Monday, December 28, 2009

BC - Mon-Wed, 12/21-23/09

How many men have we seen give Kendall a bath? She must be a dirty, Dirty, DIRTY girl!

Did you ever think you would hear Opal say, in response to the idea of her son and Liza romantically linked: "That's my boy!"? Apparently Tad never thought he would hear that, either.

I was astonished to hear Kendall actually say "Maybe we're trespassing." ROTFLMAO! No one on a soap ever worries about breaking into people's cabins, homes, etc., so to hear someone actually wonder if they might be trespassing when they walk into a CHURCH is hilarious!

That's a pretty skinny Christmas tree Ryan has. You'd think a rich guy like him could afford a wider tree.

OMG -- are they actually going to wipe the Chuck Pratt slate CLEAN? Talk about a Christmas wish come true! Like the last couple of years never happened! Oh DAMN! False alarm!

And there's Greenlee. Gee, what a surprise. She's in FANTASTIC shape for someone who's been in a coma for, what about 10 months now?

Robin "Merry Christmas, Everyone!" Coutellier

Sunday, December 20, 2009

BC - Fri, 12/18/09

Okay, that passing out thing Zach did was just plain EMBARRASSING -- WAY too soap girly! Please tell me he was faking it! He WASN'T? I wouldn't include THAT in an Emmy Reel if I were Thorston Kaye.

Does Rob The Architect remind anyone else of a slightly melted Ken doll?

Liza informs Tad that if the blackmail pictures David provided to her of the D.A. in bed with a judge were ever to go public, the D.A. would lose his job. Tad points out that, in turn, LIZA could get HIS job. Oh PUH-LEEZE! She hasn't even BEEN a lawyer for very long and that's not a job that someone from the private sector generally just jumps into. Did Liza even INTERN in a D.A.'s office? Did she intern in ANYONE'S office? Her own shady past ALONE would preclude her from getting the job. IOAS, IOAS, IOAS ...

Robin "I'm caught up, I'm caught up, I'm caught up!" Coutellier

BC - Thu, 12/17/09

Is it just me, or does Annie's sexy negligee wrap make her look like there are spiders all over her?

Why is Cat wearing fetish boots? And make no mistake, those ARE fetish boots.

David is SUCH an asshole! Yeah, apologize to everyone and make sure everyone ELSE knows how you bamboozled them. This time *I* want to punch him. Why is everyone just standing there and letting him yammer on? I would have walked out the second I saw him start it all. They all start to leave only after Adam (rightly) refuses to accept any ATTEMPT at an apology.

Robin "Amanda is SUCH a sap!" Coutellier

Thursday, December 17, 2009

BC - Mon-Wed, 12/14-16/09

I see now that that is definitely the same little actor(s) playing Junior Junior. He DID have an impressive growth spurt, though, and he's talking more clearly and assertively.

The court announces that they are there as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs Annie Chandler. No you aren't, you ignorant TWIT! It's the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs Anne _____ Chandler, with the possibility of her maiden name, first married name and second married name thrown in for good measure. Unless "Annie" is the name on her birth certificate, with no middle name, that is NOT her legal name.

What a LOUSY judge. The DA is screaming objections and the judge COMPLETELY ignores them. Objections are on the record. They MUST be dealt with, one way or another. That's how appeals are won or lost. Then Annie and Erica get into an Objection fight. It goes on for a while and all the judge does is lamely bang his gavel ... eventually. Then the DA objects to questions Annie is asking Erica. The judge does not respond. So far, the only objection the judge has responded to is the one Annie made that had no foundation and he lectured her on that fact. Pathetic!

It's interesting that Adam, who was on trial for MURDERING his brother, had a trial that lasted mere minutes with hardly any witnesses, yet Annie, who is merely charged with covering it up, has LOTS of witnesses. Has ANYONE mentioned any actual EVIDENCE? You know, dead bodies, DNA, trajectories, phone records, medical and police records, stuff like that? The OPINIONS of other people regarding the cover-up are just that -- opinions, and irrelevant ones at that. The opinions of lay people have no place in the courtroom. It doesn't matter if they want her to fry, other than how it might be used to discredit their testimony as being prejudiced. The ONLY question is whether or not she did it. The consequences are up to the law and the judge. In any case, this should not have been a matter to even go TO trial -- it should have been pled out in the first place.

That's a really STUPID gag in Kendall's mouth. You'd think that Aidan, Mr. Sooper Sekret Special Forces Espionage Agent and all-round street-smart guy (insert image of eyeballs rolling so hard they pop out the sides, bounce around the room and land back in the sockets, only to roll some more) would know how to tape someone's mouth shut. That's the kind of gag someone buys in a costume shop and it looks like she could dislodge it by clearing her throat. In fact, she doesn't even have to do THAT. Her upper lip was sticking OUT of it, FGS!

I thought it was hilarious when Aidan told Kendall: "You know what? I caunt understand what you're saying." ROTFLMAO, considering that even after all this time, few people can understand what HE'S saying most of the time.

Damn, these trials are SOOOOO STUPID! Annie asks for a summary dismissal and it's granted without any grounds even being given. I know, I know, it's only a soap (chant, Robin, chant: IOAS-IOAS-IOAS), but one can only suspend disbelief just so much!

For someone who was in a hospital bed just this morning, Annie is amazingly energetic and bouncy. Of course, she was that most of the time past that first day of hemorrhaging (You ever try to spell that word? It's not as easy as you might think).

Robin "PLEASE have someone wake up & find out this last year on AMC was all a dream" Coutellier

BC - Fri, 12/10/09

OT: OMG, I am SOOOO far behind. I'll spill. I'm having a JOYFUL romance. Some things are falling by the wayside right and left and I'm having trouble keeping up lately, but it's definitely for a good cause! I have NOT abandoned AMC and Boogie Chillens, though -- I'm just a little slow to watch them lately. And now, on with the show, albeit a week behind ...

When Liza said she had one little piece of advice for Tad The Cad and his re-entry into the dating pool, how many of you thought she was going to say: "When you DO find the right woman, DON'T sleep with her MOTHER"? For you newbies out there, when Tad and Liza were in high school, Tad The Cad wooed her and she surrendered her virginity to him. She was in love with him. Her mother, OTOH, had some different lovin' in mind; Marian in SERIOUS cougar-mode, voraciously seduced Tad, giving him gifts, etc., so he was banging both Liza AND Marian. He was quite the busy Town Lothario, all right!

Annie demanding that Liza tell her the trial strategy and EXACTLY what Adam will say on the stand is the first believable and realistic thing that's happened in this whole legal saga.

I know it's a volunteer situation and you take what you can get, but is having a male doctor treat possible rape victims in a shelter for abused women really the best choice?

Robin "Bailey's boyfriend is small time compared to Tad" Coutellier

Monday, December 14, 2009

BC - Tue-Wed, 12/8-9/09

I think I'm getting the dates mixed up here as to which show is on which date, so please bear with me. That can happen when one gets behind AND has two versions of the same show (ABC vs Soapnet).

If the interview with Zach has been in evidence since day 1, why did Liza have to submit Nurse Ratchett's statements as Exihibit A? Don't they know how to count or alphabetize?

Well THAT was probably the fastest verdict in the history of television. I think they took a whopping 30 seconds! Oh please! The jury didn't even get instructions from the judge. They didn't even have time to introduce themselves to each other or pass out the forms, let alone SIGN them. I think I would have been happier if they had just not shown ANY of the trial and just told us about it after the fact.

I agree that charging him with first degree murder was totally bogus. There was no INTENT to murder his brother and there were no circumstances whatsoever that justified that particular charge.

Is it just me, or is Stuart's father sporting a barber-shop quartet hairstyle?

How many times did Liza say "Listen" in the last couple of days? Are we seeing another Brooke on the horizon?

Robin "Is anyone going to visit Marian for Christmas?" Coutellier

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BC - Mon-Tue, 12/7-8/09

WTF? They are SO taking Aidan in a VERY bad direction!

Why do the words "He is SUCH an asshole!" never seem to stop popping out of my mouth when it comes to David?

How can they POSSIBLY have a trial when one of the defendants/witnesses is stuck in the hospital? This is LUDICROUS!

And now Zach has been called to testify in the trial. He's being subpoenaed NOW. The trial starts in a few MINUTES and Zach is only just now being notified. Uh huh. Un-f**king-believable! Can't they even try to PRETEND this resembles anything having to do with court or laws or attorneys or the TIME SPACE CONTINUUM? What is this, The Simpsons?

Robin "Doh!" Coutellier

Thursday, December 10, 2009

BC - Thur & Fri, 12/3-4/09

What did Ryan do, stuff a sock down his pants? Again?

