I love family gatherings on holidays when there isn’t much plot. I love seeing Doug and Julie. I love it when the show uses history to connect with something going on currently. And I accept that sometimes, the longer term characters will be used to prop younger characters on the show.
So the show really had to work hard to piss me off as much as they did last week, with their uninspired, sparsely attended 4th of July barbecue at Bo and Hope’s house.
First of all, more green talk. Yawn, but OK, we get to see Doug and Julie and Bo and Hope. Then they moved on to Chan talk … then more Chan … then repeated parallels between Bo and Hope’s great falling in love story, and Chelsea going on her second date with Daniel. Then, hey, why not? Let’s say it is just like Julie and Doug’s love story too. It was bad enough that Shelle were continually pimped as the new Bope, but Chan? Chan? Then topped off with Chelsea and Daniel making out while everyone else looked on. Horrible.
Even if I were a huge Chan fan, it’s disappointing when the show uses its history so perfunctorily. Someone is trotted out to say “This same thing happened to me once!” and then trotted off again. I found the conversation between Sami and John much more organic and meaningful, because it touched on Sami and John’s troubled past, and connected it with how both characters feel about OldJohn. The mention of Victor’s past as a villain and a drugrunner was also perfect, because it parallels Phillip flirting with the dark side of the family business, and Victor’s mixed feelings about it.
Kristian Alphonso and Peter Reckell did their best, but whatever dialogue wasn’t exclusively devoted to Chan was horribly non-witty banter about recipes and—cringe—Bradyburgers. (Though “Deveraux burgers,” from the JER era, is even worse. No way do the Deverauxs have their own burger recipe!)
There was one good line, when Julie said that maybe getting hurt wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen to Chelsea. That felt genuine. And, I agree.
Chelsea + Laura Ashley = Twu Wuv