Friday, February 26, 2010

A Fantasy Candy-Coated Future

EJ and Sami are together at the pier. EJ shows her the new ransom note. Sami tears into it and reads. It's a bunch of do-this-do-that mumbo jumbo. When she finishes she looks up at EJ, "So you think this means Sydney is still alive? WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!" That girl nearly middle-aged woman can go from depressive to manic faster than the proverbial speeding bullet.

Carly is outside the pub calling the hospital to check on Melanie. The nasty hospital authorities refuse to give her any information. Carly erupts, "What do you mean you can't tell me anything. I'm her mother I have a right... never mind."

Maggie overhears the little tirade as she walks up, "Playing the mother card? Rings rather hollow, don't you think?"

Daddy Dan sits with Melanie and ponders the complications of a one night stand.

Anna stares at Tony's picture and flashes back to EJ taking the new ransom note, "It may be the final nail in the coffin if this blows up."

Sami reads... another caution not to bring in the police or FBI. Sami swings back from manic to depressive and wonders how they can know it's real, "I want to believe, but..."

EJ tells her it makes sense. "The kidnappers just wanted money and the thing with the dress was a diversion to throw the feds off the scent. This is our last chance, so no outside involvement."

Guess who walks up, "No outside involvement with what? What's going on?"

Sami for once clams up. EJ steps in, "Samantha is thinking of canceling the ceremony and I told her she should not be influenced by external sources." Rafe says he dropped the kids off at the pub and came back to see if she needed anything. Sami says she's worried about her grandma, "She hasn't been well lately and I don't want the kids alone with her, so would you go back and check on them?" PW'd Rafe heads for the pub.

"He saw right through me," says Sami.

"Well," says the old philosopher EJ, "you'll do better next time."

Sami rolls her eyes, "Better at lying to him. Great."

EJ reminds her they are talking about Sydney's life and it's best if they don't involve Rafe. Sami blows a gasket and says she's scared because she no longer trusts her own judgment. Not to worry, EJ is there, "Trust me, little girl, Trust me. Let me take control."

"The hell you will." Sami's moods are all over the place today.

Carly wonders if Maggie would play the mother card if the situation were reversed. Maggie reminds her Melanie is in the hospital because of her. Carly defends herself, "Vivian was going to smash her head with a pipe. Should I have stood there and done nothing?"

A voice comes out of the audience, "YES!"

"Melanie is precious to me," says Maggie, "I resent your butting in. That's my job."

Carly says she is grateful Melanie has had Maggie in her life. Maggie settles down and says Melanie is doing better. Carly gives her heartache and suffering speech and Maggie gives her busybody lecture. Carly asks if Maggie knew Trent. "I knew about him," says Mags, "His treatment of Melanie was unforgivable."

Carly stops herself short, "Her real..."

Maggie asks, "Her real what?"

"It's just one more thing I deprived her of," says Carly.

Daniel strokes Melanie's hand. She wakes up, "Why are you looking at me funny? Oh, no! Something's wrong. I'm gonna die aren't I?"

Unfortunately, no."

Rafe finds Arianna at the pub. He tells her the family gathering is off because EJ decided it was a bad idea. Arianna wonders if it isn't time Rafe cut EJ some slack, "He's human. One big gorgeous hunk of human if you ask me. And he's a loving and devoted father who only kidnaps his kids when it's really necessary. Maybe you shouldn't second-guess him so much."

Sami tells EJ she doesn't need him taking control for her. He reminds her she just said she didn't trust herself for making decisions. Sami claims that was a figure of speech. The girl nearly middle-aged woman can rationalize anything. She says she needs time to figure whether to tell Rafe about the ransom note.

EJ explodes and says he never should have told her about it. "He's grieving as if Sydney were his daughter," bawls Sami, "He won't screw this up and he deserves to know the truth."

"Involving Rafe would be the biggest single mistake you've ever made," says EJ, "And that's saying a lot when you consider the fact that your life has been one giant string of mistakes. Rafe is a liability." Sami defends Rafe and EJ puts on a sales pitch to keep him out of it, "This is our second chance and you're saying you want to make the same mistake again." Sami turns and contemplates. EJ rambles on, "This is not just my choice. She's you daughter too, so you make the call. But many people will have to live with the consequences."

Maggie wants to know what Carly deprived Melanie of. Carly dodges the question and Maggie gives up. She turns to leave and... Down goes Maggie! Down goes Maggie!

