By Michele Dargan

Would someone please tell me how Ross Rayburn went from this laid back sorta simple guy to a psycho abusive nut job in what seems to be seconds?

I don’t recall a character doing a 180 degree personality turnaround in such a short time.

Because last time I checked Ross (Michael Lowry) was this surfer dude living on the beach in Tahiti.

And before that, Ross spent some significant time stranded with Tea (Florencia Lozano) on that deserted island.

But, as far as I could see, there was no evidence of violence in his personality.

Au contraire!

He appeared to be understanding and even romantic towards Blair in the beginning.

Of course the writers only let that last for a nano-second before changing Ross into a raving lunatic!

First of all, there’s a lot of chemistry between Michael Lowry and Kassie DePaiva (Blair).

And I really thought they were going in the direction of putting those two together.

But no. That would have made sense.

Instead, TPTB turns Ross – in a matter of days – into a domestic batterer – nearly beating and choking Tea to death.

Then, he breaks out of jail and kidnaps the kid he’s supposed to love at gunpoint and then kidnaps Blair too…


Ross holds a gun on Blair (ABC/Lou Rocco)

Ross holds a gun on Blair (ABC/Lou Rocco)

It just doesn’t fit AT ALL!

I mean does anyone else buy this complete and utter turnaround???

And the way that things are going, I don’t think it’s going to end well for Ross.

Which is a real shame, because I think there was a lot of potential and possibilities with his character.

But THAT would take a liiiiiitle bit of creativity, some good character development and good writing!

3 thoughts on “What’s Up With Ross Rage on OLTL?

  1. Jen
    December 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Poor Ross. I agree that there was a lot of wasted potential there. I would have loved seeing him with Blair — a new twist on the Todd/Tea/Blair triangle if they have to insist on dragging out Todd and Blair for all eternity. For a brief moment when Dorian was bribing Ross, I almost thought they were headed somewhere deeper with that little manipulation. Ah, well. Hopefully they’ll keep me happy with Mitch, tease my imagination with Mel Hayes, do something exciting with Kelly and/or Kevin, and someday even bring back Ray Montez. A girl can dream!

  2. soapbox1
    December 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Jen!
    I like the way you think! There were so many possibilities they could have explored….many dynamics with Ross and Blair. I did think there would be something else with Dorian’s bribe.
    ITA that I’m sooooo tired of Todd and Blair for the 100th time…
    Mitch certainly keeps the viewers on their toes….ya never know what’s gonna happen with him in Llanview. As for the rest, I think you’re on to something with Mel, Kelly, Kevin & Ray…
    Thanks for posting!