I’m a news junkie. I love watching the news. That is to say, I only like watching the local news on one particular station. I don’t necessarily like watching MSNBC or CNN, so when I come home from work in the afternoon, I have a set schedule of news that I watch. The local news channel airs at 4 pm on one channel, and then at 5 on a different channel. So when the program ends at 4:57, I immediately switch over to the other channel so I can watch the same people deliver the 5:00 news. The thing is though, when I arrive at the designated channel at 4:57, I am left with three minutes of “The Young and the Restless”. I am not a soap opera watcher. I can imagine that I might like watching them, after all, I was a huge fan of 90210 back in “the day”. I like trashy dramas, to a certain extent.
So for quite a while now, I have watched the last three minutes of this particular soap opera nearly every day and I have come to the conclusion that the last three minutes are the most drama filled and, somewhat ridiculous moments of the show. I can’t say that I have watched an entire episode in order to make that judgement, but now that it’s summer break, I just might do that one day.
Watching these last few minutes of the show every day started to get entertaining, so much so that I started a list of what I saw on various days of tuning in at the end. Here are some of the highlights:
-murder plot revealed, a found gun, both think the other will kill him
-a blind man can see again, what he saw was scandalous, though he’s not telling anybody he can see again
-a person knocked out in a fire, a ship explodes
-a plane crashes
-a pregnant woman goes into labor while being locked and hidden in a utility closet
-an evil stare down between two men as one man has the other man arrested for felony embezzlement
From these final moments, I have learned that nobody is safe in a soap opera. I’m pretty sure that even the most innocent of characters is subject to scandalous drama happening. But then again, would it even be considered a soap opera if drama was happening to only some of the characters? Also, when do these people have down time? Is there a day that goes by in this world when it’s just a regular day? But again, what would be the fun in watching people have a cup of coffee while they surf the web in the morning? Or sit in front of the t.v. at night and knit, like I do? Clearly I am not one to be involved in a soap opera, fictional or otherwise. And for that, I am grateful.