OH NO! Joe is saying goodbye! He's talking about retiring and he and Ruth leaving town. Joe wants Jake to take up where he left off. He's passing the torch. Gee, foreshadowing much? I guess we know who WON'T be moving Los Angeles with AMC.

JAR says he's going to wait until AFTER the trial to start chemo. He figures the trial will only take about two weeks. Only in PV! Two weeks? Maybe. They seem to be forgetting the months and months and months of preparation and court schedule backups that happen BEFORE that two weeks. But wait -- the trial is TOMORROW! Adam and Scott were charged with the crime basically "yesterday" and TOMORROW is the trial? It's taking me longer than that to watch a handful of episodes of my soap!

And here's EXACTLY what I was talking about. Liza is representing Adam, Scott AND Annie at the same time. Now she is advising one to throw the other one under the bus (Scott vs Annie). She can only protect ONE client involving the same crime and anything else is a HUGE conflict of interest! Talk about appeal issues! Of course, in the real world, she wouldn't have been allowed to do it at all.

Zach's casino in PV is called Seasons East.

Robin "will my sinus infection EVER end?" Coutellier

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

BC - Wed, 12/2/09

NOTE: I am slowly, but surely catching up. I've been sick AND preoccupied (in a GOOD way). But I WILL keep posting, so keep checking back.

Jake ALWAYS runs away when the going gets tough. It's what he DOES. Same shit, different year. What's he going to do now, go off and join Jamie in the African jungle? Go to Iraq? Oh wait, been there done that. Maybe he'll just go to Los Angeles.

Joe's hair is getting pretty shaggy in the back. It's been fun to see his changes in hairstyles over the years.

Even more startling than the clean crispness of the jail uniforms are the blindingly white underwear they are wearing underneath. You know THOSE whites are fresh out of the package! They reminded me of Mateo's teeth.

The hospital wants to keep Trevor overnight, just in case. For an ear infection. That's overkill. Or did David just SAY that in order to keep Amanda from Jake? Keep in mind I'm still almost a week behind in watching.

That was a very tender and touching scene at the casino with Opal, Zach and Myrtle's photo. Opal was very gentle with Zach.

I don't normally watch montages, but I REALLY liked the one at the end of the show with Jake leaving, Liza leaving, David feeling left out, JAR worrying and trying to savor what moments he can, etc. The music was very good, too.

Robin "does JaNut know she has a grandchild?" Coutellier

Saturday, December 5, 2009

BC - Tue, 12/1/09

Why is Amanda arguing with David about what Trevor may or may not have that's causing a fever? How about you STFU and TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL or bathe him in tepid water or something like THAT?

Wow, they actually put Adam and Scott in orange jumpsuits. Sparkling new and completely wrinkle-free orange jumpsuits, but jumpsuits, nonetheless. That would be a normal thing (except for the spotless and wrinkle-free part), but most people that are put into PVPD cells wear their own clothes.

Oh PUH-lease! David, world-reknowned cardiologist/surgeon couldn't spot a simple EAR INFECTION in a baby! I don't believe THAT for a second! That's practically the first thing to check for with a baby.

Jake really does sound heartbroken.

Aidan was never the best of characters but he has taken a nasty turn and I don't like it AT ALL. At least before all this he was a quasi-good-guy. Now? Between his utterly inexplicable relationship with Annie and his nefarious motives and manipulations of Kendall, there's nothing left to like about him.

Robin "What next? Does he have a cabin in the woods with a dungeon containing skeletonized body parts?" Coutellier

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BC - Mon, 11/30/09

Liza tells Bailey that she's taken on Adam, Annie AND Scott as clients. Isn't that a HUGE conflict of interest? Any one of them could point fingers at the other one for whatever they want. She can't properly pick out any ONE of them to fully protect. Totally bogus.

You just KNOW Bailey is going to try to take Stuart back and use Liza's hectic work schedule as a reason. The fact that Bailey has no visible means of support will probably not be taken into consideration.

Bobbie Eakes has done more than lose weight. She looks different. She must have had some work done. The fact that her hair is pulled back rather than down in bangs makes her look different, too.

Robin "she looks GOOD, though" Coutellier

Sunday, November 29, 2009

BC - Wed, 11/25/09

Given what she's just been through, Annie is amazingly perky and alert. In fact, it seems like the only reason she's there NOW is because she's chained to the hospital bed.

We've been saying all along that Trevor is probably not David's biological child because they NEVER did a DNA test. Amanda was basing the parentage on the size of the baby in utero.

Annie tells Colby that she could have walked away with Adam's entire fortune if she had turned him in after the ceremony. If she's talking divorce, I don't THINK so. She might be entitled to HALF of what was acquired DURING the marriage, but not his entire fortune.

Are we supposed to believe that Amanda is pregnant and already having morning sickness?

You know Vincent Irizarry didn't REALLY swab little Trevor's mouth, because any REAL baby would have gummed it HARD and/or gagged on it. Not that I would expect them to actually poke a swab into the poor little baby's mouth for the sake of a storyline.

That IS a new Junior Junior, right? I can't tell if it is a new child actor(s) or if the previous ones have gone through a significant growth spurt in the last month or so.

Robin "almost caught up" Coutellier

Friday, November 27, 2009

BC - 11/23-24/09

Why would Ryan bring Emma to see her mother while her mother is in a coma? All of Emma's childhood memories are going to be about her mother committing crimes, being in jail and being in the hospital.

Is anyone else getting some Boxing Helena vibes off of Aidan? He's just plain creepy at this point.

At the risk of channeling Chandler Bing, could David BE any more vague about what's ailing Annie to the point of her being about to die?

Annie notes that her husband is there at PVH. David finishes pretending to listen to her heart and says that it won't be for long because the cops are about to take him to jail for murdering Stuart. WTF? She JUST came out of a coma and he feels the need to volunteer that information to her NOW?

Liza tells Zach that there WILL be some charges about Kendall escaping, but for the circumstances and time already spent, it's going to be over. What does she mean "time already spent"? KENDALL didn't spend the time in prison, the lookalike did.

Looks like the show found a way to have Erica/Susan Lucci literally say: "I'm going to Los Angeles!"

Robin "swimming pools, movie stars" Coutellier

Friday, November 20, 2009

BC - Thu-Fri, 11/19-20/09

Wow, pregnancy for Alicia Minshew FINALLY did what years and years on the show never could -- it put a loose coat on Kendall in the winter!

I notice that the staircase isn't the only thing recycled from the old Martin house set -- that was their front door, too.

Where was Annie putting her hand to get all that blood on it? It wasn't on the front of her skirt where she was clutching her belly, and it was not on the carpet where she discovered she was bleeding (there was a big pool of it between that and the phone, LATER).

Zach asks Rachel how Ian is doing. Spike is never mentioned. Once again, WHERE is Spike?

Why would the card dealer/PI have negatives of the photos he took? Doesn't he use a digital camera? Of course, maybe he KNEW Zach would accuse him of PhotoShopping (or 'shopping, as Zach put it) the photos, so he was just covering his ass.

I guess the economy has hit the Chandler staff hard -- Lucretia is the COOK. She has never been anything BUT the cook, at least until Annie bribed her to be her Maid Of Honor. Now Lucretia is on her hands and knees scrubbing the carpet while she cries. I know Winifred left Adam's employ a long time ago, but you'd think he would have replaced her by now.

I'm guessing that Alicia Minshew had her baby between the time Kendall was drunk on the bed upstairs and the time "Kendall" came downstairs and took her robe off in front of Aidan. There's no WAY those were Alicia Minshew's legs -- they were much too full. Those weren't her hands, either. Plus, we only saw her from the BACK. Of course, given those clues AND the fact that Zach is now watching through the window while they make out, it's entirely possible that that is KAT with her hair done like Kendall's, although I don't know how she could cover up her tattoos THAT well, plus, the person we saw from the BACK was more slender than Kat (they probably used different people for the front and back shots).

Robin "Chuck Pratt Has been FIRED!!! Maybe the NEW headwriter will make all of his dreck a DREAM" Coutellier

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BC - Wed, 11/18/09

Today's HIPAA violations: too numerous to count. Not only does David NOT immediately close Greenlee's file on the computer in response to Ryan snooping, but when he finally DOES close it, it's only to show Ryan the names of all the OTHER women who have had problem pregnancies, which David actually explains, since all we see are women's names. Not that I would ever expect David to follow ANY rules, let alone HIPAA ones, or that I would expect Ryan to follow any rules.

Adam sure does like to toss toxic items into his fireplace, doesn't he?

Wow, that's a REALLY narrow balcony/terrace outside the penthouse. It's hard to believe Ryan and Annie (among others) had sex out there (especially in the SNOW).

