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  1. 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).


  2. I still think it's funny that Esther the maid came as a maid. As well as the idea that both Esther and Mamie abandoned their respective kitchens to attend the ball. Ryan is so impressed the ball is so fancy, but every housekeeper, chef, and waiter in town is on the guest list.


  3. I have a mixed review of the murder story. 

     

    On the one hand, the murders themselves were very inventive and the clicking pen promos were some of the best ever produced for daytime.  Given that it was the end of series, anyone could have been a victim, unlike other soap mysteries where the lead actors always survive.  I also enjoyed the nods to the history of the show and the characters who had left town (I'm trying to avoid spoilers for those who haven't seen the whole story now that it has been re-posted).

     

    However, on the other hand, there really weren't any salient clues given within the story that allowed viewers to play along with solving the crime.  It seems to me that part of the fun of any mystery is trying to solve the crime before it is exposed on screen.  Agatha Christie's novels are beloved because if you re-read the story, the clues to solution were there all along.   Yet, with the Loving Murders, the actual murderer seemed a little random under the circumstances.  Her motivation was explained in a single scene at the end, with no resolve as to why she started murdering at that point, given that her family was subjected to tragedies for years prior. Her opportunity was never established, and her methodology was never explained.  How did she get from place to place?  How did she learn to rig a cement bucket, concoct a poisonous candle, and create toxic face powder (she certainly order them from Amazon)?  Toward the end of the series even the infamous clicking pen proved to be a red herring.


  4. With whom would Erica choose to quarantine? 

     

    Jack would be an issue because she would have to live with Greenlee, and that would combust within the first week.  Kendall is nice, but there would be all of those children under foot and I can't imagine Erica wanting to be involved in homeschooling.  Bianca's house was too small, and let's face it, a little too dull.  

     

    I think she would hightail it over to the Chandler Mansion.  Adam had people who could cook and clean.  Also, that mansion looks like it was always well stocked with toilet paper.  Opal's Glamorama was next door to help with her hair using YouTube tutorials and Colby could do makeup.  They could totally use Scott's technical/producer experience to do some episodes of her talk show from home.  And she could finally find the time to write a sequel to her memoir.   


  5. I'm endlessly fascinated by the Lockridge family.  In my experience, they benefit from not having as much screen time because it was always a treat when they were the focus of an episode.  Whenever a SB writer or producer vowed to get back to basics in SOD, it always meant a return to the Lockridge household.

     

    Today I was thinking about Lionel's relationships with his kids.  Lionel and Warren were close from the beginning.  Warren had his odd/Oedipal relationship with Augusta.  In the early episodes, he was always "c"-blocking her from sleeping with Joe Perkins and Peter Flint.  Then, once Lionel returned, he idealized his father and tried to emulate his swagger and demeanor.  Heck, he even borrowed Lionel's tux to wear to Channing's murder party.  Even when Warren was recast, (first with Scott Jenkins during the horrid period of Lionel's marriage to Caroline and later with Jack Wagner), his story always involved interactions with Lionel.

     

    However, I struggle to remember a single scene between Laken and Lionel.  There are the infamous episodes where Augusta cooks Laken's bird and her mother was a constant distraction in her love life with TJ.  Yet, Laken wasn't even present on the day that Lionel returned to Santa Barbara in the early episodes.  CC and his daughter's relationships were explored throughout the series.  But, I have no idea of the dynamics between Lionel and Laken.  Did she resent his time away from home?  Were they not close because he was not around a lot during her childhood?  Did Ted or TJ remind her of Lionel in anyway?  We'll never know.

     

    Those who portrayed Laken were never gifted actresses which may have limited her storylines.  But, I just thought it was intriguing that Laken and her father never had any significant interactions.


  6. On 4/7/2019 at 9:14 PM, j swift said:

    I have always been confused about Sophia's pre-SB timeline. 

     

    In the early 1960s, she dated CC's brother, then Lionel, and then married CC in 1961 while pregnant with Channing/Brick.  I say 1961 because Channing was 18 at the time of his death in 1979.  They stay married for 7-8 more years while she had Eden, Kelly, and Ted. 

