Love Maison Blanche. I go back and forth all the time about whether that or Aremid is my favorite. I think Maison Blanche pushed more story for multiple people-Stefano's return, Hope's return, Bo/Billie, Tony/Kristen, Peter/Jen, the end of Roman/Marlena etc than Aremid did.
I still like the Susan story if only because I thought Marlena/Kristen were gold in the Secret Room. It was clearly the beginning of the end though with John and Marlena being very dumb by not figuring Susan out and the fact that they were clearly in love with one another. There is dragging things out and there is John missing the most obvious social cues every day of his life. The Elvis wedding was like the precursor to the wacky Jonesy stuff. Neither were as funny as JER thought.
A John Kelly Genovese article online from back in 1979 claims that Ken Stevens died in a car accident. The article covers some of the final storylines, including Laurie and Mark moving into a supposedly haunted house.
A little late here, but the blowoff to Maison Blanche was incredible and probably my favorite episodes overall. The hurricane, the fire, Roman saving John and Marlena, Tony going blind. Stefano escaping with Hope, but their boat tipping over. John, who had run after Stefano, finding Hope and carrying her to the first light he saw ... which happened to be Bo's and Billie's hotel room where they're about to do it for the first time.
John barges in with the unconscious Hope and Billie's the first to see her. The look on her face was amazing. Everything she had fought for, a decent life, Bo, just blew up right there because this person looks a whole lot like Hope.
I enjoyed the Susan storyline when it aired, but it was pretty much the end. John had been so dumbed down he was braindead. I couldn't watch the Jonesy stuff when it aired. So demeaning to such a great character as Vivian.