I'm bothered by the Stephanie (character's) revelation. After the first viewing, I was pretty much astonished that they'd go there. And particularly on SmackDown, the fun, happy, friendly, 7-9pm wrestling show. I watched it again today to transcribe (wienerboard.com) it, & wasn't any less disturbed. I have a friend who actually had one of those fathers -- yes, there really are people in Real Life who do things like that -- so I suppose that's why I have more reaction to it than "Its just a storyline. Wouldn't suprise me about Vince. etc, etc."
I wasn't at all bothered about "the plotline which shall remain unspoken", but I'm having lots of trouble with doing this in plotline. (Ain't it interesting how everybody has boundaries in different places?) If they had at least written it as "when I was in college", rather than underage, that would have helped a bit. Although in either case, the inevitable backstory (of the plotline) goes back much further -- which is distressing.
Hopefully we won't have to dwell on the details, & just go with the concept that Vince owes Steph bigtime -- proceed accordingly. Hopefully.
And incidentally, I disagree with the bitching about Stephanie's (the actress') presentation. I get that everybody got totally sick of her screeching all the time over every little thing, & that this reminded them of that before time. But for what she was presenting -- I thought she did an excellent job. (Disturbingly so. That didn't help my discomfort level any.)
Steph: You know, dad -- I'm sorry. Vince: What do you mean? Steph: I'm sorry that all my life I've let you manipulate me & use me. All my life, just to be the apple of my daddy's eye. Vince: I'm just havin' a little fun here. Steph: Every time that you have ever ... Every time I went out to dinner with one of your business associates -- I was 17 years old -- you don't think they told me what you promised them I'd do?? (escalating from purely angry, toward crying-angry) And guess what, dad. I did it. I did it for you. The things I did with them... And I'm ashamed of myself. I'm ashamed of myself that I'm just like you! And I'm not going to let you do that to Zach Gowan. Why do I care so much about Zach Gowan? Maybe because he's my last bastion of hope. Maybe because he's the last thing that could possibly save myself. But I'm not gonna let you do it to him, dad. And if that means you're gona fire me -- fine. Fire me, dad! And then maybe you'll lose the one person that ever cared about you. The one person that wanted to be just like you. Me. Maybe I just won't care about you anymore.
(Crowd roars. Stephanie exits. Long shot of Vince taking all this in.) Good transcription, that took lots of rewinding, I bet.
You know something? You're right, in retrospect I was a bit too hard on her acting. It's just that it came out of nowhere. I just thought she'd chew her dad out for being a perv, but I didn't expect hearing this. Still, I'm being careful on how to react until I see more, like how Vince reacts to that. I hope he grows some new balls and turns himself into a sanitarium for about a couple years, but that's wishful thinking. :-)
The ending totally confused me... I'm so glad I'm not the only one. 1....2....aw, the hell with it, ring the bell. I did enjoy the Flair/HHH/HBK thing they had going on. Nice amount of boos when HBK started to badmouth Flair.