Assuming that Greenlee is the mystery patient (and it's a pretty good assumption), her arms are AMAZINGLY toned for someone who's been bedbound for, what, about a YEAR?

And even MORE HIPAA violations -- Jake talks to the fertility doctor about Amanda's insemination (or lack thereof).

Upon discussing the way people in PV recuperate from stupendous falling incidents, but lose babies after falling only a couple of steps, Aisling (in RATSA) mentioned that they always land in a pretty pose, unlike people suffering from real life falls. It occurred to me that there MIGHT be a way to increase AMC's viewership. Every time one of the main or secondary characters is brought into the hospital, there should be an extra in the background with something absurd going on. For instance, there can be a man sitting in a chair, waiting his turn, with a leaky hose sticking out of his ear, or perhaps someone has a ferocious and tenacious ferret biting their nose, or their foot is stuck in cement or and hand is stuck up a chicken butt in a freak stuffing incident or something like that. It would ALWAYS be in the background, and never mentioned other than, perhaps moaning, screaming or frantic or futile gesturing that everyone else ignores in favor of the main character, unless it's another extra character trying to remedy the situation by trying to pull the chicken off, etc. Hilarity ensues! Then people would tune in just to see what the unacknowledged extra-medical-absurdity-of-the-day is.

Robin "honestly, do I have to think of EVERYTHING?" Coutellier

BC - Tue, 11/17/09

Only on a soap would a man think back to having sex the night before and only envision them getting back into the front seat, as opposed to, say, Amanda spreading her legs.

I DO wish Kendall would stop saying that Zach betrayed her. She had already LEFT him for Ryan when Zach had sex with Liza.

Why is Adam pretending to Scott that he has to go handle some stockholders to ease their skittish minds? Isn't SCOTT running Chandler Enterprises now (when he's not babysitting Annie, of course)? I know Adam needed an excuse to leave, I just think the writer(s) forgot that Scott is running the company.

Now Ryan is trying to get Jake to FORCE Annie to have an amniocentesis or some other risky procedure just because RYAN wants him to! It's not like it would ever be admissible in court, although it would certainly upset Adam. The point, though, is that they would be risking a baby's LIFE on what amounts to Ryan's whim!

Greenlee's patient record shows the following information:
10:45 am
Smythe, Greenlee
10 Atlantic Avenue, Pinevalley (one word) PA 19---
JaSkson, Montgomery 410 S 7th Str (father's name/address)
714-555-6421 (home phone)
741555-9116 (?) SSN: 144-70-4923
10 Industry Way
Jackson Montgomery (emergency contact)

Robin "we'll have to start referring to Jack as 'Jask'" Coutellier

BC - Mon, 11/16/09

I'm a little confused. How can one parent grant or not grant custody to another? Isn't that for the COURT to decide? It doesn't MATTER that David has a contract saying that if Amanda conceives a child with him that he'll grant joint custody of both children to her. Only the COURT can do that, not HIM. He can say he won't pursue SOLE custody, I suppose, but that's not legally binding as far as her GETTING custody. Isn't this a form of human trafficking? The mind boggles!

When Kendall (holding a pillow in front of her) told Aidan that he might want to be careful because she had a little accident, how many of you wondered if her water had just broken?

Jake tells an entire crowd of people (including telling Ryan directly that Annie IS pregnant and was very surprised to hear it), that Annie did not have a miscarriage. There's those HIPAA violations, rearing their ugly heads again.

I wonder if we'll be seeing a flashback to Annie having sex with someone other than Adam (Scott, for instance)? I wouldn't put it past her to rufie him and have sex with him that he wouldn't remember or would chalk up to a wet dream. You KNOW it can't be as simple as Adam fathering her child.

Robin "surprise!" Coutellier

Sunday, November 15, 2009

BC - Fri, 11/13/09

Amanda frets that she'll have no idea how her body will react to conceiving a baby artificially, because Trevor was conceived during drunken sex. David comments that it worked (which is his new plan all along, of course). Maybe Amanda should consider at least TRYING to wait another month and TRYING the artificial route before she lets David stick his dick into her again. After all, what kind of chance could an artificial insemination possibly have, what with injecting semen directly into the uterus, as opposed to drunken sex where SOME of the sperm probably gets in and the rest falls out as soon as she gets vertical (and some of it even sooner than that, hence the well-known term "the wet spot")).

In the normal course of events, a woman has about 3 days a month where she is exceptionally fertile, and she is still fertile on days before and after that, just not as IDEALLY fertile. Why are Amanda and David freaking out because they are missing an appointment for that ONE day? It can be done on another day in the same cycle. They are acting like there are only a few MINUTES available to get it done. For that matter, David could do an artificial insemination on her HIMSELF -- he did it for Greenlee. Not that Amanda wants him anywhere near her not-so-privates, but it COULD be done. Hell, JAKE could do it! If she's desperate, SHE can do it. It won't be as accurate if she does it, but it could be done. I'm pretty sure she knows where her vagina is. But noooooo. Once again, Amanda proves she is Too Stupid To Live. Whatever happened to our sweet, SMART little Amanda? It's like somewhere around puberty they took her brains and pumped them into her breasts.

Kendall sure is hard on laptops, what with throwing them around, slamming the lids shut and bonking people over the head with them.

Robin "Kendall would be a good candidate for a dozen or so of those Panasonic ToughBooks" Coutellier

BC - Tue-Thu, 11/10-12/09

What kind of idiot wears shiny high-heeled boots to do a burglary or whatever it is that Madison was doing breaking into Frankie and Randi's apt? Idiot.

Why would Angie take confidential hospital documents to a BAR to work on them? Same reason lawyers take crucial legal documents to a bar, I suppose. Idiots.

Wasn't Jake Chief of Staff at one point, or was he Chief of Surgery? He acts like he doesn't know what the job entails when Angie lets him know that she's overwhelmed.

Where was Jesse when Randi called him to say that Madison was in their apartment? I'm guessing he hadn't even gotten down to the sidewalk.

When Annie told Scott that the way to help her was to throw her down the stairs, I winced for a number of reasons, but mostly because I thought of Aisling (a RATSA regular) and her fall down the stairs. Why do people think falling down stairs is not that big a deal other than a few bumps and bruises? It can have LIFELONG repercussions (assuming you live through it at ALL)! Idiot.

One of the weird laws of physics in Pine Valley is that people fall off cliffs, drive off cliffs, jump from penthouse balconies, etc., with little to no damage, but if a pregnant woman falls down TWO steps (or just trips over a shoelace), she automatically loses the baby. Leslie Coulsen fell off the top of the Chandler building and then sneaked out of the hospital. Of course, if the storyline requires it, there MAY be damage, such as when Bianca fell/was pushed off a balcony by JAR and when JAR jumped off a 4th floor balcony.

I can't believe Jake is even giving LIP-service to the concept of doctor/patient confidentiality! He tells Ryan he can't TELL Adam Annie is/was not pregnant -- Adam just has to be in the vicinity to overhear it. Since when has doctor/patient confidentiality ever been a concern to medical "professionals" in Pine Valley (or to a Martin, for that matter)?

David's car runs out of gas. Amanda yells at him and he says they have to flag down a car. She can't remember the last time she saw a car come by there. Really? I didn't SEE any cars, either, but I HEARD a shitload of them zooming by -- unless they got caught up in some weird 21st century version of a buffalo stampede consisting of buffalos driving vehicles at speeds way faster than 25 mph while on their way to the next river to cross, there is no way they were on a deserted road at the time they pulled over.

Robin "someone needs to have a talk with the foley editor" Coutellier

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BC - Mon, 11/9/09

I love that Adam's notion of Purgatory is that they are now serving 003 and his ticket shows he's number 420

Those wimpy wings are way too small for Angel Annie. She'd never get off the ground with them!

I'm under the impression that a marriage isn't really valid unless the marriage certificate is signed by both parties and witnessed and that the ceremony is really just a formality. Is that true? Even if saying vows is part of the legality of it, if Adam literally DIED during the ceremony, wouldn't he be considered not of sound mind at the time? Then again, he was clearly not of sound mind when he married Krystal, considering that both of them were shit-faced on moonshine at the time. He was just as eager to be married when he gained consciousness, though, so I guess it's a moot point.

Oh, as as to the question of the color of eBabe's dress, it looked purple on my TV. It's a DULL purple, but a purple, nonetheless.

