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OLTL Recap from August 14, 2009

Kimmy, one of Stacy’s stripper friends from Vegas, pays Stacy a visit. Stacy explains what’s been going on with her and Rex – and how she finally landed Rex, blaming losing Rex and the baby on Gigi. Kimmy understands that Stacy is upset, Stacy thinks that by losing the baby, she’s lost her only shot at keeping Rex. Kimmy suggests that Stacy fake being pregnant, until she can get pregnant again and pass off the baby as Rex’s. Rex goes to see Blair with the information that he’s found on Tea. Blair reads the file and surmises that she already knows everything that’s in the file – which covers everything from the time Tea graduated law school until her first arrival in Llanview. Rex explains that Tea was shipwrecked on a dessert island (with Todd and Ross), Todd was able to escape. Blair knows that both Ross and Tea were rescued as well. Rex explains that after leaving the island, both Tea and Ross vanished – there isn’t a trail of either person until Tea’s arrival in Llanview a few months ago. Blair cuts Rex a huge check and tells him to find out what Tea’s been doing since being rescued from the island.

Roxy stops by to see Gigi, wondering if Rex is still mad at her. Gigi tells Roxy about Stacy’s pregnancy, Roxy doesn’t believe a word that Stacy says – feeling that Stacy is lying about being pregnant with Rex’s child. Roxy tells Gigi not to fall into Stacy’s trap again, Roxy thinks that Stacy is one scam away from marrying Rex. Gigi is inclined to agree, Rex overhears Roxy ask Gigi if Rex is still mad at her. Rex tells Roxy that they need to talk. Todd meets with Elijah, he’s shopping around for an attorney that will reverse the judges ruling about the custody agreement so that Todd can live with Tea. Elijah feels that Todd’s case is strong and is confident of a win. Todd hires Elijah on the condition that Elijah keep this a secret from Tea for the time being. Elijah leaves, he calls someone to report that Todd’s just hired him. After Elijah leaves, Jack shows up and wonders why Todd wanted to see him. Todd explains that he’s going after joint custody so that both he and Blair can enjoy their children. Jack is ok with the idea, as long as Todd makes it work with Tea and stays away from the cabana.

Cris sees that Fish’s bed wasn’t slept in and guesses that Fish told Layla and she kicked him out. Layla comes from her room and Cris, acting sympathetically, asks Layla if she wants to talk about Fish. Layla explains that she slept with Fish and its none of Cris’ business what they do anymore. Cris is just about to blow Fish in when Fish walks in the room and stops him. Layla goes to shower, Fish tells Cris to stay out of his and Layla’s relationship. Cris thinks Fish is using Layla but Fish explains that he likes Layla and his stint with Kyle was long ago and meant nothing – he was just confused. Cris storms out of the apartment, Layla returns and asks Fish what he had to tell her that was so important. Fish explains that he likes Layla a lot and thinks that they can have a great future together.

Nora and Bo go to see Tea before the trial to make sure that she doesn’t bring up their kiss at the trial – Nora wants to save face while Bo doesn’t want Clint hurt. Tea asks them to drop the lawsuit, which they refuse. Tea thinks about using the information to hurt Nora and Bo’s chances of winning, but then remembers that Elijah might have something on her. Tea promises not to use the kiss in court. Elijah arrives and wants to talk with Tea alone. Elijah asks Tea to drop the case or he’ll reveal her secret for the world to know. Nora and Bo are relived that their secret will stay a secret, though Nora thinks she should talk to Clint. Bo asks Nora if she truly is happy, which Nora explains that she couldn’t be happier – though she did think about stopping the wedding. Bo explains that he also thought about interrupting and stopping the wedding. . .

Just to think- it was just a year ago that Stacy had just lost her baby and Kim (love her) came to town... and then the whole Stacy/Rex/Gigi fiasco.

No one had found out about Tea's "secret" yet- nor had there even been a mention of Danielle.

Eli just came onto the show (his first day?)- and oddly enough, was making mysterious phone calls from day one.

Matthew was still in a wheel chair - and this was nearing the climax of the end of Nora/Clint and the Bo/Nora reunion.

Fish was o'fish'ially gay yet, and Cris and Layla weren't together.

