Fascinating. Morbidly, But Still: Fascinating
If Angie hadn't delivered her baby today, marking the start of a story that could wind up being the slowest motion trainwreck All My Children has seen in weeks, I probably would have deleted this episode from my DVR sight unseen because really:
Caleb learns from Erica's maid that Erica has gone off to get married; Jesse delivers his baby; JR, AJ and Marissa reconnect.
People can't really be wondering why the ratings are so terrible, right? Because the four-letter long answer is staring them in the face: D-U-L-L (although S-H-I-T would be another acceptable answer). Much like he was with her twin sister, JR and Marissa are completely toxic together. Or at least, I experience the symptoms of a deadly toxin whenever they are onscreen, in that I instantly become listless, lethargic and find myself praying for death. Caleb? Please. I just cannot. I don't know what he said or did during his seemingly interminable airtime today, but I know that it was boring and delivered by Michael Nouri with the passion and inflection of a man reciting his grocery list.
But I just had to see the start of the Jesse and Angie story unfold, just to gauge exactly how much of a trainwreck it is going to be. And maybe I am grading on one hell of a curve, because compared to the rest of the show it was some downright Emmy-worthy writing, but it doesn't seem as heinous as I assumed. Sure, it's preposterous. And it's only JUST started, and could very well go down the drain tomorrow with Darnell Williams moving from heartbroken to "manic and also, crazy". And it might have felt more organic if the writers had just left Williams and Debbi Morgan go offscreen and get a few minutes of screentime each week just acting out random DRAMATIC scenarios for their Emmy reels.
For now, though? The performances were definitely worth watching.
Jesse: No. NO! I did everything I could. I begged you to open your eyes. I begged you to take a breath. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Oh my god, we loved you so much. We loved you!
Angie: Ellie? Ellie? Jesse, I heard our daughter. I heard her crying. Mommy's here, Ellie. Don't worry.
I mean, Jesse's look of horror and shock at the episode's end was amazing. And it's probably the same look I will have on my face during tomorrow's episode, so...