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169 September 7th, 2010 Tragic Tuesday: Grieve Reid as ATWT’s doc takes his last breath!

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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.

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  1. Lune says:

    Van Hansis is truly the most amazing actor I had to watch on screen! When Van cries, I cry, and when Van smiles his adorable smile, I smile: that’s as simple as that. I can feel each one of Luke’s emotion because Van makes them so palpable and so real!Today, I wanted to hug Luke and to make him feel better. Today’s episode showed deeply amazing performances by Van Hansis. What an incredibly talented actor!


    arorua01 replied

    Yeah, he is. But I find impossible to deal with the loss of Reid


    VY replied

    Van is the only actor who makes the show worth watching. Van topped it all!

    LT replied

    Van is indeed fantastic. However, No amount of great acting can mask this truly horrific and tragic story. This has to be some of the worst writing ever.

    Paul replied

    Van is phenomenal!!! He is/was the best thing about ATWT, and I just can’t comprehend why they would kill Reid. I just wish another show would offer Van a job. He completely mesmerizes me when he is on screen. Maybe Luke could move to another town to move on after Reid’s tragic and unnecessary death.


  2. Colleen says:

    Thank you, Michael, for providing this forum. Thank you also for your incredible support of our effort to turn this tragedy into triumph by making folks aware of our campaign in honor of ESS for DWB. It is something none of us will soon forget!

    Van was all kinds of amazing today but, then again, he always is. He not only spoke for Luke. He spoke for the fans. As much as I hate the end, I look forward to Van’s portrayal as our vessel to say goodbye to this “snarky bastard” we all fell in love with:-)


  3. Laura says:

    I have grown up with this show, watched all my life and never, never have I been more bitterly disappointed by it. I simply cannot understand purposefully adding more misery to an already miserable situation- loss of our beloved show- loss of our beloved Helen. Now the loss of the single best character ever introduced.. and for what. Yes, the performances by the actors were wonderful- but I would take sappy, happy endings for every single character over great drama any day in a situation like this- in a little over a week the world stops turning forever. That alone is more than enough sadness for this viewer. At the end of the show- this is just plain wrong.


  4. kwbalan says:

    I have been watching ATWT for 30 years. Never did more than watch until LuRe. I had spent the better part of the last 8 months campaigning, sending letters, postcards, calling the hotline to get more airtime and LuRe endgame. Instead what I got was a slap in the face. I will never regret watching Eric & Van as they lit up the screen anytime they were on. I have made many new friends through this whole experience including those I went to Vermont, Paley in NYC & Boston with. It still did not lessen the blow of the last week and today’s show.

    There were so many things wrong with this story, one of which however was not the acting. So little airtime, no love scene, killing the best character to come along to daytime in a very long time if ever and a way too short death scene (but at this point to have expected anything different would have been foolish on our part). The colossal travesty is the fact that every hetero couple has a happy ending and the one homosexual couple is left shattered… And that is coming from a middle aged heterosexual woman.

    Michael I want to close this out by sending a special Thank You to you for helping with the Doctors Without Borders Campaign. For me it has been the perfect way to redirect my anger and focus on something positive to come out of the negativity of the sad ending to this story. With your help as well as many others we are almost to our goal of $15000. We LuRe fans are an amazing group and I am proud to be able to be part of this group.


  5. Kate says:

    I am truly devastated. Reid Oliver is the best thing that has happened to Oakdale in a long time and the only reason this watcher of 28 years continued to watch in 2010. As Luke stated today, they were only getting started. What a love story it would have and should have been. I hope that Oakdale will remember this man who gave his life for a friend. Tears have been flowing snce last week. I will truly miss Eric and Van gracing our homes in the afternoon and letting us into their lives.


    Chastity replied

    I agree!!!! Luke and Reid should have been able to have the fairy tale love story… They just started out and should have the chance to finish the story! I have been watching ATWT for 20 years since I was a kids watching with my mom and Reid brought the show back to life… Not looking forward to this week, because i know it is coming to an end. I am hoping that the show is saved and all of this devastation was just a dream….. I love this show became a huge part of my daily life…


  6. Melissa says:

    Yeah- that storyline SUCKS! Chris was self-serving, spoiled and did everything he could to cause his demise… I say, let him go!


  7. sky says:

    Much as I love Van Hansis acting – and I really hope he’ll garner an Emmy finally next year – I think today’s episode’s saving grace is Eric. Even though his scenes were painfully, inadequately short, and even though the writing around him was painfully, inadequately rushed, it was his understated and nuanced performance that hit me the hardest. I know it probably won’t be the kind of acting that will gain the actor awards, but it’s what will stay with fans the most. I am very disappointed with the show’s treatment of this amazing character, whose spunk, sexual maturity, and unapologetic confidence brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to what unfortunately has devolved into a moribund show. To kill him off so abruptly, so brutally, and without good narrative reason is leaving me, a viewer of 20 years and a queer-identified woman, with a really bitter taste. It may not have been intentional, but I hope the writers/producers will one day realize the hurt they have inflicted on long-time viewers and on LGBT audiences.


    VY replied

    I disagree. Van’s performances are the most memorable from this show. No other actor did what he did. Emotions were all writen in his eyes, in his faces, in his gestures, in his posture… Van Hansis is truly the most amazing actor. Eric didn’t have a lot to do, except for watching Luke being totally devastated. Everybody should recognize Van Hansis’ brilliant work.


    Bee replied

    I beg to differ. Eric may not have had a lot to do but what he did trumped every other person. His eyes spoke volumes.

  8. Rebecca says:

    To the Producers and Writers of ATWT:

    As a LGBT fan of As the World Turns, I am devastated by the direction you chose to take for the ending of your show. The choices you made felt like a blatant homophobic attack on LGBT fans and fans of the gay characters you have depicted on your show.

    This was so puzzling to me, because you took the effort to create fully realized gay characters, highlight them within the show and include them in the ending, rather than bringing them on as a plot device and then shipping them off to parts unknown as so frequently happens in other daytime shows.

    After some reflection, it has occurred to me that this was not your intent. You chose tragedy for the characters of Luke, Reid and Noah because you knew that the characters had a strong fan base, and tragic heartbreak is a necessary staple of soap opera drama. “The drama is always on.”

    However, with the current storyline, your intent to create heroic drama resulted in a rather strong attack on the gay characters depicted on your show and the fans who have followed their lives.

    What you intended: The irascible closed off character finds love and nobility, and tragically dies just as his new life is beginning. What you gave us: The straight man with the fatal heart condition sleeps with his partner and lives happily ever after. The gay man CONSIDERS sleeping with his partner and is killed.

    What you intended: The arrogant neurosurgeon looks around at all the people he has come to care for and decides to fight for their happiness, tragically losing his life in the process. What you gave us: The gay man looks around at four happy heterosexual couples, and goes off to kiss a train to save the life of a straight man so there can be five happy heterosexual couples and one devastated and alone gay man. Because the life of a self-destructive and suicidal straight man is more important than the life of an out and proud gay man.

    What you intended: The emotionally unavailable man finally learns to quit running from love, and dies tragically and heroically. What you gave us: The gay man acknowledges his love for another man, and therefore kills himself in a pointless and preventable accident.

    What you intended: Although there is drama and heartbreak at the death of a man whom no one expected to care for so much, there is also happiness for residents of Oakdale as life goes on. What you gave us: All the heterosexual people on the show are paired with true love, including shipping in a previous character so the legacy villain (Craig) can have happiness. The gay men on the show (including, by the way, one legacy character) end up disappointed (Noah), devastated (Luke), and dead (Reid).

    You wanted people to cry at the loss of a wonderful character. I was sobbing long before the ridiculous and contrived train accident, devastated at just how HATED I felt as a LGBT fan of your show.

    As I said, having taken time for reflection, I recognize that sending a hateful message that LGBT people are destined to end up dead, devastated or alone was not your intent. That it was an unintended and thoughtless result is somehow worse. Your reckless disregard for the message you were sending hurt me more than blatant homophobia, because that, at least, I am frequently prepared for.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Rebecca Altes
    Former fan


    Patty replied

    That was so well stated, Rebecca. I am a heterosexual woman who has watched ATWT for well over 30 years, and I absolutely agree that this ending sends a horrible message. (intended or not) I am seriously disappointed in the choice the writers/ producers made in ending this show. Maybe it was done in order to allow the actors to really show their talents with a wide range of emotions. That could have been done with a near death experience or in many other ways. It is so sad that this show that has been such a part of my life will now be a bitter memory. I very much regret watching.


    JenA replied

    I completely 100% agree with you Rebecca. I don’t think anyone has yet to say what you said with such clarity and execution. Thank you for putting into words what many people are feeling. I hope your brilliant writing does not fall on deaf ears.


    Gus replied

    As yet another LGBT fan, I agree with you wholeheartedly. That’s just wrong on so many levels.


    Lucie replied

    I agree with you 100%. This storyline sucks… we just had Luke and Reid at the beginning of their journey and now, they are killing him for the benefit of Chris and of course for their own agenda.

    I’m so devastated by this and so angry, I will never ever root for another couple. I’m burned for life. It was unecessary to kill Reid. Noah and Luke were over, why not let Noah move on and let Luke be happy with Reid.

    I hate this show, you have no idea.

    Mary P replied

    As another LGBT fan, I agree 100%
    I am so angry by this ending. Luke deserves a happy ending. He finally has a mature relationship with Reid. Luke learned how to stand up for himself. He found a man that loves him for who he is and doesn’t want to change him. A man that will stand by him through good times and bad. One that takes responsibility for his own actions and not blame Luke because something goes wrong. These two characters have a love that will last a lifetime and should have been allowed to end the show together and happy.

    The character of Chris Hughes, should not have been saved. The character has been recast many times and just recently came back to the show. His selfish actions caused him to get as sick as he did. He should have had to take responsibility for his actions, not get rewarded by them. He gets to live while Reid dies. There is no justice in that. Also the romance between him and Katie was rushed and unnecessary. Katie hadn’t had enough time to mourn Brad (it had been less then a year), before being thrown at Chris. This is a rebound relationship at best and not one that will last much past the end of the show. This is not a love that will last through the ages.

    And then there is the whole, if ATWT hadn’t been canceled then there would not have been any reason to kill off Reid. Luke and Reid would sill be together and be building on a life together. So this is telling the fans that the writers and producer don’t care what the fans want to see or what they truly care about.

    Now what angers me the most is the message that this ending is sending to the world. If you are straight then you get to be happy, but if you are gay then you deserve to get death, devastation and despair. It is a complete slap in the face to the LGBT community to again be treated like we what we feel doesn’t matter. To treat us like we are second class citizens that do not get to be happy. That we will never be treated equally. Gay couples are not treated the same as straight ones. They don’t get to kiss as often, they don’t get to make love even after they have been a couple for months (when a straight couple has sex after only a few weeks), and don’t even think about actually showing them on a bed.

    ATWT had a chance to show a real gay love story. They created Dr Reid Oliver, a character that was not at all a stereotypical gay character. He was a real person, not defined by being gay. It was just one small part of who he was. He was a character that could really educate people about that gay people are human too. We are not different then straight people. The only difference is in who we attracted to. Our feelings are just as strong as anyone else is. We deserve to be treated the same.


    Wendy replied

    I totally agree with you Rebecca! I had invested so much of my time into this couple and ATWT that I am truly heartbroken that the only gay couple on the show could not have a happy ending. I will never become so fascinated with another couple like I have Luke and Reid again on any show in order to save my self from this type of heartbreak. ATWT knew that Luke and Reid had a large following too and they let us down. The character Chris Hughes compromised his own health and should have suffered the consequences. Now we are the only ones suffering. I am so glad that this show is over. What a horrible ending they created for it. They never cared about their fans. I stopped watching it the day before Reid’s accident. I could not bare to watch it. Good riddance to ATWT, what a disappointment!


  9. Kat says:

    Today was indeed a very very sad day as we had to say goodbye to our beloved Dr. Reid Oliver. Its almost unreal that we saw the final episode for an actor and character who brought so much life to this show. Eric Sheffer-Stevens will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Reid and we will be forever grateful he was brought to our screens 9 months ago.

    Van Hansis proved again today that he is blessed with a gift and is one of the most talented, amazing and breathtaking actors I have ever watched. His performance today (and I’m sure during the remaining episodes of the show) were Emmy-worthy!! He earned not only a nomination today….but a win!


  10. Irene says:

    I am so saddened and sickened over this brutal ending to a fabulous character who had given so much and saved so many lives. I am equally disturbed that Luke, a legacy character who happens to be gay, is the only character left devastated and grieving. I do not understand the rationale that these writers used in coming up with this ending for Luke and Reid. They had just found each other and had just planned a life together which was cut short by a ridiculous train accident contrived by the writers to give their “sweetheart” her 6th love of her life when Luke had just found his first. Not to mention the stupidity with which Chris demonstrated re his heart condition. Shame on them for doing this to Luke and shame on them for doing this to the LuRe fans. The lights in Oakdale cannot go out soon enough for me after 25 years of watching.


    Stefanie replied

    For some reason I cannot leave a reply directly to this entry, so I’ll just leave it here. Van Hansis, as usual, was amazing today. He broke my heart with his performance. And Luke, oh, Luke! I feel devastated for him, and I am so angry with the entire Hughes family for how they were so dismissive of Luke’s grief, how they circled him like vultures. I cannot believe how *alone* Luke was today. Why didn’t anyone call his parents? Why didn’t his friends seem to care that Luke was at the absolute lowest point of his life and barely hanging on? Van Hansis portrayed everything Luke was feeling so well. I hope that he gets another role – hopefully at a place where he’s treated better – very soon.


  11. Ripley says:

    Frustrated and Angry are definitely two words I would use. I am not angry that Reid died [well, I am, but I've learned to deal with that anger in the past few weeks] as much as I am angry with how underwhelming today’s episode was.

