Marlena had DJ fairly early in her run and no kids that popped up unless you count the Gemini Twins which weren't really hers. In the scheme of things her child count is pretty low with only 3 living children, but John and Roman were the ones with kids coming out of the woodwork. Although I would not be shocked if someday a 1986 Jarlena baby turns up (as long as it's not Ben)
Cin aren't allowed to have conflict. They're just the happiest couple to ever grace daytime and they have no drama. They just bang all day.
I love how Ciara isn't at all traumatized by the ordeal she went through with Vincent and being held captive for months, being injured, having amnesia, etc.? Nope, it's just right back to f-cking Ben and wanting to have his baby because Ben is so amazing.
Yes..I love Marj Alex in this one...different then Bev in an earthy ready to roll in the mud way but tough and savy. It reminds me of what JVD said about her in one of the reunions...she had a great sense of humor and told filthy jokes back stage all the while wearing diamonds and pearls. BevAlex was at home in the drawing room reading the racing forum and I see MarjAlex more out in the stables with the horses and dogs then coming in and changing for dinner. It could have worked that way...though I wish they had just made Marj a Spaulding cousin from Kansas City struggling for dominance against Alan.
Speaking of struggling for dominance..they really dropped the ball with Amanda. She is the eldest of Alan's kids (yes, I say she still is his kind and they did retro write it back as such with one line later) and she was continually ignored by Alan in favor of yes Phillip but even AM. Now I loved Poser but time past enough from the Malibu Madame that I wish it had been Amanda coming back at that time instead of Joan/Alex...the Alex/Alan stuff had been done to death and they seemed to want to stick everyone in time and never let them move on it was time for the Spaudling kids to fight over power..I would have Alex and Alan making their peace and Alex being content to live in Europe with Nick and Susan and maybe adopted kids, and then Alan names Phillip definately as his heir apparent getting everything and Amanda is "Uh...no!" and she comes back and causes the trouble with the ex-wives club, etc. I knows it unpopular but I loved Poser but a good recast would work.
And speaking of recasts...I kind of like FauxAnnie in this...but yes, they forgot what made RealAnnie work...so I wish they had revealed this was not Annie but an imposter sent by Annie to cause the trouble and she is a fruitcake who starts to really think she is Annie.
To my memory, Nancy Sorel was the weakest link in that chain. Her style (80s helmet hair and oversized blazers) and demeanor made her seem much older than Sam or Adam. I always forgot that she was Laura's daughter, rather than her sister, because she acted so mature.