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Shirley's Opinion #76

By Shirley

8/9 8/13/04

Ok, Ladies and Gentlemen, let's talk about the "Big Week" on Passions. Did it live up to the hype? Were you thrilled with the way it played out? Was the huge cliffhanger enough to bring you back after two weeks of the Olympics? Well, here's my take on it.

I think it was a so-so week. Some of it I loved, some was ok, and some just made me go "HUH?", as usual. So let's look at it and see how it came out.

First, there was TC, Whitney, and Simone's continuing reaction to Eve's secret past. Now, I know, they had just been slapped with some news they never expected to hear and had a hard time dealing with it, and I can even understand being as angry as they were, but to keep it going as long as they have is just a little too much, at least for me. And for TC to have allowed the girls to say and do the things they did to their mother was way beyond the pale. No child has the right to slap a parent, unless they are defending themselves, and for TC to not only allow it but condone it was just wrong. I know I said that before, but it bears repeating. Now, another thing I'm wondering about here is TC's reaction to Liz. Eve told him what Liz was up to, even though he didn't want to believe her, so why didn't he recognize she was right once the Lizard started seducing him and berating him any time he talked about reconciling with Eve? How dense is this man, anyway? Oh, sure. He got some "comforting" from her, but apparently that wasn't worth the trouble, so why is he still falling for her plots and defending her? Can't he see it when it's spelled out for him? I did love having Sam bring Father Lonigan to visit, setting TC straight on the fact that what Eve did was done before she ever knew him, and since they have been married, she HAS been the model woman he always bragged about. He has a right to be upset that she didn't tell him, but to hold her responsible for what she did before they ever met is just wrong. Certainly he had his fair share of women before he met her, right? What's the difference? Anyway, the good Father got TC to see the error of his ways and contact Eve to meet with him and talk it out. However, Liz struck again. Man, I just don't see how that man can not see what she's doing! Now, Liz was desperate because TC had told her she has to leave and set about trying to patch things up with Eve, so I understand why she would pull out the big gun and tell TC Eve was driving the car that wrecked into him, but again, how can he just not see why she's telling him now? Well, maybe he will figure it out after he has these next two weeks to rest and think about it. This is definitely the "HUH?" category.

Well, at least we now know for sure who Eve and Julian's son is. Of course, they have told us since the show started, but people didn't want to believe it. But now that Whitney is pregnant, it was time to let the secret out, just as Tabitha told us five or six years ago. And to have Alistair tell Julian that it would be a good subject for the Jerry Winger show after having that be a part of one of the dreams from one of the fogs Tabitha created - well, I just had to chuckle. I know, it's a serious subject, but it just seemed like such a JER thing to do , you know? Anyway, now we have the truth about Chad out in the open, his half-sister Whitney pregnant with his child, and Chad's half-brother Fox waiting in the wings to take up the slack once the secret is made public, and it looks like it will be a good story once we get back to it. I wonder if Whitney will fall for Fox? Oh, yeah, right! Like she's going to pass on a hunk like that, especially with all that money at his disposal! LOL!! Anyway, this seems like one of the better stories, and one that will bring me back after the break. Oh, and I wonder what Simone is going to do about it all? Please don't tell me she starts falling for Fox too, and then gets angry all over again once she finds out he's really in love with Whitney. I don't think I can stand all that drama again.

Well, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Luis dies again, apparently. Good Lord, can't they leave those two alone? How many times have they each died over the years? I haven't bothered to count, but it seems to me that Sheridan has died at least five times, while Luis has died three or four times. Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but that's just too much for me to take. Once or twice, ok. But over and over again? I don't think so. At this point I am just wanting the writers to either kill them both off, once and for all, or leave them alone. Let them get married, find their son, and live happily ever after, or at least as happily as soap characters can live. They've been through enough already, and it's just getting tiresome watching first one and then the other mourning for their dead mate every time I turn around. Between that and Martin and Katherine's eternal "We're terrible for leaving our families, they will hate us forever. No, we're the good guys, doing what we had to do to protect them all, we're really heroes and they'll all thank us", I feel like I'm on a runaway merry-go-round. Now, that may sound like an oxymoron to some, but to those of you who have been watching this show since the beginning, you all know exactly what I mean, don't you? Yeah, I thought so. Tiresome, to say the least. Continually running in circles, going nowhere. I tell you what, I'm not going to miss all that while the Olympics are on, that's for sure, and I certainly wouldn't hurry back to see what happens this time. We all know Luis will still be alive. Ho-hum.

Well, Rebecca finally came home, just in time to find Theresa having major pains in Little Ethan's room. I have missed her, actually, and was glad to see her back. Yes, she's evil, but she's also good for a few laughs, too. I loved the look on her face once she figured out that she had no more hold over Julian and was about to be out on her rear end before long. LOL!! I loved it. And then Gwen stood up to her about keeping Theresa there. Now, that was a good day. Speaking of Theresa, turns out she just had gas pains, or else it is the two amniotic sacks from her TWINS causing the pain she felt. Yes, I said TWINS!! Now, what do you think will come of this? Either there never was a miscarriage, or there was but there were two eggs that took, and then Ethan's sperm hit one of Theresa's own eggs, or he hit two eggs and they're both Theresa's. Either way, it sounds like this story just got even better, doesn't it? Personally, I'm hoping that one will be Gwen's and the other Theresa's. Now, I've never been a real big fan of Gwen, but I thought it was just too cruel to have her lose a second child and end up believing another woman's child is hers, only to lose it, too. My wish is that one will be Gwen's and she will end up with a child after all. Now, I don't know what that might mean for Theresa and Ethan getting back together, but be that as it may, that's what I would like to happen. I am interested in finding out where this story goes, too.

So, as it stands right now, I guess the cliffhangers did make me want to get back to the show in two weeks. I wasn't sure there would be anything that would hold my attention enough to make me antsy for the two weeks to get over fast, but between the Chad reveal, the twins, and whether TC will forgive Eve for ending his career or not, I guess there is. So I'll be back in front of my TV on the 30th, waiting to see what is going to happen, and hopefully it will be worth the wait.

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