All My Children Writer Speaks on Strike

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All My Children writer Michelle Patrick recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the ongoing writers' strike. The focus of the interview?

Patrick's anger at producers and scab writers that cross the picket lines. (Unlike primetime shows, soap operas did not immediately run out of material once the strike began; most spent a year stockpiling scripts in anticipation of the scribes' walkout.)

According to Patrick, All My Children will carry on "because they've got people scabbing in there.  We don't know who.  They shield their identity to protect them from repercussions from the guild.  They work through e-mail, with false names."

Patrick said that on the first day of the impasse, a producer of another soap from a different network called her to ask whether she'd be interested to work as a scab.

"What she said is, 'We could protect your identity.  No one would ever know.  It would be completely secret.  No one would ever find out,' " Patrick recalled as she picketed in front of ABC's W. 66th Street studio, where All My Children is taped.

The inquiry simply infuriated Patrick, who declined the offer.

"The more heinous the producers behave, the angrier I get," the All My Children writer told The Los Angeles Times.

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All My Children Quotes

Erica Kane: This Trey Shepherd is as cold and as ruthless as they come.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: It's about time someone's got in his way.
Erica Kane: Made him pay for all the damage he's done.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: A nice long stretch behind bars.
Erica: No time off for good behavior.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: And a bunkmate, named Bubba, who wants to be his special friend.

Kendall Hart Cambias: No way. A kiss on the boo-boo and that makes it all better? How the hell could she be so patronizing?
Ryan Lavery: This is not the time...
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, really, how can she do this to Bianca? After this pretty little show. She'll have her prefect baby, her perfect marriage, and her perfect life, and what the hell will Bianca have?
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, it's all right.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Bianca, it really isn't all right. She's not doing this to ease your pain. She's doing this to cover her own pathetic guilt. Isn't that right, Babe? Isn't that what you're doing?
Arabella 'Babe' Carey Cramer Chandler: No.
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, really, no? ok, well you know what, you don't deserve a happily ever after, Babe, and after everything you've done, you will never, ever get it. Your fairy tale will crash and burn, and you'll deserve everything you get.
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, don't.
Kendall Hart Cambias: And when the sky falls, you'll remember this day and exactly what I said.
Myrtle Lum Fargate: Time to hide those spinning wheels.
Kendall Hart Cambias: This had to be said, Bianca. You cannot believe a word out of that girl's mouth.
Bianca Montgomery: She's my friend!
Kendall Hart Cambias: She's a user. She doesn't care who she guts on the way. She's only out for herself. Isn't that right Babe?