Daniel assures Melanie she's not dying, "I was looking at you like that because I was happy for your recovery."

"Are you sure that's it," asks Melanie, "Are you still beating yourself up for letting Dr. Manning talk to me? You are forgiven. You saved my life."

Rafe can't believe Arianna is defending EJ, "You for him? What's going on with you two?"

"Nothing," says Arianna, "Put your jealousy aside." Rafe insists EJ is using the situation to get closer to Sami. Arianna makes accusations, "You're paranoid."

"What's a 'noid' and why would I want two of them," asks Rafe.

Sami decides she's gotta do what it takes to get Sydney back, "No mistakes this time."

"Good," grunts EJ, "We keep this between the two of us."

Daniel thinks he could have done much more for Melanie. She wonders why he says that since he's already gone above and beyond. They share a giggly moment. Melanie says it's so nice to be a part of a family now. Daniel dangles the big bombshell, "Melanie... I need to... can I say something to you?"

Anna flashes back to asking EJ about all the plotting and knife twisting and the cruelty of keeping Sydney from Sami. EJ insists he's doing Sami a favor by pushing Rafe out of her life.

Back at the pier, EJ tells Sami to be very careful with Rafe because he's suspicious by nature. Sami vows to do whatever it takes.

Carly helps Maggie into the pub. Maggie insists she's fine, "The cold makes my arthritis act up. She wishes Carly luck as she goes.

Carly drones, "Melanie will be looked after no matter what happens to me." She sits down and pulls out her phone.

Of course, Daniel cops out, "'m gonna tell you later when you are stronger."

"No," says insists Melanie, "You will tell me now."

"Don't fight me on this," orders Dr. Dad, "Get some rest."

"I can't," says Melanie, "I'm curious." Daniel insists he will tell her later. Weak. Very weak.

Daniel stands up to leave and gets Carly's text, "Need to see you immediately at the pub."

Sami worries that Rafe will know she isn't grieving any more, "How will we keep that from him?"

EJ has the answer for that one, "You will do something you do very well — lie. Please call him and tell him the ceremony is canceled."

Daniel joins Carly at the pub. He says he didn't drop the daddy bomb on Melanie. They discuss whether or not he should tell her. "She will wonder why we abandoned her," says Daniel, "It means she was lied to her entire life and now... she will see how different her life could have been."

"You're right," says Carly, "I was looking on the bright side."

"There is no bright side."

Arianna is with Melanie. They share small talk about Phillip and that little thing about getting shot on her wedding day.

Anna has another flashback where she asks EJ what if Sami decides to bring Rafe into this. EJ thinks that would be an outcome too horrible to contemplate.

Rafe comes back to the pier. Is everything OK?

"No," says Sami, "Nothing's OK."

Melanie thinks the fact Dr. Manning keeps telling her she's sorry is no excuse for what she did, "She abandoned me as a baby and left me with a psycho-dad. My whole childhood was ruined because of her."

"Not really," says Arianna, "Since you haven't grown up yet."

"I'll never get those years back," says Melanie, "How can I forgive her for that?"

Daniel and Carly continue their conversation. Daniel doesn't buy any of Carly's rationalizations.

EJ steps in and says he and Sami have decided to stop the gathering and not tell the twins. Sami backs him up, "This is for the best."

Rafe agrees. He pulls out a bouquet of flowers, "I thought maybe instead of the gathering you could say a few things and throw them into the water."

"I just don't know if I can do that," says the basket case.

Maggie works in her kitchen. She drops a cup, "Oh, God, what's going on" She looks at a picture of her and Mickey, "It's coming back. What am I gonna do?"

Daniel insists he could have dealt with Lawrence, "This is so messed up. I had my daughter's heart in my hand and didn't know."

"You can still be her father," says insists Carly.

Daniel loses it, "Shut the hell up! A fantasy candy-coated future will not make this OK. If I couldn't (say it with him) be there for her and some SOB was pimping her out... don't deny or justify it. There is nothing you can do that will lessen the pain. You don't deserve her!" He storms out. Carly stares.

Anna zones out, "EJ and his plans. So confident. Maybe they will work out, but nothing good will come from this. Nothing good at all. Unless it drags on so long they lose the entire audience and the show is canceled."

