Gone With the Wind
Such a momentous day and so little to say. Before I get to the death of Babe, a couple of quick notes.
First, I really liked the scenes where Natalia told a shell-shocked Angie and Frankie about how Jesse always loved them, but also communicated the amount of love between Jesse, Natalia and her mom. Second, the tornado must have knocked some sense back into Greens because she quickly put together that Zach was the father of Baby Lesbianca. I'm curious where this little tidbit may lead. Third, Jake operated on Kendall when the lights went out in Georgi....I mean, Pine Valley Hospital. Once Taylor restored power to the generator and Kendall's surgery was complete, Kendall went into convulsions, most likely spasms of joy over Alicia Minshew's vacation. Finally, Erica and Adam were rescued by the Scooby Doo gang, setting up fireworks in the Baby Lesbianca saga for Erica and fallout from Babe's death for Adam, which bring us to...
Many keyboards have clicked and tapped away regarding Babe and her demise. Some fans have been wishing for it from the moment she appeared in Pine Valley. Others jumped aboard the "off with her head!" bandwagon in light of the whole baby switch saga. Still others wanted Babe dead and gone for any of the various shenanigans she pulled. Somehow through it all, Babe managed to amass a number of fans and Chuck Pratt managed to craft an exit that seems to have (partially) melted a few of the colder hearts toward her.
Whether played by Alexa Havins (considered by most as the definitive version) or Amanda Baker (a talented actress who never quite fit the part), I think it would be fair to say Arabella "Babe" Carey Chandler has been the single most polarizing character on all eight soaps in the last decade.
Now Babe's detractors have their wish and her fans mourn her passing.
In my opinion, Babe's death scenes were classic soap opera: filled with a lot of heart, a lot of anguish, and straddled the fence between emotional realism and soapy melodrama. I've also already mentioned the excellent work by Jacob Young and Bobbie Eakes and they were just as good today.
There were some aspects of today's show that didn't quite rise to the intense emotion of yesterday's terrific episode, including a few bits of cringe-worthy dialogue ("You taught me so much!") and some dodgy direction. All is forgiven however, by the dynamite entrance of David Hayward right after Babe's passing in a cliffhanger ending rivaling soap days of yore! Vincent Irrizary looked like he had never left!
There are any number of stories and directions that Babe's death could springboard half the cast and I think possibilities are exciting. Since so many have already said so much about this day many had hoped would never come and many more thought would never arrive fast enough, what say you, gentle readers? Now that Babe is gone with the wind, how do you really feel?
By the way, you all knew that headline was coming, didn't you?