    Reid and Luke got five minutes to say goodbye before the Hughes family was circling like vultures just waiting to push Luke aside and take Reid’s heart. They wouldn’t give him a moment to grieve, even before Bob and John knew that Reid wanted to give his heart to Chris. Bob didn’t seem upset at all, which was extremely aggravating.

    Van and Eric were phenomenal, and I wish that were enough, but it isn’t. My heart broke several times, especially when Luke told Katie that Chris had to live because “it’s Reid’s heart, it’s Reid’s heart.” And the end when he’s alone in the room where Reid died.

    It was too short. The romance, and the death. They ended something magnificent for the sake of drama and to save an unsympathetic character. The least they could have done was dedicated an entire episode to Reid’s goodbye and death, like they told us they were doing, instead of giving us this god-awful episode.

    I cannot explain the level of disappointment and bitterness I feel toward the writers of As The World Turns right now. All we wanted was for Reid to live, and they didn’t give us that. So we asked for a beautiful goodbye, a real goodbye. I don’t know why I’m surprised that once again, they didn’t come through for the fans.

    All I know is that Luke better be taken care of in the next two weeks. I hope that Noah [who apparently is the only one who even cares about Luke right now, and whom I personally think is the only one who can help him anyway] is able to help Luke realize he will survive and that he is strong enough to keep going. I hope that they end on friendly terms, and that both men go their separate ways, leaving us with at least the sense that things really will be okay someday, even if we never actually get to see it.



  12. Cathy says:

    To ATWT writers you have made the worst decision ever you ruined everthing.
    Luke and Reid lovestory was beautiful written everything was so perfect they started off hating each other but it later changed in love.Reid coming 9months ago to this soap changed everything for the bettter he changed so much because of Luke.And Luke actually grew up matured to a great man.Luke found love again and he looked damn happy again.For the writers do this to kill of Reid was such a big mistake i hope they live to regret it.Luke is alone with no Reid no love nothing .While the others are so happy that they at least get a happy ending.ATWT SUCKS.


  13. JenA says:

    I loved the scenes between Reid and Luke – both actors just BROUGHT IT completely and utterly. On the other hand, the rest of the ep basically was horrid – badly written and rushed. Who was in charge of writing it I’d like to know. The entire Chris needs to be saved arc just trashed so much of LuRe’s storyline and to me screamed of homophobia and also just a general misunderstanding of the character of the great Dr. Reid Oliver. At least we will always have YT to go back and watch so many of the great, dynamic scenes between ESS and VH. I commend them both for their work and I’ll never forget them. Best of luck to both of them in their future endeavors!


  14. Carol says:

    Thank you for your sympathetic article on Reid and Luke. What started out as an epic love story with such promise has ended in disappointment for so many ATWT’s fans. The actors — both Eric Sheffer Stevens and Van Hansis did an amazing job portraying Reid and Luke. Their talent lit up the screen. We will be following their careers and watching their performances for years to come.


  15. Raj says:

    Wow what can one say, Eric and Van once again brought us BRILLIANT performances.
    It’s been an incredible 9 month journey, and my “happily ever after” is knowing that something positive came from this tragic ending, DWB.
    Luke gave us the best line today “this is about saving somebody’s life”, well no better way to honour Eric than to save somebody’s life for real. Thank you for all your support.


  16. Aimee says:

    I certainly know that a reason this storyline was so incredibly memorable is because of Eric Sheffer Stevens and what he brought to the role. No one would’ve been able to carry it off by him and he should certainly be recognized for his work. Van Hansis was an even better actor for playing off of someone who absolutely recognized/acknowledged/acted the hell out of the character that he was playing. To see all of that come together in such a horrible display of character disregard and storyline progression is incredibly disheartening.

    I’m upset that the one character in the entire show is going to walk away from this with an unhappy ending. I’m upset that the writers decided to acknowledge every happy heterosexual couple while essentially destroying this couple — who were the most stable couple on this show. They made a mistake. They made a huge mistake that can only be called homophobia, bad writing, and disregard for their audience.


  17. Dawn says:

    My heart is breakin first of all. Reid was someone i became to love. His snarkyness was who he was and i loved every moment. I’m furius with the writers for killin him off. I was lookin forward to seein his relationship with Luke progress. Van & Eric did awesome work. They are some of the best actors we have. Thank u Michael for lettin us talk


  18. Sheleabow says:

    What a nightmare! The writing totally sucked. It was all rushed and cold. And made me feel like and idiot myself for watching this show as long as I have. I knew that they would kill off one of the gay actors for this storyline. Because they didn’t care about what the fans wanted and needed for closure at the end. Why did anyone have to die? They all deserved happy endings so they could live happily ever after in our hearts and minds. I would love to see Luke wake up next week and this to have all been one huge nightmare. And that Reid made it back from Bay City with the intended heart. And Luke dreamed up the rest. I think that is the only way that ATWT can pull this epic, long running soap out of the toilet and redeem themselves.


    Paul replied

    I was thinking the same thing….if only this was a dream!!!!!! Killing the character of Reid was one of the biggest mistakes in soap history. What an amazing love story…and Eric and Van hit the ball out of the park with every scene that they were ever in. In my opinion they are the two best actors working in the industry today and that goes for daytime, primetime and films. I am so insulted that all of the straight characters get a happy ending and the really nice gay guys have nothing but death and despair. I love ATWT and mourn its loss, but I truly mourn the loss of this beautiful love story. Bravo to Eric and Van. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us.


  19. joanne says:

    I am heart broken that ATWT chose to kill off the best character introduced on this show in over a decade. The Lure story line, started out so beautifully, then we had to deal with way too little air time to make room for Chuckles and Blackie. Still I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have been introduced to the wonderful ESS. And one last comment: I feel so ripped off that there are 7 episodes left and ESS will not be in them.


    Lucie replied

    Thank you for this comment. Just the fact that they wasted time on Chuckles and Barbara and Blackie with Saint Janet says it all to me.

    Shame on you ATWT!!!!


  20. hl1522 says:

    after 9 months watching, I would never imagined ths is how reid and Luke will be treated in the end! I still can’t understand WHY???? I’ve been crying since CG did that doomed interview! I’ve never been sad and angry in my life like I’ve been this past month.
    I caved in today and watched! and the funny thing I maybe teared up over some lines… for the rest of it I felt numb with a WTF expression on my face!
    the episode was awful even Van and Eric couldn’t save it for me! the editing, the writing, the choice of scenes, the reaction from the hughes family and katie were all Horrific!! it all fell flat and horribly lame!!
    We’ve been begging for months for airtime and they finally give it to us only to show the death of the most brilliant gay caracter I ever seen in TV and the devastation of his boyfriend, Luke snyder one of the sweetest caracters in the show! they didn’t even allow them to consomate their love.. this ending screams HOMOPHOBIA!!! Their way to evoid expoloring Lure relationship..
    How come all the straight caraters have their happy ending and Luke who is since his childhood didn’t seem to catch a break, not!!!
    HOMOPHOBIA killed Reid, HOMOPHOBIA left luke alone and mourning! and no one can convince me otherwise..


  21. Amber says:

    Well, that completely blew chunks. I got my crying out of the way watching the recap, but the actual ep lacked power. It was cold, clinical, and rushed. Van was great, but to be honest, I liked his acting better the night of Noah’s surgery. He didn’t have enough time to let anything build in today’s show.

    Eric was the only completely believable person – he played dying very well.

    I did enjoy Kim’s regrets over Reid. But seemed like no one really gave a damn except Luke. Katie’s reaction wasn’t even that devastated.

    All in all, it’s very easy to view this story as the writer’s revenge fanfic, as a poster said. It’s very hard to take any of this tripe seriously.

    I will say that I now believe Luke truly loved Reid. It was like he had that epiphany once he realized Reid was about to be taken away from him. That was nice.

    All in all, another “Bury Your Gays” tv trope. Very disgusted in the show for giving this tragic, homophobic ending to the gays. Luke and Reid deserved their happy ending.


  22. catherine says:

    I am gutted. I have never been so pissed off at the writers of a soap. I HATE that they killed my REID. He was the best damn thing about the show and he made me watch after years of not watching. All this for Chris and Katie, who have no chemistry and were just thrown together. I am resentful of them and will not watch them at all. My poor poor Reid. I love Eric’s portrayal of Reid and i thought he was the best thing about the show today and I loved LuRe together and this is how they repaid the viewers for their viewership. I couldnt even enjoy LuRe today and i hated all of the parties shown except Reid and Luke. Van Hansis did an outstanding job as well as my Eric. If that man wasnt already married, I’d marry him and give him babies, lol. But truthfully Reid was the best character to have ever graced a soap with those one liners and his timing and chemistry with lots of characters. I will miss that man and I will never watch another soap with Goutman and that P woman who thought of this crappy storyline for Reid. Of all the ways they could have closed out his character, this was not it. And Proctor and Gamble should be ashamed in how they put the brakes on the LuRe love story. They started out so HOT and in the end, they got watered down by all the bureaucracy I want to thank Eric Sheffer Stevens for 9 months of pure JOY and excitement. catherine


  23. RE025610 says:

    Van and Eric did magnificent jons today and only they did. It doesn’t help alleveiate the pain of such a horrific ending. What would have been so terrible if ATWT let Reid and Luke ride into the sunset and have a beautiful life together. No excuse for such a shamefule ending. Not only tragedy is entertaining. A beautiful ending for Luke and Reid coulsd have sent this 54 year old soap out on an uplifitng cloud of glory. Instead, after 45 years watching the show, it’s end has brought me great sorrow and will not miss the show at all. I will only miss reid and Luke.


  24. darine says:

    The only thing that was worth watching about today’s episode was VAN HANSIS he is a wonderful actor everything else was crap and pointless and everybody else were heartless.I don’t know if I could have imagined a worse ending for the Luke/Reid.


  25. Carrie says:

    Reid who? I am going to mourn Nancy instead since she a historical character. It is so shameful that Nancy’s death is overshadowed by some newbie character that showed up about 7 months ago. LAME.

    Bye Reid, I won’t miss you.


    hl1522 replied

    I love Reid. This ending was definitly unecssary. Like you said Nancy died a week ago! we should mourn her not Reid!


    Paul replied

    I miss Nancy too, but she died in real life and they had to write that in last minute. However, Reid was an amazing character deftly portrayed by Eric Sheffer Stevens. He played off every actor or actress he worked with perfectly. He started out as smug and obnoxious and you grew to love him and his beautiful relationship with Luke. You are in a very small minority Carrie, who wished Reid to be gone. Maybe you should deal with your homophobia.


    Tom replied

    I loved the character of Reid and was upset by his death but as a long time viewer I can see Carrie’s point about the loss of a long time character versus one who had been on the canvas a short time. I also can see Paul’s point about the big impact Reid had in a relatively short time. I disagree strongly, however, with his assertion that just because she did not like the character that she is homophobic. Heck, for all we know she could have simply preferred Luke with Noah. To call her a homophobe is a little quick rush to judgment.

  26. md1347 says:

    I think the actors did a great job with the crap they got for a script. I can’t remember a show that had worse writing than today’s.


  27. Anne says:

    I am still so frustrated. I keep telling myself it is only a show, I got on
    Facebook and Twitter and tried to steel myself and now I am just in shock. I am dissapointed in the actions of all of the people in the eposide outside of Luke and Reid. Could they have been any colder. Katie redeemed herself in the end but where were Lily and Holden, no one called them right away. It was just Chris, Chris, Chris. And I don’t know why the writers didn’t give us a good Chris to root for instead of one almost universally hated. And why if this was a future reapproachment for Luke and Noah couldn’t they have made us want that. Noah hasn’t redeemed himself at all, I saw no growth in him at all.

    I still don’t understand, when they had Nancy’s death to deal with, why they didn’t give her a week long tribute and find Chris a heart and leave Luke and Reid alone. This was so unnecessary.

    At first I was mad at Chris Goutman for blabbing the spoiler, but I think had that been a complete surprise I would have lost it, of course in this day of leaking media it would have got out anyway.

    Emmy’s? Maybe but they won’t come for another 9 months, until then we have no good reason to be happy about Chris living, Janet’s baby daddy, and Carjack getting married.
    We just have youtube and fanfic.

    I have watched for 25 years and am so dissapointed. And I doubt CBS, P&G, the stupid writers and CG even know of care.


    Lucie replied

    Amen, amen and Amen!!!

    CG and JP never cared for the fans… today, they show it again :(


    kwbalan replied

    I totally agree. They showed this in the past but really stuck it to us with this ending. Rethinking why I have been loyal fan for the last 30 years… So sad.

  28. Robin Smith says:

    I agree that Van and Eric were amazing today. Honestly, when weren’t they during this love story in the making?

    I can’t say the same about the supporting cast today. Not that the acting wasn’t good. I happen to think ATWT had one of the best ensemble casts of any TV show. I just thought the material given to the others today was horrifically appalling. I can’t even say that I like Luke’s bedside talk about guilt for bringing Reid to Oakdale sounded real. I think it was too soon to think about guilt while he’s still in shock.

    This show use to be one of the bests in this genre. I’ve been a fan for 23 years give or take and never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that the wonderful citizens of Oakdale would let one of its favourite sons grieve on his own. Yes, things had to happen fast, but it felt more like a show trying to get to the end of its run than a show with feeling.

    I cried today with Luke and Luke and Katie and when Kim expressed sorrow for not thinking Reid was a fine man. Other than that, I basically rolled my eyes – at Chris and Katie talking about marriage and babies (Luke and Reid have been together longer than this bland couple); at Allison being allowed to scrub in to such a major major surgery; at the lack of interest by Casey in Luke’s despair. I could go on.

    I am also one of the fans wondering WTH the writers were thinking. Reid didn’t need to be heroic, especially for a guy that didn’t take care of his own heart!!!!!!!! My heart broke for Reid on Friday when he surveyed the waiting area at all the straight couples affected by Chris’ stupidity. A good story would have him talk to Luke, the man he loves greatly, about what needs to be done. Reid may have been affected by all that outpouring of love, but what did he get in the end. Death! That’s what he got!! Death by stupid writing!