Aidan schmoozes the police officer, pretending that he and Kendall are having an affair. The officer tells him to relax, that they are real good about keeping secrets around there. Aidan says: "What do you call this place, anyway?" Officer: "Peyton." BWAHAHAHAAAA! I feel really old for having to do this, but for you young'uns, this first line from the Wikipedia page pretty much sums it up: "Peyton Place is a 1956 novel by Grace Metalious. "Peyton Place" has become an expression to describe a place whose inhabitants have sordid secrets." I remember reading it as a young teenager. It also became movie in 1957 and a TV series in 1964 (making Ryan O'Neal and Mia Farrow into stars). It was a ground-breaking book and considered QUITE scandalous at the time.

It never ceases to amaze me that patients at PVH are routinely treated by doctors who hate their guts and have tried to kill them MORE THAN ONCE! WTF is WRONG with these people?

Okay, for you Misty Croslin types out there, that thing about spouses not having to testify against one another is a MYTH. Oh there's SOME truth to it, but it's not a blanket immunity kind of thing. They don't having to testify as far as things that have been said DURING THE MARRIAGE. We went through this when Kendall and Zach remarried for the same purpose. That only happens on TV and in movies. Anything that transpired BEFORE the marriage is fair game, so getting married to avoid testifying is a stupid and useless thing to do. At least that's MY take on it.

Well, now that Adam nearly died and he probably has to take it easy for a while, it practically makes it MANDATORY that Annie and Scott have sex, not only to make a baby ASAP, but because Annie will be feeling horny and Adam won't be able to satisfy her.

Robin "congrats to Alica Minshew & hubby on the birth of their baby girl last week!" Coutellier

Sunday, November 8, 2009

BC - Fri, 11/6/09

What is the old Martin staircase doing in a "crummy" hotel? They don't do crummy hotel lobby very well -- it looked all right at first glance. The proprietor certainly has a crummy attitude, though. Okay, the bed IS kind of crummy, as are the broken blinds. The bathtub, for some unfathomable reason, looks pristine on the inside. You'd think there would be chips, soap scum, rings, perhaps some oily substance, hair, etc. It looked downright sparkling, though.

Why is Kendall taking a bath with the door open?

Considering that the cliffhanger is that Adam may or may not be dead (in the middle of his wedding, no less), it was a pretty boring show. Zach, as usual, thinks ahead. With Josh, he told them to save his heart (for Kendall). With Adam, he says Adam is not going to die without confessing first.

Robin "Zach has always been a very ... FOCUSED man" Coutellier

Friday, November 6, 2009

BC - Thu, 11/5/09

Geez, talking about a JUMP! One second Erica is trying to get the truth out of Adam while Annie, Ryan and Jesse are yelling in the hallway, and the next thing we know it's the next day and Annie is on the phone making wedding plans (for tomorrow)! The pacing on this show has gone completely to hell over the last year or so. I can't tell you how many times I (and others) have wondered if we missed a day, to the point where we peruse the "Recently Deleted" folders on our Tivos trying to get a sense of continuity!

When David was giving his press conference and Jake smirked and started to step away from his position in the crowd, was I the only one who suddenly had a vision of him stepping behind David and putting pointy fingers over and behind his head to give David devil horns?

Nice little dig Angie got in at the press conference, saying she wants to follow in the footsteps of JOE MARTIN as Chief of Staff.

So, how long will it be before Scott and Annie make a baby in order to convince Adam that Annie is going to have ADAM's baby next year?

Ryan sneers at Scott and says: "I wish you wanted justice for your father as much as the rest of us!" What a crock of SHIT! NONE of the people pushing for Annie/Adam as the culprit are motivated by justice for Stuart -- NONE of them! Ryan hates Annie and wants her as far away as possible from Emma and out of their lives. He also wants Kendall back home. Zach ONLY wants Kendall back home. Erica wants Kendall back home and secondarily wants whatever Ryan wants because of their budding relationship. Plus, Erica hates Annie for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that Annie STABBED her. Jesse wants ... well, I'm not sure WHAT the hell Jesse wants. As a Chief of Police, he wants justice served, but he's gone so far over the line to get Annie to confess or Adam to spill that any idea of justice has long since fallen by the wayside as the ends justifying the means.

Now that Ryan knows Emma witnessed Adam shooting Stuart, and now that Emma knows that Ryan knows that, he says they never have to talk about it ever again if she doesnt' want to. Uh, how about a little thing called THERAPY? She was practically CATATONIC at one point over it (well, it was really a drawn-out temper tantrum when you get right down to it, but still ...). Doesn't Ryan think that warrants at least a COUPLE of therapy sessions (besides what she got when she was hospitalized over it)?

Robin "Ryan is SUCH a crappy father" Coutellier

BC - Wed, 11/4/09

Kendall chides Aidan for bringing up Zach's infidelity. Excuse me? ZACH'S infidelity? I believe Kendall was f**king LIVING with Ryan at that point (assuming the point is Liza on the gaming table).

David rages about whether or not Jake and Amanda had sex since it could interfere with the insemination process. WTF? It's only been about a week or LESS since the LAST time J&A had sex; wouldn't THAT interfere with the process? Not only that, but an ovulation cycle has to be established FIRST so that the fertility doctor knows WHEN to do the insemination.

How many of you were thinking David was going to insist on doing a pelvic exam on Amanda (right there on the coffee table) to make SURE she wasn't lying about whether or not she and Jake had sex tonight? And speaking of that, did the contact specify what constitutes "sex"? What about oral sex or manual stimulation? What if they both just masterbated in front of each other? Does the contract forbid Amanda masterbating or, if it's allowed, does it specify what implements, if any, may be used or not used? Would specifications have to be given in inches or centimeters, and would they include wattage or if either battery or electrical power is specifically denied or allowed. If so, is there is a clause about sterilization of said implements or perhaps disposability requirements? If lubrication products are used, are there ingredients that would be allowed or prohibited? We're back to Clinton's question of what the definition of "is" is. Given all the details that would be need to be CLEARLY outlined in the contract, who would enforce it? Don't answer that -- you KNOW David would insist on being there with a ruler, microscope and test tubes for the entire process. Then the contract would have to specify whether or not he can use latex gloves (wouldn't want to introduce any kind of allergy in the developing baby, after all).

Liza tells Jake and Amanda that the two of them are out of their mind. I'm heartened to hear that the show acknowledges that there is only ONE mind between the two of them, because you'd be hard-pressed to get TWO people to agree to such an asinine plan.

Jesse asks Ryan why he can't trust him (Jesse) to push Adam the rest of the way. Jesse: "What, am I really THAT bad a cop, Ryan?" Me: "YES!"

Aidan tells Kendall that they have to make it look like they were not there at the church. That might be hard to do if they've been using one of the corners for a latrine. Also, Aidan was wounded. Wouldn't there be traces of his blood around?

Hm. Amanda managed to provide at least PART of the definition of what does or does not constitute "sex".

Annie tells Adam that if he confesses, she and Scott could be considered accessories to murder. Why would SCOTT be considered an accessory? He only found out a few days ago that Adam was the one who did it, whereas Annie WITNESSED it.

Robin "does Annie use spreadsheets to keep track of her lies & schemes?" Coutellier

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

BC - Tue, 11/03/09

There's a new text message from Z on Kendall's phone. WTF? They can't even be covert enough to use alias INITIALS? These two are so beyond stupid it's mind-boggling! I expect that kind of stupidity from Kendall, but not from Zach.

I thought it was hilarious that Kendall was bemoaning how she needed to clean up her face because it's been so long since she's had a wash. As previously mentioned, her makeup is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. She comes back in a little while later, having cleaned up in the basement (I think) and commenting on how much better she feels, etc. She doesn't look one iota different than when she walked out, although I suppose her pits might smell better.

While Kendall was washing the non-existent layers of grime off of herself, Aidan was impersonating Kendall by sending a message to Zach hinting that Kendall and Aidan were getting cozy together. What is he up to? I suppose we're supposed to buy that he wants Kendall for himself now because he's been all alone and he's still reeling from Greenlee's death? Or maybe he wants to get back at Zach for something (people hate and forgive each other and change alliances so often that I don't even KNOW where the two of them stand with each other right now).

I don't get it. How would Adam coming forward now about the fact that HE shot Stuart cause the family to suffer? Yeah, it's not good publicity and he probably doesn't want his family to pity him because of it, but Adam doesn't run the company any more, anyway, and it's common knowledge that he was illegally drugged when his brother was shot. If he REALLY loved Annie, he wouldn't let HER keep taking the flack for killing Stuart, and he wouldn't keep making her feel like she has to keep up the lie that EMMA killed Stuart. Also, although, Kendall DID go there to shoot him that night, she DIDN'T. And now not only is Kendall strongly impacted by it, but so is her family, and (as far as Adam knows) Kendall was STABBED in prison. I've got no great love for the air-headed Kendall, but Adam needs to man up on this one now that he knows the truth. Keeping the truth quiet at this point makes NO sense, other than to save Adam some embarrassment, red tape and court-mandated therapy sessions (and possibly the wrath of Marian if and when she gets out of the loony bin).

