Rockin' Pine ValleyBy Michael Karol Posted: Apr 28, 2010
ALL MY CHILDREN just came off its best week in years, the week of April 19 to 23. Everything the show's writers had promised — getting back to basics, back to the Pine Valley and characters that fans loved — was in full bloom. Under its previous regime, AMC had faltered, as characters acted totally out of character, for no discernible reason. People exited on a whim, it seemed, and new characters didn't gel. Since AMC's 40th anniversary in January, all that has changed. And this week: my God, what a reward for longtime fans! Palmer's death galvanized the town, and brought back Daisy and Nina; the episode was not just a memorial to the character, but to the actor, James Mitchell, who passed away in January. Palmer's death reinvigorated the show in several ways; as Adam and Brooke realized that life is short, they proclaimed their love for each other, and chose to fly off together on an adventure…but not before arguing about it in some loving, touching scenes on a Pine Valley park bench, leaving the field wide open for a second-generation Chandler/Cortlandt feud. If all that wasn't enough, there was also Jack and Erica acting as they had when they first fell for each other: lovebirds. Their chemistry is through the roof, and something AMC shouldn't forget, regardless of bringing in a new man for La Kane to shake things up (Hey, what soap relationship ever existed without major complications?). And Greenlee and David, schemers that they are, agreed to disagree about the people they love and hate, but definitely agreed on their goal: to become the king and queen of Pine Valley. Which, now that AMC is back on its feet, is a destination I look forward to visiting every day.