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2 hours ago, victoria foxton said:

I favor EES. But wouldn't kick Van out of bed. It's testament to EES talent. That he managed to create an engaging character. With Jeannie Pissy's bad writing.

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And not only that...but he made Terri C's Katie likeable as his best friend.  That took a miracle lol

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Something @FrenchBug82
said in the GL thread truly got me thinking. To paraphrase: "Sometimes it's just as important to to cast the right actor for the role ss it is to cast a good actor" (or something like that, lol), which immediately got me thinking of how Lyndsey Frost was miscast for Betsy, though I really liked the actress. It didn't only have to do with her minimal romantic chemistry with Frank Runyeon-she didn't believably fit as Ellen and David's granddaughter. I think she had good chemistry with Pat Bruder, Forsythe Henderson and Melanie Smith, so perhaps I would've kept her within the Stewart lineage, or perhaps I would've made her a Lowell or even an English. I just wanted to get that one out, lol.

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I see that episode has a brief glimpse of Maeve Maguire during her period temping as Lisa. 

 

Nice to see a glimpse of early Connor, and of Carolyn. And Darryl when he was wearing his Merchant/Ivory mustache to seem more roguish.

 

I know a lot of people here don't like Rex Smith's work but I thought he did fine in the role. It just wasn't a very well-written part. 

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1 minute ago, DRW50 said:

I see that episode has a brief glimpse of Maeve Maguire during her period temping as Lisa. 

 

Nice to see a glimpse of early Connor, and of Carolyn. And Darryl when he was wearing his Merchant/Ivory mustache to seem more roguish.

 

I know a lot of people here don't like Rex Smith's work but I thought he did fine in the role. It just wasn't a very well-written part. 

Carolyn & Darryl were such a BLAND couple.  There was a genuinely nice quality to Carolyn. I do wish Doug had kept her alive a bit longer. So he could've fleshed her out. Darryl's mustache was so bad. 

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7 hours ago, DRW50 said:

I see that episode has a brief glimpse of Maeve Maguire during her period temping as Lisa. 

 

Nice to see a glimpse of early Connor, and of Carolyn. And Darryl when he was wearing his Merchant/Ivory mustache to seem more roguish.

 

I know a lot of people here don't like Rex Smith's work but I thought he did fine in the role. It just wasn't a very well-written part. 

Agree about Rex Smith.

7 hours ago, victoria foxton said:

Carolyn & Darryl were such a BLAND couple.  There was a genuinely nice quality to Carolyn. I do wish Doug had kept her alive a bit longer. So he could've fleshed her out. Darryl's mustache was so bad. 

They were suppose to be bland. Thus why Darryl had the wondering eye. I loved Leslie. Too bad Don wasn't asked in the reunion about working with his wife on ATWT. She should've been in the GL and ATWT reunions.

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10 hours ago, victoria foxton said:

Carolyn & Darryl were such a BLAND couple.  There was a genuinely nice quality to Carolyn. I do wish Doug had kept her alive a bit longer. So he could've fleshed her out. Darryl's mustache was so bad. 

 

I do think she should have lived a few months longer, through more of Dana's pregnancy. I wonder if Marland would have kept her alive longer if he had known the story would stretch two years. 

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Wasn't Daryl an old boyfriend of Margo's from high school?  I'm surprised that more wasn't made of that if true.

 

Dana was hilarious..especially when she was taken hostage and caused her captor grief with her hysterics.  And I recall she gave Margo a weird hair style with Margo saying to Frannie 'you owe me' lol

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11 minutes ago, Soaplovers said:

Wasn't Daryl an old boyfriend of Margo's from high school?  I'm surprised that more wasn't made of that if true.

 

Dana was hilarious..especially when she was taken hostage and caused her captor grief with her hysterics.  And I recall she gave Margo a weird hair style with Margo saying to Frannie 'you owe me' lol

 

He was, yes. They did use that to cause some professional tension for Margo, but it would have been more interesting if he had stuck around and bonded more with her when she returned to Oakdale after the recast, when she felt a bit on the outs and Dawn was falling in love with Tom. 

