The Virtual Soapbox
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 29, 2009
Was I supposed to be laughing hysterically at Y&R's Adam today? 'Cause, dude, that was sheer comedy gold. I already discussed how young Rafe looks on Friday, but today, he pretty much made Adam look like Chester the Molester. Could their post-romp scene have been ANY more awkward? From the stiff posture to the straightening of shirt collars, I could not stop cracking up. I don't mean to be crass, but that had to have been the lamest, least passionate "afterglow" I've seen in my life. It's probably a good thing the sex that preceded it was off screen. Can you imagine how awkward that must have been? And then the hilarity continued with Adam dialing up Heather to immediately reassert his heterosexuality with an emergency booty call. Where it did take place? On the very same couch where he and Rafe played partially dressed Twister! Since Adam had enough sense to shower in between encounters, let's hope he cleaned that leather, too!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 26, 2009
I gotta tell ya, I've known the "big secret" about ATWT's Riley for months and I still got chills at the end of today's episode. I cannot say enough good things about Ellen Dolan, who has played the notes of Margo's grief and gradual acceptance of Riley perfectly as this story unfolded. Why she's frequently wasted as the hapless cop who always shows up at the end of a big story instead of being a part of it, I'll never know. At any rate, I think a part of Margo knew who Riley was from the moment he arrived in town. That became hauntingly clear with each passing day but crystallized today, when her naked emotions turned into a flat directive for Casey to quit digging into Riley's identity. Steel crept into her eyes and her voice. And if I haven't said it before, I'll say it now: I freakin' love when Margo goes all badass and pulls her gun on people. It's just too bad that Colonel Homophobe managed to surprise her, get her off balance, and squeeze off a shot. However, what happened afterwards was arguably the soapiest thing I've seen on ATWT in weeks. At least until next week's set of Emily-related reveals, that is! Riley and Mayer grappling for the gun and then Riley running to Margo...stricken, holding her close, gasping out, "Mom!" Oh, man. It was awesome. As I said, I knew he was Adam, but I'm really hoping that there are viewers out there who were surprised by that moment.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 25, 2009
So, wait, GH's Ric gets on an elevator, smirks "I'll be back," at Claudia, leaves for L.A., and that's it? THAT's how the character (and actor Rick Hearst) exits? Lame! Then again, why am I surprised? The ubertalented Hearst has been languishing in Port Charles for years. Why would his exit garner effort when his presence didn't?
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 23, 2009
Let's talk various soaps, shall we? Sadly, Y&R won't be on the list as President Obama decided to host a press conference that spanned the 12:30-1:30 slot. This should probably go on record as yet another change from the Bush administration: President Bush always used to pre-empt our 10 a.m. GL viewing!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 22, 2009
Much has been made of Y&R's wunderkind, Billy Miller, but I've got to give a major shout-out to Daniel Goddard, who has never been better as the conflicted Cane. Goddard's been absolutely wonderful at playing a man desperate to keep his secrets — and his newfound family's love. He always looks worn and beaten and sad; his hair even looks like he ceaselessly runs his fingers through it. I know that when the truth about Phillip III inevitably comes out, Lily — who can't stop raving about Cane's honesty — and Jill and Kay are going to be devastated and likely turn their backs on him, but I just feel so darned sorry for this guy. Con artist or no, he's sold me on the fact that this is the first time he's felt worthwhile and loved.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 18, 2009
I find myself at odds about what to blog about: really enjoying GH's Johnny and Olivia, getting addicted to THE UNUSUALS just as it runs its last episode, or raving about GL's Henry's hats. So, I'm just going to try and hit all the points!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 16, 2009
Look, it's a blog entry NOT about GUIDING LIGHT! (At least to start off with.) Instead, I'm going to lead with ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN, both of which I've started catching up on.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 12, 2009
Could I possibly love GUIDING LIGHT and Otalia and Phillip and Bizzie any more than I do right now? I honestly don't know. Seriously, I think I need to be medicated or something, because I cannot stop raving about the show every chance I get. I feel like this is the All GL Love, All The Time blog. But you know what...? I figure we've only got a couple of more months to share this kind of passion and excitement over a great soap opera, so I'm just going to keep doing it.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 11, 2009
There's a right way and a wrong way to do insane things on a soap. Having Y&R's Mary Jane kill and stuff her cat — and then cuddle it? WRONG. Oh my God, that was beyond the pale. GUIDING LIGHT doing pretty much whatever they want..? AWESOME! I mean, seriously, GL is going off the air in a few months, so if they want Buzz to smoke cigarettes and Olivia to buy personal toys, more power to 'em! What's Y&R's excuse for the excessive sleeping around, Adam in Sabrina drag, bloody towels, and taxidermy? Do they want to lose the top spot in the Nielsens?
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 10, 2009
What is UP with Y&R lately? It's just been a special brand o' crazy, usually reserved for, say, PASSIONS (may it rest in peace). Adam in a purple veil and a ratty black wig pretending to be Sabrina? Yikes! And then take Monday's episode. I tuned in and got three scarring images. First, there was Adam cleaning up Ashley's miscarriage. Then, there was Nick and Sharon all nekkid and barely covered by a sheet (it was a LOT of bare skin for me) and then crazy Mary Jane blindfolding Jack and sexing him up — mere hours after he got busy on the couch with Phyllis. "Can I be blindfolded, too?" I whimpered to my colleagues.