I would like to take a moment to step away from the Texas sized awesomeness of Tuc Watkins' return as David Vickers, including his attempt to film a reality series, his hilarious lines and his funding of Matthew’s legal bills, to discuss Stacy Morasco (If you have missed any of this week’s One Life to Live watch the SOAPnet marathon. You will not be disappointed).
The best thing that ever happened to Crystal Hunt was OLTL’s decision to cast Amanda Setton as Stacy’s onscreen sidekick Kimberly. Suddenly Stacy’s scheming seems less one note. Her antics may be just as desperate and convoluted, but with drastically improved dialogue and Hunt’s apparent desire to stay employed, the character is being transformed before our eyes. When she asked a shocked Kimberly “Do I look pregnant to you?” and stated that she’d be returning to sleep with Fish it had me laughing out loud. I’ve laughed a lot at Stacy over the past year, but rarely because it was a good thing. Maybe Hunt decided to channel her inner Annie Douglas, but for a brief moment, today’s scenes reminded me of Sarah Buxton on Sunset Beach.
A while back Daytime Confidential’s J. Bernard wrote that the character of Stacy was a classic soap scheming sociopath, saying Stacy didn’t bother him as much as she did the rest of us. More recently, Jamey gave Crystal Hunt kudos on a "Performer of the Week" episode for finally tuning in and actually acting in her scenes.
It is still too early to know if Stacy’s recent improvements will last, but even if they don’t you should still be watching, because David Vickers’ return has been must see TV. OLTL is playing to Tuc Watkins’ comedic strengths. Stacy's storyline has improved, but it has a long way to go.