Lights out

Let me get this straight: Jack can remember Rose D'Angelo, a short-term friend of his wife, but he can't remember Carly and his kids? OK, sure, whatever. And amnesia or no amnesia, etiquette says you just don't make out with your illegal wife in front of your real wife. It's just poor form.

I wanted to throttle Jack this week for showing Carly no respect. The longer he keeps up his nasty behavior, the more I'm rooting for Craig to be the one to help Carly through this difficult time. Those two have rarely had a scene during the last six months. They're due. And how ticked would Jack be when he finally regains his memory and has no one to blame but himself for Carly and Craig's renewed friendship?

As for Julia, my mailbox is full of letters of dislike for her character and this situation. I agree that there have been some silly moments in this tale i.e. Jack's quickie marriage and making the police look like morons once again, but you have to admit for the most part, it's been gripping. Jack and Carly had gone to storyline Siberia before this accident, so I for one am happy to see them front-burner again. Just have some patience Scoopers, I don't think it will be too long before Jack's back making scrambled eggs and bologna in Milltown.

In other musings:
--Chris Hughes' days are numbered in Oakdale. Bailey Chase told fans via his official Web site that he will be leaving ATWT. A moment of silence please. I always enjoyed Chase's portrayal, and I'm sad to see him go. We wish him the best of luck.

--Note to Jennifer: When stranded in a car under the stars with a guy as sexy as Mike, there are better things to do than whine about your crazy life. Girl, count your blessings. Note to Mike: Never ever compare your female companion to a dog, no matter how well things are going.

--Well, Aaron Snyder got more than he bargained for during that boxing match. His cocky taunting of Rafael to "go ahead, hit me," ended with Aaron face-side down on the mat and a probable skull fracture. You know I'm no fan of boxing. It's way too barbaric for me. However, this story is weaving in characters I never expected. Ben, Chris, Craig, Holden and Curtis are all involved. Excellent.

--I sure hope Ben pops some pills before he heads into surgery on Aaron or has the good sense to abstain. I wouldn't let that man and his shaky hand cut my hair, let alone operate on my brain. Poor Aaron. His luck just keeps getting worse. Where are those lucky sevens when he needs them?

--In the heat of the moment at the boxing match, I'm pretty sure I saw Rafael mouth the F word. After the shock that he really hurt Aaron set in, I'm certain he said, "I f---ing killed him."

--The prop department must have got one hot deal on cell phones. It seems everyone in town is using the same type of phone. Paul, Jennifer, Lucy, Dominic and his henchman all had the silver flip phone.

--Rick Decker is so creepy. If I were Barbara, I'd be one freaked out woman. His threat of "I'm coming for you," was goose bump-scary. And what is up with Ali's nonchalance about the situation? She should at least have a bodyguard, considering her history with the guy.

--In my last column, I pointed out that, sadly, John Dixon is never onscreen anymore and that the ATWT honchos are missing the mark by not including him in the Dusty story. Thanks to Two Scoops reader Craig, who wrote to alert me that John Dixon's picture was no longer in the opening montage. Right he is. However, Larry Bryggman is still listed among the cast. So, I'm not sure why he isn't pictured. Info, anyone?

-- It's not often I beg. But my love for Paul Leyden, former Simon, is forcing me to do so. His new show "LAX" is not doing well in the ratings. So, please, please, for the love of all things Aussie, watch "LAX." It's a fun show with a great cast. Think "Las Vegas" in an airport. I'm not sure why the show isn't doing well. It's better than 90 percent of the stuff currently cluttering the lineup. NBC did move it to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. up against "Lost," so it will probably have less chance than before of making it. But I'm not going down without a fight. Please, tape "Lost," and give "LAX" a try.

Best Lines of the Week:
(Will explains to Paul why he saved Barbara's life.)
Paul: "Nobody wants to see Mother dead...well, most days."

(Emily spots the police ankle monitor on Barbara's leg.)
Emily: "New jewelry, Barbara?"

Reader Spotlight:
From Two Scoops Reader Katie:
"Okay Jennifer, I can't stand it any longer....why haven't ANY of the long time characters mentioned the fact that Holden had amnesia and in fact, had damaged brain matter surgically removed, and really had a hard time remembering Lily and his family and friends. This drives me NUTS! He got into some fight in New York and suffered severe brain damage. It seems to me that Lily and Holden would be able to really help Jack, Carly, and Julia out with this one. And I think Julia is a terrible mother to subject J.J. to all of this drama. It is just plain wrong. Because of that I will never warm up to this character."

That's all for now. See ya next time Scoopers!
Jennifer Biller

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