Thanks for this! I really wish we could see this episode as it sounds like a good one! lots of action and suspense!
As for the airdate, when I looked up what episode #2821 was, it gave me the date for Victor and Nikki's wedding (4/13/84) So that can't be correct.....and I want to say that this episode probably aired before November 1981, because I thought by then Nikki was in Victor's sphere, and she was already dancing at the Bayou again, I thought maybe this might be July/August 1981.....but maybe I'm wrong.....Still a good read regardless.
I remember seeing some of that Nikki/Edward scenes when MTS choose them for her 35th anniversary thing on one of her TV Guide interviews.....They definitely were really creepy, especially the portrait of Edward's mother, but I wish we saw the rest of those scenes with Paul and Carl rescuing Nikki. Overall such an odd little story for Nikki, and it definitely seemed like Bill Bell made some of the show very horror movie like with the whole Psycho rip off with Edward....along with Victor and his dungeon and of course Vanessa about to commit suicide....definitely a lot different then what the show eventually became IMO.
I forget sometimes that Danny started on the show that early and was involved with Patty.....I think they forgot this later on, but It's hard to picture Danny in these different story spheres with the Abbotts and Williams, because I'm more use to the music stuff with Traci and Lauren and later his love story with Cricket...I wish we saw more of those earlier clips.....the compilation clips I have feature NONE of Danny/Patty or really any Patty/Jack, except the brief clip of their wedding...
I would love to see the earlier versions of the Jabot set.....I guess the more well known look started when the rest of the Abbotts came back in 82....
I remember you talking about those Jill/Patty scenes and they sound delicious, but it's still interesting that Deborah Adair could play a more vindictive Jill too....I saw a hint of that on the compilations, but this was probably the bitchiest I've heard about her Jill being....though I can't really by Jack/Patty because of the stuff coming up with Diane and Patty shooting him, and I thought Jack was always too much of a playboy this time to really have romantic feelings towards her.
Fun read overall! Can't wait to read more summaries you may have!