This is basically what I had planned on posting, but with a little bit of a twist....
I, too, was really upset with how this was written. I didn't understand why they would kill off a character that everyone loved, and maybe hated too.
I took a trip over Labor day weekend with my husband. We drove to MPLS/St.Paul for the State Fair. When I drive, I like to do my thinking. I saw on the way there, on the side of the highway was a sign: Bay City. I remembered the last scene on Friday's show, the stop-action frame of Reid's face, terrified of what was about to happen to him. Then, I realized what the writers were doing.
Last year, when GL was taken off the air, one scene has stuck with me and I will never, ever forget: The scene with Alan Spaulding sitting on that park bench, and Philip comes up to talk to him. But Alan has gone on to the next level of being. I cried my eyes out. Even though I really didn't care much for Alan and how he was so devilish, in that moment, I cared.
So, as I pass this sign that says 'Bay City', I too, with this show, always remember and never, ever forget Dr. Reid Oliver and his love affair with Luke Snyder. The last kiss, the inventive banter between the two, and with others is what made Dr. Oliver so special and loveable. The fact that we DO love this character is why we are so angry about his demise. I wish things were written differently. If only one of the characters I cannot stand or just don't care all that much about would have been hit by a train, fell off a roof, was accidentally shot by Jack, Margo, or even Craig or Paul, it would FEEL better, wouldn't it? But this is a soap opera, and to garner the rivers of tears that will overflow tomorrow, is just what the term 'soap opera' stands for.
I will miss Reid, but I think in the long run, its the show itself that I will miss the most. Every single character on this show has a purpose. Who we really need to be angry with is Proctor and Gamble, and CBS, who could not come up with a way to save this show. Proctor wouldn't sell to CBS, and in turn, CBS pulled the plug. These are the real criminals, not the writers. They did us a service, by writing the most creative ending it could in the time they were given.