     

    Then, does she restart the affair with Lionel after Ted was born?  That would be around 1968 if Ted was 16 in 1984 when the series premiered.  So, she falls off the Lockridge yacht in 1968, meets Count Armonti and his son and moves to Italy.  Then, she comes back in 1979 to shoot Channing (by mistake), goes back to Italy and then returns in 1984?

     

    So did she have an affair with Lionel at two different times (before CC and after Ted's birth)?  And did she meet the Count in 1968 or after Channing's shooting in 1979?  Why was an internationally known actress like Sofia never recognized in Europe?

     

     

    The SB historical timeline continues to evoke questions.

     

    Given that Channing and Warren were the same age, how much older do you think Mason was supposed to be?

     

    After three re-casts Mason seemed to de-age, but he had to be 4-5 years older than Channing, which would make him 7 years older than Eden.  

     

    Also, given that they went to high school together, what do you think was the age difference between Cruz, Victoria, & Keith versus Eden?  

     

    I ask because if Santana went to high school with Cruz, (and secretly dated Channing), while living in the Capwell home with her mother, was she supposed to be the same age as Mason and therefore older than Channing?  Was Santana dating an under-aged-closeted-gay-man while in her 20's?  


  7. I would rank the CC's in reverse order of their appearance:

     

    1. Jed Allen, mature, sexy, a little hot headed.  He played the paternal relationship well with Eden and Mason.  When called he Kelly his "princess", you immediately understood their dynamic and how it varied from his other kids.  His passionate conflict with Sophia was one of the only plotlines that lasted for the entire run of the show.  Even when CC strayed, or become more of a villian, Jed maintained recognizable CC characteristics.

     

    2.  Charles Bateman, not the strongest actor but he had the maturity of CC.  If anything he seemed a little old to be a romantic rival for Lionel Lockridge.  However, his performance in the story when he learned that Channing had a gay lover was really good.  He seemed genuinely betrayed by Mason trying throw Channing's sexuality in his face, and hurt that Channing was unable to be honest with him.  It was such a surprising twist to have Mason try to shame Channing, but just further alienating himself from CC, that it was a joy to watch.

     

    3. Paul Burke, a little too hysteric to be CC.  He always seemed to be on the edge of blowing up and screaming.  He lacked the charm and the gravatas to play CC the adventurous entrepreneur who broke away from his family to start a new company in California

     

    4.  Peter Mark Richman, there is a scene within the first weeks when CC is working out with Santana in a tank top tucked into his gym shorts that was not at all sexy.  He was creepy rather than intimidating.  He seemed to have a predatory desire toward both Gina and Santana that grossed me out to the max (to use the vernacular of the times).

     

    Next I want to rank all of the loves of the first Warren. 


  8. Does anyone recall a soap-board member (I think it was on WOST) who re-published his daily summaries of the Hitopah plotline from when he was a boy?

     

    It was really fun because he was a teenager at the time, and his daily musings were interwoven with the plot summaries.  I vaguely recall it as a PDF of his actual handwriting from the time when the soap aired.  I stopped watching Texas after Iris left, so my only memory of the plotline was that blog/board posting.


  9. I abhor the soap-trope of bitchy women made good by the love of a man (or the birth of a child) and that's what ruined Vicky's character for me. Because of that, I am glad that Cecile was never made into an ingenue.  She was a mean and vindictive woman, who conned her own mother, as well as every man she ever tried to marry.  Taming Cecile would have resulted in the same boring effect that befell poor Blaine.  

     

    Blaine, Cecile, and Vicky had logical reasons for their schemes which gave them their own routing value.  The types of reasons that can only be written in a genre like soaps that tells stories everyday over a long period of time.  They were beyond good or evil.  They were complex women who felt constrained by their circumstances. 

