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20 minutes ago, ltm1997 said:

Okay I may be completely off-base here, but just from seeing that clip of Erica Hope as Nikki with Paul, she seems like she could play the role of an “easy girl” (trying to be nice here LOL) better than Melody could. Erica looks like, from what I could see and also the weekly synopses I read that I can now now be able to picture her portrayal of, she had the right “look” of the easy girl that an everyday high school might see. I can see why they chose her for the role for that period of time. Melody seemed to bring more class to the role when she began. Even though she was still supposed to play the “easy” role at first, she still seemed to have a certain poise about it that Erica didn’t. Now mind you, I’m just going off of what I saw, but for me it doesn’t take too long to be able to figure a person out by being able to observe them...even if it’s just for a short time. Erica with Doug seemed like “the freshman in college tramp with the horny boy down the street”.  Anyone else following me or do I just seem to be pulling this stuff right out of my ass?

Kay Alden says this in her emmy legends interview. She said Melody wasn't the right type, but they liked her. She also said the actress they had didn't turn up for work because she was too much like her character

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37 minutes ago, BoldRestless said:

No I get it... that "I'm only 18 but I already have that hard look" thing. Is this the version of Nikki that Casey was talking about in that 1978 episode that just got uploaded? I can see her complaining that Nikki was entertaining too many men.

 

 

Yes!!! That’s exactly what she was talking about! I’m so glad I’m not off base hahaha!

 

 

 

 

 

34 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

I think skanky is the correct word here...

This is true, I just couldn’t find the right word

27 minutes ago, will81 said:

Kay Alden says this in her emmy legends interview. She said Melody wasn't the right type, but they liked her. She also said the actress they had didn't turn up for work because she was too much like her character

 

LOL I was actually gonna say, the actress herself seemed a little “too perfect” for the roleFigures

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6 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

I think skanky is the correct word here...

Or trailer trash.....LOL She did give Paul VD.  I can picture her wearing a tube top, satin short shorts while getting high with Paul out by the school dumpsters and then making it with him in the back of his Van and/or Trans-Am. 

 

10 hours ago, DRW50 said:

 

I've never understood why they cast Hauser. If I was watching at the time, maybe I would know, but he feels like such an odd choice for Y&R (which cast beautiful people) as well as for the Foster family (who were all troubled on the inside but able to present a more acceptable, polished face to the world). And James Houghton was so incredibly handsome, it's just jarring. Was this down to soaps moving toward the "anti-hero/bad boy" format by 1977 or 1978? 

 

Hauser was trashing his time on Y&R in the 90's and complained that he went shirtless on the show once, and then was never asked to do so again. He said they show probably did not like what they had seen.....LOL The late 70's and early 80's had some questionable casting choices on soaps. I guess that explains Anthony Geary. 

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Yeah, Erica Hope definitely gave Nikki a trashy look and attitude that was completely believable.   I can remember a scene where she was in the Allegro with that Patty Minter girl, and I made the comment to my siblings that Nikki looked as though she'd been gang-banged the previous night.   Melody Thomas initially played the role more like a silly airheaded bimbo and less like the complete slut we'd seen with Erica Hope.    

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47 minutes ago, Broderick said:

Yeah, Erica Hope definitely gave Nikki a trashy look and attitude that was completely believable.   I can remember a scene where she was in the Allegro with that Patty Minter girl, and I made the comment to my siblings that Nikki looked as though she'd been gang-banged the previous night.   Melody Thomas initially played the role more like a silly airheaded bimbo and less like the complete slut we'd seen with Erica Hope.    

LOL @ Erica. What I have seen of her, she looks pretty rough. I have seen Patty Minter mention in  synopsis, but what was that character all about ?

 

I was watching an old Match Game episode  where 70's/ 80's teen queen actress Dawn Jeffory was announced being on Y&R in the opening segment. Who did she play ? In 1979 she played one of Lucy's friends on Dallas that helped her score some drugs when she was squalling around over her break up with Kit. This would have been around the same time she was on Y&R

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On 11/30/2020 at 12:47 PM, OzFrog said:

A nice retrospective from Doug Davison, including a rare scene with Erica Hope as Nikki...

