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ATWT Opinion Article

Week of July 7
By Anna Banks

This week of As the World Turns gave us wonderful glimpses of the new Paul Ryan, played by Roger Howarth, glimpses of the new Jennifer Munson, and an action-packed week that left us on the edge of our seat.

I know that there are many out there who think that Scott Holroyd is the only person who should be playing Paul Ryan, but one has to admit that Roger Howarth is a great actor. When Jennifer was speaking to Barbara at the memorial, Howarthís facial expressions told us more than what Barbara and Jennifer were conveying by speaking. I canít wait until next week in which we will see Barbarís reaction and Roseís reaction to Paul Ryan being back in town.

Right now I am a bit unsure of nuJennifer. The actress playing her just doesnít do it for me. Maybe all I need is a few more shows of her, but I think itís partly the ATWT makeup artistsí fault. Jenniferís makeup looked painted on, which is a bit different from the natural look the rest of the cast has. It just made whatever she said less believable than if her makeup was different, and it made her lines seem stiffer.

I donít understand why Susan is so gung-ho about marrying Rick. She has known the man for only two months, and heís the suspect for serial murders. No matter how much she loves him, common sense should tell her to be on the lookout. I thought Rickís proposal was pretty strange, and I couldnít believe Susan fell for it. He wants to marry her so Alison and Emily will suddenly love him? That makes no sense to me at all.

Bonnie must have a screw loose in her head, because I donít know why sheís infatuated with Sarah. Bonnie is an immature adult herself, and now she thinks that she is good enough to adopt a child who obviously has huge problems. Isaac is her voice of reason, but as she so obviously does, she disregards what is the best for her.

It seems like Lily and Holden are now surrogate parents for Rose. I couldnít believe that Lily was practically guilt-tripping Rose into giving up Dusty. Sure, Dusty may not be the best guy in the world, and sure, he has made mistakes, but it is Roseís decision to whether she should be with him, and nobody elseís. The scene at the police station in which Dusty was calling to her and Rose and Holden were glaring at Lily just made me roll my eyes. I was relieved when Rose told Lily off, because everything she said was true. Lily was in essence blackmailing her, and I was happy that Rose realized that she is a grown woman, and can make her own decisions.

I didnít think Craig was out of line to be worried about Lily running off with Aaron. I know that this is a soap, but in real life, parents arenít so lackadaisical about sex and teenagers. The fact that Lily and Aaron are being allowed to travel alone for a period of time away from Oakdale is suspect itself, and why Rosanna was passing it off as a normal thing teenagers do made no sense to me.

Too bad Alisonís birthday was ruined by the incident with the man in the wheelchair. Hopefully next week Chris can make her birthday feel a little more like a birthday.

Best scene of the week: Alison and Chris making googly eyes to each other; Jessica Dunphy and Bailey Chase made the occurrence believable.

Honorable mention: Any scene with Roger Howarth.

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