By Michele Dargan

First off, let me say that OLTL has always been my favorite soap opera – always!

But over the past month or two – and I don’t really know how to say this delicately – it’s been one big hot mess!

I am not invested in why any of these characters are doing what they’re doing.

And isn’t that the key ingredient of a good soap?

I’m just saying….

I mean, really. Can anyone tell me ONE storyline on OLTL that is even remotely interesting??

Even the (faux) baby reveal was a letdown – and it just keeps getting worse.

Everybody on earth knew how Stacy (Crystal Hunt) was going to die thanks to the infinite spoilers on the internet…and btw, I try to avoid spoilers at all costs, but there was no dodging that one.

Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) tries to reach her baby before falling through the ice. Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

But the drama surrounding the aftermath is really a yawner.

I must say that the writers finally humanized Stacy – right before they killed her off!

That happens so often in soaps….they write a character that is virtually unredeemable and then make the viewers like the character before killing them off.

I did like the fact that Stacy and Gigi (Farah Fath) got their sisterly bond back during the birth of Stacy’s baby.

Gigi, Stacy and the Sierra Rose after the birth. Photo: Keysha McGrady/ABC

And then – poof – Stacy’s dead!

Although is anybody REALLY dead on a soap? Remember, Kim’s boots were gone…

Scott Clifton as Schyler has given some really good performances as he struggled with the realization that he wants to be a father to Sierra Rose.

Now I hear Clifton’s leaving the show. Big loss if that’s true.

I guess that means that maybe Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) finally opens the DNA envelope and realizes that HE is really the father….Just a guess.

Another big loss is Daphnee Duplaix as Rachel. Word is that she’s been let go from the show. She has been a great addition to the show as Nora’s daughter. The onscreen mother/daughter relationship between her and Hillary B. Smith as Nora has been wonderful, not to mention the chem between Duplaix and Terrell Tilford as the luscious Dr. Greg Evans. One thing for sure: Tilford better be staying….I’ve loved watching the evolution of his character.

The whole thing with Jessica almost being raped by her “father” Mitch Laurence (Roscoe Born) AFTER he zapped her memory with electroshock treatments….That could possibly be the WORST storyline in history. Totally repulsive!

Is is me or does it seem that each time Mitch returns to Llanview from the dead that he becomes more and more evil???

Now they have Allison Perkins thrown into the mix lurking around and getting ready to do the work of “The Messenger.”

How many times can they recycle that premise???

And let’s not even get into the fact that now Jessica (Bree Williamson) thinks she’s back in high school pursuing Christian Vega (David Fumero), who’s now a teacher.

Jessica and Christian. Photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC

The only partially saving grace is Williamson’s performances….she is absolutley amazing with every facet of Jessica that she has taken on (Jess/Bess/Tess)…She physically transforms herself into the separate characters. And now she has physically transformed herself back to a high school age girl. Suffice it to say, Williamson is uber talented!

Having said all that, the storyline itself is hard to watch, given the fact that they have essentially broken up Brody (Mark Lawson) and Jessica.

Lawson has also been giving it his all these past few weeks (Love him!) and it’s difficult to watch Brody stand by while Jessica chases after her high school crush.

I think the writers are trying to be cute….but it’s not working for me.

Free Jessica and Brody!!!

Todd (Trevor St. John) and Tea (Florencia Lozano) need to be reunited, because they’re just not as interesting apart from one another.
Now that everyone knows about Dani being Todd’s daughter, why not put the family together and explore the possibilities?

I HATE the fact that Viki and Charlie are splitting….After all these years, Viki FINALLY found love again for what…..five minutes??? Viki (Erika Slezak) and Charlie (Brian Kerwin) are so good together. They need to stay together. Have at least ONE couple on that show that stays together – PLEASE!

And what the heck happened to Moe (John Rue) and Noelle (January LaVoy) ? They were two of the best things to hit that show in a long time. They provided the voice of reason as well as some levity to the show. We need them back, pronto!

Then there’s the Langston cheating on Markko storyline – How much do ya hate THAT one!

Being a Larkko fan, that s/l is the pits!

