You all know I’m not a negative person, right? I have a sunny and unsuspicious nature, and I try to like everyone. Even when characters are at their worst, I always hope they can turn themselves around. But I am ready to poke out my eyes out with Shawn and Belle lately.
Yesterday (11/5) was an absolute low point for my opinion of Shawn. I’ve talked about his obsessive jealousy of Phillip before, and his starry-eyed idealization of Belle. But yesterday his refusal to take responsibility for his own behavior, along with his self-righteous sense of injury, added new layers to my absolute loathing of this character.
And speaking of refusing to take responsibility, we also had Belle talking to Phillip:
And when I didn’t throw my arms around you, you left without saying goodbye. You had Lucas deliver divorce papers — like the divorce and I were just something you wanted to cross off your to-do list. I never felt more worthless or unwanted in my life!
My life was in a free fall, and I needed someone there to catch me, and you know who was there? You know who stepped up for me? Shawn.
I wanted him to prove that he was the man that Claire and I needed him to be, and he did it. He was great with Claire. He was there for whatever we needed. He didn’t abandon me. You did that.
Oh, my eyes, my eyes! Has Belle really forgotten what her marriage to Phillip was like? That she spent the whole time mooning after Shawn? That the only reason she stayed with Phillip was because of Claire, and a misguided sense that a tiny crumb of affection from the almighty GHH is better than a whole woman who loves only him?
Hmm, this sounds familiar.
Add to all this that Phillip, Kayla, Hope, and Bo were all reduced to obsessing about Shawn and Belle and their twu wuv and I was ready to cry.
I only have two tiny sources of consolation in this storyline: Belle, unlike her GHH forerunner Carrie, is actually getting called out on her behavior. Other characters, and the show, are not endorsing her behavior. Similarly, Bo did point out how stupid Shawn is being. I can see how the show is really trying to give Shawn and Belle actual, real-life issues. But the characters are so flat, and so unsympathetic, and they have shown absolutely no growth beyond a self-accusing speech or two. And then they turn around and make the same mistake again, so it’s hard to care.
Though I did not see it coming at all that Belle was the one who wrote the letter. That was a nice surprise.
You know I can’t help looking for a bright side. It’s a sickness.