August 24, 2001  3:40pm

Hey Pals,

Live Journal is really giving big attitude lately, so I've moved off of it and back to the old format.  I'll miss your online comments, but be sure and write me with them!

Entry coming!



GH [22 Aug 2001|02:38pm]
WOW! I totally loved Stavros today! Not only was his amused chortle at Chloe's revelation that Stefan kept a journal as a child perfect - costively priceless, but his ripping apart of the poor little man at the Grill was absolutely chilling! I'm very impressed. Now if I could just get the dueling models off my screen, life would be good!
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OLTL [22 Aug 2001|02:35pm]
Misogynist? I love it. The writers must have gotten a nice dictionary/thesaurus set for their birthdays. J In fact, RJ got a few good lines in today.

Was that a pelt across Bo's chest in bed with Lanie today? Can he really be that hairy? Hairy men have always fascinated me. They're so…primal. My husbands were all fairly smooth, which is extremely cool in its own right, believe me, but when I see a man who is covered in fur, it's just totally mesmerizing. I have to work to not stare.

WHERE did Antonio get that Beaver Cleaver haircut? I much prefer the pompadour look on him. Of course, Carlotta heralded the romance fairy yesterday when she told her nińo that there was a sadness in his heart because he didn't have no woman. We can start the countdown to Antonio getting some lovin.

My curiosity is finally up on the Max-Gabrielle set up, but only in a practical way to wonder if Max is really not going to notice Asa Funt out there with his camera the size of a refrigerator hanging in the window.

I have really enjoyed seeing Niki from time to time and her clothes have definitely improved over the years. I'd not mind wearing her latest get up at all and the hair is definitely kickin. I'd love to see the Alison Perkins story unfold soon because it looks as though they are going to be mindful of historical accuracy, a courtesy that I always appreciate. Personally, I think Ben would probably have a rocking good time with Niki. I can picture him accidentally spending a night with Niki, wondering what was going on with Viki, finding out later what happened and then trying (at special moments) to get her to change over again.

Please, please, please can we see Melanie go totally whacked out psycho before Darlene Vogel leaves in September? If Bo was more worried about how Nora felt about Troy's appearance than how Melanie felt seeing her dead husband walk into the room, I think we have plenty of bait for a good crazy bout.

I have totally loved Ty Treadway as Troy and the scenes between he and Nora have been priceless. I kept waiting for her to turn over that amulet and see "Made in Taiwan" stamped on it. ;)

Poor Jessica just needs one of those "stupid" signs to wear across her chest. That poor girl just can't stop being duped by the people she trusts. I think she needs some quiet time in a sanitarium with Dr Rae to give her self-esteem lessons so that she can purge this need to attract users like Will and Seth.

It was great fun to see Cris going off on Lindsay and I'm sure there is more of that to come. I really do dislike the character of Lindsay quite a bit because I'm a believer that what goes around, comes around. Unfortunately, with Lindsay, it never seems to come around. I've never seen anyone have so much luck getting away with atrocities.

OK. You caught me. I've been trying to find interesting things to talk about when the show is boring me to tears. I'm sure it will spice up when Todd gets back, but for now, I'm on cruise mode. Just hang tight and it's sure to pick up soon.
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GH [21 Aug 2001|11:57am]
[ mood | hopeful ]
[ music | John Lennon - Imagine ]


I've been staring at a blank MS Word document for about ten minutes, my mouth opening and closing like a fish out of water, trying to think of something nice and uplifting to say about GH. The nicest thing I could think of is that after 10 minutes of looking into the white, I have entered this really cool zen place where I might be able to scry the future on a computer monitor. *sigh* I was able to bunt last week with the Metaphoric Casting List, but this week, I guess I'm going to have to produce. Never let it be said that I would send one of my soldier in to do a job I wouldn't do myself, so picture me strapping on my M-16 and heading into the trenches, ducking through the hail of gunfire.

I give you, 25 reasons to continue watching GH:

1) Some day, before too long, we're going to get a really entertaining story of why Angel wears white. It's going to be something like "*gasp* I just couldn't stand all the BLOOD any more! Blood, blood and more blood, my whole life! If I wore white, I would know that I would never be around blood again because blood abhors white! That's why nurses where white!" or maybe "I wanted *something* in my life to pure and clean and untarnished!" Regardless, the breaking point has to come because I know the costuming department is cursing the name of Megan McTavish for coming up with this dumb idea that Angel always wears white. It's going to be great, with lots of Scarlett O'Hara "I'll never be hungry again" overacting. Choice!

