A few posts back, I complained that the primary problem with our characters’ work lives is that we never see them want anything, or strive for anything. If they don’t want it, why should we care whether they get it or not?
Well, that also goes for their romantic relationships. For too long the show rigidly adhered to the primacy of Lumi and Shelle, so that no other couples could find any air to breathe. Now it seems we have the opposite problem. EJ is madly in love with his Samanther, except when he is mooning after Nicole. Chloe was bonkers about Phillip, but then she easily transferred her feelings to Lucas. Sami claims Lucas is the love of her life, except when she seems like she’s in love with (excuse me, “has feelings for”) EJ. Last week when Morgan asked Phillip about his feelings for Chloe, I could feel the writers carefully parsing Phillip’s words in order to leave open the possibility of Phloe.
Now it looks like they are testing Nicole and Daniel, which I think I have advocated for in the past. (Imagine the couple name, though—Dicole? Sounds obscene.) But if he is just going to be added to this crazy mix of easy couplings and uncouplings, it’s hard for me to get invested. Nicole’s feelings for EJ have actually been maintained through the constant waffling of the others, but I have no doubt the writers would easily throw some feelings for Daniel in too. The more the merrier!
If they don’t care who they’re with, why should I?
Speaking of Nicole and Daniel, the anvils were dropping all over the place today that Nicole is pregnant. “Motherhood is not at the top of your list?” says Daniel. Cue Nicole clutching her upset stomach.
All I can say to that is is, “No, please, nooooooooooo!”