Beyond Santana's whiny nature, her major conflict with Gina never made sense to me. Yes, she was Brandon's biological mother, and yes, she may have given him up for adoption under duress while she was very young. But, that was water under the bridge by 1984. Gina had bonded with Brandon, she was the only mother he knew, his adoptive father and aunt had just died, and it would have been traumatic to tear him away from Gina.
One thing I appreciate from the early days of Gina and Santana was how cruel Eden could be in response to their schemes. In particular, the scene when Eden told Gina that Santana was Brandon's mother. I wish more of Eden's conflicts with Cruz came from trying to suppress her cruelty, rather than drama based on intruders in their relationship and people trying to harm Eden. Much like the relationship of Julia and Mason, it would have been cool to see Eden try to avoid having Cruz see how underhanded she was at work. I also think it would have been contemporary for Eden to question wanting to raise kids, in opposition to Cruz's desire for a huge family (except, of course, once he was single and he sent those kids off to Mexico on the first flight out of town). Because, for me, the constant victimization of Eden is what failed to differentiate her from Kelly.
2012, the last year of classic scores I bepiece. If there was any good thing to come out of this time period, it was the reveal that Phyllis ran over Paul and Chris I '94.
Phyliss confronts Daisy about raping Daniel and conceiving their child. Pot calling the kettle black here.