I know I said I wouldn’t, but I was so pissed off with the loose-ends-tying of the Deanna Richardson All Saints storyline that I had to write another article about it.
To recap: Deanna’s been caught out for the lying, manipulative bitch that she is. She rapidly deteriorated into quite a poor liar and petty manipulator, alienating the people who would have helped her get ahead and leaving herself wide open for her surgeon boyfriend to work out what a lying, manipulative bitch she is. To make matters worse, she doesn’t even TRY to fight for Jack – lie, scheme, whatever, show the audience that he means something to you by DOING SOMETHING! No, she’s slinked away from AS barely minus the tar and feathers. She was, in short, a thoroughly disappointing Bitch, not nearly good enough to join the likes of Amanda Woodward, Julie Cooper and Scarlett O’Hara. And just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, well, it gets worse.
Deanna shows up in a surprise visit. Having read the spoilers which said just that, I was hoping for a pregnancy or HIV scare. Something interesting, something manipulative. But no, she’s come to grovel, and beg his forgiveness. She’s sorry, she loves him, blah, blah, blah.
Oh, you wanted to know what that sound was? That was me retching after having swallowed too much tripe.
I SWEAR there’s a misogynistic writer who’s got in it for Sibylla Budd, because the rest of the episode showed some pretty capable females. At one point, when all the (male) doctors are shit-scared of resuscitating a guy using those paddle-things, a (female) nurse jumps on top of him, thumps him on the chest and brings him back to life, much to the awe of the shit-scared male doctors. That same nurse gives a male business owner what-for when he prioritises his mincer over the employee who’s arm it got stuck in. A male doctor admits to a private indiscretion which compromised his professional conduct and asks forgiveness from those he wronged. A female doctor holds the ward together while it’s falling apart, and a female nurse calls a male nurse on his selfishness. I really have no idea what cause an otherwise women-friendly soap/drama to start assassinating one particular character.
Anyway, now that Richardson has slinked away, I hope that’s the end of the women-hating storylines. Australia needs something to hold up as an example of cultural enlightenment, seeing’s we were the ones who culturally excommunicated Germaine Greer.