Speaking of Marian, she was hauled off after trying to shoot Kendall, but she ended up shooting eBabe instead. Does eBabe still hurt even a little bit from being SHOT?

Robin "People recover so QUICKLY in Pine Valley!" Coutellier

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BC - Mon, 11/2/09

Kendall grouses to Aidan about Annie and says: "I cannot believe she gets away with the things she gets away with!" This from woman who has escaped custody on multiple occasions, is currently a fugitive who has, on more than one occasion, tried to kill people. Pot, Kettle!

How did Bailey's old boyfriend know where she was? She HAD to have texted him the address.

Oh look, a gun. What a surprise. We need to start keeping a count of how often a gun is shown in Pine Valley since Chuck Pratt took over as headwriter. It seems like their go-to solution for everything now.

If I were Adam, I'd be sorely tempted to shoot Zach just to make him shut the f**k up.

Aidan and Kendall talk about Annie and he says that he was vulnerable after Greenlee left him for Wyan and Annie took advantage of him and made him fall for her. Uh-huh. Kendall says that Annie made Ryan fall for her, as well. Excuse me? Annie pushed Ryan AWAY, convinced he was only interested in her because of Emma. He was bombastic and finally won ANNIE over, not the other way around.

Stuart's headstone reads:
Stuart Chandler
May 24, 1945
May 15, 2009
True Friend To All

So Adam is, ostensibly, 64 years old. For the record, according to IMDB, David Canary is 71 years old.

Why did Jake and Amanda go to the ConFusion Halloween party? I mean, David was going to be there, along with a lot of other people, and it would be loud and they'd have to dress in uncomfortable costumes. All things considered, you'd think they would have wanted to spend some time alone together, even if they couldn't have sex. Why spend their "date" in the same place as DAVID, of all people?

Speaking of uncomfortable costumes, did you notice that nearly ALL the women were wearing large, CLUNKY false eyelashes? All I could think of every time I looked at those lashes was how difficult it was going to be to REMOVE them.

Robin "how did they even keep their eyelids open?" Coutellier

Sunday, November 1, 2009

BC - Fri, 10/30/09

I hope Amanda plans on waiting until AFTER her next period to get inseminated. Well, actually, I DON'T, but that would make sense for the situation. I still think Trevor is really Jake's bio-baby in the first place, so the next baby might as well be Jake's, too.

Have you noticed that Adam rarely wears a suit anymore?

Ah, now we have an answer as to the painting of brothers on Adam's wall. It WAS painted by Stuart.

O-M-G -- that is one TIGHT unitard Petey is wearing! Petey apparently dresses to the ... um ... center.

Hm. I never realized how much Adam really DOES look like Frankenstein.

Let's see, Bailey called Corrina to babysit Stuart. Okay. So who is babysitting Emma, or Spike and Ian, for that matter? I'm guessing Kathy and Jenny are home with Opal.

Here's a hint for the men out there. If a woman confides to you that she's feeling emotionally empty, LAUGHING is NOT the best response.

Robin "I hope the Fusion elevators have cameras" Coutellier

BC - Thu, 10/29/09

How RUDE! That lady with the two kids just barrels between Ryan and Erica without so much as an "Excuse me" (well, as well as one can barrel while wearing heels and trotting like a horse, not to mention SOUNDING like one). I'm guessing someone won a contest or is friends with someone with some pull, so they got to have a walk-on (or, in this case, a trot-on).

Line of the Day (and possibly YEAR)

Zach suddenly walks through a curtained entryway (or maybe long window) in the Chandler living room. Scott whirls and indignantly says: "How do you get IN here???" Zach: "I know it's not my house, but you really gotta work on your security." BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! LOVE IT! Then later Scott threatens to call Security to escort Zach out and Zach says: "Oh, don't worry about it. I'll find my own way out -- I know a shortcut." LOL! They have made several little digs on the show about security lately, which is refreshing.

Tidbit: Scott apparently dresses to the right.

Don't they teach basic mechanics at the police academy? Maybe they don't, I don't know, but it would make sense to do so.

Robin "she was pretty clueless about it, considering her uber-self-reliance attitude" Coutellier

Thursday, October 29, 2009

BC - Wed, 10/28/09

Marissa picked up some candy in case they have Trick or Treaters -- at the Yacht Club. If I were staying at an exclusive place like a Yacht Club or some other hotel, I would expect management to keep little (and big) beggers wearing disguises OUT of the establishment.

I don't recall ever seeing that painting of Stuart and Adam as boys. Adam acted like he was hanging it for the first time, so maybe it was found among Stuart's stuff. It would have been nice for them to SAY something about it.

Tires squeal outside the church. Kendall looks alarmed and stares at Aidan, who just stands there. Kendall just sits there and keeps staring at him, waiting for him to remember his line. Aidan, with considerable lag time, looks toward the sound of the tires with vague interest and off-handedly says they need to hide. Only THEN does Kendall get up to do something.

Did Kendall pack a large bag of makeup to take with her, not to mention a mirror, and various other cosmetic-oriented instruments? She's wearing a lovely shade of perfectly applied eyeshadow, along with a full contingent of other makeup. Yeah, she'll blend at the General Store. Haven't they been on the run for at least 2-3 days now? Surely the two of them are starting to exude a scent other than cologne and perfume by now, and you'd think her makeup would, at minimum, look at little stale. And where are they relieving themselves? Does the bathroom in the church still work, or are they just squatting in the corner? Did they bring any TP or are they just using the scraps of paper and dead leaves that are strewn about?

Oh PUH-LEEZE! Two teenage boys think a church is "haunted" and they don't bother to actually check out the sound that's only a few feet away from them? They can't figure out a whooshing sound is coming from LAPTOP speakers a few feet away? How did Aidan queue up the whooshing sound-effect without alerting the boys by tapping on keys or the mouse? At the very least, the eau-de-on-the-lam scent should have clued the boys in. They DEFINITELY fall into the TSTL category. Seriously, how do those boys even manage to gather up the wherewithall to cross the street without getting killed?

This ridiculous storyline with Kendall and Zach chatting via laptops while she's on the lam is making me feel like I want to hurl! After EVERYTHING they've gone through so far (which has been pretty damn ridiculous, too), WHY would they risk it all because they are so much in luuuuuuuuv that all they can think about is spouting poetry and saying sappy things to each other? T-S-T-L. And don't even get me STARTED on Jesse's participation in all this! He's utterly USELESS as a police chief! The ONLY thing he does is break the law over and over and over again for his felonious friends and family. It's an insult to the fans to keep portraying him as a good guy when he digs himself in deeper and deeper every single day!

Is it just me, or does Junior Junior's Halloween costume look not so much like he's sporting a super-hero six-pack as he's sporting a bad boob job?

Robin "how can I top that last sentence with a simple sig?" Coutellier

BC - Tue, 10/27/09

Poetry bores me. I don't get it. I mean I understand it, it just doesn't DO anything for me other than annoy me. Some people have an "ear" for it, but I'm not one of them because my brain automatically glosses right over them. Maybe if poetry were set to music it might work for me (there are a lot of SONGS I like); otherwise it just falls flat. I don't want to have to decipher what someone is saying on my soap -- I have word puzzles for that kind of thing and I only work on those if I WANT to do so.

Natalia is talking about how they moved a lot when she was a kid. Huh? They made it pretty clear that Jesse found his way to Colorado where Natalia's mother, who was a nurse, took care of him. Since there were in Colorado when Jesse hit Pine Valley again, either they never left or they moved BACK there, which would be a really bad idea as far as track-covering goes. Mind you, when he first came back Jesse SAID that he had traveled all over the world (without a passport, apparently). The Colorado/Rebecca/Natalia storyline came later, and we were pissed off because how could he have settled down with a common-law-wife and a daughter Natalia's age if he was moving around every few weeks or months? So which is, it AMC?

Robin "Papa was a rolling sto-- papa was a static sto-- papa was a stop-&-go stone" Coutellier

Monday, October 26, 2009

BC - Mon, 10/26/09

Ryan asks Erica how she managed to grow up in a single parent home and get through it undamaged. UNDAMAGED? ROTFLMAO! Erica is the exceptionally neurotic person she IS in large part because of the emotional damage caused by her father's abandonment of her and her mother, not to mention him pimping her out to Richard Fields when she was 13 or 14. It's been an ongoing storyline from day ONE of the show!

Now SCOTT is wielding a gun. What IS it with Chuck Pratt's fascination with guns? Is he a frustrated cowboy? There have been shootings off and on over the years, but I've never seen so many people with guns on AMC until this last year. Then Annie picks it up points it at Zach, then fires it 3 times into the ceiling before pointing it at him again. Isn't there some sort of condition of her release that she not be around guns?

