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  1. Storyline-wise, I believe there was maybe some mention that Vanessa Prentiss had over-exaggerated how serious the surgery would be, because her "scarred face" was always her main tool for keeping Little Lance tied to her apron strings. Production-wise, Conboy and Bell probably wanted to get Miss Stevens out of that veil, because in the 1970s she was still a recognizable movie star from the 1940s and 1950s, and it was getting silly to just have her eyes peeping up over that veil, lol.
  2. To me, the Kevin/Nikki pairing was just a goldmine. (And I'm sure it was merely a result of Melody Thomas' real-life pregnancy and the last-minute rewriting of an entire storyline by Bill Bell.) Melody Thomas has always indicated she preferred playing comedy, and Nikki's dingbat antics while married to Kevin gave her a golden opportunity to skew her performance toward comedy. Chris Holder puts so much passion, earnestness, and stuffed-shirt sincerity into his air-headed yuppie Kevin Bancroft character that he becomes the perfect foil for her. Their fights and disagreements make me laugh out loud. Don't know how Melody Thomas and Chris Holder made it through some of those scenes with straight faces, but they sure did manage it, and that makes it cute as hell. There was a nighttime show on CBS during this same timeframe called "Newhart", and it featured a dimwitted couple VERY much like Nikki and Kevin. They were portrayed by Julia Duffy & Peter Scolari. I can't remember which came first --- Thomas/Holder or Duffy/Scolari, but watching these clips in retrospect, you can't miss the similarities.
  3. My recollection is that Meg Bennett wrote (occasional) scripts from about 1981 to about 1987, but claimed that out of fairness, she didn't write any scripts that included the Julia Newman character. Still, I wonder if she "tweaked" Julia's dialogue a little bit, because Julia's dialogue always seems a bit more crisp, sophisticated and sarcastic than the other characters' lines, and Meg delivers the lines with such confident "worldly authority". Watching the clips, I'm amazed at how entertaining her character was in this second incarnation. Brenda Dickson was my favorite Jill, too. But I really find it difficult to "hate" Deborah Adair's Jill even when she's scheming, because Adair seems so GENUINE and COMMITTED, no matter what Jill's up to. And it's hard to "love" Brenda Dickson's Jill even when she's insecure and vulnerable, because Dickson usually seems so POSED and SELF-ABSORBED. Hard to explain. Very interesting to watch the Jill character develop with each new (or returning) actress.
  4. Stuart wasn't "dating" Gina; he was just facilitating the sale of his daughter Leslie's club to Gina, along with the adjoining lot, in case Gina wanted to expand the size of the club. (When Leslie left town, she gave her dad the power of attorney to execute the deed of the club.) Kay Chancellor saw Stuart meeting with Gina about the deed, and she misinterpreted the situation as a "date". Kay ran to Liz with the "breaking news" that Stuart was "dating a girl about the age of his four daughters", and then Stuart had to fuss at Kay for causing so much trouble. All of that is included in the clips. The premise of Kay Chancellor's plan was that she would offer Liz a return gig as her housekeeper. Jill would then naturally pitch a fit and announce that it was inappropriate for the mother of Mrs. John Abbott to be working as a maid. Stuart Brooks would ALSO be embarrassed that the newspaper publisher's wife was working as a maid. Kay hoped that Jill's shame and Stuart's embarrassment would prompt Stuart to become more proactive in encouraging Liz to reconcile with him.
  5. At the time, I absolutely hated Andrea Evans as Patty, but now, in retrospect, I think she does a FINE job with the material. As someone said above, it was an unfortunate time for a recast to stray into the storyline, and that probably colored our (lack of) tolerance of Andrea Evans in 1983. But watching the clips now, and knowing that the "new Patty" will be playing the shooting scenes, there's no letdown at all. I can completely appreciate the qualities Andrea Evans brought to the role. Another character that I really appreciate in the clips is the "liberated Julia Newman" of 1983. In her first incarnation of 1980-1981, she was a rather dull, drippy, insecure character that didn't generate much interest. But once she returns from Europe more sophisticated and worldly, I find her hilarious, especially when she's brushing Nikki aside and rolling her eyes at Douglas Austin and Victor. Her character growth while she was out of town completely changed her dynamic with Victor. I'd forgotten how much storyline Nikki was working all at once --- divorcing Kevin, being courted by Rick, marrying Tony DiSalvo to get the master copy of "Hot Hips", being in love with Victor. It's funny when the characters in Nikki's orbit are bewildered by Rick Daros, and just as soon as they get accustomed to him, they're suddenly confronted with "now who the hell is this Tony DiSalvo?" Enjoyed the awkward and tentative steps that Stuart Brooks and Liz Foster took towards a reconciliation in the spring of 1983. I'd honestly forgotten those scenes entirely; I was thinking that their separation (and interaction) had fizzled-out long before then. Bill Bell was clearly still interested in writing for the two characters (and exploring their relationship fully) as a B-storyline, until Robert Colbert bolted. The Golden Touch/Sleazy's Bar/Tony DiSalvo storyline is utterly DREADFUL, but it's fun to watch Paul and Andy mature into likable heroic characters, outside of the stupidity of the situation. Also fun to watch Jazz Jackson evolve, despite his ridiculously bad dialogue (combined with other characters referring to him as a "gorilla" and an "ape". Yikes.) Chris Holder does such a good job of making his dimwitted yuppie Kevin Bancroft character sympathetic and endearing. With the reintroduction of Brenda Dickson as Jill --- poof! --- all of Deborah Adair's insecurity and warmth go sailing out the window. Works out fine though, as I don't believe Brenda Dickson's vampy Jill could've ever snared John Abbott into a marriage, and I don't believe Deborah Adair's earthy Jill would've ever divorced him so easily.
