Monday's One Life to Live: Soap Done Good




There are very few times anymore in which one episode of a soap opera makes me realize why I truly still love this genre. Monday's episode of One Life to Live did just that.

Let's start off with the one-sided love triangle of Rachel (Daphne Duplaix), Shaun (Sean Ringgold), and Greg (Terrell Tilford). Shaun finally got back on his feet after taking a bullet for Starr and Hope, only to have his heart crushed by the woman he loves, who doesn't love him back.

Shaun didn't find out Rachel doesn't have feelings for him in a soapy way. He didn't find her in bed with his brother Greg or in a kiss with the doc, he was told straight up what was going on. Rachel was point blank, "I like you but I just don't have feelings for you." When was the last time a woman on soaps actually told a man how she was truly feeling about their relationship? I loved it.  Rachel never revealed to Shaun it is Greg who she truly has feelings for. What will happen when little brother Shaun finds out big brother Greg stole the woman he loves? The plot thickens.
 
Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) have been dancing around their feelings for months. On Monday's episode they finally hashed things out. Face to face, almost touching foreheads,  Bo and Nora finally attempted to sort out their complicated feelings in a display of poignant intimacy. They weren't yelling or being hostile with one another,  just talking things out like old lovers would. Of course, in true soap fashion, Nora admitted her love for Bo and embarked on a passionate kiss just when David Vickers walked through the door!

Speaking of David (Tuc Watkins), I am truly enjoying the stories involving this character. One Life to Live is doing a great job utilizing Watkins' comedic genius by mixing him up with Destiny (Shenell Edmonds). The two characters play well off each. As I said on our Performer of the Week podcast, I love how Watkins can switch from being silly with Destiny, Bo, and Nora, to being completely serious when it comes to Dorian (Robin Strasser), the woman he loves, whom he had no choice but to watch marry another woman!
 

Last but certainly not least, the Kyle (Brett Claywell) and Fish (Scott Evans) saga came to a head on this episode. After months of waiting for both halves of Kish to admit their feelings at the same time, it finally happened on Monday. When Nick told Kyle he loved him, it was the slap in the face Kyle needed to realize he still loved Fish. Sucks to be Nick!

My heart darn near stopped beating when Kyle stopped the mass wedding to proclaim his love for Fish. With a storyline of this magnitude, it was only fitting the first "I love you's" happened in a big way at a big event. Kish sharing a passionate kiss after Rev. Carpenter's speech about love (Which was done in such an innovative fashion, complete with a The Godfather-esque montage. Hey, I'm a film major you know I would notice that!) was the icing on this delicious, soapy cake.

Photo Credit
: Lou Rocco /ABC


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OLTL is such a great show! It boggles my mind as to why it's not up there or even tied with Y&R in 1st place! OLTL has the best cast, the best writers, the best EP! GH and AMC can't hold a candle to OLTL's ability to show every real human emotion in one soap! And the promo for the whole month of November for OLTL is outstanding, breath-taking and mind-blowing! As a long time OLTL fan I will defend this show as long as it's on! OLTL, you are the best show on daytime!

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I have never been passionate about a gay soap couple but KISH does it for me that was a gay storyline DONE RIGHT!!! I love them I fastforward for them They werent the storyline to save the show or the storyline just to add a gay one in there. Done like a usual love story LOVED IT!!

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Wow Melodie, THANK YOU! You read my mind! It's rare that any soap can make me smile or feel much of anything besides anger these days, but OLTL put a smile on my face that didn't leave until after the show was over. I especially loved the ending montage and the monologue from the preacher about the fundamental element to any good soap opera - love, in all of its entities. Love being the cornerstone of a soap opera - who'dve thunk? THAT'S how you do good soap.

A special shout-out to Brett Claywell and Scott Evans for their touching performances.

Please everyone, watch OLTL! I know you won't be sorry!

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I enjoyed yesterday's OLTL.

I have been watching for a couple months now and I happen to like David more when he is serious and not the comedic stuff. I actually finally liked the character these last couple of days seeing the more serious side of him. He and Dorian have AMAZING chemistry.

I know I am in the minority but I liked Kyle and Nick. Sigh...not really a big fan of the Fish character. I know that KISH is the end game so I will deal with it but I felt bad for Nick. One thing I liked about the wedding was the protestors. It added a touch of realism to the event. Nice touch.

Bo/Nora I am still out on this couple. I do like the good soapy drama it has created since she is married to his brother. I still need to read up on the back story to Bo/Nora because from their conversation that they had yesterday it seems like they hated each other.

Good episode of OLTL.

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It's a great soap! Why is ABC so bad at publicizing this show? Why doesn't it send out its stars to be interviewed?

Oliver and Kyle are nice but Nick is the man! He's a keeper! Too bad he couldn't be a Vega cousin. I'd like to see him on canvas permanently

Can we please show some love to the comic genius displayed by Tuc Watkins and Shennell Edmonds!

OMG! They are hilarious!

