October 10, 2008By Danielle McClure Posted: Oct 10, 2008
It's always interesting to see how soaps handle the sometimes heavy and confusing legal language and other insider jargon or corporate speak during business-oriented storylines. Y&R has it down to a science and it's fairly convincing (despite the fact that the Restless Style schedule/working environs are totally whack and not true to real-life). GL, however, tends to gloss over the interesting, important details for a bigger picture, which has recently caused a little confusion for this viewer. Ever since hotshot business man Lawrence Decker came into town, I'm having trouble figuring out just what exactly Lizzie and Bill are doing for him. Did I miss one explanatory scene or was it ever addressed on-screen at all? Before it suddenly became the Macau Project last week, I had absolutely no idea what big "deal" Bill and Lizzie were trying to clinch. I assume the project (which got off to an official start today during Bill and Lizzie's highly anticipated presentation) is another one of Galaxy's hotels and that Spaulding/Lewis is helping with the construction. Still, it's frustrating that such a major front-burner business story (that viewers have been watching for MONTHS, mind you) hasn't been fleshed out enough for even the most devoted fans to fully understand what the heck is going on. In the end, it looks like Decker and his deal are serving as a simple prop for Lizzie's ridiculous kidnapping and Grady/Dinah's chicanery, but I'll be miffed if the business aspect is scrapped altogether. The show needs to invest in its stories. Yes, even the plot-driven ones. GL's true flaw is that so much now occurs off-screen, viewers are left to assume the details don't matter or aren't important to the story — and that's a shame.