As Tears Go By
As much as I had wanted to liveblog the Palmer Cortlandt/James Mitchell memorial on All My Children today, I am self-aware to know that said liveblog would quickly devolve into "Hold on one second, I need to get tissues" and "SOB!" and then it would just be radio silence on my end because I'd be crying too hard to even see my laptop. Even just typing this has taken me an absurd amount of time, what with the sniffling.
It's exceedingly rare to be able to say "Kudos, AMC" without a trace of sarcasm, but they really put together a beautiful episode and I have to urge you all to watch it for yourselves if you haven't already, because it was just that good. So many flashbacks! And you could tell throughout all of the scenes that it wasn't just the characters mourning Palmer; the cast was clearly honoring James Mitchell and it was just so, so nicely done.
Was it perfect? No. There were several things that were glaring in their badness, namely: who is this show kidding, not bringing Daniel Kennedy back for a couple of scenes as Petey? I am trying to understand how it's possible to have a Palmer memorial episode without Palmer's child. Trying and FAILING and thinking of (and then immediately rejecting on account of their lameness) 4/20 jokes to explain this dumb move!
Another glaring absence, though at least one that can be easily explained, was Cliff's. I know, right? It's totally surprising that I'm upset about a lack of Peter Bergman, as if it's not a dream of mine to have him appear on every channel, every day. But I do wish that a deal had been made with CBS to bring him back for a visit to say goodbye to Palmer all dreamily.
And where was JR?!
My biggest issues with the episode, though: Krystal. I know I'm a broken record with my Carey hate, but seriously. Why on earth did that skank get so much airtime today?
The highlights of the episode, though, far outnumbered those quibbles: Opal, Opal and Daisy, Daisy and Nina, Erica, Adam, Brooke, Adam and Brooke (!), Brooke telling Palmer to say hello to Phoebe, Erica thinking about Palmer, Myrtle and Mona...just lovely.
While I managed to daintily wipe away my tears for the bulk of the episode, I have to tell you that when Dixie and her unfortunate hair appeared, I lost it in a completely hideous way.
It was so surprising, and so pitch-perfect, and now I'm left wondering how far in the opposite direction tomorrow's show will go...