On-Air On-Soaps sincerely hopes you kept the kleenex nearby when you watched today’s heartbreaking episode of As the World Turns, as Dr. Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer-Stevens) took his last breath as a result of the accident that took his life. In gut-wrenching and powerful performances by Van Hansis (Luke) who had to say goodbye to the man he loves, and is given power of attorney by Reid, as his dying wish to give his heart to save Chris Hughes life, Hansis pulled out all the stops with beautifully acted tender and emotionally raw moments. As for Eric Sheffer-Stevens, even while uttering his very few final words, and while laying there on a hospital gurney, his eyes revealed so much with just his look to Luke.
So, we ask you today, to share your thoughts here collectively, as we know fans of Sheffer-Stevens have been building up to this sad day, when this actor who brought such a refreshing kind of character and portrayal to daytime, is no longer on-screen, and that Reid’s ultimate demise facilitates a happy ending for the Chris and Katie love story. We also have heard from so many of you at how saddened you are and frustrated and angry, that this blossoming gay love story between the characters of Luke and Reid, brought to our television screens over the last nine months, has come to a complete halt, even though this duo had captivated audiences.
But Reid’s impact will be felt by many of the citizens of Oakdale that will change their lives and outlooks as the show goes off the air next week on September 17th. So let us know what you thought of today’s episode and Hansis and Sheffer-Stevens performances, and how you are dealing with the loss of Reid. You can watch today’s ATWT video recap below.