Oh boy! Well, this was a long time coming for fans of One Life to Live, who know that Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, and one of the best actors in soaps of all-time, Roger Howarth exited his role of Todd Manning in the reboot of One Life and is on General Hospital, as of now, full-time as Franco.
In this week’s two new episodes of One Life to Live on Hulu and iTunes, Todd has to leave Llanview to save his family and thus he has to say some very touching and heartbreaking goodbyes to the woman he loves, his children, and his sister.
As played brilliantly by Roger Howarth, it’s as if this once bad boy Todd Manning, has come full circle with the ability to love and be loved, but with all the baggage and history deeply embedded within him.
In each of the goodbye scenes, it feels painfully real to us as Howarth has his for what we know his last scene with Erika Slezak (Viki). Seeing these two together again was magical, even though there was just not enough of it! It left us wanting more. Grab the hankies! Later, when Todd visits Dani (Kelley Missal), he comes to tell her to look after Tea (Florencia Lozano) and to take care of herself. Again, beautifully played by both actors. odd also says goodbye to little Sam (Patrick J. Gibbons) and that as well is filled with so much history for those who watched One Life on ABC, and then on to embittered son, Jack (Andrew Trischitta) who always saw Victor Jr. (Trevor St. John) as his father, but deep down wants to love his real dad, Todd.
Finally, it is Todd and Blair (Kassie DePaiva) together again, just as long time fans of One Life have been waiting for. And like every soap opera, their star-crossed love will have to wait for another day, as after another night together, Todd has to leave Blair behind to save his family, and because he is in so much trouble! Kassie DePaiva played Blair’s devastation to the hilt, and Roger was subtle with all a performance that resonated in his eyes and his body language.
Watch this week’s episodes of One Life to Live below! Then, let us know what you thought about Roger’s last scenes with Erika Slezak, Kelley Missal and Kassie DePaiva? Was it heartbreaking for you to to see Roger as Todd walk out the door? Will we ever see one of the greatest characters of all-time, Todd Manning again? Do you think we will see Roger back as Todd in an upcoming season of OLTL? Comment below!