- When taking a sick baby out in a blizzard sounds like a great idea, instead of trying to bring down the fever yourself because you're a highly trained doctor.
- When leaving your baby in a tree sounds like the best idea ever, instead of keeping the baby close to you to give body warmth
- When you'd rather ask a hit man and a nurse who put her own kids in danger about the symptoms of PPD, rather than asking a friend who's a shrink or a PPD specialist
- When wanting to resume your professional life is a sign of PPD and that you're being a bad mother, and that you can make that decision on your own and not as a family.
- When your appearance is more stylish and put together the farther you fall into depression, instead of the typical symptoms of being unfocused or unmotivated about appearance
- When the only conversations you seem to have for months with your husband are 'I think you have PPD" and "No I don't", or 'I want to get a nanny' but neither of you interview anyone.
- When you won't let your newly married husband touch you because of a distorted body image after the baby, but you suddenly feel flirty and say "hey, show me your tool belt" to another man.
- When the voice of reason you listen to is a sycophantic, put-her-own-babies-in-danger nurse and not the doctor/brother-in-law who has done a little research and has you and your family's best interest at heart.
- When telling the truth has been your character flaw, yet you easily lie like a politician about your whereabouts, not having a husband or child, leaving said child alone at a diner, or that you have a problem
- When you know that you don't have PPD because you're not going through what Robin went through, instead of realizing that Bob Guza has made a mockery of what women are going through or have suffered with post-partum depression
The post-partum depression storyline had an enormous amount of potential because of the emotional angst it could generate and the talented actors involved in this storyline. Many of their fans had been disappointed with last year's string of inane storylines - suing over fetus visitation rights, the blog wars, Anna being a hot mama, the pointless reason for multiple proposals, etc - and were looking forward to a dramatic storyline with emotional touchpoints.
However, all that anticipation turned to dread when it was clear that the writers wouldn't afford this newly married couple any level of happiness - via a honeymoon, love scene, or any real intimacy. And the dread only increased when the viewers were taken out of the moment to question what they were seeing was truly a symptom of PPD or whether an already well-sketched character would be behave in that manner. Since the start of this arc, the writers have slowly devolved the characters to shadows of their former selves, seemingly to make any future sleazy plot points feasible.
Both Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson deserve many kudos for trying to make their characters' pain and conflict as realistic as possible, despite the over-the-top writing. The actors deserved an emotional and well-written storyline this year to show their dramatic talents, as their last opportunity to showcase was in July 2006. And the viewers deserved a compelling dramatic storyline to tune into, as it was a chore at times last year to tune into the circular arguments and largely silly pointlessness of the Scrubs storyline for much of the year. There is huge disappointment now with how the show is handling the execution of this whole storyline arc and the treatment of a legacy character.
To me...Bob Guza, Brian Frons and the studio have lost sight of what's important, which is especially galling because of the dire straits of daytime, it only takes one press of a button to turn the channel when the show ceases to provide escapism nor entertain.