 

Dana was hilarious, yes. I hate to say it but the actress reminded me of a Fraggle. 

 

Daryl also had a baby with Barbara and had had a fling with Connor.  It was just too much - a type of overwriting that signaled Marland's slow loss of the economy of his pen.

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19 hours ago, DRW50 said:

Daryl also had a baby with Barbara and had had a fling with Connor.  It was just too much - a type of overwriting that signaled Marland's slow loss of the economy of his pen.

 

I agree, and neither Smith nor Dennison were of the caliber of actor capable of rising above the material.

90% of that story is FF material for me. It just doesn't hold up well, imo. The one point of interest was the fact that Daryl had sired a child by his sister-in-law Barbara. To add insult to injury, later writing regimes did almost nothing with the character of Jennifer Munson, giving her a brief spark before killing her off, which, in the long arc of Oakdale history, makes the character and all elements of that storyline feel pointless.

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40 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

I agree, and neither Smith nor Dennison were of the caliber of actor capable of rising above the material.

90% of that story is FF material for me. It just doesn't hold up well, imo. The one point of interest was the fact that Daryl had sired a child by his sister-in-law Barbara. To add insult to injury, later writing regimes did almost nothing with the character of Jennifer Munson, giving her a brief spark before killing her off, which, in the long arc of Oakdale history, makes the character and all elements of that storyline feel pointless.

I wish they would've brought back Darryl and Carolyn Dana back in the 2000's when Jennifer was alive. It would've been an interesting story to have Jennifer torn between Hal and her biological father. Along with a half-sister she doesn't know who could've been a vixen herself. 

 

So much wasted opportunity with ATWT's legacy characters. 

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Years ago, I thought it would've been cool to reveal that Darryl's daughter, whom I renamed Carrie, was Cabot's bio mom, making him Jennifer's half-nephew.

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22 hours ago, Soaplovers said:

Wasn't Daryl an old boyfriend of Margo's from high school?  I'm surprised that more wasn't made of that if true.

Which was weird as he looked so much younger then Dolan..and really doesn't seem to be the type any of the Margos (from Colin on) would be interested in...(it doesnt help that when they intro him Margo kept using his nickname in high school "Handsome Harry" even though that doesn't seem to be a nick name anyone would use since the 1920s.

 

I know Hastings wanted Dennison cast as Lyla, I wonder how that would have turned out.

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1 hour ago, Forever8 said:

I wish they would've brought back Darryl and Carolyn Dana back in the 2000's when Jennifer was alive. It would've been an interesting story to have Jennifer torn between Hal and her biological father. Along with a half-sister she doesn't know who could've been a vixen herself. 

 

So much wasted opportunity with ATWT's legacy characters. 

 

The show made many savage and idiotic maneuvers in the 11th hour of the show's end run, and killing off Jennifer, Bryant and making Adam Munson a sociopath were just a few examples. Killing off Jennifer a few short years before the real life passing of Benjamin Hendrickson, seemed like a cruel twist in the end.

 

Jennifer absolutely should've spent time as a vixen, following in her mother's previously trod footsteps.

Instead, in a bid to make "fetch happen", TIIC were trying to make Katie some type of vixen, which was laughable. Then they wrote Jade as doing the work of a vixen, which is the work they should've had a grown woman doing. A mess! Nobody in that show's last twelve years knew how to write a woman character even half-way realistically.

15 minutes ago, Mitch said:

I know Hastings wanted Dennison cast as Lyla, I wonder how that would have turned out.

 Hastings must have wanted Lyla and Bob to reunite then? And do what with Kim? I could not imagine Dennison's Lyla having four grown children and grandchildren. In Perhaps if the character were brought back in the show's last years. I could kind of see her as a Maggie Crawford recast though.

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