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|annie21||Nov 13 2012, 09:10 PM|
I definitely agree with your last statement in principle, but I think the biggest disconnect you and I are having is that you seem to generally accept the story that is being presented whereas I am outside that story and not liking the way the writers have structured it.
As for whose secret it is, I'm not sure I accept the premise that one person can OWN the truth. But let's just go with that and say that, yes, the paternity of Nicole's baby is her secret. We can even go with the fact that she broke the law and tampered with DNA results is her secret. (Again, Daniel didn't actually switch the results. He just chose not to switch them back when he found out about it. Still a crime, but after the fact.)
Here's the thing. As soon as Daniel learned the truth and didn't make any effort to rectify it -- even went to great lengths to hide it -- he broke the law and several state board medical regulations and ethics codes. The show even acknowledged that with Jennifer's concern that he would lose his license. Sorry, but in my view, the fact that Daniel broke laws is HIS secret. Same with Rafe. In order to keep Nicole's secret, he broke laws. And that was HIS secret to carry around.
Meanwhile, in order for Nicole to keep HER secret going, she had to rely on the other two as accomplices. If neither had gotten involved, Nicole's secret would have been short-lived. Even if we accept that it was HER secret, that doesn't have any meaning in a court of law. If they were caught, they would all be charged and potentially serve time in jail. Wouldn't matter to a court who started it, except maybe in the matter of sentencing/damage awards.
As for Nicole telling EJ, she was on medication at the time and he manipulated her into telling him what he basically already knew.
Yes, it's true that the Salem PD didn't find out about Rafe and Daniel's role in this. But that's because EJ chose not to bring the matter to light (and everyone else who knew, including Jennifer) chose to keep quiet.
That in fact is my problem with how the story was presented. Why did the writers only let one secret come out? Why was that the only one that led to any consequences for anyone? These other guys basically got away with breaking all kinds of laws, yet they are depicted as loving and forgiving and good friends. Maybe they are, but they also are incredibly lucky to still have their jobs and their reputations and their freedom. Just a little more acknowledgement of their culpability -- even if it's only among themselves at this point, would be something. What we get instead are a sentence or two of "I'm not perfect," immediately negated by the people around them, who brush it all aside and heap praises on them instead.
I've said before that I'm not a Nicole fan, so I'm not defending her. But frankly, in the long-term, I think her character will end up faring the best in this storyline precisely because she is being called to task and is having to face up to what she did and deal with the consequences. Soon, we're told, she's even going to apologize.
Meanwhile, in my view, the other characters in the saga haven't fared so well. They've gotten away with at the least rude and shrewish behavior (Jen) and at the most unethical and criminal behavior (Rafe and Daniel). The writers are not doing these characters any good by letting them just move on as if they themselves did nothing wrong. I don't care about the others. But as a long-term Jennifer fan, I do care that this story has further weakened her at the expense of the writers' larger agenda.
I'm glad you're able to enjoy the show and accept the parameters as laid out by the current regime. As for me, I'm still in the category of "was once a dedicated viewer and would like to be again once writers who actually care about the show come along."
Edited by annie21, Nov 13 2012, 09:28 PM.
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