As far as I'm concerned Michael Easton ownes this thread. He has no ties to OLTL, and he's crammed into every frigging story.
That's an old staple for Daytime Soaps Though. Many of the shows through the years have had characters who had no or very little ties to the canvas of characters - yet they were featured a lot.
For instance Lenore Moore Curtin on AW had no ties to the main families. Her only family in town was her mother. Yet the latter 60's and early 70's she was featured a great deal on AW and figured into many stories.
Also on Days of Our Lives, you have 2 examples with Marlena Evans and early on with Susan Martin. Both ladies had hardly any ties in town but they figured into many stories.
On OLTL in the early years you had Carla Gray who's only relative in town was her mother yet she was featured a great deal in the early years. Then in the mid 70's came Pat Ashley and she was dealt with in the same way.
On Y&R Kay Chancellor never had any family other than a son in town for over 20 years - yet she was featured in many many stories.
I could go on with some other examples.
I used to have a problem with John, but finally under Ron's writing I have been able to tolerate him. Under Higley everything seemed to be about John. With Ron, John is seen but it is not all about him every time.