You can count me among the many fans of the “Otalia” pairing on Guiding Light. It’s a great story for many reasons (more on that soon).
But I have to say that I was pleased to see another Springfield citizen – and one of my favorite supporting characters at GL – in the lavender spotlight this week. We learned (in a very clever way) that Doris Wolfe loves the ladies.
We all love big stories, and shows can rise or fall on their leading actors and couples. But being the fan of the underdog that I am, I’m always interested in – and entertained by – the supporting players.
Over the years, the character of Doris has grown on the audience, and I really like Orlagh Cassidy’s take on her. Doris was first seen back in the 1990s, and prosecuted Annie Dutton after her misdeeds had been discovered and she’d left town.
Doris was just a stock character at that point, but when they paired Doris with Alan Spaulding, and brought on her daughter Ashlee, Doris became more fully realized. Cassidy’s chemistry with Ron Raines (Alan) was great, and both Doris and Ashlee were entertainingly awkward and over-the-top when they tried to fit into the Spaulding family. At the time, Doris and Ashlee were welcome sights in an otherwise dark and dull show.
A fantastic set of Doris clips from YouTube:
Both characters have since been pushed to the back burner, but we’ve seen pieces of Doris’ life that really intrigue me. Doris talked to Ashlee about a man in her life that reminded her of Grady – could it be Ashlee’s father? When Doris went toe to toe with the Duke of Darkness himself, it made Grady far more alive and interesting that he’d been with any other character.
And this week was an awesome series of snapshots into the mind and heart of Doris. On Wednesday, we saw Doris in the lesbian bar having a heated discussion with Olivia. And today, ruthless Doris was moved by the kick of an unborn baby. Just when you think Doris is so evil that she can snap her fingers and call for her winged monkeys, she shows she’s got a soul after all.
Here’s hoping we see more of Doris and her softer, quirky sides – as well as seeing her keep her crown as Queen Bitch of Springfield. And maybe we’ll find out more about her past. I bet Doris has a family….and I suspect Ashlee’s dad might just be floating around Springfield somewhere!
And speaking of Guiding Light – here’s a preview of the show’s upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida and the Universal Studios entertainment complex.