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This Week in Daytime: Flaxen Haired Fools

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I teared up at As the World Turns’ tribute to Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner). The episode contained so many wonderful flashbacks. I was in the midst of patting myself on the back for not letting it get to me when they began Nancy’s Thanksgiving prayer and I knew I was a goner. Of course, that touching scene was immediately followed by Katie’s (Terri Colombino) flashbacks of Nancy. I know each ATWT fan has their own fond memories, but there are three reasons I fell in love with ATWT and Oakdale. 1) I discovered ATWT because it was where my beloved Another World characters ended up. 2) I couldn’t get enough of Jack (Michael Park) and Carly’s (Maura West) on again/off again relationship 3). Katie and Simon’s (Paul Leyden) romance–nurtured by Nancy–hooked me. Share your favorite Nancy Hughes moments in the comments. We miss you Helen Wagner.

I loved GH's Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) coming clean to Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) about Carly’s (Laura Wright) plot to get back at her and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). GH was smart to bring Leon back to Port Charles and, if they are really smart, they’ll keep her around for a long time. However, Lulu is a flaxen-haired fool if she believes Carly’s lies.

I lamented ABC’s What If webisodes. They should have been called What Could Have Been. The Todd (Trevor St. John) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) webisode was the only one I truly enjoyed. However, I will readily admit that after watching Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco’sWhat If episode, I wished the two actors had ended up on the same soap after Port Charles. I’m not worried, considering they are both on ABC soaps, there is always the possibility One Life to Live’s McBain might one day cross over to General Hospital to take down the Port Charles mob and—at that point—I fully anticipate Caleb and Livvie 2.0.

I laughed at The Bold and the Beautiful’s Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) coming to terms with the discovery they are father and son. Both actors did a bang up job. When Liam hauled off and punched Bill only to watch his father’s expression turn to steel and hear him say he might just make a Spencer yet, I was in heaven at the pure soapy goodness of it all. What made those scenes all the more satisfying was seeing these two talented actors in an excellent story after being let go by their previous shows. Of all the storylines on soaps this week, this was my favorite.

I shouted “Oh Hell No!” at my TV while watching Days of our Lives. I am going to have to find Jamey’s shrine to James E. Reilly and get down on my knees to pray, because if DAYS is even considering pairing Dr. Hairy Chest (Shawn Christian) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker), we have a problem. Reilly needs to come back to haunt the writer's room until this nonsense has been done away with.

I smiled at the return of John Dixon (Larry Byrggman) to ATWT. It just seems so right to have him back.

I sighed with relief when OLTL's Blair (Kassie DePaiva) identified Elijah’s (Matt Walton) charred body. Yes I know it was burned beyond recognition, so there is always the possibility he’ll come back, but for all our sakes, let this story be over and done with!

I enjoyedAll My Children’s beautiful actors, beautiful clothes and beautiful sets in wonderfully beautiful HD, but other than beauty, what does AMC have? Nothing. Its storylines contain little, if any, substance, are devoid of originality and, on almost every level, are either going nowhere or in circles. Only 40-50 percent of its cast is actually talented and those who are–like Vincent Irizarry–are getting the cat and mouse game with their contracts. I don’t know what is worse, Chuck Pratt’s reign of terror that forced people to tune in because of its train wreck status, or the absolute lethargy AMC is suffering from under David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski. Jillian and Jamey may be wishing that Lynn Marie Latham was back at The Young and the Restless, but at this point–if we can’t get Lorraine Broderick back as head writer–I’m desperate enough to want Megan McTravesty back as head writer.

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I was suckered into the final scenes of Friday’s GH when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally saw each other. I don’t even like Sonny, but boy-oh-boy was that good stuff.

I rushed to after watching The Real Homewreckers of Genoa City to see if, hope against hope, Y&R had actually turned Phyllis’ (Michelle Stafford) blog into a feature on its website. Forget Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) blog or the Restless Style website, I’d rather read Phyllis dishing the dirt any day.

I was disappointed by Sami (Alison Sweeney) shooting of EJ (James Scott). After everything he put her through, I wanted him to be fully cognizant when he stared down the barrel of her gun and watched as she pulled the trigger.

I continued to be conflicted about The Brothers Ford Ranger, Nate  (Lenny Platt), Ford F-150  James (Nicholas Robuck) and Ford F-250 Crew Cab Super Duty Monster Truck, Ford (David Gregory) on OLTL. None of the actors are talentess, but...I just don't get why they have to eat the canvas.  I do like Nate and Dani (Kelley Missal) together, however bringing Matthew (Eddie Alderson) back into the mix romantically would give OLTL the opportunity to develop a viable triangle.

With Brandon Buddy on his way out as Cole, OLTL has found a decent replacement for Starr (Kristen Alderson) in Robuck’s James, but doesn't Starr, as a young, single mom need more maturity in her story arcs? James calling her Twinkle, Sparkle, Cinnabuns or whatever other name he comes up with doesn't change the fact that she's got a lot of serious struggles most girls her age don't. Yes, having a child and a man you’re committed to can be boring, but maybe it’s time for Starr to go to work at one of her family’s newspapers as Jamey has suggested before (Editor's Note: Yes, I suggested that, but I love James calling her Twinkle! Having a kid doesn't mean she's dead, Luke!). As for the original Ford, I’m on the record for disliking his cheating, skanky ass for what he did to Langston (Brittany Underwood), but their kiss burned up my TV screen. It’s so obvious she still wants him.

I was reminded of how rare it is for lightening to strike twice when two actors who were popular on one soap are reunited as a new couple on another. Jeff Bransonand Elizabeth Hendricksonhad oodles of chemistry on AMC, but unlike GH’s Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook–who failed to replicate their DAYS chemistry on GH when Cook first arrived– Branson and Hendrickson haven’t missed a beat as Y&R's Ronan and Chloe. They are still smokin’ hot together.

I wanted GH’s Quartermaine scenes to last oh so much longer. We don’t see enough of them, and when Brook Lynn showed back up on the Quartermaine doorstep looking for help, I knew we were in for some fun. I wasn’t disappointed. I chuckled at Edward (John Ingle) texting Alice. Who knew he knew how to text? Brook Lynn calling Tracy (Jane Elliot) “Granny” was the icing on the cake! Speaking of Brook , is it wrong I want to see more of whatever it is the writers at hinting at between her and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher)? What would their squish name be, Brik?

I picked ATWT's Kathryn Hays as my Performer of the Week for her scenes as Kim Hughes opposite Terri Colombino as Katie. She delivered an intensely heartbreaking performance, ripping into Katie and telling her to make a choice or stay away from her son Chris. Later, Kim cut Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to the quick over the Chief of Staff competition, before breaking down to husband Bob (Don Hastings). Hays drove home Kim’s distress. This was an excellent week for ATWT fans to tune in. It had everything we expect of good soap. Colombino deserves an Honorable Mention for her performances in both the Nancy episodes and for the range of emotions she showed during the Chris storyline.

My Totally Subjective Weekly Soap Ranking

1. The Bold and the Beautiful

2. As the World Turns

3. General Hospital

4. One Life to Live

5. The Young and the Restless

6. Days of our Lives

7, All My Children