It's Like Quality Is Punishable By Law, Or Something
If I have to give General Hospital credit for anything, it is the continuing employment of Awesome Writer, because it means that there is a chance, tiny though it may be, that, in between the oodles of badness, there will be a scene, or a part of a scene or, more rarely, entire storylines that are well-written, engrossing and entertaining.
All My Children has no such writer. Indeed, I imagine the AMC writing staff to be a set of one-uppers, each more determined than the next to craft something wholly awful (that has to be what is happening, right? I mean, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I won't feel safe sleeping at night if I know that people who think AMC is creative genius are roaming the streets).
Like...okay, Kendall woke up from her coma at the end of January. In the three months that she was in the coma, everything that happened can pretty much be summed up with "People torched the hell out of Kendall's life". And then she wakes up and over the course of the next two months, she is freaked out by the fact that her husband and sister had a baby, and is freaked out by Reese just...being, and then everyone gets pissed at her because she's not all peachy keen with the Flowers in the Attic turn her life has taken without her knowing, and then she's kind of mean to Reese (Which, AS IF the rest of Pine Valley wasn't dying to be just as mean) and then Reese kisses her husband and her best friend tries to confront Zach about the kiss (which really had nothing to do with her but hey, why write popular character s off of the show with anything resembling respect or good storytelling when we can just drive them off a cliff in a wedding gown on a motorcycle?) and winds up riding her motorcycle off of a cliff and then Zach takes responsibility for it, which leads Kendall's caveman ex-boyfriend to declare war on him and then Reese goes blind and then Zach leaves and Greenlee's body is found and Kendall has sex with Ryan and then Zach serves her with divorce papers and she's all conflicted.
The writers, completely oblivious to the fact that this should have been playing out over the course of a year, not months, are now like, "But WHAT ELSE can we do? This OBVIOUSLY isn't enough story for Kendall and Zach. This is getting boring! Oh! I know! DYING BABY! HIGH FIVE!"
Because dying unconscious children are exactly what viewers tune in for!
No matter what head writer the show has, AMC is remarkably consistent in its willingness to go to the "maimed and/or deathly ill child" well. Of all of the places for them to exhibit continuity!