I think the problem is Sussman isn't ignoring it as much as we would like, in an ideal world. Several story repercussions and character issues were in mid-stream. But it's a hard balance to find. She still provided a strong and sudden reset for me on several character and family throughlines.
I like Robert Adamson but I'd be fine with a Noah recast, provided there is a purpose for the character. I think he's perfectly serviceable but it's a shame they lost Kevin Schmidt.
I think Hillary hate comes down to sexism as a lot of the hatred of Obama came down to racism. I mean, for all of the good Hillary did as SoS and First Lady, I think the "Old Guard" was appalled that Hillary Clinton dared to upset the apple cart vision of the quiet little wifey who wears pearls and smiles like a Stepford Robot next to hubby. And, for whatever reason, her mistakes as SoS gave these folks the excuse of "evil" Hillary. Then, naturally, comes the "why didn't she leave Bill?!" schtick.
The only thing is, and this is not meant as a defense of Bill Clinton, but...this couple was not the first to go through the infidelity follies found in the White House. JFK and Jackie's "Camelot" image was obviously a sham. JFK was a hound. (I do think those two - in a warped maybe unhealthy way, did have a sort of love/respect for each other, though.) Even freaking FDR was rumored to have stepped out on Eleanor. Yet these two couples are still, by and large, revered, even knowing the truth now. Bill and Hillary? Not so much.
So I think that part of the anti-Hillary bias was just an excuse. And Hillary was hated because she is a strong woman. And many can talk the talk of wanting that. But put words into action, and it's a different story. The saying goes, "Haters gonna hate!" But it does become problematic when that hate blinds people to the other monster in the room. But that one spouted all sorts of xenophobic jabs and made empty promises. And now...he's being sworn in on Friday, much to my eternal embarrassment. And so it goes.
Lucas isn't on Pissmelly's radar. He is the town afterthought. Even when they need a random octor in the OR, they hire dayplayers. He's literally related to half of the characters in town, yet never gets invited to anything
Ned and Olivia have great chemistry, and I would love to see scenes between O and Tracy Q . I don't expect to ever see it, but hey...
Now that Maxie has married Nathan, I hope her track record comes through and they either kill him or send him to jail. or Portland, whatever comes first.
Berris was just fine as fill-in Spin., and , on the plus side, was much easier on the eyes.. I wasn't paying close attention, did Jordan end up ditching the wedding?
We couldn't get a good snub from Anna and Robin to Liesl? They were her victims....
Keep trying to make Droolian,Ninny, and that snotty little girl (the character, not the actress}} work Pissmelly.. Having the Red Menace overshadowing the bride with The Staff making the majority of the day because SHE pulled it all together. I would rather see Lucy as the organizer..
I was out this afternoon and wasn't aware the President was on. The show is much better when they are pre-empted.
Mac, Felicia, Georgie Emma and Robin are always a nice treat.