By Michele Dargan

I really want to post a positive One Life To Live blog, because, after all, it’s my favorite soap….or at least it was for about 40 years.

The past couple of months, not so much.

I watch General Hospital first and then watch OLTL on DVR.

That, in itself, speaks volumes.

But in all honesty, OLTL is going from bad to worse – beginning with Todd.

He’s back to being a raging LUNATIC!!!

I hate, Hate, HATE when the writers turn Todd on a dime and make him go from being a semi-nice guy (when it comes to his kids, ex-wives, etc.) to being a monster!

Trevor St. John (Todd) Photo: ABC/YOLANDA PEREZ

I really had hoped never to see that horrible scene from the past, where Todd finds Starr and Cole in bed and proceeds to beat the crap out of Cole.

The other one I really didn’t need to see again was when Todd (again) hit Cole and pushed Starr down the stairs.

Yet, I was treated to watching both of those disgusting blast-from-the-past scenes again – both in one day, thank you!

I guess they had to replay those scenes in order to justify Todd going off the deep end again.

But, really, this is getting really old. I personally do not like the deep, dark hateful side of Todd.

Case in point: Thursday and Friday. He semi-attacked Cole (Brandon Buddy) physically and verbally attacked (viciously and scarily) Marty.

Todd was the one who raped Marty (Susan Haskell) and he acts like he’s the wronged one.

Everything is always – pooooor Todd!

But those scenes in Marty’s office made absolutely no sense to me.

Todd was in love with Marty (yes, I know he held her captive while she had memory loss). But those two have made a sort of peace over the past year and I don’t see him showing this rage toward her now. I really don’t.

Trevor St. John as Todd does an amazing job at showing us the many layers of the very complicated Todd Manning.

I just really think that at this point in time with Todd’s character, there should be more of his kinder, gentler side…and when TSJ is given the right material, he does make you believe that Todd has a good side.

And I know there are fans out there that like the dark side of Todd.

I’m just not one of them.

I feel this flip-flopping – making characters go from good to evil in five seconds -is, in my opinion, a fatal flaw in OLTL right now.

Other cases in point: Ross and Schuyler… Todd, although Todd does have a history of really bad behavior.

And, unfortunately, I have a feeling, there’s more of this to come.

By Michele Dargan

Were you all wiping your eyes after watching Tuesday’s One Life To Live?

Soooo many good performances……

Where to start….

First of all, Mark Lawson, as Brody, was phenomenal throughout the past few days…particularly on Tuesday when he was talking to Jessica (Bree Williamson) about how he wants a family with her.

He was crying…..she was crying……I was crying….

I tell ya, Lawson and Williamson together are dynamic.

But most of all they make us really feel what they are feeling.

I have to say that I was a liiiiitle nervous that Tess or Bess would emerge to “rescue” Jess from an emotional situation. Jess was looking a bit unhinged there for a few minutes, but so far – and hopefully – she will remain integrated.

And more kudos to Lawson on his action scenes in the warehouse – gripping!

Certainly the saddest event of Tuesday – and the most shocking – was the news that Shaun (Sean Ringgold) is comatose from the effects of the brain surgery to remove a bullet fragment.

To complicate matters (and in soaps everything is complicated) his brother Greg (Terrell Tilford) performed the surgery, being the best and most qualified in Llanview Hospital.

When Greg had to tell his parents and Destiny that Shaun was not waking up……so moving.

Tilford really showed his depth with those scenes – and then in his later scenes when he totally broke down…..He has shown such a transformation of his character over the past few weeks…..

And Tuesday, Greg experienced a 180 degree turnaround from the cocky, self-absorbed doctor who stepped into Llanview a few months ago.

Daphne Duplaix as Rachel also delivered such good performances over the past few weeks as she wrestled with her feelings about Greg and Shaun, culminating in the realization of Shaun’s fate and Greg’s feelings of guilt.

Duplaix is a very real actress who makes you believe what she is saying and feeling.

