As The World Turns Weekly Blog
Emily tries to out manic Meg (Soaps.com)
Thoughts on the week of June 21:
The big news of the week is that the show shot its final episode. All of the actors are now moving on and the sets will be torn down as CBS mulls over which game show will replace it. What kind of conclusion we can look forward to is anyone’s guess, but there is a definite sense that things are ending. Maybe that’s just because things are coming off as even more rushed than usual.
The allure of LuRe.
Reid tortured himself about whether or not he should give up his dream hospital or Luke thanks to Bob’s harebrained ultimatum. The two men shared lots of pained glances and glares. Even when all they do is say nothing they still communicate more than Luke and Noah did in all of their heartfelt conversations combined. Noah was around to pout and make faces. Reid declared that he would finally leave Oakdale, as he’s long been threatening to do. Although all of that was rather well played, I thought things went a tad over the top when they had Reid go home and start stitching up Jacob’s teddy bear with his doctor’s bag.
There was a lot of Lucinda again this week, which I like, but I wish that she would find something to do other than meddle in her daughter’s love life. At this point, she almost looks like as much of a busy body as Katie. I take that back – it’s too cruel. Chris and Katie continued their back and forth. I can’t believe they brought Daniel Cosgrove in just for this.
“I’m Molly Conlan. Girls like me don’t get happy endings.”
I remember being so happy when Molly originally came back, but at this point, she actually makes Lily enjoyable by contrast. Maybe it’s because Molly breaks into tears every two minutes, or perhaps it’s just because of her strange desperation. The good thing that happened this week was that Lily at least entertained the idea of moving on without Holden. That’s something. With Craig in her orbit to fill up the vacuum, it could actually prove to be intriguing.
Back to square one.
Craig cashed in another get of jail free card with Tom's help. Not only is he out, but he's rich again. That's some expedient storytelling. He instantly ratcheted up his battle for his sons and looped Lily into a business deal. I'm not sure what was to be gained from his whole arrest. Did anyone actually think for a minute that he was going to go down? At least he got to throw it all in Jack's smug face.
Since Janet blew up at Dusty for his backward way of trying to help her and Jack blew up at Carly for her underhanded way of trying to help Parker, they've reunited to blow together. Jack made another of his bewildering choices and asked Janet to move back in with him at the farm house (it's nice that no one ever seems to consult Emma about these decisions). Are these people gluttons for punishment? Apparently they think I must be if they keep doing things like this. They even went to Lamaze together this week when Janet wasn't trying to be Oakdale's answer to the "Gilmore Girls" with Liberty.
The battle between Paul, Emily, Barbara and Meg continued. I'm not sure what it's even about at this point. Basically it seems to be about proving who is the craziest. They all look pretty bad in that respect. By the end of the week, Meg was popping pills and pulling a gun on Emily in a plot that's about as well constructed as the tin man in the "Wizard of Oz." I guess this is how Meg is going to be departing the show, with a bang and a whimper. Who do you want to see Paul with?
Anyway, that was my babbling 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. For a sneak peek into next week, be sure to check out next week's promo video.
Have a happy weekend everyone.
- Matt Purvis