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  1. It's posted on IMDb, but I know people can edit that. This article mentions him, but it appears that the source is IMDb, also. Southern BG Casting claims to be handling the casting of extras for the pilot of Dynasty. The dates coincide with the dates of the filming Dynasty. In a post dated March 8 on their Facebook page, it says: Looking for: Male Caucasian stand in height 5'11 weight 160-180 ages 25-45 brunette for actor James Mackay. Please look him up before submitting. Need like type. Must have open availability between March 21- April 3rd. Rate 140/12 Subject: Steven I'm sorry if people I was misleading.
  2. I believe it has been relocated to Atlanta, where they will be filming. Alan Dale has been cast as Anders according to Deadline. James Mackay has been cast as Steven Carrington. I haven't seen a formal announcement, but the casting company working on the show states they are looking yo cast a fill-in for James Mackay in the role of Steven.
  3. Dinah Lee traveled to Pine Valley in September/October 1992. Earlier in 1992, Dinah Lee had been involved with Clay Alden, but he learned his father was the hired hand and not Cabot Alden so he skipped town. When Clay did return in the fall, he wanted nothing to do with her. Dinah Lee went on a downward spiral. She received a letter saying she had previously slept with someone who has an STD, got drunk and naked at the opening of the Maple Street complex (the home of the ghost story), and pretty much bottomed out. I think she left Corinth to settle down and stay at Myrtle's, where she ran into Carter Jones, an old friend. In Corinth, Carter meet up with Ally Rescott, another beautiful blonde, and agreed to take her to the dance being held at AU. Trevor chased Carter down, but ended up pulling over Shana along the way. They bantered about being happy they weren't married to the other. I believe Ally was kidnapped by Carter (was she also held captive in the belfry?) and possibly saved by Casey. I believe Jeremy Hunter also came to help on the case and was then offered a position at AU. The previous year, Jeremy and Ceara had visited Kate at the boarding house and became involved with Matt, the young man Ally was dating who was accused of rape. In 1993, when Dinah Lee married Curtis, I believe Myrtle showed up for the wedding.
  4. A typical mixed blessing. http://www.ccma.cat/tv3/alacarta/riviera/riviera-capitol-1/video/5543454/ All 260 episodes of Riviera, in Catalan. It's interesting to see Addie Walsh was credited as head writer for the show's entire run. Her team also included familiar names like Jeff Ryder, Peter Brash, and Patrick Tovatt (I didn't realize he had written anything). The opening episode is worth trying. The introductory sequence reminds me of the highly stylized British soaps Russell T. Davies did in the mid to late 1990s, while the overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by the American glamour soaps of the 1980s (Santa Barbara, Capitol). I've watched the first seven out of curiosity. Some of it seems to have some movement (the tension between perfume manufacturer Laurent de Courcey and his playboy son Christopher), some over the top (Clara Marques' desperate pursuit of Beatrice de Courcey), while other parts muddled and hard to understand because of language (basically anything happening involving police officer Daniel Lambert, his blushing bride Ghislaine, and Daniel's sullen mother Marguerite). I'd love to hear what anyone else thinks.