I think it's funny that the poetry page that Zach will see is called the very lengthy, but Kendall's password to it is "ian". Not only is it an INCREDIBLY stupid and easy-to-crack password, but no modern s/w is going to accept a miniscule 3-letter password. I can understand how her peabrain couldn't remember anything else, though, and she will, after all, be exhausted after typing that long URL.

The fact that Amanda is even CONSIDERING David's proposal that they have another child together puts her in the category of Too-Stupid-To-Live (TSTL)! Yeah, conceiving and having a another child to put into that lunatic's hands, not to mention doing so on the vague promise that he MIGHT go for joint custody of their children and allow her to live with her own husband is a GREAT idea!

On someone said that we need a new nickname for Annie. She's no longer Blandie and InSannie doesn't seem to work as well these days. My suggestion is, now that she's going to marry Adam (maybe), who is more than a little bit into senior citizenship, perhaps we should call her GrAnnie

Robin "she WILL have at least 2 or more grandkids if she marries Adam" Coutellier

BC - Fri, 10/23/09

Emma just got home from the hospital last night (having had holes drilled into her little head) and she's very upset about her mother's upcoming marriage to the mean old man who lives in the big, spooky house. So why is Ryan out and about so he can make up with Erica? Shouldn't he be home with Emma? Can't he be WITH his little daughter for even a DAY? Even ANNIE is wondering WTF is up that he left Emma to be with Erica, although she seems more concerned that Emma is now alone with her secret than that Emma has some extra holes in her head.

Why does Trevor have to be in a hospital crib for a simple checkup? Whatever happened to the parent holding the baby until the doctor comes in, and then the doctor examining the baby on an exam table?

Does the church where Kendall and Aidan are hiding out have a refrigerator (not to mention electricity)? Kendall bought that soup at a general store at LEAST 24 hours ago, and probably longer than that. Now she's about to feed it to Aidan again. Ewwww! I hope it's VEGETABLE soup.

I still can't believe how callous and unfeeling Kendall and Zach have been about the woman he paid to stay in jail in Kendall's place. Now Kendall is appreciating the fact that she is on the run instead of in jail. I can understand that she doesn't want to be in jail, but you'd think she'd feel at LITTLE bit bad about the fact that the other woman was f**king STABBED! The fact that she and Zach and Aidan all think that escaping, hiding out in a secret room and/or being on the run is the right thing to do is just mind-boggling. Their sense of entitlement knows no bounds.

Will the book Kendall was writing while in the "safe room" be published while she is on the run? Will any of her books be published because she shopped it around, as opposed to behind her back?

Erica tells Annie that the fashion designer who purportedly wants to design a dress for Annie is currently doing a fashion shoot at Lake Coney. Annie (knowing this is a con) says she'll just grab her wedding shoes and go. Just how big IS "Lake Coney" that anyone can just drive to it and instantly find someone else who happens to be there? Maybe Lake Coney is the name of a trendy nightspot or restaurant.

So, did Annie, yet AGAIN, shimmy up the fire escape? In a DRESS and HEELS? Of course she did.

Robin "all things considered, you'd think Ryan would have had it coated in Vaseline by now" Coutellier

BC - Wed & Thu, 10/21 & 10/22/09

Angie tells Natalia that she's going to go to church to beg God for forgiveness for wishing Madison dead (more than twice). Now Madison IS dead. I can just hear God now: "Oh, NOW you tell me!"

Why are the incriminating DVDs that Madison had just casually occupying a chair at Frankie and Randi's apt? Considering that little ceremony Angie made them perform about forgetting about it from this moment onward, you'd think they would have included DESTROYING THE EVIDENCE in the process. Not that Madison's father couldn't have EASILY made copies of them.

Speaking of destroying evidence, don't even get me STARTED on how RIDICULOUS Frankie's method of finally destroying them was! Too late, I'm started! If you have a decent paper shredder, you can shred a CD or DVD (good ones have slots for just that). You can also take pointy instruments such as scissors or screwdrivers and gouge the hell out of it. Or, as Taylor said in R.A.T.S.A, just break it. They really aren't that strong. I sometimes used to get broken DVDs from Blockbuster and/or Netflix just from them being crammed into mailboxes or possibly stuck in machines at the post office. Cassette tapes are even easier to destroy. Pull the tape out and cut it up with scissors. Sticking tapes and CDs/DVDs in a wastebasket and setting them on fire (with the help of lighter fluid) is beyond S-T-U-P-I-D and quite dangerous on several levels. BTW, don't Frankie and Randi have a smoke alarm?

Robin "FINALLY Emma remembers seeing Adam shoot the gun" Coutellier

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BC - Tue, 10/20/09

Ryan tells Annie that as soon as he gets Emma home to the penthouse where she feels SAFE, she'll tell him everything. SAFE? How can Emma POSSIBLY feel SAFE at the penthouse where so much trouble happens? Every Mommy-figure she has ever had has gone through that place like it has a revolving door. She's in the hospital NOW because she fell down the stairs there. Women, including her Mommy, keep climbing the fire escape and getting in, so it obviously isn't very secure. Daddy is constantly yelling at everyone who walks in the door (or climbs up the fire escape). Her kitten appears to have disappeared -- did they ever let her even take it out of the box? And she keeps slipping on that perpetually wet spot in front of the fireplace ;-)

Given his hangover, do you think Scott regretted slamming the door when he stormed out of JAR's room?

Well, Jake isn't limping or hunched over, so I guess Amanda's shoes didn't poke any holes in him. Was Amanda on today? It would be kind of funny to see her show up on crutches after not quite sticking the landing with those high heels. Or wearing another eyepatch because the riding crop went askew.

How did Kendall manage to carry groceries a mile home (let alone even get the groceries BAGGED) without getting even the tiniest of crinkles in her grocery bags? Did anyone else catch what might have been an in-joke when Kendall commented (re her shopping expedition) that she was in and out and "no one even looked at me sideways"? BWAHAHAAAAAA! Considering people often say that she would disappear if she turned sideways, that's kind of cute!

Robin "although she would show up a LITTLE now, given her real-life baby bump" Coutellier

BC - Mon, 10/19/09

Is it just me, or is Scott wearing WAAAAY too much makeup?

Emma's been PRETENDING to be asleep and the doctors and nurses couldn't tell? Oh PUH-LEEZE! I have to say, though, that it's pretty good (albeit inadvertent) timing what with the Balloon Boy hoax in the news. And there's Annie, telling Emma not to ever, ever tell what she saw that night. How long will it be before, like Balloon Boy, Emma is vomiting from the stress of lying and pretending?

Did not notice that, all things considered, Amanda didn't sound THAT upset when she told Jake that she thought she might have killed David?

David tells Jesse that he just saw Kendall and that if he sends some cruisers right away, they might catch them, but they have to hurry. David didn't even say where he WAS.

Scott is drunk and his head is on the bar as he plays with a quarter, trying to spin it or something, but not having much luck. The (sort of) funny part, if you were watching it on ABC, was that they put an obnoxious promo up for "Dancing With The Stars" up at just that moment, with a tiny dancing couple in the middle of the screen. It looked like he was trying to hit THEM with the quarter or possibly figure out why there was a miniature couple dancing on top of the bar. He was confused and asked the bartender if was he tipping the BAR. It was great timing

DAMN! For such an upstanding and by-the-book cop, Jesse sure is corrupt. He's breaking the rules, in a BIG way, right and left! It still doesn't make any sense that he'd put his neck out so far for people he barely even knows.

This casual attitude on everyone's part about David being hit over the head with a shovel and knocked unconscious is downright surreal. The banter and laughing between David and Amanda (who happens to be the one who hit him on the head in the first place) is just plain bizarre!

I'm glad to see that David at least took his shoes off before napping on the nice off-white couch.

When Amanda, brandishing a riding crop, jumped off whatever it was she was prancing on, was I the only one who cringed, thinking of how she was going to land in those VERY high heels? Either a) she was going to break one or both her ankles, or b) she was going to puncture one or more parts of her husband, who was lying there waiting for her.

Robin "either way, a happy ending would seem unlikely" Coutellier

Monday, October 19, 2009

BC - Thu, 10/15/09

A package is delivered to the main house and Scott signs for it. A) the deliveryman doesn't even say whom the package is for, and b) why was it delivered to the main house? Doesn't Adam still have that "crack security team" in place? Even during NON-threatening times he should have guards at the gates that, at a minimum, sign for packages so that the people at the house don't have to deal with mundane things like that.

