June 19, 2008By Mara Levinsky Posted: Jun 19, 2008
Because I watch soaps for a living, I don't look forward to my daily dose of daytime in the same way I did pre-employment at Digest. It's part of my workday, a part I feel blessed to have, but it's not the escape that it once was. I am not complaining, mind you — I am simply making the point that when I do find myself really, really looking forward to a certain show, I notice it. (And my colleagues noticed it too, when I got struck big-time by the Nick/Phyllis bug on Y&R a few years back!) These days, the show that has me giddy is OLTL. Not every character, coupling, scene or story does it for me, but there's a lot that stokes my fandom. Tuc Watkins has to be at the top of that list. I loved him during his first go-round as David, and my fanship deepened when he took on the role of GH's subversive Dr. Dorman — does anyone remember the kinky scene where he took off his belt and walked, groin first, into the camera? In college, my friends and I referred to that simply as "The Belt Scene") but I don't think I've ever been more dazzled by him than in his most recent return to Llanview. The episode where he recounted what David had been up to since we saw him last, replete with phony flashbacks and a photo shoot? Hysterical. I knew I couldn't miss a minute of him from that point on, and I haven't. There's an effortlessness to his comic genius that is the sign of a true master at work — meaning, I suspect it takes a lot of work to make it look so effortless! He has chemistry with every single person and thing in Llanview, from Erika Slezak (Viki) to the lamp on the table of a living room set. David's announcement of his marriage to Addie and episode-long rubbing-it-in to Dorian, which aired yesterday, is just the latest priceless performance he's turned in — ask me again tomorrow, and a new highlight will probably have taken its place. This guy is gold! I don't know what it would take OLTL to keep him, but do I ever hope they make him an offer that he can't refuse!