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  1. Yep. Oooh... Vanessa killed that smarmy gigolo guy! She's a murderer! And then.... nothing. What a hot mess. Also on AMC, the two Ericas story. What felt like months of Erica locked in a room, talking to herself, and all for NOTHING. Jane/David had tremendous potential, and there were so many great directions that story could have gone. What did we get? Erica deciding that she loved Jack and wanted to be with him, Jane turning herself in so Erica could live happily ever after, and then Jack and Erica imploding for the umpteenth time. What a waste. Prior to that, Erica's involvement with Caleb was pretty pointless. Bianca's whole involvement with Zoey/Zarf was equally pointless.
  2. I'd have to agree with all of this. RB can do comedy, and she can do bitch with amazing skill. There's just nothing likable there. There was nothing about Greenlee that made me want to root for her. Did I outright hate her at times? Sure. Did I feel sorry for her? No, not really. It's hard to feel sorry for a character you dislike intensely. I will admit that the only times I've really and truly LIKED Greenlee were in fan fiction in which her hard edge was softened a bit and she was given the vulnerability to make her empathetic. As for the new role on GH, of course the character is a "spitfire." I don't know that she has the range to play a sweet or sympathetic character.
  3. Hmmm...I generally didn't like Greenlee - she had all of Erica's harsh characteristics and none of the softness and vulnerability that made Erica ultimately at least somewhat likeable. Greenlee to me was just a spoiled brat. RB herself seems likeable, but she's not a compelling enough reason for me to watch GH. I do think she looks fabulous with darker hair, and I hope GH keeps it that way.
  4. Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! Is this your tumblr?
  5. I realize she's likely wearing a wig and that she's had substantial work done, but damn she still looks good.
  6. Thanks for sharing! I miss all the Kane women. I know some people here really liked the AMC reboot, and I admit that it did have some good qualities, but it just wasn't AMC without the Kane family.
  7. I will admit that Gordon Thompson was my first soap crush. I was 12. He was Mason on Santa Barbara. I had vague childhood memories of him on Dynasty. I have to remind myself that he's not nearly as young as he used to be. John James doesn't look all that different from his stint as Jeff Martin on AMC about 8-9 years ago. He looks sunburned, but not horrible. Yes, All My Shadows, Michael Nader hasn't aged well at all, but drugs tend to do that to a person.
  8. I did! I love seeing Erica pre-Bianca. It's so interesting to me! I don't know. I'm not sure how long they had the Anton thing in the works. When Erica and Dimitri first slept together, it was established then that she was afraid of thunderstorms, so I wonder if they were laying some of the groundwork for the Kendall retcon. In late 1992, when Erica and Dimitri went to Budapest, they spent some time with Corvina (same actress, I think), and it's funny because she has a little boy who looks to be about Bianca's age, named Josef, who Dimitri offers to take fishing one morning. It's watching Dimitri with Corvina's little boy that convinces Erica to accept his engagement ring because she knows then that he'll be a wonderful father. No clue what happened to Josef, as he was not mentioned again, unless we're supposed to assume that in the course of a year and a half, he became surly medical student, Anton. Erica didn't sleep with Jack until well after the trial ended, and frankly Jack pursued her. I think their 1994 affair says so much more about Jack and Erica than it does about Erica and Dimitri. Jack wants her, and he enjoys the chase, and he loves being able to woo her away from another man. He especially loves playing the knight in shining armor, coming to rescue her and help her when she's hurt or sick or lost or scared, but I don't know that he ultimately really loves her for the dysfunctional person that she is. Don't get me wrong - there are so many, many Jack and Erica scenes and stories that I absolutely loved. I just think that they want vastly different lives and aren't compatible in the long-term. I absolutely believe that Erica/Dimitri would have reconciled again at some point had Michael Nader not had drug problems that forced him off the show. There's a great scene with Erica/Dimitri after Bianca's intervention, with them talking about their past and everything that happened between them. Had Jack not interrupted and asked Erica to leave with him, I think it could have led to a kiss between Dimitri and Erica. Even in early 1999, when he was toying with the possibility of something with Brooke, Dimitri admitted to her that he still had feelings for Erica, but that Erica (post Mike Roy return and Jack break up) wasn't interested in a serious relationship at the moment. He was by her side after her car accident with David, and he only backed away from her because she was furious he didn't tell her that her face was scarred. Even "dead," Dimitri loomed over Erica's relationship with David, and she constantly brought him up. She tried to reconcile with him when he came back in 2000 and was livid that he was still with Alex. If Nader had stayed clean and/or TPTB at ABC had been willing to keep him, I think we could have seen a very interesting story in 1999/2000 with Erica/David/Alex/Dimitri.
