All My Children: Nice Day for a Bloody (but Good) Wedding

Now that’s what I call a soap opera wedding! I have watched Jesse and Angie’s wedding episodes from All My Children three times now and am thankfully amazed to see that daytime still knows how to mix love, music, intrigue, drama and breathtaking set design in order to enthrall and capitvate those of us fans who have remained loyal through the longest awkward phase in the genre’s history.

I really wish Debbie Morgan (Angie) could bottle the essence of whatever it is that makes her the most natural actor on daytime. She can go from angry-to-romantic-to terrified without missing so much as a beat or chewing so much as a piece of furniture.

Darnell Williams (Jesse) is equally brilliant. As Jesse he gave us goofy, nervous groom, lovestruck suitor and determined, good-old-fashioned soap superhero all in a matter of two episodes.  I haven’t gasped at a Friday cliffhanger in YEARS, but when Jesse lept from that roof I literally got up off my couch as if living vicariously through his actions. And I don’t know about anyone else, but after hearing ‘Stop This World" I will be running, not walking to get Ne-Yo’s new CD Year of the Gentleman when it drops this August.

The subplot revolving around Dixie’s ghost (Cady McClain) gave the episode a whimsical and ethereal touch. As a person who strongly believes that God places angels here on Earth to protect us, I found Dixie’s efforts to keep her loved ones safe heartbreaking and poignant. I LOVED how Dixie managed to hold the door to keep Colby and Kathy out of harm’s way.

Unfortunately, not even Dixie’s powers could protect Kathy’s surrogate mom Julia or Tad from harm’s way. Of course we all know Tad will be okay, but sweet nurse Julia (Sydney Penny) won’t be so lucky and although I hate that, I understand it. One of my biggest problems with so many soap supervillains is that they never really do any damage that is permanent or lasting. To solidify David Rasche’s Rob Gardner as the best new soap villian in years they pretty much had to let him rack up a body count that included at least one core character. Thank God and Agnes Nixon it wasn’t Opal! And speaking of Opal, the poor girl, there she was thinking she was sneaking into the closet for a little post-wedding nookie and the only penetration she felt was when that sicko’s needle pricked her skin!

This brings us to the other major plot twist  that happened during these episodes, Greenlee’s discovery that once again she’s been betrayed by her BFF Kendall (Alicia Minshew). I know a lot of long term AMC fans adore Jack, but I think he’s beyond oafish.

Couldn’t Jack have, I don’t know, taken the time to ask Greenlee WHY she was crying before blabbing about Kendall’s grief tryst with Aidan? Ugh! Where did this guy get his law degree, from the back of an old Sears and Roebuck catalog? I bet my boy Dimitri wouldn’t have been that stupid!

Who in high hell was in charge of fixing Greenlee’s hair for these episodes? Rebecca Budig is one of the most beautiful women on soaps and has gorgeous, rich, chocolate hair, so whoever decided to halfway pull it up in that lopsided ponytail needs to have their beauty school license revoked!

Greenlee’s hair looked almost as bad as that dress Nu-Colby was wearing, which resembled a cross between something Molly Ringwald refused to wear for Sixteen Candles II and someone’s 1987 Quinceanera dress. Oh well, even a few hair and fashion faux pas couldn’t spoil these otherwise excellent episodes. Good job AMC.

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  1. Profile photo of tgable07

    Jay I am soooooo with you on this post. I haven’t been so enthralled to tune into a soap weding in a long time; this wedding was even better than Rex and Adrianna’s wedding on OLTL and that was good soap. I,myself have watched these episodes two times with no fast forwarding.(and you know in today’s climate of the genre that is saying a lot!!)

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    Normally I FF the Kendell/Greenlee Show, but in between a tear-jerker of a wedding,Rob’s massacare at the reception, and Dixie saving Kathy and Colby the whole Greenlee finding out about Adian and Kendell wasn’t that bad. Granted Jack jumped to conclusion and spilled the beans to Greenlee, it was the first time I actually watched the whole show without hitting the FF button. It was the first time in a long time that AMC gave an actual hours worth of riviting, suspencefull programing! Maybe Greenlee “The Bitch” is back now.