I guess a lot can change in a year... plus the Ford brothers weren't even around yet to be possible daddies for Stacy's baby :P

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It's shocking how bad this show has gotten in one year. Much of that resulted from all the people fired earlier in the year. So much potential lost with Rachel and Sky. :mad: Honestly, I am more upset over them leaving then Kish.... Not to mention Jared, and Stacy (who had grown on me) This Nat/Jess pregnancy story would have been more interesting with Jared in John's place. Ugh.

I won't even talk about Kim and Clint. :(:(:(

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Goes to show that OLTL really has been bad for a long time and to think that it was bad before Stacey even showed up. I actually liked Stacey at first. I thought she and Schuyler had tons of potential down line once they got past the horrible Rex/Gigi story. I liked Kim a lot though.

Let us not forget taking Fish, a peripheral character, making him gay, and giving him a major story with another peripheral character. Ah, talk about one of many bad ideas on this soap.

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Let us not forget taking Fish, a peripheral character, making him gay, and giving him a major story with another peripheral character. Ah, talk about one of many bad ideas on this soap.

Oliver and Kyle being peripheral wasn't the problem. The fact that these writers don't know how to write for peripheral characters is the problem. Really, they just don't know how to write. A cop and a future doctor, in a genre where hospitals and police departments are regular sets on just about every show, and they couldn't come up with anything for these guys at all?

smh.

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Goes to show that OLTL really has been bad for a long time and to think that it was bad before Stacey even showed up. I actually liked Stacey at first. I thought she and Schuyler had tons of potential down line once they got past the horrible Rex/Gigi story. I liked Kim a lot though.

I liked Sky and Stacey a lot, I thought she had real vulnerability and sweetness with him in their early scenes, which Crystal Hunt has rarely had in her performances. I liked the idea of two broken people finding happiness. As soon as she turned against him I knew the character was dead.

I think OLTL has had increasing problems since around mid-2008, the Tessica fiasco and the Todd/Marty rape story and the Old West stuff which was the start of the very bad and overly propped writing for Rex/Gigi. That was also when they started resolving stories in an unsatisfactory manner (the BE takeover).

I don't mean to make it sound like OLTL was always amazing until this time, I'm just speaking of the timeframe from when people started to heavily praise the show again (mid-2007 or so).

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Oliver and Kyle being peripheral wasn't the problem. The fact that these writers don't know how to write for peripheral characters is the problem. Really, they just don't know how to write. A cop and a future doctor, in a genre where hospitals and police departments are regular sets on just about every show, and they couldn't come up with anything for these guys at all?

smh.

I don't agree. You don't give peripheral characters major stories and expect it to work. Why on earth would the wider audience care about them, their romance, and issues?

I liked Sky and Stacey a lot, I thought she had real vulnerability and sweetness with him in their early scenes, which Crystal Hunt has rarely had in her performances. I liked the idea of two broken people finding happiness. As soon as she turned against him I knew the character was dead.

ITA. I knew that Stacey was doomed once she and Sky were done as caring friends. RC is a tedious predictable headwriter with limited vision. Look how he wasted Michael Lowry as Ross.

I think OLTL has had increasing problems since around mid-2008, the Tessica fiasco and the Todd/Marty rape story and the Old West stuff which was the start of the very bad and overly propped writing for Rex/Gigi. That was also when they started resolving stories in an unsatisfactory manner (the BE takeover).

The BE takeover was the only reason I was watching OLTL for months. It was good stuff until it petered out with no solid resolution.

The Old West story reminded me of Eternia. Both stories made me tune out of OLTL.

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I don't agree. You don't give peripheral characters major stories and expect it to work. Why on earth would the wider audience care about them, their romance, and issues?

I think one of the problems with OLTL or most soaps in recent years has been the question of what is a legacy character. OLTL hasn't treated most of the Buchanan children as any type of important characters -- just ask Duke, Drew, Sarah, Invisible CJ.

You can make a character an integral part of the community even if they have few ties, as OLTL did years ago with Marco Dane.

I think it's a mixed bag because I kind of prefer keeping characters on the periphery to trying to make them a new core family, like what's been done with the Edsels, or the Rappadavisons or the Hayes.

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You can make a character an integral part of the community even if they have few ties, as OLTL did years ago with Marco Dane.

