitive to see in the character or Hazen’s approach to him I’m sure I'd feel differently.

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My question is how is how long will it take him to get his hands on his money? This whole thing of not having money can't last that long.

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Luke: my hope is that Parker still won't be able to access his trust fund until he's 21 and then he'll have to deal with his actions of wanting to be emancipated without the luxury of those millions. He wanted to be an adult so badly in order to not have to be told what to do that IMO he should experience it without that financial cushion he was hoping to blow through.