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    Oh wow, hopefully the break isn’t too long. (And hopefully the current COVID spike recedes quickly.) I don’t think they have much banked in terms of a backlog. I mean, Kristina Wagner tweeted about coming back to the show in early December, and she snowed up like a month later. I know that’s not an exact science, but it feels like the show is only five weeks or so ahead.

    I always love scenes with Tracy and Brook Lynn. They’re a hoot together. I would like the see Chase in a scene with the two of them, although I think with Chase being suspended from the police force, I would guess the arrest warrant would either not be mentioned at all or just be handwaved.

    I honestly don’t know how much longer I can watch the Peter garbage. For starters, we’re now meant to consider that there is legal maneuvering that could get Peter acquitted for Franco’s murder and possibly his other crimes? Come on. This should be like when Cyrus had his last hurrah with the hostages and everything. They caught him and took him off canvas to await trial, and then we were assured he was going to an out-of-state prison forever. Second, where is my girl Selina Wu? She had a deal with Sonny to kill Peter, and now after some extreme discomfort and a brief coma, he seems like he’ll be fine and is conducting business with people. Shouldn’t she or Sonny be doing something about this? More importantly, everyone in town wants him dead or locked up and suffering a fate they think is worse than death, and numerous people have made some “if I ever get my hands on him” type threats. None of those people trying to find a way to make this happen now that he’s awake and doing things? Please please let this show have mercy and not continue to drag this out until May.

    You can tell the show is serious about this story for the vets with Luke’s death because they haven’t had Carly or Sonny on to cry about it yet. Whether or not the show plans to have Luke back on at some point, they’re in a good position with everyone now believing he’s dead, Victor seemingly behind it, but really no concrete proof, so he could turn up at any time.

    I hope the scenes we got with Michael, Willow and Harmony lead to more fighting between Michael and Willow. Michael asking Harmony how their decisions about Wiley are any of her business was pretty appalling. A huge part of the reason the whole Nina mess even happened is because of his overbearing mother making decisions about Nina not seeing Wiley! I don’t expect Michael to like Harmony after all the Dawn of Day stuff, but I’d think that his pretense of respecting Willow would mean showing a level of respect to her mother.

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    My understanding is a basic week for soaps is you shoot 8 episodes in a 5 day span. So even if our time is 5 weeks they could still have about 2 months in the can.

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    There are two really great interviews worth watching: Cynthia Watros on The Locher Room, and Nicholas Alexander Chavez on The Michael Fairman Channel.

    Cynthia Watros, Maura West and I all went to Boston University at the same time! I vaguely remember Maura from a stage production I worked on behind the scenes that she acted in but I must admit I don’t remember Cynthia. I studied directing and playwrighting, they were both in the acting conservatory.

    Nicholas Chavez is incredibly intelligent and insightful in his interview!

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    That’s so cool, Freeman, that you have that connection with Maura and Cynthia!

    Looks like I was wrong about that arrest warrant! LOL.

    I do really love the way this show gives the characters friends and allows them to debrief/decompress about situations while bonding with each other. But I have to say, the Carly/Olivia friendship bugs me. I can totally believe that Carly and Olivia would get along well enough and be good business partners, I can’t believe that someone who went to the lengths Olivia went to keep her son from being raised by a rising mobster would be this cool with a woman who has made the conscious choice to endanger her children (and anyone else’s children she could get her hands on) because she likes mob power. I also believe that Olivia would have the awareness (lacking in Josslyn, Michael, Jason, etc.) to not just go along with Carly skewed version of events regarding all the Nina stuff. It was good when Olivia pushed back that Carly’s feelings for Jason were similar to Sonny’s feelings for Nina, but she also said that karma would get Nina for what she’s done, without even a hint of a thought that karma was getting Carly for what she did for Nina in the first place. Though, I wonder how many people even know what Carly did. But I guess if I can enjoy Ava being pretty much fine with Nina not telling her that Avery’s father was alive I have to deal with the flip side of people supporting Carly.

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    Anybody else thinking that Esme is Ava’s daughter? It seems like a Carly and Bobbie similar plot to me. Esme mentions being adopted today, which I have strongly suspected.

    Today’s episode was great! Excellent scenes between Carly and Sonny, Finn and Elizabeth, Chase and Finn, Chase and Brooklynn, Nina and Phyllis, Cam/Joss/Esme, Ava/Spencer/Trina… really great work from everybody and truly remarkable writing!

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    How adorable is Chase with that baby strapped to his chest? OMG…

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    The Friday episode was great. Chase is always adorable, but with the baby it’s just off the charts.

    As always, I really liked the scenes with the kids. Esme being immediately concerned about not using the cabin was so funny. It’s also kind of funny how Joss has to ask Sonny for the cabin, like instead of just going through her mom. I know it’s Sonny’s cabin specifically, but Carly already kicked him out of his own house, so I’m sure she’d feel comfortable lending his cabin, too. But it was nice seeing scenes were Joss and Esme weren’t just sniping at each other. Spencer working for Trina at the gallery will be great. Ava is justifiably very barbed in all of her exchanges with Spencer, but it feels like a bit of a gift for him and Trina to give them time to repair the friendship (and a gift to us as well). The idea of Esme being Ava’s daughter is interesting — she mentioned previously too that she’d been adopted — though I guess this would be an additional child that Ava somehow doesn’t know she has? It can’t be that Esme was switched at birth with Kiki, since there’s such a big age difference.

