Wendy Riche arrived in '92 and had to clean up Gloria Monty's mess - she tried a little bit of everything, from using Emma Samms to new teens (Jagger, Karen, Jason, AJ), to Scott and Dominique and so on. The results were very mixed.
Labine came in in August of '93, IIRC, and L&L came back a month or two later. It had to have been in the mix with her almost immediately - she or Riche (or both) went with the Luke/Laura renaissance. I'm not sure whose idea it was. Legend claims it was Geary who pitched L&L to save his job when Eckert was finally being put down, and ABC then forced Genie off AMC to return to GH. Either way, L&L (and Lucky) took off like a rocket - they were everywhere I looked that fall, which is how I got into the show as a kid - and the Labine era went from there.
If anyone else is watching this season, I can't recommend it enough to anyone on the fence. It is so much fun!
The last few episodes have focused on Lydia trying to undermine Jackie and Janet's friendship, the girls taking a trip to Mexico and Janet injuring herself after too many tequilas!
I do not care for Grey's Anatomy, but this is one refreshingly raw interview from Ellen Pompeo: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/ellen-pompeo-tvs-20-million-woman-reveals-her-behind-scenes-fight-what-i-deserve-1074978
Huh! I just read that Linda Thorson - who played Julia Medina on OLTL in the early '90s - is the younger sister of Susan Clark, who played the wife and adoptive mom on the corny sitcom, "Webster" with her now late real-life hubby and ex-Detroit Lions football player, Alex Karras. Small world!