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    I fully agree. I was absolutely stunned that AMC managed to integrate the entire cast so well, especially since I often feel like I’m watching two different soaps on that show. This time they were completely believable as a unit.

    Debbie Morgan is the best actress on soaps right now, she brings something special to every single scene. And Darnell is just as wonderful. You hit the nail on the head, it is amazing to watch him convey pure love one minute and sheer terror the next. Soaps are constantly asking their actors to react to unbelievable circumstances and they usually do it well but I can’t remember the last time I saw something so new…I will raise bloody hell if they do not win Emmy’s next year!

    I hadn’t read spoilers so I literally jumped when he started shooting people. That was action at its best.

    This episode had it all, although I really wanted to slap Kendall when she was saying “I ruined Fusion!” We could only be so lucky, Fusion is idiotic and the sooner it falls apart the better.

    This actually topped the recent weddings on ATWT and OLTL. These three events proved that good soap is possible, in a variety of forms. Oh and CBS, it’s time to hit the panic button.

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    Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!

    Last week’s episodes of AMC is why I watch soaps. For the first time in a long time I was happy to see what was going to happen next on a soap.

    Jesse’s leap of faith to save his beloved Angie,Rob shooting people at the wedding reception, and the guys helping Jesse to save Angie.

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    Ugh! I wish I had thought of this for the headline! LOL

    They were having a great time on Soap opera central with Jesse and his leap of faith. Someone gave him the nick name Jesse”SuperFly” Hubbard.

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    This is the AMC I know and love!!!!!!!!!  Debbie & Darnell never let me down!!!!!! I turned into a blubbering idiot when she came down the aisle!!!! Let’s hope they keep this up!!!!!

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    Because I usually tape the 7a.m. re-airing on soap net (sorry too busy watching y&r)I took a chance on Friday to actually watch it during the 8pm and that leap off the building was so spectacular. I was worried about the CGI but I think they did it way better than GH. That shocked me. Guiding Light she be taking notes.

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    I was worried about the CGI but I think they did it way better than GH.

    That’s funny, because the same effects house did GH’s CGI (which I thought was really good), as well as Night Shift.

    I cannot add to anyoneelse’s positive comments other than IU completely agree. (And Jamey, like you, I lept off the couch too! That was one of the best soap action cliffhangers I’ve ever seen!

    GUIDING LIGHT 2008 OPENING: Yesterday is Today

    THE EDGE OF NIGHT: 2008 – Hi-Octane Version

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    I also was mesmerized by these last three episodes of AMC, and I haven’t been able to say that for a long time. Jesse and Angie’s wedding was beautifully done. The acting, the writing, the set decoration, the production values – all of this shows that the soap genre isn’t dead, and when you have people who actually care about what they’re putting out, you get magic.

    And I found the CGI very well done, considering the budget, and I think the difference with GH and AMC isn’t how it was done. I think it was because with AMC I wasn’t so concerned about the CGI because the story was so good. The CGI tricks done on GH could not mask the fact that they were telling a terrible story that was written sloppily. CGI shouldn’t be a “look at this because we don’t have anything else to brag about!” feature. It should only add to the strength of the story being told. AMC accomplished that in spades.

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    I agree with everything everyones been saying.. I FINALLY enjoy AMC again! Although Jesse leaping to the hellicopter did give me flashbacks of Jason Morgan in his speedboat to Spoon Island LOL.

    I’ve loved every second of AMC the last few days and I can’t wait to get home and catch up on todays episode.


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    Jamey Giddens

    I’m actually finished dogging the soaps for use of CGI. Grey’s Anatomy is a character-driven show much like the daytime soaps and they have utilized CGI and/or larger-than-life plot devices during Sweeps, it’s the nature of the beast.

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