Yeah, the Dobsons seemed stuck at the point for the show at the time they were locked out by NBC, but time marched on without them, and the characters evolved. Bringing them backwards wouldn't have done any good.
Yeah, but that did lead to a great few scenes with CC and Julia, when CC dropped by Julia's beach house and - unusual but nice for CC - he was worried about Mason's behavior and basically implored Julia to help Mason, etc. I recall Julia remarking about "Capwell fits of sincerity" to CC.
I mean, I have nothing against Mathison. I like him, but the GH cast is bloated as all get out and they don't use their vets well. But good for him LOL. He hustles and gets the work.
I liked Ryan early on but as Vee said, the writing failed (Greenlee, Zach and Kendall and Ryan were stuck in some never-ending vortex hell of babies and trauma).