The Power of Goodbye
The closer we get to September 23rd and the end of ABC's broadcast of All My Children, the more I get sentimental about increasingly strange parts of the Pine Valley experience.
"TEAR! I'll only hear this theme song a few more times!"
"SNIFF! This could be the last time I see David Hayward get arrested!"
"SOB! How does Alicia Minshew manage to have such big bouncy curls with nary an appearance of frizz?"
"Mallory, why are you weeping?" "Because Krystal and then Liza and then they were talking and they said things and they were beautiful!"
I'm a mess, basically.
So today's episode of AMC was excruciating for me. The theme was friendship and so many of the friendly conversations we saw were wonderful and adorable; Jake and Ryan also spoke. But even beyond that? The actors. The actors so obviously love each other and were so clearly saying goodbye to each other and to their characters and to the show, and there was so much real emotion and it damn near broke my heart.
Before we get to the sad, let's start with the rage-inducing.
Jake: You're a hero. You don't like being called a hero.
Ryan: I'm used to it.
Jake: Thought I touched a nerve.
Ryan: Nope. I just don't really understand why people label me that way.
What a pity--Ryan and I finally have something in common, just as the show comes to an end! I especially like the tortured, resigned way he said "I'm used to it", like he was saying "It's routine, you know? All day, every day, people heaping me with praise and worshiping me."
Jake: I can think of some other names that are worse than hero.
Is that a challenge, Jake Martin? Thinking of names for Ryan that are worse than hero?! Serial Drama accepts your challenge! I'll start!
2. Baron Von Douchenstein
4. Lord of the Douche People
5. The freaking worst.
- Kendall and Greenlee had a sweet heart-to-heart over mocha hot chocolate (raise your hand if you would love to join these ladies for mocha hot chocolate? Or, since they are fictional, join Alicia Minshew and Rebecca Budig for mocha hot chocolate?) and it damn near gutted me watching these two together for one of their last times. At least we got some quality laughs out of it.
Greenlee: Thanks for being such a good friend. My best friend. The closest I have to an older sister.
Kendall: ...excuse me? Wait, wait. No, no, no. You're older than me.
Greenlee: I am not.
Kendall: What are you talking about?! Of course you are. You are!
Greenlee: Listen Grandma, age is nothing to be ashamed of.
Ha! It delights me that Erica's daughter is being called Grandma. Hee!
- Oddly, the aforementioned Krystal and Liza scene was kind of nice. It's odd because Krystal is, as far as I can tell, universally reviled and Liza...Jamie Luner is many things, but Liza she is not. But they were entertaining today, bonding over their shared bad luck with the same group of men.
- Man, though, we're STILL mourning Babe (who I'm sure will be back next week, alive and well and beyond fucking irksome)? I can't think of a soap character who has been grieved for so long and so loudly.
- Scott and Colby? Adorable. Why do all of Daniel Cosgrove's roles end with his soap being canceled?! Because he is so cute and charming and I want him to be far more successful than he has been.