As I rode the subway to work this morning, Mark Lawson‘s cover of the OLTL theme song came up on my iPod Shuffle. While I hummed along, I was suddenly struck by the thought that I adore Brody Lovett. He’s just a darned good character!
It must be my week to wax poetic about guys named “Lovett,” because I can’t shake the sense that this particular one needs to end up with both Jessica and Natalie. (Sister Wives: Soap Edition!) He certainly offers a more steadfast option than whitewashed manwhore Ford or perpetual mope John. (And I actually like John… sometimes.)
The weird thing is that Brody’s one of those characters that snuck up on me. I enjoyed him and Jessica falling in love. I thought he was one of the best parts of last year’s musical episodes. I loved him joining the Llanview PD. But the fact that he’s awesome didn’t really start sinking in until this year. Watching him emerge as the “root-for” character during this Tess/Ford arc has been sort of revelatory for me.
Brody’s been loyal to both Jessica and Natalie, passionately committed to their kids — Ryder, Liam and Bree — and I really want him to walk away the victor in the end. Because he’s worked so hard to be a good man in the face of insurmountable odds. Because he’s the kind of soap character that rarely exists anymore: a true blue hero. To be more specific, he’s the Bo-Brady-on-a-motorcycle, Bonnie Tyler power ballad, kind of hero.
But what really makes the character sing (no pun intended!) is that he’s not perfect. His history with PTSD is very much a part of his present, and his temper lives just below the surface of his skin. There was a while there, during his scenes of knocking around Ford, where I cheered him on but also feared he might go over the edge. And he has a short leash on that big ol’ heart of his, too. Since Jessica’s illness put distance between them, he opened up to Natalie… and now he loves two different women in two very different ways. Given that he’s not with Jessica at the moment it’s not quite cheating, but it’s not saintly either. And that’s compelling!
Despite Tess dismissing Brody as a boring meathead, his inherent “nice guy”-ness doesn’t mean he’s neutered or somehow flawless. He’s interesting, genuine, human. As a result, I really root for him. Brody’s one of those characters I hope to see leaving Llanview alive, whole, and happy — or settling in at Llanfair as a beloved Buchanan son-in-law. It’s safe to say I’d… Lovett.