Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Scotty Gore
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” brings the past into the present with the returns of Powell Lord III and Rebecca Lewis.
In 1993, Powell Lord III (first cousin to Viki and Todd), reluctantly raped Marty Saybrooke along with frat buddies Todd Manning and Zach Rosen. However, after receiving a lesser sentence then his two accomplices, he was soon released for good behavior. Powell soon fell in love with Rebecca Lewis, an unsuspecting young lady who had been brainwashed by Angela Holiday, a scam artist in cahoots with conman Cain Rogan. Unfortunately for Powell, however, was that naïve Rebecca was enamored with Todd, and soon began visiting him in jail. After tricking the girl into helping him, Todd attempted to get revenge on Marty for sending him to prison, but accidentally killed boyfriend Suede Pruitt in the process.
Holding Rebecca hostage, Todd soon fled the scene with Bo and Powell in hot pursuit. Eventually Todd plunged to his ‘death’ in an icy river nearby. With Todd presumed dead, Rebecca began to fall for Powell (who asked her to marry him), unaware that her new beau was actually the culprit of in a rash of sexual assaults involving nurses at Llanview Hospital. Unbeknownst to anyone, Powell’s mind had snapped and that he believed the only way Rebecca would love him was if he were a serial rapist like Todd. Soon, however, Powell’s involvement in the crimes was revealed, and he was committed to a mental institution in 1994, where he resides today. With her fiancé in jail, Rebecca supposedly decided to leave Llanview behind for Texas.
Flash forward to Llanview 15 years later, as the town is being stalked by a serial killer, identifying himself as a member of the same KAD fraternity which Todd, Zach, and Powell belonged to at the time of Marty’s gang rape. Initial suspects included Todd and recently returned frat buddy Zach, however, recent evidence began to point in a different direction. With suspicion now shifting in the direction of Powell, John McBain soon pays convicted rapist a visit seeking to determine his guilt or innocence in the crime spree.
On April 30th, Sean Moynihan reprises his role as the psychotic grandnephew of the late Victor Lord. However, he will not return alone. Viewers will soon learn that his old flame Rebecca Lewis has been secretly visiting her old love. In fact, when Rebecca is first seen, she is wearing a hosptial coat and badge sporting the name “Dr. Marty Saybrooke.” On May 1st, Jessica Kaye debuts as Rebecca, a role originated by Reiko Aylesworth. Apparently, Aylesworth was unable to fit “OLTL” into her schedule, which includes a starring role on the ABC primetime drama “Lost.” Kaye has appeared in such films as “The Audition,” “Veronkia Decides to Die,” and “Gargoyle” (which she also helped produce). Moynihan, meanwhile has only had a few small acting roles since leaving “OLTL,” with appearances on “Pacific Blue” and “Sliders,” both of which were in 1996.
While the lengths of both Moynihan and Kaye’s stints on “One Life to Live” are being kept quiet, viewers can expect the pair to create much drama throughout the month of May, and causes problems for Todd, Téa, Marty, and John in particular. The storyline also looks to involve Viki as well, in that John contacts her for insight into her cousin Powell’s possible state of mind. Also rumored to possibly play a role in the storyline are LPD officer Oliver Fish and Llanview Hospital lab tech Kyle Lewis (who oddly shares a last name with Rebecca), both of which have been revealed to be graduates of the recently reinstated KAD fraternity at Llanview University. However, while both Powell and Rebecca become swept up in the KAD serial killer storyline, it remains to be seen if either (or both) is actually a murderer. Nonetheless, the plot is expected to come to a climax during the upcoming May sweeps.
“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
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