B&B: Eric and Stephanie's long kiss goodbye.................
Wow, wow, wow! I watched yesterday's (Monday) episode last night. I'll get to my comments on what this thread is ultimately about in a minute. However, allow me to vent. I ABSOLUTELY hated that Brad Bell penned that "emergency vote" right smack dab in the middle of Susan Flannery's final storyline as her character is dying of lung cancer. It wasn't needed, nor warranted. Like many others who've commented on this, it should be Eric with Stephanie at the end, not Brooke. Eric and Stephanie have been through the wringer the last 25+ years and it is only fitting that John McCook (Eric) and Susan Flannery (Stephanie) would share that final scene where Stephanie takes her last breath. This emergency vote could have waited until after Stephanie had passed away and the memorial service had taken place.
Back to almost the end of yesterday's episode. After Brooke had arrived at the cabin in Big Bear, Eric and Stephanie shared one of the most tender and poignant moments I've seen in this storyline so far. It was definitely John McCook and Susan Flannery's last scene together as Eric and Stephanie. It was them telling us that Eric would not make it back to Big Bear in time for Eric to talk to, look at, and hold Stephanie while she was still alive and when took her last breath. Not only did John McCook and Susan Flannery get robbed of this, so did the fans. So for that, I'm pissed off at Brad Bell.
Brad had many chances to make this storyline absolutely perfect. Was it perfect? No. What could have made it perfect? It would have been Ronn Moss coming back to the show to reprise his role of Ridge for his on-screen mother's goodbye party (per Ronn Moss who stated on twitter to a fan that the reason( he didn't go back for those final episodes was because 1--he's not on the show anymore and 2--he wasn't asked to come back. Something tells me that Ronn and Brad parted on less than amicable terms, ergo the crappy ending that Ronn got when he left the show earlier this fall). He could have put off the emergency vote until after Stephanie died (I know, I know, I'm beating a dead horse with this...........but it bears repeating). Like some, I did not like the way that the party ended. It was too jarring. That just smacked of poor execution on Brad's part in the writing of those episodes and it was poor executing on the part of the producers in not keeping that goodbye party going with Stephanie and Eric still there.
Thank God I'll be home on Monday the 26th to watch Stephanie's last episode, with a box of tissues nearby, and me taking off my glasses and putting them back on more times in one day than usual. I hope I don't screw it up this time by accidentally erasing that episode from my DVR. I accidentally erased the 3rd day of the party episode and I'm beating myself over it. I really wanted to keep those episodes. Having said that, I really hope the fine folks at CBS and at B&B will make available to the public on DVD those final episodes that we have all been so lucky to be a part of so that we have some sort of keepsake from this fall. Even with the minor bumps in the road during this storyline, this will go down as one of Brad Bell's best storyline's in the show's 25+ year history AND I smell a LOT of Emmy gold next Summer. For Drama Series, it's going to be between B&B and GH next year. Days and Y&R won't have anything to showcase as far as any decent material to submit for Drama Series. I do and hope to see One Life to Live in the Drama Series category as well. But judging from what I've seen from B&B, my money is on B&B to win its 4th Drama Series Emmy.
Okay, time for me get out of my Tuesday morning quarterbacking chair. It's time for some of you to take your place in that chair and share your thoughts. The floor is now yours.