Billed as the English-language version of a telenovela, I must assume that the over-the-top acting is deliberate. Either that, or the pretty faces on this show have no idea that they truly cannot act. I have never been a fan of soap operas, daytime or primetime. However, I was more than eager to tune in once I heard that the legendary Tatum O'Neal had steady work again. Plus, MyNetworkTV has employed a unique way of promoting this show by airing new episodes five times a week, with a narrated highlights show on Saturday nights. I must admit, I've become hooked.
This is the age-old tale of a woman scorned. Blythe Hunter (O'Neal) is a woman seeking revenge on the former love of her life, Theodore Crawford (Clive Robertson), who once cruelly jilted her and married another woman. Twenty-five years later, Theodore Crawford is the very wealthy owner of The Tides, a popular gambling horse race track he inherited from his wife's family. His wife has since died, leaving him with two lovely daughters -- Emma (Jessie Ward), a college student engaged to a philandering but jealous man who works for her father, and Brooke (Kate French), the show's answer to Paris Hilton. Theodore is now set to marry his daughter's former nanny, Hope Lorca (Debbie Dunning). Under the seemingly tranquil household, the Crawfords are as dysfunctional as only network television can deliver. Unbeknownst to them, it turns out that Emma and Brooke are not Theodore's biological children, even though he loves them as though they were. Their late mother, Anna, had them with a stableman whom she had been in love with. Anna's father would not have his daughter marry a man with such a meager income, and pushed her to marry Theodore instead. Not only that, but Anna had stated in her will that one or both daughters will inherit The Tides only when they turn 25, married, and have earned a college degree. Neither one of them is aware of this, but it seems that Emma is on her way, while Brooke is just in the way.
Then, in walks Blythe after more than 2 decades. Over the years, she has become a cold and calculating businesswoman. She has a set of twin sons: Aaron and Josh. Aaron takes after his mother and shares her delight in unmerciful cruelty. Josh, on the other hand, has become estranged from his wicked family, and is a good-natured doctor, who, coincidentally, has fallen in love with Emma Crawford. Josh does not know of Blythe's and Theodore's past, and is kept in the dark as Blythe and Aaron plot their revenge. Blythe wants to destroy Theodore completely, and starts by going after his business. She hatches a brilliant scheme by encouraging Josh's pursuit of the betrothed Emma, works to corrupt the dimwitted Brooke, and sends Aaron undercover as a new employee of The Tides. Will she succeed? God, I hope so!