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  1. LOL - I thought the same thing because the writers seemed to have done no research for the heart transplant, especially when Katie kept having cardiac issues after being transplanted with a healthy heart rather than issues regarding organ rejection. So, I looked it up and it is more common to have a heart transplant followed by a kidney transplant than one would think. However, I doubt we'll ever see Katie have dialysis, just as she never seems to have been burdened by anti-rejection drugs for the past few years. Combined Heart and Kidney Transplantation: Clinical Experience in 100 Consecutive Patients Morcos Atef Awad, et all - Originally published11 Feb 2019https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.118.010570Journal of the American Heart Association. 2019;8:e010570 And to be fair her sister Donna had a full transplant and she seems to be thriving.
  2. Didn't Paul Hornsby 2.0 give an expository update on Jenny when he returned a few years ago? I recall his daughter died of an OD, but I don't recall what happened to Jenny.
  3. SOD was bi-monthly (published every two weeks) until the early 1990's, after the establishment of Soap Opera Weekly, the sister publication. For a time, the two publications distinguished themselves by having SOD summarize the weekly plotlines and SOW covered behind the scenes news and critiques. The SOD summaries were about a month behind what was shown on air also until the early 1990's. This was common at the time, when monthly daytime magazines were often two to three months behind what was currently airing. Given the technology of the era, writers were actually watching the shows and publishing full summaries. There was a specificity to the writing that is missing today. Some writers would include what people wore or even lines of dialogue. As opposed to current SOD which relies on summaries provided by the various daytime productions. The writing in the pre-VCR years meant that one could keep up with soap plots without ever watching the shows. I recall being fully versed in ATWT, even though I never watched an episode for years. The one exception was the Ryan's Hope finale, SOD wrote a longer synopsis of the final month, so that they would not keep covering stories that were no longer airing. Once SOD "caught up" with the weekly aired show, the covers would emphasize that they were now covering the prior week's shows.
  4. Don't forget Cousin Joey Mancini (aka the lost Eckert). He was in the first scene of Tony Geary's return episode, flirting with Amy at the nurses station, while Bill was laid up in a hospital bed (hurt by the Mac's eco group's bombing of the Q ship) and Bobbie was shocked by his similarity to Luke (even though Bill was blond and not permed). Cousin Joey appeared for a couple of weeks and then disappeared into the mist of the Port Charles just like Laura (not literally, but nobody ever mentioned him again). It was a crazy transition because weeks prior Bobbie was involved in a very heavy baby selling scam story, and crying daily over the loss of her marriage to Tony and her baby. She was even suspended from the hospital due to her involvement in the illegal adoption. The villain who set up Lucas's adoption was also poisoning the water supply at the apartment where some of the nurses lived. And there was a possibility that Scorpio, not the presumed-dead Julien, was Lucas's father. Meanwhile, Edge Jerome (the Cousin Joey of the mobsters) was flirting with Anna. Then, a month later, Bobbie was suddenly back at GH and had to play wacky in the scenes with Ruby while they spewed exposition about how their cousins lived in Port Charles but they never spoke to them. The nurse's water was fine and Scorpio was told by Cheryl that he was not Lucas's father. Anna started tying up Robert in order to seduce him and Edge pivoted to Dawn before both were quickly killed off. Then, Papa Eckert died, Mama Eckert moved out west (never returning for Jenny's wedding or Bill's funeral), Bill became wealthy by surprise and his ex-wife returned creating the Eckerts 2.0. I think the best remnant from that period was Bill and Sly's lighthouse set which Kevin moved into after Bill's untimely death.
