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The WAR Room, Part 1
For this column, I thought I'd take a look at some rumors,
spoilers, and speculation about the direction our soap is
heading. Not just any rumors, mind you! No, I'm just going to
look at what I call Wild Ass Rumors (hence the WAR Room title).
These are rumors that make their way onto message boards but for
the most part are not from magazines, online columnists, or any
reputable source. They are stuff that people either made up or
are speculating on based on their opinions or their wishes. A
note on storyline rumors: even the most reliable sources are
wrong at times. The magazines get their scoops and spoilers from
the networks themselves, but storylines frequently change
mid-stream. Online columnists get their information from various
sources-it could be a relative of someone with ties to a show;
it could be a landlord of a soap star; it could be someone with
an agenda; it could be someone who proofreads the magazines
before publication; it could be someone who delivers sandwiches
to the studio. But the true wild ass rumor seem to come out of
nowhere and that's where they usually end up too. Here's some of
the latest batch making the rounds:
Carlotta will be killed during the Santi family wars. Her
diner will be taken over by Marcie's father who will sell his
diner in New Jersey and move to Llanview. Likelihood: Not
real high. Someone is supposed to be killed during this
storyline but since Carlotta is a recurring character and can be
shelved when the occasion calls for it. (A month or so back,
rumors were swirling that Carlotta would be Viki's heart donor
forgetting that Carlotta, herself, had a heart attack a year
ago. And if it's time for Papa Walsh to come to down, there's
Cristian didn't really die but is in witness protection.
Likelihood: Possible, but not likely until Natalie and John are
established as a couple and another obstacle is needed. And
since Flynn the character who supposedly killed Cris is dead,
I'm not sure who he'd need protection from unless someone
figured out a Santi link.
A new character-Tico Santi-is being introduced and will be a
love interest for Jessica or Jen.
Likelihood: There is a new character coming with this name and
he certainly could end up with Jessica (although that would mean
she was involved not only with brothers Cris and Antonio but
also their cousin). As for Jen, she seems to interact with every
guy under 30 in Llanview but from what I can tell, there has
been positive reaction to pairing her with Riley.
Viki will be on a vacation at the end of the summer and will
come back with the patriarch of the Santi family who wasn't
killed after all. This will set up a clash with Dorian who was
of course married to him.
Likelihood: Viki does not have a history of falling for bad guys
so unless this guy is really misunderstood, it doesn't seem
likely. And it would mean Dorian and David would break up which
I refuse to contemplate!
It will be disclosed that Al was the first victim of Dr. Long
regarding the organ theft.
Likelihood: None. Not at all. No chance. I will eat this column
if this is ever mentioned. And I know Al doesn't really belong
in rumors about the McBains but their really isn't a Holden
placeholder anymore. .
As part of the Love-House summer storyline involving several
of the young people in Llanview, a gay college student will be
introduced who will bond with Marcie. This will cause Michael's
homophobia to surface and cause conflict in their relationship.
Likelihood: Supposedly there is a gay student and there's
probably a good chance he will bond with Marcie. But I think
Michael's homophobia was just a stupid plot device to make
Marcie hate him initially. The last this was addressed was when
he told Marcie he was “down with the gays!” I don't think anyone
wants to make Michael an unsympathetic character by assigning
him this baggage-not to mention he has Al's soul. If the student
is in the closet and confides in Marcie, and Michael mistakes
their closeness for something else, that could cause a conflict
but I just don't see them going for Michael as a homophobe. It
really would be a deal-breaker for Michael-Marcie.
Eric Walsh will be forced into a marriage by his father but
the wedding will be broken up by the gay student (see previous
WAR) in a scene reminiscent of The Graduate.
Likelihood: I haven't noticed any great enthusiasm by ABC for
gay storylines. While head-writer Michael Malone seems to be
fond of borrowing movie plots, this really stretches
Caitlyn didn't really die but is in witness protection
Likelihood: Cristian is more likely to return from the dead.
Ron Walsh will be a love interest for Jessica.
Likelihood: I'd love to see more of Ron but he's on maybe once a
Kelly, Kevin and Todd will be involved in a custody battle
involving Ace and the Chandlers from All My Children.
Likelihood: This would seem likely at some point except for
Todd's involvement in the wild ass rumor.
Adrianna will become pregnant with River's baby.
Likelihood: I hope not. This would be Jessica-Will redux. Adding
to the ickiness is that Adrianna is River's aunt by adoption.
Joey will return without the collar and seek revenge against
Likelihood: He was just back with the collar and didn't seem
particularly interested in revenge.
Ben didn't die but is in witness protection somewhere.
Likelihood: I made this one up but returns from the dead seem to
be a classic topic for WARs.
Heard any wild ass rumors you'd like to share? Send them to me
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put them in a future column.
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