By Michele

I CAN’T WAIT for today’s One Life To Live!!!

How many times have I said THAT in the past few months???

Ummmmm…..let me see……NONE!

But last week’s lead up to Bo and Nora’s wedding was pure fun – and, might I add, GENIUS on the part of the writers.

Showcasing the talents of Robert S. Woods as Bo and Hillary B. Smith as Nora are looooooong overdue!

Here’s an interview with Smith and Woods – courtesy of ABC.

They are so great together, eh?

And I LOVE the fact that they have them wearing the same clothes from their first wedding 15 years earlier.

Using Smith’s comic talents headlining the “everything that can go wrong will” storyline was brilliant….the damaged eye, the broken tooth, the lame leg, the burnt wedding dress and, the topper – the green hair – was too funny!!

Hillary B. Smith as Nora on OLTL. (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

But it was really Smith’s facial expressions – especially the lisp from the broken tooth – that made those scenes so hysterical.

I also give huge kudos to the ensemble at Foxy Roxy’s (Roxy, Natalie, Jessica, Gigi and Viki) and their reactions to the escalating mayhem!

The looks on their faces – PRICELESS!

Farah Fath (Gigi), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Ilene Kristen (Roxy), Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Erika Slezak (Viki). (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

Erika Slezak as Viki – ALWAYS brings everything she has to her scenes, whether it’s high drama or lighthearted comedy.

It added so much to have the always-stoic Viki trying her best to stay positive, while everything was going from bad to worse. Viki’s calm and reasurring words were h}morously contrasted against the “Oh Sh**” look on her face.

I really liked the scenes where Natalie (Melissa Archer) and Roxy (Ilene Kristen) were mixing up the hair potion like two mad scientists.

Melissa Archer (Natalie) and Ilene Kristen (Roxy) as mad scientists. (ABC/Heidi Gutman)


It was a welcome – and much needed – change from the dark tone that has permeated OLTL in the preceeding months.

But let’s stay focused on the positive, shall we?

The other emerging comedy surrounded Bo at the church – with the missing minister and the skunk in the church. Fallout from the skunk included the destroyed flowers and tuxedo as well as skunk spray on Bo.

The scenes with Bo sitting in the tomato juice bath were great…..suffice it to say Woods’ expressions and line delivery was perfect!

Once again, the ensemble of John (Michael Easton), Rex (Jean-Paul Lavoisier), Brody (Mark Lawson) and Matthew (Eddie Alderson) were incredible in their reactions to the entire debacle.

And the piece de resistance? The addition of Bo’s newly discovered son – David Vickers Buchanan (Tuc Watkins) – to the mix.

I really like the rapport between them as “Pa” and son as well as the budding friendship with David and Matthew (Eddie Alderson) – or as they refer to each other….Big Brother and Little Brother.

There are no words to sufficiently express the amazing comedic element that Watkins brings to his scenes. It’s something that can’t be taught and is just inherent in his performances.

I loved the whole Cuban cigar schtick… each cop who entered the room, David offered up an illegal Cuban cigar…..

And did ya know it’s illegal to smoke in a church???? So Funny!

The juxtaposed toasts of Natalie and John was brilliant as was the clips from Bo and Nora’s first wedding…..Loved it!

I also liked the side drama of John and Kelly (Gina Tognoni) trying to get Blair (Kassie DePaiva) to sing at the wedding as a second choice, despite Blair’s glaringly missing invite to the big event.

I’ve always liked the chemisty between Easton and DePaiva and was disappointed when their short-lived romance never fully blossomed. I also think Easton and Tognoni have great chemistry, while working feverishly to find the killer of Kelly’s mother.

Needless to say, the three of them onscreen together made for some fun scenes.

In anticipation of today’s wedding, I ask: Who will perform the ceremony?

Can’t WAIT to find out!

6 thoughts on “OLTL Got it Right with Bo & Nora’s Wedding

  1. Kera
    June 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Finally!!! The writers did get this one right! I laughed, cried, and melted all week! I am hoping against hope that this is the beginning of getting these great stories back on our screen!
    I can’t remember the last time I didn’t want the show to end! Everyday, knowing that these fantastic actors would be on screen, I was thrilled to tune in.
    And I have to give props to Hillary B Smith! How amazing is her ability to bring comedy to a soap while looking fabulous? That is true talent.
    She and Bob Woods have such chemistry. I really hope TPTB stand up and take note that they light up the screen! Add in the rest of the vets and that makes for a great show.
    Suddenly, I am craving a Bloody Mary and a Cuban cigar 🙂

  2. soapbox1
    June 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Amen, Kera!!!

    I felt the same way….except for the Bloody Mary and the Cuban cigar – LOL!!

    HBS and RSW are so amazing – both apart and together!

    The writers have proven they can deliver some truly great material…Let’s hope this is the start of a new beginning in OLTL.

    Thanks for taking the time to post – and a fabulous post it is! 🙂


  3. SallyV
    June 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    For a completely different take on this debacle…

    “What a disgrace! What an insult to two veteran soap stars!”

    Read the entire article at:

  4. Michele
    June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Sally!

    I totally respect the fact that you, Marlena and others didn’t like it, but there are tons of others who did.

    And for those who didn’t like it, they are more than welcome to post their reasons here as you did.

    I’ve been watching OLTL since the first year and have seen lots of things over the past year that have been horrible…In my opinion, the writers capitalized on HBS’s & RSW’s comic ability.

    Frankly, I was not looking forward to just another wedding, even it was Bo and Nora’s, and the days before and after the ceremony were a welcome surprise.

    I’d rather be laughing out loud during OLTL than watching some of those other dreadful, depressing and dark storylines.

    So, for me, Bo and Nora’s wedding was over the top great….for you, not so much. But, again, I love to hear your opinions because there are so many ways to view soaps and that’s the beauty of being a soap fan!

    Thanks for posting! 🙂

  5. Jim
    June 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I agree.

    I love Jake and Amanda on AMC, but their wedding is so…routine. I skipped out on it. I loved the whole “What ELSE can go wrong?!” idea. And damn it if I didn’t laugh my you-know-what off when I saw Nora’s GREEN HAIR. How was that not funny.

    And yes, I also laughed when Natalie slapped Roxie twice, and (I forget who the second one was…the dentist, maybe?) when they were doubting themselves, and then Nora saying “Don’t you dare slap me,” when Natalie was giving another inspirational speech. Sure, it was only funny because of how horribly cliched that part was, but I still laughed.

    And even if he isn’t sticking around, who couldn’t laugh when Roxy pulled the dentist dude into a kiss, and then…well….ahem….you get the rest.

    That, combined with David and his ALWAYS hilarious one liners (saying Nora’s whole name and pointing out that the marriage to Dan Colson was annulled; “It was destiny that brought Bo and Nora together – [to Destiny] not you.”) made this wedding AWESOME.

    A+, OLTL.

  6. soapbox1
    June 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Jim!

    Yes to all of it!

    I LOVED the humor….particularly loved just LAUGHING during OLTL. I thought the entire thing was well-written and definitely outside the box! And def a welcome change!!

    I’m so glad that David married them and that he’s sticking around (at least for a little while) because he never fails to add much-needed humor to OLTL.

    Re: AMC…I check in on it a couple of times a week….It moves sooo slowly and I’m just not interested in any of the storylines….I do like Jake and Amanda, but I really wasn’t up for watching just another wedding.

    OLTL DID get it right, in my opinion.

    Thanks so much for posting! 🙂