  5. Lachlan Buchanan has a very VPL
  6. As much as I like a blond IRL, they tend to be synonymous with blandness when it comes to soaps. Ryan's Hope - Chaz Seybrooke - perfect soap opera name, but kind of a nothing character, he was the rebound guy for Ryan after Rick left her (I can never remember if it was the actor or Rick who went to RADA), he was involved in a minor insider trading story that was much too simple to be intriguing Bold and Beautiful - Thorne Forrester - it is hard to be that dull with a fascinating mother, but he pulled it off, a character so boring that his job is literally in the basement All My Children - Greg Nelson - his big love story with Jenny is mostly remembered for her time away from him in New York, he was strictly an object of desire with no substance - special mention to Dr. Cliff Warner, the slightly older version of the same character, a guy who we are told women long for, but we never found out why Loving -Jack Forbes, not actually blond, but you know a guy is bland when he was the center of the drama for the first year and then he disappeared and nobody noticed for a long time Santa Barbara - Brick Wallace, also not blond, but a character name was never as prophetic. Here's a guy who was the son of Sophia and Lionel, (arguably two of the most intriguing, sophisticated, and smartest characters in town ) and he was a complete bore. He also grew up in the circus, and yet it did nothing to make him more likable or interesting. His background is strikingly similar to Dinah on GL (raised by carnies, abandoned child of two intellectual characters), and yet somehow their paths were very different.
  7. As I recall from one of the podcast interviews with the actress, her real-life pregnancy and resulting child with special needs were impetuous for her character's departure, which was sad to hear and made me give AW a pass on their exit, but not on the prior errors in establishing the character.
  8. Regarding the shoulda/woulda/coulda of 1985-1987, I think it is important to add that the plot ascendance of The Loves also the end of an era at the Cory Mansion. Sandy left with mis-recast Blaine while he investigating Carl during his post-escort stint as a journalist. Jamey had left town with his tail between his knees after his drug addiction. In retrospect, some would say these moves were to set up Nancy was the sole ingenue in the Cory family. However, I think Neil and Adam Cory were clumsily introduced, and then discarded, due to shifts in the writing of the Cory storyline which diminished Sandy and Jamey, who rightly should have helped Nancy fight Carl. In addition, Sharon Gabet as Brittney is the real loser of this period. While being a deaf-mute with a dead baby and a passion for horses was a hyperbolic contrast to Sally, the character was never built to sustain. It was a soap so the audience was immediately waiting for Britney's cure. Then, once she could speak, fans were assured in the soap press that she would be different from Raven. There were many options. Raven was a contrast of self-assurance with very low self-worth, as a result, she made many poor decisions based on her survival instinct without regarding the welfare of those around her. Britney could have been self-assured in another way either due to her prowess with animals or working with men on the ranch for so long. In contrast to Sally who was always needing to be rescued, Britney could have been a good rival. Instead, once Britney could speak, she became all of the worst parts of Raven and never had her own routing value. Much like Blaine or Rachel, Britney needed a "talk-to" to make her more sympathetic to the audience. Her motives for marrying Peter were so ill-explained that I recall being unable to tell if she was conning him or being conned. It seemed like a classic example of a soap hiring an actress expecting them to be the character rather than writing for them.
  9. Can you imagine the amount of exposition it would take to re-introduce Pam? "Oh look there's my half-sister Pam who worked on a steamboat casino with my rarely-discussed father who was paid to testify against me by Steve Frame in my custody battle over Jamey. Not to be confused with Pamela, Steve's wife from his time away from Bay City with whom he had Dianna, who ran off with a stable boy."
  10. Donna Love's age was always odd because if you do the math she had the twins when she was 16, and they were turning 18 when introduced, which means she was only 34 when returned to Bay City. However, they always made her a contemporary of Rachel and Felicia who were easily ten years older. I mention it because the excellent idea of getting Pat to marry into another family would have interesting if Pat went for Reginald Love or Spencer Harrison (RIP the actor today). She liked vaguely European men and she liked an older man, so either guy would have fit the bill. I would be excited for Pat to have a power base to avenge her loss of Brava and set a new magazine for a rival of Mac's.
