It's really sort of insane to think that "All My Children" has aired 10,000 episodes (the 10,000th airs today, Wednesday). And there are only three people that have been there for all of it: Ray MacDonnell (Joe) and our beloved Susan Lucci (Erica) have been on-camera. But Agnes Nixon, the series creator, has guided the show since it's inception to the present day. Yes, Agnes is still very much involved with her creation, so it's only fitting that she get to be in front of the cameras for the 10,000th hour that Pine Valley has been beamed into our homes.
In the special episode, Agnes plays Aggie (that's like Tony Danza playing someone named Tony. Which is basically the name of every character he's ever played), a mysterious woman who carries around a book called -- wait for it -- "All My Children"! As Opal, Tad and the rest of Pine Valley discovers, Aggie is actually a ghost! She helped found Pine Valley over a hundred years earlier, and even wrote a bestseller back in the day: The aforementioned "All My Children." Which is a totally cute in-joke.
"It feels simply wonderful," Agnes said of the show hitting the five digit episode mark. "I said on the day of the taping I felt as Alexander Graham Bell felt when he first heard his own invention and said, 'What hath God wrought?'" BTW, you can see her say it if you check out our video of the 10,000th episode celebration.