Today's episode was good. I like that this show has a lot of storylines going on but I liked that this particular episode focused on the Nixon Falls/Jarly Wedding coinciding. And the Juxtaposition of scenes as things were unraveling in Nixon Falls with Nina & getting underway with Jarly's wedding.
Speaking of Jarly, I am no fan of them and didn't think they had romantic chemistry. But they did look genuinely happy today and their kisses today were much better than their kisses days ago when Jason admitted his feelings to Carly. They looked happy and like they really wanted to start their live together. It's going to be interesting to see what happens now that Sonny remembers who he is and wants to go back to Carly.
I could tell even before I saw the preview for Monday's episode that Sonny was about to start yelling pretty soon there with Nina, lol. He just had that seething angry look he gets when he's about to go off and yell. And that he did in the previews. Nina really has deluded herself into things can just pretty much be the same as they were before Sonny got his memories back. She's in a for a rude awakening. Jax/Phyllis are trying to reason with her, but it's not getting through to her. Maybe her conversation with Sonny where he expresses his anger at her lies, will help snap her back to reality. I have been enjoying Jax and Phyllis in these scenes at the Tan-O.
Jax fits in as someone who cares about Nina and who is trying to help snap her back to reality and prepare her for the major storm that is coming due to her lies. Phyllis has also been great. Joyce Guy is very talented and does a good job of showcasing Phyllis emotions as she tried to help her deluded friend, while balancing her own fears/belief that Mike had died, on top of still grieving her own husband who has recently passed. And then realizing that Sonny was a completely different man from Mike and coming to terms with that. She was just excellent all the way around and I hope she ends up in PC.
And it looks Madame Wu went against the plans of Mr. Novak and Mr. Buschema. It looks like she confirmed to Jason what was about to go down. He may have been the one to switch the bombs, because he caught wind of what was going to happen. He was shown telling Spinelli this week that something needed to be done, it may have been related to the car bombing.
In a rather lengthy video interview (during which she goes, "Ummmm" a whole lot), Kay Alden says that in the early months of Y&R, Bill Bell was utilizing two or three --- "ummm, I think it was two, ummmm maybe it was three" scriptwriters on the West Coast. According to her, both of them (or all three of them) quit about the same time in late 1973 or early 1974. This was shortly after she'd submitted a few "spec scripts" to Bell, which he'd paid her $50 each to write, even though he considered her scripts to be somewhat amateurish and overwritten. When the West Coast writers quit, Bell called her on a Friday and said, "I'm offering you a job and need for you to begin next week."
She goes on to say that their "breakdown sessions" consisted of herself and Bill sitting down together in his apartment on Lake Shore Drive every morning. He would jot down a few ideas on a stenographer's pad, discuss the ideas with her in a bit more depth, then tear off the page, give it to her, and she would immediately begin penning the dialogue. By 5:00 p.m., she'd completed the script and Bell had reviewed it, made any changes he wanted to make, packaged it up, and had it ready for a courier service to pick up the package for overnight shipment to Los Angeles. She said it was a harrowing process (having to be finished and ready for delivery by 5:00 pm every day), but it was how they rolled for many, many months, with herself and Bell exclusively handling the scripting of each episode. But she says the rewarding aspect of it is that she and Bell developed a symbiotic relationship in which they could practically read each other's minds and always knew exactly what was expected of each other.
(And in retrospect, this is probably the ideal method of scripting a thirty minute show. There's no misunderstanding between the head writer and the script writer, as the two of them are sitting by one another all day, can talk freely and ask questions, and can tweak things as they go. It's no wonder that the scripts were better -- and clearer as to character development and motivation -- while she and Bell were working together in this manner.)