I've spent the past few post-announcement days doing a lot of lamenting (and also, raging: mostly about Brian Frons and The Chew. I don't think I will ever be over that, frankly. Cancelling AMC was bad enough in and of itself, but replacing it with The Chew, which sounds like a SNL skit come to life--and not even a good SNL skit. More like a skit heavily featuring Chris Kattan and Horatio Sanz--is needlessly cruel. THE CHEW!). Louise and I have been commiserating about how difficult it could be to write about All My Children and One Life to Live in the coming weeks; I'm normally quick to criticize and mocking is basically a reflex, but it felt wrong, somehow, to be honest about AMC's bad writing knowing that there are only a few months left.
Tellingly, neither of us said anything like "The show could surprise us and be, like, good!" which says a lot about the show's current state, AND YET: that's exactly what I came away from today's episode saying. That it was, like, good. Now, I could be viewing the show with overly sentimental rose-colored glasses and seeing quality entertainment where none exists or...it could have actually been good.
The majority of my positivity, as it so often has over the past few years in Pine Valley, came from Alicia Minshew, whose last scene in today's episode was just staggering. Kendall finally (FINALLY!) realized that there was something not quite right about Ricky when he hugged her and called her sweetheart. She realized, in fact, that he is EVIL and probably a MURDERER.
Ricky: I'm here, Kendall. It's going to be okay, sweetheart. It's going to be okay.
Kendall: (Pauses, raises her eyebrow and then realizes that nothing about this is all right)
Ricky: You don't look okay at all.
Kendall: (Jumping away from him like he was on fire, or diseased, or Brian Frons) Uh, um, I will be. I just, uh, I just need to be alone right now. I appreciate everything that you've done, I just need to be alone. I hope you understand.
Ricky: Of course. I'll call you tomorrow, okay?
Kendall (Trying not to be physically ill): Okay.