    I can’t tell if the writers were lazy, egotistically thought they were brilliant (rehashing stories from other soaps), homophobic or brain dead. I really think the media needs to take such portrayal of straight couples versus gay couples to task. It doesn’t help now, but maybe, just maybe, it will help in the future.

    The only up side to writing on this show for a gay couple was the wonderful lead up to their love affair – it was nuanced and it wasn’t rushed (like the great non-love story of Chris and Katie). It was wonderful to see Luke and Reid interact (even though there wasn’t enough of it) and support each other and call each other on their crap. It was wonderful to see Reid find his heart (pun so not intended) and to see Luke mature under the care of a good man. Their love story was delightful, and, like Dr. Reid Oliver, a breath of fresh air.

    I thought I would be distraught today, but I’m only mad. Mad that this one fine show even failed at giving respect to a great character. I fail to understand how a show that created Dr. Reid Oliver also gave us the drivel os the last couple of days.

    Thank you, Mr. Fairman, for letting us voice of thoughts. :)


    Lucie replied

    The writers probably thought that it was a good ending… You know JP lives in her bubble for so many times, it doesn’t surprise me at all…


  29. Susan Katzker says:

    Powerful and touching performance, had me crying and so upset. Outstanding Performance!! I truly wish that this soap opera would not be taken off the air. (:


  30. Shivani says:

    I’m honestly a little torn by this episode, both Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer-Stevens were so unbelievably powerful and amazing and yet the writing left me deeply underwhelmed.
    I understand that the show wanted Reid to have a tragic hero ending but I didn’t feel that at all while watching this.

    Was I meant to watch Chris for the last few weeks and feel nothing but contempt?
    I didn’t feel at all that Reid’s death saved the life of a worthy man or was even meaningful in any way. I felt like it was a waste of an amazingly created character to just throw him under a train so some idiot, who had no real regard for his own life and the pain his death would cause his family, could make a miraculous recovery.

    I also found the way Luke was treated by the Hughes family deplorable. The actions of characters that I used to like, I found despicable and insensitive. ATWT showed me that the deeply intriguing and lovable characters who happened to be gay and in a, for a soap opera, healthy developing relationship, deserve no happiness at all. No comfort, no chance to be happy and lets not forget, no intimacy.

    However, I would have probably forgotten all my grievances with the show had it been written well. Eric Sheffer-Stevens acted that train scene so phenomenally given that he was hit by a train. I mean, really? A train? And after being hit by a train he wasn’t mangled at all? His heart was still viable? The writing was so contrived and lackluster that I found myself not crying at what was supposed to be an emotionally wrenching episode, but irritated beyond belief that I spent time watching something that was so ludicrously written. Reid died in the middle of the episode. They didn’t make it emotionally powerful or even dramatic. All I felt was anger.

    To cut my rant short, had it not been for the perfomances that Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer-Stevens, I probably wouldn’t have watched the last few episodes. I’ve been so infuriated by the homophobia and just plain bad writing of the Let’s Save Chris arc that the show has left me bitter about it all.

    Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer-Stevens are such talented actors and I truly look forward to their future projects.


    Robin Smith replied

    I agree with everything that you say. We’ve really been duped out of some great storytelling.


  31. Mac says:

    Very sad!!! Loved Reid! Great with Luke!!
    Great acting!!!


  32. Becky says:

    I’m really just sad more than anything. Sad that the show chose to end Luke’s story on such a sad note by killing the man he’s in love with. Sad that after we’ve seen Reid grow SO much & learn to love & be loved in return, that he meets such an awful fate for a character that did absolutely nothing to make me root for him. Reid cared more about Chris’s health than Chris himself did, so all I have to say is that Chris better be grateful to him & realize what an awesome friend Reid really was! It’s sad too that so many of them FINALLY realized just what kind of guy Reid was at the very end.

    Van had me sobbing like a sobbing thing the entire freaking time. If this (and the next 2 weeks) doesn’t get him an Emmy, I don’t know what will. What broke MY heart was all the things Luke was listing that they still had to do & Luke saying “I love you & you love me” and Reid looking at him & nodding. And the “It’s Reid’s heart! It’s Reid’s heart!” and the shoulder kissing. OMG. Sobbing mess. They really DO love each other so much, and it’s tragic that their love is cut so short. It’s like the show just wanted to saddle Luke with more guilt, more what-ifs & maybe’s & never knowing what would’ve happened since that’s where they’re basically leaving him – he CHOSE to stay with Reid, thought Reid was right for him, told Noah he wasn’t right for him & didn’t want to go back & then, just as they admit their love, THIS happens. It’s just…sad. And stupid. Just to pimp Chratie, a couple who didn’t even have half the build up/believability as LuRe.

    Yeah…just sad. The show didn’t have to do this. They could’ve had Reid get the freaking heart from Bay City, and be a “hero” that way too without resorting to killing him to make Luke come into his own. It just sucks. I go from sadness to rage back to sadness, rinse, repeat, a lot over this.


  33. Cc says:

    Van Hansis was phenomenal just as I expected, every scene he was in had me crying to bawling during the scene with Katie. As well as Eric, he was incredible and so realistic. Truthfully their performances were what made the episode. Because the writing was atrocious and the heartlessness of the other characters was revolting, they had no sympathy for Luke whatsoever. I know they had to work fast for Chris’ sake but they were practically forcing Luke to sign over Reids heart. They were ready to cut Reid open right then and there in front of Luke. And Reids death was just so rushed it was an utter mess. This character and his death deserved to be more than just a device in the Chris/Katie story. Again I can’t sing Eric and Van praises enough, their performances were the pinnacle of the episode. That Emmy is Vans next year.


  34. Sara Mowery says:

    I am very upset by the death of reid. i cried during the entire episode. I dont think its fair that they killed him off the air. I have love the character of Dr. Reid Oliver from the very beginning and not just because eric sheffer-stevens is hot but because he brought a character that was so conceited and over confident that one couldnt help but fall for him and grow to love him and become curious about what made him the way he was and how his time in oakdale with luke would change him. i realize the irony in the fact that once reid finally gained a heart he ends up losing it but still if they were going to kill off reid i feel he should have had a more fitting death than a stuck seatbelt in the middle of a railroad track with a train coming. the only other moment i can relate to what i felt during todays show was when brad died but this was so much worse for me. reid was just one of those few characters that was portrayed so well that everyone either loved him, or loved to hate or hated to love him. it is a very sad loss just like the end of the show itself is a very heart wrenching fact. Hansis did an amazing job in today’s show though i have been rooting for luke and oliver to get together from the time oliver told henry that he was gay. and he did an amazing job showing how much he loved oliver and how much it hurt to see him pass on. But another thing that i am not happy about is that i feel that the writers will make it so that luke and noah get back together before the show comes to an end and that would be very disappointing. and i cant believe it ends next week i just turned around and looked at my calendar and the truth set in today has been a very very sad day in the life of as the world turns and i will continue to mourn reids death straight up til the end when then i will mourn the loss of the show.


  35. Cc says:

    The writing was atrocious, and the heartlessness of the other characters was revolting. They practically forced Luke to sign over Reids heart. I know they had to work fast for Chris’ sake but they were ready to cut Reid open right there in front of Luke. This characters death deserved to be so much more than a device in the Chris/Katie story, specifically for Chris, that uncharismatic prick. Vans performance was phenomenal, just as I expected. All of Lukes scenes had me crying to bawlin during the Luke/Katie scene. As well as Eric he was incredible, the few lines he had, he was so realistic and yes he conveys so much with his
    eyes. I can’t sing their praises enough, their performances were the pinnacle of the episode, the only worthy part. That Emmy has Vans name on it.


    Mary Edgar replied

    Could not agree more.


    amy replied

    Amen for that!! LuRe forever <3


  36. nancygrew says:

    Long time viewers watched Luke be born. We watched him grow up. He was a loving, caring character in a medium which is filled with ethically-challenged characters. He suffered homophobia, kidnappings, a kidney transplant, etc.,. He watched him be a big brother to his siblings, a loving son, a caring grandson, etc.,. Many of us truly care about this character deeply. To watch his happiness be destroyed at the end of the show is heart-wrenching. Every other long term character [including attempted murderers, baby-swappers, embezzlers, thieves, adulterers etc.,] get happy endings.

    Reid was a truly original character in a medium not overly burdened by original characters who gathered a large fanbase even though he was only on the show for nine months. The way they decided to kill off Reid is disgusting. Reid died in order to save a recently recast character who is currently in a thrown together romance with the show’s sweetheart. Reid, a man who sacrificed a personal life for years in order to devote himself to saving lives and who has only recently fallen in life, died to save an unethical character who is directly responsible for his own health crisis. Chris purposefully avoided medical treatment for a condition he knew could be deadly knowing full well that his death would devastate his family. And to add insult to injury, the characters on the show all reacted today as if Reid had willingly sacrificed himself to save Chris. He died because of Chris, he didn’t die for Chris.

    If the powers that be were trying to end the show with a story that would have the same kind of impact that the GH BJ/Maxie storyline had, they miscalculated. The show is ending so there isn’t going to be any sort of emotional payoff to this story as we watch the reverberations of the death. All it is a gut-wrenching and homophobic ending to a show that I once loved.


    Paul replied

    Ditto. :(


    Robin Smith replied

    I also agree with your comments.

    I want to add though that while Katie may be the show’s sweetheart, I’d like to cast my feelings that Luke is also the show’s sweetheart. He is the least ethically-challenged character on this show and has had so much to grieve for already in his young.

    I remember Luke being born and I liked all the actors that portrayed him over the years. Van, of course, being my favourite of all.


  37. JASlove says:

    I won’t miss Reid one bit. Chris Hughes is part of the FIRST FAMILY of ATWT. He’s a lot more important than some arrogant, insulting doctor that only lived in Oakdale less than a year. The heart-broken Reid fans need to realize that and get over it.
    Van Hansis’ acting was stellar as always. Can’t wait to see Noah (played by Jake Silbermann) comfort Luke. Noah could have been a jerk and said “so what” but he’s going to be there for Luke because he loves him.


    annie replied

    I completely agree that Chris as a Hughes should be important, but unfortunately Chris since re-arriving in Oakdale has been unbearable. He’s selfish and unkind to a degree that made Reid initially appear more flattering–and then, when Reid actually started to care about other people and fall in love, it made it even clearer that Chris did not deserve any of the viewers’ sympathy. I am devastated by the loss of Reid today, but as a fan of the show, I am also upset that besmirched the character of Bob and Kim’s son.


    lexii314 replied

    Sad to say this is nothing new. Chris has always been this way. He is completely within character. Never could stand him.
    Was he not stalking Katie at one point years ago? They must have been passing the pipe thinking Katie and Chris would make a good couple.

    Eirini replied

    See? Everything, for Jake fans, is about Noah (Jake), not Luke.
    So typical, yet so stunning: they really are heartless, even if it’s Reid who has no heart now.
    Seriously, how could anyone care so little about Luke to prefer to see him destroyed in order to be “available” for Noah is beyond my imagination.
    I guess Noah’s selfish attitude reflects his immature fans attitude in real life. Grow up, kids.
    Reid was self-conscious of his skills in medicine and unapologetic in his life as a gay man: it might be incomprehensible for you since you love a self-absorbed, indecisive and abusive character, but this is the truth.
    Noah showed no character growth on screen, Reid did.
    He was there for Luke everytime he needed, Noah, on the other hand, not so much, even if he has been Luke’s boyfriend for three years.
    As for the rest, if Noah was the one injured I wouldn’t have exulted for his death but again, this is the difference of perception between the fans which only reflects the character’s behaviour and why we’re fond of different characters.


    E replied

    I guess I must be missing something. I just simply do not understand how people can take pleasure in the heartbreak of a 22 year old who has had so much suffering in his life. I thought that Nuke was a name that celebrated Luke and Noah. I must have been wrong. You would rather see Luke heartbroken and defeated while every other character on the show rides off into the sunset just so Noah appears. I guess I will never understand how tragic loss can be a good thing.


    mmc replied

    well guess what….Luke doesn’t love him.How could Luke ever go back to Noah when he had the best…and Reid was his soul mate.Luke and Reid had so much chemistry that i thought my TV might explode.Imagine if they had been able to really make love…OMG, that would have been the explosion heard around the world.I loved Luke and Reid and i feel the writers had no clue as to what the fans wanted.Or maybe like some people have stated, maybe they just didn’t care!


  38. Mary Edgar says:

    It’s hard to put into words how I am feeling about today’s ATWT episode. One thing I do know is that Van Hansis is an amazing actor. His performance was emotional, realistic, heartfelt and dare I say Emmy worthy. Even with the less than stellar writing and rushed storyline he managed to deliver a memorable performance, one that should make him proud. I know I am proud for him.


  39. anonymous says:

    I’m not sure if Luke and Reid’s ending was intentional, conscious homophobia on the writers part but if not then at the very least it shows that they are extremely ignorant about past portrayals and cliches about gay characters and have misjudged their audience. I’m straight and I know that this sort of ending is one of the biggest, if not the biggest overused gay cliche’s out there. If you are going to write for a minorty character, especially a minority that you are not apart of, then be aware of the cliche’s and stereotypes that those types of characters are subjected to. I’m not saying gay people can never die onscreen but in this particular context it comes across very badly and very archaic.


  40. traciamc says:

    Michael – thanks for letting us have this forum to express our feelings and thoughts on the show today. I for one, have been watching this show for almost 40 years. I have never been so invested in a character, or a pairing, as I was in Reid Oliver and LuRe.

    I am appalled at the way that this couple was treated in the end. Everyone else on this show gets a happy ending except for the gay characters? They didn’t even get to consummate their relationship! While Katie and Chris, a couple that has no chemistry and isn’t believable is hopping into bed, Luke and Reid, who have worked on building their relationship and show real love for each other, barely get to kiss. I’ts ludicrous.

