Santa Barbara Discussion Thread in DTS: Cancelled Soaps Posted April 23 · Edited April 24 by j swift · Report reply On 4/22/2020 at 12:21 PM, Capridge said: I'm not sure if Warren borrowed Lionel's tux though. I'm pretty sure that Sophia/Dominic tried to frame Lionel by planting evidence in his tux not knowing that it was Warren's tux. The tux is a rather convoluted red herring of the Channing murder mystery. Warren wore Lionel's tux to Channing's party in order to convince Channing not to follow through on his plan for revenge against Lionel. Channing knew that Warren had stolen coins from CC's office that were recovered from the sunken treasure of the yacht named The Amanda Lockridge and he threatened to expose Lionel and Sophia's affair at his party if Warren didn't return the coins. Warren threw on his father's tux, climbed over the fence that divided their homes, and went to the party. But, when he attempted to return the coins, the door to CC's study was locked from the inside. Unbeknownst to Warren, Channing was already dead inside the room (we learn this detail during Cruz's reenactment of Channing's party). At the start of the series, Warren has the coins in his locker at the beach where he was working as a lifeguard. Then, Warren threw the coins into the fireplace of the Lockridge living room but someone (later revealed to be Dominic) mysteriously retrieved them from the fire. Once Lionel returned he told him about the coins and they decided to dive for the sunken treasure from the Amanda Lockridge. Warren taught Summer how to dive, at the same time Eden was trying to get Cruz to teach her how to dive, and Lionel struck up a friendship with Elizabeth Peale, whose father Sir Richard Peale had studied the treasures of the Amanda Lockridge. Lionel winds up diving for the treasure. They set up a party at the museum to uncover the results of the dive. Lionel wears the tux to the party and Sofia/Dominic tips off Cruz that the stolen coins are in Lionel's jacket. Cruz arrests Lionel which is why the Lockridges celebrate Xmas in the Santa Barbara jail. But, Lionel was later freed when Warren admits to the Cruz that he borrowed the tux that night. Meanwhile, between the sunken masterpieces on the yacht and the stolen art in the tunnels between the Lockridge and Capwell estates, both families needed to learn to just rent a storage container at the local U-Haul lot and avoid all of these long lost family heirlooms. Also, Sofia's motivation was never sufficiently explained. I know that she thought that Lionel did it, she wanted to exonerate Joe Perkins, and she didn't remember shooting Channing. But why did she wait five years until Joe was released from prison to return to Santa Barbara? Why go through the bother of putting on a disguise if both Joe and Cruz and had never met her? And why was her fragile mental state completely ignored once she stop using her drag king persona? I wonder if there was a re-write along the way, or if the Dobson's hadn't properly planned a solution to the mystery at the beginning of the story because so much of Pamela's backstory was a repeat of Sophia's past (including marrying European nobility, devoted stepchildren, returning to town in disguise, and emotional instability).