Rafe says he doesn't want Sami to feel pressured to make the little speech and toss the roses in the river. Sami thanks him for the offer but says she can't do it, "It just hurts too much." Rafe turns to EJ and asks if he wants the honor. EJ declines.

So that leaves it up to Rafe, "Sydney... you'll never be forgotten." He chucks the bouquet into the river.

EJ scowls as Sami breaks down and hugs him, "I know it's painful."

"You're darn right about that," says Rafe, "I just tossed a $70 bouquet of roses into a garbage flow."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Sami and NOT Rafe OR Nicole but SAMI to kick majorly Ej's ass when she will discover his manipulative little evil scheme !! And after that i want them back together, hey it can happen Holly shot Roger twice and after he came back from the death they get back together for a time so it can happen !! wink wink. (Or think about JR and Sue Ellen, they were very disfunctional and fun !)
Otherwise i think the Rafe/Sami/Ej and the flower bouquet will be a hoot and i am looking forward to see Daniel losing it and yelling at Carly, it could be a fun scene !

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

Daddy Dan sits with Melanie and ponders the complications of a one night stand.

…and there isn’t a whinier or more annoying complication to be found than Melanie.

Sami rolls her eyes, "Better at lying to him. Great."

What’s the big deal? Sami has earned a PhD in lying, and she accomplished that feat through self-study.

“Should I have stood there and done nothing?"

A voice comes out of the audience, "YES!"

Yes, yes, and YES!!!!!!!!

Arianna wonders if it isn't time Rafe cut EJ some slack, "He's human. One big gorgeous hunk of human if you ask me.”

Yes, yes, and YES!!!!!!!!

She turns to leave and... Down goes Maggie! Down goes Maggie!

Clean up in aisle three!!!

Sami worries that Rafe will know she isn't grieving any more.

That must mean that Sami intends to stop engaging in monkey sex with Rafe.

So that leaves it up to Rafe, "Sydney... you'll never be forgotten." He chucks the bouquet into the river.

As he tosses the roses, the Rafester is humming some Bobbie Gentry.

And me I spend a lot of time picking flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
And dropping them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchee Bridge

OK – I’ve already had enough of the Carly/Daniel/Melanie “who’s your daddy” debacle. For the viewers’ sake, just put us out of our misery and tell Melanie. Since everyone is stuck in Salem, Daniel will eventually end up being part of Melanie’s life whether he likes it or not. I’m sure a large part of the agony of giving a baby up for adoption is not knowing what kind of life the child will have. Considering the fact that Daniel is aware that Lawrence was a lunatic, it’s unfair for him to be so judgmental of Carly by carrying on about Melanie’s miserable adoptive father. He should suck it up, put on his big boy pants, and tell Melanie the truth. Just be done with it!

All the photos are hysterical but I LMAO at the birth control poster!!!! TGIF and TGFP!!!!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

Good Lord, this episode could have been entitled, "The DrOOL Whinefest". Melanie whines. Sami whines. Carly whines. Maggie whines. Dr. Daddy whines. Where are Vivian, Victor, Stefano? This epi needed some serious snark.

Oh yes, Brava! for the birth control poster. That was classic as was Pickle & Stuffem Funeral Home. Wasn't that where Owen worked? LOLOL


6:29 AM  
Blogger Klaus said...

Oh, I had to go to Urban Dictionary for pw'd Rafe. lol

"He's grieving as if Sydney were his daughter,"
Which is creepy, btw.

"It means she was lied to her entire life and now... she will see how different her life could have been."
According to Carly, she'd be dead.

Daniel doesn't buy any of Carly's rationalizations.
Hmm. So Dan wagers he could have saved Carly and Melanie and stopped Lawrence?

Daniel insists he could have dealt with Lawrence,
Of course he does. In hindsight I'm sure he could have done a lot of things.

You don't deserve her!"
Why is everyone treating this like she gave up Melanie for frivolity. The alternative is that Melanie would have likely wound up dead. And then cut to the present-- Daniel and everyone's mother would be whining about how Carly put her needs above the baby's and how she's a terribly selfish person and blah blah, blah, angst, angst, angst!

So in short, I agree with Leslie.

As much as I tolerate Melanie now. That birth control poster is excellent.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous I Challenge You To A DOOL said...

Sami worries that Rafe will know she isn't grieving any more.

"That must mean that Sami intends to stop engaging in monkey sex with Rafe."

Leslie! Are you trying to horn in on Prevuze's spit-take territory??? If so... good job!

