Episode of the Week:
Despite an error in the first airing of Thursday’s episode in many regions, this episode proved to be a powerful one, and a great deal of credit for that goes to Erika Slezak (Viki) and Robin Strasser (Dorian). Although Dorian did appear in flashbacks on Friday, Thursday was her last day in Llanview as she left for Washington D.C. There was also a cliffhanger in the saga of baby Liam’s paternity.
At The Sun, Victor was understandably disgruntled that his nameplate and all his work read “Todd Manning.” Brody paid him a visit, having learned that Victor knew Liam’s true paternity. He was worried that Victor would reveal it to John. Victor told Brody that, yes, he was deriving a certain satisfaction from watching John mope around town not knowing that Liam was his son. Brody was relieved that they were in agreement – that Victor wouldn’t tell John. Victor disagreed – he didn’t say that. Brody threatened to kill Victor if he messed up his life by telling the truth about Liam’s paternity.
Clint was excited to see Kim, who had left Kentucky to return to him upon learning of his heart transplant from Rex. Clint told her that he understood that she didn’t cheat on him but that “Vickers” was blackmailing her. Clint asked Kim what David had on her because he couldn’t find it. He wanted to know what was so bad that she had to leave him? He asked if she was still stripping, and she pointed out his ankle monitor. Clint noticed Kim’s boots and again wondered why Kim had left the original boots he had given her with a dead girl (Stacy).
Natalie chatted with John at the police station as she returned the blank tape he had allowed her to borrow from evidence. She had hoped Madame Delphina could psychically read it and remind her what she and Marty had been fighting about on the rooftop. She explained to John that Delphina told her that the man she had been calling her “Uncle Todd” knew what was on the tape, and that her suspicions were confirmed – she and Marty had been fighting about Liam. She told John that Brody had convinced her that she shouldn’t ask her uncle about it. While they were talking, Natalie answered her phone and made an appointment for her and Brody to look at a place they might move into together.
Later, Natalie returned home to find Kim with her father, and she threw Kim out of the house. (Natalie knew from Rex that Kim had been dancing again in Kentucky.)
Brody returned to the police station, where John told him that he was going to ask Victor about the tape. Brody told John that he had already talked to Victor, and John gave Brody a look of suspicion.
Victor, in the meantime, scrolled through the contact list on his phone and appeared to be contemplating calling “McBain.”
Bo called Matthew in the hospital before David rushed into the office. David explained that he had bad news and good news. The bad news was that he was leaving town. Bo was glad to hear, however, that David was realizing his dream of becoming a movie star. They discussed David’s career change and David gave Bo credit for making him a better man. They also discussed Dorian’s new position in the Senate and David told his Pa that Dorian would be the next Hillary – minus the cheating husband. Bo enjoyed the thought that maybe his son would be the First Husband someday. David realized that he had been unable to reach Dorian on her phone and was concerned.
Dorian, who had been packing up after her surprise going-away party when Viki arrived at the office, explained to Viki that she was not stepping down as Mayor – she was stepping up as Senator. The two leading ladies of Llanview began to argue. Dorian was mostly displeased that Clint was living with Viki. She said that it looked very convenient that Clint was there, and tried to remind Viki that she had given her the truth about Charlie. They again went over whether or not Dorian had withheld treatment from Clint for too long, and Viki reminded Dorian why Clint was really at her house.
Dorian told Viki that she was “full of it” and slammed the doors of the room shut. Dorian then tearfully reminded Viki that it was Clint’s fault that David had been gone for months and months, and might have died had it not been for Bo. Dorian told Viki that she felt it was sad that David believed Viki was his best friend. She wanted Clint to be in prison for what he had done. Viki reminded her that Statesville was not equipped for a heart patient and Clint did not deserve a death sentence. Dorian argued that he also did not deserve to be living in the lap of luxury surrounded by his family. She insisted she would never forgive him, and then pointed out that she used to respect Viki, but that the way Viki ran to Clint’s rescue made her sick.
Viki discovered that when Dorian had slammed the doors shut, she had jammed them and they were stuck. Unfortunately, they had both left their cell phones in their cars and Dorian did not know the code to reach an outside line from the office. (Her people usually made calls for her.) They continued to argue as Dorian yelled for help and Viki wondered where everyone had gone. (The rest of the office had left for the day.)
