If you haven’t seen Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes of All My Children, you have missed the bravura performances of Alicia Minshew as Kendall, who learns the news of her husband Zach’s death from Ryan, and her mother, Erica. As we find out, Zach perished in a plane crash helping Ryan and Greenlee in the David Hayward murder case. ( Although we also learn this week, David is alive!)
Minshew’s anguishing scenes as Kendall tries to deal and accept the death of her beloved soul-mate make her On-Air On-Soaps pick for this week’s Power Performance of the Week. From Kendall calling Zach’s cellphone just to hear his voice numerous times after she gets the news of his death, to confronting David Hayward while he is on the witness stand after learning he is alive and her husband is dead, to getting upset at Greenlee after learning she and Ryan are back together, and she is without her man, Minshew brought viewers to tears.
One of the most powerful moments occurred on Monday’s episode, when Kendall stops being in denial over Zach’s demise, once she sees that her sister, Bianca, is at her home to lend her moral support and confirm the news of Zach’s death. It is then that Kendall realizes that Zach must be truly gone. Ably supported by Susan Lucci (Erica), Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca), Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Minshew pulled out all the stops!
And still there was more, when on Wednesday’s episode in a very understated and powerful scene, Kendall has chat with Griffin (Jordi Vilasuso). The new doc who has arrived in Pine Valley, was at her home for a meeting with Zach only to find out he perished. The conversation that ensued was delivered by Minshew on-point, and later Kendall tries to figure out how on earth she is going to tell her son, Spike, that daddy Zach is gone.
Make sure to click on the links above to go to ABC.com to watch each of this week’s episodes of All My Children featuring Alicia!