(Edited to add -- at the beginning because I don't want to add anything to what I've shared below at this point -- because a lot of you have asked: Firstly, thank you for asking! Yes, I will continue to write for Serial Drama after OLTL goes dark on the air. I may well write some thoughts on classic episodes and on future endeavors of all our favorites, and I will also continue to cover B&B here on the blog. Additionally, I will soon begin to add to Mallory's awesome coverage of GH, not only because some of our Llanview-ites are making the trip to Port Charles, but also because I've been watching GH religiously for over three decades and have thoughts on it that go beyond our Soap Opera Digest column. Let's all hope it sticks around and that some random magic will bring OLTL back, too, in some form or another! I'm going nowhere, and thanks so much for your support! More information on this to come, I promise. Now, onto the Sads. --L.)
This is just about it, folks. I want to first say that I can't make any promises about when I'll get the post up for tomorrow's One Life to Live series finale (there, I said it, now leave me alone!!!) because frankly I don't know that I'll be in writing condition for... really, for days after the fact. I will at least post a quick message, probably with shaky hands and a broken heart, just to check in and make sure we're all holding up. I just need to put that out there so that nobody yells at the computer too much! I'm predicting I will be a very-low-functioning human at best. Bear with me.
Proof of this prediction about tomorrow is that I probably still need time to be able to talk about today's episode, so we're going to compromise. First of all, you can watch Viki's speech about soap operas here. I feel like that says it all. Let's try it here too:
I'll transcribe it here, but I want the various accompanying visual images preserved here as well because it was so masterfully done. This is one of the most beautiful sequences I have ever seen and heard on a soap opera in my three decades of viewing (and catching up on earlier history, too!). When am I going to stop crying? Ever? Anyway, here's what Viki had to say about OLTL and soaps today, under the guise of speaking of the internal soap, Fraternity Row.
Viki: Megan actually passed away nearly twenty years ago, but I still to this day get stopped on the street by Fraternity Row fans who remember the characters that she played. And some ask how she's doing or will she ever return. But I must tell you that there are times I get so caught up in the show that I find myself wondering the same thing. The fans are so loyal, so passionate, so invested in their stories. I always ask how they started watching Fraternity Row. Some of them were stay-at-home mothers taking a break before their children came home from school. Others? Were college students, with free time between classes. Many of them inherited a love of the show from their parents and their grandparents, who were long-time fans themselves. I remember the first time I tuned into Fraternity Row. I was hooked, instantly. I needed to know what would happen next to these fascinating people. Would the hero and the heroine find their way back to true love? Would the villains get their comeuppance, or would their crimes go unpunished? Would loving families overcome their obstacles, or would their troubles become too difficult to surmount? Ultimately, that's what soap opera is about. Families. Close families, rival families, even families that are unexpected. Or the ones we choose for ourselves. And when a show is lucky enough to be on the air as long as Fraternity Row has been on, these families become extensions of our own. The audience might be upset when a favorite actor leaves. But they're always willing to welcome a new one, even when that new one is quite different than the one being replaced! [I wanted to leave this speech without comment, but when they showed Kassie dePaiva here quite poignantly, my heart grew three sizes. --Ed] After all, this is a place where people come back from the dead, go off to grade school in the morning and come home from high school in the afternoon! Because for every new face, every new couple, every new family, there are long familiar faces. Some who have grown up before our very eyes. And a few more we hope to watch grow up. We know them so well, they've become our friends. We yearn for their happiness, especially when it's hard-won. We laugh as they laugh, we cry as they cry, and we can't imagine doing without them. And when things are at their very worst on the show, that's when we seem to enjoy them the most. There's just one thing we have to do to keep them in our lives. Tune in tomorrow.
