All My Children Weekly Blog!
Zach protects the boys. (Soaps.com)
Pondering Pine Valley
October 20 – October 24, 2008
Is anyone else still catching their breath? Am I the only one who was glued to the television at 1 PM everyday this week? Sure there were a few down times and no, it wasn’t all perfection, but the tornadoes are certainly making life interesting in Pine Valley. In fact there was only one time (okay, one character) who annoyed me this week. And you know who that is so we’ll just get him out of the way.
Oh, fans. I need a serious Ryan break. I’ll admit, though, that I’m still a fan. I’m just ready for him to begin redeeming himself from all of this tornado madness. As annoyed as I was at him for the whole I-Don’t-Love-Annie madness and the I-Refuse-To-Give-Greenlee-Space fiasco, this week really did in the character for me. Who, in the middle of a tornado, has not one thought for the daughter he sent out into a storm? Who, when weather forecasts says tragedy is near, sends his daughter out into that storm with only a teenager to watch her? Seriously, folks, who does that?
And in the midst of the storm, after you’ve been nearly crushed with debris and the woman you’ve forced into admitting her feelings is hurt and wants to try to talk to her husband, you still don’t think about your daughter? You want her ex to listen to how much you love her but you haven’t one teensy little thought that your daughter is out in the midst of the storm? The man needs some parenting classes. And if a judge doesn’t jump on his actions during the tornado to give Emma back to Annie – psychotic or not! – there is absolutely no justice in soapland.
That said, I really do applaud Cameron Mathison’s acting this week. As mad as I was – and still am – at Ryan, he made the character believable. I didn’t agree with the way Ryan acting but I understood them. That’s mostly because he hasn’t done a single sane thing since taking that bullet for Kendall.
Since the rest of the town, characters and storylines are basically about the tornadoes, I won’t separate them out.
First and foremost, I am love the tornado segments! Are there a few too many special effects? Possibly. Is the drama at a high-pitch – and therefore exhausting – throughout? Definitely. Still, I wouldn’t trade in this week in Pine Valley for any week since Kendall nearly lost Ian and Spike in the same night. Seriously, people, isn’t this why we watch Daytime television? For the upped drama stakes? For the larger than life storylines? For the hot guys and hot actions? Yeah, I thought so, too.
At the top of the drama quotient were JR and Babe. I have to say that even though I’ve known about Babe’s death for a few weeks now, I was still floored when Angie told Krystal that Babe wouldn’t make it. I was so rooting for Angie and the other doctors to come up with some miracle cure. And when Babe sang “You Are My Sunshine” to little A? Yeah, a tear or two escaped; that was not only an incredibly well-acted moment but it was a nice nod to the past when Dixie used to sing that song to JR.
Only slightly behind Babe and JR were Krystal and Tad. Though his family is safe, Tad's had quite the mess on his hands trying to keep both Krystal and JR together. When JR asked Tad how to say goodbye, I could feel his pain about Dixie resurfacing. When Krystal asked the same question, I knew he was, once more, thinking about Dix. But the most touching moment for me was the moment he and Krystal told Opal that Babe was dying and Opal tried to reach out to Krystal.
"I know what it's like to lose a daughter," Opal said. Were there any dry eyes left at that point?
Adam and Erica continued to be pseudo-comic relief in the Chandler tunnels – and seriously, why didn't anyone think to search the tunnels when Annie was ranting about someone grabbing her? Adam and Erica found the gear left behind by the stalker easily enough. I assume a security guard could have found it, too. But back to the comment – Adam accusing Erica of loving him and Erica still playing at hating him were a hoot; I half-expected to see Erica's black wedding dress make another appearance down there in the tunnels, especially when Erica said, "If i'm going to die in here, I at least want to look presentable." Only Erica could strike a pose in a dank tunnel and seem perfectly at ease doing so!
Greenlee's actions, though, seemed a little forced. Last week I asked what you fans wanted from Greens and about 50% of you said she needed to kick Ryan out and fix things with Aidan. After this week, I don't think that is going to happen and not just because Aidan can't stand being in the same room with her. She and Ryan had I'm-Going-To-Die Sex in the shed as the tornado ripped apart the gazebo. She may not want to admit it, but she's headed back down Lavery Lane. God help us!
What really interested me, though, was the revelation that Zach was Binks' baby-daddy. Yeah, she explained that her first and second trimesters were rough and she wanted to be sure there would actually be a baby; but even a rough pregnancy that makes it past twelve weeks is a positive. So why couldn't she make a phone call? That's just weird.
At the same time, though, I like the twist of Zach being father to both Kendall and Bianca's children. And wait 'til Erica gets hold of that one! Ooohh. The Zach/Erica war just might heat back up, don't you think? Talk to Soaps.com about it below!
Until next week, fans!