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    As The World Turns Weekly Blog.

    Friday, August 20 2010


    Henry and Chuckles (Soaps.com)
    Thoughts on the week from August 16-20:

    The race to the finish continued this week and quite a few plots kicked into overdrive to try and get there. Although rushing isn't always the best thing, the week actually flew by quite nicely. Finally ending the Barbarnapping was great to see.

    Free at last.
    Thanks to knocking over a load bearing post into the electrical panel, Barbara and Emily were nearly smoked to death in the wine cellar. It turned out that Paul's nose trumped his psychic abilities and was enough to save them from doom. He sniffed them out and they were rescued, no worse for wear. The lengthy captivity barely smeared Babs' makeup or got a hair on her head dirty. It seemed to make her reflect more on what she wants though, so that's a good thing. It was also a good thing that she didn't just fall into Henry's arms but slapped him back and told him she never wanted to see him again. Since the actual rescue didn't succeed in being all that dramatic, this little twist was good. But by the end of the episode, he was dropping to a knee to propose and she was accepting, which was also nice to see. Having Chuckles there was also a nice touch. Vote in our poll and Soaps.com know what else you want to see together before the end.

    Other business.
    Other good things that came out of the end of the wine cellar wangdangdoodle: Emily bickering with Barbara is usually fun, but it was getting kind of thin. At least they seem to be verging on a truce. Afterwards, watching her break down to Paul about what a stinker she'd been was actually nearly touching. The entire ordeal is being used as an expedient to heal relationships: Gwen and Will got over their past problems with Paul, Henry and Paul got to do something else as brothers etc.. Of course, Iris hasn't been so lucky. I kind of like Iris. She always seems like she's acting on a different show than everyone else. Another thing I realized was that Will and Gwen can actually be pretty boring.


    Rebellious Lily (Soaps.com)
    Carnal CK.
    Katie and Chris finally went to bed. I guess the build-up hasn't actually been that extensive – their scenes just feel really long. The payoff was virtually non-existent. Once again, the show failed to provide sex in the afternoon. Not that I was all that keen to see them have sex... or play hopscotch, or go kayaking, or anything else they could do. But what's the point of a soap if nothing dirty happens? I'm not sure even Dr. Oliver can save them.

    Doctors orders.

    Reid continued to get looped into helping Chris. This was supposed to demonstrate that he's become much more compassionate, but it might simply demonstrate that his judgment has been impaired. It ended up causing a fight with Luke, kind of. Actually, it was mostly Noah's fault. After all of this time, Noah invited Luke to run away with him to LA. They both realized it was too late for that, but they did share a rather good little scene at Java that allowed Noah some of the better material he's had in a very long time. Then again, since Luke is the CEO of a major corporation and one of the heads of the hospital board, why would he give that up to be another starving movie wannabe in California? And then again, considering he's a multimillionaire and an adult, why does he still live with his mom in her bungalow?

    And the rest...

    Lily finally had the chance to really let her mom have it. She did it with class too in a really good scene that both actresses invested with multiple layers of detail. Lucinda's been kind of a mess lately, but she seemed more human than she has been in awhile. She even cried, which was downright shocking. This has also placed Lily in a position to get with Craig, which is what I'm rooting for, but I'm not holding my breath on that working out. The Blackie-Carly-Jack-Janet-Dusty thing continued and Ralph returned to the fold. We'll see him next week. Janet just wanted a nap most of the time. I can understand why.

    Anyway, that was my mindless ranting for the week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by padef at Friday, August 20 2010 02:06 PM

    Yuu JUST realized that Gwen and Will are boring? With the holier-than-thou attitude that they've displayed towards Paul - despite the fact that Will was responsible for Rose's death and his stay in a psych facility and that Gwen buried Will's half-brother alive - since before their departure, they've been boring for a long time! I always wished that Paul would smack little brother instead of just putting up with the chip on his shoulder.

    What IS with the lack of hot love scenes? We've had nothing but implied sex all year. Fade to black, closed doors,whatever, followed by waking up in bed. Nothing that makes the pulse race.

    As for Luke - I understand that he's CEO of Grimaldi Shiping - he inherited that - but how the heck did he end up on the hospital board? Isn't that a position that requires a bit more experience, intelligence, and integrity than he's shown in his very young life. I wouldn't care to have him making decisions for MY hospital.

    And then there was Dusty's kidnapping. I know the guy's supposed to be a stoic tough guy, but really now, letting yourself be grabbed and stuffed in a car in broad daylight without even yelling for help? There is a time to ask for help and this would seem to be one.

    And enough of MY mindless ranting!

    Posted by dramaqueen333 at Friday, August 20 2010 02:21 PM

    Quite frankly, I loved Thursday's interactions with Iris and Gwen. Gwen, distraught over her stupidity, really gave it to mommy dearest, while Iris tried once again to fake her way out of trouble. I'm glad it's over anywhere, I couldn't stand listening to Iris call her daughter Gwennie. Yuck.

    I loved Barbara's reaction to Henry right after the rescue. And I thought Emily blaming herself was realistic. She was stressed and suffering from some level of post traumatic stress (not that she had been kidnapped for long). Maybe she will soften just a bit.

    I thought it would have been good if Barbara had burned her clothes in a ritual fire dance. She's been living in them for weeks now. She looked like she had been showering and applying make up though. Wonder where?

    Posted by harleykins at Friday, August 27 2010 09:25 PM

    I can't believe how upset I have become in knowing that this show, which I have been watching since I was a school girl,is going off the air in a few weeks. How can this be?Over the years weather live, taped or dvr'd it has been a part of my life, it's like they have all become part of my family. Oh I'm sure I'll get use to not watching it eventually, but I can tell you I will miss watching one of my favorite shows and the one life long constant thing in my life.

    Posted by Mumsey at Monday, September 20 2010 12:42 PM

    I watched the first episode when I was in High School, and I watched the last episode as a grandmother! I know these people are fictional characters, but I have grown up with them, married, had children, divorced, changed careers, etc. with them for 54 years and it is very hard to see them go. I understand that we are a "small but devoted" fan base. I think it was so appropriate that the first words spoken on ATWT were "Good Morning, Dear" and the last word spoken was "Goodnight".
    I do not intend to watch my local CBS outlet during the ATWT hour from now on. Only one person, I know, but one less viewer for that time slot.

    Best of luck to all our Oakdale characters and their real life alter egos!

    Posted by Rabon at Sunday, October 03 2010 06:55 PM

    I really do miss As The World Turns. I wish the soap could just come back on, because this soap became apart of my life I have been watching the story since I was a little girl with my grandparent and mother. All said an done I think the writer gave the soap a very good ending.

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