So, Chloe’s gone off to some two-month in-patient program for Soap Opera Craziness. To which I say: GURL, BYE.
I was really excited when they announced Nadia Bjorlin would be returning. Chloe’s last stint was so depressing and damaging, what with the suicide attempt and the prostitution, but they did a nice job of giving her a hopeful send-off. Then they brought her back and made her a total deranged nut. She actually has seemed more pathetic this go-round than she did when she was being blackmailed into having sex with men for money. Think about that.
Just about nothing in this story worked. I don’t care enough about Jennifer and Daniel as a couple to care whether someone breaks them up. Daniel never expressed any interest in Chloe, so she never seemed like a legitimate threat, anyway. And they’d just been through a version of the same damn story with Nicole! Sure, there were individual scenes that worked very well — and Nadia Bjorlin, who’s got charisma in spades but has never exactly been a master thespian, did some great work — but Chloe was almost entirely unsympathetic because she seemed so tone-deaf and ridiculous. They paid lip service to her doing all this because of her residual self-esteem issues over having been known as Ghoul Girl, but there was so much more to dig into. This is a woman who grew up in foster homes until she was 16. She didn’t have a relationship with her parents as a child. Was that fueling her obsession with making herself, Daniel, and Parker be a “real family”? Was it because she had two failed marriages before Daniel and felt like this was her last chance to prove that she could make something work? I don’t know, because they spent months having her run around like Wile E. Coyote, moving from one foiled plot to the next with a deranged grin on her face.
They did an admirable job wrapping up her story and sending her off with some semblance of dignity, all things considered. But it shouldn’t have been necessary to cobble together some two-episode save to redeem Chloe, because they could have done a triangle without her coming off like such a jackass. For now, I’m actually glad to see her go, because once again, Chloe Lane needs a rest and a reset. I hope this isn’t the last we see of her — but if they’re going to bring her back in a capacity like this, then no thanks.
Meanwhile, in Brady’s storyline, it’s Passions. Or Days in 1996.
I think we have talked sufficiently, in various character combinations, about how Titan wants to acquire some art and what kind of art they’d like and how nice art can be to discuss and how this is going to be so fun. WILL SOMEBODY JUST OPEN THE F***ING ENVELOPE?!