I know it was much rumored that in the original "Fluke" mess planned on GH a few years ago, Julia, Sly and Jenny would all make appearances. It was clear Fluke was initially Bill due to his veiled references to the Eckerts, the Barretts and making Tracy pay for what she did to his sister (Jenny).
When fans figured the twist out and Tony Geary went out for extended medical leave, Ron Carlivati threw out the outline and turned it into cut-rate DID. Sigh.
For those who love Julia it looks like Crystal Carson has uploaded most , if not all, of her scenes as Julia including the late 90's stuff on you tube .
GH saddled her with Bill for too long but she was enjoyable with both Ned and AJ. It's so strange to me they basically got rid of her and never brought her back considering she had strong ties to a lot of characters that dominated the mid to late 90's. I didn't like Bill and Julia together because he seemed too old for her although I am not clear how old Julia is. Did they ever establish that? She can't be more than 5-7 years older than Brenda because they had clear childhood memories and interactions together but she acted like she was in her 30's. Plus she's only 2 years older than VM.
Anyway, Bill sucked but Jenny was my least favorite Eckert. She was the worst. Hated her and Ned. Hated her and Paul. Hated everything about her. I liked Sly though. They should have brought him back as a teen to be in the Lucky/Liz/Emily/Nik teen scene
Brolden, Will 81 - really enjoying your insights.
Yes, characters were often written as dumb to service the plot even by masters like Bill Bell. However, as you pointed out there could still be drama and conflict in having characters act more logically.
Looking back on the 1980- stories, most of them were ill conceived and wrapped up or revamped.
Some questions I hope can be answered.
I believe that Terry Lester had stretches of time where Jack had little to do and he was barely on, while Bill Bell figured out what to do with him.Is that correct?
Did John McCook depart when the show went to an hour in February? Lance is mentioned later on so did McCook return for short stints?
It is stated that Beau Kayzer along with BD and McCook left when the show expanded yet Brock stayed for many months after to play the Brock/Julia story. It seems Bill Bell decided to finally give Brock a chance as leading man. Did Beau have some kind of out in his contract or did Bill decide to dump Brock when he revamped the story?
Interesting that Bell dropped his original plan of Victor being killed as he decided EB had staying power yet he wrote the dungeon story that made Victor pretty irredeemable, especially back then when characters didn't usually get away with that level of villiany. what do others think?
Right! The whole reason that Lucas Prentiss even lived in Genoa City at the time of Vanessa's death was that LORIE went and found him in Asia or somewhere and brought him back home, in order to please Vanessa. Lucas knew that. He also knew that Lorie had bent over backwards for years to placate and pacify Vanessa, and he was fully aware that Vanessa was never truly appreciative of anything Lorie had done. Granted, you wouldn't expect your mama to take a suicidal swan dive off a balcony, but if she did, you'd probably have a moment of quiet reflection where you said, "This is exactly something my mother would do."
The story would've certainly played better on-screen if Lucas had stood-up for Lorie, but privately had his doubts, and had his testimony twisted by the DA into something negative instead of positive. It would've really made Luke into a complex and conflicted character. As it was written, it just made Lucas seem like a jackass. I'd always really liked Lucas, but by the time that long trial/harangue ended, I didn't care for him much anymore. He was WAY too brash and hot-headed and resentful, considering what all he knew about his mother's past dealings with Lorie and Lance.