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Jul 21 2008, 01:16 PM
I'm going to give my thoughts of each section.

Steve and Kayla Finally Talk About His Almost-Sex With Ava
For months, fans have been clamoring for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) to have a conversation about his nearly cheating on her with Ava (Tamara Braun). The show listened. Says Evans, Ē[Monday] we finally have our big Ďcome to ití meeting. We have a chance to say whatís going on and in our hearts. It needed to be done.Ē According to Nichols, ďIt wasnít planned. We went to the producers and asked them to speak to the writers. ď Evans elaborated. ďFor a married couple thatís been together as long as we have and has our kind of love, this would not go unaddressed. In the beginning it was dealt with so lightly anyway. Thatís a pretty devastating thing. Hopefully, the scenes will air and everyone will like them.Ē Nichols feels, ďThereís a tendency in soap operas when they write a story to go from Point A to Point B and then itís over. But they donít deal with the residual effects on the characters. ď

That's pretty sad that Stephen and Mary Beth had to go to the producers and ask them to speak to the writers about writing these scenes. That's how you can tell that Dena Higley and her team don't care about the characters' growth. They go from plot to plot to plot. Nothing changes for the characters. She's a hack and so is her team.

Drake Hogestyn On John Black version 6.72
Drake Hogestyn (John Black) is enjoying snarky amnesiac John as much as the fans are. ďPlaying him takes a lot of homework. The new John comes from an emotionally void place. Heís got twelve different characteristics that I base the character on. Itís nice to play someone who is emotionally void and can therefore say anything he wants. He has different diction, different mannerisms. The good thing about that is I have scenes coming up where the new John interacts with the old John. There is such a differentiation between the two. Iíve been working hard on it. Iím embracing it. Thereís going to be a vehicle that will cause him to do a little bit of hallucinating. He will see Stefano as a ten year-old boy. He will see his father. When those two people canít convince him of the error of his ways, he will turn around and run into his old self. He will have a battle of light and dark, good and evil. It will be very interesting. Right now the new John does not want to be compared to the old John. If Blondie [Marlena] can ever see him for who he is now, thereís a chance they can move forward. If not, they wonít. I want to stay New John. Just like all the other characters Iíve played in the course of 23 years, I go through a metamorphosis Ė the Pawn to John Black to Roman to Forrest Alamain. This one has more distinguishable features. He has a long way to climb to build his own emotional levels. Heís going to make mistakes. Heís only eight months old. I play it like a coal miner trapped in the ground. People are banging on pipes trying to hear if thereís a response. All of a sudden they think they hear something, but they donít know for sure. Thatís how this guy is. ď

This is actually interesting. I'm glad we're going to see John fighting with his old self. And it's going to be interesting to see Santo again, and a young Stefano. It doesn't surprise me that Drake likes new John more than the old John. You can tell. He has come to life so much in his acting since this story started. Before, it looked like he was starting to phone in his lines. And thats never a good thing.

These two things make me VERY happy. I'm glad they're finally addressing the whole Steve/Kayla/Ava thing so all three can go on (it's WEEKS behind) AND I'm tickled Drake loves his nuJAwn, cause I love him, too!!
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