June 11, 2009By Michael Karol Posted: Jun 11, 2009
If there's one thing I'm hearing from ALL MY CHILDREN fans lately, it's actually three things:
1. Do not pair Erica and Ryan.
2. Pairing Erica and Ryan would create an "ick factor" of 12 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the ickiest.
3. Please do not pair Erica and Ryan or you will lose me as a viewer.
P.S. Couldja maybe give Aidan a real story?
The show's producer and head writer have made it clear that a cougar storyline featuring Erica and Ryan is going to happen soon. Done deal. Complaining won't help. It's not going to be my favorite storyline, either — by a long shot — but I'm willing to give the show a chance and see just how it plays out.
In the meantime, enjoy the soapy goodness of the other characters inhabiting Pine Valley. Tad's storyline has a limitless amount of potential, and I am so happy to see Michael E. Knight kicking up his heels onscreen for the first time in years. He looks genuinely happy, and that's a good thing.
Jake and Amanda are fun to root for; there are so many obstacles for them to overcome, and the actors (Ricky Paull Goldin and Chrishell Stause) are so likable, you can almost believe that somehow, they're gonna make it, despite evil Dr. David's (the excellent Vincent Irizarry) constant threats to take Amanda's child away from her — and David is someone whose threats anyone in Pine Valley should take seriously.
Stuart might be gone, but his portrayer (David Canary, one of the top actors on daytime) is still playing Adam, and it will be interesting to see the path that Adam chooses — i.e., whether his proclamations of acting nobly to honor Stuart's memory are just a smokescreen. (And let's add a caveat here: I hope that Annie's "romantic" interest in him is purely an effort to get Emma back using Adam's resources. One May/December storyline is more than enough.)
Speaking of Adam, his son, JR (Jacob Young), and nephew, Scott (Adam Mayfield), are heading into unknown and interesting territory. They have to figure out how to work together to run Chandler Enterprises, no easy task when their personalities mesh about as well as water and oil. Marissa (Brittany Allen) appears to be bonding with both of them, which could lead to an interesting triangle. And it's nice to have the old Krystal (Bobbie Eakes), Marissa's mom, back, now that she's seen how impossible it is to have an honest relationship with David.
And what about Jackson (the fine but woefully underused Walt Willey)? How about bringing Brooke (Julia Barr) back? She's a formidable peer and adversary for Erica, and, in fact, has a history with La Kane and Jack: Brooke completed an AMC triangle with Jack and Erica back in 1991. I'd bet that if Brooke turned up and went after Jack, that would pique Erica's interest…. (For the Weekly editors' choice of the 20 best triangles of the past 20 years, see the Weekly issue out June 19).
There are always ways around plots on your favorite soaps that don't engage you. But in any case, it's only natural that fans wouldn't like everything a show does; soap operas, like life, take the good, the bad and the ugly; on-air, it's presented as an hourly (or half-hour) dish. How often do you love everything on your plate?