Dorian found it appropriate that she should have one last fight with her “nemesis” before she left town. Viki told Dorian that she was her own nemesis, and they were frenemies. Dorian did not like the sound of the word. Dorian suspected that Viki would be bored to tears with her gone, but Viki believed Dorian would find trouble in Washington without someone to keep her out of it. She warned Dorian that she could watch the Senate on her television.
Viki told Dorian that she was sorry that she spent so long blaming Dorian for her father’s death, and admitted that Dorian was her friend, and that she would miss her. She told Dorian that she loved her, and Dorian teared up, responding with, “I hate you. I hate that you just said that.” Dorian wanted to be the bigger person, so Viki told her to be it. Dorian poured champagne so that they could toast.
As Viki and Dorian hugged, David busted through the doors and demanded to know what was going on. He insisted that Viki was his best friend and that Dorian could not have her. The two ladies remarked on their friendship and he told them to stop being dramatic and plan a spa day. He promised to email Viki from Sweden and Dorian told Viki to “have your people call my people.”
As David whisked Dorian away, he asked what was wrong with the door. She told him that when one door closes another opens. Tears filled Viki’s eyes as she listened to them banter on their way out.
Questions This Week:
Obligatory question: Who was Kim talking to in that hospital bed in Kentucky, where sat a picture of Kim and Stacy?
And why would anyone scratch Gigi’s death off of her gravestone?
And why was Kim so worried when Rex exhumed Gigi’s body?
Why did it take Viki and Nigel so long to find the bourbon? They missed an entire conversation (or two) in the foyer while they were gone.
If David and Dorian were lounging in the living room when they each received calls about the future of their careers, and David was bringing Dorian a celebratory breakfast when they broke the news to each other … where were they all night? Why didn’t they see each other?
If Dorian rushed off to her office in the morning (promising David she’d be right back) and ended up stuck there after everyone else was gone for the day, was her party that long or did it take that long for her to pack up and for Viki to arrive? Or did David just bring breakfast that late? And if so … where was he all night???
Can anyone remind us why Kelly and Joey can’t just bring Zane to Llanview to live? Is their decision based on Kevin’s location?
Why did Irene ask about Dorian repeatedly after she was in custody?
Character(s) of the Week:
Viki and Dorian – their wit, charm, humor, friendship and fighting have entertained us for years upon years, and this week was no exception to the rule.
When Joey insisted that Viki was still in love with Clint, she ran down the reasons she would always care about Clint, but thought Joey a hopeless romantic.
Viki was agitated with Clint’s stubbornness, gave him orders, panicked that he would go to prison when he defied house arrest, and yelled at him. She then continued to defend him to Dorian when Dorian also hinted that Viki still loved Clint, and Dorian ranted about how disgusting it was that Viki was so eager to help the man who had ruined David and Dorian for so long.
Dorian was charming as she daydreamed about her new role, stood her ground about not giving up her goals for David, and then seemed justifiably concerned when he promised to give up his goals for her. Her last hurrah with her Cramer girls was touching, tearful, and humorous and, though all-too-short, her last moments with Viki only served to reiterate that Llanview will not be the same without her.
Dorian and Viki should ever remain the backbone of One Life to Live.
Quote of the Week:
“Sure! It’s easier to eavesdrop!” – Addie, after Dorian said her door was always open.
Fail of the Week:
It was disheartening to panic viewers with the prospect of a Stacy Morasco return as Dorian Lord headed out the door.
Successes This Week:
It was lovely to see Tea set Victor straight about how much she loved him as she insisted that the last several years have not been a sham. She reminded him that when she was dying, he did not give up on her. Their moments, as they often are, were emotional, heart wrenching, and romantic. The idea that Tea still loves the man she married and not his name was also comforting to viewers that have been following their romance and fans that have enjoyed Trevor St. John’s depiction of “Todd.”
The goodbye speeches from Llanview’s Cramer women to Dorian were beautiful. Kelly stated that her mother had struggled, so Dorian was the mother to her that she never had. Addie explained that, as the big sister, she was supposed to take care of everyone else, but when she couldn’t do that, Dorian did it for her. Addie promised to repay Dorian by making sure everyone was safe and okay now. Starr promised to teach Hope all the things Dorian had taught her – and even tearfully remembered Dorian with James afterward. Blair revealed that there was no one in the world she trusted more than Dorian, because Dorian always told her the truth, even when she didn’t want to hear it. Their tribute to Dorian hit upon exactly what Dorian’s fans admire in her, and reminded others of Dorian’s exceptional qualities, even though she sometimes does bad things.
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