You Know I’m No Good
Jen Lilley is a very strong actress, especially when it comes to playing the original conception of bitchy, messy, wounded Theresa. And it makes a lot of sense, especially after her bizarrely quick redemption, to put the “new” Theresa in the position of being forced to make people see her as she used to be — and believe that she’s still that reckless, self-destructive person.
All that said… I can barely watch this. The conflict makes sense writing-wise, and it’s heartbreaking to watch Theresa go through this, and yet — it’s so unrelentingly unpleasant that I find myself reaching for my phone every time her scenes come on lately. Maybe I’m just burnt out on watching young children be torn away from their parents. We’ve had Arianna (Mom went to prison, then Dad died), Allie (kept away from Lucas because she’s on the run), Parker (Dad died), Thomas (Mom “died”), and now Tate (Mom has to make it look like she’s abandoning him). And that’s just in the last two years! One of the biggest problems with giving almost all the younger characters children is that the actors leave the show when their contracts are up, and then the writers have to justify why these people would ever leave their kids, which tends to result in the killing-off of very viable 20-something legacy characters. So while I get what they’re going for drama-wise here, I think I’d much prefer to have Brady and Theresa split up, and then they can share custody like Chloe and Daniel did for a few years while Chloe wasn’t in town, because this is exhausting.