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Oct 6 2009, 09:52 AM
dooldooldool - it could also go both ways...
Nicole was being emotionally and psychologically abusive to EJ. Physical isn't the only way you can abuse someone.
But that is neither here nor there in the soap world. I don't condone any abuse, but with these two characters, they both seem like they can dish it and take it.

What makes this story great is that you have two people who have a warped view of love, who are trying to love each other in the only way they know how. And they are fighting in the most awesome way.
The way EJ threw the "you went to Brady instead of me" line to which Nicole responded with the "you weren't there, you were in Europe" which was followed with "so this is my fault"....just awesome, passionate arguing recalling the past each bringing the others insecurities and hangups into the mix.

I am very pleased with the way the writers have set this whole thing up, with EJ mentioning recently that he initially married Nicole because of the baby which is why she did all of this. Almost like a justification, and by having people actually sympathize for the "bad guy" in this scenario is just kudos to the writers and to the actors.

One of the best stories in a long time...which is pretty odd since I initially hated it. Talk about some couple drama and angsty history for EJ and Nicole!
ITA with everything you said. Abuse of any kind is wrong, but these are flawed, imperfect characters who have never followed the rules. EJ has never hurt Nicole physically, he's always able to pull himself back, and I think Nicole is well able to stand up for herself. She has emotionally abused him and while not physically harming him, has done a lot of damage to his heart and soul. I wouldn't say either has conducted themselves admirably but as a dramatic story, it's working!

Like Alligato said, when I heard about this double pregnancy/baby switch storyline, I hated it. Now it's one of my favorites, which just goes to show you can't truly judge a story by spoilers or previews but have to wait and see it play out. Although it's dragged a bit at times, overall it's been dramatic and emotional and entertaining and the actors, especially AZ, have done a terrific job.
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