  5. Interesting possibility, especially since (avoiding the racial element) that is what Nixon did with the Rescotts and the Aldens. Cabot's father had cheated the Sowolsky family out of some product that the Alden family used to make their fortune (it had something to do with canned foods I believe). Anyway, when Cabot came back from the dead, he felt sorry for what his family had done and turned the company over to Ava. This was an interesting development because I imagine it was intended to cause major conflict in Ava and Alex's marriage with Ava claiming her birthright and Alex's sympathies lying with his other family, the Aldens. Laurie McCarthy and Addie Walsh quickly wrapped the story up and had Ava give back the company, if I recall correctly. Some other (final) random notes I don’t think Janie knew Buck was her father. They did bond before she died, and I think she wished he had been a father figure to her. Janie’s mother, Pam Dawson, did appear after Janie’s death. There use to be clips online. Trisha’s September 1995 return was precipitated by a phone call from Jeff Hartman. He phoned to announce that Trisha has suffered a miscarriage which caused her to break with the Crystal Hartman identity and search for her past. Trisha left in March/April 1993. Trisha and Trucker had just remarried the previous November and the show brought on Buck Huston, Trucker’s half-brother by his father’s other family, to Corinth. Buck was a pilot who had done some shady deals in the Middle East and had been caught in a triangle with Tess Wilder Partou and Curtis Alden. When Curtis and Tess left the Middle East, Buck had been the one to fly them out. Anyway, Trisha was carjacked and presumed dead, but stumbled into a diner, used the name Crystal, and took work as a waitress. At the same time, Jeff Hartman was released from the mental hospital. Jeff stumbled into the diner, found Trisha and tried to get her to go to the Aldens. When he phoned the Aldens, no one answered; everyone was attending Trisha’s funeral. Jeff told Trisha of his plans to go to Rome and Trisha/Crystal went with him. I think Jack was a more complicated character than written, or maybe portrayed. Jack wasn’t a biological Alden, but he was still the golden boy compared to others in his generation (Curtis and Lorna). I wonder if that insider/outsider element was played in the Rick/Jack rivalry, Rick an Alden by birth raised by adopted parents and Jack adopted by the Aldens. A Rick / Curtis rivalry could have been interesting too with one brother who practically raised himself and another raised without ever wanting for anything. As a side note, Gwyn gave up Rick because her father (later reconned to stepfather) was a minister and Rick was conceived out of wedlock. Rick proved a delightful moment in the Alex/Clay story. Rick claimed Gwyn and Clay/Alex were his parents, but the blood test showed it wasn’t possible. I like that Jack didn’t stay with Ava just because she had his child. That was a nice twist given the fact that the baby wasn’t Jack’s. I thought the Alex / Jack vs. Clay set up for the cosmetics company was also good. Overall, I just don’t think they ever really did enough digging with Jack’s psychological makeup to make him a compelling. Similarly, I think Stacey might have had similar issues. One of the EPs in the 1990s was honest and said Perry Stephens was boring and replaced him with Christopher Cass. I don’t think this was the right move. The ties to the original story were so weak as it was, but eliminating Stephens was a mistake especially since Cass certainly wasn’t more compelling. All Cass as Jack did was some business stories (maybe the face cream that burned Isabelle?) and Dinahlee’s seduction of Jack, which failed. In July 1992, Jack disappeared while boating with Stacey. Clay had just learned he was not Cabot Alden’s son, but Tim Sullivan’s. He planned on ruining the Alden family. When he returned in the fall, Clay set out to takeover AE, which meant marrying Stacey for her AE stock. To trick Clay into marriage, Clay used holograms of Stacey to drive her insane. Once Stacey was in Dunellyn (I think that was the name of the psychiatric hospital), Stacey and Clay married. Eventually, Jeremy was able to prove that Clay was behind the holograms. Stacey and Jeremy both grieved the loss of their spouses. In the summer of 1994, Deborah blackmailed Clay into marriage with evidence of the Cradle Foundation, a group that was paying to take care of someone who was believed to be dead. Cooper was certain it was Jack and ran to Stacey and told her Jack was alive. Of course, it turned out to be Cabot Alden, but I believe others may have been alive as well. This should sound familiar to modern AMC fans. Anyway, the show always seemed to toy with the idea Jack was alive, but Loving had a bad history of only having characters presumed dead in order to potentially reactivate story later starting with Roger Forbes. That ghost story was filler. It was the product of the period where Haidee Granger was flying solo without a headwriter. Staige Prince (Eden Atwood) was the head of the sorority that Ally pledged. She also dated Kent Winslow (Roger Howarth). After Howarth departed, Staige stuck around as a part of the younger set in a supporting capacity. Her bitchy character was mellowed. At one point, I believe Staige lost her money. She was dropped before Steffi arrived.
