It’s still only a few hours after the accident, Genoa City time.
The thing about the current storylines that I don’t think the show took seriously, is how these events will permanently affect the viewers of the show. The Abbotts and Newmans and Chancellors et al are representations of real people to us. These over-the-top stories which have been created for maximum shock value and dramatic effect are not going to just be forgotten with the next wave of stories. We’re not entertained, even though we can clearly see the great acting efforts of all involved.
Billy, Victoria, Chloe, Kevin and Adam – at the center – will forever be changed by the death of Delia. People who lose their children are never the same, even though they react and recover differently, and try to go on with their lives. They never get over it. The show has just thrown a wet blanket of misery and grief onto Genoa City that will forever be there.
Killing Delia is not like adult Ricky coming back after spending his life off-camera, and being accidentally killed by his father. It’s not even like Saint Cassie’s death, which was really her own fault. We see how that grief hasn’t gone away, and this is worse. This is a small child who was killed by some “monster” who drove off and left her to die. And Billy feels very responsible, as he logically would, while everyone is building up a RAGE, as Chloe said, and they are bloodthirsty for the killer.
Did Adam do it? If he did, there was certainly NO INDICATION of it at the time he slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting Dash. It could go either way. It could be that he was responsible, but there isn’t a soul alive who would believe his story.”I swerved to avoid hitting the dog, I stopped at the shoulder of the road, got out of my car to check and I saw that the dog was fine. So I drove off. That’s it.” Right. Even though I saw it with my own two eyes, I don’t know if even *I* would believe that story. And we’re talking about the cabinistas here.
Or it could be that someone hit Delia just moments before Adam rounded that curve and that’s why the dog was walking loose. We saw Delia clinging to Dash, so when he ran into the highway, in front of Adam, Delia had let go of him for some reason. And that could explain how some of Delia’s costume got hooked on a branch and then got picked up by Adam’s car tire and got stuck in the wheel well. It was at the rear end of his car, and by the time he swerved towards the bushes, he was almost stopped. Had he hit a child, he would have known it. I think she had already been hit. But of course, he thinks he did it, and so will everyone else.
But here’s the thing, we’re all sick to death of everyone hating on Adam and calling him a monster. Sick. To. Death. I admire the acting of all of the principal characters in this story, and I think Michael Muhney and Amelia Heinle are, in particular, just nailing it. Of course, they are parents in “real” life. Billy Miller and Elizabeth Hendrickson have shown some good moments, but their performances aren’t quite at the level of MM and AH. Not that you have to be a parent in real life to convincingly act like a parent on TV. But it certainly gives you a lot of first-hand experience and emotion to draw from.
However, I find it lazy and cheap to come up with a heinous storyline like this for the shock value and then say “But it gives the actors such meaty stuff to work with!” Yay for the actors. I’ll bet they could have acted the heck out of the story even if Delia were just in a coma and then recovered.
I’ve never watched any other soaps, so I had no idea that this exact storyline was already done once under Jill Farren Phelps’s watch on another soap. That makes it even worse, in my opinion. It’s not even an original bad story.
But we’re stuck with it. As are the actors. We can only hope that the writers are capable of coming up with some resolutions that will help all of us get over our grief and find something compelling about the people in Genoa City that we, inexplicably, care so much about. In spite of the abuse they suffer at the pens of the writers.