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

Well, Leslie, another case of great minds. I was also going to bring up Billie Joe and the flowers. That immediately came to mind as soon as I read Rafe tossing the flowers into the river. Are we showing our age or what? HAHAHAHAHA

Of course now that's going to be running thru my head all day. :(

This just seemed like another time wasting episode to me. But when you think of it, if they miraculously do start to tie up the Sydnapping storyline what else have they got? To my horror I realize it's not just a case of they haven't figured out how to end it yet, they're stalling until spring so they can set up the inevitable idiotic Mia/Chad/Will/Gabi teen hijinx summer torture.

LOL over "What's a 'noid' and why would I want two of them," and Nothing good will come from this unless it drags on so long they lose the entire audience and the show is canceled."

However, we don't want that. That would mean no Prevuze! Thanks and happy Friday Bille Joe and everyone! :D

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Maggie Mae said...

Anonymous at the top I'm with you all the way. I want Samantha to rip EJ a new one and then let all their issues bubble to the surface and after they fight for awhile have hot monkey sex. If Sonny can shoot Carly in the head while she's giving birth and hold no grudges, this is a gimme.

Give Carly hell Dan. I wish Dan and Mel would bond and make sure Carly stayed away from Melanie FOREVER.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous LemonGrass1985 said...

Klaus, I'd be furious if I found out my mom was so afraid of the man who's crazy in the membrane that she handed me over and trusted him not to drowned me like a sack of unwanted kittens. Why didn't she just stick a knife in him twenty years ago?

Why would she trust Laurence to do anything good with a baby he hated?

8:46 AM  
Blogger Klaus said...

Well, it looked like she wasn't in a position to fight. In a situation like that it may have been best to do whatever nutso wanted. Sure he could have killed the baby, but he might not. If she fought him at that moment he most likely would have killed the kid.

All in all, I still think that was the best bet.

As for why she didn't stab him before then, it's a soap and these people are gluttons for misery.

Another thing that bothers me is that Melanie is all gung-ho over what an inept and crazy loon Carly is... so I imagine she should be grateful Carly didn't raise her. Of course that would impair her ability to whine about her dashed childhood with the woman she so strongly dislikes.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't Carly stab Larry 20 yrs ago? That's easy. How many abused wives do you know that fight back immediately? She wasn't strong enough then. Still hoping he would change and they'd be happy together. Hadn't gotten to that point of not being able to take it anymore. She was still afraid of him then. It takes time get out of abusive relationships.

And I wish I could slap Dan for how he's handling this. Ugh.

Also, whatever happened to Melanie's desire for having a mom being so strong that she "wouldn't care if she was a monster"? Okay Melanie, you're seeing her as a monster right now even after knowing that she's only been trying to protect you all this time. And you saw how badly losing you hurt her when you two had that talk in Maggie's kitchen. Suck it up!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've gotta go with those who think that Carly's blaming everyone for Melanie's predictiment, except herself.

Larry's was certifiable and she gave a newborn to him. TO HIM even though she's admitted to seeing Dan and never telling him he was gonna be a daddy. For his own protection of course. She made a choice and she made the wrong one.

Tired of the shaw of martyrdom she's dressed herself in.

She's no more Melanie's mother than Vivian is Phil's.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

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8:12 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

I dislike martyrdom but everyone's self-righteousness on the show is more annoying to me. 'Yeah, Carly gets it. Hindsight is 20-20, she knows that!'

Larry's was certifiable and she gave a newborn to him.
I can only concede to this point because it is a soap opera and in which case it would be perfectly possible for a woman who's just given birth to subdue a grown man whilst holding a newborn.

As for Danny boy, I'm sure he's just being macho. I can't see Daniel fighting and winning against the Alamains. Daniel was, and to a point, still is a nobody, he lacks the power and influence to do anything and certainly can not move heaven nor earth.

She's no more Melanie's mother than Vivian is Phil's.
This I agree with this, though.

But I think they use the term generally, it would awkward to hear, 'I'm her mother, only in the biological sense.'

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victor could move heaven and earth. Easily.

I just think that if Carly knew hubby was a bag of fries short a happy meal, she would have figured out a way to get out of dodge and not wait twenty years to do it.

I've read that Carly was the shitz back in the day but in twenty years has become a total loser and cant' cross the street unless Bo's holding her hand.

7:33 AM  

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