    The Carly and Sonny scenes were also very good. Carly had seemed fairly hypocritical in her reaction to Sonny’s feelings for Nina, but in these scenes, it’s very clear just how much Sonny’s reluctance to tell her about almost anything that happened in Nixon Falls is a huge sticking point for her, which seems fair. Hearing Phyllis try to disabuse Nina of her fantasies that maybe she and Sonny could be together made me question whether I, too, am being crazy for thinking the same thing. I’m looking forward to this confrontation between Carly and Nina. If Carly wants information, Nina will probably give it to her and she’ll probably be sorry she asked.

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    Carly has a helluva nerve just barging in in to Nina’s office to yell at her yet again! Grrr! I love how Nina holds her own and hangs tough with that witch! (; Carly needs to be careful when she “wants to know” because she will be told the real answers – “Mike” pursued Nina, and Nina was the one who held him off from having sex with her!

    Even though I have never liked the friendship between Sonny and Laura it was still a nice sweet scene between them.

    What is Esme up to? There is a mystery unfolding with her…

    Sorry, Trina, but what bad thing has Ava done? I don’t see anything to be upset with her about…

    GH, as always, is incredibly entertaining!!!!

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    Is Laura Wright like contractually OBLIGATED to slap 5 people a year because it seems we go to that well an awful lot with Carly…

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    Even when I can understand the way Carly is feeling, I can pretty much never get on board with her behavior. The soap tendency to just show up at a person’s workplace and interrupt their day is always a little off-putting to me, but the whole, “You’re gonna miss that meeting” intimidation tactic was next level irritating. Carly needs to go to one of those rooms where you break stuff like Liesl and Anna did a while back. Confronting Nina only ever makes her more mad, and she ping-pongs between wanting the truth and not wanting Nina to think she knows anything about Sonny that Carly doesn’t already know. I know Carly did the slapping, but Nina landed the biggest blows easy.

    I can understand why Trina now feels a little caught off guard by Ava’s behavior with Spencer. She was openly vengeful and petty in their interactions, which she usually wouldn’t do in front of Trina or Nikolas. Saying she was using Spencer’s trust fund to pay for dinner (whether that was true or not) was a very unnecessary dig and clearly just about making Spencer mad. Until now, they’ve played Trina’s position as being somewhat caught between Spencer and Ava, but thinking of Spencer as the bad guy and Ava as the virtuous victim. I think the scales are starting to balance more now, which is probably a good thing. Like Trina has probably believed until now that Spencer could have made a minor effort to be nice to Ava and gotten himself out of his legal troubles, but now she can probably see that that’s not really the case. Ava’s not punishing Spencer to treat him a lesson or make him a better person, and certainly not because she’s a devotee of justice, but because it gives her joy to see his misery, and it must be hard to Trina to see that Ava’s not above that.

    I agree about the Sonny/Laura scenes. They were good scenes, but I don’t really like Sonny and Laura as friends. It was nice for him to get to talk to someone a little less involved about Nina and Carly (though I guess we’ll continue to be beaten with the idea that everyone thinks what Nina did was an actual crime).

    Also, I don’t mind things that develop at a slow burn, but I’m finding the Finn and Elizabeth scenes a little painful. I’m lukewarm on them as a couple, so the number of episodes we have where all they do is talk about or talk around the idea of going on a date is just too many. They could at least be doing something else while this is happening (like the New Year’s Eve episode).

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    I had to go and watch the compilation on YouTube of Carly getting slapped, after the confrontation with Nina. Robin, Sam and Monica all handled Carly good. Frank Valentini had the nerve to tweet that Carly slapping Nina was the slap of the century. Oh please!

    Laura Wright thinks she’s Sarah Jessica Parker these days and I’ve had enough! Carly The Shrew needs to be back burnered!

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    Nice to know that Bobbie has seen Lucas, since it seems like we never will again.

    It seemed sincere, but it’s hard for me to believe that even Willow could be dumb enough to think that if Nina relinquishes her legal claim as Wiley’s grandmother, Michael will eventually start giving her visitation. And if she really thinks that’s true, I don’t know why the show isn’t playing up the clear and present problems between Michael and Willow more. Maybe they’re just taking it slow with that. It’s not like I’m eager to see more Michael/Willow scenes in any case.

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    I hope if we do see Lucas again it’s with either Ryan Carnes or a decent recast; that last one was a DUD!

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    Aw, I liked the recast, but I guess that was mostly just thinking he was hot and that the character wasn’t doing anything anyway.

    It was nice of Brook Lynn to try to make amends with Austin, and his response to it made me like him even less. I know what Brook Lynn did to him was terrible, but she feels bad about it and wants to make up for it, and also what Austin did to her best friend Chase was pretty disgusting. I’m sure it’s the show’s intention for us to like Austin, but he hasn’t clicked for a lot of people, and I think joining Valentin in a vendetta against Brook Lynn is not going to help at all. Brook Lynn also made a great point with him, which is that he seems to want validation for his dead father from his dead grandfather, which is not possible. Being too noble to accept an invitation from the family now because he doesn’t want to be “bought off” just seems dumb.

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    Austin = dud. What a waste of Roger Howarth. 🙁

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