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This is one of the first big soap moments I saw. I didn't know at the time that Ellen Dolan had only been in the role six months. I barely knew the characters or their history. All I knew was how moved I was by this scene.

 

 

A scene that epitomizes the best of Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer. Nell, who had always put her husband Seneca first,, had abruptly left him to push forward with her career. No one knew that the real reason was a brain aneurysm that could kill her at any moment. Nell's anger and deep sense of hurt came to the fore when she nearly died after one of her aneurysms burst. The near escape from death gave her inner peace...and finally, the ability to accept that she knew she would soon die, with the only important decision being that she die the way that she wanted to die. She explains why in a monologue which starts out as warm and slowly, slowly draws you in to the brutal, cold truth.

 

 

I go back to these scenes whenever I see actors on soaps (or anywhere) doing a terrible job of playing drunk. Linda Dano said to play the pain, and boy does she do that. These scenes are incredibly raw, in a way that Another World understood while so many soaps never quite managed it. The scenes where she begs God to help her sober up and the scene where she screams and cries over the phone that she can't do anything because she's drunk - Linda Dano deserved to have that Emmy renamed in her honor.

 

(Alla Korot is also very good)

 

These scenes were already posted on another page - sorry!

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The amount of Linda Dano in this thread makes me think that she’s somehow underrated in the larger world. But she does loom large. I wasn’t even that big of an AW fan (in STL, it came on at the same time as OLTL, which I watched, and ATWT, which my mom watched), but she drew me in. I loved her and Alicia Coppola together.

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Just now, Faulkner said:

The amount of Linda Dano in this thread makes me think that she’s somehow underrated in the larger world. But she does loom large. I wasn’t even that big of an AW fan (in STL, it came on at the same time as OLTL, which I watched, and ATWT, which my mom watched), but she drew me in. I loved her and Alicia Coppola together.

 

On the one hand, she won an Emmy, appeared in primetime from her soap fame, had a successful line on QVC for years, so I shouldn't say she's underrated, but I think the mostly poor run she had on OLTL gives that impression. She didn't get to go out on a high. 

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Just now, DRW50 said:

 

On the one hand, she won an Emmy, appeared in primetime from her soap fame, had a successful line on QVC for years, so I shouldn't say she's underrated, but I think the mostly poor run she had on OLTL gives that impression. She didn't get to go out on a high. 

I think that’s exactly it. Rae Cummings sort of tarnished her. But in her day, she was such a massive star.

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Sarah Felder was a life force as Siobhan Ryan, and I don't think this was ever better showcased than in her scenes with Michael Levin's Jack. Jack was Siobhan's brother-in-law, but their close bond combined with his deep marital problems with wife Mary meant that line blurred very deeply.

 

 

 

(the scenes are near the end of this episode - when her husband-to-be's mob ties start to come to the fore...Felder is just phenomenal here)

 

 

The next episode has some very strong scenes between Jack and Mary as she finally begins to understand the emotional affair that went on when she wasn't around to notice.

 

 

This is the episode where Mary confronts Siobhan about these feelings (the scenes are near the end of the episode).

 

 

Does @Wendy know if that fantastic Elena/Eden confrontation (the one when Eden finally slaps her) is still around in any compilation videos? I wanted to post it as it's such a standout scene. 

 

One thing about Santa Barbara, especially in the Dobson years, is how many superb individual scenes they had. And that one is a doozy, because on the surface Elena is strong and Eden is weak (through being crippled), but really, Elena is so, so broken inside.

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14 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

Does @Wendy know if that fantastic Elena/Eden confrontation (the one when Eden finally slaps her) is still around in any compilation videos? I wanted to post it as it's such a standout scene. 

 

 

If that is still online, @DRW50, I have yet to re-discover it. (A lot of SB stuff has been removed, including my old YT account. Sigh.)

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Just now, Wendy said:

 

If that is still online, @DRW50, I have yet to re-discover it. (A lot of SB stuff has been removed, including my old YT account. Sigh.)

 

That really annoyed me as you had put up so many wonderful Brick clips and Julia/Mason material. 

 

I don't understand why they get so damn heated about a show that went off 26 years ago.

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12 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

 

That really annoyed me as you had put up so many wonderful Brick clips and Julia/Mason material. 

 

I don't understand why they get so damn heated about a show that went off 26 years ago.

 

Damned if I know. It's not like the show is being streamed, on DVD, or shown anywhere.

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4 hours ago, titan1978 said:

I also couldn’t find the DAYS scenes with Gina/Hope and Tom’s puzzle box, where the family learned definitely that she was Hope.

 

Oh, that damn puzzle box, lol.  I couldn't WAIT for that plot device to disappear.  At the very least, I felt it would have served everyone right if someone other than Hope had been able to open it.  ("Could it be...?  John...is Hope?")

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22 minutes ago, Khan said:

 

Oh, that damn puzzle box, lol.  I couldn't WAIT for that plot device to disappear.  At the very least, I felt it would have served everyone right if someone other than Hope had been able to open it.  ("Could it be...?  John...is Hope?")

 

Not on YT, but I think I saw that puzzle box scene (since seeing it in '95) either on Vimeo or Dailymotion, but it looks like it got taken down. But someone on Twitter posted it! Me? I loved the scene as I love Bo/Hope. Suck it, Billie.

 

 

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@slick jones posted the iconic Karen Wolek testimony scenes. I also love the scene from 1978 in which Karen confesses her profession to Viki. Stunning work from Slezak and especially Judith Light. Starts around 3:48.

 

 

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AMC: Tom confronts Erica in regards to her secretly taking birth control pills, 1979. Begins at about 7:30 in the first clip and continues in the second

 


Classic Erica. Lies on top of lies, yet she keeps her composure through it all, and when she's finally backed up into a corner and can lie no more, boom bitch, it's all your fault, Tom! No one else played pissed off at Erica better than Richard Shoberg.

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17 minutes ago, Faulkner said:

@slick jones posted the iconic Karen Wolek testimony scenes. I also love the scene from 1978 in which Karen confesses her profession to Viki. Stunning work from Slezak and especially Judith Light.

 

 

 

I just love the background music from this period.  It's so riveting.

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