  6. I think she just "outgrew" him and told him his gravy train had come to an end, best for him to move on. But she did seem happy to see him again during the Newman wedding.
  7. Seems like the little kid's full name (during all of that business with Eve and Derek) was "Charles Victor Howard".
  8. I think Kevin Bancroft added a lot to the show, too. But in hindsight, where he REALLY excelled was serving as a foil to Nikki & Victor's relationship. Chris Holder played Kevin as such a dimwit, and Melody Thomas played Nikki as such a dimwit, and their marriage and silly fights were a very good light-hearted contrast to Eric Braeden's brooding vampire of a character.
  9. April had some fire AND a mullet. lol. Bobbie was ok, too. The parents drove me crazy, and mainly it was because they were quarantined in that same dreary set 24/7, repeating the SAME lines of dialogue. ("That Williams scum better do the right thing by April." "What about April and that Precious Little Girl?" "She's asking too many questions about Her Twin." "Wouldn't it be wonderful to be a Real Family.")
  10. We're like panhandlers, just thrilled with whatever little coin someone throws us. lol. Looking back at these clips, it's easy to see why Bill Bell opted to make the changes that he did. Some of the young performers (specifically Terry Lester, Doug Davidson, Melody Thomas, Lilibet Stern, Beth Maitland, and Eileen Davidson) are so FRESH and so full of charisma that it's easy to see how he decided they could carry the show forward into the 1980s. If it was Wes Kenney's idea to ditch the entire Stevens family, then I sure don't blame him. Lord, they were a bore --- although, in hindsight, there's something sweetly pathetic about the manner in which Cindy Eilbacher played April Stevens. In 1982, I thought she was a drag. Now I'm finding that I kinda like her.
  11. 1982: I'd forgotten this, but one of the biggest obstacles to Nikki and Victor's storyline (in my opinion) is how much CHEMISTRY Melody Thomas had with Chris Holder (Kevin Bancroft). Their character interaction was always so comical to me, as Nikki was presented in 1982 as such a bubble-headed bimbo who makes one stupid mistake after another, then compounds each mistake with yet another, and Kevin was presented as such a bubble-headed yuppie who inadvertently falls right into her ridiculous traps in his noble (but brain-dead) efforts to do "the right thing" in every situation. And Jeanne Cooper's Kay Chancellor is equally funny as the eye-rolling, outdone, world-weary matriarch trying to counsel those two air-headed children.
  12. It started out (in 1979) being the New Chris, as April wasn't on the show yet. The New Chris was too new to make it into the opening, just the closing. Later on, the New Chris made it into the opening (in a shot with Snapper), and April was added to the closing in Chris's old spot. That's my recollection.
  13. Yeah, that version originally featured Stuart, Lorie, and Leslie in the first shot. The camera focused on Leslie and then segued to Lance & Lucas. It then faded to Liz and Jill; Liz was on our right, and Jill was on our left. The camera focused in on Jill, and then segued to Brock, Kay and Derek. They faded out and segued to Greg & Snapper. Once Brenda Dickson left the show, Jill was "erased", leaving a solo shot of Liz. The closing credits that accompanied that version featured Vanessa, Casey, Nikki, and the new Chris (Lynn Topping).
  14. Naw, if you mean PEGGY, she wasn't anything to redevelop the family around. Pamela Peters was a capable actress, but she didn't have any big charisma factor going on. Plus, she actually HAD been recast in the late 1970s, although the original actress was brought back in 1980. She had one big story circa 1975, and another circa 1980, but there always seemed to be some kind of "issue" with the actress that kept her from really committing to the show, and even if she had committed, she just wasn't a big draw.
  15. That's always been my feeling about Chris --- that she would have left with Snapper, except Lynn Topping Richter was probably on a different contract cycle from David Hasselhoff. If Chris had suddenly said, "I'm leaving with Snapper! Bye!", the show would've had to continue paying Lynn Topping's salary until her next 13-week contract cycle ended, even though she would've no longer been a cast member. So they just kept her around for another cycle or two, then let her go.
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