December 18, 2009By Joe Diliberto Posted: Dec 18, 2009
Today's episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS seemed to have multiple personalities — heartbreakingly good for a chunk of time, then shockingly bad, then sentimental and fun again.
The best part was the reconciliation scene between Rosanna and Craig. It was everything fans have been waiting for. Jon Lindstrom was appropriately contrite, delivering Craig's apology with tear-filled eyes. Cady McClain responded with tears and Rosanna's own heartfelt admission about her hopes for a family. It all boiled down to Craig apologizing for taking away years of her life, keeping her from moving on, and the elation on McClain's face as Ro tearfully admitted that all she really wanted was to hear him say, "I'm sorry." Her hug and tears of catharsis were a release for fans, as well. Then Rosanna dropped the bomb: She was now ready to move on — without him. In Germany. Wait...Germany?
I understand that McClain's six months were up, and thus the-powers-that-be had to remove Rosanna from the canvas. But the whole wedding scenario suddenly made no sense. She knew about the job offer, so why even go through the motions of the ceremony? Why torture fans with an apparent reconciliation? Again, from a professional standpoint, I believe TPTB wanted the forgiveness scene in order to give fans a sense of "closure" to the relationship. If nothing else, TPTB will not feel "obligated" to bring Cady back to "finish" the story. But this sudden shift in tone gave viewers whiplash, and left them stunned and disgusted.
The show won folks back with a sensitive scene of Jack (Michael Park) breaking down at Brad's grave and being comforted by Carly (Maura West). And added a big dollop of comic relief with Brad (Austin Peck) trying to seize control of Henry (Trent Dawson).
McClain ultimately left on a sentimental note (bidding poor Johnny a heartfelt goodbye), but I wish the show could have come up with a better way to move Ro out of town. This German scenario felt too much like a rush job!