Although ineptly staged, the Daytime Emmys on Sunday did supply several unforgettable awards-show moments. Bizarre is better than boring.
The five most memorable moments in the awards' 40th annual edition:
1. Did you ever think an In Memoriam segment would produce swearing?
Corbin Bernsen dropped the f-bomb and the s-bomb in saluting those who had passed. (Pity the HLN censor who wasn't bleeping.) Bernsen's excuse was that he was channeling his late mother, "Young and the Restless" star Jeanne Cooper, who was honored in the segment. "This is my mother speaking -- not me," Bernsen said. La Cooper loved to swear like a sailor, and so these Emmys gave us a dead woman talking crudely. My hunch is you will never see that again.
2. Presenter Aisha Tyler of "The Talk" realized she had been handed the wrong envelope. She transformed an awkward moment into witty comedy and demonstrated her quick thinking. CBS would be wise to transform the bit into a commercial.
3. Presenter Carrie Fisher opened by announcing she was an alcoholic and flashed back to dropping acid. She also needled Ozzy Osbourne, who was hooting in the audience. Fisher was there to present an award, which went to her "Star Wars" director, George Lucas. He won for the animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
4. In a poignant moment, Orlando's Wayne Brady presented a life achievement award to Monty Hall, the former host of "Let's Make a Deal." Brady, the show's current host on CBS, called Hall "one of the most amazing guys in show business." Hall responded by describing Brady as his adopted son.
5. Charles Osgood accepted the morning-show prize for "CBS Sunday Morning," which beat NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America." The classy Osgood noted that the Daytime Emmys were a lot more fun than the News Emmys. Osgood marveled that the daytime colleagues actually seemed to like one another.
The show also supplied some major surprises, notably NBC's "Days of Our Lives" winning best daytime drama and Ricki Lake being chosen best talk-show host. Lake's show has not been renewed.
The other odd bits included HLN anchor Robin Meade singing and winners being interviewed on a couch right after their acceptance speeches. My hunch is you'll never see that couch again, either.
Or as Corbin Bernsen asked, again channeling his mom, "What is up with this ridiculous couch?"