How To Construct A Quality Episode In Three Easy Steps
1. Unify it. Say, have an episode made up entirely of nothing but continuing scenes only in pairs up until the final segment.
2. Don't be afraid not to move the plot along at breakneck speed (even in a sweeps month!). It's okay, you have five days a week, 52 weeks a year. But if you don't move the plot along? Showing us scenes that are just rehashed versions of things we've seen already is repetitive, so why not skip that and get crazy. Try some character development.
Try deepening relationships.
Try putting some characters in a room together who rarely get scenes together -- or never get scenes together!
Try putting Slezak and Strasser in any scene together about anything at all!
3. Leave some people out. Leave a lot of people out. It provides focus. How about: no Fords, no Todd, no Rex, no Gigi, no Starr, no Langston, no Dani.
Simple! One, two, three. In other words, put together a lovely episode about character, points of view, and relationships such as Thursday's very focused, tight, and classic One Life to Live.
That's it. I'm serious! I'd feel too guilty nitpicking moments in such a nice package. Well done.
Destiny out! (Which might be part of Step 3.)