  6. Regarding Minnie Madden, Carla and Sadie, and Janie Sinclaire. I think there are some elements of the story we should consider. I think Vee is right that Nixon intended to have Sadie in the Rescott family circle. I heard from someone years ago that the original intention was to reveal that Ava was the product of an affair Kate Rescott had with a black man, and that Ava would learn that she was in fact biracial. I imagine Nixon wanted to tie Carla Hall into that story as it would have been a powerful continuation of Carla’s own narrative to have Carla help another ambitious young woman come to terms with her race. Pure fan wank, but, by placing Carla in Corinth circa 1986, the show could have gone a different route with Lorna / Zach Conway story by involving Zach and Carla or even reshaping the Rob Carpenter character into a ward of Carla’s. Also, Janie Sinclaire seems to be a chance to tell a bit of the original Ava Rescott narrative in the sense she seemed to be intended to be an African American social climber. Janie was initially involved with a criminal who kidnapped Angie Hubbard when she was sick and needed a transplant. Angie was held hostage and bonded with Janie, who she could tell had been abused in the past. When the situation was over, Janie followed Angie back to Corinth. In Corinth, Janie immediately became involved in a couple of different stories: she pretended to be Clay Alden’s lover/secret daughter in order to extort money from Cooper (who wanted to know the secret Deborah had used to blackmail Clay into marriage); when Janie was exposed, she had some tense moments with Frankie Hubbard; and Janie became involved with Buck Huston who was beginning to look for his daughter. Janie showed real potential to be an African American Erica Kane, but the show disposed of her in a plane crash. I believe the original plan was to kill off a pregnant Dinahlee, but, at last minute, they decided to go with Janie. This fulfilled Uncle Harry’s prediction from the “Ava Goes to Heaven” story earlier in the year. Jumping back to Curtis for a bit. Ava did run Burnell’s in the 90s. Originally, Burnells was a part of Alden Enterprises as far back as 1984. In 1992, Addie Walsh revived the store and built a mystery around Ava and her secret boss. Around the start of the story, Walsh was dumped and EP Haidee Granger dictated story until Robert Guza and Millee Taggert arrived in the fall. Granger created Leo Burnell, an old high school pal of Ava’s who wanted to romance her. Based on history and story potential, Curtis Alden was originally intended to return in 1992 as the mystery boss who would seduce Ava. Curtis did return under Guza and Taggert in February, 1993, and was paired with Dinahlee, when she was on the outs with Curtis’ father Clay. Initially, the couple was drawn to the 1950s culture, which is why Curtis suggest they watch “Roman Holiday” in 1994 episodes. The problem was Noelle Beck left in March, 1993, neither actor hired during Taggert’s run was successful as Curtis. The show dumped Curtis in August, 1993, by having the character torch PINS! (the bowling alley that Dinahlee operated) leaving Louie Slavinksi trapped inside in one of Bernard Barrows final performances. In December, Nixon returned and we learned that Dante Partou (Tess’ Middle Eastern ex-husband) was keeping Curtis trapped in a cage. Nixon plotted the Dinahlee/Curtis/Trucker storyline with some interesting strokes. To keep Trucker and Dinahlee apart, Curtis began leaving little signs around the Tides, Trucker and Trisha’s home, to indicate that Trisha was alive. Of course, the truth was Trisha was alive, but Curtis was unaware of this. When the truth came out in June, 1994, Curtis has a huge fight with Gwyn, who was tired of Curtis’ games. For the rest of Curtis’ time on Loving, he was fighting with mental demons. They were exacerbated by the presence of the two Jeremys and later Curtis was the initial suspect in the Loving murders because he and Stacey were suppose to have a date the night Stacey was murdered. Jessica Collins left as Dinahlee in August/September 1994. Elizabeth Mitchell appeared right away in September dealing with Dinahlee’s miscarriage. In January, 1995, Trucker has Trisha’s grave exhumed and then goes to Rome to learn the truth (which I believe happens offscreen). Dinahlee delivers the news about Trisha wanting to stay in Rome and Trucker not returning (February/March 1995). Dinahlee sticks around a little longer to reveal that she is pregnant again and going to track down Trucker. I believe they did a nice send off between Dinahlee and Ava. I believe there was even a moment where Ava and Stacey bonded because neither had their best friend in town anymore. Looking over DRW50’s Curtis synopsis, I’m reminded of a few things. I believe Buck was suppose to fly the plane solo to wherever its destination was. Curtis had rigged it so it wouldn’t fly, but it did, and Buck took Janie and Dinahlee with him. When Marcantel’s year was up, they did drop him to recurring, which didn’t make people happy. I’m not sure when he returned to contract or if he was off contract when her was murdered.
