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  1. JMO but I think that Joe Biden should cease from doing this type of things. If people start putting this in the context of the other times he's done it, he could be further inflicting damage to his own campaign, far more than his opponents past and present could inflict. This seems totally unnecessary.


  2. 2 hours ago, lovely_m said:


    This has been known for years. I don't know why it never got discussed in larger circles, other than the fact that there is no will for it in mainstream media. 

    Bernie's lack of ability to fund raise for other candidates never gets discussed, nor the fact that Obama campaigned for him when Obama barely got in the Senate yet Bernie never returned the favor. 

    Democrats need to seriously think about how bad Bernie would be for candidates down the ballot and how vital it is for Democrats to maintain the House and take the Senate. If Democrats allow someone incapable of lifting other candidates on the ballot, they're dumber than within the realm of imagination.

    Say what you will about Biden, Warren...most of the other candidates in the race have all raised quite a bit of money for other candidates in Congress. Hell, Kamala Harris raised a sh*t ton of money for others, while nobody could be bothered to return the favor.

    I'm still waiting to hear when Bernie has done this for anyone but himself.

  3. 5 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

    Bernie, do you want Russia's help to  go on to lose in a landslide so that you can be a martyr and continue your grifting without any consequences, like having to actually make decisions and work?




    Rebel Wilson No GIF


    Since Bernie often looks like he can fall out at any moment, I gather that the Russians would rather he go up against their preferred candidate in the general election.

  4. I enjoyed seeing those clips, and hearing about Victor's road to success (selling soap, how apropos for a soap opera, lol) and for some reason I really enjoyed seeing Jess Walton's reaction to Jill's memories with Victor. 


    It's funny how for years I've been saying that Noah should have remained a photographer and "Boom", suddenly he's back to being a photographer! Hm. It would have been a better touch to have actually seen that decision made onscreen and have Malcolm show up with an offer for Noah to accompany him on a photojournalism assignment somewhere but I know that TPTB couldn't be bothered to write such a think.  RA has such easy chemistry with his onscreen parents, siblings and his onscreen grandfather. Too bad the writing for Noah is often so lazy.


    This episode was also interesting because Matt Miller and Julia, Victor's ex-wife made appearances. I realize that the actress who plays Julia (by the way, hair and makeup and wardrobe did this woman a grave disservice!) couldn't stay long but judging by Robert Parrucha's tweets, they could've kept Matt around for a few more days.  Too bad they didn't. I realize that Y&R doesn't have the budget to put on a lavish spread with dignitaries the way they did for Victor and Nikki's wedding, so I took it for what it was, an acknowledgement, which some characters never get.


    The second episode after the festivities were over and leading up to the stabbing, I just wasn't as engaged, I found myself ff a lot of material.  Also, I couldn't help notice that Victoria's ponytail clearly was a slightly different color/texture than her own hair. Maybe it's the black woman in me that can recognize when a ponytail doesn't match. Victoria's look of shock after being stabbed was apt and was the most convincing part of that entire sequence, the rest of it looked clumsily staged, tbh.  I guess the entire point of it is to see how this affects Billy anyway.


  5. 43 minutes ago, ajsp35801 said:


    YES! THIS! 


    The show turned what could have been interesting story for Amanda to give viewers glimpse into her life prior to the show into a story about more of Billy's main pain! This entire Amanda and Billy relationship is all about more story for Billy. Both Victoria and Amanda are plot points. 


    One of the key reasons why I asked how long Ripley had been on the canvas before committing this stabbing was because it's clear that the longer he was on before he committed the crime would be equivalent to the amount of interest and investment to his character and the character closest to him in connection-the shorter the amount of time, the less amount of interest and investment. Based on Ripley's all of two weeks before committing a crime, it's obvious which one of the two this one falls under.

    Compare it to Abby's pimp/procurer boyfriend who was in GC for months meeting, courting, dating Abby before everyone in town discovered his crimes. He wasn't just a garden variety villain, he had a past (which tied into Tessa's past) and a personality.  I remember lots of people even claim that they found him charming.  Did Ripley get any of that complexity in the writing about him?


