Monday, girlfriends hanging out. Liz, Erica and Anna. Nice to see. At the beginning of the episode, they discuss the theme of Liz’s Christmas tree. At the end, they discuss going man-hunting at a singles’ night.
Over the years we’ve often seen Liz with friends. She seems like someone to whom girlfriends are very important. Scenes with her and Deirdre over the years were some of the best ever. She is friends with other women on the Street, of course, but none of them gel with her character quite as well as Deirdre. Until Erica arrived.
Erica and Liz became friends in Spain. But after Erica’s arrival on the street, their friendship got sidelined for Erica’s involvement with Nick. Thankfully, that ended fairly quickly. When Erica returned, she rattled around like a spare part. She and Dev? I like the idea. Their characters suit each other, and I think the actors work well together. But, aside from romance, it’s nice to see Erica’s return to her roots on the Street – hanging out with Liz.
Anna definitely needs friends, for her own sake and ours. Her storylines primarily involve her family. That’s ok but it’s nice to see her branch out a bit. Especially when, of late, her family-related stories mainly have involved her either shrieking at someone or wringing her hands in her apron.
Liz and Erica are well-matched, similar in age, style and chutzpah. Anna is not in their league really. She defines herself in terms of work and being a mother. She’s had to. Anna has had major problems both with finances and with both her children. She’s been through a lot, and it’s little wonder she always seems frayed at the seams.