It’s so predictable….Langston hooks up with a player who’s just using her for sex.

And now they bring in Cole’s study pal, who just happens to be the jilted lover of said player. It may be remotely interesting if she decides to seek revenge on him….

As far as John (Michael Easton) and Natalie (Melissa Archer) getting back together….I love those two together and have always been a big Jolie fan….BUT I’m not liking HOW they’re getting them back together. The storyline is just sleazy with Natalie having just lost Jared. And John and Natalie, to me, are above that. Especially since Marty (Susan Haskell) is now preggers.

Which brings me to the top of the heap of reasons WHY I’m not liking OLTL….the Kim marrying Clint storyline. It’s totally nauseating….really.

Multi-billionaire Clint Buchanan (Jerry ver Dorn) marrying an ex-stripper?? Seriously???

Is this the best they can do?

Word on the internet is that Amanda Setton, who plays Kim Andrews, chose not to renew her contract. So she will be leaving the show.

But I still don’t get why we’re even watching this storyline.

The only reason that I can think of (yet another recycled storyline) is they are trying to recreate the Asa/Renee storyline in the sense that Renee was an ex-madam.

Is this really why they destroyed Clint and Nora’s marriage?

Oh no, that’s right.

They had Nora cheat on Clint with his brother and her former husband Bo (Robert S. Woods) in order to reunite Bo and Nora, whom I absolutely adore.

Clint, Nora and Bo. Photo: ABC

What I don’t adore is the way they got them back together….No matter now…water under the bridge.

Bo and Nora ARE iconic and so much fun to watch.

Trouble is…..where the hell are they?

Since Bo and Nora got back together, we hardly see them at all. They’re only used to prop the other storylines!

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So here’s what we need to do on OLTL….

Let’s push this baby daddy story to the side…..get Jessica and Brody back together…reunite Viki and Charlie…bring back Moe and Noelle…

And PLEASE give Bo and Nora a frontburner, sink-your-teeth-into storyline that we can care about!

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?
Not!!!
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???
Hmmm.
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.

I don’t know where to begin.
There were so many really good performances Tuesday on One Life To Live.
Okay, I’ll start with Erika Slezak (Viki), because Viki IS One Life To Live.
And Slezak draws you in every time she’s onscreen.
She is so believable.
So genuine.
And when she’s paired with Brian Kerwin as Charlie – well, the sky’s the limit.
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Kerwin also gives it all he’s got when paired with Slezak.
Together – perfection!
As was the case on Tuesday, as Charlie is begging Viki for forgiveness.
And Viki wants to forgive him – so badly.
I mean, you can feel how badly she wants to forgive him.
And I think she might, if not for her loyalty to her daughter, Jessica (Bree Williamson).
Because, as Viki says, even if she could get past Charlie’s lies, Jessica would never forgive her if she went back with Charlie.
And Viki can’t do that to Jess.
Speaking of Williamson, she’s been absolutely phenomenal in her grief over Nash’s death as Kara attested to in a previous blog.
And Tuesday was no exception.
But it was Antonio (Kamar de los Reyes) who really moved me in his scenes with ex-wife, Jessica.
It was the gentle side of Antonio – the side that I really adore – that came out as he offered comfort to Jess.
It was magnanimous of him, considering that Jess trashed her marriage to Antonio by her affair with Nash.
Antonio was so giving and so kind in Jess’s hour of need.
What I like about de los Reyes; Antonio is that he has such a great range of emotions and does them all very well.
He plays the rough and tough side of Antonio as well as he plays the tender, caring side.
As for Melissa Archer as Natalie – she got in touch with her forceful, assertive side…the Asa Buchanan part of her.
And, for me, I’m loving it.
Natalie, calmly – but firmly – issued her ultimatum to the shocked trio of Clint, Bo and Nora.
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She will offer up the name of the real Buchanan heir if all of the charges against Jared are dropped.
Natalie played hardball, insisting that all civil charges be dropped too.
AND she insisted on having everything in writing!
I LOVE it!
A true tribute to her grandfather.
It’s something Asa would definitely be proud of!