2) Elton. Word is that there are more scenes coming with him and that in itself is worth hanging around to see.

3) Coltin Scott. He's doing a really great job of playing Nikolas lately (sorry, my heart belongs to Tyler Christopher) and has been holding his own with the heavy hitters, Constance Towers and Stephen Nichols.

4) Marissa Ramirez. As a rule, I really, really dislike teen stories, but I have to say that Coltin and Marissa bring a lot of life to the story of Gia and Nikolas. She has carried herself well and done a fine job.

5) Stephen Nichols and Constance Towers. I've grouped these two together because I want to pay them both the same compliment: They've turned in outstanding performances despite really, really, really bad writing.

6) When he comes back, Luke very well might speak our feelings most harshly to Felicia again and she just might whack him again, fulfilling two of my fantasies in one tight scene.

7) When GH does a musical montage, there's no beating them.

8) At this point, I really do want to know who killed Sorel.

9) Two words: Robert Scorpio

10) Sonny is bound to crack up pretty soon and MB always does that really, really well.

11) If it gets really bad, you can turn down the volume and just fast forward to the scenes where you can look at Jax.

12) That first time that Laura sees Stavros!

13) The Luke-Laura-Scotty triangle is fireworks waiting to happen!

14) Mac is bound to take his shirt off at some point. We can hope, at least.

15) Melissa no doubt has even more untapped talents to amaze and astound us (and Roy).

16) Stavros is soooo menacing! Except for thinking he's going to whip out a "teeeeheeeeheeee" trill of little girl giggle at any moment, I think Stavros ROCKS.

17) You KNOW the time is going to come, you KNOW it simply has to, where Helena truly realizes that she has seriously glamorized Stavros all these years and that she has now really unleashed a monster on the world. Her comeuppance is going to be an intense moment, especially if Stefan is around.

18) You never know, Helena might have even more fast freeze relative to thaw!

19) We have to find out if Tony really switched vials around and if so, which ones and why?

20) Nancy Lee Grahn, Chad Brannon and Billy Warlock. They're good, they're fun and doggone it, I like them

21) If we stop watching, John Beradino will look down from Heaven and be sad. L

22) Bad writers never, ever last for more than a couple of years. We can ride this out. We got through the Sword of Malkuth, we can get through this.

23) We have to know about that music box.

24) If we stop watching, GH could be CANCELLED and then we don't ever get to the BETTER GH!!

and finally!!

25) Next to what we've got now, the future looks just absolutely wonderful!!

Hang in there, fans! This is just a tiny segment of the GH timeline and simply a storm to be weathered. Have a drink, put up your feet and just relax through the ride.


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AMC [21 Aug 2001|09:59am]
[ music | Patty Loveless - Maybe it Was Memphis ]

Maybe it was the hormones. Maybe it was having a really bad day. Regardless, a lot of things that happened on the soaps Monday just hit me wrong. OK, things from the previous week did as well, so maybe it was more than just a bad day or estrogen issues. Now please remember, I'm an AMC newbie, so my impressions of the characters doesn't have the benefit of years of history behind it. Please excuse any faux pas I might make in that ignorance.

Does Brooke do much more than order people around? Since I started watching, all I've seen her do is buy people off and manipulate people like pieces on a chessboard. I don't think I like her.

Where's Jackson? Why is that man NEVER around? I think I kinda like him, you know, in a special way. He only shows up when Erica is in a pout, like his Underdog super hearing picked up on Polly Purebred's "Oh where, oh where has my Jackson gone" song. Does he have a story or a life or is he just her personal puppy dog?

Do Myrtle, Phoebe and Palmer only show up at weddings and funerals and such? Are they the Audrey Hardy's and Dr Larry's of Pine Valley? Is Opal in that category when she isn't channeling Gillian (a magnificent make-out-with-Ryan ploy if EVER I saw one!)? Are we doomed to having to watch for sightings of these people, like seeing Elvis at a gas station? To me, THEY look interesting, not Laura, who is busy breaking Gillian's heart (literally).

