All My Children Weekly Blog!!
Ryan's using his head now! (Soaps.com)
Pondering Pine Valley
November 24 – November 28
It’s Thanksgiving week (at least in the United States), right? So why wasn’t it Thanksgiving Week in Pine Valley? You know what really has me saying, “Hmmmm…” this week? The fact that not one family, not one character even mentioned the Thanksgiving Holiday. They live in Pennsylvania and I know there has been a lot of drama, but the town put on a gala to raise money for Tornado Relief 2008 and no one could even be bothered to mention that it’s Thanksgiving?
Oh, except delusional Annie. But that doesn’t really count since in her delusion she was having a simple family dinner party with all of her hated – whoops! I mean loved – ones.
On the other hand, I’m loving Tornado Relief 2008. The dresses are glammed up, all of the main players are there – including Annie with a steak knife – and there is plenty of drama.
I won’t dwell on Annie’s psychotic break but I will say that Melissa Claire Egan deserves an armload of awards because she is so convincing as delusional Annie. From jumping off the terrace to putting on the clown makeup to the apparent stabbing of Erica, she ruled the show this week!
We’ve got Petey chasing Colby around, telling her to get over Brot. Um, note to Petey, Colby isn’t in love with Brot; she wants to help him. Plus, you’re killing your case, dude. Following a teenage girl around spouting your love 24/7 isn’t going to make her fall head-over-heels.
We’ve got a trio of men surrounding Erica. Adam wants her for reasons known only to him – and I don’t think it’s about sex! Jack wants her – for sex! And David wants her – mostly to annoy Adam and Jack. Gee, you just have to love that guy!
We’ve got Greenlee going off on anyone and everyone because Erica is stealing her company. Uh, Greenlee, Erica had a point. If you’d stop traipsing off after Ryan every flippin’ day you would have been at work and been able to bring Fusion back yourself. On the other hand, I think you’re right. Erica isn’t ‘holding Fusion for Kendall’; she wants to integrate Fusion into her Enchantment lines.
On the other hand, Greens I wish you would stop enabling Ryan! Seriously, the man is finally about to admit that he is at least partially to blame for Annie's craziness and she doesn't let him? Whether you like Ryan or not, whether you think he belongs with Greenlee or not, you have to admit that he could have handled things differently from the beginning. He pushed Annie into dating him, pushed him into marrying her, slept with her to 'convince' her to let him live with her...and on and on. I'm not saying he is 100% responsible but if, at any point, he would have had an honest conversation with her, a lot of this could have been avoided.
Jake and Taylor were a nice break from their typical Stop-Pushing-Me-Push-Me-Harder mumbo jumbo we've had lately. I like Taylor. I like Jake. I like them together and I can't wait for the big Brot reveal; but if Jake and Taylor don't stop with the back and forth of her physical therapy I'm going to throw a tomato at my screen. And that really won't be good for my computer so come on, writers!
Amanda really disappointed me this week. First, she wants in on David's schemes. Then, she wants out. Now, she wants back in but for more money. I really don't like the way Amanda is being written because it's going to make her irredeemable. Forget the fact that JR has wronged her in the past, he doesn't deserve this. She knows how changed he is but how fragile and wrecked he still is, too, so trying to ruin him for money is just wrong. Amanda needs to have a moral compass check. Fast.
You know what was missing this week? Zach punching Kendall's doctor. Seriously, the woman begged and pleaded and promised that she could heal Kendall – and now she wants to send her home to die? She's in a coma, people, not at death's door from cancer or something. Will she wake up? We aren't supposed to know but sending her home? After so little time? That is just weird to me. So I understood Zach's moodiness with everyone in town completely and I just wanted to hug him.
On the Brot front, I understand not wanting to hurt your family. Really, I do. I also understand post-traumatic stress and the things it can make you do; but continuing to pretend you're dead? I would have a hard time forgiving that if I were a member of his family. Just saying.
What were your favorite/least favorite moments in Pine Valley this week? Talk to Soaps.com about it below!
Well, fans, since the show didn't say it, I will! I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday weekend!