Wait. Let me see if I got this. Ronan tells Phyllis that someone is bullying Jamie online, telling things about his past (albeit TRUE things) and mocking him to everyone else. Phyllis is appalled, I tell you! Right? That’s what we saw?
Okay. Just checking. Because this is the same Phyllis who used her bully pulpit at Restless Style to expose things (some true, some lies, most OPINION) about too many people to count. With nary a thought for how it would affect their families, especially their innocent children, her own step-children. For years. Right? Okay. Moving on.
Sorry new writers, but having Victor be the head bully in charge is just not must-see-TV. Who the hell does he think he is to tell Billy “She is no longer your wife. Your marriage is over.” That just doesn’t fly. He has a right to be upset. He has a right to want to help. That’s his daughter. But in typical Victor fashion, he thinks he is entitled to have total power over everything and everyone. It’s tedious.
And Nikki, completely falling apart and telling all to Victor, crying and apologizing? Pitiful.
Nice twist to have Phyllis show up at Avery’s asking for moral support. I felt equal parts pity for her and admiration for her manipulative skillz. I think she was both completely honest that she needed her sister and completely devious, knowing how it would impact the proceedings if Avery were there. And completely Phyllis, blaming Avery and trying to heap guilt on her. Ever the victim, Phyllis!
She even managed to blame everyone for her sleeping with Ronan. “I needed to know someone cared.” Because all of you mean people didn’t care about me! So it’s your fault I slept with Ronan!
Also, Tedders? And a crib mobile that Nick made? Was that just another attempt to heap guilt on Nick? I’m thinking Phyllis needs to visit with Sharon’s doctor.
Also crazy is the recurring ghost of John Abbott. It’s silly and I just can’t go with it. If they had Jack fall asleep and dream about conversations with his dad that would be one thing. But the way they do it where Jack is awake and his father just appears in the flesh and harps on him and then disappears… No.
Nice stuff from Summer in this episode. I was happy to see that she was suffering pangs of sympathy and guilt for her mom. It would be completely unbelievable if she didn’t. And she admitted that it hurts. Her scenes with her Dad and her Mom were well done. It was also good to see that Fen got through to her and she decided to stop bullying Jamie. Oh, oops. I guess she changed her mind on that!
I nearly forgot that Cane and Lily were still on the show. And the entire purpose of their scene today was just to explain Genevieve’s absence? Lily was sympathetic to Genevieve and Cane was like, “Eh, whatever.” so nothing’s changed.
Hi Jill! Hi Sarge! Hi Leslie! Oh noes, don’t put Leslie back in Neil’s orbit!
Line of the day:
Billy, to Victor: Without world domination to focus your mind on, you’re goin to some strange places.