Agreed on that one, which is a surprise given those kind of iconic characters get diminishing returns on a second or third recast, especially back then.
I remember an ancient, apocryphal story that Karen Lynn Gorney (Tara, AMC) tried to audition for the Nicole recast of all characters and was laughed out of the room.
It's not a surprise that Adam Woodward left, but his presence will be missed. Someone that beautiful, being that talented. Some people just have it all. Must be nice . I was genuinely surprised Warren was the one to kill him, bringing that to SIX people he has murdered. Still, great twist. Hopefully, he won't get away with it this time.
Friday's episode was very schmaltzy surrounding the Cher storyline., another major sign of Kirkwood's style forming into Lucy Allan's, which is kind of similar to a classic Hollyoaks feel. I'm not some big Sylver/Mercedes shipper, her best pairing will always be Malachy, but I don't think I want to see her go through the same cycle with someone else so I guess I'm happy about their reunion by default.
I have to add that I've really fallen in love with Juliet. Every time she scowls at someone, instead of being annoyed, I always find it endearing and hilarious. I even look forward to it.
I also thought the Galaxy guest character was cool and very much of classic Hollyoaks move, too. I wouldn't be mad if they brought her back and built up the first Asian family. Probably thinking too much about it though.
Maybe it's because she's my favourite, but anyone else see some chemistry between Mandy and Dr. Ali? I know he's probably the next villain, but something clicked in those scenes for me when he was treating her for her panic attacks.
Which brings me to my next point ... there are so many single people on this show. I don't think it's a problem per say, just surprising. I even made a list ...
When she was first introduced, she was making mysterious calls to a man (?) asking about “the kids.”
Who was the man? Was Vanessa, a grown adult, one of the kids?
Was Vanessa the daughter of Brady, a man Dom was married to for one year? Or who was Vanessa’s father? Another husband of Dom from an invalid marriage?
Odd how Vanessa and Monica couldn’t sustain storylines considering Dom still manages to have one.
Not having seen the earlier years, I was startled to read in the recaps that Loretta Jardin may have been, at least originally, somewhat mentally challenged. I had the vague impression that she was one of Julian's colleagues at the university, although this may have been an unwarranted assumption. As played by Alice Drummond during the last year, Loretta was quiet, intelligent, and kindly.
As RH fans know, Alice Drummond played Susie, the wife of the guy on the cruise who blackmailed Delia into having sex with him because he knew she was faking her injury. This hilarious performance undoubtedly helped her get the opportunity to play other blue-collar New Yorkers, as in HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT and an even larger role in AWAKENINGS. But I'm sorry I didn't get to see Alice play more characters as bright and interesting as she undoubtedly was in real life.