The best part of Emmy week is, of course, the parties! Things kicked into high gear at the annual Bell luncheon, held Thursday at New York's Rainbow Room. Cast and crew from The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful mingled with the press and dined on delicious food (such an array of pasta!) and decadent desserts (the chocolate cake and home-style, unsweetened whipped cream did not disappoint!).

Almost everyone was talkin' Emmys, but Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) and I were discussing politics ? mainly New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's real-life soap opera. "Every time his wife comes out from Gracie Mansion you think, 'Oh, my God! What is she going to say now?' It's sad, because it detracts from what he's done. Giuliani has really turned the town around."

Pouring rain prevented me from going to the Passions/Days of Our Lives/NBC party that evening, but most of the cast of Passions was at Marcia Tovsky's impromptu party at the Lulu Parlor in Hell's Kitchen late that night. Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) and I talked Star Wars and Sunset Boulevard.

Some of the kids from As the World Turns were there, as was Winsor Harmon (Thorne, B&B) and his pal Mark Consuelos (Mateo, All My Children). Kimberlin Brown (Rachel, Port Charles) also made the scene, and dished some great gossip about her character; what a sweetie! There was no food (or dessert!), but there was plenty of good music and good cheer.

Friday brought the main event ? the Emmy dinner (and its claustrophobic cocktail hour)! The food was adequate (and don't even ask about dessert), but everyone really goes to schmooze, anyway. It's always crowded and hot, but it's never boring, as everyone rushes around the room at the Sheraton New York to meet and greet.

I shared warm reunions with Megan McTavish (head writer, One Life to Live); Sheraton Kalouria (newly installed NBC Daytime honcho); former soap scribe Lorraine Broderick (she's enjoying life in the slow lane and is as cool as ever); Lisa Hesser (executive producer of Passions); lovely Linda Dano (who was playfully displaying her ample apples all night!); ABC Daytime chief Angela Shapiro (in her most exotic ensemble yet!); la diva Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL); Cassandra Creech (Denise, As the World Turns), who yelled at me for blasting the Emmy blue-ribbon panelists on Howard Stern's radio show; and Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), among others.

Then there was this little thing called the Emmy telecast, but it was over in a few hours and I was off to the Procter & Gamble party at Maritime. It was great to see folks like Lisa Brown (ex-Nola, Guiding Light; ex-Iva, ATWT) and Maggie Reed (ex-Shannon, ATWT), as well as my pals behind the scenes at P&G's two shows.

The good news is that there wasn't a long wait at the bar; the bad news is that I couldn't find any dessert. I packed up my posse and fled to the ABC party at Rockefeller Center, where I found lots of P&G actors, some slammin' tunes and my favorite cookies ? shortbread with yellow frosting and chocolate icing in the form of the ABC logo!

Former ATWT producer/ABC Daytime executive Regina DiMartino was there, as were GL's Paul Wasilewski and Paulo Benedeti (Max and Jessie). Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC) and I laughed a little, OLTL/AMC fan club president Carol Dickson danced a little (she looks great!) and I ate a lot!

Maybe I'm getting old? or maybe it's because I realized that I left my beeper at the P&G party? but I wasn't in the mood to go to the Passions party or follow the ABC and P&G actors to the myriad bars and clubs they were hitting. It was 2:30 am and I needed to go home to Gracie. Perhaps TV Guide Online writer Eddie Roche should be on party patrol next year.