"What If .." Thread in Discuss The Soaps Posted 9 hours ago · Report reply 1 hour ago, Khan said: Plus, TL literally oozed sexiness, which was an important facet to Jack's persona, especially during the early years. You could believe that so many women would WANT to go to bed with a man like TL's Jack Abbott. For sure, if Douglas Marland hadn't died, we might have seen Royce's DID storyline play out entirely, instead of being truncated the way it was under Marland's successors. First of all, hat tip to you Khan for your kind remarks in the Politics thread. Nobody's perfect (I used to be the kind who would give it right back double if I felt I'd been insulted but after awhile you realize you're giving others too much of your energy, and it's not worth it, you know?) Back on topic, lol. TL's Jack could be a scoundrel, no doubt but like you said, he had sex appeal, he was suave and as others have stated, charisma. I feel like, after he left Y&R on such a sour note, he only really did short stints on soaps after that-- almost as if he was unwilling to commit long-term to any soap, lest he find himself in another situation that he was in while he was at Y&R. I'm not sure whether Bill Bell Sr. looked at PB's Jack and decided that he wouldn't be able to continue with TL's characterizations but Jack morphed into a different personality very quickly after PB took over the role and from there, the character has evolved into some type of 'sad sack' getting dumped and cheated on repeatedly and being outdone by just about anybody with half a scheme. Soon it'll be time for Faith and Christian to outmaneuver Jack in business somehow.