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Shirley's Opinion #37

By Shirley

11/10 - 11/14/03

OK, somebody tell me what's up with the writers these days.  The writing seems to have improved somewhat, doesn't it?  Not that it's a bad thing.  I mean, after around five years of so-so, ho-hum plots and Junior High level dialog, it's almost refreshing.  I say almost because there are a few things I'm not so thrilled with.  And I have to tell you, I am becoming a bit concerned about the plot situation, too.  It seems they may have finally started paying attention to us, the fans, but I fear that is probably just too good to be true.

In the dialog department, I think the L.A. story is probably the least well written.  Whitney has now become Ethan, whining about Chad lying to her all this time, and honesty is the most important thing, and she can never be with someone who would lie to her.  Hey, Whit......remember Simone?  You know, your little sister, the one who developed the major crush on your man?  How many times did Chad tell you to just tell her the truth, let her know they were together and he felt nothing for her?  How long did you (gasp....not you!!) LIE to her and force Chad to LIE to her too?  So what caused the big turnaround?  What, it's ok for you to lie but no one else?  Get a grip, girl!!

And the ever-present TC, with his one big line - "I'm gonna kill you/him!"  I really wish they would take those words completely out of his vocabulary.  I am so tired of hearing it.  And why doesn't Eve tell him to stop saying that?  True, she did tell him to stop making threats, and that's a start, but she needs to let him know grown men don't go around saying that all the time, and they certainly don't go around attacking everyone that upsets them.

Now, Julian, on the other hand, seems to have learned how to become human again.  After years of his cold-hearted treatment of everyone except Rebecca, this is still a great thing.  Ben Masters has turned Julian from a hateful, hated bore to a wonderful, loving, man you can feel sorry for.  That may sound strange, but at least now we can really like him instead of hating him.

OK, on to the Grace/Sam/David story.  Can you spell H-O?  What on earth is up with the sainted Grace, Harmony's resident angel-in-waiting?  She has a family, a husband she loves like crazy and has been married to for over 20 years, yet some guy she doesn't know comes and feeds her a line of bull and she's ready to chuck husband, kids, and the only life she knows to "try to find out what it would be like with David?"  Come on!!  I don't care if she does believe he's her husband, there is no way a decent wife and mother would do something like that.  I mean, she doesn't have any memory of him!  I knew I didn't like her, and I abhor the way she treats her own child, but I never would have thought she would be so......immoral.  But, at least the story is moving, I guess, which is what we've been wanting.  I just wish Kay would make up her mind and do the right thing.

Speaking of which, why on earth doesn't Edna just spit it out?  She is making me so angry.  She keeps moaning about how much Luis and Sheridan are hurting, but does absolutely nothing to help them.  Sure, she throws hints, and  now she's let Sheridan know her baby is there, but you know what's going to happen, right?  I've read the spoilers, as have the rest of you, and it's just more misery for Sheridan.  Ugh!!  So the story is moving, yes, but it's just really not going anywhere.

Finally, the "Big Twist".  I have to tell you, it was a surprise to find out Charlie was Alistair in drag, but.....what did that knowledge do to improve things?  Now we know there is no quick end to this painful saga, since there is no Charlie to spill the beans, and we know Alistair is a low-down creep who will stoop to any level to get what he wants (as if we didn't know that already), but the longed-for reunion of Luis, Sheridan, and son is nowhere nearer being a reality now than it was last year.  Or the year before.  Although Antonio does know.  But, once again, Pilar is trying to keep him from really knowing.  The previews show Luis looking like he's ready to tell him the truth, but we know what will happen....Sheridan and Beth are going to start fighting over the baby, screeching, etc., and just as Luis is about to say the words we want to hear, they will hear the commotion and go running, forgetting about the big reveal for another few months, at least.  UGH!!!

So, even though the writing seems more adultish, and the stories seem to be ready to end, I'm not holding my breath.  We've all been there before, seen and heard that before, and we aren't going to fall for it that easily this time, right?

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