Happy Friday, Hearties! Sorry I didn’t post on Wednesday, but I did warn you that the blog would be in and out while I’m recovering. And Wednesday was a take-it-easy day. Quick update on that: I’m getting better little by little. Having a C-section then hernia surgery in a month’s time, and only about 6 inches away from each other, definitely takes a toll. I still have some pain, and I tire VERY easily. But I actually went down the stairs today for the first time since the operation, so there is progress day by day. I’m continually humbled and grateful to all of you who have been thinking and praying for me and my family. That is most welcome, and it IS helping! So thank you!
Now! Let’s move on. I can’t deliver more #FanFictionFriday yet; not enough time has passed, and my brain has been…a little muddled as of late. 😉 So today is a #FlashbackFriday, but a little different. I’m going to teach you a theatrical term amidst all this WCTH talk. I’ve seen many, MANY posts on Heartie Facebook pages bemoaning the fact that we as fans weren’t given advance warning of Dan’s departure. I went through this emotion as well, in between my shock and despair. Why were we not prepared for this very sudden and very DRAMATIC turn of events? I stayed away for a while; it was too painful. But I mustered up the courage, and recently watched a few select episodes from Season 5 again, including: Jack’s return, the wedding, and the “honeymoon”. Knowing what I did, I scrutinized their performances. I smiled when I saw a post just this morning about a Heartie who had done the same. She said that she felt Jack had an inkling of his time running out, and that’s why he rushed to get things moving. And she applauded their performances. I agreed to an extent, but I also found the opposite. I’ll explain 😀
Here’s where the term comes in. I learned it my freshman year of college from my very first theater professor there. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s a real term, or something he made up. It’s called, “playing the end”. He insisted it was something young actors did far too often, and he was always reminding us not to do it. “Playing the end” means acting out a scene with the end of the play in mind. For example: a production of “Titanic”. We all know what happens: the boat sinks, and far too many people drown. But the characters don’t know that at the beginning of the play, and first class especially hasn’t a care in the world. Even after the iceberg hits, the characters don’t know who lives and who dies, and most fight to live. So actors have to be careful to not get sad or give up etc. prematurely. Before every performance of every show, this professor would say, “All of this is happening for the first time, you’ve never heard any of these words before.” It really helped!
This is something I think the cast and crew of WCTH did very well. They knew Jack was going to die, but we didn’t, and they didn’t want to spoil our joy and enjoyment. Be honest! Would you have adored the proposal or the wedding NEARLY as much if you’d known Jack would soon be gone? I know I would not have. I would have been too downtrodden.
I listened to Jack talk about his plans for their home, and to Elizabeth persuading Jack to build a crib for their first baby. The whole scene when Lee gives Jack the boards for the new home, then offering to help him build: none of these beautiful moments would have happened if they had been “playing the end”. Heck, the wedding itself wouldn’t have happened if they’d played the end!
What are some other moments we would have missed had they played the end? Some that come to my mind are:
1. When the two of them whisper “Finally!” at their reception
2. The rose petals on the stairs
3. Elizabeth showing her flexibility and endurance by going on a very impromptu and unglamorous honeymoon
4. Rosemary, Dottie, and Clara keeping Jack from seeing Elizabeth’s dress
5. Jack opening up to Elizabeth about the Northern Territories
Many people have accused the writers and executives of being deceitful. I think their purpose was higher. There were legal reasons they couldn’t say anything, but I’d also like to think that they wanted to keep us delighted for as long as possible when they had to deal with a sad and inevitable situation. We can’t blame the writers for this unavoidable sadness. Maybe that’s seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, or being a Pollyanna. But is that so bad? “Ignorance is bliss,” they say. And we were certainly blissful as we watched all these serene moments.
Have a wonderful night, Hearties, and a fantastic weekend! Maybe go back and relive some of your favorite WCTH moments, if you feel up to it. But whatever you do, feel happy! See you Monday! And yes, I can promise this one! Toot-a-loo!