There were so many Eddie Maine performances I am sure Laura caught one of them lol. She definitely caught Mary Mae's performances and I think Miguel Morez's as well. I think I remember them interacting at Stone's Christmas party and funeral, but it's been awhile. I also remember them being in the background of a Sonny/Brenda blowout in the parking lot at Luke's and they are yelling at Ned and Luke respectively. Again, I am sure there is more, but Lois/Ned are harder to find on youtube than Luke/Laura or Sonny/Brenda so Ned/Lois seem to flit in and out of a lot of scenes I watch.
Much as I like Sara Gilbert, I wish Darlene wasn't so much of the focus...or at least her love life. If she'd have more scenes with her kids, that might be different. Even when the show was Roseanne, it was much more of an ensemble piece.
A super rich corporate raider doesn’t scream Labine to me either. Jason’s accident could go either way- it is believable as either a story created by Labine or Guza. It has the tragedy and family dynamics and medical aspects of a Labine story, and the Guza dramatic tendency to pit people against each other.