This is what was done with John who isn't related to any of the major families. Same goes for Rex and Gigi. Gah, I just realized that these are three of the worse characters, played by three of the worse actors.

Fish was useless, played by a mediocre actor, but I liked Kyle (and the actor) before he became Fish's tortured misunderstood ex-. OLTL could have done a lot with Kyle. He could have been a solid character.Typical OLTL waste anything good.

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You don't give peripheral characters major stories and expect it to work. Why on earth would the wider audience care about them, their romance, and issues?

I disagree :lol:

I'm not interested in characters and their stories because it's "Oh, that's Viki's great-grand-niece," or, "Wow, I can't believe Bo's uncle's daughter's cousin's son"***. Oliver and Kyle were connected to established characters enough so as not to seem like outsiders, IMO. Not everyone has to be a Lord, Cramer, or Buchanan, and really, I think trying to tie everybody into the "core families" makes for an annoying, monotonous show. I don't need Viki's take or Bo's take or Dorian's take on everything. I liked K/O (when they were written well) because their pairing gave Roxy something to care about other than Rex's latest bastard shenanigans. The friendship of Oliver, Cristian, and Layla was entertaining to me, and it was part of what made Llanview feel like a community again. But, of course, your mileage may vary.

What I'm saying is that if I'm engaged by a story featuring new, unexplored characters, and they're not hogging up the show, then I'm all for it. Saying that one is Viki's long-lost son and the other is Dorian's long-lost cousin doesn't automatically make them interesting to me.

*** Who would be Matthew.

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I disagree :lol:

I'm not interested in characters and their stories because it's "Oh, that's Viki's great-grand-niece," or, "Wow, I can't believe Bo's uncle's daughter's cousin's son"***. Oliver and Kyle were connected to established characters enough so as not to seem like outsiders, IMO. Not everyone has to be a Lord, Cramer, or Buchanan, and really, I think trying to tie everybody into the "core families" makes for an annoying, monotonous show. I don't need Viki's take or Bo's take or Dorian's take on everything. I liked K/O (when they were written well) because their pairing gave Roxy something to care about other than Rex's latest bastard shenanigans. The friendship of Oliver, Cristian, and Layla was entertaining to me, and it was part of what made Llanview feel like a community again. But, of course, your mileage may vary.

What I'm saying is that if I'm engaged by a story featuring new, unexplored characters, and they're not hogging up the show, then I'm all for it. Saying that one is Viki's long-lost son and the other is Dorian's long-lost cousin doesn't automatically make them interesting to me.

*** Who would be Matthew.

Not being related to a major family does not make a character peripheral. A peripheral character as one that has not been well developed, floating around in the background, and shows up occasionally as shoulder to cry on or a plot device. As Carl and I posted earlier, it is possible to establish a character who is not related to anyone like John, Rex, and Gigi.

In any case, maybe you are interested in a romance of two peripheral characters, but I think most people who watch soaps including myself tend to care about the relationships of established characters. Marcie is a much better example of a peripheral character, not related to anyone who after a long time on the canvas became a character that a lot of people grew to care about so her romance with Al and later Michael had rooting value.

It is especially a dumb idea to have to peripheral characters have a major romance when it something controversial as a gay romance. At least, one of the characters should be anchored to the canvas in some meaningful way so that we care whether they are happy or not.

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I think most people forget that Kyle was Rebecca's sister- and even helped her kidnap Todd/Tea/Blair or whatever happened with that. So technically, he was connected to the show through another peripheral character who was connected to a main character (Todd). I really liked him though...

As for Fish- I liked him too, but I did like Kyle more. The story would have worked much better if one of those characters turned out to be CJ or another main character- IMO- because it opens up the story by folding more characters into it. But they SHOULD have made it work with who they were using.

It just feels like the whole Stacy/Rex/Gigi/Schuyler/Rachel story was for nothing. It was a waste of almost a year and what came out of it? Only Rex and Gigi- honestly the worst of the whole bunch! They fired CH/Stacy and SC/Schuyler, as well as BC/Kyle and SE/Fish and DD/Rachel who would have been good with SC/Schuyler- and AS/Kim quit (after becoming VERY popular). For months these were integral characters to the main storylines... and it was all for nothing since they were all discarded and now as I said, only Rex/Gigi remain who thankfully have been thrown onto the backburner.

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