  7. The May 1994 episodes were great. I’m glad they made it online. The real treat is watching Nancy Addison Altman’s Deborah Brewster make her way all over the canvas. DRW50, Deborah wasn’t new to Corinth in May, Nixon had brought her to town in December, 1993, but she had been bumped to contract when these episodes appeared. I loved Deb trying to land a job as Christopher’s nanny and then revealing that she had been born on the wrong side of town. In a fan fiction I toyed around with, Deborah was going to reveal that Steffi’s father was actually Dane Hammond, and I think this piece of history would have worked well in that story. Also intriguing about the 1994 episodes was Wendell and Elizabeth Barnes, minor characters that Nixon introduced to create a sense of class conflict. Elizabeth’s appearance at Burnell’s (what a wonderful set!) was a nice treat. I didn’t expect her to pop up at the Alden mansion in the next episode. I think Wendell may have been on the board at Alden or held a position at the bank, or possibly both. Nixon did a much better job integrating the cast. Steffi’s involvement with Clay was nice, and hopefully more episodes pop up because the summer becomes a real treat as Deborah’s attache is the start of the Cradle Foundation storyline which leads to a series of complications that should have driven at least a year’s worth of drama, but which was mishandled because Laurie McCarthy and Addie Walsh didn’t play some of the more obvious elements. The June 1988 episode is definitely a strike episode, but there were some nice moments. I really enjoyed this interpretation of Jeff Hartman, business focused rather than psychotic. I know Trucker and Trisha were a big couple for this show, but I can’t help but wonder what this show could have done if it stepped outside the box. Trucker and Trisha was safe because the show had done it already with Steve and Trisha. If Trucker had been a con man who played on Trisha’s memories of Steve, I think that might have been a more engaging story especially given his background as Clay Alden’s chauffeur when the family lived in Maine. Also, the show needed another set of rich characters to interact with and Jeff and his brothers would have filled that role well. In contrast, the November 1989 episode focuses on the Trisha / Trucker / Jeff stuff which is dramatic and well-produced, but was kind of the opposite of what Loving was suppose to be. I think the Alex / Clay dynamic was layered and complex, and the conversation between Clay and Alex were Clay says he wants to be a better father to Trisha is poignant, but complicated given what he’ll do to her when it comes to baby Tommy. Also a running thread in both shows was Jack and Stacey’s crumbling, on-again, off-again marriage. It’s a shame they didn’t keep Curtis around because he would have fit much neater in the story given the history between Curtis, Jack, and Lilly, which again could have been used again in 1987-1988 story. I did like Rick and Clay’s moment where Rick admitted his feelings for Stacey. I had forgotten that Stacey went from romance writer to mystery writer. Lauren Marie Taylor has a nice presence, but Stacey needed a stronger identity. Even Trisha is involved in the production of Image. I think the writing is an attempt to do that, but it still feels a little off. Though, I do think it might have been more effective in the 1990s when they had her teach writing at the university. The Egypt/Alex cliffhanger was brilliant. I can’t believe that they had been apart for 20 years and Egypt was still going after him. That was a bit much. I’m never really clear on the Clay / Alex switch since originally Clay was still in Paris with Trisha and Gwyn until December, 1984. I assume that when Alex arrives in town as Clay in 1987 it’s the first time he has been Clay. So, I guess he spent the years between Clay’s jungle years and Alex’s years as Clay working for the government.
  8. Regarding the revamp, it was spring 1992. On March 31, Eden Atwood debuted as Staige Prince, the sorority queen that Ally Rescott admired. During the same week, Cooper Alden arrived in town to stay with Aunt Isabelle. Hannah Mayberry had already been around for a bit caught up in the Dinah Lee / Clay / Gwyn triangle. The 1994 episodes are definitely Nixon.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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: