Dear Soaps,
Dear Reiner,
In response to this week's poll about the Gwen/Ethan/Theresa triangle on Passions, I have to take some exception to the wording in the "Gwen" answer. You give the rationale for choosing Gwen as "Gwen! Theresa is a peasant girl who can't compete with Gwen's social standing and beauty!" The rich/poor thing is a nonsensical smokescreen (and how poor can you call a family when the 16-year-old has his own motorcycle and cell phone, anyway?). My own reason for choosing Gwen is "Gwen! Theresa is an immature, lying, manipulative, gold-digging stalker who behaves as though the world revolves around her and who doesn't have a care in the world that she's trampling on someone else's feelings!" Then again, Ethan's recent pleas that Gwen quit her job and live off his wealth, with the attendant treatment of her career as an unimportant hobby, have pretty much ruined him in the "decent potential husband" department.

Maybe Ethan does deserve an immature, lying, manipulative, gold-digging stalker who behaves as though the world revolves around her and who doesn't have a care in the world that she's trampling on someone else's real feelings. After a few months of Theresa's inane prattle, maybe Ethan will realize that he gave up an intelligent, capable woman who genuinely loves him for himself in favor of a self-absorbed little nit. Still wondering what the blazes Theresa's appeal is....
— Ben

Dear Ben,
How do you really feel? Seriously, I was digging your argument until you described Gwen as a capable woman who genuinely loves Ethan for himself! Gwen is a spoiled, snobby, self-centered shrew who has almost turned Ethan into a momma's boy... OK, more of a momma's boy than he already is. Theresa, on the other hand, is a working-class girl who is chasing her dreams. She's not half as manipulative as soap vixens of lore like Erica (AMC), Rachel (AW), Ava (Loving) or Lisa (ATWT), so why can't you cut her some slack?