OK I stand corrected. Can't believe I completely wiped that out of my memory.
I didn't remember that they did get together and leave together.
Which says something about either me getting old or the quality of the payoff. Or both.
I actually feel like the Carrie/Austin/Sami/Mike stuff went on too long as well. All the other stories went on forever, but Carrie/Austin actually lost all momentum as a couple in the way the other stories didn't. So that was a mistake on JER's part. By the time Austin/Carrie got married most people were rooting for Carrie/Mike.
Carrie/Mike left the show together. They had an affair while she was married to Austin. In the end I guess it didn't have much payoff since she was with Austin but I believe Carrie/Mike were engaged and living in Israel for several years off screen.
I have to say I am really confused about the Carrie/Mike story in hindsight.
Maybe I am misremembering but it was a whole thing for a long time but it never led anywhere, did it?
It feels like they really took their time to build up the longing and flirtation that we would forgive Carrie for breaking up Carrie/Austin except that... she didn't. So it ended up being a lot of build-up and no payoff.
I think she had already given her notice basically and I think she was tired. She was playing like 45 characters and Kristen really had no where to go once Jarlena reunited.
I honestly don't think Dee changed the way she played Marlena until the mid 90's. But I think something was just lost along the way with them chemistry wise. Isabella and Roman would never have fit into Reilly's Days unless they made Isabella a psycho which I could see. I think it's possible for Roman/Isabella to stay on the canvas past the affair and hook up or something as revenge, but they weren't going to be major players in JER's vision. He clearly had tunnel vision on Jarlena and while I could see Isabella as the psycho spoiler, Kristen just works so much better and ED is obviously the much more versatile actress.
You really have to appreciate Stefano's dedication to stalking. And also John's dedication to giving Marlena ugly ass jewelry.