"Leave, Greenlee! Now! You can't talk to my husband like that!!! Rrraaaaawwrrrr" I thought her head was going to spin and pea soup was going to go projectile from her mouth. I wish I could tell where Leo's head really is. It's obvious that he still has feelings for Greenlee, but how much of staying with Laura is because he's worried about what will happen if he leaves and how much of it is seeing Laura as his salvation? His chance to have a different kind of life? Even though Laura and Leo are definitely not on my favorite couples list, I definitely can't get into Greenlee getting up out of bed to go scream at Leo in his living room. Like so many other stories on ABC, this is one that I just want to have over and resolved, one way or another. It's just…icky. By the way, when they were making out, did I see that he LAID ON HER CHEST??? OW OW OW OW OW!!

I *loved* Erica's smiling, glowing, beaming presentation of Greenlee's (pause) FREE TRIP TO PARISSSS! (the crowd goes wild) With a Barker's Beauties send off like that, I can't believe Greenlee narrowed her eyes, furrowed her brow and scowled rather than getting the eyes wide, mouth open…cover with hands, jump up and down and squeal effect. You've really got to give Erica an A for effort. Too bad Greens saw through it. It was chilling with Mama Brooke whipped out that "And if you send Greenlee away so that Laura can be with Leo, your daughter won't be a lesbian any more" card. Ka-POW! The only thing missing was Erica's own personal Rod Serling (Jack) to step out of the shadows and tell us that Erica has stepped her Italian stiletto into…The Manipulation Zone! (da da DUHHHH)

I guess I missed the whole Gillian-Ryan romance mystique, because by the time I came on board, I just found her to be annoying, so it was with glee that glee that I watched Ryan and Liza ripping off clothes and hitting the leaves. FINALLY, SOMEWHERE on ABC I can see a little passion! It might be grief sex, but it was at least hot! I loved how they both handled it afterward by assuring the other than no on took advantage of anyone and hey, I wanted to do you so let's not rule out doing it again. I really feel for Liza, having to deal with the Fall of the House of Dad right on the heels of Adam's betrayal. It's a good thing Ryan is there or her male figures would exactly be giving her a confidence in the gender. Loved the scene where Marian told her that she had known about her husband's affair. I don't care for the character of Mia and hope some weird triangle isn't forming with her moving onto the yacht (but we knew it was from that poker game, just didn't know there was another leg to the trio).

A friend of mine said something that really made me smile. She mentioned that everything began to make sense once she realized that Mia and Rosa were two different people. J I can definitely see where the confusion could lie since they are both cut from the one-size-fits-all cookie cutter model-to-actress-in-a-day form woman that is the standard on ABC soaps these days. Just once, *I* want to be in the demographic that the shows are shooting to hit! I was too young in the old days when they wanted to target mature housewives and now I'm too old when they want the Aaron Spelling crowd. I just want to see interesting stories involving people who have outlived the cookie sheets and underwear I own. *sigh*

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GH Funnies [16 Aug 2001|06:32pm]

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Happy Monday, All! [13 Aug 2001|01:21am]

Be gentle with me. I'm a newbie. I just started watching AMC a few months ago out of necessity because I was getting too lost doing Eye on AMC when I didn't watch AMC. Some of the things I comment on are probably going to ring weird with the veteran viewers, so be patient with the baby here.

WOW, WOW, WOW, HOLY FREAKIN' COW! I about fell off my chair when Ryan and Liza started making out on Friday. Was that EVEN in the spoilers?? I was at the park when it aired and just happened to set my VCR to record it. Normally, I wouldn't bother because, like I said, I'm new at this and if I miss one here or there, it's not that big of a deal, but I thought, "hey, it's Friday, *something's* going to happen" and YOWZERS! Did it ever!

I mainly, in addition to site related stuff, started watching for two reasons: Opal and Myrtle. I guess if you have to take one of those personality tests and you pick "Opal" and "Myrtle" for the reasons you started watching AMC, it probably charts you as mental or something. I saw Myrtle when she crossed over to OLTL and thought she was just great. She was giving Skye the business about something and was really up in her face, doing that little old woman curse out without the swearing and I thought I was going to pee my pants laughing at her. You GO, Myrtle!!! Then I accidentally had the TV on when the whole libidozone-on-the-boat party was happening (I won't even pretend to know what was going on or what the party was about and insult all of you regular viewers), but that show was so full of things going on that I couldn't NOT watch. Here was that freak, Leslie, climbing all over Tad and Arlene getting in bed with Mateo and Greenlee dumping Laura (I hope I'm remembering that one right) off the boat and Vanessa yapping about how much the necklace Palmer gave her cost…I mean, how could you NOT watch? Then the clouds parted, the sun came out and a goddess in the coolest outfit I'd ever seen and a voice that sounded remarkably like mine swept onto the scene and I knew I'd found the mother from whom I'd been sorely separated at birth: Opal. I wanted to raid her closet in the worst way. I wanted to talk to her about where she'd been and who she'd done and what her life had been like. So Opal and Myrtle got me hooked and after that, I never saw them again. Thank God Gillian died so that I could see Opal actually do something. It's sad that she had to talk like Gillian to get some air time. Knowing that Esta TerBlanche has signed on supposedly until December makes me wonder where this can go from here. Will Gillian be watching Ryan and Liza's carnal buffet on Monday? Will Jesse distract her in time? After the way she flipped out over Mia just playing cards with Ryan, I doubt she will take this lightly. Is Wildwind still burning (I have images of Nero/Ryan fiddling)? Whew! What a loaded pistol this situation is, especially with Ryan back at work for Liza. I think a raise is in order.