I'm going to be so sad when David Vickers Buchanan leaves. Sad

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I so agree with the original post and subsequent responses...I am being touched by OLTL big time this year. A lot of the stories are pretty traditional, but ONE LIFE writers are taking a lot of familiar subjects and doing so many complete different, very contemporary takes on them. A lot of them have been redolant of past storytelling...like the baby switch and the humane way that was dealt with, outcoming differently for so many parties involved with it - was very much like the Jenny Wolek/Katrina Karr baby switch of it's day. Rachel Gannon and Dr. Greg Evans, are sort of like the reverse of legacy characters Lt. Ed Hall and Carla Gray...where one is trying to get the other one to get over their social hang ups and come out of their shell. Though I feel bad, Rachel doesn't love Shaun, he's such a teddy bear. And Destiny remind me of the lovable candor the character of Sadie Gray use to throw out to woe begotten citizens of Llanview. I miss Marcie McBain too...cause she was Llanview's contemporary Wanda Wolek - kind of everyone's friend and never willing to take crap even if it's coming from a man like Todd Manning - who is kind of a modern day Victor Lord preventing the love between Larry and Meredith, er Cole and Starr, I mean. And the diversity on this show is amazing...rich, poor, black, white, hispanic, straight, gay, employed, unemployed...it's touching on a lot, characters are intertwined socially and romantically, and we're not getting John McBain five days a week. We are however getting Stacy overload, and I think Mitch Laurence being back, he needs to kill her. Nothing against the actress, the character is too far beyond redemption. Also, I am not too big a fan for tweaking the past to fit present storyline purposes, there have been a few...the main one that comes to mind is Danielle - she's too old. Also, I think they need to employ a hunky Asian male or beautiful Asian female on the show to add to the mix...I have only seen Asians playing fringe characters as of late.
Erik

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I loved yesterday's show and love OLTL. It was funny, it was romantic, it was entertaining, enjoyed nearly everything, especially KISH. Brett and Scott have both been giving great performances.

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Loved David telling Destiny to hide in the bushes and jump out, lol

Glad someone like the Rachel/Shaun/Greg thing. Greg and Rachel has no heat at all.

I actually like the finally scene with Kish and Fish. The whole gay storyline sucks with them faking Dorian being gay to push for gay marriage but at least one good thing came from that.

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I loved so much about this show:

The weddings: Kish getting together, Nick being upset, Roxy kissing the protester, Andrew Carpenter performing the ceremony, Dorian and Amelia's kiss...all fantastic!

London: I love Destiny and David...they're my new favourite non-romantic couple!
And Bo and Nora..this was Bo and Nora done right, when they're confessing their true feelings for one another. I've been waiting a long time for this. I hope she leaves Clint now.
Neville was a nice touch, as well. Wink

I even enjoyed the Rachel/Shaun break up, and the Tea/Eli scenes. Oh, and I especially liked Viki/Todd.

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"I have never been passionate about a gay soap couple but KISH does it for me that was a gay storyline DONE RIGHT"

I agree with Jammylove, I liked Otalia well enough but Kish makes me all giddy inside, they are probably my favorite couple on OLTL and soaps right now.

I think I might be in love with Brett Claywell, what a great actor he is and that voice.

I loved the Bo and Nora stuff and the London stuff in general. Not to big on the Tea stuff so I'm glad Mel left that out.

Great show, I'm glad I started watching OLTL

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Kish, Kish, Kish..... I mentioned yesterday on another post that they made me cry tears of happiness! I don't recall the last time any soap couple did that. They may have just said their I love you's but I can't wait to see what's in store for this exceptional couple. Brett Claywell and Scott Evans are just wonderful! Kudos to the talented OLTL writers for bringing love back to daytime! Yesterday's commitment ceremony ending was just beautiful. And as happy as I was to see Kish I was sad for poor Nick, he did really well too!

And of course the rest of the show was wonderful too. I love David and Destiny playing off each other! OLTL is great at keeping me interested in the whole show and that's why I'll keep tuned in and you should too!!

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I loved Brett Claywell ever since OTH! *sigh*

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One Tree Hill was such an underrated show! I am watching on SOAPnet, and addicted!

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I absolutely LOVED this episode today...from the long-awaited Kish get-together to the interplay between Viki and Todd. He somehow looks less of a dink when paired with his sister. David and Destiny are priceless together and the intro of Neville and his call with Nigel brought the families "across the pond" together.

Guess I am in the minority as far as Nick is concerned...just do not like the character at all, as I feel he was sneaky and pushy with his and Amelia's gay wedding plans. Plus, he was in the way of my two fav character's happy beginning (can't call it and ending when they are just starting their relationship). Kudos to the fantastic job done by both Scott and Brett Smile

Now I am anticipating the return of Roscoe Born and the despicable Mitch Lawrence...hope TPTB do it up right!

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I don't like Nick either. When he stormed off with that sad puppy look on his face, I cheered.

Nick and Amelia HAS been too darn pushy and they have been my least favorite part about the storyline.

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YES, Monday was freakin' great soap!

