ATWT Opinion Article
Sarah Brown’s stint as Julia Larrabee came to an end
this week when she was mysteriously murdered. What began as a promising
“interesting” character soon turned into one of the most hated bitches
Oakdale has had in a long time. I enjoyed Julia when she first
interacted with an amnesiac Jack, her scenes at St. Genevieve Hospital
were my personal favorite. I lost all respect for her character when she
broke into Carly’s home and took Jack’s badge and hid the truth from
him. Things went downhill from there when she and Carly and then Lily
became mortal enemies. All in all, I will not miss Julia, she served her
purpose: breaking up two of the show’s core couples. I would have
preferred Julia be killed off in a more dramatic manner, like falling
off a bridge or my personal favorite: she marries Holden and is killed
at the reception by a chandelier which someone deliberately cut loose.
Oh well, it was wishful thinking on my part. Now onto this week’s show.
I was absolutely mesmerized by Luke throughout the week. The intensity
of the scene when Lily shoved him for calling his father a “liar and a
cheat” gave me shivers. So many emotions were outpoured when he
confronted Holden for his actions and basically told him to get out of
his life, this kid deserved to be Kim Zimmer’s son, obviously the acting
chops is in his genes. Luke’s act of range in which he trashed Julia’s
apartment brought the situation out of control. Poor Lily has to deal
with her husband’s affair and her child’s vandalism and the clean-up
that follows. Not even Carly’s annoying voice mails could save Lily from
a confrontation with Julia. I loved it when Lily stood up to Julia and
was going to call the El Paso cops, for once, she has the upper hand on
Julia and it was fantastic to see her squirm and beg Lily to be silent.
Technically, it was not Lily’s fault for Julia’s accident, Julia was
attempting to grab Lily’s phone out of her hand by struggle. Lily acted
out of instinct and shoved her which caused her to hit her head. It was
not murder but personal defense. Julia was alive when Lily left; she
opened her eyes and then passed out.
When Lily and Carly returned, the
body had been moved and was lying horizontally and not vertically, which
was the position Lily left her in. For once, Carly wanted to do the
right thing and call the cops but Lily’s pleas prevented her from doing
so. I love it when Carly is “in control” during times of extreme stress
and emotional over petty things, while Lily is just the opposite. I had
to laugh when the two ladies each had a pair of rubber gloves and were
running around the house cleaning items.
Apparently Julia died of
blunt trauma to the head; it’s possible the murder weapon was some kind
of lead pipe or heavy object. I’ve seen on several message boards the
mention of the window by which Lily escaped and then entered back along
with Carly. When Luke went to trash Julia’s apartment the door was open
and the window was not shown. Later when Lily was confronting Julia the
window was closed and the blinds were half open, then in an instant the
blinds were pulled and the window was half open (possibly a mistake from
the technical crew, since the window went from shut to half open in less
than a minute). When Lily escaped the window was half open, however when
she came back with Carly the window was FULLY open. I’m almost positive
the killer was inside the apartment when Luke went to trash the
apartment, hence the open door, and was present when Lily and Julia
fought and in the time frame when Lily left and returned, the intruder
whom I suspect it was Les, the abusive ex-husband came out, finished
Julia off and left through the window.
I will be truly disappointed
if Luke is made out to be Julia’s killer. Will has already covered the
psychotic, murderous teen section. I would like if the Grimaldi in him
came out, but I certainly don’t want him to be a junior version of Ric
Decker or James Stenbeck. I’m not sure if anyone noticed a huge rip in
Luke’s jacket when he returned back home, he possibly ripped his jacket
when he entered Julia’s apartment for the second time. I don’t
understand why he burnt Lily’s gloves though; there was no blood in them
since Julia was not bleeding when Lily left.
I can’t believe Holden
doubts Lily and actually thinks she is capable of murdering Julia. He
has spent the better part of his life with her and together they have
been through everything, he knows her extremely well as a person and
should have no doubt in his mind Lily is incapable of killing someone.
With Julia dead, Keith will be out for blood, and demand JJ. The scenes
with JJ questioning Carly where his “mommy” was were extremely sad, the
indifference I had towards him for his brattiness washed away.
the murder mystery taking off there is a chance to develop this story
using a great number of current and past cast members: Hal, Tom, Margo,
Jessica, Lucinda, Lisa, Rosanna, Emily and TIIC could even bring back
forensic pathologist Dr. Walker Daniels.
Moving on to other aspects of the show; what is up with Craig? He
managed to convince Henry to set up Mike and Katie so they can get back
together; he has no business in his sister’s marriage life whatsoever.
Even if he wants Jennifer to be free of Mike so she can commit herself
fully to Street Jeans, he has neither business nor right to destroy his
sister’s marriage (I forgot this is sleazy, kidnapper, killer Craig
we’re talking about here. Destruction of marriages is his specialty).
Jennifer is one of the strongest, most independent women on the show, if
she single handedly created the concept and launched Street Jeans she
can still run the company while living a full love life.
her exit, Lucy is still haunting the show, her pathetic letter to Dusty
claiming to have found happiness at Williams (it’s a college) gave us
one of the most embarrassing scenes this year (right after Lucinda’s
massage) with a drunken Dusty and Sierra.
Seeing Celia and Rafael
makes me miss Pilar, Doc and even Julia. It’s a great shame the teenage
cast has lost so much steam, I used to love all the teens on the show
(except Lucy). Celia and Rafi (who could be That 70’s Show Fez long lost
twin brother) are the biggest clunkers in history. Who ever does the
casting for ATWT should be fired. Now that her American Idol audition
crashed and burned (they didn’t even try to pretend the judges were not
copies of Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson) we will have to
endure Casey psych her up and slowly help build her screeching, I mean
singing career, from the bottom all the way to the top. I wanted to
strangle the life out of her when she threatened Alison to tell her the
truth about Will or she was going to ask him herself. Why does she care
about Will’s past? I pray to the soap Gods Will will return to his
murderous tendencies for a day and poison Celia’s mouthwash or her
Except for the Julia Murder Mystery, the show is getting
tedious. The teen scene is a disaster, the Katie/Mike/Jen/Henry
quadrangle held my interest only for the week of the wedding, now it
sucks again. I don’t care if World Wide wants to open up some silly spas
for the whole family or if Street Jeans makes it to the top. I am
eagerly awaiting Rosanna’s return in late April, for me it’s the light
that’s shining at the end of the tunnel.
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