Alexis & Julian, Molly & TJ, Ric
I love it when things shake up with the Davis girls as a whole! Alexis and Julian have been having heart-to-hearts and near sexual encounters, Molly is being fast, Ric is back in town and Sam is oblivious to it all (I can’t wait ‘till she finds everything out)!
I really like how the writers have developed ‘JuLexis (Alexis and Julian);’ they’ve gradually built the pair and given context for their closeness and chemistry, unlike with Britt and Nikolas (they’re supposed to be madly in love, but you don’t know why and their entire relationship has been on fast-forward). I also like how I feel completely conflicted about them as a couple: I love and hate the JuLexis concept, which translates into me keeping close watch to see which side wins out. Loves: the characters gel very well interpersonally and it’s sweltering. Hates: Julian (William Devry) is 90% snake and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) has been written as a hypocrite long enough (about 10 years or more). She’s cried ‘slut’ at other female characters and vilified organized crime, but she can’t resist easily dropping her panties at the whims of a mobster or shady Grady (not to mention she’s a mob lawyer). I’m still hoping there will be a scene where Alexis’ ex, Sean, who got dumped for being Sonny’s hitman, calls her out for playing with Julian. After which, she should get chewed out by her eldest daughter, Sam (Kelly Monaco), as Julian selfishly bartered with Danny’s (Sam’s infant son) life to avoid Sonny’s bounty for his head (Julian’s marrow donation cured Danny of cancer). It’s been all quiet on the western front for Alexis and Sam after years of turbulence, but smoke is bound to fill the air again with Julian and Alexis’ ex-husband, Ric (who cheated by having a 1-night stand with Sam), on the turf. The thought of Ric brings me to their precious daughter Molly….
Following a good year of not-so-subtle hints, TJ (Tequan Richmond) finally got his way: Molly (Haley Pullos) said she was ‘ready’ to have sex. With the help of an overly relaxed Olivia, TJ rented a room at the Metro Court and the teens were ready to start their engines. Rafe (Jimmy Deshler), who’s unsuccessfully vied for Molly’s heart, spotted them in the lobby and ran to Alexis’ home to give her the 411. Alexis dashed out of the door with Julian and arrived at the hotel room before any sex could occur. Molly had the nerve to stand in her teddy (I tweeted “Oh look, it’s an infant in lingerie”) next to a shirtless TJ and disrespectfully challenge her mother, bringing up Alexis’ youthful indiscretions. Alexis took Molly to task and thankfully didn’t back down; it was a fantastic scene. When the shock of Ric’s (Rick Hearst) presence wore off (he’s been away from PC for 5 years), Alexis hoped to get some parental back-up with Molly, but Ric decided to brown-nose and pretended to support Molly’s actions (which included lying about going to SAT prep with a female friend). Just as I was basking in the glow of Alexis asserting herself, it was in the script that she backpedal and start to believe everyone else’s opinion that she overreacted. “UGH! I hate how they always have Alexis feeling bad for doing her job and being a PARENT. She shouldn’t regret her actions at all,” I tweeted. I have so many frustrations with how this great character, portrayed by an incredible actress, is scripted. Alexis rarely stands up for herself, and when she does, she ends up bemoaning it.