I come before you today humble. Contrite. Beyond embarrassed. I am ready to make amends. I will no longer make fun of those who loved Sonny and Carly in all their dysfunctional glory. Nope. Because I have fallen into a similar trap. Despite their abundant dysfunction, I’ve become a huge fan of …… wait for it….. gosh, I’m so embarrassed…..
Babe and JR.
I know! I can’t believe it either! Talk about your ultimate dysfunctional couple! He may not have shot her in the head while giving birth, but he’s tried to kill her more than once. I know it’s wrong. I know I shouldn’t care. I know I should just be completely disgusted by them, but I’m not! I don’t care! Me and Barbara Mandrell…..we don’t care if it’s wrong – we love them anyway. I’m so ashamed.
Yet – can you blame me? Who would have thought that Jacob Young could give a performance that sucks me in? This week I saw JR – wounded, fighting every instinct he has – the one telling him that Babe *has* betrayed him again. Fighting his first reaction to make her pay. To make Josh pay. Yes – JR knows – way down deep, JR knows what Babe was going to say – and he rushed to stop her. He wants so much to believe in Babe – for her to be the one woman he can depend on to be there for him always. But deep down – he knows. He doesn’t want to, but he does.
And Babe has her own wants. She wants her marriage to work – for her child to be raised with both parents – unlike her. I know, I know, he tried to kill her, she’s a serial slut, but I still want them together. Every enlightened, liberated, 21st century modern woman bone in my body cries out against it, but I them to work it out. I want them to find some way to get through all of this, for Babe to forgive JR, and for JR to keep the faith.
Why? Because together, they *are* better. Together they are stronger. Together they are infinitely better than they are apart. Together, they strive to be better people, to be the spouses and parents they never had. Apart – they are toxic. To each other and everyone around them.
So – to all those Sonny & Carly fans – my apologies for every flippant, tacky, condescending remark I’ve ever thought, said or written. I am humbled. Now I too know the agony of loving a co-dependant, pseudo-abusive toxic couple. Heaven help me, but I do love this couple.
And Josh can just STEP OFF.