  11. While I get the critique in retrospect, (hell it probably could have been predicted from the date of the article's publication), I was thinking that Donna Love would probably not be as beloved if this period had not existed. During the Sally/Catlin years, Donna was a harpy who seemed older than her years and her character was mostly a spanner who kept other couples from getting together. However, the post-Catlin story helped flesh out the character and made her more of a sympathetic diva. Also, I hereby reject reactions the suggest that a certain writer or producer "killed off" a legacy family. The Matthews are a perfect example. While it is true that new family members could have revived them, by the late 80s there were too few Matthews around Bay City to make a character out of the family as a whole. They stopped having a home base set, Liz was mostly seen at work, and once Sally died there was not a future generation in town to carry on the legacy (as much as I liked Michael and Maryanne, they were stuck in the 70s and never procreated). For as much as I liked Pat, I never wished for more character details from her brother Russ. They were a family that was almost defined by their good nature and that is a ubiquitous characteristic that could be found in many other characters. Lastly, the "Chris Whitesell as boy wonder" PR continues to fascinate me. His resume before AW was tenuous at best. The short term SFT stint was never fully explained and therefore why NBC kept placing him in high-level jobs was a mystery. The comparisons to current producers also are interesting because he was clearly a fan of the genre and wanted to center his career around soaps despite the fact that they were dying off at the time.
  12. The longevity of a character like Larry Ewing is remarkable. He was the lone survivor of both the Hobson and Ewing families. I think he existed at the police station beyond the last appearance of his wife Clarice. He was a voice of reason for Clarice, Blaine, and Caitlin, but outlasted them all. I wonder the ratio of the ubiquitous nature of the character that allowed him to be in multiple storylines versus the likability of the actor that is the cause of such a long life for a fairly underdeveloped guy.
  13. Here's the thing, it was definitely a choice to keep the mustache and haircut for over 20 years because the accent was fictional but the look was deliberately creepy. I'd love to see who Christine Baranski is dating now to see if she has a type - maybe Larry the cable guy?
  14. AMC's Billy Clyde Tuggle was a real menace. Given that his victim Jenny was being pushed into working at a sleazy bar in Center City by her own mother, Opal, we knew that Jenny wasn't safe and anything could happen to her. His voice and demeanor were terrifying. Around 1997 I saw Matthew Knowles at a CBS party attended by his wife Christine Baranski and I instinctively gasped. I know people will comment about how he became a parody of himself as a character during the Dixie storyline. However, in his initial introduction, he seemed like a real unchecked threat and he freaked me out. Additional mentions go to Y&R's Vanessa Prentice, (she was scary because everyone underestimated her as a bitch and not an evil villain), early Marco Dane OLTL,(super creepy with Tina), and Y&R when David Kimbell had "murderer" carved into his forehead it really made me nervous to watch, especially because it evoked Charles Manson memories (from when he carved into his forehead during his trial). And finally Billie Hayes as Scorpio's WSB mentor O'Reilly, not because of the character who was amusing, but Ms. Hayes's voice scared me on HR Puffenstuff as a kid.
  15. @victoria foxtonThank you, it is rare to get such an exact answer to a question. I appreciate the effort. It is fascinating to hear that Tony still owned the Weber house while Lucy and her brood lived there. Does neither the Port Charles PD nor WSB pay enough for Anna & Robert to buy a place (and is that why Bert Ramsey turned to crime)? Or do they rent so that they can get out of town at a moment's notice? BTW that scene also told me why Robert and Anna were never meant to be. He is penthouses and cantilevered stairs and she is shabby chic. Although Anna's sudden desire to burn dinners is as perplexing as the purple Egyptian decor that she used to for the Weber house (maybe that was Robert's stuff that she had to work into the design?). I appreciated how dressed up they both were, including hairdos and jewelry, when meeting for lunch at Ruby's (where the chopped salad seems ill-advised). Also did Amy Vining get bupkiss? I know she wasn't Lesley's biological daughter, but she lived in the house for years. Robyn's no-name friend gets more airtime than Amy.
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