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ATWT Opinion Article

By Camille
12/19/05

Last week, Boo sent me an e-mail asking if I could fill in and do recaps for Thursday 12/15 and Friday 12/16. I agreed and in doing so accepted what would become one of the hardest writing assignments I have ever had to do. I watched each episode three times. Even using the fast forward buttons on my remote, that’s still over the four hours of ATWT. I would sit at my desk, fingers on my keyboard, remote at my side, eyes glued to the television.

I watched Mike, Katie and BJ with their ho-hum story line, and I fought to stay awake. But then Gwen would come on, or Jennifer, or Carly and I would lose it. I would reach for the Kleenex and become lost.

After months of complaining to anyone that would listen, on all of the boards, after bombarding CBS with emails telling them to lose the long drawn out story lines. After shouting from the rooftops that the SL’s were becoming ridiculous, finally the writers got it right. They hit the ball out of the park. In fact they hit a grand slam and the ball’s still going. That’s why I give this past week’s episodes of ATWT a 5 box salute. Because that’s how many boxes it took me to get through the week. Four of those boxes were used on Thursday and Friday.

At the beginning of the year when writer Hogan Sheffer was forced out and THAT WOMAN took over, I would watch each episode vainly hoping for something to ignite. A spark, smoke, anything. But all I got was a fizzle. Annoying characters kept popping up in insane uninteresting plots. Main characters were written into corners from which they could not emerge. The baby story line came and lasted for what seemed to be an eternity. Here’s a bit of info for you… Jennifer, Gwen and I all got pregnant around the same time. My daughter was born about four weeks early. By then the sole surviving baby was already three months old. How time flies in a soap opera. At that rate next year this time, little Johnny/Billy/Rory will be graduating college. But the babies as we all know, were switched and the plot kept going and going, even through sinking ratings and incensed fan mail. I would bang my head against the wall and wonder if it would ever end. But suddenly something changed. In the space of 2 weeks, the baby story line that had angered many a loyal viewer suddenly came back to life. It exploded with a big bang that was probably heard clear all the way to Pluto. And the characters at the center of the plot gave it their all.

The look on Gwen’s face as she said good bye to the boy with many names… Billy/Johnny/Rory. The anguish in her voice as she told her boyfriend “they put my baby in the ground”. The heartbreak in Carly’s voice as she begged her kid sister to tell her how to make every thing better. The cold glare on Jennifer’s face and the deadness in her eyes as she told Paul that he was no longer her brother. And even the sternness of Tom’s expression as he told Emily he was going after full and permanent custody. At each of these points (except of course the Tom scene, where I got up and hi-fived the television) I would reach for my Kleenex once again.

At this point I’m going to make a bold prediction. If the Powers That Be submit the clips of Carly, Gwen and Jennifer, where one woman regains her baby and the other two lose him, then all three ladies will be taking home some pretty gold statues next year.

The once hated and reviled baby switch story line has come to an end. But it has at the same time opened the door for much more powerful scenes from each of these characters in the future. And I for one will be curled up on my easy chair eagerly waiting with the rest of the Soap viewing world to see what happens next. Here’s hoping that the writers, having found their grooves again, stick with it. But in the mean time, Boo is still waiting for her recaps……. Where’s that box of Kleenex when I need it?

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Page updated 11/19/10

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