There’s a lot of things I’m not crazy about in Llanview these days.
Top of the list: Todd Manning’s rage towards his daughter and her teenage boyfriend. But I’ve written enough about that last week.
Also not liking that sick, twisted freak Lee Ramsey.
I’ll save that diatribe for another day.
Add to that the Jared storyline and all the lies related to him..i.e. Charlie getting tangled up in the lies and Charlie, in turn, lying about being Rex’s father.
Not liking any of that either.
But I’ll tell you what I have liked this week: the Vega boys.
As in Christian and Antonio.
And it’s not any huge storyline that I’m talking about.
It’s actually two vignettes that occurred over the past few days.
The first was between Christian Vega (David Fumero) and Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva).
David Fumero (Christian)
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I have to say, I love the friendship that has developed between these two.
It started after they had that awful ONS on Llantano Mountain last year, when they thought that Todd was sleeping with Evangeline. But he wasn’t and they did.
Thankfully, they realized their mistake. And after that, they developed a really nice friendship, which comes across warmly onscreen.
Maybe it’s the fact that their pairing is intermittent, so that when we see these two it really makes an impression.
Kassie DePaiva (Blair)
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They came together this week to talk – each with a big problem.
Blair was upset over Todd’s rage against Cole and Starr.
Christian was upset over Antonio losing all his money and possessions, including Capricorn, which meant Blair was out of singing job.
When the two were together – it was only a couple of scenes – their problems seemed to ease if only for the moment.
I have a feeling that maybe Blair might buy Capricorn. She has that million or so she got from Todd from marrying him.
David and Kassie have a nice, easy way about them and it really translates together onscreen.
As for Antonio (Kamar de los Reyes), I was happy that he and Jessica (Bree Williamson) finally seemed to clear the air after their nasty split.
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Jessica really did him wrong when she cheated on him all over town with Nash Brennan (Forbes March). That whole saga was just disgusting the way it all went down.
It was particularly reprehensible when Jessica promised Antonio’s daugher, Jamie, that she would adopt her. When in court for the adoption proceeding, Jessica ran out of the courtroom saying she couldn’t go through with it.
Even after Antonio found out about the infidelity, he donated a part of his liver to Jessica, who desperately needed a transplant.
Now that’s a gentleman.
Antonio and Jessica divorced and she married Nash. She apologized to Antonio in the past.
But to me, it never really appeared sincere until yesterday, when she told him how sorry she was about his losing the Santi money and everything else.
And, thankfully, Antonio has gotten past the anger and has moved on with Talia (BethAnn Bonner).
“I try to hold onto the good and forget about the bad. That way I don’t have too many regrets along the way,” Antonio said to Jessica.
Good advice for us all.

5 Responses to “Loving Those Vega Boys on One Life To Live”

  1. I enjoyed the Vega boys scenes this week as well. Even without a major storyline they still make you pay attention when they’re onscreen.
    I wasn’t an Antonio/Jessica fan, he always seemed possessive & angry more often than not when they were together. I like him much better w/Talia.
    Hated seeing Jamie’s little face after Jessica left tho, she’s a great actress that kid. You could see the hurt on her. Hopefully Talia can fill that void.
    I liked Christian/Blair’s convo was well. I hope Blair buys Capricorn, she needs something to call her own (we hardly ever hear about or see Craze/Crave (I even forgot the name) magazine anymore) & she’ll have somewhere she can continue singing.
    I like the potential for future story now that the Vegas are “broke”. I also like that the writers basically erased that sorry storyline by having Antonio give up everything Santi, they never have to go back there again. Nice way to close that out.

  2. Kimi,
    I, too, will never forget Jamie’s sad face in court that day and that is what really made that whole Jessica/Nash mess so detestable…
    I wasn’t crazy about the Jess/Antonio pairing either, and I do like her better with Nash and I like Antonio better with Talia – but it was the way the whole thing went down that made me mad.
    That was part of Head Writer Dena Higley’s mad reign – where she wreaked havoc with a lot of the characters – especially Jessica.
    And she was also responsible for that “sorry” Santi storyline. I *hated* that storyline.
    This is a nice way to close out that awful chapter.
    As an aside, I met David Fumero outside the OLTL studio last year. He is so, so nice. Really nice, easy-going way about him. I just can’t emphasize how nice he was.

  3. Ooh lucky you re: David Fumero! 🙂 I’d love to meet some of these actors! I lived in NYC practically all my life & out of all the stars I met/saw I never saw actors from my soaps, weird.
    I like Jessica better w/Nash too & agree the whole thing went down sordidly. But I’m thinking Nash is about to get a comeuppance via his new “investors” lol.

  4. I just had to give props to Christian Vega for calling Todd out on beating up kids last week when they were in the steam room … **LOVED IT!** & loved Todd’s expression too cuz he knew he couldn’t defend that. FINALLY someone in Llanview manned up & told Todd the truth about his sorry self.

  5. Yeah, me too! And the *way* Chris said it…so matter of fact…no hesitation. He told Todd what needed to be said…such a good scene!