Most of these were good choices, which is shocking to me considering how much I despise his writing, but instead of the Moldavian Massacre on Dynasty I would've chosen Jill forcing Val to swallowing the sleeping pills on Knot's Landing.
I'm still watching and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. I wish we had seen the funeral, but I liked how they showed the impact of Derek's death on the hospital staff throughout the year. Also, even though it was easy to predict Meredith would have another baby, I loved how they contrasted her running off with Ellis's when she was pregnant with Maggie and showed that Meredith not only isn't her mother but makes better decisions than her. When Meredith named the new child Ellis, it made sense to me because she finally understood everything her mother went through when they were living in Boston.
This last episode was excellent. I loved when Amelia confronted Mer about not letting Derek's family know he was dying and April showing up at the hospital with the tow truck to save the guy's life was epic!
It sounds hilarious to me to see the behind-the-scenes antics, which isn't too far removed from how they used to show Kermit and company backstage between acts on the original show, and this is the new show I'm most looking forward to!
Up until this episode, I've really been enjoying this season. It seemed like the writers had hit their groove with Callie & Arizona's breakup and the death of Jackson & April's baby, but I'm really disappointed they felt the need to kill Derek off! I know Patrick Dempsey wanted to work less, but they could've done what ER did when George Clooney left and kept Derek alive working in Washington. It felt like an insult to us long-time viewers to watch Derek narrate what his doctors were doing wrong and knowing he wasn't going to survive the surgery. I will tune in for the funeral, which better include Christina, Addison and Derek's mother and sisters, but I'm not sure if I'll keep watching after and I never imagined I'd quit this show.
Anything related to Erica's abortion.
Monique confessing on the stand that she's Nina's mother, Daisy.
Liza blackmailing Jenny during the prom to leave town or she'll tell Greg that Jenny's father raped Ruth.
The screening of the porno Jenny was in where all the college students were watching.
Phoebe finding out that Langley was really a con man named Lenny.
Anything related to Carla passing herself off as a white woman.
The first appearance of Niki Smith.
He's either in denial about what he said or trying to appease the Sony executives who hired him that he won't destroy Y&R.
I didn't think I could dislike Pratt any more than I already did, but his ego is so tremendous he doesn't regret any of his stories, including Adam killing Stuart, Bianca's one-day farce of a marriage and Erica bedding Ryan?!?!
ITA that the characters have to be true to themselves first and foremost and the stories should come from how the characters react to the circumstances around them. It helps if the writers have an idea of where the stories are headed at least 3 to 6 months in advance. I've always liked my soaps to have around a half dozen stories going at once and to be multigenerational. I started watching soaps in the late 1970s/early 1980s when most of them had storylines for the older characters as well as the young ones. I also like social issue stories if handled with sensitivity like the Agnes Nixon shows used to do, but I don't watch any soaps currently and I don't know if there is a good headwriter out there who is capable of handling them well today.