    Reid’s death was rushed, and although Van and Eric did a wonderful job acting, the episode didn’t give Van or Eric nearly the time they needed to bring this full-circle. Poor Luke was completely pressured into signing over Reid’s heart because everyone was concerned about Chris. Chris, who has been so selfish and self-serving and has ended up in this mess of his own accord. If he had gotten treatment when all this first started, none of this would have happened.

    I was angry with the way Luke was so alone. The only people who showed appropriate responses other than Luke were Margo and Kim, who either barely knew Reid or didn’t like him. Even Katie, who was his best friend, didn’t seem all that upset, not like she should have.

    I have been crying all day. Not only did ATWT kill Reid, but they have managed to make a core character like Luke miserable in the end…all in the name of “the journey”. Idiots Chris Goutman and Jean Passante can defend their decision all they want, but it was shit. Why does Luke have to go through all this tragedy to “grow up” and “become a man”. From what I can tell, Reid had already helped him realize that end, and he didn’t have to die to do it.

    I am really disappointed in TPTB at ATWT. If I didn’t want to see Van’s amazing performance ’til the end, I would stop watching. God knows I could care less about Janet and her baby (ugh). It’s sad…. They really gave up the best thing that has ever happened to this soap.


    Lucie replied

    Me, I couldn’t sleep well last night… I was crying so much…:(


  41. Chrissy says:

    I am sick and upset and pissed they killed off Reid to save Chris and boring Katie. Luke was heartbroken and all they did was hurry him to sign to give selfish, boring no fun Chris Reid’s heart. Chris did this to himself and it was awful the writers ruined LuRe for Katie and Chris.

    Luke and Reid had off the charts chemistry and the writers ruined it. Shame on them. Eric and Van were amazing and Luke and Reid will always be number 1.

    I was sad it was going off, but after this I could care less now


  42. Tom says:

    I guess I’m in the minority here because I thought Van did a lot of scenery chewing. For my money Bob and Kim were the characters who got me choked up. The only scene that Van did that got to me was his silent reaction to Katie coming into the waiting area and going on and on about how Reid had saved Chris’ life. (Sorry to be mixing characters’ and actors’ names)


    Ellis replied

    Bob? Bob did nothing to choke me up. He didn’t even seem to care that Reid was dead.

    And you are definitely in the minority with the rest of your thoughts.


    mmc replied

    You must not have been watching the same show I was.Van was marvelous as he was begging his love not to die.Even Eric was a wonder as he conveyed his love for Luke just by the way he looked at him.These two actors were so brilliant that i feel cheated that they never got to have a future together.This was a love story like no other…two men who became so much better because of each other.How unfair that they couldn’t end happily ever after.And everything is so rushed…the writers knew this show was ending so they could have given Reid and Luke a proper good bye.As a long time viewer, I’m saddened by the ending.But I’ll always remember the characters of Luke and Reid and the superb actors that portrayed them.Thank you so much Van and Eric!This truly was a love story at it’s best, thanks only to both of you!!!

  43. bluemirror144 says:

    I am gutted and heartbroken and disgusted by ATWT’s treatment of this couple. I’d never watched a daytime drama until Reid Oliver came on the scene, and I certainly never will again. My 9 month investment in this storyline, being led down the garden path by promises of intimacy that never arrived, ended in a death that was wrong on so many levels. To reduce this comic outsider, this snarky genius, this sexy and unapologetic gay man to death-by-locomotive is simply disgusting. The love story they built between Luke and Reid came to nothing because they didn’t have the courage to allow for even an inference of physical intimacy between the men, nor to piss off the Nuke fanbase, which clearly dwindled after Reid’s arrival on the scene. Fans waited for a single episode, toward the end, which would focus on Luke and Reid’s love. It never came. Instead, Reid was used as a prop to the most boring heterosexual relationship I’ve ever seen on television, and his very life was sacrificed so the “show’s sweetheart” wouldn’t lose her man. Meanwhile, the show’s real sweetheart, Luke, ends up bereft and literally stranded at Memorial. Even Bob, who was supposedly Reid’s mentor and friend, was callous in his response to Reid’s passing. The fingerprints of homophobia are all over this story, from the neutering of Reid Oliver to the abandonment of ATWT’s gay legacy character. I cannot imagine what got into the writing and directing staff of ATWT. It’s almost self-destructive; they killed their finest creation, and left their remaining fans in shambles.


  44. blasthisass says:

    I actually have quite a bit to say about this, most of which I actually expressed in an email to CBS earlier today, so I’m not going to repeat it all here. I’ll post the link:

    What I didn’t mention was my frustration that the Chris heart-sickness-secret bit was dragged on for months while they could hardly give Reid a half hour to die today. That saddened me to no end.

    But Van’s performance was through the roof and I absolutely adored it. It was the only thing in this episode that brought me to tears. Even ESS hit the ball out of the park and he was barely coherent: but his eyes said everything.

    I also posted something over on livejournal about starting a letter writing campaign to air our grievances, not necessarily soely to CBS or ATWT, but any media outlet. I think even if we think no one will give a damn, we should make our opinions heard, loud and clear.


  45. Pearl says:

    I was more angry than sad today, mostly at the Hughes family! I cannot believe the level of nonchalance at the fact that a fellow colleague and human being had just past away in an attempt to save the life of one of their family members. John Dixon’s question “No donour heart?” caused my chin to drop to the floor. He had just been adviced on Reid’s accident and all he could think about was the fact that Reid couldn’t get the donor heart for Chris’ surgery. How heartless can you be….literaly! Just as Reid was on his death bed, they all stood around him like vultures waiting to prey on the organ that was keeping him alive so they could use it for their own benefit. I was utterly disgusted by it all. It’s bad enough to get hit by a train, which by the way is revolting enough on its own, but to die surrounded by people who don’t give a damn about you even though you risked your life for their benefit is just cruel and unusual punishment which ATWT unjustly decided to inflict on us Reid fans. However, thank God for Luke Snyder!


    Tom replied

    I so took that scene of them coming to the room completely different than you did. I took it as them coming to pay their respects to Reid for saving Chris.


  46. Billy says:

    How am I “dealing” with the loss of Reid? Noisemakers and confetti.


    annie replied

    How unkind. Thankfully, judging by the rest of the comments on this board, you are one of a few.


    Karen (limeybird2) replied

    i feel sorry for you for feeling this way about a wonderful character who had more heart & soul & passion in his little finger than the character you loved had in his whole body.
    none of the fans of Luke & Reid would of had “confetti & noisemakers” for Noah even getting hurt, let alone die. it just show the difference between the maturity of the fans for each couple.


  47. Toscanti says:

    I was so impressed with the portrayal of Luke and Reid today. I cried and cried some more. I believe that were ATWT not going off the air, Reid would never have been killed off. VanHansen won an emmy today and much deserved at that. I’m sad to see ATWT go as I have watched for nearly 30 yrs. Meg Ryan as “Betsy” was the best. Good luck to all the cast and crew you have given us an amazing ride.


  48. Lisa says:

    I don’t know that I have the right words for what I felt about today’s episode. You said it so well yourself. The things that Eric did with just his eyes. Van was beyond Emmy worthy. It was a strangely edited episode and I felt that Reid’s death came too quickly. Having said that it was the small moments that crushed my heart. When Reid looked at Luke and said “who knew I had one to give” speaking of his heart, and that followed with Luke saying they had “so many more stupid arguments to have and days to spend together.” It was touching and so frustrating as a fan to watch. Two of the finest actors in daytime did the best with what they were given and that is all, as a fan we can ask. I can only imagine what Van will do over these final days. While this is not the ending that I wished for, I hope that these two actors are recognized for their brilliance during awards season.


  49. Alicia says:

    I tried very hard to give ATWT some credit. After all, they gave us the great characters of Luke Snyder, Noah Mayer, Dr. Reid Oliver, Barbara Ryan, Kim Hughes, Simon Fraser, Rose D’Angelo and so many more that I have adored over the years.

    The biggest part of me, though, really believes deep down that this was all some kind of twisted revenge fantasy. “You want train wreck of a show? I’ll GIVE YOU train wreck of a show!” the laid off writers chanted. There was certainly nothing in the history of the show to support what happened here.

    A neurosurgeon, who operates on an intricate enough level to restore sight to the blind, can’t operate his seatbelt. Another doctor who, when discovering a resurgence of a killer virus, refuses treatment (and potentially infects others.) A body trapped in a car after being hit by a moving train, with still enough valuable organs to save a life. A gay man allowed to be an organ donor without any sexual history analysis. (Usually, due to HIV transmission risk, the CDC only allows such a transplant if the risk of death is greater than the risk of HIV transmission. Otherwise, the organ is not considered viable.)

    To top it off, ATWT stinted on Luke and Reid’s on screen time right before the end, only allowing them to speak in couched metaphor about Reid’s impending doom. “If I’m going to put myself out there- fall in love with you – I’m not going to lose you, you hear me?”

    Ultimately, the whole story came down to this. They wanted to give a strong, meaningful story line to the gay couple. Since they couldn’t give them the other “life changers” – marriage and birth – they gave them death. That smacks of a homophobia so deep and ingrained that it pervaded every part of the story. Luke’s best friend Casey chilling with his parents while Luke’s boyfriend dies? Check. Luke’s gal pal Allison in the emergency room with Chris, since they loved each other once, rather than with Luke? Check. Hetero vultures swooping around Reid’s body for the organs, but otherwise abandoning Luke? Check.

    The ethical violations don’t matter. The people involved don’t matter. It’s just one more way to reinforce the status quo: gays alone on the outside, only useful when the straights need them for something.

    ATWT, I deserved better than this. I applauded when watching Luke’s coming out story, and defended you during the kissing ban. I thought you were trying to show that love comes in all forms. Instead, you showed that prejudice does. I thought, when CG released the spoilers, at the very least it was going to be about how stupid it is that we block so many from blood and organ donation, and how a private donation works.

    Hell. I would’ve settled for one moment where Reid said it was all worth it to know Luke.

    I’m still marveling at the acting. It was top-notch. The ideas behind it? Only worthy of the trash bin.


  50. Rob says:

    Van Hansis and EES brought amazing raw emotion to the “Reid’s Death” episode, and just want to thank them for bringing these characters to “life” for us. I have been a huge fan of Van Hansis since discovering his storyline several years ago. I know fans are sad and frustrated by this tragic ending, as am I, but ATWT’s had the courage to bring Luke/Noah/Reid to the screen for us to enjoy and care so much about. I will truly miss this cast and show.


  51. Max says:

    Sorry, but this episode left me… blah!

    Bye Reid. It was NOT nice knowing you.

    (Wish the show would have devoted more time on getting Nuke back together than working on redeeming a new character that didn’t need redeeming, since everyone thought his asshatery was “fun, loveable and necessary”. I just don’t understand what the writers was trying to do with this character. A waste of time… Blech!)


    mmc replied

    Luke and Noah were children when they were together.Furthermore Noah never really appreciated Luke until Reid fell for him and he fell for Reid! Luke and Reid was a real love story while luke and noah were just playing pretend.The writers had a goldmine in these two characters and they refused to give them their happy ending that they gave to everyone else!A shame and a rotten way to end such a beloved soap.



  52. Joss says:

    The only consistant thing that ATWT has done well over the past 54 years is hire some of the best acting talent in the business. Bravo to all the actors. Best wishes for continued success in your careers.

    How am I dealing with the loss of Reid….I’m going to play more golf and quit watching soaps.


  53. Steve says:

    Having watched ATWT since the mid 60s, I thoroughly enjoyed today’s show. As a gay man, I reject those comments earlier in this forum that need to take a magnifying glass to see where “we” have been wronged. It’s TV for pete’s sake. We watch it to escape; to be entertained; and to “tune in again tomorrow.” Soaps are built on tragedy like this. Reid, while unique, was never intended to be a continuing character. He came in to tear apart Noah (remember him?) and Luke. The real story is Luke & Noah. That will be the continuing story — if ATWT were to continue. I will miss the show terribly.


    Ellie replied

    As the World Turns isn’t continuing. More than that, if the story was about Luke and Noah, the writers would have taken the time out to write about them, but they haven’t. Luke and Noah’s story, just like every character on the show, will be over on September 17.


    Eirini replied

    Sorry but it’s untrue.
    Producers and writing have said zillionth times that if the show had continued they would’ve kept Reid and Luke together and made them a couple “to last ages”.
    Sorry to burst your “Noah is tha man” bubble, but since the bubble seems to be “Luke will go back to Noah” and this scream default, I guess you’re easily pleased with breadcrumbs.


    mmc replied

    You are so mistaken if you think that Luke would have ended up with Noah if the show had continued.It would have been Luke and Reid.You can’t deny the chemistry between them was so explosive and the love they conveyed to each just by looking into each others eyes was remarkable.There was no reason for Reid to die and Luke to end alone and broken.I’m a straight woman and it broke my heart that Luke and Reid were not given the happy ending that everyone else got.


  54. Megan says:

    Well, I’ll start with the good. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot. Van’s performance today was absolutely stellar. I had no doubt that it would be. He and Eric were the reason I was glued to this episode today. I felt Luke’s grief. And the small scenes we did get between Luke and Reid were very touching. When Luke kissed Reid’s shoulder, and when he came into the room and said, “You are so handsome”. I absolutely lost it. Van did a beautiful job in this episode and he deserves all the praise in the world. Although Eric didn’t have a lot to do in this episode, the emotions he conveyed with his eyes were astounding. Reid looked at Luke with so much love in their final scenes. I knew they would do this episode justice no matter what the writing was like, and they most certainly did.

    Now for the bad…

    Let’s put aside the fact that I think killing Reid off was completely unnecessary. If the writers felt that they had to go with this tragic ending (even though we’re all already grieving the end of a 54 year old show) then there are so many ways that they could have done it better. First of all, the guy that Reid is being sacrificed for is, in my opinion, a completely unsympathetic character. Sure, he’s a legacy character, but for me that is absolutely not enough to make me invested in him. In the last few weeks since Chris has been sick, he has done nothing to help himself. It’s possible that Chris might not have even needed a heart transplant in the first place if he had gotten the proper treatment that he needed. On top of that, he treated Reid badly and made him do things he wasn’t comfortable doing, just because he didn’t want to “worry” anyone. Instead he let his condition get worse and even blackmailed Reid into helping him at one point. That does NOT make Chris a character I would root for. So seeing a character I love so much be killed off in order for him to live is not something that sits well with me.

