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Best Of Show Or Worse For Wear? Digest Decides.
thumbs up! BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Unbalanced Beam
B&B cleverly used Pam and Charlie’s (long-awaited) engagement to cause problems between Pam and Quinn, leaving Forrester patriarch Eric smack in the middle. Since almost everyone on the soap has gotten married in the Forrester living room at some point, Pam naturally assumed it was her turn, with sister Steph’s portrait above the fireplace overseeing the nups, just as it was with Ridge and Brooke’s wedding earlier this year. But when Quinn balked — in a manner that came eerily close to the Quinn of yore — it set the stage for one hell of a family feud. That the women have a history of mental instability adds a dark edge to this conflict, while the fact that their squabbling puts the sidelined Eric front and center again is the icing on the lemon bar. Stephanie’s portrait may have taken the brunt of the ladies’ bickering, but picture us pleasantly pleased.
thumbs down! DAYS OF OUR LIVES Will I Am
When Chandler Massey resurrected the beloved character of Will, DAYS mined every emotional beat from the presumed-dead character’s family reunions. The show was in no rush to have Will’s memory return, and the stakes
were increasingly heightened as we watched Will and Paul grow closer while Sonny sat on the sidelines. So, it’s a true head-scratcher that the main event — Will getting total recall — was scripted to take place in the middle of John and Marlena’s nups, and then overshadowed by the drama that ensued from the shooting at the ceremony. While Sonny got to fully experience a loving reconnection with his ex-husband, everyone else in his life — Lucas, Sami, Kate, John, etc. — got the short shrift, with the news coming in scenes that didn’t feel as important as they should have. It’s a good thing to have an embarrassment of story riches, so perhaps DAYS should have put the brakes on this one until it could get the attention it deserved.
thumbs up! YOUNG AND RESTLESS Docu-drama
After Ashley’s scheme came to light, it seemed her exit from Genoa City would be with her tail between her legs. Luckily,y&r had a much different fate in mind, thanks to Dina recalling a long-ago contract that bestowed upon Ashley ownership of every single product she developed for Jabot. What made this out-of-the-blue revelation so ingenious is how perfectly it jibed with the history of the Abbotts, given the competitive relationship between siblings Ashley and Jack. He’s always been power-hungry when it came to the family biz, which resulted in Ashley feeling second best, so it made sense that John would heed his ex-wife’s advice to create an ironclad document to protect their daughter. Now, Ashley possesses the patents to the majority of Jabot’s successful products, leaving the Abbotts scrambling to save the company. This brilliant gamechanger sends Ashley out on a high note, and leaves huge story potential in her wake.
B&B’SQuinn (Rena Sofer, l.) and Pam (Alley Mills)