  9. The whole Erica rape story was riveting to me, and it's still riveting now. I was 14 when that storyline started, and even now at 36 there are some scenes I can't watch in one sitting because I find it too disturbing - I have to pause it and walk away for a while. It was soapy, thrilling, tragic, and scary all at the same time, and you could see these characters hurtling toward the edge of a cliff, but you couldn't do anything to stop it. Erica, Dimitri, Kendall, Mona and Bianca were so incredibly watchable from early 1993 through spring 1994. As much as I loved that storyline, there were a few things that I wish the writers had done to flesh it out more and provide a better motivation for the characters. First, Kendall knew exactly how old Erica was when she was born, so it didn't make sense to me that she hated Erica for "throwing her away." Erica was clearly too young to raise a child. I could understand Kendall hating that she was deprived of a life of fame and glory and wealth because Erica went on to be THE Erica Kane without her, but it just was strange that she hated Erica for a decision Mona made. Mona even told Kendall that SHE made the choice to put her up for adoption, not Erica, but Erica was the one who bore the brunt of Kendall's wrath. Second, again because Kendall knew how old Erica was, even if she wanted to believe that her father was not a filthy rapist, even if she wanted to believe his lie that the sex was consensual, no one disputed Erica's age. It was her BIRTHDAY PARTY - Richard Fields knew how old she was. Erica told Kendall it happened on her 14th birthday. It should have been obvious to Kendall that Erica was too young to consent and this was -at a bare minimum - a statutory rape case. I thought it would have made Kendall more sympathetic if Richard Fields had insisted that Erica claimed to be older, that she pretended to be 16 or 17 even, and Kendall had clung to that belief because she didn't want to believe the truth. The other thing I wish the writers had done was explained Dimitri's motivation a bit better. He really pushed Erica to accept Kendall as her daughter and for them to have a relationship. I've always assumed that he did so because of his own experience with Edmund, and he thought it would be better in the long run if they accepted each other as family as quickly as possible. The problem was that he came off as pushy and arrogant and frankly stupid because he had no parenting experience but was telling Erica how to parent her own kids. I also wish that his motivation for helping Kendall find Richard Fields had been flushed out a little bit better. Dimitri was a control freak, and I think he agreed to help Kendall because he figured she'd search with or without his help, and if he helped her, he could at least exert some control over the situation. I think he also naively believed that she really would find closure and would drop the whole thing. Unfortunately I don't think the writers did a great job of having him explain his actions, and it turned some fans against the Erica/Dimitri pairing as a result.
  10. Don't get me wrong - I loved the X-Files, absolutely loved it. I even rocked an Agent Scully short red haircut for a while in the late 90s. But this show is over and done. I can't imagine the twisted logic that would be involved in a reboot at this point. I'm fine with letting it go and moving on.
  11. Hmmm... I know Joel Fabiani played Adam's lawyer Barry Shire in the late 90s/2000s. Larry Pine also played Barry Shire in the mid to late 90s. I don't remember who Adam's lawyer was before that. As far as lawyers go... when was Adam NOT in trouble?
  12. Wait - is this a real scene? Did GH show characters having a threesome? Or is this just a glimpse at someone's brief interrupted fantasy?
  13. In reference to Brick and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof...I actually do know a little boy named Brick. His parents have a common last name and wanted something unusual and tossed around random words until they settled on Brick. I mentioned Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to her later, and she loved the idea that her son shared a name with a Paul Newman character. IDK if she ever read the play and realized the character was really gay, a fact that was pretty much removed from the movie. I know Astrid is a legitimate name, but anything that begins with the "Ass" sound is potentially a poor choice when naming a human being. That said, I also know a child named Astrid Luna Lastname. Also mentioned upthread....I can't believe I forgot about Trucker on Loving and Seabone Hunkle on AMC.
  14. Depends on how "old." Right now it's the names of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation that are being dusted off and given new life with tons of little Sophias and Henrys and Mabels and Olivers. It's the names of my parents' generation that seem kind of "stale" to me. I think though that soaps have a unique ability to capitalize on naming trends by grabbing a name as it's beginning a steep ascent up the popularity charts, assigning it to a new character who is probably a bit old to have that name, and then contributing to the rise in popularity of the name as the character becomes more popular. Take Kendall for example. Kendall as a girl name did not break the Social Security name index top 1000 in 1970, which is when Kendall Hart would have been born. As a boy name, Kendall peaked in popularity about 1990. But as you get into the early 90s, the name begins to skyrocket in popularity for girls, and by 2012, it's ranked as the 116th most popular name for baby girls born that year. I believe AMC played a role in that. Depends on how "old." Right now it's the names of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation that are being dusted off and given new life with tons of little Sophias and Henrys and Mabels and Olivers. It's the names of my parents' generation that seem kind of "stale" to me. I think though that soaps have a unique ability to capitalize on naming trends by grabbing a name as it's beginning a steep ascent up the popularity charts, assigning it to a new character who is probably a bit old to have that name, and then contributing to the rise in popularity of the name as the character becomes more popular. Take Kendall for example. Kendall as a girl name did not break the Social Security name index top 1000 in 1970, which is when Kendall Hart would have been born. As a boy name, Kendall peaked in popularity about 1990. But as you get into the early 90s, the name begins to skyrocket in popularity for girls, and by 2012, it's ranked as the 116th most popular name for baby girls born that year. I believe AMC played a role in that.
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