    Had TPTB really cared about Amanda, they would have had Ripley in town under the guise of seeking redemption and forgiveness from Amanda but his true motive would be to insert himself back into her life by attempting to win back her trust.  He proceeds to make all the moves indicative of a person who has turned his life back around. He: gets a job in CG, gets to know more about Amanda's circle of associates and friends, maybe tries to form a friendship with Nate or Phyllis, etc. Amanda is uneasy but does not want to block Ripley's chance to rebuild his life and make a living yet hopes that Ripley does not intend to try to reconcile as that 'ship has sailed'. Ripley seems to have successfully 'rehabbed' his reputation, he is now know as a nice guy, charming, he even seems to have gotten a hold of his hair-trigger temper... until he sees signs of an intimate relationship between Billy and Amanda.  At first, Ripley convinces himself not to jump to conclusions and goes about a 'fact-finding' expedition to verify the nature of Amanda's ties to Billy. This can lead him to irrefutable proof that there is an intimate relationship between the two and Ripley tries to contact Amanda, who is busy and cannot answer her phone.  The night of the gala, Amanda eventually gets a message from Ripley that they need to talk but puts it off, saying that he'll have to wait until tomorrow. 

  6. So, I'm reading this article about how supporters and rival campaigns' supporters alike were taken aback at how poorly Bloomberg performed at the debate in Nevada.  Are these folks brand-new??  Bloomberg didn't get to be mayor of NYC because he was an effective debater. Bloomberg won the mayoralty of NYC because he outspent and 'out-nastied' his Democratic opponent Mark Green.  And he used his money, increased influence to hold onto the office.  By the way, if people are concerned that Trump will try to hang onto the presidency even after he's voted out (or God forbid, an extra term) people should also be concerned that Mike Bloomberg will/can do the same because he did this successfully in NYC, convincing NYC councilmen/women to extend his time in office by creating new rules that would extend term limits, just so he could run and eventually win a third term.  Everyone now agrees that that 3rd term should never have happened. Just a 411 from a former NYCer who was there.  Also, NYC lost a chunk of its black population during his time as mayor, which I'm surprised that no one has brought up but I guess the fact that Trump is in the WH proves that Americans are not into vetting billionaires that well.

  7. This is a great sequence between Fletcher Reade (Jay Hammer) and Alexandra Spaulding as portrayed by Marj Dusay (RIP).

    It's not lost on me that, as youth obsessed as soaps can often be, a tender smoldering love scene was crafted with a mature couple in mind and the idea of a long-awaited consummation of a relationship between seemingly star-crossed lovers is not just reserved for the flower of youth.




  8. 12 minutes ago, Khan said:

    Had Esther Rolle not agreed to return for S6, I believe the producers and CBS would have refocused the series even more on Ja'Net Du Bois and Janet Jackson, or shut down GT entirely and spun them onto a series of their own.


    If TPTB could have gotten past all those behind the scenes fights, maybe. 

  9. Victoria and Amanda look nothing alike, even styled similarly.  Even in obscured lighting, one would have to be Ray Charles not to know the difference.  Lily and Victoria might have made more sense.


    @xtrI ask how long Ripley (ugh, what a name!) has been on the show because I remember that when Abby's criminal boyfriend had been revealed to be a human trafficker and a pimp, he'd been on the show for months, giving the viewers an opportunity to see him as a multi-dimensional human being with actual charm and other traits before he is revealed to be a criminal, making things a bit more complex for the viewers.


    Only two weeks seems like not nearly enough time to get to know this character as a human being, which means that the characters sole intent was not to be regarded as a multi-dimensional character but some thug who comes out of the woodwork to stalk and stab and quickly fade off the campus.  Given how Y&R has written actors of color in recent years (especially young black men), this doesn't surprise me.  The lack of effort seems especially sad.

    You mean this dude couldn't tell the difference between a woman he supposedly was intimately involved with and another that he wouldn't know from a can of paint???  This just sounds more silly on its face than I originally imagined.:rolleyes:

  10. How long has Ripley been on the scene? It sounds as if he was specifically brought on the show to be a criminal, then leave.  It would've been more believable had he stabbed someone who looks remotely like Hilary/Amanda, even Lily perhaps because Victoria ain't it.   I hope the scene looks better than it reads because on paper, it sounds ridiculously clumsy.

  11. 1 hour ago, DRW50 said:


    KKL and Sean Kanan had so much chemistry together I didn't mind the story, but I do agree it was very corrosive. I think Brooke had already lost some of her depth before that point though - the whole Brooke's Bedroom story felt very silly and tacky to me. Bill Bell gave her more layers and respect. 


    I agree. I think that KKL and SK had a great deal of chemistry but SK and JF also had loads of chemistry and with Kanan's experience, it wouldn't have been hard to find someone else that he could've betrayed Bridget with had B&B not been so damn insular and incestuous. Anyone but her damn mother. They could've given Bridget a bosom buddy.  In fact, didn't Bridget have a good friend at the time she first met Deacon, or was that actress just a glorified extra for color?

    4 minutes ago, Fevuh said:

    Bill's secret bedroom that was his office gym was even more awful.  B&B was never anything other than complete trash.  Capitol was so much better than B&B ever was.  


