Why this show won’t pair Jason with Liz is ridiculous. They actually have chemistry, it would drive Sam and Carly crazy. They have history, a kid…if Lucky isn’t ever going to be recast then what’s the problem?
Instead she gets Franco. And now Finn.
What a fantastic couple of months Guza’s return was back then. I also think this was one of her best scenes. She did an excellent job of playing the fact that she was coming up with her plan right there on the spot. And I didn’t hate Tony going dark. I just hated that they didn’t also bring him back out of that.
I don’t think Vanessa would have been there for more than a year or two had she stayed. However, JFP and the network wouldn’t agree to her terms for a reduced workload, more money, and a better schedule. I know from many things I have read over the years that JFP does not like the schedule to be dictated by the talent. She had to accept it with Erika on OLTL. Riche allowed things like that, especially for the cast members with young children. She did get a lot of credit for the ratings increase. The show was also genuinely good those 6 months after kind of flailing a bit before then.
We know Guza wanted her to stay- he had an entire storyline he liked planned for her that he grafted on to Sam.
Years ago, on some message board, we were writing parody scripts for Y&R. My "contribution" was an episode in which Kay Chancellor threw an elaborate, impromptu, late-night costume ball. Everyone dressed spontaneously and appeared in full regalia -- except Sharon and Nick, who were feeding Cassie breakfast and helping her get ready for the school bus. lol. It was the only way I knew to parody those strange Time Warps that permeated Bell's scripts.