All My Children Year End Blog!!
David the master manipulator! (Soaps.com)
Pondering Pine Valley
As another year comes to a close I can’t believe all of the things that changed – and all of the things that stayed the same in Pine Valley over the past 12 months! I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the Best Of’s/Worst Of’s of the past year.
On with the blog!
Ryan and Greenlee Part II
Okay, maybe it’s more like Part Forty-Two, but still. I’m actually torn on this one. Why? Because I really, really liked Greenlee with Aidan. I liked the woman she was. I liked that she was focusing on her life instead of her friends’ lives. I liked that a man was putting her first in his life. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane) shirtless? Yeah, me either! But Greenlee and Ryan do have great chemistry.
The JR and Babe Reunion
Thank goodness Babe finally came to her senses about Richie because the man was not good news! Plus, who doesn’t want a little undying love? And JR definitely has undying love for Babe. I love them together!
Jake and Amanda
It certainly didn’t last long, but wasn’t the budding romance between Jake and Amanda one of the highlights of 2008? It was for me! Finally, a man who wasn’t using Amanda – or at least wasn’t using her any more than she was using him! These two burned up our screen over the summer and I, for one, miss their romance!
Babe’s Death/David’s Return
Two of the saddest moments of 2008 came at the same time for me – Babe’s death and David’s return. Why? Because I was not ready to say goodbye to Babe. And I wanted David’s return not to be steeped in misery. I love a good villain and David is that; but his manipulations do annoy me from time to time.
Erica Goes To Jail
Let me say, first, that Erica’s latest imprisonment was both a Best of and a Worst of for me. Why? Because in what universe would Erica really not have a tight rein on her finances? And, in what universe would Erica run off into the night with a criminal she didn’t know (Carmen)? And, in what universe would she then put her new friend’s welfare ahead of her own? Erica is many, many things but she isn’t stupid about money and she isn’t altruistic!
I know many of you were more than ready to see Richie fade away into the sunset and that you cheered when Richie died. Me? Not so much. As I stated earlier, I love a good villain. And Richie had a lot of potential in that area. I mean, he kidnapped JR to steal his bone marrow – and succeeded! He outwitted Zach – almost! – and he made Annie look like she was crazy. That is what a good villain does. So when he was killed off and the kid-crew of Colby, Dre and Cassandra were implicated I was not happy. There was too much story left to tell, for me.
Kendall, Shut Up!
Kendall is seriously one of my favorite women in Pine Valley. She is loyal to a fault, she is love to her family and she is a smart cookie. So when she started butting in to Greenlee's and Ryan's marriages, I just wanted to strangle her. She ignored Zach for months on end of get Greenlee and Ryan together? I don't think so. It just made no sense. What made less sense was Ryan's memory loss but that is another story – and we'll get to it in a minute.
I don't think anyone was more surprised than I was when Aidan found Jake in that rebel prison in Africa. His return to Pine Valley was really, really great, especially when he found Taylor. Together, they could see the other side of their viewpoint. Jake is a peacemaker. Taylor is a warrior. By meeting and falling for Jake, she saw the benefits of peace; at the same time, he saw that sometimes war is necessary.
Which brings me to my next favorite storyline: Brot and the war. I think the writers have handled this storyline with grace, humor, sadness…all of the best things. Taylor's arrival in Pine Valley, her disagreements with Frankie and Jake and her angst with Brot returned were so heartfelt – and I love Beth Ehlers! She's been amazing this year! – it reminded me of the Old Days when Agnes Nixon was at the helm.
Speaking of Agnes, her two guest appearances were so fun! As town-founder Aggie she put a bit of levity back in Pine Valley after the tornadoes and she air-kiss to Myrtle at the memorial for portrayer Eileen Herlie made me cry.
The best part of the tornadoes? The green-screen work. The actors all did a great job. Were there a few too many tornadoes? Maybe, but all in all, I loved the graphics of the storm and the aftermath. Totally worth the wait!
Although this storyline technically started in 2007, I have to include it – because it impacted almost all of 2008. Kendall and Aidan having grief sex as they lost hope that Zach and Greenlee would be found was a powerful scene. Would it happen in real life? No, but this is soap opera land, remember, so it makes sense here. Just suspend you disbelief a little bit! Kendall's pregnancy scare afterwards, Zach sending Aidan to Africa in hopes that he would die and his continuing distrust of Kendall made so many scenes worth the wait in 2008!
It's Hubbard Time
For me, Jesse's return and his reunion with Angie were what made 2008 for me. I love Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan; they have such chemistry and their love story goes so far back into AMC's history that their returns were felt throughout the town. As they stumbled to one another at the foggy train station, as they tried to heal their family, as they dealt with Cassandra's feelings and planned their wedding I laughed and cried along with them.
What were your favorite moments of 2008? Talk to Soaps.com about it below!
Until next year!!