 

 

Never thought I'd see any of these scenes.  What I'd really like to see at some point are the first scenes showing how the Williams family was introduced.

 

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2 hours ago, SoapDope said:

teen queen actress Dawn Jeffory was announced being on Y&R in the opening segment.

She was one of the teen runaways (Sharon or Julie) that got involved with Rose deVille in her first Y&R stint. Chris Brooks was involved with helping them escape Rose's clutches.

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3 hours ago, SoapDope said:

 I have seen Patty Minter mention in  synopsis, but what was that character all about ?

 

 

Seems like Nikki and Patty were both waiting tables at the Allegro for a little while.  Brock had hired them.  That Patty Minter was supposed to serve as a "conscience" to Nikki.  She never had a story of her own.   She just said things like, "Wow, Nikki, I'm saving myself for the right guy!"  And Nikki would roll her eyes and say, "Why?  Just do it with fifteen or twenty of them!"  It was a mechanism for the writers to establish that Nikki was a "slut going down the wrong path" without having to drag Casey into it as the confidant.  

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4 hours ago, Broderick said:

It was a mechanism for the writers to establish that Nikki was a "slut going down the wrong path" without having to drag Casey into it as the confidant.  

 

No wonder Nikki ended up climbing that pole three years later 

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49 minutes ago, SoapDope said:

 

You mean the one at the Bayou or Victor's ? 

The Bayou of course  Yes I know there was no pole at The Bayou. That set looked more like a honky tonk dive bar than a strip club. In 2020 a strip club would have a pole, dollar bills on the stage, VIP section with bottle service. The Bayou was clearly no Magic City, heck it wasn't even The Brass Rail (anyone that's a fan of basketball and/or hip hop has heard of the real places I referenced).

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Sweet story - Erica and Melody crossed paths at a charity event a while back.

Erica introduced herself to Melody and began reminiscing. She wondered how many of the crew might still be around eg Hank -  the stagehand who got her top quality weed in exchange for a quickie BJ in the Television City parking lot.

Erica said it was crazy spooky how Nikki's storylines would mirror what was going on in Erica's life at one time or another...when Nikki was dancing at the Bayou and Melody was pregnant IRL, Erica was 7 months preggers and stripping at a truck stop club outside of Oxnard.

Just like Nikki, Erica got knocked up by one guy but married another dude and pretended he was the dad. She also had one boyfriend who stabbed another in the groin and was banging her sleazy gyno who had a crazy ex wife.

She developed a pill addiction after falling off a donkey on a weekend in Tijuana and had a kid turn up she forgot about from when she was in  a cult.

She wrote her address on a napkin and told Melody she'd love to be invited to any Y&R events.

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10 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

Sweet story - Erica and Melody crossed paths at a charity event a while back.

Erica introduced herself to Melody and began reminiscing. She wondered how many of the crew might still be around eg Hank -  the stagehand who got her top quality weed in exchange for a quickie BJ in the Television City parking lot.

Erica said it was crazy spooky how Nikki's storylines would mirror what was going on in Erica's life at one time or another...when Nikki was dancing at the Bayou and Melody was pregnant IRL, Erica was 7 months preggers and stripping at a truck stop club outside of Oxnard.

Just like Nikki, Erica got knocked up by one guy but married another dude and pretended he was the dad. She also had one boyfriend who stabbed another in the groin and was banging her sleazy gyno who had a crazy ex wife.

She developed a pill addiction after falling off a donkey on a weekend in Tijuana and had a kid turn up she forgot about from when she was in  a cult.

She wrote her address on a napkin and told Melody she'd love to be invited to any Y&R events.

 

Love it!!  lol.   This all sounds so plausible, especially Hank and the weed and the BJ

 

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Yeah, Melody played Nikki as a ditzy girl that was gullible. Sweet, manipulative, and her own worst enemy.  Even in the 1982 episodes, you still saw that Nikki...but by the late 80s..that had completely gone away.

 

You never see true character evolutions anymore like that.

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