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Shirley's Opinion #73

By Shirley

7/19 - 7/23/04

Hokey Smokes, I don't believe it!!  Someone check to see if the sky's falling, because we have seen a modern miracle and anything could happen now.  TC found out about Eve's past!!  Well, most of it.  Liz finally got Aunt Irma together with Eve and the fur started flying!  TC seemed bound and determined not to believe her, and at one point I thought he was going to start knocking her out of her wheelchair, which I will discuss further in a minute.  I do have to say I was proud of Eve for standing up and finally doing the right thing by admitting to what she had done.  After all this time of allowing everyone else to pay for her past mistakes, she finally came clean.  I was beginning to think it would never happen, or it would be some weak-kneed thing like TC's shed, but no, it really came out.  I'm almost speechless.

Now to TC.  His reaction was exactly what I thought it would be.  He screeched, yelled, bellowed, and tore the kitchen to shreds in his anger and pain.  Now, we all know that is just what he would do, but I am still upset about it.  I feel they have gone out of their way to portray him as a man with very little sense, and too much anger.  They also have him on a hair trigger, ready to start beating people up for the merest thing they do.  Maybe I shouldn't feel this way, but I can't help it, so I'm just going to say it.  Why did the make TC that way, the only black male model for younger people on the show?  I know, I'm probably making too much of this, and I'm sure they would say "Oh, no, his color never figured into it!", but.....we know better.  Look at what they have done to the Lopez-Fitzgerald boys.  They are almost as bad, and every time someone remarks on it, it's always their "Latin temper".  Really?  So, what....don't white guys have a temper?  I've seen a lot of them who hit first and ask questions later, but not on this show.  No, the white guys are more stolid, more likely to talk it out, make peace, whatever.  Ethan, Fox, even Julian and Alistair.  Well, Alistair has his hired hands to do his dirty work, but still, we don't see him beating the tar out of people.  Sam has flown off the handle once or twice, but not every time he is crossed, and Hank....well, Hank is the peacemaker at all times, right?   Why the difference?  Chad is a pretty cool guy, but he, too, is ready way to quickly to want to "kill" someone.  The one thing you can say for the writers is that at least they don't overtly use TC's blackness to explain his explosiveness, but they might as well. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone, but it just seems so obvious that if TC were not black he would be more capable of keeping his hands to himself.  I do have to say, Rodney Van Johnson did a good job of showing the pain TC was in, even through all the tantrums.

So, Charity is finally gone.  Can Miguel be far behind?  Oh, Kay is not going to like it, but we already know it's all over with already.  I wonder if they will ever be back, with new faces?  It seems such a waste, after spending all this time, investing all our time in them, that they just walked away, with no climax to their angst, and no "The End" to put on the story.  I guess that's what happens when the writers can't figure out what to do with the characters they have, and instead bring in new characters, writing for them, and leaving the originals standing around watching.  Too bad.  That could have been a far better story than the one they gave us

Sheridan and Luis have come face-to-face with their respective parents.  And Katherine has admitted to Sheridan that she is her mother.  Yeah, right.  Well, it would have been nice, but of course, the story has to last as long as possible.  Maybe even until these characters give up and leave Harmony, too.  Maybe that's the way the show will end, finally.  Everyone just walks away, one by one, leaving us wondering why we even started to watch in the first place, with nothing ever resolved.  Man, I sure hope not!!

So....does anyone really think Whitney will marry Chad?  I can't believe he is going along with it.  Fox, of course, knows what she'd doing and why, but Chad just thinks he hit the jackpot.  Poor guy.  I'm not sure if I feel sorry for Whitney, too, or if I just wish she'd grow up.  She had to have known Fox had feelings for her, and that she had the same feelings, right?  I don't understand how she can act so self-righteous now.  Well, I guess she could have been fooling herself all along, but she doesn't strike me as being that unaware.  I know, they are trying to show the similarities between her and Eve, showing that even though she is so upset with her mother for loving two men, she herself is in the same boat.  Still, it is a bit hard to take.  And again, I hope this story doesn't go on forever.  Maybe with the truth about Eve coming out and the truth about her and Julian surely not too far behind, the truth about Chad's parentage will come out and put an end to that triangle before it drags on any longer.

My last thought is of Ivy.  She was pretty stewed this week, worrying about Eve's secrets coming out and dragging her own out with them.  She really seems to be trying to get herself so drunk that she won't know when Sam tosses her out on her rear end.  I don't know, maybe it won't happen, but seeing Ivy so vulnerable really is great, isn't it?  She has been so hard and evil for so long it's nice to see she does have chinks in her armor at last.

Ok, so I'll be back next week to let you know what comes of this week and what I think about it all.  Let's hope that now that Eve's been outed, the rest of the secrets that have caused so much pain to the people of Harmony are right there behind them.  That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.  See you next week.

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