    Of course, then there is the fact that every other couple gets their happy ending EXCEPT for the gay guys. Everyone else in town will be happy with the person they love, whereas Luke will be devastated, Reid will be dead, and Noah will be alone (albeit in L.A., living one of his dreams, but still alone). What kind of message does that send? Whether it was intentional or not, it does not look good. Watching gay television couples end in tragedy or heartbreak is getting very tiring

    As for today’s episode, although, like I said, it was extremely well acted, it fell very flat in most other aspects for me. I was completely underwhelmed by the writing and editing choices. The whole thing felt rushed. Luke and Reid had two very short deathbed scenes and Reid was dead before the bumper. Then, as soon as Reid was brain-dead (Like Ripley said)Tom, Bob, and John, were like vultures circling his body to get his heart. I realize that in reality there is a time constraint, but this is As The World Turns, after all and realism has been known to fly out the window on a semi-regular basis. Luke should have been given time to grieve. Not had people pushing him to let Reid go right away and sign over his heart like it wasn’t this huge and heartbreaking decision for him. The story has been so focused on Chris lately, but you would think on this day, on the day that Reid dies, the episode would be all about him. Instead, it seemed like they just made him into this vessel holding Chris’ precious new heart. Like Luke said in one scene, “You guys are all talking about him like he’s not lying here with his own heart, beating in his own chest.” It all just seemed very cold to me. Everyone except Luke that is. Who, I might add, did not get the comfort that I think he should have from his friends that were around him. Luke was comforting Katie instead of the other way around.

    One more thing that really irked me about today’s episode was the insistence by the writers to turn Reid into some sort of hero. Reid is no saint. That’s what his fans loved about him. He was a flawed, snarky guy who was unapologetic about it. He was who he was. He saved lives, and he was damn good at it. He cared about the people close to him in his life, but he wasn’t big on expressing his emotions. He was a jerk sometimes, he said so himself, but he in no way needed to be “redeemed”. So for people who barely knew him, like Tom, to be going on about what a wonderful man he was and they should all strive to be like him, that rang pretty hollow for me.

    Oh, and don’t even get me started on the fact that they never had sex….Yet another one of those “unrealistic” things ATWT is so big on.

    All in all, it is extremely disappointing to be ending my time with this show on such a sour note. I feel very resentful towards the show in a lot of ways. The one thing I can console myself with is that I’ve made some pretty amazing friends because of this fandom. At least there’s that.


  55. garnett77 says:

    Van and Eric were the only GOOD thing about today. Heck, they’ve been the only good thing about this show for the past 9 months. I’m deeply unhappy that the gay characters/couple get death, tragedy and grief just so the straight character/couple that no one really cares about lives happily ever after. It’s the most ridiculously bad thing I’ve ever seen on daytime and I’ve been watching this show for 30 years so that says alot! I was also disgusted with the whole portrayal of the Hughes family today. They were vultures preying on Reid’s tragedy and strong arming a grieving Luke to get their way. It was disgusting and terrible writing. Want to get your show canceled? Just hire Goutman and JP, they’ll get the job done for you.


  56. Karen (limeybird2) says:

    thank you Michael for letting the fans express our thoughts on the ending of this once great show. i have watched this show for 20+ years & the last few years have been horrible & i was ready to quit watching then. only the arrival of Dr. Reid Oliver kept me watching.

    i can’t believe i’m happy the soap is ending with what horrible stories they’re coming up with & they don’t even bother to check facts before writing them.

    i guess when Reid was being compared to being the voice of the fans, i know what JP & CG were thinking with this storyline & i hope it comes back on them.

    thank you for also posting articles about the charity we are donating to Doctors Without Borders in ESS’s name. if you haven’t donated yet, please do, it’s for a worthy cause.


    Lucie replied

    I’m happy also… I can’t wait to see this show off the air…

    Sad but true :(


  57. Cindy says:

    As a heterosexual female I am disgusted by the show’s decision to kill off Reid and leave Luke all alone to “Grow up” Please…..Reid had already done that. I would Love to say that yes, Chris is a Hughes and a core family on the show, but that still doesn’t make me any less angry that he decided to deal with his sickness on his own and REFUSE treatment, he’s a DOCTOR, So I am supposed to be all happy that every heterosexual couple on the show get’s a happy ending but poor sweet Luke who never cheated on anyone, kidnapped or murdered anyone is left alone to grieve for a man he loved??? Month’s of wasted time with Luke and Reid propping up the “love” of Katie and Chris? The only couple on that show with an once of chemistry just got destroyed.


  58. Doe says:

    This was amazing ! Van Hansis broke my heart. He was perfection in this episode and it just kills me that they just couldn’t play out this love story longer. So what now? This leaves the powers that be off the hook just like every other soap? This was a classic episode that only ran first so they couldn’t be burdened with it as they go to the end of the soap. They copped out……


  59. Detours says:

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for opening this up to fans’ comments. We needed this!

    As a proud 29 year old gay man who claims Dr. Reid Oliver as my personal hero – a term I do not take lightly- this storyline, which started out beautifully and remained beautiful until this past week, has pulled on all my heart strings. Pun intended.

    I think all of the other folks who have posted above have said it all. I’ve heard that the end should justify the means. In this case, the end should have paid respect to the story. To me, this ending is the equivalent of spending months building your dream house, brick by brick, with lots of blood, sweat and tears, and joy at the end, as the final brick is laid – and then taking a match and burning the place to the ground.

    I have to be honest – I’ve heard a lot about homophobia on the part of the production company, the writers, or whomever, and I dismissed it for a long time. Even as a gay man, I dismissed that idea. I no longer dismiss it. I believe it. These characters (luke and reid) were given this ending b/c they are gay. And even if that is not true – the way in which the story was told (or not told in some instances) screams homophobia and P&G’s blatant phobia that if they’re not careful, some folks will stop buying their products. Give me a break. People need your products and MOST PEOPLE are not even aware that P&G (was) in the daytime drama making business. Ask Joe Plumber if he knew that ATWT and GL were P&G shows. So what was the point? I believe the person who posted and said that they could have just made Nancy’s death the main story and left LuRe alone was absolutely right. I mean, they don’t care about ratings at this point – it’s all over. Why kill the character that you worked SO hard to build?


    Michael, if there is some way we can be in contact direcly with the show’s writers and producers, please let us know.


  60. Brian says:


    This is so heartbreaking & sad!


  61. drew says:

    how did i feel? first of all, a piece of garbage for a storyline pathetically portraying LuRe’s lovestory. but…Luke and Reid’s connection today made a piece of garbage into something special, so much more powerful than i had imagined. Luke today, realized that he loves Red much more than he thought. but everything was too late. Reid, no need for any lines at all. not even an “i love you” to Luke was required, but Reid’s eyes spoke those 3 words to Luke. Eric’s eyes did all the acting today!!!


  62. Isabel says:

    Luke lost love and Reid lost his life and we lost these two. It’s a sad day, for sure.

    With Van and Eric in these roles, Luke and Reid were perfect. They started off hating each other but still not being able to keep away from one another. And I’ll always be thankful that they didn’t stay away. We got the LuRe relationship (as brief and chaste as it was) that was fascinating to watch for me. They made ATWT the most interesting show on TV, and I’ll always have that.

    What pains me more than anything is that this didn’t have to happen. LuRe could’ve ended so many other ways but this just feels so final. And dreary. And depressing. But Luke is strong and he’ll get through it. He’s going to survive for Reid.

    Van Hansis deserves to be a huge star. He’s just amazing in all ways.


  63. Mary says:

    I’m afraid that the writers and producers are patting themselves on the back for this “dramatic episode.” I loved watching Luke and Reid together and felt a sense of hopefulness from watching Reid evolve. They took this fabulously snarky, yet vulnerable character, and allowed us watch him develop into a person, finally ready to be intimate with another human being, and then…they kill him! It’s many people’s worst fear come true, that you face your demons only miss the opportunity to realize the benefits of your struggle.

    The subtext regarding homophobia is hard to overlook. When Chris Goutman said he wanted the ending to be emotionally satisfying, I guess he was referring to people who believe gays should be alone or dead. How did a group of people all sign on to this? Why didn’t someone reflect on the message behind this and push back?

    Finally, if they were going to kill Reid off, I wish they’d had him save a child or protect some innocent person. Instead they provide a heart for a guy who Reid couldn’t convince to get medical attention, who lies to his girlfriend about his condition, and who seems to only think about himself. It’s hard to get on board with the idea that Chris Hughes is a reasonable trade off for Reid Oliver. A hero is someone who sacrifices himself for the greater good…

    Well, one thing is for sure. After decades of watching soaps as an outlet in life, this will be the final one I ever watch.


    Lucie replied

    Well, if Goutman wanted this… big fail for me :(


  64. amina says:

    I thought today’s episode was ghastly in so many ways, but since I’ve been a fan of the show’s writing and direction as of late, I’ll refrain from tearing the writers a new one with this one……However, yes, after watching today’s episode minutes ago, I now feel that the Hughes family dynamic is one of absolute entitlement and self righteousness. I can’t speak for the viewers, but I for one am peeved with the Hughes’s for life. I’m sure that brood, along with the ever so omnipresent and self-centered Katie, feel that Reid’s death was nothing shy of great fortune. But, enough about them, and for crying out loud, enough about the pseudo union of Chris and Katie (pardon me while I yawn)…. Here on out, ATWT should edit out all of the bull s*** scenes involving humdrum characters, and unearth the characters who bring the fans joy, i.e. Carly and Jack and BARBARA and HENRY. These four and many other characters, one of whom ATWT abruptly killed off today, have the capacity to emote from people the sort of laughter and excitement that gets them hooked and tuning in! Come on ATWT, understand and consider your end user…….oh but it’s too late !!!


    Phyllis replied

    a brilliantly stated and very witty comment, Amina. now that Luke and Reid are no more and will never be, the only couple i’m left to root for is my newly beloved, Babs & Hen. i won’t hold my breath though because any relationship can be sabotaged within two weeks, as it did today in 10 minutes!


  65. VY says:

    Van Hansis is the only actor that is worth watching the sHow. Van Hansis is the most brilliant actor who graced my screen. Van Hansis has to win this Emmy he deserves since years! In today’s episode, Van Hansis did the best work!

    Eric’s eyes were too blank and didn’t express the emotions one feels when they are about to dye like fear: his performance wasn’t realistic. Van Hansis is the one who saved the scenes.


    ktbob replied

    Really? Seriously? I thought Van was fantastic, but so was Eric. The love in his eyes as he looked at Luke for the last time – I got chills.

    He’s an understated actor. Never one for chewing the scenery or overdoing “emotion”. But the nuances of his performance are uniformly outstanding. One of the best I’ve ever seen on daytime – or anywhere, for that matter – and today was no exception.


    VY replied

    Yes, seriously. There was a lot of make up on his face and I couldn’t see any emotion in his eyes. Simply a smile when Luke stated that they love each other. Van Hansis did all the work, an amazing work.

    doroma replied

    Erick did a phenomenon job with just his eyes. Have you watched him? He is one of the most brilliant actors I’ve ever seen. He was too good for a soap.Why else do you think we are all emotional wrecks right now? Van is great and so is Eric. The chemistry between them was electric.


    traciamc replied

    Well, VY, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. I thought his eyes were amazing, and you could SEE the love in them when his Reid looked at Luke. THAT was what made it so painful to watch. Eric and Van are amazing together and they have been since day one.

    VY replied

    Look at Van’s eyes and you’ll see the most amazingly expressive eyes ever. In yesterday and in today’s episodes, Van showed what conveying the strongest emotions through the eyes means. I couldn’t feel that powerful intensity that Van’s eyes have in Eric.

    mmc replied

    Van was wonderful during the death scene.Eric was too.He conveyed more love when he looked at luke….luke and reid always could say more by looking into each others eyes than most people say with words!!!!These two wonderful actors were electric when they looked at each other and no one could have made us love Luke and Reid like they did.I don’t think two characters in love has touched me like Luke and Reid.Thank you Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer Stevens.


  66. Nicole says:

    Full disclosure: I’m coming from a slightly different perspective as most here, I think. Luke and Noah are *the* couple of ATWT for me, no question.

    That said, WTF, ATWT?!!! The storyline of Reid’s death was so rushed (ONE day), at this pace Luke and Noah will be married by Thursday, and Chris and Katie will be grandparents by early next week.

    Today’s show felt like TPTB at ATWT actually *just* got the memo this show was cancelled. How many months have they had to plan this story arc? Explain to me how this wasn’t plotted to take place over several weeks, not one flipping hour. Taking pains to build the LuRe relationship at a natural pace, only to end it in 60 hurried minutes, was ridiculous.

    I agree with others here who’ve said it wasn’t bad enough Reid died, but almost no one seemed to care. Not Bob, who was like a father figure to him. Not Luke’s own friends, who should’ve been devastated on behalf of their friend. Tom bizarrely seemed to care a lot towards the end, which as someone pointed out felt odd. And where in God’s name was Luke’s family? No Holden, no Lily, no Lucinda … not one of Luke’s friends thought to place a call to his parents?

    Katie at least cared a little (though most of her time was taken up with the dimwit Chris). I don’t see how Chris is automatically a legacy character, just because he’s a Hughes. Maybe if he hadn’t been recast 15 times…

    Besides Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer-Stevens, the saving grace in the episode was Kathryn Hays’ Kim. I was heartened to see her genuinely distraught over Reid’s death even though it meant a chance at life for her own son. While nearly everyone else seemed to forget to give a damn, Kim’s reaction rang true to her character, and Hays played it beautifully. If that woman’s not up for an Emmy for her stellar work this year, something’s very, very wrong.

