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Did they say that Chris had earlier studied to be a lawyer, then put it aside?

Was this a retcon because they needed Chris to be a lawyer for a particular storyline?

If so, what was it?

If not, then what was the point?

Surely Chris was more useful as a bar or gym owner.

Weird that Chris had relationships with two women named Leslie.

Chris was one of a few long running characters on soaps that never married.

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8 hours ago, j swift said:

At first Anderson seemed to be a construction firm, but then it morphed into a manufacturing industry.

 

Kellam Chandler,  (Liz's father, Marlena's rapist), took over the company after Bob's death when Mary struggled to maintain the company with Chris from the intrusion of her stepmother.  Chris developed a solar energy thing-a-ma-jig, Kellam tried to steal it.  Chris stole it back.  I think Chris was always a lawyer, but he was more interested in entrepreneurship, like owning the gym and later Shenanigans.

 

Kellam was backing Don's political career in order to get him out of town and leave Marlena vulnerable.  Soon afterward he was shot by his son Todd.  Presumably,  Todd and Liz inherited the company.  Given Todd's drug addiction and Liz's singing career neither was interested in running the company.  Not to mention that the terrible head writer of that story was fired.

 

However, given the takeover, Bob's family inherited the profits from the sale of Anderson, (which is why Alex tried to marry Mary), but they no longer owned the plant.  Mary's death at the hands of the Salem strangler ended that line of inheritance, with the exception of Melissa.  So, it would seem that there is not much left of the company to be brought back.

 

The real shame is loss of Bob Anderson's house set.  It was mid century perfection.  Micky lived there for a while while raising Melissa.  Then the set went unused.  But, I still recall that cantilevered staircase and the horizontal wood paneling.  So cool!

Thank you so much.  I guess they could bring Melissa back to run it, but she seems to inept to be in charge of a company like that.  Melissa would be a nice addition with Jennifer and Hope gone. Does Melissa have any other kids besides Nathan that could run it?

16 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

Did they say that Chris had earlier studied to be a lawyer, then put it aside?

Was this a retcon because they needed Chris to be a lawyer for a particular storyline?

If so, what was it?

If not, then what was the point?

Surely Chris was more useful as a bar or gym owner.

Weird that Chris had relationships with two women named Leslie.

Chris was one of a few long running characters on soaps that never married.

 

From what I can tell Chris became a lawyer and disappeared basically, so there was no reason lol.

Everything I have seen of JT's Chris I have liked.  He's so charismatic.  What happened?  I think Chris was just never married because he never had a really popular love interest.   Except Savannah, I guess.  I think he was just a swinging bachelor and it actually did fit his character.

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29 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

Did they say that Chris had earlier studied to be a lawyer, then put it aside?

Was this a retcon because they needed Chris to be a lawyer for a particular storyline?

If so, what was it?

If not, then what was the point?

Surely Chris was more useful as a bar or gym owner.

Weird that Chris had relationships with two women named Leslie.

Chris was one of a few long running characters on soaps that never married.

Mickey became a prosecutor in the DA's office at the time, so they may have been trying to establish Chris as Salem's new go-to defence attorney.

 

Chris represented Kim (for Emma's murder) and Steve (for Duke's murder) before being written out, with Josh Taylor going full time on Valerie/The Hogan Family; previously he'd been doing that show part time while he was still on DAYS.

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2 hours ago, carolineg said:

Thank you so much.  I guess they could bring Melissa back to run it, but she seems to inept to be in charge of a company like that.  Melissa would be a nice addition with Jennifer and Hope gone. Does Melissa have any other kids besides Nathan that could run it?

 

From what I can tell Chris became a lawyer and disappeared basically, so there was no reason lol.

Everything I have seen of JT's Chris I have liked.  He's so charismatic.  What happened?  I think Chris was just never married because he never had a really popular love interest.   Except Savannah, I guess.  I think he was just a swinging bachelor and it actually did fit his character.

I mean, he was pretty popular with Barbara Stanger's Mary (though that was never gonna work considering how much the two actors loathed each other), and I recall someone mentioning his pairing with Mary Frann's Amanda was beginning to take root when Mary Frann quit an they scuttled her back to Chicago and her [email protected] husband Greg. But...other than that...yeah, he never really did, did he?

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24 minutes ago, beebs said:

I mean, he was pretty popular with Barbara Stanger's Mary (though that was never gonna work considering how much the two actors loathed each other), and I recall someone mentioning his pairing with Mary Frann's Amanda was beginning to take root when Mary Frann quit an they scuttled her back to Chicago and her [email protected] husband Greg. But...other than that...yeah, he never really did, did he?

Didn't Mary actually back over him with her car?  Lol.  Chris just never found the one although he tried.  I really liked him and Marlena back in 86 before Drake.  It's weird they have anti chemistry now.

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1 minute ago, carolineg said:

Didn't Mary actually back over him with her car?  Lol.  Chris just never found the one although he tried.  I really liked him and Marlena back in 86 before Drake.  It's weird they have anti chemistry now.

LOL, not QUITE. They had a fight over his relationship with Amanda when he came to her place to pick up the rest of his stuff after their breakup, and as he drove away, Mary ran outside and threw a bunch of his clothes at the car in a rage. Chris lost control of the car and hit her.

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1 minute ago, beebs said:

LOL, not QUITE. They had a fight over his relationship with Amanda when he came to her place to pick up the rest of his stuff after their breakup, and as he drove away, Mary ran outside and threw a bunch of his clothes at the car in a rage. Chris lost control of the car and hit her.

