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Mason


WORST USE OF HISTORY


MARYANNE MYSTERY, GUIDING LIGHT


Granted, when we said that we wanted GL's vets to be showcased, we should have been more specific. Billy, Josh, Buzz, Ed and Alan are staples of Springfield, each with a long, complicated past that could have spun out interesting story. Instead, the show told viewers: Forget everything you've watched. Wipe years of story from your mind. From now on, think of Springfield as a magical place where the past, unless newly created, has no bearing on the present.

In short, the plot was this: These five men accidentally killed a girl 27 years ago and kept it a secret. A Southern aristocrat living in a secret cave sought revenge, but she was actually the murderer. Given these men's disparate histories and backgrounds, the created scenario never could have happened in '77. End of story - which, thankfully, is now rarely mentioned. Hey, maybe the past is sometimes better left buried.
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