I'd rank this episode behind Nikki's but above Jack's. I think Nikki's was better in part because it was her memoirs, so she was able to contemplate the entirety of her life. Victor's was a little formulaic with each person giving a little speech and then a clip playing. I wanted to see a good long scene with Victor holding Julia's lover in the dungeon (seems like we only ever get 5 second clips) and some of his other misdeeds, some of his "deaths," Ashley's abortion confrontation, and more of the downs in his and Nikki's relationships. But in the context of having a party celebrating his corporation's anniversary, that wouldn't have made sense ("Hey, remember when I aborted your child and had a nervous breakdown? Mazel tov!"). Everything was more on the positive side or if that was something negative, it was to show how he overcame it. They should have opened or closed with scenes of just Victor thinking about his life. Maybe there will be more tomorrow. I'm watching unspoiled.
Very puzzling how they spent time having him escort Julia out, and didn't use that opportunity to show an older clip of just them. That was such a miss. For the newer viewers did they even explain she was his first wife?! The scene with Neil was too short and they should have picked something much older, and there was just a blip of Kay. But points for showing Col. Douglas Austin! They really should have cut that art installation out and showed more clips, why even waste the budget on that?
I really loved the scene between Victor and Paul, that was a surprise. I think there was a script of that scene floating around FaceBook, didn't think we'd ever see it! Who knew these would end up being two epic characters? And of course the scenes between Victor and both parents were fantastic. There were some nice choices of scenes I wouldn't necessarily have picked that were a really pleasant surprise, like the Nikki as a maid scene and the flirting scene with Jill. The show was so good back then that any throwaway scene like that was still just awesome.
Complain as I might, it's fantastic that they do this. How I envy the person that is responsible for watching and picking the clips! And I'm amazed how good the old scenes look. You'd think they were filmed in HD. The quality looks fantastic, this would be great on streaming... sigh.