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  1. The highest rating "Ryan's Hope" received was during the week Kim got drunk and gave birth on the houseboat during August, 1981. This was because of what was going on "General Hospital." I believe it was the week they nearly froze the world. I believe Kim was considered important to ABC because she appeared heavily during that week. This would be why Labine and Mayer dumped Maroney in September, 1981, and reappeared in March, 1981. Personally, I found Kim's antics entertaining. I wanted to see Kim suffer for her scheming and plotting. My favorite was when Jill Coleridge revealed she had faked the pregnancy during Kim and Seneca's aborted wedding. I loved how Rae and Roger had one-upped Kim by creating their own counterattack at Lem's using the shell curtain. And even though it was a brilliant scheme, Kimberly didn't buy it and still sold Rae out to the feds about her role in Frank Ryan's political undoing. I was disappointed that Seneca never learned about Kim's abortion, but I think it would have been revealed had the show pitted Seneca and Rae against Kim for custody and paired Seneca and Rae in a marriage of convenience. In court, Rae could have dropped Kim's bomb; she had an abortion and then had run into the Riverside ER claiming she had just miscarried the baby. The problem with Kim / Seneca / Rae / Michael was the story played in its own bubble often not affected by the other stories going on. It was stronger when it did (Michael's involvement with Amy Morris, insane baby sitter, and Kim taking sanctuary with the Ryans after Arley's birth). The Kim storyline was ultimately replaced with the Barbara Wilde story which at least involved a Ryan by marriage (Maureen Garrett's Elizabeth Jane, Barry Ryan's stepsister). E.J. and Rae had a nice mentor/mentee relationship, Roger and E.J. were a new couple, and The Proud and the Passionate side plots were amusing.
  2. Funny how things come together... I recently got some copies of "Savannah" that I've been working my way through. As I'm watching a season two episode, I suddenly hear a familiar voice. I look up and see "Doc." Sure enough, it is a much older Charles Lawlor. So the "Doc" character from April, 1984 was Dr. Earnest Snackley, which should have surprised me because the boxes in the scenes did look like it had Snackley written on the boxes. And it was Charles, not John, like you had written.
  3. It’s now April 13, 1984. A little over a month has passed, but some of the stories still carry over from our last installment. Several story threads revolve around the drug trafficking story. From the police angle, we meet Babe Chalifoux, a cop working to break the drug ring that has infiltrated Atlanta, who is working with her boss Gary Hopkins. Gary is an older gentleman, and a bit more gray than he was in the July, 1983 preview from youtube. Initially, we only hear Gary’s voice, but eventually we see him at the drug laboratory with Babe and another cop. Gary and Babe are very excited that they have found the drugs that have been sold in the community and claim it’s “the biggest bust ever.” Gary and Babe agree to call Jonathan Catlin, a member of the drug commission, to help with the bust. Our drug traffickers are also featured. Cullen Quinn is excited to sell the product and make money so he can lord it over his brother Seth. Truck Larsen, Cullen’s right hand man, talks about going to Tahiti and getting himself a little lady in a grass skirt. More reserved is Doc, our chemist, who fears that he isn’t going to get his money. I recognize the actor playing Doc, but cannot place him. Anyway, Doc spots the cops in the lab and reports back to Cullen and Truck, who are back at Cullen’s apartment. The other continuing story follows the sale of the Catlin saw mill. Woody Thorpe (played by TEXAS alum Charles Hill) has purchased the mill from the Catlins. He arrives at Maggie’s office to pick up the deed. Maggie, upset for unknown reasons, turns to Woody for support. Woody clearly cares for Maggie, but Maggie remains mum. Once Dirk enters, it’s clear Dirk is the reason Maggie is crying. There is definitely tension and they are definitely playing a Dirk / Maggie / Woody triangle with Dirk, the slick, cunning executive, and Woody, the good ole boy