I ask this question because, as today's episode illustrated so clearly, everyone in town is acting like the back end of a horse. We have Sonny putting a hit out on a guy who proved in no uncertain terms, how loyal he is, with his blood. Sure, it's probably going to be revealed to be a master plan cooked up with Johnny's consent & full cooperation, but... Then, we have Olivia, who doesn't have the sense to realize the safest course of action to protect her son is to tell Sonny the truth. The fact that she doesn't understand yet that if Sonny catches on that he's a cop, that will be the only way to save her son, is pathetic. And, Jax (as if he doesn't have enough on his plate, protecting his own lies), has insinuated himself into her lie, telling her what to do. Which leads to...
How many more lies will he tell? He lied to protect Jerry after the Metro Court incident. Then, upon learning the truth about Michael's shooting, he tells Jason a half truth & continues to lie to Carly because of her health issues. Fair enough. But, now that Michael is starting to remember bits & pieces of what people have said to him while he was in the coma, why is he continuing to lie? He covers one lie with another lie, with another lie. He can see the kid no longer trusts him because of it. When he realized Michael was starting to remember what he said to him, why didn't he take Michael aside & say, "Look. I know you're starting to remember what I said to you while you were in the coma. I've spoken to Jason about it & we've decided not to do anything about it until after your mom has the baby & her health stabilizes. But, I'll be happy to answer your questions & fill in any gaps in your memory." That would eliminate the need for a life preserver by the time Michael comes to the wrong conclusion about him & the situation spins out of control, causing someone he loves (most likely Carly) to be badly hurt. At least, Michael has a good excuse for his stupidity. He's a kid & a brain damaged one at that.
Then, there's Rebecca. Well, she hasn't shown much intelligence right along. But, it's clear to everyone except her & Lucky, that Nikolas loathes the sight of her. But, of course, Lucky's also pretty stupid & has been for a long time. He's the writers' favorite patsy. They enjoy making a fool out of him. Which leads to our next moron.
Elizabeth Webber-Spencer has got to be the stupidest (with the possible exception of Claudia) woman on the show. Not only does she bounce from man to man with the same frequency most people change their underwear, she lies with that amount of regularity as well. First, there were the months she lied to Zander about their unborn son's paternity. Then, lying to Lucky about the night she slept with Jason & the months & months she lied to both men about that baby's paternity. Now, her "love" for Nikolas is causing her to lie again. If my hunch is correct, soon she'll be having her 3rd paternity test & once again, the "wrong" man will be the father. THIS is the same woman who looks down on the choices Carly's made in her life. At least, she only had to take one paternity test when she was still very young & dumb. Liz is supposed to be an intelligent woman. A nurse. She should understand the concept of birth control by now, especially when having sex with someone who is not your husband or the man you're in a committed relationship with. Oh & doing it in the middle of the guy's living room, with the door wide open.
Even Robin & Patrick are not immune from this rampant stupidity. There they are, patting themselves on the backs for solving Brianna Hughes' murder. Of course, their actions & sadly, one inaction, created a heinous situation that resulted in multiple deaths & many life-threatening injuries. She could see that the Andrea Floyd was insane, yet she persisted in openly antagonizing the woman, even going so far as to accuse the woman in front of a potential witness, practically begging her to kill Edward, a man Robin is supposedly fond of. Then, when she realized Edward's life was in danger, it never occurred to her that a psychotic woman like Andrea, who is always in that hospital where anyone can get their hands on any & all manner of drugs, would poison the one person who can put her at the murder scene. Even when she sees Andrea deliberately keeping Edward with her, insisting he finish his drink, when it's obviouse he wants to leave, it still doesn't occur to either of them why she's doing it. Robert & Anna they're not.
Then, there's Jason & Sam, who've both got brain freeze, as well & need romantic advice from Molly (preteen, never had a boyfriend) & Spinelli (who can't see that his fiance is having a severe allergic reaction to the thought of their upcoming nuptials), who's current girlfriend is the only girlfriend he's ever had. Neither Sam nor Jason is a teenager & both have long romantic histories & many lovers between the two of them. I beg of you, PTB, please, please STOP making them act like kids on their first date. It's not cute or funny. It's stupid.
It's bad enough the plots are inane rehashes of storylines of the past. The least the writers could do is stop making every character on the show act like a moron.