U is for Ugly Betty #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Here’s where I admit that I never finished watching Ugly Betty. It’s not the show’s fault, honestly. It’s just that I was working on my PhD and felt immensely guilty when I watched anything I actually enjoyed on television. So, this was just one of many TV casualties. It was a dark time.

Anyway, the point is that every time I see that Ugly Betty is streaming on Hulu, I think now would be the perfect time to actually revisit the show and finish watching it.

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One of the wildest things I’ve seen on TV

First of all, I have seen a lot of wild stuff on TV. I grew up watching soap operas (daytime and nighttime). So that tells you everything you need to know right there. I mean, remember that time Brad’s ex wife kept him prisoner in an actual cage on The Young & the Restless? And of course the time Emily shot Paul in the back, rolled him off a cliff, and then still begged him to get back together with her on As the World Turns? So, yeah, a lot of wild stuff.

When I was a kid, I used to stay up really late at night or wake up in the middle of the night, so I watched a lot of TV. (I mean, I watched a lot of TV in general, but you know what I mean.) Anyway, one of the shows I would watch is Divorce Court (the original 80s-early 90s version, obviously), which I think aired on USA.

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Right, so, on one episode I watched, the husband filed for divorce from the wife, claiming she cheated on him with his identical twin brother. Because the husband knew the twin was in love with his wife, right? But the twin and the wife were adamant that she didn’t sleep with him. She knew the difference between the two men, obviously, but I think she had been drunk on the night in question. And she kept telling her husband that she thought she was sleeping with him (the husband).

Well, TURNS OUT, she and the twin were right. Because a surprise witness appeared! And guess who it was? The twins’ triplet who they didn’t know existed. He was the one who seduced the wife who, knowing it wasn’t the twin, thought her husband was just acting weird or something.

That was also the night I realized that the episodes were acted out (though based on true stories).

WILD.

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A is for As the World Turns

Once upon a time, I was in graduate school. And while I was in graduate school, I watched a lot of TV. I mean, A LOT. An insane amount. Like, at this point in my life, I don’t even know nor understand how I managed it.

Hint:  I had a TiVo and VCR (this was before dual tuner TiVos were a thing) and a really crap sleep schedule.

So, yes, back in 2004-2006, when I was working on my Master’s degree, I watched a lot of television. And for about a year or so, I was super into As the World Turns.

As the World Turns

 

I had watched the show off and on for years. My grandmother was a diehard soap fan, so whenever I visited her for breaks, I always got caught up on the shows she watched. I mean, it’s entirely possible I got hooked on the show during a visit with her. Who knows? All I know is that I watched it pretty much every day while I was in my MA program.

So why did I pick it for this list? Well, it still has one of my very, very, very favorite scenes/plot lines of all time. OF ALL TIME. It has been seared into my consciousness, and I hope I never, ever forget it.

Basically, what happened is that Emily was in love with Paul and planned to marry him, but at the last minute Paul dumped her, saying he didn’t want to ruin her life. Never mind that he had already made her an accessory to a switched baby plot. Never mind that. So, Emily was so distraught that Paul dumped her on New Year’s Eve (yes, I seriously remember when it aired because it was so fantastic) after she had lied for him for months that, when he walked away from her, she shot him in the back.

Now, that was delicious enough. (And how the year ended. Did I mention they were on a cliff? So, yes, that was the cliffhanger.) BUT IT GETS BETTER.

After shooting him, she tells him she’s sorry and that she loves him and she didn’t mean it, but then she gets freaked out and PUSHES HIM OFF THE CLIFF after she thinks he’s dead. It is seriously one of the best television moments ever.

And God bless YouTube because I can post it right here.

 

 

I had an LJ icon of Emily shooting Paul with the text “accept rejection.” I mean.

Anyway, Emily was completely out of her mind and after Paul recovered (of course he survived after he got pushed off a cliff and then run over by a car while out in the middle of nowhere with no adequate medical supplies), she would still tell him she loved him and ask him if he thought they would work. AFTER SHOOTING HIM IN THE BACK AND PUSHING HIM OFF A CLIFF.

God bless us, everyone.

A to Z 2016

For the A to Z challenge, I’ll be blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). Tune in tomorrow to see what I picked for B!