hayseed. Ridley is very good at handling the material, Ranier is smooth as Dirk, and Hill is solid as Woody. In one of our new stories, Jennifer Catlin has returned from Paris and has just returned from a night out with an old beau, Carter. Jennifer is now being played by Jennifer Anglin, and she seems new to the show. There is a lot of talk about this being “a new Jennifer.” This is probably one of the more effective sequences is a pretty strong episode. Jennifer discusses her night out with her mother (played by very Southern Muriel Moore) and how she has changed since being in Paris. There is a lot of talk about changing values, and Jennifer snaps at Annabelle when she asks about a private call (Jennifer’s Parisan beau, Lexi) that Jennifer has received. Instead of playing Annabelle as nosy or Jennifer as spoiled, the scenes end with Annabelle saying that she hopes that she and Jennifer can always be close no matter what is going on. It was a really well played moment by Muriel Moore. In the final story, Jonathan Catlin is speaking to Regina, a member of his senatorial campaign staff. Jonathan is contemplating quitting the drug commission and the senate race. There is a lot of exposition about Eleanor’s trial (apparently Warden Evans [Eleanor’s murderer] held Lauren hostage a gunpoint in the court room. It was Jonathan who managed to free Lauren. District attorney Darryl Chambers botched the murder trial before deciding to continue his run for senate). Regina is an interesting addition, and appears to have been around for a while. Prior to joining Jonathan’s campaign, she worked in the corporate suite at Catlin Enterprises. Regina seems ambitious and wants Jonathan to succeed. While I don’t’ think they a couple, it’s clear they are laying the groundwork for a future romantic development. Her dark hair and features remind me a bit of Marilyn Martin, who played Jonathan’s wife Eleanor. Some interesting side notes… Jonathan mentioned he’s being harassed by Stacey Manning, so she is already on the scene. Daryl Chambers, the district attorney from Jennifer’s trial in the summer of 1983, has been brought back for another run as Jonathan’s rival in the senate campaign. Dan Albright is out of the credits, but Christina Reguli is still listed as Lauren. In the previews, a blonde (possibly Memphis Morgan) is telling Beau he needs to forget about Lauren. BTW, Beau is being played by Peter Boynton in the clip for the next episode. Most notably, P&G is now being credited as the production company. I would suspect the takeover occurred around the first anniversary, which would have happened between the last episode I wrote about and this one.
  4. A couple of things… (1) Larry Jordan and Jordan Williams are the same actor. Williams was credited as Larry Jordan when he appeared on THE CATLINS. (2) Christina Reguli’s character was married to Beau Catlin in July, 1983. My best estimation would be that the marriage was dissolved in the spring of 1984. (3) Maggie Catlin was married. At the very least she should be credited as Maggie Catlin __________. I think it’s a safe guess to say it was Maggie Catlin Brown (married to Roger Brown), but we can wait for further confirmation. This marriage ended in divorce in the fall of 1983 just as Woody Thorpe arrived on the scene. (4) I’m going to have to check and see how Bea Swanson is credited. I believe she is credited as Carla Lockridge, but I think Lockridge is a maiden name, not a second marriage. I may be wrong. (5) Jacqui McCormick was initially credited as Jacqui Miller. Also, Jacqui and Woody were engaged in March, 1985. The characters were set to marry that month, but I’m not sure if they made it to the altar. (6) Where did you get the name of Lockwood for Vanessa? (7) I haven’t seen anything with Robert Boone and Jennifer together. Boone was developing a meaningful emotional connection with Annabelle Catlin when she and T.J. were on the outs. At the same time, Kay Webber was helping out T.J. while he was trying to regain the Catlin fortune. I’m not sure how romantic either became. Also, Lucille and T.J. weren’t a couple; Annabelle thought so, though. I’m not sure how far Dirk and Babe got, but Dirk and Maggie got as far as a spring 1984 engagement. Maggie called it off after losing the baby she was carrying.
