Sharon Case broke my heart. Thursday’s scenes with Adam and today’s scenes with her doctor should be on an Emmy reel. She was completely and totally Sharon Newman. Strong yet frail, brave yet frightened. Completely vulnerable. “It’s happening again. I am so lost!” She was riveting. And after everything the character has been through since Cassie died, I find it completely organic and believable that she would be at this point where she says “I just want to go back to when Cassie was alive… When Cassie died it changed everything.”
The different writing teams dragged Sharon through personality flip-flops and ridiculous – some would say degrading – behavior. Fortunately these writers are finding ways to bring Sharon to a new place. I don’t want to see her go backwards. I’d like to see her move forward into a life where she is healthy and strong and can embrace her need to be loved. I wanted her to find that man in Adam, but I don’t see how that can ever be.
Adam is too damaged. He does love Sharon, but after everything that has happened to him, he is embracing the exact opposite of Sharon: he is owning his solitariness. His aloneness. I believe he knows he’s not what Sharon needs and I believe he wants to protect her from himself and from Victor’s revenge. The scene where Adam told Sharon to leave was absolutely a mirror of the scene they had once before where he had to be cold and heartless to get Sharon to let go of him and her hopes for them as a couple. He knows that if he gives her the least little ray of hope, she will cling to it and not let him go.
I’m not buying for one second that Adam is so desperate for his father’s approval that he broke up with Sharon to please his father. If I’m proven wrong sometime down the line, I’ll own up to it, but Adam is not that blind to his father’s manipulations and not that self-sacrificial. I think his father’s ultimatum made Adam realize he had to make a decision about Sharon, and the decision he made was to spare her and not use her. And if Victor thinks Adam did it to please him, fine. I see that fitting into Adam’s devious plans just perfectly. Because you know he has devious plans. He got no joy or satisfaction from hurting Sharon.
Okay, on to Nick and Sharon. Undeniable that those two have a history and, when written, can also have chemistry. I don’t really want to see them be a couple. I don’t. But if Nick can give something to Sharon – short term – that she needs, maybe it will be stabilizing for her. I just don’t trust him long term. He’s a serial cheater, unless they rewrite him. But every year around this time they bond over Cassie and it looks like Nick’s about to get hammered by his paternity hijinks, and Sharon will be the only one sympathetic to him. We’ll see.
Totally loved Michael and Lauren. I’m buying her remorse, but I’m SO happy Michael isn’t able to get over it. He would like to. He does love her. But it is much more believable and way more dramatic to have him really struggle with it. LOVED him burning up that damn matchbook. What a great non-dialogue scene.
Summer! What a brat. She just can’t help herself. She tried to tell the truth about Fen and the truth-or-dare thing but quickly abandoned it when she saw that Kyle wanted to be a hero. This little apple didn’t fall far from mommy’s tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Kyle, however, infuriated me. How dare he stand in Phyllis’s home and tell her he’s not leaving until he’s sure Summer is safe? So out of line. And then he told Nick to ease up on Summer and he can’t stop them from being together. Wow, that’s when Nick should have laid him out.
The actor who plays Kyle has a great voice and that’s all I can say about him that’s positive. He is SO unattractive and looks so old for Summer and is so tall and unhappy looking. And his adam’s apple is so distracting. I’m just not able to enjoy any scenes he’s in. I can’t focus on the character because the actor is so distracting.
I also can’t tell the difference between NuAbby and Summer’s friend, Courtney. I momentarily got them confused a couple of times in this episode.
Poor Jackie. Both Phyllis and Traci are messing with him. He really didn’t need this. I wanted to see him without some girlfriend/fiancee for a while. Why not get into the business intrigue with Adam. Does Jack still own a major portion of Newman? If so, does that mean Adam is buying him out? And he’s finally got his family’s company back. He could be doing things at Jabot, but he’s stuck begging Phyllis for crumbs of affection. Why?
Maybe with Michelle Stafford’s departure, there will be opportunity to do more for Jack. Either make them a real couple or kill Phyllis off and let Jack move on. That’s my hope.
edited to add:
Phyllis’s scenes in her penthouse, where she was a mom, were the best things I’ve seen her do in a long time. When she’s on, she’s on.