Today’s episode of One Life to Live was in our opinion, one of the best written and most beautifully acted episodes in recent memory of all of soapdom. For anyone who does not watch this series, or may have watched in the past, you need to tune back in and you need to tune back in now! With cancellation rumors consistently swirling, if the show was to get axed, it is just such a wrong move and a terrible shame. Just look at today’s myriad of stories and performances. Each had stand-out gems that we will remember for some time to come. It was so good; we have got to break down each of the major sections of the show!
Matthew/Nora/Bo – When Eddie Alderson’s Matthew, finally reveals and relives the shooting of Eddie Ford and confesses to his parents, (the Llanview D.A. and the Commissioner of Police), that he pulled the trigger after a harrowing experience at the Minute Man Motel with the evil Eddie, it was soap opera at its best. And, how about the quiet, understated reaction of Robert S. Woods (Bo) preparing himself to hear Matthew’s story of the ill-fated night? How about the end of the show when a heartbroken Nora breaks down in Bo’s arms? Kudos to a fantastic performance by Eddie Alderson. You brought us to tears.
Shane/Rex/Gigi - Who in the viewing audience’s heart did not break for poor Shane, and the bullying and emotional abuse he has suffered at the hands of Jack Manning and the gang of kids at Llanview High? The scenes on the roof where Shane wanted to end his life were so well portrayed. But not only that, it was John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) as a helpless overwrought father (with damn good reason) telling off the High School staff and the students, that made us stand up and cheer. JP was amazing and kudos as well to Austin Williams (Shane). Great work!
Viki/Tea - Is there a better actress on the soap planet then Erika Slezak (Viki)? No, there truly isn’t. When Viki is betrayed and hurt, we are betrayed and hurt and feel right along with her. Slezak delivered in spades as Viki tries to cope with the realization that her marriage to Charlie has fallen apart, thanks in part to Echo, but to Charlie too! He wants Echo! She is reeling from finding them in bed together. The conversation between sisters-in-laws, Tea and Viki, in Todd’s hospital room, was again well done. Hankies!
Blair/Starr/Jack - The pivotal moment of these sequences was when Blair admitted to Starr that she hit her son, Jack. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) did powerful work with the realization that by her lashing out at Jack; she then is a bully, too. And don’t we all want to just “bitch slap” Jack ourselves?
There were other well-played moments between Natalie and Clint and Sean and Tea that had high emotional stakes. To watch the full episode go to ABC.com and check for the posting of today’s show. So what did you think of the episode? Let us know your opinion. We told you ours!