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Edge of Night (EON) (No spoilers please)

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Okay, I give up.

AOL's not gonna put EDGE back on their server, "TeleNext" isn't concerned with it.

Who was the Clown Puppet Killer? From the get-go, I assumed it was either Emily Michaels(the chick that took Draper in when he had amnesia) or my strongest hunch was Julia's nanny, Molly, the same chick who would take care of Jamey when Raven would call and yell, "I need to see my mother and I have to go to the hospital right NOOOOOW!"

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It was Molly. The climax to the story involves her shooting Raven and planning to hang April. She hadn't actually shot Raven, so Raven startled her when she confronted Molly, and Molly fell down the basement steps.

I really liked that Cliff Nelson character. I miss that type of character on soaps. I laughed when he solved a part of the mystery because he took a porn magazine that Dorn had on his desk.

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It was Molly. The climax to the story involves her shooting Raven and planning to hang April. She hadn't actually shot Raven, so Raven startled her when she confronted Molly, and Molly fell down the basement steps.

I really liked that Cliff Nelson character. I miss that type of character on soaps. I laughed when he solved a part of the mystery because he took a porn magazine that Dorn had on his desk.

So I was right! It was Molly! I knew that bitch was sniffing around. She ended up killing Raven's mom, Nadine too. When she came over to watch Jamey and she returned and they were setting it up to make Raven look like she did it, I knew Molly drugged her.

What made Molly go off the deep end? Wasn't she related in some way to Emily Michaels?

I saw those clips on AOL(of Cliff finding Raven's letter in the magazine) and those were funny as hell. I loved the guy who played Cliff Nelson. He was a character that had his dumb, humorous moments, but not the way they write characters now(i.e. Spinelli). And on a shallow note, it didn't hurt that Ernie Townsend was sexy as hell.

*SIGH* And of course, I'm in love with Raven.

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Yes, he was very sexy, the whole goofy hot guy thing is always nice. I read that they planned to kill him off in that story but changed their minds. He was let go near the end of the show's run when they had to free up budget. Supposedly if the show had stayed on they would have brought him back. It's too bad the actor hasn't worked a lot since.

The EON page says Emily was Molly's "surrogate" daughter.

This is a transcript of the day Molly confesses all to Raven.

http://lavender.fortunecity.com//casino/403/t181.html

More on Molly's motivations:

http://lavender.fortunecity.com//casino/403/female.html#molly

Sweet Molly Sherwood. Faithful housekeeper of Dr. Leo Gault and surrogate mother to his "disturbed" daughter Emily. Molly wasn't inherently evil; she just wanted to keep her promise to Leo that she'd take care of Emily after he was gone. Naturally, Leo dropped dead within minutes of extracting this promise, which proved to be fatal for several Monticelloites. Molly's first mistake was letting Draper and Emily believe that Draper was really Emily's long-lost husband Kirk Michaels. It almost got them killed when former associates of the real Kirk kidnapped them and held them hostage at an amusement park. Once the truth came out, reuniting Draper with his wife April, nutty Molly spiked a sugar bowl with posion to get rid of April but ended up bumping off Nadine Scott instead! Then Eliot Dorn got too close to the truth about Nadine's death, so Molly stabbed him in the back. This led to subsequent attacks on Cliff Nelson, and Raven Alexander. Molly's reign of terror finally came to an end one dark, stormy night. Having trapped April in the Scott's Oakdale home, Molly planned to hang her from the basement rafters, making the death look like a suicide. It nearly succeeded until last "victim" Raven popped up very much alive, and a terrified Molly fell to her death down a flight of stairs. It's too bad. Molly wasn't really villainous... she was just crazy as all get out.

*SIGH* And of course, I'm in love with Raven.

Raven's such a fascinating character, especially with men. Around the time of the murder she has a flirtatious relationship with married Draper (I think she gave him a big kiss on the lips when she walked into his house one time), she still knows how to get to her dull ex, Logan, she had a thing with Elliot Dorn, and then she had a no-strings sexual relationship with Derek Mallory. Don't you love a show where the biggest vixen/conniver in town can have a f*ck buddy relationship with the chief of police? I guess stuff like that is why they replaced poor Bill Marceau. And yet even with all those men you never feel like she's being degraded, you don't see any misogyny in the writing.

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Yes, he was very sexy, the whole goofy hot guy thing is always nice. I read that they planned to kill him off in that story but changed their minds. He was let go near the end of the show's run when they had to free up budget. Supposedly if the show had stayed on they would have brought him back. It's too bad the actor hasn't worked a lot since.

I read he works as Superintendent, Principal, or a Teacher in the New York area.

Raven's such a fascinating character, especially with men. Around the time of the murder she has a flirtatious relationship with married Draper (I think she gave him a big kiss on the lips when she walked into his house one time), she still knows how to get to her dull ex, Logan, she had a thing with Elliot Dorn, and then she had a no-strings sexual relationship with Derek Mallory. Don't you love a show where the biggest vixen/conniver in town can have a f*ck buddy relationship with the chief of police? I guess stuff like that is why they replaced poor Bill Marceau. And yet even with all those men you never feel like she's being degraded, you don't see any misogyny in the writing.

That's exactly why I was so drawn to the character. She wasn't some one-note psycho bitch. She was a character who had a long, complex backstory and the show, despite her malicious ways, never allowed us to see her as an extreme villainess or as a victim.