    And Capitol was so distinctly different from other soaps on the air, even back then. I was young when it got canceled and I was just getting into it when it got yanked.  At the time that it got canceled, the other soaps on the network seemed like a cut above Capitol but all it truly needed were some tweaks and a steady hand in the writer's room. Today's remaining soaps are in far worse condition creatively than what Capitol was when it got taken off-air.

    In today's climate, if written well, it'd be the most topical daytime drama on air!

  12. 1 hour ago, lovely_m said:


    John McCain's health was such a big deal and so was Hillary's when she fainted, so it amazes me that Bernie had a heart attack and the media for the most part has ignored it. McCain released his health records but Bernie won't do any of that.


    And Bernie's people are trying to compare him to Obama's being hounded by birthers about his birth certificate. These folks are ridiculous.

  13. 9 hours ago, Khan said:


    Running as a Democratic candidate for president is the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2020.


    Except, at least the participants in the Ice Bucket Challenge were focused on a common goal. Also, any 78 year old who had had a heart attack would have been told not to participate.  Also the Ice Bucket Challenge could actually sustain enthusiasm.

  14. ATWT- With a series of HWs writing mostly uneven, inconsistent stories in the late 90s,  mixed with some unfortunate casting choices, as well as firings and sidelining of key characters, the show became a caricature of itself by the early '00s. The last few years of the series were just sad. There were some reasonably compelling storylines and talented actors during that period but overall, the show couldn't/didn't sustain any of it and the last fifteen years paled in comparison to the shows previous decades.

  15. 14 minutes ago, NothinButAttitude said:


    That's what I meant, but do we know why he was so difficult? 



    Which is sad b/c KMH's Emily lacked it. While she was "my Emily," she didn't possess the sexy siren that Melanie Smith had. 


    I always wondered had MS stayed in the role of Emily, how she would've been in stories opposite Scott Holmes, Ben Hendrickson, Roger Howarth, Grayson McCouch...


    Can't speak to Beecroft but Melanie Smith did have easy chemistry with just about every actor on the show at that time. 

    In my retro-viewing of previous storylines via YouTube, I did see her in a few scenes, here and there with Hendrickson and platonic though they were, I got the distinct impression that they had chemistry and MS could have easily slotted into the storyline that KMH had in her Emily's relationship/marriage to Hal.  In fact, I think it would've had even more resonance, given the fact that it was MS' Emily who Paul lost his virginity to, so if Barbara raged that this was the woman who seduced her son and wants every man that ever belonged to her, it could resonate simply because we would've seen Emily involved with James, Paul and then Hal. Hal would've been far different than any man Emily had ever been involved in and that would've been the attraction, the level of comfort and emotional security and Smith would've played that convincingly. I think she could've played well off Grayson McCouch as well and that could've convincingly drawn Lily into the picture, especially during the time that she briefly rekindled her relationship with Dusty and again, given Lily and Emily's past as Holden's first wife, it would've resonated even more since all of three actors were in their respective roles at that time.  It might've made me miss Brian Bloom though, lol.

    As for Roger Howarth, well, they're both professionals, is all I can say. I'd have to see some good writing for that but I could see MS being less inclined to go along with his schtick, that's all I'll say about that one.

    Would've loved to have seen Smith play off Terry Lester though and see Elizabeth Hubbard be drawn into that one but the writing would've been essential


    I think MS could've played off Scott Holmes but it probably would've been far more interesting had Gregg Marx stayed in the role.

  16. The intersection of a potentially catastrophic communicable virus with political cronyism is a dangerous thing.





    "In Cambodia, the cruise line found a country whose leader, closely allied with Chinese officials, has cast doubts on the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected some 68,000 people and killed more than 1,600 in China.

    “Is there any Cambodian or foreigner in Cambodia who has died of the disease?” Prime Minister Hun Sen said earlier this month. “The real disease happening in Cambodia right now is the disease of fear.”

    And on Friday, President Trump tweeted his thanks to Cambodia for allowing the ship, more than 600 of whose passengers were Americans, to dock."


    So, all the other neighboring countries (Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, etc.) refused entry to this cruise ship but Cambodia, an ally of China and also a Communist country allowed the Westerdam cruise ship to dock in their port and allowed the passengers off the ship to take in the local sights and get massages, etc. Then Cambodian officials discovered that an American passenger tested positive for the coronavirus, (after taking the word of the Westerdam's management that there were no infections on the ship) already allowing hundreds of other passengers to depart from Cambodia's port to other destinations worldwide.  

    Now apparently, there is a scramble to try to cull all those passengers to be tested.

    Good luck with that.


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