For the last two years, “The Bold and the Beautiful” won the Daytime Emmy for Best Drama Series with a emotionally complex and heart-wrenching episode. Last year’s episode featured the death of Ann Douglas (Betty White) and two years ago the episode focused on the suicide of Storm Logan (William deVry) who killed himself so that his sister Katie (Heather Tom) could get his heart.
This year’s submission by “The Bold and the Beautiful” is equally emotional. Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery, a Best Actress nominee) is in the advanced stages of lung cancer and has refused treatment. She takes herself to Skid Row in search of a lost scarf and finds it in the hands of a homeless girl named Dayzee. After a eye-opening conversation, Stephanie realizes that she does have a purpose in life and decides to fight her disease. Shot on location, these scenes were in gritty and gut-wrenching. Flannery proved why she is a four-time Emmy champ.
The tenor of these three submissions signals a shift from those years when “General Hopsital” won by producing a special effects laden installment. “GH” claimed the most recent three of its record 10 trophies in 2005, 2006 and 2008 for episodes in that vein. This year, “GH” submitted an installment that included both James Franco as a performance artist who fakes his death and the aftermath of a shoot-out at the hosptial. Although the episode is highly stylized and has top-notch production values, it lacks the heart of the “B&B” submission.
“All My Children” also had a faked death, that of Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irrizarry). He returns when Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) rather than Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) is convicted of his murder. “The Young and the Restless” submitted a glamorous episode shot in New Orleans that was more style than substance.