     

    Cecile was an excellent editor who really wanted her own base of power, but without the education of Jamie, or the social connections of Pat, she felt like she was never going to succeed at Cory Publishing. She wanted stability and her mother taught her that only comes from marrying into a wealthy family.  However, she was conflicted by the instability of her father's wealth, based on his own con artistry, which resulted in her anxiety that she could never truly rely on a man.  Vicky was not given the same opportunities as her twin purely by chance.  If she had grown up in the Love Mansion, then she would have been given the same privileges as Marley, but she was randomly placed in Lassiter beyond her control.   And Blaine wanted more out of life than living on a dude ranch, but felt stuck there by family obligations. These are relatable motivations with which most soap fans can identify, even if they weren't switched at birth, terrorized by a woman dressed as a rag doll, or had their art deco-themed yacht wedding ruined by their fiance's almost death. 

     

    Watching a character living life plotted by a writer is similar to the feeling that many of us have had that our fate is beyond our control.  During our darkest days we can feel as if we are just unlucky or that life is happening to us, rather than the result of choices that we've made.  We forget that every passing minute is a chance to turn it all around. 

     

    So, to punish these characters in order to make them more likable seemed as if the soap misunderstood their audience.  The same audience who commercials are constantly trying to fill with hope of fortunes made by suing companies regarding vaginal mesh, being a model (or just looking like one), or becoming a dental hygienist overnight.  People stuck at home during the day can relate to a woman who feels undervalued and underappreciated, and "curing" those needs by some prince charming is not always the magical ending that we want.


  10. I think the classic SOD tumblr is no longer active.  However, I am enjoying Vintage Soap Archives for 70's soap news and updates  https://vintagesoaparchives.tumblr.com/

     

    The thing that always makes me smile is that the fans who wrote into the magazines 40 years ago have the same complaints as those on this board today, i.e. why is the writing is so unimaginative?, why did this actor have to leave?, why won't the networks do what I want them to do?  

     

    Just goes to prove, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Since time immemorial every soap fan has always played out their fantasies of the perfect soap writer or network executive, with absolute power, who answers to no one. 


  11. Twas the time slot that killed EON, more so than any creative issues.  Although here in LA it came on at 3:00 (Los Angeles soaps are on an hour earlier) in most of the country a move toward expansion of local news into the 4:00 hour pushed it off the air in key markets.  Network consolidation, the reduction of independent station ownership, and increased profits from local new programming meant that station owners made more money from running a low coast new program, or an afternoon movie, than continuing a soap. 


  12. I was just watching the first SB Xmas episode.  Lionel Lockridge was in jail after being arrested as a suspect in Channing's murder because a note from Channing was found in the pocket of his tuxedo.  The note popped out at the party for the jewels that Lionel and Warren discovered in their dive to the sunken ship the Amanda Lockridge.  Later, it was revealed that Warren had actually worn Lionel's tux to Channing's party.  I liked this detail because Warren was just out of high school at the time and logically he would still borrow clothes from his father to a formal event, especially because he was a party-crasher and hadn't planned on attending until Channing threatened to (a) call the police on Warren for stealing the gold coins from the Amanda Lockridge from the Capwell estate and (b) reveal Lionel's involvement in Sophia's disappearance.  Warren was an interesting red herring in Channing's murder because even Augusta questioned his innocence, and when Channing's bisexuality was revealed, Augusta hinted that she suspected Channing and Warren had done some exploring.  

     

    Any way, on Xmas day, Minx and the whole clan stormed the jail to see to Lionel and spend the holiday as a family.  They even brought a tree, dinner, and gifts to the jail cell.

