It’s a Mystery! – OLTL
It’s no mystery why this column got delayed but that’s where the answers stop! This week I’ll be rounding up all the mysteries of Llanview large and small, sharing my thoughts on this week’s shows and introducing a new feature in the column, so if you’re ready, let’s get started!
Before we get into mysteries though I just need to get something off my chest about some fans and their reactions to last week’s news who have really started to get to me. I’m not talking about those of you that have commented here on The Banner News, from what I’ve read you thankfully don’t fit this mold, but its something I’ve read elsewhere on the site and around the internet. It baffles me that people are so paranoid as to see a conspiracy in every move. I get that people are skittish, but it seems that for people that say they love these shows they are SO FAST to threaten to leave at anything they don’t like. Ask yourself this – what does Prospect Park have to gain by tanking the show? They have invested MILLIONS of dollars to bring them back to life, so every move they make is only to ensure that the shows can get a foothold, get stronger, gain viewers and live on for years to come. If you think otherwise, you’re acting on emotion and fear rather than logic and facts. They are sailing in uncharted waters, we need to let them find the strongest tailwinds.
The Many Mysteries of Llanview
I’ll try to sum up what we know, throw out some guesses and ask some questions. If you think you have answers, you know where the comments are by now…
We have a partial answer to this one – Todd has the cameras (which I guessed last week – I have NO inside knowledge beyond released episode recaps). But did he install them? Or did the people that summoned him to town pre-arrange this. Has he been watching everyone back home while he was in Port Charles? While one aspect of this mystery was revealed, there are many layers left to uncover. I for one think it is now directly linked to the next mystery of…
We know of at least three people that have the tattoo. Victor, the henchman he killed that Bo has found, and the henchman he saw at the coffee shop. My hope is that this group is somehow tied in with a resurrected Irene Manning. Wouldn’t it make sense that she didn’t die in the same way Victor didn’t? Mainly I want Barbara Rhoades back because she is amazing and we had way too little time with her. What do we know for sure? Allison Perkins is involved in some way, so if we assume that Mitch is really dead, she is a free agent now. If it wasn’t Irene’s group, who would want Victor and why? And did he escape or did they let him go? And why was Todd told to take care of killing Victor. Could there be two groups involved? One that kept Victor alive and safe from the other that wanted him dead? Or is it just one group who wants him dead now that he’s escaped – but if they just plain wanted him dead, why did they keep him alive in captivity? And is it even really Victor? He was acting real different…
My first guess that “Michelle” is Destiny is not correct I am now pretty sure of. Unless they were deliberately trying to mislead us by showing them on the phone then cutting to Des and Nora. The Toronto area code on the phone could be meaningful, but you can order an area code for a cell phone when you aren’t in that area. There are really only two ways I see this going, Matt is getting catfished by someone who is not what she appears, or the girl is legit and will appear at some point (I’m sure she’d appear at some point anyway). For now I’m going to rule out it’s a guy but they could be doing Mantai Teo, and he’s got some girl to do the phone voice or is a good actor. If “Michelle” isn’t tied somehow to Llanview though I wonder where is this story going? Is it only there to provide a block to Matt/Dani? I’m more interested in seeing why this story is being told than the actual facts of it I think.
This is very backburnered right now. It seemed early on that there might be “drug ring” story developing between what Dani was taking and where was she getting it, to the shady folks at Shelter who might be supplying. This would be a good arc story to tie those characters plus Bo and the police in, but I think that may be a long term story that the writers set up and are now simmering while they focus on other things on the front burners. Maybe the drug ring is tied in to the tattoo people? Maybe there is no story here…
Any mysteries I missed? Everything else happening on the show didn’t seem to fit that tag to me, so for now we’ll go onto the show notes.
Show Notes – Chapter 4
5-21-13, Part One
~ Why is Clint so in a hurry to get married?
~ Looks like Dorian’s plan is in full swing. I don’t miss the weeks of taunting and coded messages that would have happened before.
~ Oh, Shelter, you are the weakest link. And sorry but do people really go out to a club and get dressed up, and THEN go to their night job? Or did we really just need to get Des into that scene.
