With so many of us talking about the same soaps, a little overlap is bound to occur.
I had some things to say about this last week of As The World Turns, but I think these folks have already said it – and said it better.
Roger Newcomb at We Love Soaps hit the nail on the head with his comments on Nancy’s death and funeral. I do understand that budgets are severely limited and that a big fuss may not have been possible. But Helen Wagner passed away well before this scene was taped, and it would have been nice for at least a little sustained fuss made over her.
All My Children did a much, MUCH finer job with some of the same limitations, and they made the episode ALL about Palmer and his portrayer, James Mitchell. They brought back Daisy and Nina, characters you quite simply could not have imagined missing Palmer’s funeral.
Contrast that with the Nancy episode, which, unless I missed it, did not have an end bumper memorializing Wagner. Chris and Casey seemed to be the biggest focus of the day for the Hughes, and the episode ended with Katie – a person with a tangential, at best, friendship to Nancy Hughes – taking center stage.
I appreciated the brief flashbacks – including the scene between Wagner and future star Lauryn Hill – but for me, the whole day felt so rushed. After Bob’s announcement, the next day picked up after the funeral. For me, the real meaningful scene happened on Wednesday in a throwaway scene between Bob and Kim, when Bob described to Kim how he found Nancy at home – and how he knew, just by how she was sitting in her favorite chair, that she had died. That 90 second scene said more than most of the day before.
lynn liccardo also weighed in on the episode. She perfectly describes the action for the day: “The amphetamines kicked in.”
Which begs a question we’ll never know…..why did both of the P&G soaps drag their heels story wise, and then feel a great need to cram 6 months of story into 3 weeks? I wish ATWT had learned from Guiding Light‘s stumbles in pacing. Apparently, those that don’t pay heed to history are doomed to repeat it.