Roger Howarth was a breath of fresh air as Paul on ATWT. The guy he replaced was so wooden in the role. I feel every soap needs a good share of "scenery chewers" to keep things vibrant and lively. Not too many at once, but a balance.
I can see what your saying with Carly and the character trajectory has changed for her. I just see them almost as two different characters, but that sometimes happens when a character is on screen for so long. I find that SJB's Carly was so insecure she made awful choices, but LW's Carly is very confident. Again, it's probably just character changes over the years, but she's less vulnerable than SJB for sure. LW just lacks something SJB had that was more rootable as the scrappy underdog which Carly isn't anymore. BUT I like LW and she saves the character of Carly for me when I generally wouldn't be a fan since I am so pro-Brenda.
I don't think any of those female characters were big losses, but it seemed at the time if they weren't immediately a big hit GH just dropped them. Characters like Carly/Brenda need time to develop and I am not saying any of them were even in that potential, but it was like one failed pairing-bye!
She drops the urn and the ashes fall. Actually she might knock it over and freaks out, but I would have to re watch the scenes. It's been awhile. I just remember her screaming at Sonny A LOT
Here it is. She does throw the ashes at Sonny lol.
I barely watch GH anymore but I remember a scene - and I barely watched then either - after Guza left and before Carlivati came in, where Carly overheard various characters basically calling her trash, and she proceeded to have a somewhat humiliating meltdown at somebody's wedding. It was one of those rare times viewers could be reminded of Carly's roots, and it was much more interesting than what they tend to do with the character once she became all about mob men.