~ I’m finding it amusing how much of the shows are revolving around the business of making and drinking coffee. Maybe it stands out more to me since I don’t drink it, but coffee is like the new orange juice on this show.
~ Shelter + David’s Reality Show = double weak. It’s fun to have them bring up history stuff like Chipmunk Tattoo, but a little goes a long way. Tuc Watkins at least makes it just bearable, but it just makes me want to see him in a GOOD story.
~ I love Viki but she is fooling herself if she thinks she can get by without firing anyone from The Banner. It’s not the Bailey Building and Loan, though they are making Clint into Mr. Potter.
~ I’m enjoying the Matt/Jeff/Dani scenes more than I thought I would. They’re just the right blend of humor and story.
~ I want to see lots more of Rama/Nat as frenemies
~ Would Tea really rat out Victor in order to get him locked up for his own “safety”?
~ Is it just me or is Natalie more imagining this as a date and Cutter is more thinking about dessert.
~ I love the way Todd revealed his bruise to Viki (pic)
~ Clint and Viki are constantly fighting – maybe they shouldn’t be getting hitched.
~ Pretty much every episode has a Friday-worthy cliffhanger now. Reveal of Todd with the cams and the contents of the letter he got in the first show. But who wants Victor dead?
5-23-13, Part Two
~ I know there’s a great nasty joke in Dani burning her toast but it hasn’t come to me yet.
~ More evidence that Viki is more concerned with the personal lives of her staff than actually running the paper. She only just realized that Destiny works overnight? I think there’s a better way to write that scene where Viki doesn’t seem to have just found out.
~ I think we need to see more of the Aussie bloke. Yes please.
~ Really enjoying Nat/Cutter’s scene and chemistry in the coffee shop scene.
~ For all the speed of the show, the Todd/Jack stuff is STILL stuck in neutral. It’s the same scene over and over – please let something HAPPEN.
~ Bo and Nora are cute with Drew. Once again everyone is united in the belief that Matthew “needs” to get involved with Drew. Can’t at least one character be on his side? It’s so lopsided.
~ In the reaction to Matt getting the electric bill, Dani was acting just like Tea – that’s some great acting. watch that again and imagine Tea.
~ Why is Viki being so stubborn? I wasn’t really old enough to remember the days when she and Clint worked side-by-side at The Banner, but there has to be enough in that history that she’d be listening to him more. We’ve got to get some balance with these two that is positive and not always yelling at one another.
~ Dani should just suggest they shower together… you know, to save the hot water…
~ Matt’s chat with Canada girl is pretty lame.
~ Blair is finally starting to soften to Todd a bit. Will this spill over into other areas?
~ Clint/Jeff was good, and I think they are right. Kind of dumb of Clint not to stay in the shadows and just let Jeff deliver his ideas so that Viki might actually LISTEN.
~ I wish Todd would tell Jack the reason that he got so mad with Victor – because he was leaving the kids again. That might carry some weight, since they are mad for the same reason!
~ I hope Matt didn’t buy that ridiculous bug thing and just decided to let it go. Though why did he leave his laptop when going to work?
~ It’s so irritating that Des won’t take any help from anyone. Sometime it takes more strength to accept help when you need it than to just be stubborn and stoic.
~ So Nat is complaining about not having heard from John in “forever”. That is not continuity – While OLTL was off Nat was the one that shut John out and waged legal wars to keep him from Liam so it’s bullshit that she would be “sad” that John hasn’t called her. And odd that she would react that way to him calling now.
~ Glad we have previews back now. Get ready for Snoop (animal) next week!
In a new feature this week, I’m going to give you a trivia question and the reader who gets the answer correct in the comments first will get to tell me one topic to write about next week! Some rules: there may be more than one answer, but you have to guess the one I mean, and only one guess per person. If it’s fun, maybe we’ll do it regular-like…
Question: What OTHER famous soap in TV history ran two episodes a week at the start of its run?
If nobody gets the answer by Monday, I’ll give it up in the comments. Until then, I remain…
-Ted in LA