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Dec 13 2012, 10:27 PM
Dec 13 2012, 03:46 PM
Most people who've survived cancer and are in remission tend to be grateful to their doctors and give them no small amount of credit. Nothing out of the ordinary about that.
Yes, but most people haven't had their doctors do to them and their families what Daniel has done to Kate and her family (and vice versa). There really is no comparison between these two and "most people."

I was thinking earlier that TomSell must think this is the Year of the Apology for all the apologizing that's been going on, but I'm now leaning toward this being The Year of Being Grateful to Daniel. It's constant. Everyone, even EJ, who was out for blood and revenge at having Daniel cross him for months, suddenly just folded and let it all go because, after all, he was grateful. Plot-driven drivel.

I hate that by overdoing the gratitude and the apologizing -- and by having them so misplaced and misdirected -- the writers are making those two otherwise laudable concepts cringe-worthy on this show.

I guess. All I'm saying is that at least they gave her a legitimate historical reason to strike up a conversation with him. This isn't the first time she's had a heart-to-heart with him. It's not even the first time they've had one since he stole Chloe from Lucas. I read the entire conversation as merely being an entry point for the reintroduction of Parker anyway. While I'm not keen to see Parker's paternity changed (assuming that's where they're going), I am very pleased about the return of Chloe. So I'll give whatever this conversation was a pass. It at least made slightly more sense than Billie's many random and disjointed appearances.

Also: I think that despite how shallow and woman-hungry Daniel largely is, he probably was shattered by the experience of losing Parker. His treatment of Chloe was not great but when that whole thing happened he played as someone who was shattered. I don't buy that he thinks about Parker regularly because I don't even buy that he thinks about Melanie regularly, but I do think he was shattered. When hit hard, he seems like the kind of person who opts to force himself to move on and cut all ties. That's not the best way to handle a lot of situations but I don't think it means he stopped caring or hurting. Maybe if they had explored more of Daniel's past along the way (also a problem with Rafe's character development), we'd understand more about how he ticks and why he functions the way he does and as a result maybe even dislike him less. He was a widower and if I'm being charitable I like to think that has a lot to do with it.

I also like to think (or delude myself) that maybe they're building Daniel up so much right now and hoisting him onto one mighty pedestal so that they can tear him down spectacularly later on. Hope springs eternal. :chee:
Edited by JessicaLeigh, Dec 14 2012, 07:12 AM.
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