    Finally, as others have asked, why kill Reid at all? He was bar none the best character I’ve seen created on soaps (on all of television, for that matter) in *years*. He could’ve moved to Genoa City, to terrorize that town with his witty repartee.

    If the answer to “why kill Reid” is 1.) to create drama, or 2.) to make Luke grow up, those both hold little water. Killing Chris would not have evoked as much response (since almost no fans care about him), but it still would have created plenty of drama, since so many of the show’s characters are related to him. And as a device for Luke to “grow up”; hasn’t there been some storyline or other on an almost yearly basis supposedly touted for the fact it would help Luke to grow up? Coming out, falling in love, election storyline, breaking up w/Noah, falling for Reid. How much more material for growth does he need?!

    Because there is no discernible rationale for this storyline, particularly when compared with the fates of the straight characters, viewers can’t help but to be suspicious. Add to that ATWT’s mixed history (creating the Nuke supercouple, then insuring they were the only couple never seen kissing for over 200 days). ATWT viewers recognize that at best, this latest blunder stings of inequality, and at worst, homophobia.

    To end on a happier note, shortly before midnight, the effort to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders in honor of Eric Sheffer-Stevens reached (and exceeded) its goal of $15,000. How appropriate that in the end, it was the *fans* who wrote the best story on how to bring about a positive result from a negative situation. Nicely done, guys.


  67. Tom says:

    Way to go ATWT writers! Not only did you manage to enrage and insult your audience, you found a way to alienate both Nuke AND LuRe fans! You killed off Reid without even allowing him to comsummate his relationship with Luke, which is simply devastating to Luke and will leave him feeling forever guilty for not doing so. My guess is you were trying to keep Luke “pure” so he could return to Noah (puke) – and it rings false. Fans of Nuke have no consolation in this either, Luke will not be predisposed to simply fall back into his relationship with Noah after the first real love of his life. Great job destroying the last moments of a once great show.


    Ellie replied

    Great acting doesn’t change how pointless and offensive this twist is. If they were going to kill the character, they could have at least written a better ending. It’s bad enough that Reid was sacrificed for a poorly written and useless character, but the character was cheated out of having a truly emotional goodbye with Luke. Actually, the character has been cheated out of scenes with Luke for the past month, as his and Luke’s only purpose has been to prop up Katie and Chris, who needed all of the propping (or better writing) that they could get.

    For some reason, I’m getting the vibe that Reid played the role of the overly kind black woman, who would do anything to make sure that her white charges are safe and taken care of, even if she has to sacrifice having her own life and family to make sure that they get everything that they need. In the final weeks, Reid, who had been shown to have his own wants and desires, was suddenly all about Chris, and Reid’s relationship with Luke was forgotten, yet we were never given any reason why Reid was bending over backwards to help a very ungrateful Chris.


    Lisa replied

    They really went out of their way to tun him into an Uncle Tom. It was truly embarrassing and disgusting. As a black women it sickened me greatly. Watching Reid chasing after Chris was insulting. I can not believe these writers.

  68. Rhonda says:

    I am a 35 year-old straight female who has been watching ATWT ever since I was little. No other storyline has touched me the way that Luke and Reid have. Eric Sheffer-Stevens and Van Hansis are incredible actors who really made these characters come to life. It has been so frustrating to see a glimpse of a truly great love story only to have it aired once a week then to have it cut short by death. I too am still in a bit of a denial, thinking this is a nightmare, and Luke will wake up to find Reid alive. I completely understand that a good death scene is what writers and actors both love. I also know that no other actors could have pulled it off as well as Eric and Van. I am still devastated that Luke, who has had so many bad things happen to him over the last few years could not get his happy ending. The writing of LuRe’s love scenes (or lack of) was also appalling. The chemistry was incredible, but the homophobia on ATWTs part was disgusting. How can the world realize that there is nothing wrong with someones’ sexual orientation if it is not put out there for others to understand.


  69. Silke says:

    I’m beyond frustrated and mad that almost all couples got or will get their happy ending except the gay one! And I’m just glad this show is going to end because otherwise, with Reid being dead, it would be unbearable to continue watching it! I just hope both Eric and Van will get an Emmy nomination for their fantastic portrayal!


  70. Teri says:

    I had so many problems with today episode, and Reid’s death was among the least of them. The pace of this episode was jarring. Just when an emotion was pulled from my chest BAM commercial break or BAM scene change. It was disconcerting and left me confused. I needed to suffer through this with Luke but it felt like I never quite got there.

    The lack of compassion from the other characters was heartbreaking. Luke was alone in this and it was all hurry sign this power of attorney, hurry Chris doesn’t have any time, hurry Luke hurry. I get that they were worried about Chris but these people have known Luke his whole life I would hope they cared about him at least a little.

    Reid’s death was horrible. Reid’s death after 5 minutes of screen time was unforgivable. The guy is dying but he has enough breath in his body to say Power of Attorney but not I Love You? And then he dies WHILE Luke is kissing him. Please. Thank the gods Eric Sheffer Stevens doesn’t need words to convey Reid’s emotions.

    Van Hansis is incredible. He just nailed it, the shock, the confusion , the loss he left me a blubbering mess. I hope we see more of Luke dealing with this and I know Van will continue to rip me to shreds in each scene.

    The saddest thing about the last two days of the show is how horribly contrived and cliched a once promising story has become. I have been left with such a bitter taste in my mouth. After 25 years of watching I can’t even mourn the loss of my show because I am too busy mourning the loss of Reid and Luke’s future.


  71. Gus says:

    Everything I’d like to say on the subject has been already stated above. That’s just plain insult regardless of the intent. Adding to that bag the way Luke has been treated in this episode, the way he was left on his own, and almost completely ignored is just ridiculous. Painfully so.

    How come, the writers are not afraid to show Reid in such a tragic physical state, but they’re too chicken-shit to show a gay couple making love? To think I had a moment of delusion they actually might be considering it.


  72. Melissa says:

    Van Hansis had me sobbing, and Eris Sheffer Stevens did a whole lot with very little and they should both be commended.

    From a storytelling perspective, I am probably more upset that Luke and Reid never consummated their relationship, than the fact that Reid died. That was some homophobic BS.

    And after so many years of watching Luke Snyder — with particular interest since VH took over the role — it really breaks my heart to see him so devastated at the end.


    Karina replied

    I completely agree, personally i thought the writing was terrible, everything from John’s dismissal of hearing that Reid’s “not going to make it” (to which his reply was “No donor heart?”), to Reid being declared brain dead after that too-short kiss. The episode’s saving grace were the couple of brilliant lines such as: “He’s always agitated” (Luke referring to Reid) and “who knew I had one to give?” (Reid’s last words). ESS’s eyes said everything the script didn’t and VH’s heartbreaking performance had me in tears throughout, other than that I felt very underwhelmed and disappointed in how Tragic Tuesday was just a progression in the ‘Chris Hughes Story’, a character which I have no reason to like, considering his stupid actions are the reason he’s in trouble to begin with.

    To kill off a beloved character (albeit one we have not had gracing our screens for very long) and a character to which viewers of the show took an instant like.. no.. love to, is unforgiving. This Emmy seeking devise (which is all this story line is, nothing to do with how viewers want the show to end) is a disgrace. The deserving Emmy winner is Van Hansis, for superbly conveying this ridiculous plot with emotional conviction, but as for the plot itself: no awards are deserved. The homophobia and unwillingness to give the most pure, loving, and respectful couple on the show their happy ending, or even a wonderful love scene, when straight couples have all got happy endings after jumping into bed straight away is beyond saddening and forgiveness. If the show were not ending anyway having had Reid killed off in this ridiculous manner, i would stop watching.


  73. Alice says:

    I’m so sad. But mostly I’m disappointed. I knew Reid’s death would crush me but I was at least holding on to the thought that Van and ESS would act the hell out of it and it would be beautiful. It just wasn’t.

    I do think Van was wonderful, he made me cry. (I’m still crying over 12 hours later). ESS was also wonderful but underused. He died halfway through the episode!. His voice was, god, horrible. He did a great job. I really like their goodbye scene, Luke whispering, begging, “Please please please don’t” was heartbreaking, and I liked his speech about them only just getting started and needing to spend more days together. I thought it was about the only well-written part of the whole episode. “You can’t leave me. You can’t.” His voice there, so lost and childlike, god so heartbreaking! I’m angry they didn’t let Reid say ILY back, I mean why the hell not, at this point? GRAH! But ESS was so wonderful. His eyes were just SHINING with love for Luke, so I’m happy enough with that, I guess.

    I enjoyed all the Lure scenes, I liked Luke’s scene with Katie when he breaks down. When he said “It’s Reid’s heart! It’s Reid’s heart!” it just broke me. Broke me completely. And then “It hurts so bad!” God. :( (

    But apart from those scenes I’m choosing to ignore everything else. I’ve watched them twice and that’s it. I’m not putting myself through that crap again. It’s too much that not only did Luke lose his boyfriend but NO ONE cared either. Katie was the only one who comforted him. I’m still gobsmacked by that. I’m stunned that Bob was so callous. John Dixon was worse, Casey and Ali were not there for Luke at all, and Lilden were nowhere to be seen.

    I’m also ignoring Tom Hughes (and the others) being absolute vultures trying to get their hands on Reid’s heart with absolutely ZERO respect or regard for Luke. It’s just too much to bear. I’m pretending none of that happened.

    I also hate the way they sacrificed Reid for Chris and pretty much negated his whole last nine months as a complex, fascinating character. They turned him into a martyr and tried to make him a saint. He’s not. He was kind of a jerk but deep down he was a good person and he loved Luke Snyder. He was flawed and human. None of them knew him and I hate the way they treated him in his final episode. Hate it. They made Reid a prop. In a single episode they killed all the work they’d done in the last nine months.

    I was horribly hurt by Bob. After all the time they spent showing the Bob and Reid relationship he didn’t seem to care at all in the end. It was awful.

    I can only hope that tomorrow brings Luke a little comfort. Poor boy needs it. He sure got none today.

    ATWT should be ashamed for killing a remarkable character like Reid and leaving a sweet, kind person like Luke miserable at the end of the show when he deserved a happy ending more than anyone else I can think of.


  74. tess says:

    What can i say much of it has been said, it was such a slap on the face to kill reid and leave luke devastated and in mourning. Who is talking about Nancy hughes now no one. why? because the writers have no respect for their actors. why have another death while still mourning another one? Luke and reid deserved more time to talk and say their goodbyes but that was not also met. What annoyed me most was tom saying sarcastically he is brain dead and he is DNR. Seriously couldnt the writers atleast give reid a chance to tell luke he loves him one more time? well, its wishful thinking now since the fate is already sealed. i cant believe that was the last episode am gonna see reid. Now we have noah picking up the pieces, this is just unfair. Actually if they were given a chance to make love then i would have had closure but i will never have and am sure many funs feel the same too. Thanks for nothing JP and CG. Van and Eric were fantastic as always.


  75. Jana says:

    My heart is broken to million pieces, thank you for bringing depression to my life ATWT writers and producers.


  76. Feli says:

    I feel angry, I feel more than the word ‘sad’ can say. I loved Reid since his first appearance, since his first words. I am happy, that I got him from the beginning. Eric Sheffer Stevens, you made him ever-lasting, you made him HISTORY. He will stay forever. I love Reid, and I love you, Eric.


  77. Lucie says:

    I will add only this… Since yesterday and the salp on the face that I had as a LuRe fan… I’m done with soaps…

    I’m tired of crying and fighting for something that TPTB doesn’t care to give us. Just a little pay off.

    Reid being killed was unecessary…
    Since they have destroyed ny Lusty couple for saint Janet and Luke and Reid… well for no reason… ( I mean beside the fact that they wanted to have Katie and Chris happy) I’m done with ATWT!!!

    Thank you Michael!


  78. Lovingluke says:

    I will never understand why ATWT chose this heart-breaking ending for the LuRe lovestory and Reid. What started out as a fresh, unconventional and inspiring love story which such huge potential has been ruined in the final hours of the show. Not only is it an insult to the two characters but also to their devoted fanbase, a large part of the ATWT audience!
    I have watched ATWT since 1981 and Luke is my favourite character. I think it’s safe to say he is one of the most popular characters on the show. Why he alone gets an ending so cruel and heartless (!!!) is beyond me and the message it sends is wrong on so many levels, I can’t even go there.

    Yes, Van and Eric delivered unforgettable and stunning performances, which should be recognized by the industry and their peers, but it won’t in any way lessen the sour taste in the mouth of the viewers who loved their characters.

    Knowing in advance of Reid’s death, I had expected ATWT to at least let Luke & Reid find the love and happiness they have been growing so steadily towards for months now in their final weeks together, to be able to give Luke a sense of peace and acceptance in dealing with this devastating loss but no. Their last weeks together was spent worrying about Chris, who acted like a most ungrateful, whining, irresponsible moron, and getting cock-blocked left, right and center, never giving them that one moment to FINALLY consummate their relationship.

    ATWT failed in giving their soap opera the coming full circle it deserved and it shows most painfully why it was cancelled in the first place. They have exhibited a complete and utter lack of understanding of their most popular characters and their audience.


  79. HD says:

    VAN HANSIS is the best actor whatever scene he plays: emotional, romantic, comical, tragic… Van conveys all types of emotions, several of them at the same time. This episode is the confirmation of Van Hansis’ wonderful talent: his scenes are powerful and convey Luke’ s intense emotions. Van had certainly to go through a lot of rough emotions to be able to convey them so amazingly! I felt so heartbroken for Luke and I can only imagine what Van had to feel to play his beautiful scenes. I am impressed: Van is the best actor I’ve ever seen.


  80. Nightmocha says:

    Van & Eric did an outstanding job. If Van doesn’t win an emmy out of this, this entire story arc would have been in vain; because really, what was the point? What was the point in letting us all fall in love with Reid only to take him away from us.

