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Shirley's Opinion #74
7/26 - 7/30/04
Well, this was sure some week, wasn't it? Secrets
revealed, lies told, fears of mess ups, arguments, fights, and
betrayal. What more could we ask for?
First of all, let's talk about Eve's situation. You
all know how I feel about Eve and her willingness to let others take the
heat to protect her lies. It simply isn't right, and it just makes
her evil. However, no one deserved what she got this past week.
That was just a little too much piling on, don't you think? Now,
true, lies are never a good thing. Well, except the ones you
hope to hear when you ask if your butt really looks too big in those
pants, or whether your cooking is really better than his mothers.
Those are necessary lies, and have saved many a life, I'm sure, especially
when spoken on PMS days. But lying about your past is just wrong on
so many levels. Anyway, we've been through this before, so I won't
get into it now. What I do want to comment on is the way Eve's past
was treated by her family. After TC's tantrums in the kitchen, he
finally cooled off and told Eve he could forgive her for anything.
He took his marriage vows seriously, and there is nothing she could do
that would ever make him stop loving her or turn his back on their vows.
Everything was working out just fine, and TC was proving he really was the
decent man Eve kept saying he was, but Liz just couldn't let that happen.
No, she had to keep going and totally annihilate Eve's life. Using
that old lady to do her dirty work, she got her to spill the beans about
Julian fathering a child with Eve, and that's all she wrote. The old
TC was back, meaner than ever, and he was calling his beloved wife every
name in the book, not giving her a chance to explain it at all. Good
old Julian, still standing guard outside, bursts through the door and
tells TC he won't allow him to talk that way to Eve. And one of the
best fights I have seen on this show broke out. TC attacked, Julian
parried. TC knocked Julian over the table and on to the floor, and
Julian punched TC several times. (Go, Julian!!) They tore that
living room up, piece by piece, as they hit, kicked, and rolled around all
over it, then they flew out the window into the front yard. During
all this, the girls and Chad came home, and even Fox, driving by, saw them
fighting in the yard and stopped to try to end it. He and Chad tried
to separate the two, but nothing worked until Sam got there and shot his
gun into the air. Now, I don't believe fighting is the way to settle
differences, mind you, but I was so glad to see Julian defend himself for
once, giving as good as he got, that I really enjoyed the whole spectacle.
What I didn't enjoy was the way TC and the girls talked to Eve, and most
especially how they believed Liz over Eve when she tried to tell them Liz
had planned it all, set them all up. Yes, Liz is a smooth liar, but
this is their wife and mother. How could they not simply use their
common sense and realize Eve was right? And TC. When Eve told
him Liz had done everything she could to insert herself into his life
because she wanted to take Eve's place.....HELLO!!! Did he forget
the times she "accidentally" ended up half naked while they were
alone, how she ended up in his bed from "sleep walking"?
How she was all over him every chance she got, trying to bed him?
Shouldn't he be at least a little willing to accept she was trying her
best to seduce him away from Eve? But no, not TC. Thick as a
stump, all the way. And Whitney. I would have thought her
hypocritical words would choke her at some point, but no! She just
kept right on berating her mother for everything, even for loving two men
at the same time. (Does the name Fox not ring any bells, dear?)
And the slap. How she could have done that is beyond me. Maybe
I'm being too harsh here, since everything they had believed about Eve was
wrong, at least as far as her past was concerned. And that's the
point, right? It was the past. She got over it, cleaned
herself up and became the wonderful woman they had always known her to be,
so how was that lying to them? To TC, yes, because she didn't tell
him about her past before they got married, but he and the girls have only
ever known the decent Eve. She wasn't doing all these things while
she was living her life with them. It was all before she ever knew
TC, well before she ever had the girls. It was another lifetime.
No, the reaction from these guys is just so wrong. Well, at least
she has Julian to lean on, and he's finally decided to stand up and be a
man, so maybe it will be ok. I just wish the writers wouldn't make
everyone act so stupid, you know? Sure, they'd all be angry at her,
but not this rabid, and not to the point that they would blind themselves
to the fact this woman who has openly told them she hates Eve and wants
revenge on her set all this up.
Now on to Gwen. Good Lord, I am so tired of her
petulance. I don't know how Ethan can stand to be with her.
All she does is worry about herself and what's going to happen to her.
Ethan goes out of his way to do good, romantic things for her, and all she
can do is pout, cry, yell, and throw things, constantly harping about
Theresa. She is right about Theresa's plans, of course, but she
deserves whatever Theresa does to her, and so does her mother. After
what they did to Theresa and her whole family, nothing is too harsh for
them. Well, I have to say, losing her baby was pretty harsh, but
then again, had she followed doctor's orders and taken care of herself,
stopped obsessing over Theresa all day every day, her daughter would be
here with her, so she has no one to blame for that but herself.
Anyway, enough of Gwen's whining and pouting, please! I wonder, though,
how Theresa will get out of having her and Ethan overhear the remarks to
Pilar about keeping the baby she's carrying. Darn it! Even
when it bores me, I still get roped in somehow.
Our miss Paloma is a real spitfire, isn't she? And
what is she trying to sell with those clothes and that dance she was
doing? She's very lucky she hasn't been attacked by some pervert by
now. Luis and Sheridan were shocked by her behavior but could do
nothing to stop it. She simply doesn't want to listen to her big
brother who she doesn't even know. Now, I don't blame her for that,
either. I still haven't figured out how things could have been so
bad that they couldn't afford the baby, the least expensive one of the
group. Heck, send one of the teens. All they do is eat, sleep,
argue, and "need" everything they see on TV. They are the
real money hogs in a family, not the baby. The baby just wants to
eat, sleep, have dry diapers, and be held and loved a lot. None of
that costs that much, so the idea of sending her away just makes no sense
to me. Anyway, after all these years away from her family she is
angry and bitter, and who could blame her. But still, she is putting
herself into dangerous situations and needs to pay attention. Heck,
she even ignores Aunt Maria and the Wheelers, even though they have always
been there for her and she knows they love her. Go figure. I
have to say, also, that knowing kids who came here from Mexico, this young
lady is nothing like kids down there are. They learn respect early
and are always polite to their elders, and the parents would never let a
young girl run loose on the streets after dark, especially. There is
a lot of kidnapping that goes on down there, girls who are taken and
forced to marry their kidnappers, maybe never to see their families again.
No, she is not the typical Mexican teen, by any means. However, she
is what we've got, so all I can say is I hope Luis will be able to
straighten her up. If she lives long enough.
Well, I guess that's all the complaining I can do for
today. The rest of the show was just the same old stuff, and I've
already talked about it before, ad nauseum, so I won't bore you with it
now. I am just hoping next week will bring us Eve finally standing
up to her selfish, self-righteous family and laying it all on the line.
Oh, and with any luck, we might get a replay of TC and Julian's fight,
except with Eve and Liz doing the punching. Now, I would pay to see
that, especially if Eve gets to be the winner, leaving Liz breathless and
blubbering in the gutter. Yeah, that would be worth the price of
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