Aren't rookies usually teamed up with more seasoned officers? Not Natalia. Oh well, I buy her not having a partner WAY better than her, as a cadet, notifying someone (in the middle of a casino, no less) that her husband is dead or her being involved in securing murder scenes.

Kendall chants the Slater mantra to Zach: "Always only you" The part they cut out: "... except when it's somebody else."

I think Aidan's a little rusty. He points his gun at Jesse and the two other uniformed guards/officers and says (regarding Kendall, whom he has in a (fake) chokehold): "Come any closer and she's DEAD!" Uh, shouldn't he be pointing the gun at HER head? How is he supposed to kill her when the gun isn't even pointed at her?

Even if it is proven that someone else killed Stuart, won't Kendall still have to do time for escaping from custody (more than once)? She and her various friends and cohorts escape from justice on a pretty regular basis. And Aidan seems to be involved almost every time.

Robin "Why hasn't he ever done prison time for that?" Coutellier

BC - Wed, 10/14/09

Does the hospital have more than one chapel? I ask because now there are individual chairs in there now, whereas when Babe died (in JAR's arms), there were benches (all the better to cradle a dying woman). And chapel or not, are lit candles allowed in the hospital?

As mentioned on RATSA by Hallie, on the previous show, Angie said a nurse could have stitched up Kendall. On today's show, repeating the end of the previous day's show, she said an intern could have stitched her up. Continuity, folks!

Didn't Kendall's double have to take Kendall's anti-rejection medications while in prison, considering that Kendall had a heart transplant?

Adam gets a dig in at Ryan by saying that he (Adam) and Annie will have a long and happy marriage, something RYAN never got the hang of. Pot, Kettle! Adam has been married how many times? Let's see, off the top of my head I can think of Althea (off-screen), Brooke, Dixie, Erica, Arlene, Erica, Gloria, Liza. And there are probably one or two I'm forgetting. Ryan: Gillian, Greenlee, Annie.

Robin "am I forgetting any spouses?" Coutellier

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BC - Tue, 10/13/09

I know babies have fast heartbeats, but do children have heartbeats as fast as they are portraying with Emma? If Emma can actually hear that, it must be driving her crazy. In fact, maybe the fact that she can hear her heartbeat is what's making it go fast in the first place.

It was pretty irresponsible for Erica to bring Ian to the hospital to visit Mommy. Hospitals are full of SICK people, after all. She could be exposing him to Swine Flu for all she knows, and I shuddered when I heard them say that Ian was in the playroom at the hospital. Oh yeah, THAT'S a great place to bring a toddler that likes to put things in his mouth. At the very least, kids are usually carrying all sorts of germs that vulnerable people in the hospital can ill-afford (no pun intended) to come in contact with. I'm thinking Erica was actually using Ian as a prop to get her in to see Kendall just in case. And where is Spike during all this?

I know it's all a ruse on Jesse's part, but it's a pretty LAME ruse. Why would the police chief need to write a report about a stabbing that occurred in the prison? What's he going to do, go to the prison, arrest an inmate and throw her in jail? Wouldn't the incident be handled within the prison?

Speaking of Jesse, I'm thinking he's not getting any lovin' TONIGHT. It's more likely he's sleeping on the balcony.

Obviously, based on the expression on Annie's face when Adam said he knew Emma had killed Stuart, Emma did NOT kill Stuart. They are certainly telegraphing that ADAM is the one who did it. At least that's what they want us to think right NOW.

Erica's upset because "Kendall hardly reacted to Ian". Well that's no surprise -- she's hardly reacted to Ian since before he was born. Okay, I'm being a little harsh, because Kendall DID eventually warm up to him, but it took a f**k of a long time!

Oopsy, looks like Kendall is going to have to go to prison after all. I don't blame the impersonator for not wanting to go back, given that she was just STABBED!

Robin "yet Liza has the nerve to look mildly surprised (since any expression more than 'mild' is apparently too much for her face to handle)" Coutellier

Monday, October 12, 2009

BC - Mon, 10/12/09

Here's a partial address of the penthouse:

x50 Oakview Lane

I couldn't hear what the first digit (or possibly first 2 digits) were and it wasn't shown in closed-captioning.

Kendall promises Zach that she will always think before she acts. I'm sure a collective "HA!" went up among the people watching it. There was a dramatic pause and, seeing the look on Zach's face, she amended to to promising to TRY to think before she acts and not to act so impulsively. HA!

I DO wish they'd stop referring to Emma as "that little girl" or "that girl". She has a NAME, you know!

Scott guesses that Annie never WAS going to sell Emma out for killing Stuart -- she was just doing that to throw Ryan off. He then asks who killed Stuart if Emma didn't. Annie looks meaningfully at him and suggests they go for a walk because he needs to know the truth. I wouldn't do that if I were him.

I see Scott is still breathing and conscious, so he obviously survived their walk. I'm guessing that Annie told Scott that ADAM killed Stuart, based on the fact that the only thing we heard her say to him was at the end of their conversation when she says: "You understand now, don't you? Why it HAS to be this way?" Scott is certainly acting as if she told him that Adam did it. I guess we'll find out during November sweeps.

Wait a sec -- are they going to do the unthinkable and say that Stuart shot HIMSELF? We heard Adam's voice going over all the reasons he had to die, making us think that, in his addled state, he shot Stuart, thinking he was shooting himself or at least offering himself up to be shot. What if Stuart shot himself as a means of saving his brother? It doesn't seem likely, logistically. It is DEFINITELY out-of-character for Stuart to have done that (taking his own life), but few of the characters are acting in-character anymore anyway -- they do whatever the writers can think of to advance a plot; personality, history and values be damned.

Why would Jake take his surgical gown off in the waiting room? Wouldn't it have Emma's blood all over it? If they were drilling holes in Emma's head to relieve the pressure, then the blood would probably spurt out like the contents of a popped pimple. Yup, a bloody gown is just what terrified parents need to see. Not that it DID have any visible blood on it, but still ...

Robin "does Emma have bald spots now?" Coutellier

BC - Fri, 10/9/09

Ryan is playing a board game with Emma and he chuckles and says to her: "Aw, you're KILLIN' me!" Is that REALLY the best choice of words right now, all things considered?

Amanda tells Jake to forget DNA -- HE will always be Trevor's father. Uh, speaking of DNA, why doesn't someone do a DAMN DNA TEST on the baby???

A christening is a religious ceremony -- aren't they supposed to renounce the devil, etc.?

Why didn't they take the time to put Trevor in a dressier outfit than a khaki romper and a sweater? I did enjoy him being alert, vocalizing and generally being active, though.

Speaking of inappropriate appearance at a christening, did you notice that eBabe was wearing black nail polish?

Robin "why are most of my comments in the form of questions?" Coutellier

BC - Wed-Thu, 10/7-8/09

Kendall says that being locked in a room 24/7 is driving her stark raving MAD. Uh, she was stark raving mad WAAAAY before she got locked up (not that she EVER spends 24 hours in that room).

Annie left without seeing whatever it was she demanded that Emma show her (in the guise of getting Emma to leave the room). BAD Annie!

I still think it's hilarious at how Stewie always gets his diaper changed (sometimes along with being fed and burped) in a matter of seconds :-) Do they have some sort of machine in the other room where you drop a baby in one end and a few seconds later he comes out the other end changed, fed and clean in the same amount of time it takes to to walk 3-4 feet to pick him up on the other side of the machine? Does the baby slide out a chute and you catch him, or does he land on some nice, soft pillows in a bin? Or is it like the microwave, and the baby just rotates on a big platter until he's done? Did Jayne Jetson know about this? That Yacht Club sure has a lot of amenities for its guests. I wonder if it provides earplugs free of charge so the other guests don't hear Stewie screaming all night.

For someone so determined not to play by Aidan's rules, Annie folded faster than a house of cards on the shoulder of a freeway.

Why is Jesse putting out an APB on Annie when she's only been missing for a short time? She was late showing up for an appt, but she DID show up, then she took off again. Of course, she SHOULD have shown up on at least one more casino camera on the outside, so that part is cause for concern by some.

Robin "I hate the way they are making Adam so weak" Coutellier

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

BC - Tue, 10/6/09

Let me preface this by saying I only saw part of the show. We had a power outage/surge/something-or-other and I lost some of the show. My TV was off at the time, but suddenly a woman speaking Chinese started blaring out of the speakers that I have connected to the TV. Now THAT was weird. When it powered back up, my Tivo continued to record AMC, but since we have Soapnet here, I foolishly stopped the continued recording, planning to just wait for the Soapnet one. Except ... when I got up today (in the afternoon), I saw a page for the weekly emergency broadcast signal test which was from 2:54 am. The Comcast box got froze at that point, so I missed the repeat of Tuesday's episode _and_ today's ABC AMC _and_ a movie I recorded overnight. F**king cable box.