There's not really any way to elaborate on that, is there? It's pretty much perfection on a plate. I don't have the intellectual clarity to speak much about today's episode so, in the spirit of the speech about soap operas being something we can share, I'm going to share with you guys something a little personal (and maybe typo-laden and sometimes embarrassing). One of my best friends and I (we go back almost twenty years at this point) both watch the show and we g-chatted it while watching today. She was watching it for the second time, just to clarify some of her statements, and she gave me permission to reprint it. It's silly, I know, and probably absurd to think any of you would want to read it... but then I remember it might be awfully close to the exact viewing relationships and kinds of reactions you had today or ten years ago or any day ever over the last 11,000+ episodes. So it can't hurt, can it? When I am otherwise speechless? So here it is. Keep in mind that this is us, with no regard for diplomacy or fairness or punctuation or spelling or capitalization or...
me: opening credits.after little sam hopefully said "across town?'i'm dyingtell me when you're there, i'm pausedJessica: almost there.me: i'm already blubbering.Jessica: yes. it's blubbering worthy.me: the CREDITS are making me cryJessica: YES.me: omg liam is SO cute in his little jacket and hat!Jessica: look at liam in his wintery get-up.i can't believe how much this couple has sucked me in in the last few days.me: i know.movies without sympathy heheheheheJessica: i KNOW!me: Judith Light!Jessica: JUDITH!me: "Television actress!" (please, she's a BROADWAY actress!)Jessica: I love Hilary B.me: And Scott Sickles wrote today's script. Perfecto.Jessica: It's a miracle.me: Gigi temp brunette dye job is fading and spotting fast!Jessica: Yup!me: Wait, who are they staying with in London?I missed it.Jessica: They're staying at the Buke compound of course!me: Who were they talking about "keeping her clothes on" though. Kelly?Jessica: Yes. I don't understand that part.me: Gigi used to walk in on Rex/Kelly accidentally naked a lot."don't you love us anymore?" SAMMM!!!!Jessica: OH RIGHT!!! I completely forgot!me: I love that Blair just assumed she'd absorb Hope as yet another child.Jessica: I know. I know.me: Aw, Todd.Hehe. All the anti-LA talk from the people on their way there as we speak!me: Oh Agnes.OH AGNES.Jessica: Hang on.me: What?Pause?Jessica: I mean that literally. You're going to want to hang on to something.me: ohplaying againi'm hanging onto this chardonnayJessica: sorry about that.me: oh god i love her so muchJessica: yup.me: HA! Baker watches it too!!!!Jessica: of course he does!me: And may I say: ADDIE!!!!I do wish we had seen the Addie/Todd reunion.Jessica: I know!!!!! Being Blair's mama and Starr's grandma!me: Oh no the Mannings are killing me.Jessica: blair is the most wonderful woman on the planet.me: Will she be our sister?Jessica: oh, god. YES.me: Maybe in London Shane can get a haircut.Jessica: SERslyme: Or a... what's a haircut called there?Jessica: i think it's just a haircut?me: Damn. I was hoping it was something cute.Jessica: my husband calls it a trip to the barber's.but that's cuz he's from a dickens novel.me: The Evans fam!Schuyler and Greg talk!Jessica: Doesn't Roxie look beautiful?I know!GOD I LOVE ROXIEme: I'll miss her so much.Okay I have to stop with that shit.Jessica: yes.me: Ha! Bo's producing days were FR's "golden age."Jessica: Bo. Bo. Bo. Bo has a very good day today.I KNOW.me: I like how no one gives a crap how the teen just out of a coma feels about being a dad any day now.Ha! "those IDIOT writers who will probably have a last minute bombshell with a DNA test"Aww, Roxy is killing me.me: Ads. FF-ed. Back to Blanca.Jessica: i know! sorry got kicked off.okay. hang on to your hat, weez.me: Oh yeah I was warned about this monologue. I have to transcribe it later.(LONG PAUSE WITH NO G-CHATTING)me: I NEED A DOCTOR.Jessica: YES.me: ok commercials, i need a break, hang on.