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!

I just can’t get enough T&B on One Life To Live.
Not Todd and Blair.
I’m talking about Tea and Blair.
Tea (Florencia Lozano) and Blair (Kassie DePaiva) have such an amazing onscreen rapport.
The two work off each other seemlessly in a back and forth repartee – one minute they’re commiserating together and the next they’re trading insults and screaming at each other….or worse.
And, as always, the subject that sets everything off – Todd!
Like yesterday.
They started out so civilly, with Blair almost apologetic about sleeping with Todd.
And the next minute…..
They ended up in an all-out brawl and had to be pulled apart by Shaun….
The funniest part was when Tea – who is still recuperating from near death – took her walking cane and smashed Todd’s glassware, breaking the cane in the process.
I mean, the two of them are out-and-out hysterical.
Well here.
See for yourself.

And all this was BEFORE Todd proposed to Tea…..

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.