  5. As much as I enjoy the 1985 material, I can admit several things. (1) There is very little in terms of longterm storylines that impact the canvas for more than a few weeks in a meaningful way. (2) The tone changes drastically from very dark and ominious under Jeanne Glynn and Madeline David, to more light romance and family oriented under Mayer Avila and Braxton, to a slightly polished NBC cookie cutter NBC serial (couples, foreign locales, MTV-inspired montages, and our very Jo Tourneur doing her best Jessica Fletcher impersonation) under Tomlin. (3) Not having been presented these episodes in their proper manner (30-minutes, 5-days a week) I'm not sure if I would have been able to watch in that manner. Other random comments... - The material popping from early in Cagney and Suzi's marriage is probably the strongest work from Teri Eoff I've seen. I think the domestic conflict between Suzi and her new mother-in-law, Kate McCleary, is brilliantly done and Jo Henderson does a great job delivering some, at times, heavy handed material. I'm a particular fan of Suzi's attempts to hold her own with Kate. It's something I would expect to see on "Ryan's Hope," but not as polished. It works very well though given where Cagney and Suzi are in their story. Similarly, there's a great scene, newly uploaded, of a McCleary family dinner where Quinn has brought Sarah Whiting home for the first time. Sarah dreams of the day she, too, might be a McCleary bride. While the show is obviously heavy on the drama of Iarge Irish family, which isn't SEARCH's bread and butter, the scenes are too strong to criticize. There's a lot of beautiful character moments between the McClearys when Paul Avila Mayer is penning the show. - I was glad the montage featuring "Every Breath You Take" popped up. It is a particularly inspired piece. Clearly influenced by the era, I think the most effective element is that it allows the characters to speak for themselves. There's something particularly haunting about Marcia McCabe's shots that embody the near tragic turns that Sunny's life has dealt with in the past few years. Mary Stuart and the boa shows Jo's vivaciousness in spite of the fact that she is no longer young and restless. My favorite shots though have to be Lisa Peluso as Wendy just loving the camera's attention. Isn't that what we would expect Wendy to do? Michelle Joyner manages to continue to maintain Sarah's awkwardness while also playing Sarah's attempt to put up this façade of a strong, confidant woman. Colleen DIon is lost among these women. - The episode featuring said montage also featured some heavy dramatic moments between Chase and Estelle, which, unfortunately, are not included. Chase practically begs Estelle to the States with him, but she cannot. Robert Wilson was particularly strong in those episodes; both actors playing Chase Kendall were effective. Anyway, the San Marcos sequence was clearly inspired by MIAMI VICE with Chase as our own Don Johnson. - Lisa Peluso has a rollercoaster of a year with some very interesting starts and stops. The end of the Warren storyline really set the stage for a powerful battle between Wendy and Suzi over Jonah. I would have liked to have seen that play out especially since the show was playing Wendy and Alec (which I never knew) and hinting at reuniting Stephanie and Lloyd. This could have lead to some very interesting dynamics. Who would Stephanie side with: her own daughter or the girl she has come to love as a daughter? And what about Lloyd? How would he feel about Wendy's attempts to keep Suzi from Jonah after what had happened between him and TR/Rebecca. The Alec / Wendy pairing was surprisingly refreshing, but I'm not sure how far that could have gone. Alec did want to be a doctor, correct? Wendy might have worked better in that circle rather than the television station. Later, Lisa does some much subtler work as Wendy under Mayer Avila/Braxton when Wendy admits to Suzi that she knows how deceptive Sarah has become, but that she doesn't know what to do because she fears losing Quinn. Some very nice, powerful scenes. - I think the setup for Patti's return is effective even if Jacquie Schultz is way too young for the part. At least in those opening scenes, there is an attempt to dress Patti older, but it's a hard sell. Patti's reaction to the death is well done, and the break up with Len is downplayed, but establishes Patti's purpose. If they had a stronger medical core in place, I wonder if the show would have used Patti in that capacity. I really liked Geoff Pierson as Liza's OBGYN. Maybe they could have done something with that. I don't know. The Jo / Patti talk about Sarah though is well done and closes a chapter on an unfortunate run for a character with a lot of promise and some serious flaws. In the end, the show would be dead itself soon so Sarah's impact never really had the chance to resonate other than having Quinn linger most of 1986 outside of his relationship with super interesting Miss Evie Stone.
