My first order of business will be to point out that my chosen nickname for this town, “Loonview” is indeed appropriate. Exhibit W, dear jury of my peers? The hospital’s Review Board’s decision to sic this nutcase back on the emotionally-troubled, unsuspecting residents of Llanview. Psychiatric medicine practices deal with sensitive, delicate, and volatile situations. One wrong turn in these offices can literally be the difference between life and death not just for the patients, but for those who encounter the patients. Dr. Marty Saybrooke-Hyde may have easily set a psychopathic killer back out on to the streets, a rapist back into the bedrooms of his victims, and….
Wait! Why am I sounding speculative? SHE ALREADY HAS!!!! DUH, Kaydee! SHE WAS UNDER REVIEW BECAUSE SHE LET HANNAH BANANA OUT OF ST.ANNE’S! That certainly went well, hm? Hannah managed to get access to confidential medical information, kidnap Marty’s own GRANDDAUGHTER and her granddaughter’s mother, she buried another teen..the list goes on and on. Has anyone thought this through, or were the writers more focused on finishing up at the office and racing off to their holiday festivities?
Now, as John and Natalie are just about to put the seal on their wedding ceremony, Marty crashes the service screaming out that they need to stop the wedding. Of course, that was the way the show ended, so we have to wait until next week to find out if she managed to completely show her low-life personality, but the fact that she managed to get to just the right chamber in City Hall and find the correct ceremony to crash is proof enough that someone needs to de-spike the egg nog and re-vamp the storylines. Fire Marty Saybrooke, and put Susan Haskell’s talents back to their fullest qualities. Marty was a survivor, a success story, and a person we once respected. The consistent need to spice up our favorite characters with a “little dark side” has not been successful via the method the writers have used thus far.
It is becoming harder to watch the show even out of timeslot-filling, and without force of habit, what is left? Writers, it would be a shame to lose your loyal Llanviewers to the SOPS 12-Step Release Program. And now, I would like to vent about another character who has seemingly lost his intelligence. Presenting….JOEY BUCHANAN! Ta-Da!
Has anyone else reached for the Pepcid AC while watching Aubrey puppetize him? Or maybe he’s always been the sap who loses out because he jumped in the murky waters of heartbreak with both feet. While Clint’s constant paranoid references to every new person in his family’s lives being after the “Buchanan fortune” is becoming a nerve-erosive phrase, it applies to Joey almost all the time. Dorian, Jennifer Rappaport..need I go on? And at least he knew Dorian most of his life. This Aubrey woman is not even a month long in his acquaintance period, and he’s ready to get married. Jeez! Enough already!
Lucile, my dear, you hit the nail on the head. The writers have overlooked the history of our characters. They have skimmed over the tomes of history that makes our characters the great people they were and wrote storylines with the cliffnotes. The viewers know the characters better than the writers. Perhaps they should set up an interactive website asking the viewers to answer OLTL 101 Trivia questions and write the content from what they get. Until they do, Vive La Viewers!
Well, we’re just a few hours away from a new year, dear readers. I pray that when the inebriating effects from the champagne of the writers’ holiday festivities wear off, so will the SOPS. Here’s to wishing!
From my family to yours, I wish all of you the happiest and most prosperous new year, and may our voices REALLY be heard in 2011. Thank you all for the fabulous welcome as your new commentary writer. I hope that you will all find me entertaining next year.
Until next week, readers. God bless.
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