Wow, that overhead paging operator is a little excited. I'm pretty sure they train them to be a little more even-toned, not matter HOW dire the situation is. She sounded like the sky was about to fall as she urgently paged Angie. She also said over the speaker that it was an MVA. Don't they usually use CODES for things like that? Otherwise you have NON-medical people getting all stressed out (even more than they already ARE), pestering the staff and generally getting in the way.

Angie seems surprised that Frankie was in the car with Madison, who was just rolled in from the ambulance. That's kind of weird, considering they were talking mere SECONDS before about him driving Madison to Oakhaven; in fact, their conversation about FRANKIE DRIVING THE CAR was interrupted by the overhead page).

I lost whatever happened after the 30-minute mark on Tuesday (after Jake and Amanda discussed how David would eventually implode without any plotting and scheming on their side), then got a little bit back in a smaller segment. I saw Liza hand the baby over to Bailey to spend some time with him, saw Tad talk to Colby and recommend that she cut Liza some slack, saw Madison being wheeled out (with reassurances from her father -- you know THAT won't end well), and Frankie told Randi that Madison confessed to killing North, thereby letting Frankie off the hook.

Robin "What happened after that?" Coutellier

OT Comcast Rant:
Why do Comcast boxes (and it doesn't seem to matter which brand it is) have SO many problems? I very rarely have problems with my Tivo, and it actually RESPONDS quite quickly to its remote control, whereas the Comcast ones are always sluggish. Every few days you have to unplug it as the response to the remote gets more and more sluggish, sometimes to an extreme degree (30 seconds to a minute to respond to a SINGLE button press, assuming it responds at all). I can SEE the light on the box flash, indicating that it received a signal from the remote, so it's not like the signal completely missed the box and flew off in the direction of a coffee pot. Even on a good day you can never stop playback where you WANT it to stop except by sheer luck, and sometimes (quite often) you can't get it to stop at ALL when it's racing forward or backward. What pieces of crap! There's NO excuse for such universally crappy equipment/software for so many years. I had been without a cable box for about a year before I recently moved, but the ones I had prior to that (I went through several of them), although not DVRs, had similar problems as far as the remote response went. If my 4-yr-old Tivo can do these things just fine and in a peppy manner, why can't newer Comcast boxes do these very basic things?

The Comcast box I have now is a dual-tuner DVR, and the single-tuner Tivo gets its signal from that box. Sometimes I deal directly with the Comcast box if I want to record two programs at once or if I want to watch On-Demand, but trying to watch playback from the Comcast box is like pulling teeth -- it's not even worth it to TRY to go back a few seconds if you missed what someone said or to try to speed through commercials (which may be an underlying STRATEGY to try to force you to watch them). I've finally come to the conclusion that the best method of watching shows I record on the Comcast DVR (Pace brand, in this case) is to set up a manual recording via Tivo to record on Channel 1 for the specified amount of time, then go to the Comcast side, navigate to the recorded program or On-Demand choice, and then start playback of a program to watch later on the Tivo. It's annoying to do it that way, and I don't get the actual program title (other than the vague description of "On Demand" in my Tivo program list, but it's a much more pleasant experience to actually WATCH it that way.

My sister's Comcast box freezes quite often (sometimes DAILY), and if she unplugs it for more than about 5-10 seconds, it loses ALL her recorded programs. My Tivo has experienced NUMEROUS power outages, but I think I've only lost all my programs ONCE in 4 years, if that, and I think it was just a fluke, not a power outage.

F**king cable box.

BC - Mon, 10/5/09

Baby Stewart has quite a widow's peak. Either that or they're just combing it that way.

Why are Krystal and Tad even TALKING about getting back together? They never had the kind of chemistry that they BOTH wanted. They got together because they had a child, and they were good friends who loved each other well enough, but not in a one-true-love kind of way. They were tired of the angst and drama, though, and basically SETTLED for each other.

Tad lectures Jake on how Jake's first go-to solution is always a deception or a lie. Pot, Kettle! I agree that Jake does have a tendency to do that, but Tad is hardly in a position to lecture about something that he's done over and over and over again. Of course, this IS sore spot for Tad, whose child was kept from HIM for so many years.

Madison's father's lawyers will be pretty stupid if they don't bring up the collusion and conflict-of-interest among the husband/wife/son about committing a woman with whom they CLEARLY have ongoing hostilities. Others may not know about the blackmail, but there are plenty of witnesses to other things. They can probably easily ascertain that Jesse and/or Randy were in Washington when the DA was killed. The entire police force was on the alert for Madison because Madison was out to get Randi. SOMEONE would talk. Not that I'm on the side of the father, who is an over-the-top, actively spewing asshole.

Robin "will Stewie be dressed as a vampire on Halloween?" Coutellier

Monday, October 5, 2009

BC - Fri, 10/2/09

Angie says she wants a full tox screen done on Madison, including alcohol, aspirin and acetamonophen (e.g., Tylonel). I'm wondering why she stressed those things instead of, say, heroin, cocaine, or Rohypnol. The paramedic said it looked like an overdose. He didn't say an overdose of WHAT or even what the symptoms were.

Did you notice that Madison's canula came out of one of her nostrils so that it was drooping under her right nostril? It made it look like she had a big snot blob loosely attached to it

For someone who (presumably) just had her stomach pumped, Madison's makeup is FLAWLESS! Yeah, she looked a little more wan than usual and there are dark circles under her eyes, but I've never seen such perfectly applied foundation and lipstick outside an airbrushed magazine ad. Thank God the most recent lipgloss fad is over (for the moment); otherwise it would REALLY look like a snotty mess under her nose.

Robin "not quite flawless" Coutellier

BC - Thu, 10/1/09

I still don't get it. How is having people know you have cancer better having people think you are, once again, on a months-long alcoholic binge? Which looks worse as far as losing custody of your child?

Regarding David, Amanda tells Jake that she's not an idiot. He tells her that Krystal wasn't an idiot, and look what happened to HER. Uh, Krystal WAS/IS an idiot.

Robin "she's fallen into the 'too stupid to live' category on MANY occasions" Coutellier

Friday, October 2, 2009

BC - Wed, 9/30/09

Annie is going to the courthouse dressed like THAT? Oh wait, she had no idea she HAD a court date -- because she DIDN'T! Jesse just shows up on Adam's doorstep in the morning and informs her that he's there to take her to court for her first day of trial. In what universe do they not bother to TELL a defendant that they have to be in court for the beginning of their MURDER trial? Or is she on trial for one of her many kidnappings of her daughter? Or stabbing Erica Kane? No one thinks it might be considerate, if not prudent, to INFORM her of her court date so that she has time to, oh, I don't know, PREPARE for it?

I wouldn't blame Liza for a SECOND if she reports that Kendall is not really in prison. Liza would be in big trouble, herself, if she knew that and didn't report it, attorney-client privilege or not. When the news gets out, people will think she was in on it.

Annie DOES actually change into something that looks school-girlish, albeit in a low-cut kind of way. Then she walks in and wonders where the jury is. Uh, if you're going to have a jury, you're going to have jury SELECTION, and the defendant, I believe has to BE there for that. Then Barry Shire informs her that they've elected to have a bench trial (judge only) instead of a jury. Uh, again, Annie, as the f**king DEFENDANT, would not only KNOW that, she would have to sign consent/request forms to that effect AND the DA would have to have agreed to it (at least I think they would).

Oh, she IS on trial for murder, kidnap, assault/attempted murder and I think at least one other thing. Nothing was FORMALLY even read in court regarding the charges. The judge mentions them, but no full names, individual charges or case numbers are ever mentioned.

Oh PUH-LEEZE! Why would Annie put the incriminating DVD in a drawer in the LIVING ROOM when she has an entire mansion, including tunnels, to hide it? Like a desk drawer lock is going to stop anyone but a child!

Kendall continues to be too stupid to live. Liza finds out about Kendall's escape and hideout and Kendall just canNOT keep her yap shut. Zach goes out to do some damage control, and Kendall just lights into Liza, needling her about how happy she (Liza) must be now.

Angie is mighty chipper for someone who stayed up all night dancing and handling family crises. Annie is, too, but she's crazy. Adam, OTOH, should be near death's door after an all-nighter like that. Pretty much everyone that's on today that was at the marathon is bright and chipper, though, even though they haven't even gone to bed or, if they did, they only got a couple of hours of sleep.

I don't know much about ankle bracelets, other than what I've read. Can they really be cut off with a $2 pair of scissors? Isn't a special tool needed to remove them?

Robin "I'm pretty sure they aren't as flimsy as a thin plastic hospital bracelet" Coutellier