By Michele

I CAN’T WAIT for today’s One Life To Live!!!

How many times have I said THAT in the past few months???

Ummmmm…..let me see……NONE!

But last week’s lead up to Bo and Nora’s wedding was pure fun – and, might I add, GENIUS on the part of the writers.

Showcasing the talents of Robert S. Woods as Bo and Hillary B. Smith as Nora are looooooong overdue!

Here’s an interview with Smith and Woods – courtesy of ABC.

They are so great together, eh?

And I LOVE the fact that they have them wearing the same clothes from their first wedding 15 years earlier.

Using Smith’s comic talents headlining the “everything that can go wrong will” storyline was brilliant….the damaged eye, the broken tooth, the lame leg, the burnt wedding dress and, the topper – the green hair – was too funny!!

Hillary B. Smith as Nora on OLTL. (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

But it was really Smith’s facial expressions – especially the lisp from the broken tooth – that made those scenes so hysterical.

I also give huge kudos to the ensemble at Foxy Roxy’s (Roxy, Natalie, Jessica, Gigi and Viki) and their reactions to the escalating mayhem!

The looks on their faces – PRICELESS!

Farah Fath (Gigi), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Ilene Kristen (Roxy), Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Erika Slezak (Viki). (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

Erika Slezak as Viki – ALWAYS brings everything she has to her scenes, whether it’s high drama or lighthearted comedy.

It added so much to have the always-stoic Viki trying her best to stay positive, while everything was going from bad to worse. Viki’s calm and reasurring words were h}morously contrasted against the “Oh Sh**” look on her face.

I really liked the scenes where Natalie (Melissa Archer) and Roxy (Ilene Kristen) were mixing up the hair potion like two mad scientists.

Melissa Archer (Natalie) and Ilene Kristen (Roxy) as mad scientists. (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

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It was a welcome – and much needed – change from the dark tone that has permeated OLTL in the preceeding months.

But let’s stay focused on the positive, shall we?

The other emerging comedy surrounded Bo at the church – with the missing minister and the skunk in the church. Fallout from the skunk included the destroyed flowers and tuxedo as well as skunk spray on Bo.

The scenes with Bo sitting in the tomato juice bath were great…..suffice it to say Woods’ expressions and line delivery was perfect!

Once again, the ensemble of John (Michael Easton), Rex (Jean-Paul Lavoisier), Brody (Mark Lawson) and Matthew (Eddie Alderson) were incredible in their reactions to the entire debacle.

And the piece de resistance? The addition of Bo’s newly discovered son – David Vickers Buchanan (Tuc Watkins) – to the mix.

I really like the rapport between them as “Pa” and son as well as the budding friendship with David and Matthew (Eddie Alderson) – or as they refer to each other….Big Brother and Little Brother.

There are no words to sufficiently express the amazing comedic element that Watkins brings to his scenes. It’s something that can’t be taught and is just inherent in his performances.

I loved the whole Cuban cigar schtick… each cop who entered the room, David offered up an illegal Cuban cigar…..

And did ya know it’s illegal to smoke in a church???? So Funny!

The juxtaposed toasts of Natalie and John was brilliant as was the clips from Bo and Nora’s first wedding…..Loved it!

I also liked the side drama of John and Kelly (Gina Tognoni) trying to get Blair (Kassie DePaiva) to sing at the wedding as a second choice, despite Blair’s glaringly missing invite to the big event.

I’ve always liked the chemisty between Easton and DePaiva and was disappointed when their short-lived romance never fully blossomed. I also think Easton and Tognoni have great chemistry, while working feverishly to find the killer of Kelly’s mother.

Needless to say, the three of them onscreen together made for some fun scenes.

In anticipation of today’s wedding, I ask: Who will perform the ceremony?

Can’t WAIT to find out!

By Michele Dargan

Poor Natalie!

How much sadness and loss does one person have to take?

I tell ya, that first scene today, when Natalie was holding Jared’s picture in the church was so sad. As she was talking to God and telling him that he brought back Cristian and John from the “dead,” I was thinking the same thing.

And my heart broke for her.

She really has had a rough road of it on One Life To Live.

Let’s recap, shall we?

Natalie (Melissa Archer) lost (figuratively speaking) her boyfriend, Seth, (remember him way back when?) to Jessica, after Seth fell in love with Jessica.

Then, Natalie – an outcast back then – won over the heart of Cristian Vega.

But, complications (as is always the case in a soap opera) arose when Cristian’s girlfriend, Jen Rappaport lied that she was pregnant to keep him with her.

When the truth finally came out, Natalie and Cristian married. The next day, he “dies” but the body was never recovered.

Natalie was devastated.

When she finally starts dating again with the tall, dark and amazingly handsome cop John McBain (Can ya tell I like him a bit?), Cristian returns from the dead…… (lotsa stuff in between of course).

Eventually Natalie divorces Cristian and John and Natalie fall in love. But just as John gets his mother’s engagement ring and is going to ask Natalie to marry him, HE gets “killed” in a car accident.

Of course, he doesn’t REALLY get killed. It’s an identity mix-up of the bodies with him and Hugh Hughes and, eventually, everyone realizes that John is alive and Hugh is dead. But John and Natalie couldn’t make a go of it the second time around.

If you’ve lost count at this point – one husband “dead” and one fiancee “dead.”

Natalie mourned both of them.

Which brings us up to date —- and to Jared.

Here’s a really great tribute video to Natalie and Jared.

In my opinion, Jared (John Brotherton) was the best suited for Natalie.

Not to mention, Natalie and Jared overcame severe obstacles to be together – including the fact that he tried to bilk her family out of their fortune and when she found out kept it quiet to be with him.

And, of course, there was Nash’s death, which Jess/Tess/Bess blamed on Natalie and Jared and exacted revenge by locking them in the basement. The two of them almost died together in that basement.

Now, Finally….FINALLY, when they are together, married, happy and an accepted part of the Buchanan family – he’s dead….Shot to death in front of Natalie’s eyes.

And what’s up with that really creepy final scene when Mitch Laurence emerged from Jared’s casket…..UGH!

I just can’t believe TPTB brought in Jared – connected him to his father, Charlie, who’s married to Viki, Natalie’s mother, only to kill him off!!

Grrrr. Not happy about it.

Not to mention it looks like his son’s death may send Charlie back to the bottle, which would only escalate the downward spiral of all the OLTL storylines.

But I’ll save THAT rant for another day……