AM was just...so wrong for DAYS. She grossly misunderstood what the show was about, and truncated all kinds of stories that had just begun under PFS to tell very stereotypically "soapy" plots that were jarring after PFS's realism-to-a-fault approach, like dropping Sharon Duval and instead giving Marlena an "evil" twin who locks her in Bayview to get pill perscriptions. Mickey magically being cured of his mental illness and is a fully-functional lawyer again with the perfect marriage! Leaving him and Maggie to be busybodies and hand-wring over their neighbours' abusive marriage! Trish's alters magically integrate after being out for five minutes, never to be discussed again!
Like, I get really annoyed whenever a new writer comes in and completely upends every story that's happening in order to put their stamp on the show. I get that DAYS wasn't performing too well at the time, but all it needed were tweaks, and maybe a slight lightening in tone, it didn't need to completely change direction.
I'd pay close attention to the 1977 writeups @FrenchFan has posted upthread. PFS leaves in April, and by June, it's a vastly different show.
Oh right. I thought it was a little bit more involved than that, but then I have never read the full story, just the opinions about it. Thanks for the info. I really do need to read up more on Days post Bell and PFS. Sounds like a mess, especially Ann Marcus. I heard that Bill Bell still had to give some sort of story projections in 77-78 and Marcus ignored what he had supplied and did her own thing.
The story, as short as it is, reminds of that horrid movie Windows from 1980 with Elizabeth Ashley and Talia Shire
I second the opinion that Bryna Laub did an INFINITELY better job on her synopsies vs. SOD. Reading her DAYS writeups were easy to follow, and had a quality that made you feel like it was the next best thing to watching the show. It distilled the stories concisely, while giving clear background and character motivation without being confusing, or bobbing in and out between stories like SOD does (drives me bonkers).
But even then, DAYS' "gay" story was a quick retcon Ann Marcus concocted to quickly usher out Sharon Duval. Under PFS, Sharon was involved with Don and Marlena and was strongly hinted that Sharon was a bored, sexually frustrated society wife. Ann Marcus quickly made her a neurotic loner who lusted after the first person who gave her any positive attention (which just so happened to be Julie), and within a week, her husband came to collect her, and they vanished into thin air.
I don't think DAYS even wanted to fully flesh the character out, judging by the way Ann Marcus rushed into that reveal.