It was nothing close to that! It was, however, the most exciting thing, directing-wise, the show has done in forever.
Hand held is definitely usually done to signify intensity, and to bring you right into the scene in a new way. OK, it wasn't top notch, but it was pretty decent, and it also gave us a lot of new camera angles we very rarely see.
I wouldn't be surprised if PB was at least up for an Emmy. He should get it. He did pretty well, especially when he broke down for a little bit.
I loved the handheld cameras for Jack & Phyllis' confrontation. They did a good job with that considering daytime's limited time for rehearsal/multiple takes. Of course, Sally McDonald was directing, so if anyone can pull it off, it would be her.
But couldn't they have, I don't know, cleaned up a little bit before they did that? Dusted off the floor just a tad? We rarely get to see so much of the floor so clearly, and that rug... boy, it looked like it needed to be thrown out 20 years ago.
Overall, the directing is doing things again but, yes, the lighting needs to be fixed and, URGENTLY, the music. That horrid, insipid, intrusive, giving-DAYS-a-run-for-its-money muzak!!! Aaaargh.
I am near tears! I have been waiting for these news for basically TEN YEARS. I am happy for my show for at least making some good moves. A new, surprising, good executive producer. A HW that just MAY be able to do some good work who brings back the only other Y&R headwriter who has ever delivered stellar writing except for Bill Bell. They're making moves. And once you're in the door, there's no telling....