    Why should we care about Chris Hughes? This character who hasn’t been around for a while and returns as yet another recast? Chris and Katie have nothing that resembles chemestry. Their romance is so fake and un-entertianing, it should be called the Chris & Katie Bore-mance. Their coupling was a huge mistake and they were thrown together too quickly to be beleivable. The only spark I’ve ever seen between these two characters is when they were standing next to Luke & Reid. And that spark clearly came from LuRe.

    Dr. Reid Oliver/ Eric Sheffer Stevens stole my heart from the very first snark. His arrival was a breath of fresh air in the “town that time forgot”. Eric & Van’s electricity, sparked from the start. There was never any doubt that Luke & Reid were attracted to each other, had amazing chemesty with each other, and belonged together.

    My heart is broken due to this horrific loss. And the fact that Luke & Reid didn’t get to take their relationship to the next level makes their ending even more unsatisfying. I can’t beleive ATWTs thought it was good story-telling to sacrifice day-time’s best new character in years for… for… what was that other character’s name again??

    I’m now glad this show is over.


    Jenny in TX replied

    I am going to reply to this, for some reason I can not create a new post. Plus, I agree with everything in the post i’m replying to.

    I have been watching ATWT since I was a teen, starting in the 80′s when Holden and Lily first met. I have watched the show faithfully, along with my grandmother and mother for over 25 years. I am beyond upset with the ending of the show. I can not believe that the writers, and producers would end the show on such a sour note with the death of Dr. Reid Oliver. The Luke and Reid storyline has had me hooked. Their storyline reminds me of how great ATWT once was and had the chance to be again. The show was already ending on a sad note with the loss of the amazing Helen Wagner. Why go there with fans with another death, especially with a fan favorite. The death of Reid Oliver leaves the legacy character of Luke heartbroken and shattered, nice, that is how I want to end the show..NOT! The spiteful way the writers and producers have treated the fans is the reason ATWT will no longer be on the air. I thought that perhaps TIIC
    would have heart and give the fans a happy ending for all of Oakdale. I was wrong, maybe the awful heart storyline was formed from the realization that TIIC do not have hearts. Though, i’m sure the heart storyline was a recycled storyline from another soap, so that is giving too much credit with the thought that they came up with the story on their own. Thank you so much for ruining the best show on TV. The damage that TIIC have done to the show, and to it’s legacy is sickening. I am done with ATWT, and actually glad that it is over, something I never thought I would ever say.
    Thank you Michael for giving fans a place to express their feelings.


    Karen (limeybird2) replied

    if CG & JP would look at the comments that they have been receiving for months about this storyline is the underlying theme of “i’ve been a long-time viewer of this show” the years alot of us have spent watching this show & we all wanted Luke & Reid to be together. we’re not newbies that only started watching if for Noah & Luke or Reid & Luke, we’ve been here for years, so we know the history of the show, what works & what doesn’t work.
    the story of Luke & Reid reminded me of the Lily & Holden & Carly & Jack love stories that was built layer by layer & i think they were even more than the other 2.
    it’s sad that they don’t care about the viewers & what we like to see on the show & continue to put out what they want, especially if they think “well if they don’t like it, they don’t have to watch it” attitude is what is costing the soaps their viewers. they need to take a good long look at what the fans are saying & listen to them & put out a great product that will have fans tuning back in & staying. pretty soon they’re will be no soaps left & it’ll be a shame.

  81. Rob says:

    First, Eric and Van’s performances were award worthy to say the least.

    Unfortunately they decided to give Katie a happy ending as opposed to Luke. having luke and Noah reunite is a cop out. Its not believable in the least. I dont believe homophobia is involved in the killing off of the greatest character ATWT has introduced in years. Its a plot device to ensure that the show’s “sweetheart” has a happy ending. They should have never killed off Brad in the first place but to expect the audience to believe Katie is in love with Chris is just ridiculous. Unfortunately, Daniel Cosgrove and Terri Colombino have zero chemistry. Ive said it before, Katie facing a future as a single mother would have been a more fitting ending for this character. She has always had a man in her life and it would have been nice to see her as a strong single mother.

    Eric Sheffer Stevens will hopefully submit himself for an emmy nomination. He brought to life a character like no other on daytime. For once, the characters sexuality wasnt what defined him. Ive never been a huge Luke fan because he is always the victim. As a gay man myself I never related to Luke because his sexuality is what defined him. When they paired Luke with Reid it re-energized Van Hansis and his portrayal of the character. We saw a mature Luke and one who wasnt an insecure mess. Noah made Luke insecure but Reid made him a man.


  82. Mandy says:

    For the last 9 months. Eric has captivated our hearts with his words, his sense of humor, his actions and most of all his love. You could feel it, and you could cut the tension with a knife. This ending even though it was heartbreaking. It was beautiful, the acting of both Van and Eric was sensational. They were able to show the pain behind the accident. And I loved the way Eric talked with his eyes. He showed there was so much more passion then he could know. And the last line “I love you, Do you love me.” Eric merely nodded his head, as if he was saying it back. The last tender kiss, and he passed away. He was able to feel Lukes emotion, before he passed away. And that by all means is the most beautiful i’ve ever seen in my life.

    And even though sometimes, i may hate those writers for that horrible ending. Expecically of someone I loved so damn much. I can’t help but think of what they could’ve done. They couldn’t have given us any ending. They could’ve killed him at the scene, but instead they rushed him to oakdale for his last goodbye with Luke. And even that, I will never forget.

    I’ve never cried while writing something towards a character, or about a character before. But I guess thats just the emotions spilling out. All of us have something to say about Reid, and the writers. Whether it’s good or bad. I just hope we’re all listened to and maybe it’ll make some impact. We might not be able to bring him back, but we can make him live on.

    This isn’t goodbye, this is just the end of an amazing era and a character that brought us happiness in the last months of the show.

    Rest in peace Reid Oliver, we love you dearly.


  83. ADL says:

    I’ve always wanted Luke’s boyfriend to die a hero. It’s soapy! I love it when my favorites suffer.


  84. LisaB says:

    Van Hansis & Eric Sheffer-Stevens did a magnificent job considering what they were given. That is the only positive thing I could say about this episode. Reid’s death was completely rushed. The editing of scenes was a disjointed mess. The lines & actions of virtually everyone else in the episode were nothing short of bizarre. The end of the Reid-Luke story arc was reduced to a mere plot device to support the insta-romance of a couple (Katie & Chris) that no is even rooting for. I am completely disgusted.


  85. Asher says:

    As morbid as it sounds, I wanted the death of Reid to truly hurt. Yes, it was a very emotional epsidode, the part when Luke is crying and hugging Katie, saying “It’s Reid’s heart, it’s Reid’s heart!” near enough broke mine, but, all in all, the episode was rushed.

    If the writers were clever, they would have spread Reid’s death over a couple of episodes. Y’know, really give the audience the chance to be sucked in, with the hope that Reid might survive, only to have their hopes come crashing down. (I know, that sounds really harsh but, I’m thinkning about this in a technical way, as a fan, I would want Reid and Luke to live beatiful, happy lives together. Alas, this is not the case.)
    I wanted to feel really involved, it was a bit like one minute Reid was alive, and the next he wasn’t. It happened too quickly.

    Overall, I just really feel the whole thing could have been executed better. What I saw made me frustrated and I felt let down after 9 months of dedication.

    I think Reid was one of the best characters ever to appear on the show, it’s truly a tragedy that he never got the happy ending he deserved.


    Megan replied

    Oh my God, THIS! I said this in another forum. If you’re going to go the tragedy route, then you better rip my freakin’ heart out! (no pun intended) But I barely cried. I am one of the sappiest people I know. I cried randomly for weeks just building up to this episode, but once it was finally here….nothing. I shed a few tears when Luke told Reid he was handsome, but that was about it. I cried more the second time I watched it, but I should have been sobbing like a baby. One of my favorite characters of all time just died and I was so…underwhelmed. *sigh*

    Whatever happened to REALLY GOOD soapy drama?


  86. Jessica says:

    I just don’t understand…why the hell do all of the straight couples end up happy while Luke is barely holding on? That’s so homophobic. Being a lesbian, I am personally offended by how they chose to do this ending. I wouldn’t have minded an accident that would’ve scared Luke senseless and then had LuRe make love afterwards. But NOOO, the writers have to be prudes about writing homosexual couples.

    If you can’t make it realistic, if you can’t treat all your characters equally, if you are heard behind the words then you fail at writing. You can’t play favorites and that’s what they did. They favored the Hughes family over Reid. And that’s just despicable.


  87. Doe says:

    I am so disgusted with today’s episode of ATWT. It was shoddy at best and so inaccurate when the family, etal. all entered Chris’ room after having a heart transplant with only their plastic gowns on to protect Chris from germs, No head protectors, no hand protectors, no mask protectors.. Wait…these are actors. We don’t have to be accurate. It’s only a soap. And what about the bad acting of Chris? First of all, he would be sooo knocked out and with pain. Of course he didn’t have any. He had a heart transplant folks. Personally, I am so turned off that I don’t care how this stupid soap ends…..


  88. Susan says:

    Going through so much pain in my own life at this time had made me take solace and joy in the beautiful and moving love story potrayed by Van and Eric. Reid Oliver should have lived on in my mind as the lonely turned happy savior for Luke. Luke and he could have been shown to become heros to many in the future through charity work and the foundation. “Putting yourself out there” in Reid’s words has been horrible for me in this case – I fell in love with Lure – now I’ve lost them in my mind – I can’t sleep or work and am incredibly angry at the writers for this horrible and mean ending. What possible purpose ?? No one else is hurt or unhappy? Yes, Van Hansis and ESS deserve every bit of the awards they will receive – they are the best at what they do – but it was at the expense of many broken hearts.
    When I think of where this story line could have gone over the last 3 months I am filled with rage. Reid could have interacted so much more with other characters and Luke and he could have addressed Luke’s fear of getting close to someone besides Noah. Reid’s background could have been brought up – for goodness sake – we know nothing about that! We could have been treated to an all out love scene between two respectful actors who have already shown they weren’t afraid to tell the story.
    Congratulations ATWT for destroying the best thing you had going in 50 years.


    kwbalan replied

    I can completely sympathize with you Susan. I have a lot of pain in my own life as well and always looked to the soaps for a happy escape. My two favorites being GL & ATWT. I lost my mother last year in September after a long battle with cancer. I totally immensed myself in ATWT in the Luke & Reid storyline this year. I am devastated now with this ending. I still don’t understand how the show could do this. It is hard enough to deal with the sadness of saying goodbye to a show I have watched most of my life but on top of that to have to deal with such a sad, sad ending. Absolutely terrible.

    @Michael Fairman. Thank you for allowing us to voice our opinions here. It has been such a comfort to be able to vent on all of the LuRe related sites I have found.


    asilaydying replied

    I’m just now discovering this article, but you have perfectly stated how I feel about the ending of the show. I have watched ATWT for a LONG time, stuck with it through the good times (which were few) and the bad (which were many). That the writers chose to “reward” my loyalty to this show with this slap in the face absolutely ENRAGES me beyond words. I expected some degree of shameless Emmy-pandering from the writers, but I (wrongly) assumed that– as part of the aforementioned pandering– they would at least TRY to tell a good story. Nope. Instead, we got a sloppy, contrived resolution to one of the very few remaining bright spots of this once-great show. Reid’s swan song has left me absolutely gutted, and I feel like a fool for being so destroyed over it.

    When the cancellation of ATWT was announced, I was incredibly upset by the future loss of “my” show. That sadness that I felt during the months leading up to the end died with Reid. The loss of Reid and Luke’s happy ending, to my surprise, has been more devastating than the loss of ATWT itself.


  89. VY says:

    Van Hansis has to win an Emmy next year: no other actor was that amazing this year.


  90. Michele says:

    This entire storyline should have been so much more than we got. It does not matter if you are a Noah/Luke fan or a Luke/Reid fan we all got cheated. Reid was the freshest most original character on any show in daytime in forever. Luke and Reid had amazing chemistry and Noah and Luke had the history. I watched every day, loving the slow build up, but I thought it was building up to something great. As fans we deserved to see Noah finally gain an iota of self awareness and maturity, realize what a jerk had been and make an effort to get his boyfriend back. Not that I wanted them to get back together but I wanted to see him try, learn, grow… something. But no, he was never a viable part of the triangle, and was nothing more than an occasional prop in the Luke/Reid story. As fans we deserved to have Luke and Reid make love, and Luke and Reid ride off into the sunset like all the heterosexual couples get to do. Instead we got nothing but a few minutes of airtime a week and a Reid dying a lame, contrived death. The writers had everything that they could have hoped for: two powerhouse actors, blistering chemistry, and a huge fan base for both couples. What did they do with it? Utterly, epically failed everyone who had ever had the audacity to cheer for these characters.

    I don’t usually pay attention to who the writers and producers are on a show, but I made it a point to learn the names of the ones involved in this disaster. Never again will I make the mistake of watching anything that they are a part of.


  91. JAJ says:

    @Michael Fairman: A question I’d like to pose to you if I may that I’m kind of curious about….Was wondering if you could possibly answer if there has been other soap characters so beloved like Reid has and who has been killed off, that you know where fans including the media have been so overwhelmed, distraught, and grieving over the characters death on a soap to this extent, like what has happened with Reid’s character?


    Michael Fairman replied

    Hey Jaj:
    Thanks for your comment. You know I had been thinking and processing that too. I have been doing this 20 some years now, and even those characters in soapland that I know fans of the shows were devestated by the loss of, I think the loss of Reid resonated louder, stronger and more upsetting because of all that was tied into it. First, the budding love story between Luke and Reid, that got smashed to smithereens in one episode, by Reid’s untimely demise. Two, because of the gay component, that adds another wrinkle to the complexity and sadness to the end of a character that for so many viewers they got a chance to see another LGBT character on daytime as that continues to be an under-represented part of the population, that is barely ever recoginized in the daytime medium, and third, ESS, is just simply an standout performer for this genre….and fourth, because the show is ending makes it all the more overwhelming. So, all in all, I would say this is the one character, that has really capitivated an audience in his characters’ life, and after his untimely death.

