That's what we at SONBC would like to know- this week, on "Return To Santa Barbara", Sophia, the long-suffering matriarch of the Capwell clan was killed off! But at the end of Saturday's episode, viewers saw Sophia alive and awake(!) on a plane with Dr. Edmund Lavery. So just what's going on here? To get to the bottom of it, SONBC took the opportunity to sit down and chat with the creator and exec producer of 'RTSB', juniorz1.
juniorz1: Thanks for having me.
SONBC: Let's get down to business- what's up with Sophia? Is that the real Sophia we saw on Saturday?
juniorz1: Yes, that's our Sophia, alive and well on the plane with Edmund. A LOT will be explained on Monday this week- through flashbacks, we'll learn exactly how Edmund made it appear that Sophia was dead. We'll also learn more about his past with CC and the real reason for his hatred of the man. Pay attention. There's some foreshadowing of what's in store for Sophia.
SONBC: Where are they heading?
juniorz1: Back to London. Remember our previous interview where I said the action would be split between Santa Barbara and London? This is the beginning of that.
SONBC: Interesting. I do recall you saying that, now that you mention it....
juniorz1: The locations I've been mentioning in 'RTSB' may play into storylines down the road, as you'll soon find out.
SONBC: So in the meantime, Sophia's family thinks she's dead.....
juniorz1: Yes, and there still is a chance she could die. Medically, she still needs the treatment from Edmund if she's going to live without the aneurism.
SONBC: True. Any tidbits on what's going on with the Julia/Mason/Mary triangle?
juniorz1: Obviously, that's going to play for a while and will take some time to resolve. These are two very different women and two very different relationships for Mason. For the first time, they are coming in conflict. It's a situation Mason never dreamt he'd be in.........nor Julia, for that matter. The story Mary's telling him about the baby isn't washing, though. So much of it doesn't make sense- ESPECIALLY the fact that Mark McCormick is alive and well. They'll be on the hunt for him to get some answers. Mason's going to be asking a lot of Julia and she's really going to be tested as far as how much she can take. She may surprise herself.
SONBC: What else can we expect to see?
juniorz1: This week kicked off a very big storyline- the umbrella tale that I talked about early on when 'RTSB' started. This coming week, Ashton Lavery will be introduced and revealed as Kelly's new husband! Ashton will play a key role in this story as everything unfolds. There will come a point where a few MAJOR events have happened, one story seemingly unrelated to the next. But just wait- this story is going to have a ripple effect that will touch much of the cast.
SONBC: How about Cruz & Eden? We know you're a big A & Marcy fan, yet surprisingly, Cruz & Eden have taken a back seat for much of the series.
juniorz1: Hey, at least they're happy, right? So far, the couples that are heavily featured are in complete and utter turmoil, are you wishing that on my Eden & Cruz too?
SONBC: I see your point. I'm kind of afraid to ask now.
juniorz1: Too bad because you already did. Cruz & Eden have some stuff coming up with the Ramirez family. It's going to be another one of those stories where everything is not what it seems. It's going to start off one way and head into a completely different stratosphere from where it seemed it would go. That story will hit the frontburner shortly and will lead to a huge mystery mining the rich history of Cruz & Eden. So don't be jealous Mason/Julia & CC/Sophia fans- I'm not playing favorites & Cruz/Eden will be just as tortured as the others, probably even more so.
SONBC: That's a scary thought. I can't imagine what could be worse than what's happened to CC & Sophia.
juniorz1: Unfortunately for you (and them), I have.
SONBC: We're just about out of time. Anything else you care to add?
juniorz1: Just a couple of quick things. First, thanks to everyone who has read it and commented on it, whether it be on SON, or through message groups or other Santa Barbara message boards (shouts to CC & Sophia group on Yahoo, lane-davies.com, and my friends on the Cruz2Eden board!). your thoughts & comments mean a lot. 'RTSB' jumped back to #1 in the SONBC ratings again this week with nearly 900 views- thanks all of you for your continued interest and support! Also, today, I'll be adding a new content block on the right of the screen, where the weekly schedule will be posted. The block will be updated every Sunday. And don't miss Episode 35 on Monday! See you there!