I find it COMPLETELY disturbing that someone was like, "You know what daytime doesn't have enough of? Scenes of a horrible car wreck that prominently feature a child's car seat thrown from a car onto a jetty of some sort. Bonus points if the scene has a baby's anguished crying in the background! Uh, can we say RATINGS BONANZA?!?!"As I've said before, I find it completely awful and exploitative when All My Children goes to the "baby in jeopardy" well (um, no pun intended), and they do it far too often. Has there ever been a baby on this show who had a happy, normal childhood that didn't include some sort of injury or near death experience? Because as far as I can remember over the past few years, it's been tragedy after tragedy
SPIKE was almost killed before he was born when JR botched his attempted murder of Babe
MIRANDA was babynapped by Babe and Krystal
ADAM III AKA LIL'A was presumed dead and babynapped by Babe and Jamie
JENNY was babynapped and sold on the black market
KATE AKA KATHY was stolen by Greg Madden and Tad didn't know she was even born
Let's just go ahead and rename this show "All My Maimed and/or Deceased Children" because obviously these writers don't know nothing about birthing healthy babies.
Also, this tragic event fully highlights the fact that Spike needs an actual, human name immediately. Because whenever someone let out a tormented "What happened to Spike??", I found myself completely taken out of the scene, tsk-tsking about how the child deserves a real name. Even worse, when the newscaster solemnly discussed "Fusion mogul" Kendall going into the hospital while her son Spike Lavery went missing, I burst out laughing. I know I'm going to hell for it, but...come on. Worst name ever.
I have to give Sabine Singh a ton of credit, though. She came into a role of a beloved character who, as written, has few redeeming qualities and who was played by a hugely popular actress. And almost immediately, they have her kidnap Kendall's kid. It's a no-win situation for her, but I think she's doing a really good job with what they've written. Also, she's super pretty.
Did my ears deceive me, or did Jamie and Babe have a heart to heart where they discussed how it was wrong of them to kidnap Adam III? That's the most shocking thing to happen on this show in ages.
Thankfully, they stopped short of having them discuss Miranda's kidnapping; if that had happened, I swear my heart would have given out. Still, this was a remarkable display of self-awareness and, dare I say it, morality.
Did Tad seriously lecture Ryan about roughing Derek up? I mean, I understand that it's bad to assault police officers, but...remember what happened when Tad was grief stricken about not knowing where his daughter was? I'm pretty sure it involved trapping a man in a box and burying him alive (and then allowing the love of his life to go on trial for the murder). Shut it, Tad.
I think what this show needs (besides new writers, less tragedy, someone in the wardrobe department to tell Susan Lucci it's not okay to wear low-cut tops when we can see every bone in her chest and the writing out of the Lavery family) is more Colby. I know that a year ago, I thought Colby was the most obnoxious and poorly acted character on any television show ever, but she's pretty much awesome now and I think she might actually be my favorite non-Kendall character. I'd be totally okay with her being on every day in adorable skirt and cardigan combos, throwing "Say what?" looks at the assorted lunatics in Pine Valley.
Too cute, and hilarious. I have even found myself invested in her romance with Sean. That's how cute she is.