     

    After an awkward first couple of months, SB really starts to find its narrative footing at this time.  The earthquake, Amy Perkins's baby-napping. doppelganger lawyers, and multiple CC, Santana, and Gina recasts mired the start of the story.  The pacing was so odd because there were many mini-stories that were told during this period (Augusta's blindness, the tunnel collapse, Peter's brain tumor), but the mystery of Channing's murder dragged on for 18 months (a little Sophia/Dominic pun) with little clues dropped along the way.  The reason Lionel, Warren, (and the oft-forgotten Elizabeth), dove to the sunken ship was related to the coins that Warren had stolen/recovered from CC's library before the murder.  Warren, Lionel and Summer planned the dive in August, then Summer was murdered, then the dive happened in November, with the opening of the treasures at the museum party in December.  The story was disjointed because the focus would shift back to the Capwells without having Lockridge scenes for weeks at a time.  At one point in October, just as Brick was starting to be revealed as Sophia and Lionel's son, Warren explains that his parents have left for a European vacation.  So, focusing on the Lockridges and their unique family dynamic was a great choice for school-aged fans (like myself at the time), who may have watched over the summer and were now returning during the school winter break.  It is filled with humor and charm, Warren looks hot, and even Laken is bearable.  

     

    The later year's special episodes are probably more memorable, but the first one is worth a re-watch just to admire how the show began to find its voice.  

     

    BTW it was total missed opportunity that when Bunny the cross-dressing mobster was introduced, nobody reference Sophia's drag king period in Santa Barbara.  


  13. On 12/23/2019 at 2:12 PM, KMan101 said:

     

    That's such a good idea!

    Here's the thing, they despised each other for most of the original run of the series (except for that odd tangential story when Blake got amnesia and Alexis took care of him).  So, it would be interesting to know what was the initial attraction.  Did Blake admire her cunning ways until it bit him in the butt?  Did Anders teach Alexis how to manage a large home (somebody taught her how to chill champagne and not to eat caviar with a silver spoon, even if she got it wrong when Dominique came for their first visit)?  What brought Alexis to Denver in the first place and did she like there?  What was Alexis like while pregnant (she popped out four kids in pretty quick succession so either the maternity wardrobe budget would have to be huge or they would need to fast forward the pregnancies between seasons)?  

     

    The new show seems determined to tell Krystal/Cristal's story which I think is the least interesting backstory in the cannon of the series.  


  14. On 12/13/2019 at 6:53 PM, Broderick said:

    Back in the day, I thought April and Draper were kinda "goody-goody", and were therefore fairly dull.   But in hindsight they aren't that way at all.   Draper is fairly flawed (too much pride, too resentful of Margo's presence in his life), and April is downright MEAN sometimes -- sarcastic, cutting, and impatient.   They definitely weren't traditional hero and heroine material.  

    This is an excellent point that really made me reflect on that period of EON.

     

    I enjoyed the sophistication of Miles & Nicole, Sky & Raven, and Mike & Nancy Karr as married couples without the burden of young children during the Slesar period.  There was no need to explain that the kids were upstairs with a nanny while Nancy was off investigating a plastic surgery clinic or Sky needed to ski in St. Moritz.  Eventually Jody and Kelly became de-facto dependants, and of course Jamey returned and Raven had more kids.  However, I think it was radical to have that many couples with no kids.  It was as if the entire cast were the subjects of  Roy Lichtenstein's "I can't believe I forgot to have children" painting.

     

    I also totally agree that April was a great heroine.  She was never a shrinking violet.  She held her own against Emily and she was vital in solving many of the mysteries.  I enjoyed how bitchy April became at Raven during Draper's murder trial.  For too long she had put up with Raven being inappropriately flirty with her step-brother Draper and dropping off Jamey at all hours so she could go to the disco.  She knew Raven only wanted Jamey for the money and April was there when Raven gave him up to the Scott's because she felt ill-suited for motherhood.  There's a great scene where Mike, April, Nancy and the others are convening at the penthouse for lunch during the trial, Raven tries to barge in to grab a sandwich (from Margo's comedic maid) while garnering some sympathy/guilt and April unloads on her in a very satisfying way.     

     

    I am not as much of a fan of Draper's mostly because he was never able to have the gravitas in courtroom scenes like Mike.  I cannot recall a single cross examination or closing argument from Draper that became as iconic as Mike's cross examination of Serena Faraday or his closing in Logan's murder trial.  It may be unfair to compare the two because Draper wasn't given the same opportunities in the writing of the scripts at the time.  However, I have doubts that Tony Craig could carry it off.  In my mind he was always an Adam Drake/Logan Swift-substitute (without the charm or Geraldine connection) and the need for Mike to continually have a younger associate became null as there were fewer trials in the later years (a huge loss in storytelling in my opinion, I liked the pattern of the police working the mystery and the solution coming during the trial).

