Eric Sheffer Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver) Mar 7, 2010 11:19:53 GMT -5
Post by HQ75 on Mar 7, 2010 11:19:53 GMT -5
Dr. Oliver, the charming curmudgeon
by Jennifer Biller, SoapOperaCentral
For the Week of March 1, 2010
Watching Dr. Reid Oliver work is a bit like watching a reality show. It's painful, yet I can't look away. His ego is larger than any Oakdale character I can recall. (Yes, even Paul Ryan.) So why can't I get enough of misanthropic Dr. Oliver? It's simple. He's a breath of fresh air in a genre of television too often speckled with archetypal romantic heroes, villains, and comic relief players.
Just like popular Dr. House in primetime, Dr. Oliver has a charm that slowly makes viewers like him. Yes, he's horrible to patients and to pretty much anyone who crosses his path, and he makes no apologies. Yet, he's still likeable. Perhaps, it's simply the fact that he is saying lines that no one else in town would dare ever say, even spewing his verbal vomit to beloved Bob and Kim Hughes. And when he aimed his sights on Princess Lily, declaring her a hottie in one breath and insulting her the next, I couldn't help but laugh. No one talks to Lily or Bob that way. No one would ever dream of insulting the highest tier of Oakdale society, except Dr. Oliver.
The guy does seem to have a soft spot, though. He was folding Jacob's baby clothes for Katie this week. And he carries around his notebook of dead patient names to remind himself of his mistakes and of those he couldn't help. So, I think there is a little more going on under that lab coat than sheer hostility and defiance of social etiquette. We haven't seen many glimpses of his personal side, yet, so I'm not sure whether he is a potential love interest for Katie or if he even plays for her team. (If he doesn't, I think he could have some serious sparks with Noah.) I do know this. I can't wait to find out more about this charming curmudgeon. Thank you, ATWT casting and writing departments, for bringing such a fun, unique, dysfunctional character to town. What do you think, Scoopers? Would you like a house call from Dr. Oliver, or is his nastiness a prescription for fast forwarding?