You Snooze or You Lose
Here’s a selfie I took while trying to get through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes.
So much of what’s going on is either unbearably dull, or stupidly flat, or some hellish combination of the two. The dynamics with Jennifer, Eric, and Lucas are interesting, but it struck me as completely moronic that Lucas drew all that attention to Eric the minute the meeting began. Way to earn his trust and let him ease into things! I almost vomited at the advent of DJ Wear, a new line of cheaply made t-shirts bearing Daniel’s likeness (or whatever bollocks this is going to be). Eve’s exit was lazy and terrible — she’s just going to take Claire to New York and never come back? — especially because she didn’t get a goodbye with Theresa and because it was apparent in that final scene between her and Eduardo that they’re tossing away the chance to pursue a really interesting, organic coupling. And Belle, as always, sucks.
Claire is basically me every time Belle shows up onscreen. Everything she says and does is odious. I did get a brief moment of pleasure out of Philip reminding her that not everything is about her.
I never thought I would say this, but the one consistent bright spot for me is Ava. She’s delightfully deranged, in a way that reminds me of Kristen’s 2012-13 run. I wish the story felt a little… bigger somehow (it’s really isolated to her, Steve, Kayla, and Joey), but I’m enjoying the twists and turns, and in addition to Ava’s lunacy (which Tamara Braun is clearly relishing), it’s been a fun showcase for some character-based material for Steve and Kayla that hasn’t required either to be a total dum-dum.
So there’s that. Hope remains a terrible mother. Ciara remains a not-very-good actress. The reveal of Chase bullying Theo made for approximately two good scenes as they raced to wrap it up. I did appreciate when Chad said to Harold, “[Andre]’s crazy. You know that?” and Harold just nodded and went, “Yes, sir.” Why in the world is this poor guy still hanging around that house of horrors in a suit and tie if they don’t even have the money to pay him? Get out before you get shot, man! Just don’t go spend your free time in the park.
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