I don't think the writing was misogynistic for any of the EDGE female characters. I think they drew on alot of gender issues(Raven being seen as an equal to her male counterparts, Raven taunting sexless Deborah Saxon about her career as a cop), but this was never done in a way where you could tell the writer had utter contempt for women.

The characters on that show were so smart and clever. Even when Raven is backed into a corner after she loses custody of Jamey, she doesn't give up. And April wasn't some dumb good girl who always let people steamroll over her. Even when Raven begs her to take care of Jamey, April clearly tells Raven she's doing this for Logan. And not for her. She never really trusted Raven and Raven never pretended to like her.

The writing on this show was so honest and it never talked down to the audience. I'm glad I got to see even a little bit of EDGE to truly appreciate how great this show was.

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I agree with you about the women, and the intelligence of the show. There's such a crispness and confidence in everything they do. And this was four or five years after they moved to ABC, when a lot of soap producers might have given up. It just shows you what a great writer Henry Slesar was.

I wish more of the CBS era were available.

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I love this part at the end. Margo Huntington asks Cliff Nelson if anyone has ever told him what a rude young man he is, and he somewhat sheepishly grins and nods.

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It was 25 years ago today that EON aired it's last episode.... My how time flies. If ever there was a soap that should be revived either as daytime or primetime -- this is it!

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I am delighted to announce that I am to be featured in a book entitled 'The Survival of the Soap Opera Genre,' being published by the University of Mississippi Press. In the book, I was interviewed about my 21 year love affair with EON. I was one of only two fans invited to the studio on the final day of taping in December of 1984. In conjunction with the book's publication, the editor/author and I have been invited to speak as part of the Soap Opera Panel at the American Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, Mo., March 31 - April 3, 2010. I am thoroughly delighted at being able to share my love for this wonderful series.

In fact, I am three weeks younger than EON and ATWT. Both shows premiered on CBS on April 2, 1956. I started watching the show in January 1964.

I would like to present a video montage as part of my presentation, but my only problems are: 1) I am not technologically saavy and 2) I am now disabled. If anyone could put together a montage of the hsow for me on a DVD, I would be eternally grateful.

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I am delighted to announce that I am to be featured in a book entitled 'The Survival of the Soap Opera Genre,' being published by the University of Mississippi Press. In the book, I was interviewed about my 21 year love affair with EON. I was one of only two fans invited to the studio on the final day of taping in December of 1984. In conjunction with the book's publication, the ediotr and I have been invited to speak as part of the Soap Opera Panel at the American Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, Mo., March 31 - April 3, 2010. I am thoroughly delighted at being able to share my love for this wonderful series.

In fact, I am three weeks younger than EON and ATWT. Both shows premiered on CBS on April 2, 1956. I started watching the show in January 1964.

I would like to present a video montage as part of my presentation, but my only problems are: 1) I am not technologically saavy and 2) I am now disabled. If anyone could put together a montage of the hsow for me on a DVD, I would be eternally grateful.

That is cool. Who else is on the panel?

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<!--quoteo(post=696772:date=Mar 20 2009, 02:51 PM:name=applcin)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (applcin @ Mar 20 2009, 02:51 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=696772"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->She didn't turn into April. <img src="http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> But she did get less selfish. She became a better mother to Jamie and when Logan returned to town, he ended up falling in love with her again, rather obsessively trying to get her away from her husband but she stayed with Sky. There's a nice scene up on youtube where Raven is basically breaking Logan's heart but trying to do it gently. Unfortunately, right after that, Logan got murdered and Raven was wrongly accused.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

LOL. Funny you should mention, I didn't mind April nearly as much as the long suffering, holier-than-thou heroine. I thought Terry Davis was great in the role and she exuded alot of "woe is me," but she also played the character with sexuality and presence instead of just whining her way through every line. April had some spunk to her, but that may have been because I started tuning in during the middle of the whole Draper Scott/Emily Michaels held captive story. I need to look for the rest of the Edge episodes to watch them all in order.

The good girls characters I hated way more were Deborah Saxon, Nicole, and <i>especially</i> Jody. Frances Fisher was good as Deborah, but the character just never seemed to have a life of her own. I never got to know what happened to Nicole(because AOL pulled the reruns off their channel), but she was a mess too with her mysterious illness. Zzzzzzzz. And don't even get me started on Jody. I think alot of it though has to do with my Lori Loughlin hate. I only knew her as Aunt Becky on Full House, so I didn't know what to expect really, but DAMN, she sucks on EDGE. The girl just whines through EVERY SINGLE SCENE. Even if the story doesn't call for it. It's like, "Oh well...I'm having a burger with you Kelly" "Oh Kelly, your puppets are wonderful." Everything was with this whiny, nails on a chalkboard voice. Damnit, she was terrible! I can't get over it. I can never look at her the same way again. And all the other younger actors on the show weren't great, but they weren't BAD either(love Allen Fawcett and his blond afro-puff).

I just love how bad of a mother Raven was. You'd never see a character like that, so unapologetic and so nasty, become the lead on a soap today. I like how even up to the end, she was plotting a way to abscond with Baby Jamie to get her hands on her mother's estate. And Geraldine stops her right in her tracks. LOL.

Loved EON, loved Nicole. The show gets really, really good after 1980. That's all!!!!!!

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