OK, they've talked about it. Will Anna PLEASE call Mac now? Why hasn't Robin? Sure, she's on vacation, they mentioned, but wouldn't she be breaking her legs to get to Mac and tell him Anna is alive and that maybe, just maybe, Robert is around as well? Since she has pushed Edmund off on poor, unsuspecting Brooke and Gabriel is leaving (or being killed off by the teen-killer of PV), she has no ties left there and can finally get back to GH where she belongs!

Speaking of Gabriel, I'm not sure why he was on the show to start with since they never really did anything for his character except have him stand still while everyone beat on him. He can't have his woman (either of them), he doesn't have much interaction with his sister or her family (who hates him), he is only ever seen at SOS any more. Given that, I can see why the powers that be decided to cut him loose. What a disappointment it must have been for him to be brought on and then left as Dog Boy.

Can Jake wield a crutch or WHAT? He turned into revenge man on one leg when David's case was dismissed. I thought he was going to take out the whole courtroom with that thing.

Am I hearing things or is Dixie actually speaking to Tad with some degree of intelligence about staying out of other people's business and just living their lives. Granted, if everyone did that, the show would be fairly boring, but I think they've more than done their time with interaction and need some quiet Martin home time. Of course, Tad's not listening and will go ballistic when JR tells them about Adam and David and the blackmail and the judge, but at least she gave it a shot.

I hope we get a good birth scene when Kelly Ripa gets back from maternity leave. A little known fact about Katrina is that I was a Lamaze instructor of the highest order for 18 years and I *love* a good birth scene. I just pray they don't hold up some three month old with a smear of blood on his head and piece of aquarium tube taped to his belly. I can't believe they are having their first baby and don't have a name for it. Most first time parents I know roll over in bed after conceiving and name the kid. It's when you get to #5 and #6 that the names no longer come easy. For #5, I was trying to think of a good name and decided on David, only to realize that I already had a son named David. Then I ended up inadvertently giving him pretty much a shortened version of his sister's name: she's Delena and he's Dylan. Just leave off the "a." For #6, I just told my husband to name him and anything was fine (I knew that was dangerous because when I asked my first husband to give David a middle name, the poor kid got saddled with "Uriah"). I was lucky that he picked "Nathan," a really good name I had never considered. ANYWAY, back to the soaps. Name the kid already.

OK, so if Chris Stamp is an FBI guy, we can assume that he didn't kill Sweeney as I thought, so that leaves some mad teen killer on the loose, presumably in relation to the drugs, but not for certain. I vote for Rosa with her pent up, Catholic girl rage, but it's most likely some faceless, nameless drug dealer or some similar thing. We know it wasn't Tad because that's just too easy and Tad would end up in jail. We can also figure that Rosa screamed and ran away after Marcus tried to attack her and someone else popped him for her. Maybe Shannon is the one killing all these people. Maybe THEY are the ones who beat her up in self defense! That's my vote (I was right about Nora, mind you!)


And speaking of Nora, I have a feeling she is going to be more than a little bit intrigued by Troy the Brother. I was intrigued the minute he took off his shirt and showed that ol' Ty has been hitting the gym with some gusto! I feel a Troy-Nora-Sam triangle coming on and I dearly hope it is more entertaining than the Bo-Nora-Sam triangle of days gone by. I think the fatal error they are making here is that the fans needed to be more invested in Sam and Nora as a couple before bringing on a passenger. Since Nora has no memory of their time together, we needed more time to see Sam court and woo Nora and the two of them getting back together, only to find her swept off her feet by Troy and her pull toward him. I always thought that Nora had the hots for Colin and was making excuses to be around him until he started acting so strangely. I just wish that the truth about Lindsay injecting Nora and having Colin keep her prisoner would finally come out. This is as bad as the Matthew Paternity issue and the long arc is really causing a loss of interest. I will be very pleased when writers figure out that the long story arcs just don't work. People need a fast pace to hold their interest. This isn't supposed to be real life, after all.

