By Kimi

By now, All My Children fans know that Charles Pratt Jr. has been fired as head writer. 

Although I enjoyed some of Pratt’s stories, some will be forgettable for me. 

The tornado special effects were awesome!  Nice way to bring back Bianca, but why’d the baby have to be Zach’s? 

Nothing Pratt could write will help me understand Zach’s motivation, or why Bianca would ever go along with it. 

This storyline quickly destroyed a sisterhood that took years to build.  While their reunion was nice, it rang hollow because who could blame Kendall for just wanting her sister gone?

Eden Riegel as Bianca

Eden Riegel as Bianca

I enjoyed Reese (Tamara Braun) and Bianca’s (Eden Riegel) short stint, and invested in their relationship more than any other partner Bianca ever had.  Pratt will be credited with penning daytime’s first same sex wedding, and I loved the ceremony itself.  Absolutely beautiful, from the vows to the costumes.  Too bad Pratt didn’t verify the length of Riegel’s contract so fans didn’t get shortchanged.

Another up side to his ouster is that now maybe we’ll see Bianca again, because I worried Riegel would never return under Pratt’s watch.  But because of her connection to Pratt, who knows if Braun will, either.

Incredibly, Josh Madden’s (Colin Egglesfield) death bothered me.  Given his manufactured history, I initially had a difficult time accepting the character.  And of course when I finally do, Josh gets killed off.  So much wasted potential there as Erica Kane’s only son, and I’m still confused as to why Erica holds no resentment towards Zach for killing him.  Josh wasn’t perfect towards the end, but he was still her only son.

And while Erica will never really change (thank God!) I do think she matured a bit on Pratt’s watch, and I liked that.  I occassionally saw glimpses of Mona when she got exasperated over something Kendall did.  Payback is a you know what!

I can watch NuLiza (Jamie Luner), but haven’t connected with her on any level.  Never warmed to Taylor and wondered when they hired Beth Ehlers where she’d fit in. 

However, I do like the addition of Brot Monroe (J.R. Martinez), this character drips potential and pairing him with Natalia (Shannon Kane) in a romance and on the police force could be interesting.  I hope his past (before Iraq) gets explored.

I’m ecstatic that the Hubbards are incorporated throughout Pine Valley, but disliked Jesse (Darnell Williams) breaking the law all willy nilly.  I’m loving Angie (Debbi Morgan) as a modern day Ruth Martin, being the stable, calming influence in the family. 

The Hubbards ABC/Steve Fenn

The Hubbards ABC/Steve Fenn

I’m warming to Natalia but didn’t like her mother at all, and thought that storyline could’ve been much better since ANYTHING could’ve happened during Jesse’s 20 year absence – sky was the limit. 

Frankie (Cornelius Smith Jr.) is hot, period, nuff said!  I like the growing pains we see in his marriage to Randi (Denise Vasi).  I believe Pratt got closest to creating some memorable history with the Hubbards because their storylines were very “soapy”.

Pratt also created lasting memories for moi with Amanda (Chrishell Stause ) and Jake (Ricky Paull Goldin).  My heart breaks for this couple lately.  Stause is a great actress who simmered on the backburner way too long, sacrificed at the altar of Carey women 🙂

The return of Dr. David Heyward (Vincent Irizarry) was a coup for Pratt.  Although the character has been dark lately, he keeps things interesting as only David can.  Bringing him back right after Babe died was genius, as Irizarry got great material to sink his teeth into. 

I only wish David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler) was shown the same courtesy – ESPECIALY since Adam killed Stuart.  (Sighing at the missed opportunity and Daytime Emmy nod.)

Crazy Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) is the best thing to come out of Pratt’s reign.  As I stated before, death couldn’t come fast enough for boring Annie for me.  Thanks to his writing, now I can’t imagine Pine Valley without her.

What did you think of Pratt’s storylines?  Which ones were most memorable for you?

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