I could have done without Greg's scenes, but everything else was good. Todd & Viki scenes are always a treat. I loved the Kish scenes! Thank you for not having Kyle going through with marrying Nick! That made me very happy, and I would have cried too, but Bo & Nora already had me going. I really enjoyed the huge gay wedding stint, and I wasn't expecting to. Poor Dorian, though. And poor Shaun too. I understand Rachel breaking up with him, but it wasn't easy seeing Shaun hurt.

What trumped everything was Bo & Nora. The wedding was the biggest storyline/plot of the day, but Bo & Nora stole the show. I have always loved this couple. They are my earliest memory of this show, and I always knew there was something still between them. I've been wanting them back together, and FINALLY it is happening! Hearing Bo call Nora "Red" again and him forgiving her - wonderful! I bawled when Nora said, "I do love you. I love you too." Their scenes were so perfectly real and un-soapy. In fact, in my own blog today (dix13.blogspot.com) I will write a long entry about the Bo & Nora scenes from the past 3 days.

I'm in OLTL heaven right now! Thank you, Ron Carlivati!

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They should bring back Billy Douglas for Nick! Tongue

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I came back to OLTL because of the Kish storyline which I am thoroughly enjoying. But I've been impressed with the overall quality of the show. And I'm bowled over by the humor in show which was unexpected.

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Daphnee Duplaix must love not playing a father-f***ing hermaphrodite on this show, haha!

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Lol...thank you! For the life of me I could not remember what kind of character Daphnee played on PASSIONS...if it was Simone the lesbian...are whomever...all I know is of all the Rachels on OLTL Daphnee is my favorite.

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No, she played Valerie Davis, who was actually Vincent Clarkson, the hermaphrodite child of Julian Crane and Eve Johnson Russell. As Valerie, she got pregnant with her father Julian's child, and as Vincent, she gave birth to the child.

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LOVED Monday's OLTL! I mean, barely one second after the show ended, I was crying and rewinding the DVR to rewatch that glorious montage. Set to Rev. Carpenter's voice, he talked about love, pulling in the major and minor Llanview couples, all of whom are trying to get it right. And the only one's who did? Kyle and Fish. Two men, surrounded by straight and GLBT couples all kissing each other. That last shot of them from up above, kissing as the town cheered on and surrounded them in a huge group hug was amazing. Even Cris, the most amazing BFF ever, grabbed Kyle's hand because he's making his buddy Fish happy!

I had to rewatch the thing twice... three times... and by 9:00, I'm certain that 3/4s of the Youtube views of the Kish scenes came from me.

Kyle and Oliver make me so damn happy! After Monday's OLTL ep, I felt like running out into the streets to a big Broadway song and dance number. Complete with animated bluebirds!!

Bravo, OLTL!!

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Oh...was PASSIONS ever rated differently then other shows?

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Smitty, I have watched this show so long that Dorian and Vicki are the only characters who were there when I started watching and Bo/Nora was one of the genre's great love stories, I am among the many who have waited for this reunion since the breakup and it was really just Bo who was hurt and angry, Nora may have been frustrated by Bo's refusal to forgive her but for my money Bo is the only man she has truly loved since she arrived on the show.

I have to say regarding Kish, I don't like Kyle, perhaps BC played smarmy too well but I haven't gotten past his introduction on this show and Fish is sooo sweet I think he deserves better. I also don't like Nick, was he going to tell Kyle about the legalization of their marriage if Dorian hadn't made the announcement?

I think Tuc Watkins has actually made me like Destiny more than I did before, Shenell Edmunds is becoming a better actor in each scene she shares with him. That said, how is it possible that David and Destiny have flown to London which is 5 or 6 hours later (not to mention the flight time)than the time in PA and still have been able to watch the wedding live.

Finally, although it is one sided, I love the G/R/S triangle because while Rachel's romantic feelings aren't evenly divided, her fear of giving herself to Greg combined with a genuine desire to spare Shaun's feelings make it a good story. Also, Terrell Tilford hasn't done a great job expressing his emotions regarding Shaun but his scenes with Daphne Duplaix work for me.

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Forgot: I prefer OLTL's way of presenting certain sls a couple of days a week, Monday featured the sls and/or characters I am enjoying right now but today might bring more Rex and Todd and the women who love them, which I am not enjoying but I love the balance, that's right Guza, I'm talking about you.

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I've just started to watch One Life, and I am so happy I did. This show is BEYOND amazing. Its better than anything I've seen in YEARS.

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Llanview76,

Trivia: Jason Tam, the actor who plays Markko Rivera is actually mixed-race Asian/Pacific Islander from Hawaii.

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Now I feel bad for badmouthing Nick. Today he kinda broke my heart.

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Well, the episode was alright I guess. I just can't get into Kish because I don't care about them. Bo and Nora on the other hand were good. Except I find it hard to believe that they were in London watching the wedding on tv. Seriously? Are people in London really intrestead in whats going on in Lanview USA, the most gay friendly city in america? David realizing he was to late to stop Dorian was good to. I don't understand Tea, I don't want to understand her. Why is she keeping her daughter away from the only father she knows just because Todd is her bio dad? Keep it to yourself pyscho.

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I don't understand the Tea bashing when it's Blair who's the pathetic psychopath.