  6. I know this isn't always the most popular opinion, but I really like what I've seen of "Search for Tomorrow" 1985 more so than 1986. Here's a couple of partial episodes featuring the Women to Watch Gala at the Henderson Country Club. Also featured in this clip is the murder of Sarah Whiting, Jo's adopted granddaughter. Michelle Joyner isn't listed in many of the soap books for her role as Sarah, but I found her very different and earthy during the Paul Avila Mayer / Stephanie Braxton episodes. Sarah may have been the first bland ingénue Gary Tomlin decided would make a better vixen, but I preferred shy, insecure Sarah pining for dreamer Quinn much more entertaining than schemer Sarah trying to outdo Wendy Wilkins (could Jo's granddaughter really outscheme Stephanie's daughter?) for Quinn. Also, featured heavily in the sequence is the arrival in Henderson of THE Woman to Watch, Estelle Kendall. I love Blythe in the role that was clearly intended to be a poor man's Alexis Carrington. Blythe is fun; I just wish she got to do more with the heavy hitters. Anywhere, here, from November, 1985:
  7. I had seen it years ago on WoST. It's funny. I've seen very little of Lori March except in her lesser known roles: villainess Jennifer on Three Steps, T.J.'s flighty mother on Texas, and the weak minded woman who Diane Seeley mesmerized during the DOMI storyline on "Another Life." I think I've only seen the 1965 episode of her as Valerie on "The Secret Storm." I haven't, but I'll pop over.
  8. No, this isn't one of the ones at the Paley Center, unless they've gained more material in the past fifteen years. WoST had this episode on their site at one point. It didn't have a specific date. This was early in the show's run (the second month), while the Paley episodes are most likely from December, 1954 as they follow the story leading up to the conclusion. Bill, Poco, and Jennifer all manage to stick around, but Lori March is the only one with any longevity. She appears in the final moment in the story; Jennifer kisses Bill just as the story comes to a close. Lauren Gilbert steps out of character to tell us that Bill and Poco will reunite, but not after some hardships. The opening also manages to get an update. In 1954, the show uses a black and white sketch of a building rather than the cityscape you see in 1953.
  9. Bernard Barrows played Henry McGill the university president. According to the "Secret Storm" summary republished last summer, Henry had a troubled relationship with his son, who I believe was involved with Wendy Porter. His son's name escapes me at the moment, but I know it's in the WeLoveSoaps reprint.
  10. Florence Freeman was also the star of "Wendy Warren and the News," which was created and originally written by Frank Provo and John Pickard. "Wendy Warren" was cancelled in November, 1958. I think Provo and Pickard were helping out Freeman. Barbara Dana played Margo, who was becoming involved with Jerry (John Karlen) and was connected to Aunt Mildred Fraser (Violet Heming).
  11. The show was definitely playing with the idea, weren't they? I've read Mary Gardner was traipsing around Chicago telling anyone that would listen about the "inappropriate" living situation. Of course, this was before the woman was jumping out of airplanes dressed as a nun with a moosehead full of diamonds. Structurally, I don't see the show pushing Sam / Rob as a longterm couple, but I could see how a Jason / Sam / Rob / Jessica story would produce a lot of in character drama based on the history of the characters. In the beginning, Sam is clearly lacking a longterm love interest until Kyle arrived in early 1990. Also, Doreen and Adam didn't appear to be intended as one of those long term couples, but rather a bump in the road that would produce drama for years between the Jacksons and the Marshalls. I could see where the show might play the line of Adam and Sam as friends who become more if the audience pushed for it. And, in all honesty, both characters were complicated enough where this could have been played out for years. Adam didn't receive his longterm love interest Maya until 1990.
