Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon? It might help make the words I'm about to have to eat taste a little better. Back in the Spring of 2009 when primetime actress Jamie Luner (Savannah,Melrose Place) joined the cast of what was quickly becoming a Prattastrophe known as All My Children, we here at Daytime Confidential balked and balked loudly at the notion that the woman who Chuck Pratt had nicknamed "Turbo" could ever fill the shoes of one Marcy Walker. Somebody tell PETA to head to hell, because as of last week, the Devil was spotted wearing a Chinchilla worthy of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) herself.
Luner, along with scene partners Natalie Hall (Colby), Michael E. Knight (Tad) and most notably Finn Wittrock (Damon) were firing on all soapy cynlinders the week of Jan. 10-14, as a routine spat over teenage jealousy, lead to history repeating itself in the form of a Colby mother sleeping with her daughter's boyfriend.
The Grecian tragedy played out after Damon found Colby, the girl who made him want a better life, playing "see if your tongue can touch my tonsils" with Chandler houseguest Asher (Trent Garrett). Enraged, Damon made a beeline for his boss and former nemesis Liza. What transpired next was one of the most ferocious, erotically-charged scenes I've witnessed on daytime in years, as Damon hungrily made love to Liza.
I'm really surprised Comcast didn't place a courtesy call to warn me that my DVR's rewind button was in danger of malfunctioning, due to the amount of times I had to go back and relive the ecstasy and anger of the scene. We've been gushing for awhile now about how amazing Wittrock is, it was Luner as a wounded, vulnerable and completely spent Liza, who quietly made the scene—and those to follow—her own.
Finally, the Liza we've known and loved for decades was on our screen. No, she didn't have Marcy Walker's familiar, white-blonde hair or steely gaze, but what she did have was every drop of the years and years worth of pain Liza suffered because of the infamous betrayal she lived through at the hands of her cruel, selfish mother, Marion Colby and the ultimate cad of a boyfriend, Tad Martin.
For the first time when Luner's Liza was in a scene with Knight's Tad—rehashing their ugly love/hate story—I didn't find myself unable to suspend my disbelief that these two people actually came of age together. That's what happens when writers pay attention to history and mine delicious, tragic tales from it. Yes, that was a compliment I just paid to David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski.
"What did I do to you?" Tad asked, horrified at both Liza's actions and his owns. I don't know Tad, but keep doing it, because for once, I was riveted by this show again and for that I am thankful to Ms. Luner.