(LONG, LONG PAUSE AGAIN)Jessica: okay. yes. let me know when you're ready to go again.that was my NOT ALRIGHT I AM NOT ALRIGHT.me: i'm surei just need a minuteJessica: i'm a shaky mess all over again. how you doing?me: i have to TRANSCRIBE that speech laterholy shitJessica: and you can have it. i need it too.i couldn't keep my hands steady enough to type it. seriously.best fucking show ever. i'm sorry.me: HOW CAN THEY TAKE THIS AWAY FROM USJessica: I don't know. But my god, the love.me: my nose won't stop runningJessica: mine either!me: this mean dog is just lying next to me snoring like it's no big whoopbitch.Jessica: indeed she is.my dog thought i'd lost it earlier. well, i had, so.me: okay. i think i'm ready to press play againready?Jessica: yes. well i was. youtube is screwing up. hold on.me: okJessica: okay. go!me: doneoh their faces! i love this cast so much!"that is one nutty fraternity." tootsie!Jessica: I KNOW. best ever.me: "i said it was ridiculous, i didn't say it was bad!" love that.awwww subtextJessica: i know!!!me: rex loves his mama !!Jessica: of course he does!i love shaun.me: oh! shaun and vivian...?Jessica: i love you shaun! i'll love you!me: and his parents love it!Jessica: I know!me: bo has a cane like meJessica: awwwww.step-nora will always make me giggle.me: yesawww, the soap made clint cryand vimal got the dna results!Jessica: clint is crying. and again.it's hard.the music.me: and clint just loves his girls. "our story is just beginning." GAH!and the theme song underscoring it!!!Jessica: i know!!!!!!!me: oh the actors are having a rough go keeping it togetherJessica: yep.me: i could not love them more than i do at this momentJessica: nat has a really hard time.me: of COURSE jack hated the end of the soapJessica: hehehehe.me: aww, todd's growing up. he wants starr to stay but he's not pulling anything.Jessica: oh, todd and shorty.me: Aww, Natalie stormed in their wanting her bro to stay. Love it!oh, natJessica: yeah, she breaks me today.me: i've fallen in love with nat all over again these last few weeksJessica: I KNOW!!! IT's been so great. I loved her for so long. And then I didn't. And now I do again!I even like Rex again.me: Yup.Jessica: Oh, Bo.me: I love every one of these people so much right now.Jessica: I KNOWI KNOW I KNOWOWWWme: Robert S. Woods, be my friend.oh shit slo-mo hugs.Jessica: even a nice starr and jack moment. seriously.perfection.me: ROXY AND NATJessica: I know!!!!!!!!!!!me: And as usual, KdP breaks me. Or wait, I already broke long ago.Jessica: No kidding.oh my god. this is every bit as harsh. even when you know what's coming.me: Wait. I'm paused at the end of the ads. It's the last segment. After this there's only the finale. I can't do it.Jessica: You have to.me: just hang on a secJessica: Seriously. Deep breaths.Okay.let me know when you're ready.(INTERLUDE HERE WHERE WE TALK ABOUT HOW SHARING THIS SHOW FOR THESE DECADES HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO OUR FRIENDSHIP AND THEN WE BOTH GET EMBARRASSED BECAUSE NEITHER OF US IS USUALLY SENTIMENTAL IN THE LEAST.)me: ok.i'm pressing play. it's now or never.Jessica: k. go weezie!me: aww, vimal.Jessica: i know.me: uh oh. mannings.Jessica: okay.yeah.me: shitkdp and rh are magic forever and ever.Jessica: the most magic there is.me: did todd just say "it's not about me"????wow.Jessica: YES!!!!!me: my nose is running too todd!Jessica: todd's nose is running too!me: oh my god!tomas!Jessica: i know!!!!me: holyshitholyshit"if you want me i'm yours"Jessica: yep!me: I WILL DIE.Jessica: i know!!!!!!!!!me: ASA!!!!Jessica: and asame: bo, nora, nigel. perfect right there.Jessica: yep.i'm not crazy about moralistic david.but i like "i buked up"me: love itbuke up! huh. i can HALF get behind matthew as a dad when they put it that way. i'm such a sucker!Jessica: i love that being a buchanan means so much to david.me: and not financially like at first.Jessica: yep.me: jesus christ. okay. i didn't want the birth to be on the finale, but it is. in every other way that's one of the most perfect hours of soap i have ever seen in my life.Jessica: so that's about the best penultimate episode of anything ever. ever. in the history of everything.it was. it really really was. i'm even kind of excited about the baby. i'm all looking forward to tomorrow. Until.me: i'm not. i want tonight to last forever.
I don't have it in me to say much more but I can't let today's episode go by without leaving you with a screencap of our beloved show's adorable and brilliant creator, Agnes Nixon:
We thank you, Agnes, and we salute you!
So again, the comment guidelines this week: don't be mean. No one can take it.
And again I ask, how's everyone holding up? (I myself have, well, handled other things in my life perhaps with more strength and grace than this? GAAAAHHH!)