    ESS and I have a date tomorrow though! The follow-up interview we promised the fans will take place and I hope to have it out to all of you in the next few days.

    Best always,


    liberallu replied

    Michael: Fantastic news about your follow up interview. Your previous one was the best one that Eric gave!
    And thanks for allowing us to use your column as a place to vent. All of my thoughts and opinions about how great Van and Eric have been and how awful and rushed these last scenes have been are expressed in other members’ postings. Way too much happiness with the heteros while the gay guys are stunned with pain and loss.

    Many thanks again!

    JAJ (Jan) replied

    Mr. Fairman, thanks so much for responding to my question! Your spot on with all the points you pointed out! Even though many fans were already prepared for what was to come, when it finally DID happen, it was quite apparant that the loss of Reid was palpable. Honestly, I don’t think there would have been such a strong and vocal reaction to this extent, if it would have been another ATWT character who died (like for ex. Chris lol)! I’m guessing that TPTB got a HUGE surprise of how apparant the obvious fan reaction was as to how much both Reid’s character AND ESS brilliant acting was beloved so quickly and so much more I think, than many of the veteran & legacy actors that had been on ATWT for years and years (*SNAP* lol)!

    I’ve watched soaps off and on over the years, but in all my years of watching soaps, there hasen’t been any other character that got me hooked or that I fell for like Reid’s character, and in turn I’m especially glad to have discovered the endearingly and humble Mr. Eric Sheffer Stevens.

    As things come to an end for ATWT, I think what many fans would REALLY like to see happen (but it probably won’t)….is that if a great interviewer such as yourself Michael, would be granted the opportunity to conduct an interview with none other than, JP and/or CG! So many WHY questions to pose to them, but I’m guessing there’s a good chance that they’d decline, hmph. I kind of feel for Eric and Van right now, who will probably try to field and answer questions/give their opinions pertaining to why was Reid killed, why didn’t LuRe make love, along with fans strong disapporval that all the gay characters got the worst ending ever….but it’s really JP and CG who should be answering those types of questions. I’m sure it’s already gotten to Eric’s ears & eyes by now, that he’s probably feeling a little overwhelmed regarding the Reid/LuRe fans reaction to Reid’s death. With the strong outcry regarding Reid’s death, along with the blocking of portraying the LuRe love story realistically, I’m thinking that maybe Eric and Van (Eric especially) may kind of feel caught a bit in the middle sort of speak.

    Lucky you Michael, regarding your interview date with ESS tomorrow lol. Your last interview with Eric was absolutely awesome! Can’t wait to see and read your upcoming follow-up interview hopefully to come in a few days. Very much looking forward to it, your a great interviewer!

    Thanks again for your experienced opinion and response regarding my question up above. I was kind of intrigued to know if any other killing of a soap character was felt so strongly and loudly, as it was for the snarky, and adorable, Dr. Reid Oliver!

    P.S. Here’s hoping Eric has learned to NEVER try to beat a train! LOL ;)


    ~ Jan

    mmc replied

    Thank you Michael for this great interview.I can understand where Eric is coming from in liking this ending.As a long time ATWT fan, it was heartbreaking for so many reasons.First of all it was a love story.The chemistry between Luke and Reid took everyone by surpriseSecondly it was a story of two people who fell in love and made each other so much better.And yes they were gay, but that wasn’t what defined them.They changed the sterotype of gay men forever.I could watch them for hours.The writers did a diservice to all of us by not having a happy ever after.What does that tell us.

  92. Melissa says:

    After watching the whole week’s worth of episodes, I’m even more bothered by this ending. It was very poorly written, overly rushed and did real disservice to both Luke and Reid as characters. Van Hansis is very good, but he could only do so much with this sort of material.

    There was so much potential to this pairing — and even the conflict with Noah (who was largely MIA in the last few months) — and it was all wasted. This article pretty much sums it up my feelings perfectly:


    Joss replied

    Great article!. Thanks for posting.


  93. maddyjordy says:

    Thank you michael for giving the fans somewhere to air their grievances about the
    tragedy atwt has become.The sheer stupidity of tptb thinking that this kind of brutal storyline would satisfy anyone let alone fans of the couple is just
    mindboggling to me.I don’t know if it is homophobia or in sheer ignorance
    that they made this decision.From the Interviews given by Ess and van Hansis it seems they loved playing this storyline out.I have the utmost respect for both actors as they are the only thing that made this bearable.
    The thing that i ask is when did entertainment become not for the viewers,we have enough hardship and troubles in our own lives ,this is
    the place where we come to escape .You know people haven’t done their jobs when you would rather escape back to real life than sit and watch what they are giving us on our screeens.


  94. lovelure says:

    There’s not much I can add to the eloquent posts above, so I’ll just say this. Thank you again, Michael, for continuing to cover ATWT, to pay attention to and care about what we fans think, and for your support for the DWB campaign.

    As for the ending, disappointing and wrong on so many levels ranging from homophobic to just plain poorly executed. My heart broke for Luke this week and I am squarely in the category of Van AND Eric. Yes, Eric has rocked in his scenes with everyone, but since the LuRe storyline kicked into high gear, Van has as well (his scenes with Katie, when he told off Lucinda, his scenes with Bob and Mona, among others). Like Luke and Reid, I think Van and Eric have brought out the best in each other as well. I, for one, feel lucky to have caugh the wave and gone along for the ride.


  95. Sue says:

    I watched the show back today on my DVR and was absolutely shocked that Reid Oliver was killed off! However, I disagree that this was a homophobic ending, as purported by several viewers. After the way that the writers have written the Luke/Noah story and the budding love between Luke and Reid, I think it unfair to accuse them of being homophobic. It was, instead, a nod toward the first family of ATWT. I don’t particularly like Chris’ character, but he is, in the end, a Hughes and it is proper and fitting that he will go on to lead the hospital as its Chief of Staff–a fitting ending to this wondrful daytime series.


    mmc replied

    They could have been co chiefs of staff like Bob and John were at one time.Eric and Van made that screen sizzle in a good way and they’re leaving me and so many others with sadness instead of Happily Ever after for all.I want to know their reasons.When Luke and Reid looked at each other you saw the love.I’ve been watching from 1956 when I could …I was 13….What sad memories i’ll have of this show from now on….writers , you gave us a storyline like no other and then you ruined it.You took Reids heart and shattered Lukes …not to mention that mine is broken for ever! No thanks for these memories!!!!!


  96. mmc says:

    As a long time viewer(from day 1 in 1996.)of course i couldn’t watch every minute and kept up on what was going on.Almost two years ago I was able to watch almost every day.I was so sad when I heard that this beloved soap was being i don’t know what I feel.I was prepared to watch the ending with sadness because a show that always ended with decency was going away forever.Now i’m feeling so many emotions.Anger and frustration are at the top of my list.Having Reid Oliver die so that Chris Hughes could live was senseless.The writers could have let everybody have their happily ever after…but they didn’t.Luke will end in sorrow and Reid is reduced to ashes.I have never in all my years cried so much.Eric and Van had so much chemistry that the screen sizzeled.They didn’t have to say a word but when they looked into each others eyes you saw the love between them.And it was love not just lust.Even though there was that tooThey were two smart men who really brought out the best in each other…and they just happened to be was nice to see them portray gay men in a truthful way and not as a stereotype.And FYI, i’m not gay and neither are my children, so I don’t have an agenda .The writers really screwed up and they are leaving this old viewer with such sad memories instesd of the ones i’d hoped to have!


  97. Lyndsey says:

    Can i first say how AMAZING Van and Erics performances were? Although Reids death was so upsetting, Reid gave the ultimate gift, he showed us how generous and wonderful one person can be. His character set an example, (in my opinion) of how more people should be these days.

    I will never say the ending of this wasnt sad, because i was even sitting in front of my tv crying my eyes out and wondering ‘why the heck would they kill reid off?!?!?!’ but this situation is a real life situation. Things like this do happen. and it makes you wonder how everything would be if this happened to you. Reid went out the best way possible, He gave the gift of life. so in the end, Reid showed us the wonderful man that he is. And once again, Eric and Van played Both of there parts perfectly.

    Bunches and bunches of Cudos to Eric and Van for a Job well done! Both are extremely talented.


  98. Sue says:

    As the World Turns is a dramatic series, and as such, the death of Reid Oliver, borrowed from the traditions of Greek tragedy, I think. Reid Oliver, even to the end (and even with the best of intentions), had the sin of hubris–pride. As Luke pointed out, he might have chosen to wait 30 seconds for the train to pass by, but as usual, he felt he could beat the odds because he was untouchable. That is pride, pure and simple. And the thing about the genre of tragedy, no matter what Reid’s intentions were and no matter how much of a “person” he was becoming because of his relationship with Luke, in classic Greek tragedy, one cannot escape his fate for it is willed by a higher power, as Kim Hughes reminded us this past week. However, there is always some good that comes out of such tragedy. The Hughes “kingdom” is restored with Chris at the top rung, but he has the classic tragic hero’s heart now. Tom Hughes pointed out that in order to make sense of the tragedy and to honor Reid’s memory, it was high time that the people of Oakdale live for each other instead of themselves. Already, there are plans for the new neurosurgery wing of the hospital to be named for Reid and part of his ashes to be put in a cornerstone. One can also expect that with every breath Chris takes, because of Reid’s heart beating from within, his decisions will benefit the people of Oakdale in years to come.–None of us like that Reid Oliver died; we’re crushed, in fact. However, you have to respect the choice of the writers that in ending this 50-year drama that they would return to the very roots of drama.–Finally, I think it is absolutely insulting to the writers of ATWT to say that this was some homophobic move on their part, that all the heterosexuals get their happy ending while the gay community does not. ATWT’s writers brought gay issues to the forefront when other shows did not. No, Reid Oliver met his untimely demise not because he was gay, but because he was the one character on the series that had the sin of hubris–and that’s just good classic drama!


  99. teresa says:

    mr fairman, i feel that chris goutman and jean passanante, are the two reasons atwt was cancelled. they destroyed the show pure and simple. the end of the luke and reid story was a travesty. they clearly did not give a damn about the fans and what we wanted. they actually created a beautiful love story for luke and reid and then they dismantled it. for them to be the only couple without a hea is atrocious. no matter what they say, it smacks of homophobia as the gay characters were all shafted. reid is dead,luke is miserable and noah is off to la.. neither of them deserves to work in this medium again. atwt had the best character and actor seen in daytime in years in dr. reid oliver and eric sheffer stevens and killed him for no reason. the show was over. it was totally pointless and unnecessary.
    they have left the fans bitter,angry,hurt,devastated,gutted,heartbroken and any other adjective you can think of. they clearly stated with this ending that what the fans wanted meant absolutely nothing and our feelings didn’t count. the only saving grace in this, and it really doesn’t lessen the pain, is that both van and eric were phenomenal and brilliant in their acting and deserve emmy noms and wins for this. if they don’t win the emmy then there really is no justice in the world.


  100. mmc says:

    I’m still crying at this turn of events…never in my lifetime have I ever seen two actors say so much just by looking into each others eyes.I was rooting for them from the first time they looked at each other.I’m sad, I’m angry, and so frustrated by letting Reid die andLluke is left to grieve.Not only did these two men have chemistry but more than that they had love.They brought out the very best in each other.I cried the day Reid died and haven’t stopped since.The tv screen sizzled.Why would the writers put an end to the best love story of all time.These were two men who fell in love and happened to be gay!Why no happily ever after for them? It’s bad enough that ATWT is leaving forever, but couldn’t we have had happy memories for Luke and Reid.?TPTB really screwed up big time.but Van and Eric you both deserve emmys and i love you both!!!!


  101. mmc says:

    I was just thinking of something a little while ago…they never had the guts for Luke and R eid to take the next step, but Casey was having unprotected sex with that witch Vienna, Katie was having sex with Chris who with such a weak heart could have keeled over at any second, Allison had sex with Mick when she was engaged to Casey and the list goes on.And yet Reid and Luke were in love and didn’t jump into bed at the drop of a hat…what does this tell viewers?that if you’re straight you can be irresponsible, not use protection?And isn’t it telling that even if you’re in love if youre gay you can’t have sex and you’ll never have a happy ending?Boo to you writers….none of you had a clue.


  102. Ashley says:

    Hello. I know I am a bit late to the party, but I just have to write/say this somewhere. So here it goes. (First a little introduction to myself. I am a straight 20-something woman.) I was told about this amazing story that occurred on As The World Turns by a friend of mine whale I was doing some research into how the homosexual community is represented in the media, I study Communications in college, this friend heard about what I was looking into and told me to look into the Luke, Noah, and Reid storyline on As The World Turns. Since the show had been canceled already I looked into it on Youtube. Thank God for the diligent fans of this couple for posting all of the material on-line for those like me who want to see it, but can’t because of the cancellation.

    This storyline blew me away. These two couples were the reason why I watched portions of this soap in the first place. (I’m not a usual daytime tv program watcher. I won’t be getting into another one anytime soon. ) They had a tenderness and romance to these couples that you just don’t see portrayed in the straight couples in daytime anymore. While their heterosexual counterparts were jumping into the sack at a moments notice. Being completely irresponsible and showing poor judgment with their choices. For example having unprotected sex or infidelity. I don’t know why these situations are deemed appropriate for daytime tv. Yet when you have a healthy monogamous homosexual relationship. That gets labeled as inappropriate.

    Luke and Noah took time to enjoy each other. They wooed/courted each other before they had made love. Luke and Reid had a respect for each other and each others wants/needs in the relationship they shared. I have a TON more respect for these two couples then I do any other on that show.

    Van, Jake, and Eric did a wonderful job portraying these characters in the show. I hope we get to see them grace our screens in other projects. They portrayed these characters with great respect and fine dignity. This type of creative energy is hard to find now a days.


  103. Ali lusignan says:

    Hey I love your t.v. show I like trying kissing parts and killing parts too I am coming to see you guys. I am golf player


  104. gaelyn says:

    I want luke and reid have there happy ending like getting marryed those ideits kill him off damn it


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