Quote Kelby: They dumbed that funeral down enough to brainwash the two viewers that are still watching regularly, to think it was the way Katherine would have wanted it. That is what I think.
I'm one of the two viewers who was obviously "brainwashed" into appreciating the wonderful and genuinely heartfelt tribute to a unique woman. It was absolutely what Katharine wanted. For those who have followed the scripts carefully and understand the essence of Katharine Chancellor there would be no doubt. She orchestrated this event. She wanted a celebration not tears. And that's what Janice Ferri Esser - a former Bill Bell script writer - brought to the page for these two special episodes. No wonder they felt like a blast from the past!
The attendees were those closest to Katharine's heart and per her wishes wore clothes to celebrate not morn. Nikki even removed Victor's dark tie to remind him of that!
As Peter Bergaman said recently the show was a "gift" to long time viewers. A wonderful retrospective of the complexities of Katharine's character within the confines of what was possible production wise. It was never intended to be a crash course in Kay's history for newer viewers.
DD and LLB said in their recent interview that they too were initially taken by surprise by the wedding script within the memorial but then realized this was Katharine's gift to them - new life emerging from a death.
As a brainwashed viewer I "get it". Furthermore I appreciated the long hours, the tears and the emotional toll both infront of the camera and behind that went into making this loving tribute.
Seems as if Katharine was well pleased with the way things turned out. She didn't seem to feel disrespected at the end of the day. I saw her smiling!