Another really good performance from the younger set – Shenell Edmonds as Destiny.

She totally broke my heart when Destiny realized that Shaun was not waking up.

Here are some of the better scenes of Tuesday’s OLTL, including Jess and Brody towards the end.

On the up side: Starr, Hope and Cole were reunited.

Kristin Alderson has been incredible throughout the whole hostage thing and Brandon Buddy has been wonderful in the undercover storyline.

So for all you Sole fans out there, here’s a compilation of their scenes in the video below.

And be sure to check out the montage at the end of the video, which puts to music an overview of all the characters highlights from Tuesday’s eppy.

There have been so many good things happening on OLTL and so many good acting performances that I don’t even know where to begin.
Let me start with the baby switch reveal and Bree Williamson’s powerful performances.
She swept me along for the ride through all three of her personalities (Jess/TessBess) and, especially, her emotions when Jess finally faced that Bess had switched her dead baby with Starr’s live one and the impact to all involved.
Whether Williamson is feeling happy or sad as Jessica, she is always so real and she makes me feel every range of emotion along with Jessica.
And she does this time after time after time – consistent, strong performances.
I also love the Jess/Brody pairing.
Mark Lawson as Brody also has delivered time and again – particularly those scenes when he was comforting Jessica near the empty baby’s crib after Chloe – now Hope – had been given back to Starr.
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Jess and Brody
Then there’s Kristen Alderson as Starr and Brandon Buddy as Cole.
Kudos to both these young actors for their performances when they discover their baby, Hope, who they believed to be dead was really alive.
They, too, took me through their range of emotions….from despair at the death of the baby, to their detective work in trying to find out the cause of death and finally to the elation that their baby was alive!
Starr and Cole reuniting with their baby was one big – awwwwww…..Followed by sadness, once again, when they gave Hope to Marcie and Michael McBain (Kathy Brier and Chris Stack) as promised.
But wait!
Marcie later overheard Langston telling Markko that it broke Starr’s heart to give up her baby and Marcie gave Hope back to Starr!
Elation once again for Starr ……
That is, until she finds out that Cole violated his probation by trying to throw away pills put in his pocket by his former drug dealer when – at that very moment – a cop came by and caught him with the drugs in his hand.
So now, they have their baby back and could be one big happy family…But, oh no, now Cole has to go to prison for two years. Grrrrrrr.
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Starr and Cole
How much more of a rollercoaster of emotion can there be?
One more.
Cole proposed to Starr. She accepted. AND Todd gave his permission! Will miracles never cease?
I was sad to see Brier and Stack leave OLTL, but loved their final scene when Marcie discovers she’s pregnant.
At least that leaves the door open for their return to Llanview.
Another source of my viewing pleasure is T&B – and I don’t mean Todd and Blair.
I mean Tea and Blair…..
I love those two together.
Florencia Lozano as Tea and Kassie DePavia as Blair are so-o-o enjoyable to watch.
Talk about range of emotions.
Those two go from fighting like cats and dogs to bonding over their feelings for Todd.

Remember what happens in the boiler room stays in the boiler room?
Those two are really funny together!
They ratted each other out in heartbeat in court.
And just what secret has Tea never told a single person???
My guess is that she has Todd’s secret love child.
But that’s just a guess.
Now, the only secret left to come out is the fact that Gigi (Farah Fath) did not cheat on Rex (Jean-Paul Lavoisier) and that her sleazy, skanky sister Stacy was not Shane’s bone marrow donor – And that Stacy was blackmailing Gigi to break up with Rex or Stacy (Crystal Hunt) would not save her own nephew.
Well, at least Gigi and Skylar (Scott Clifton) finally found out the truth….
Now they have to find the last puzzle piece – who the REAL donor is.
Let’s hope this happens before stripper Stacy seduces Rex.
I cannot WAIT until Rex finds out the truth.
And then it’s Buh-Bye Stacy and hello Gigi-Rex reunion.
We can only hope.