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…..now 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

One thing that I’m liking on One Life To Live these days is new BFF’s John McBain and Brody Lovett.

I’ve taken notice of the way, Michael Easton as the dashing Det. McBain and Mark Lawson as Navy Seal-turned-police-officer Brody Lovett have had some really strong performances together.

Easton and Lawson play very well off each other and, as far as I’m concerned, command the viewer’s attention.

Check out these scenes as McBain explains to Lovett about the diabolical Mitch Laurence.

The chemistry of the two cops working together has been evident to me since Brody joined the police force and began working with the seasoned veteran cop, McBain.

This video shows the aftermath of Laurence’s stabbing as Brody springs into action, unaware as to exactly what happened and sensing there’s more to the story….

And how about the video below where Brody interviews Laurence in the hospital?

It was great the way Brody remains basically unfazed while he questions arch-villain Mitch Laurence following his “self-inflicted stabbing as Laurence goes through all his machinations.

Roscoe Born as Mitch is so good at playing a psycho, isn’t he?

How about when he’s SCREAMING at Brody to search McBain for the letter opener…And when Brody doesn’t move, Mitch asks why he’s not searching McBain?

But before Brody can answer, McBain says sooo matter-of-factly, “Because you’re in-sane and everybody knows it!”
How True!

Yes, John is compromising everything he stands for as a cop to cover up Natalie stabbing Mitch….

But, you see, that’s what I love about McBain. He’s so loyal to a fault and he will do anything to protect those he cares about – even if it means he goes down for it.

Frankly, I can see the writing on the wall….or, at least I think I can.

I’m thinking the writers are going to reunite John and Natalie for round 3 of Jolie.

Just a guess.

And here’s another guess.

Marty’s been conspicuously absent from John’s life lately…and I’m thinking they may be bringing back Thorsten Kaye as Patrick Thornhart, which would reunite him with real-life wife Susan Haskell as Marty.

Kaye is not moving with All My Children to California. And they never found Patrick’s body in Ireland….

Getting back to John and Brody….

Did you notice – at the end – John tells Brody to make a full report of everything that was said – keeping Brody clean from the entire situation.

Again, McBain puts himself on the line to protect everyone else.

You see, I always go for the “good guys.” I never really quite got the concept of falling for the bad boys and evil doers….just not my thing.

So, in my book, good guys finish first.

Which puts McBain and Lovett at the top of the list.

John McBain cleans up really nicely, doesn’t he?
I’m talking about the “Go Red Ball” on One Life To Live.
When he entered the scene wearing a tux, with his hair all fixed nice….and those blue, bedroom eyes…..(swooning).
And the way he sauntered in with those beautiful flowers and convinced Blair (Kassie DePaiva) – who was really ticked off at him – to go to the ball with him……It took my breath away!
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John and Blair
I just love the way Michael Easton brings all the nuances to the character….the long, smoldering look in his eyes; the sexy thing he does with the sides of his mouth before he smiles…..
But the best qualities about John McBain aren’t about his looks.
It’s his intense drive to do the right thing.
His honesty, integrity- and, of course, his chivalry.
Who can resist chivalry in this day and age when – I hate to use a cliche – but it is dead, pretty much.
And the best scene for me in Thursday’s episode was at the end of the show, when McBain and Blair showed up at the ball at the same time as Todd and Tea. And, almost immediately the elevator opens revealing Wes and Marty.
The looks on their faces were priceless.
With Tea stating the obvious, “Now THIS is awkward!”