  12. I've really enjoyed this material. Vicky Hathaway's breakdown is delicious. Because it was audio only, I forgot that Vicky was still faking paralysis at this point in the story. I was pleasantly surprised that it seems Joe Prescott is given the heavy lifting admonishing Vicky for her deceitfulness, but I guess it might have been a bit hypocritical from it to come from any of the Hathaways. Milan delivers some of those lines with such venom ("Or was it your big idea, Kate.") and then her begging Michael to protect her is so powerful and raw. And then when she comes for Julian ("I tried to tell you! Why didn't you listen?!" was just so heartbreaking. I wonder if they played out Vicky's accusation (Michael was the baby's father) as I could see that slowly destroying Julian's mentally, but it would have also been the perfect motivation for Julian allowing Michael to marry Liz. The scene between Ed and Vicky was equally powerful. I would have loved to see Ed's physical reaction to the fact that his daughter was completely insane. I also found the scenes between Steve Prescott and his mother surprising. Nan was much more developed than I expected her to be, but I think Joe and Nan represented the good wholesome parental figures that were typical the center of the show rather than on the fringes as the in-laws, or this case future in-laws. I did appreciate that Joe Prescott was the family doctor and Ben Jessup, Allison's father-in-law, was the old law partner of the late Daniel Hathaway. It keeps the story tighter and gives the characters history. I have no clue how Jack Blaine or the Connie character fit into this. Initially, Steve Prescott was in Northcross to get the land that Daniel Hathaway gave away in the will to Kate. Steve was trying to procure the land for Arthur Saxton, the shady real estate developer. I thought it was Arthur who was after Steve when he had amnesia in late 1970/early 1971. I guess I was wrong. Anyway, I was surprised how quickly the story moves. Ellie is killed in May and by June Steve and Kate have married and the Jardin sisters arrive in Northcross to take Peter Jardin. I'm hoping more of this pops up. It has been a real treat.
  13. Larry Atlas' Jules was involved in Steve / Trisha's Quebec adventure. In late 1985, Steve Sowolsky had been accused of sleeping with underage Cece Thompson by Cece's father, which led to Steve's stint in prison. In prison, Steve encounter Spider, who ended up being tied to Hunter Beldon, the wealthy playboy who ran drugs and paid for the services of Dolly Lane. Spider kept threatening to get out and to get Trisha so when provided the opportunity to escape, Steve left prison, grabbed Trisha, and they ended up on the run together. When they ended up in Quebec, Jules was a man who asked a lot of questions about the couple. Initially, Jules seemed like he was part of the drug connection which involved a bunch of unmemorable minor characters, but eventually Jules revealed he was investigating the drug ring. Jules did have a bit of an infatuation with Trisha, he kissed her in her sleep, because she bore a resemblance to his dead wife. When Hunter wanted the couple killed, Spider went to Quebec, tracked them down, and shot Trisha, who ended up in near death in a hospital. Steve called Corinth to reveal where they were. Steve was arrested and Jules seems to disappear from the SOD synopses from that time.
  14. Vicky Lucas Hathaway in all her crazy glory. Audio only. March 1971: Vicky pushes Mary down a flight of stairs. March 31, 1971: The Hathaways gather to for Vicky's confession.
  15. A 1983 promo featuring Nancy Kennedy as Jennifer Catlin, Richard Fagan as Powell Jackson, Fred Covington as Gary Hopkins, J. Don Ferguson as T.J. Catlin, and Jerry Homan as Jonathan Catlin. The person who uploaded has other TBS videos dated July 25, 1983, which this preview is probably from. I'll have to review my notes, but I believe Powell Jackson was Jennifer's psychiatrist, and clearly not all there himself. I think it's possible that Richard Fagan makes Charity Rhamer and Troy Kurtis look subtle. In the July 1983 episode previously uploaded, Jennifer was on trial so I wonder if this is the resolution to the mystery. Maybe Powell is in fact Robert Goode's killer? Covington let his hair gray by April, 1984. I've been meaning to comment on the other episodes I received, but I've fallen behind. Maybe I'll try later tonight.