Lol. I remember now.  And she was going to press charges or sue or something.  Legit, Mary was always a drag lol..

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4 minutes ago, carolineg said:

Lol. I remember now.  And she was going to press charges or sue or something.  Legit, Mary was always a drag lol..

Something like that. I appreciate Mary as a character in one regard, because she's so complex, and so many possibilities. I still kinda wish they'd gone further with pairing Mary to Steve Olson in an attempt for him to get at Anderson (a plot he cooks up with Linda, of course), it would've been a much more interesting story than Steve's antique canes filled with diamonds.

Going back to what we were discussing with Melinda Fee's Mary, it's almost as though they wrote her Mary as an entirely different character, because it makes so little sense to me that she would fixate on a slime like Alex when Chris, who she patched things up with, and continued to care deeply for, was right there. You can say a lot of things about Mary, but she was never stupid. Until then, that is.

But absolutely she could be a stick in the mud, yes LOL

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4 minutes ago, beebs said:

Something like that. I appreciate Mary as a character in one regard, because she's so complex, and so many possibilities. I still kinda wish they'd gone further with pairing Mary to Steve Olson in an attempt for him to get at Anderson (a plot he cooks up with Linda, of course), it would've been a much more interesting story than Steve's antique canes filled with diamonds.

Going back to what we were discussing with Melinda Fee's Mary, it's almost as though they wrote her Mary as an entirely different character, because it makes so little sense to me that she would fixate on a slime like Alex when Chris, who she patched things up with, and continued to care deeply for, was right there. You can say a lot of things about Mary, but she was never stupid. Until then, that is.

Steve Olson is literally an entire missed opportunity of a character.  What happened to him?

Her stuff with Alex was not good.  And the swipes MF's Mary would take at Marie, Marlena, etc. were just so annoying.  MF's Mary seemed very vapid and honestly looked like Marie's contemporary.  It's not that MF was old, per se, she just looked very mature.  And who would run after evil Alex when Chris was hanging around?  JT could definitely still get it in 1982 which is gross for me to say lol.

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1 minute ago, carolineg said:

Steve Olson is literally an entire missed opportunity of a character.  What happened to him?

Her stuff with Alex was not good.  And the swipes MF's Mary would take at Marie, Marlena, etc. were just so annoying.  MF's Mary seemed very vapid and honestly looked like Marie's contemporary.  It's not that MF was old, per se, she just looked very mature.  And who would run after evil Alex when Chris was hanging around?  JT could definitely still get it in 1982 which is gross for me to say lol.

He just sorta...vanished back to France to hide from his shady underworld boss at the end of 1979, so his girlfriend Mimi came to Salem a couple times in early 1980 to harass Trish about some diamonds she'd taped to the bottom of her desk or something? And we never heard from him again.

As for MF's Mary, yeah. It really made no sense. Tomlin/Lisanti did her SO dirty that I honestly think that, combined with the lousy recast, made PFS decide the character was too damaged to keep around. Unfortunate, really.

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Thanks for all the replies.

I think Chris just vanished.

When PFS returned she wrote a series of episodes where Chris and Maggie were thrown together and had to spend the night at her farm but nothing came of it. Maybe Pat was toying with putting them together.

Poor Maggie was bounced from one bad story to the next. Amazingly she outlasted so many others.

Killing off Mary was mercy killing by that stage but it also served the Strangler plot as she was an important character.In fact she was only major character the Stangler killed (apart from Samantha)

 

Over time Alex and Marie's relationship was completely dropped, especially when Jessica was backburnered.

I think if you were watching from 83-85 you might not know they had any connection.

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I thought Josh paired pretty well with Catherine Mary Stewart's Kayla, thought that seems so odd to say now that he's played Kayla's brother for so long. 

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7 hours ago, beebs said:

He just sorta...vanished back to France to hide from his shady underworld boss at the end of 1979, so his girlfriend Mimi came to Salem a couple times in early 1980 to harass Trish about some diamonds she'd taped to the bottom of her desk or something? And we never heard from him again.

As for MF's Mary, yeah. It really made no sense. Tomlin/Lisanti did her SO dirty that I honestly think that, combined with the lousy recast, made PFS decide the character was too damaged to keep around. Unfortunate, really.

 

Would have been interesting had Stefano been involved with Steve, considering he had eyes ("plans for her") on Julie when he first came to Salem. I wish they had done more with Stefano/Julie/Doug (obviously headwriters changed so I get it but still; missed opportunity for sure, though Mickey and Maggie got what Doug/Julie should have).

 

I love the supercouple era, but I really would love to see what PFS could have done longer term (I see why long-term fans might have been turned off; it's very different).

 

I also liked Diane Sommerfield as Valerie. PFS seemed to bring all the right people back but they were all dumped two/three years later.

 

Also was a mistake to kill off Renee.

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3 hours ago, KMan101 said:

 

Would have been interesting had Stefano been involved with Steve, considering he had eyes ("plans for her") on Julie when he first came to Salem. I wish they had done more with Stefano/Julie/Doug (obviously headwriters changed so I get it but still; missed opportunity for sure, though Mickey and Maggie got what Doug/Julie should have).

 

I love the supercouple era, but I really would love to see what PFS could have done longer term (I see why long-term fans might have been turned off; it's very different).

Well, if PFS had stayed, we could assume that there would have been no masks lol and a lot of internal psychological conflict between Stefano/Julie/Doug.

 

It was similar to what happened back in 1980. Kellam was obsessed with Julie, but then when Gary Tomlin and Michele Poteet Lisanti came in, his obsession switched to Marlena

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