     

    That being said, how lucky was Miles to inherit Margo's penthouse after April moved to London?  He was only tangentially related to the previous owners and he got a private elevator, tons of art, and a patio overlooking the entire skyline of Monticello.  Raven is remembered as a gold-digging social climber, but Miles landed way above his previous station by the end.


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    If you've never seen the unaired pilot Falcon Crest - The Vintage Years with Jane Wyman in a grey wig, Michael Swan as Richard Channing, and Abby Dalton as her daughter Dorcas Cumson (the porniest name in primetime soaps), do yourself a favor and look it up on Youtube.  


  16. I'd like to be a sophistic who arrives in town from Europe, like Lionel Lockridge or Cass Winthrop.  Always more comfortable in a tuxedo rather than jeans.  Eternally in his 40's, one couldn't even imagine him as a teenager.  And, an unclear source of income with no concerns about retirement.  

     

    The only thing that would be stretch is that I could ever be humanized by the love of a humble woman.


  17. On 11/22/2019 at 8:40 PM, Khan said:

    I'm with @ChitHappens.  Jamey shouldn't pretend "Ambitions" is going gangbusters in the ratings, because we see the numbers and they don't lie.  However, we shouldn't expect him to address WHY the ratings have fallen either.

     

    Now, if he's disparaging those who DO criticize his show and its' ratings performance on social media after having been in their position once upon a time, that's a different story.  If you can dish it out, then be prepared to take it, too.  

     

    You don't have to badmouth those who call your show and its' actors and storylines crap.  You just have to answer their questions (if they have any), tell 'em their feedback is important, and encourage them to keep watching ("because, you just might be surprised by what we have in store for the rest of the season!").

    The thing that annoyed me about him on the podcast is reflective of this behavior on social media about his show.  While constantly reminding listeners that he was half-owner of the website, he would openly vilify producers and network executives who displeased him.  However, he totally rejected any listener feedback about what they didn't like about listening to him sing and complain.  So, he didn't like producers who didn't react to his concerns, but as a producer he refused to react to how his audience felt about his own performance.    


  18. It may be an anachronism of the 1980's but, upon a recent re-watch I was struck by the lack of socio-economic mobility of the minority characters.  Santana was in a scene with Mason and Peter, when once again she was referenced as being the daughter of the Capwell maid.  While in a B-story her brother was fighting off bad guys in the Perkins household.  My immediate thought was - why were all of the Andrade's and Castillo's poor (with the minor exception of Cruz's brother Ric)?  From Victoria to Jodie to Eden, why did Cruz only date (and spawn children with) white women?  Why couldn't Danny Andrade return later as a wealthy movie director who fought with Ted over Laken?  There was so much made in the soap press about the diversity of using Latinex cast members, but if none of them were allowed to be financially successful was the impact as intended?  It is not my intention to say that writing stories about poverty for minority characters is not soapy, but that show in particular had a focus on wealth and glamour. 

     

    It seems like an age-old problem of having a diverse cast without diversity in the writer's room or in the production staff.  However, if hindsight is 20/20, it is a glaring omission by today's standards that the entire latin cast was relegated to service careers and low earning jobs.   Santa Barbara premiered around the same time as Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty, and I would have hoped that every soap would have their own version of a wealthy minority who became a threat to the established families on the show (although to be fair that does seem to have been the plan for Santana, but she was no Gabi Hernandez).


  19. On 10/29/2019 at 12:10 PM, dragonflies said:

     

    I've read this headline 12 times and I still don't know what it means. 

     

    Is it a performance art piece?  A sculpture of the Capwell Villa?  Miniature dioramas of the whole town? 

     

    Does the Icelandic artist have a US publicist or does Daytime Confidential read Pravda on a daily basis to get soap scoops?   

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