Roger Howarth is on vacation this month and that means that it would have to involve sushi, plaids and electronic technical talk for me to be any less interested in what goes on between Blair, Max and Gabrielle this week. The return visit has showed me that I really couldn't stand the character of Gabrielle when she was on the show the first time around and if anything, the feeling has only grown. I don't like how she's written. I don't care for the actress (just my personal opinion - I think she's pretty over the top, even for Gabrielle), I don't think she has chemistry with either Phil Carey or James DePaiva and I'm finding the whole story to be cumbersome. The only thing I've enjoyed about it is Todd, Starr and the occasional glimpse of Nigel. Just my opinion, folks!

It's good to see Jessica starting to look like she's coming back to her senses after her visit to Will Rappaport Land, but I wonder when she'd going to start to notice that Seth is acting a little more odd than even his situation, odd as it is, dictates?


Random GH Thoughts:

Someone please kill Sorel soon. This story is making my eyes bleed.

My, my! Is there anything Melissa can't do or any day she can't save?

Goodness, Roy sure got over Bobbie fast!

Did Tony Geary actually WRITE the crap he's being given as Bad Luke?

Man, I almost felt sorry for Flea. Almost.

Constance Towers is brilliant. When she was watching Nikolas and Gia, even though it was obvious that the power that be wanted her to look concerned over their connection, I felt like CT was given us her own private performance and showing us that Helena was touched and even intrigued by her grandson's obvious affection for Gia.

Nancy Lee Grahn is taking garbage writing and giving it flair and spunk. The scene where she tells Ned about the statue and why she wants it was moving, despite the saccharine sweetness of it. I can't wait to see her with Ingo again. She really brought out a spark in him that I never saw elsewhere. If only…

Why in the world did Carly not ask about the white dresses while she was staying at the lake house? If ANYONE would ask, it'd be Carly. That would have been the perfect opportunity to get it all out once and for all and actual have people interested in an Angel/NuCarly scene.

Exactly what right did Bobbie have to open her big yap about Carly not being pregnant? Guess patient confidentiality is a thing of the past.

Sorry, they just don't make purses, envelopes and auction programs big enough any more, Elizabeth. They should have written in the pregnancy.

Hurray! We've actually gotten to see some Stephen Nichols scenes! I've loved seeing him with Chloe, actually opening his heart to her, just in time for Jax to show up and tell her about the fake letter Stefan sent. Stef just can't get a break and it's only going to get worse. Nikolas is chewing him out, Chloe is going to turn her back on him (no doubt there) and then he's going to find out Stavros is alive. He'd better get some good screen time out of this.

I'll be glad when Stavros can be menacing again without looking like he's going to laugh like a girl at any minute.

I loved the scene where Mike was contrasting and comparing Sonny's behavior with those around him that he has cut out of his life. You could see the wheels turning in Sonny's head, but still, he didn't want to hear it. Get that guy to a therapist and fast.

I really, really, really miss Jonathan Jackson as Lucky.

I'd like to see more than the two extremes of Monica. All we have any more is Monica the Shrew and Monica the occasionally loving. Newcomers, she used to be a real character with many layers. Alas, it is no more. Both she and Alan have been rendered down to cut out cardboard stand in's of themselves. A moment of silence.

I really like Robin Christopher (Ha! Just realized that is Christopher Robin - Pooh's boy - backwards…OK, I'm slow) as an actress and I wish Tracey or Lois would come back and give her a decent female to work opposite. She's going to wear out Billy Warlock in nothing flat since he's the only real actor of caliber she's with for any amount of time. John Ingle is wonderful, as is Stuart Damon (when his material is good), but they are seldom in a scene with her for more than a few minutes. I am eager to see what she makes of Jax.

Speaking of Jax, not only is he back but he's evidently really, really rich again (a million bones on a ring??) and has an Australian accent now. I'll stay off of that bad hair cut since it was at least better than the one at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

I keep saying it's got to get better, but the ratings just keep falling! See you next week!