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GIMME A BREAK


THE VIRGIN KATHERINE, GENERAL HOSPITAL
This year, GENERAL HOSPITAL introduced a world-famous classical pianist named Katherine Delafield, who was beautiful, sensuous, and sophisticated. Strangely, the writers needed her to be a virgin, apparently for a sexual sacrifice on the altar of Robert Scorpio. Since Katherine wasn't saving herself for marriage, it's implausible that she wouldn't have attracted scores of seducers and chosen at least one. Piano practice may require hours of solitude, but Katherine couldn't have spent all of her time working on her arpeggios.

When Katherine lost her virginity to Robert, the writers didn't even take advantage of the opportunity to do some character exploration. If the couple's apres-sex chat was any indication, it was a night of ecstasy for both parties. Are we to believe Robert didn't realize she was completely inexperienced? Was he too polite to bring up that minor detail or was she just that good an actress? Portraying such a moment in purely romanticized terms is further proof that saddling this character with prolonged virginity was nothing but a sexist, cheap shot.


ROGER THORPE'S MASK, GUIDING LIGHT
It was the year's worst disguise, a half-rotten avacado that grew progressively more decayed as Roger Thorpe's (Michael Zaslow) re-entry into GUIDING LIGHT became more prolonged. And let us not forget his strange accent, so happily abandoned since, that was supposed to make this avacadoed-man sound so mysterious, so... absurd. Next time you want a disguise, GL, stay out of the produce section.


THE DE-PATCHING AND RE-PATCHING OF STEVE JOHNSON, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
The Patch. Seldom has a character been so closely identified with a fashion accessory, but DAYS had, in Steve Johnson -- better known as Patch -- a sensation whose hook was a leather swatch attacked to an elastic string. The patch gave the one-eyed anti-hero a certain cachet that DAYS milked to the last drop. Wouldn't a good woman like Kayla make him see that in his soul Patch was beautiful? You bet. The audience clamored for more and DAYS made him the centerpiece of the show.

Eventually, DAYS decided it was time to restore Steve's missing eye, so he underwent a miracle surgical procedure in order to do undercover work for the ISA. Then, in what had to be this year's most unbelievable coincidence, the eye was again taken away. Steve (whose first eye was poked out by Bo), suffered another ghastly optical injury and was hurriedly re-patched. What are the odds of this happening once, let alone twice, in a lifetime? It's hard to chalk it up to bad karma. The powers-that-be at DAYS insist that Steve Johnson "needs his indentity back." Sounds to us like they lost their gimmick.
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