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OK, so I've decided to just soldier on. Judging from my research, I'm up to the episodes that aired on Retro back in November, and when I look at it that way, I'm not THAT ridiculously behind.

Can't believe we have to suffer through the temp for these confrontation scenes between Maggie and Karen! She's a good actress, but you spend months building up to this, and part of the excitement is because you know Bethel is gonna just read the hell out of Werner, but then we get this. Ugh.

John and Bonnie :wub: Sad that he'll be leaving soon, because he really does bring a lot to the show.

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Good episodes today. Mostly setup for what's coming. Poor Steve. I must have missed it, but is Mike pre-med or an intern or what? I believe Matt said, Technical Services, but I'm unclear of what that means.

One thing I want to praise is the long scenes. That model makes it feel like a lot happens in the span of the episode. Plus, you get those great character building moments, which is a great benefit for new characters. It's kind of a shame that we got away from that.

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Going through old Jon Michael Reed's old columns I found some TD casting tidbits:

Judge Borman...Leon B. Stevens(husband, Lydia Bruce)

Scrub Nurse... soap columnist Mary Ann Cooper 79

Ed, Billy's friend, late 79 or early 80..Christopher Murray, son of KLs Don Murray

Blonde Haired terrorist w/ Far Wind..79 or early 80 .Brian Carney, son of Art Carney

Sex Therapist Dr. Debora Phillips...real life sex therapist Dr. Debora Phillips ...81

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Good episodes today. Mostly setup for what's coming. Poor Steve. I must have missed it, but is Mike pre-med or an intern or what? I believe Matt said, Technical Services, but I'm unclear of what that means.

One thing I want to praise is the long scenes. That model makes it feel like a lot happens in the span of the episode. Plus, you get those great character building moments, which is a great benefit for new characters. It's kind of a shame that we got away from that.

In those days, I believe technical services referred to staff members who had knowledge of or experience in clinical settings but were not actually certified or licensed. They performed some technical aspects of patient care under the supervision of qualified staff. They could work with equipment and perform some very routine hospital procedures, almost like on-the-job training. It was a way for those entering the medical field to receive exposure to the whole specturm of hospital care. Mike has recently graduated from college, pre-med, and is beginning medical school.

I cannot believe that no one has commented on the blooper in the September 24 episode. Chris Schermering documented it in his entry on The Doctors, though he ascribed it to David O'Brien instead of Carolee Campbell. "Steve just balled Mike...out in the hallway."

Oh, the potential for life to imitate art...blush.png

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The rainstorm episodes, with Karen finally coming clean to Matt while Maggie (looka Bethel with her new 'do), Althea, and Nick waited around, were incredible. I've always enjoyed storm episodes, but I hate that they've basically become launching pads for outrageous tragedies. You can do so much with a group of characters trapped in a house because of a storm, and it's ideal for big confrontations with the denouement taking place once the storm's cleared up.

Sad that the sound clogged up and the video skipped through a lot of this stuff, but still, very enjoyable.

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It's also incredible how they were able to keep many of the core actors together for so long - James Pritchett, Lydia Bruce, Liz Hubbard, Gerald Gordon, David O'Brien, Carolee Campbell, Laryssa Lauret, Sally Gracie, Peter Burnell...a lot of the people we are seeing in these episodes now put in significant tenure.

saynotoursoap, Paul Denis' 1984 book Inside the Soaps also attributed the "bawled/balled" blooper to David O'Brien, but maybe both he and Carolee messed up that line at different times!! LOL

We'll be seeing a major event coming up in these reruns five days ahead of schedule. Next week begins the October episodes, and NBC pre-empted their regular weekday soap lineup to air the 1968 World Series (the Detroit Tigers (who won) vs. the St. Louis Cardinals). That WS went the whole seven games, and five went on during weekdays. Two of the games were played during the weekend, and the teams had two days off for travel days - and I assume NBC went back to regularly scheduled programming on those two days.

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