Soap Opera Weekly: Read at Joe’s 6/23/09

I’m shocked, shocked to find that shoddy writing is going on in here! I really hate it when a soap falls back on the Casablanca excuse for breaking up couples: “I waited for you that day and you never showed.” And they never saw each other again, until now. That is just lazy writing … and it don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.

The latest soap to take the easy way out is ALL MY CHILDREN, which explained that Randi stood up DA North years ago. What’s more, he was actually left waiting at a train station when she never showed — just like Ilsa stranded Rick. (No word on whether it was also raining on North). She felt that she was just another hooker and he deserved better. But North seemed to disagree; evidently Randi was a happy hooker, since he recalled how she used to “dance out of bed in the morning.”

No one was dancing after last night’s episode of Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE. Not even a shout-out to the New York Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup win could keep me interested in this mostly dull series. Perhaps I am just sick of medical shows. The writers seem to be really scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with unusual patients for the docs — one poor fellow was being treated because a cat mauled his scrotum. But that sort of titillation is no substitute for compelling story.

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Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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