Soaps Skimp on Halloween Tricks and Treats

Soap Halloween 2010: Like Getting a Box of Raisins in Your Trick or Treat Bag

Soaps did not make a big deal about Halloween this year.  The majority of characters did not acknowledge the holiday at all. Too bad.  I love it when shows come up with the perfect costumes that encapsulate characters’ personalities.

2010’s best costume award goes to ‘The Young & The Restless’s‘ Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) for wearing Andie’s godawful prom dress from ‘Pretty In Pink‘ — in part because I once rocked that look for a costume party.   Chloe also wins line of the day.  After jumping to the ridiculous conclusion that Kevin had switched teams and was having an affair with the loan shark Hogan (Michael Badalucco), Chloe told her friend, “I don’t know. Some people are attracted to bears, and I’m your friend. I’m gonna support you no matter what.”

Y&R may not show two men kissing, or give the adorable Rafe a love interest, but it’s not afraid to introduce a gay subculture to thousands of confused grandmothers who probably were looking around the costume party trying to find the character who was dressed as a bear.  I will admit to being amused that the writers named the portly character after co-headwriter Hogan Sheffer. Whether or not you enjoy his storylines, you have to give him credit for having a sense of humor about himself.

The stupidest Halloween moment has got to be ‘General Hospital’s‘ Robin (Kimberly McCullough) leaving baby Emma unattended in a stroller to retrieve a cup of coffee.  First of all, no real life mother would ever leave her baby unattended in that situation.  The great thing about strollers is that they have wheels so that they can easily be maneuvered back into a restaurant.  Second, Robin knows that crazy Lisa (Brianna Brown), who has a demonstrated a fondness for kidnapping Emma for short periods of time just to screw with Robin, is on the loose.  She would be extra vigilant about her child’s safety.  There has to have been a more plausible way to get Robin to look away from her daughter.

The nastiest Halloween trick has to be the return of Daisy (Yvonne Zima) on Y&R.  The character was one of the biggest failures during Y&R’s creative slump; a one dimensional villainess with an implausible backstory as Sheila’s long lost daughter who was raised by Sheila’s heretofore unknown sister, Sarah.

Zima gave a one-dimensional performance.  I doubt a single viewer wanted to see Daisy return.  Yet there she was, skulking around the Halloween party at Jimmy’s bar wearing a nun’s habit before popping up in Daniel’s loft to announce that she is pregnant. Given that the show clearly established that she drugged Daniel (Michael Grazadei) and convinced him that they slept together, but no sex happened, it seems unlikely that Daniel is actually the father of her baby.  If she is not walking around with a pillow under her shirt, I have a terrible fear that the newly aged, so far lacking in storyline, Noah (Luke Kleintank) will turn out to be the father of her baby. I have no idea why Y&R would bring back a character that nobody wants to see, particularly one that forces viewers to remember the Lauren Has A Double storyline that should be expunged from Y&R history.  If Y&R wants to revisit any aspect of this storyline, bring back sexy, mysterious Ryder, played by the talented Wilson Bethel.

‘Days’ Does More for Seniors Than The AARP

Days of Our Lives‘ actually managed to surprise me on Friday, when it became clear that Caroline Brady (Peggy McKay) switched the paternity test that proved Phillip, not Daniel, is the father of Chloe’s baby.

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After months of wondering whether Stephanie (Shelly Hennig) or Carly (Crystal Chappell) was responsible, it turns out that it is Grandma Brady’s doing. Suddenly, a monotonous storyline about a couple I don’t care about got interesting.  Caroline’s motives have not yet been made clear, since she does not have an obvious reason to want Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Daniel to live happily ever after. Presumably, she wants to protect her granddaughter Stephanie’s relationship with Nathan.  She also probably sees the situation as analagous to her long ago affair with Victor (John Aniston) – a relationship she would like to rekindle.  That is character driven writing that is steeped in decades of history.

How come ‘Days’ best writing is for the characters who are over the age of sixty?  It’s bizarre that the same writers responsible for such witty, sophisticated dialogue for Victor and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) cannot write an actual love triangle for Sami, E.J., and Rafe, instead choosing to keep having Sami (Alison Sweeney) and E.J. (James Scott) spend all their time keeping secrets from each other. Granted, Vivivan’s (Louise Sorel) sojourn in the sarcophagus ceased being amusing after the first week, but on the whole, the characters old enough to collect Social Security are written far more thoughtfully than the rest of the show.  That’s unfortunate because the younger characters get 90% of the air time.  I suppose instead of asking why, I should just be grateful that Grandma Brady has something to do besides giving advice to the rest of her family.

One Girl to Gossip

Congratulations to One Life To Live’ alumna Tika Sumpter (Leila) who just landed what sounds like a juicy role on ‘Gossip Girl’ as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of a business tycoon. Sumpter is just the latest OLTL star to appear on TV’s juiciest teen drama.  Bree Williamson (Jessica) played a call girl.  Amanda Setton (ex-Kim) has recurred as Blair’s minion as has Melissa Fumero (ex-Adrianna.)  Are there so many Llanview residents popping up on the Upper East Side just because both series tape in New York?  Or is the casting director a OLTL fan?

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