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|Michael Fairman Article J&M's departure|
|Tweet Topic Started: Jan 26 2009, 09:23 PM (1,641 Views)|
|jules||Jan 26 2009, 09:23 PM Post #1|
*So, that was it? That was the final scenes and last episode of Deidre Hall
and Drake Hogestyn on yesterday's episode of "DAYS"? That was John and
Marlena's "riding off into the sunset" moment? Long-time fans of John and
Marlena, many of whom I have met over the years with my connection with the
show, were handed (what the producers must think was an appropriate
send-off!) a neat, tidy, wrapped up story with probably less than 20 minutes
of airtime, stuck in between the shows main story "A" of Nicole/Sami/EJ, and
the "B" story of Daniel/Chloe/Kate/Lucas.
In the end, John's central nervous system is compromised from whatever was
inside the syringe administered by nutty psychiatrist Charlotte (Sandra
Ferguson, or whatever name she is going by these days) who wanted revenge on
Marlena. Why? I still cannot completely understand her motives. Somehow all
of John's memories, which had begun to re-emerge over the last few weeks,
finally have come back in full while lying in the hospital bed. He remembers
his "Doc". We are then treated to a mini (and I, mean "mini") retro package
of old John and Marlena scenes, but nothing of any emotional substance.
Enter Kayla, who trots into John's hospital room to tell Marlena that he
needs to go to Switzerland, to a special clinic there ASAP, if there is any
hope of regaining his central nervous system, because, at this point,…. drum
roll please, John is paralyzed. He cannot feel his hands, leg or move. Then,
Marlena tells John his medical situation, he tells her to leave, to walk
away. She of course, will never leave his side, and informs him they must
leave for Switzerland tonight to save his life. There were a few characters
peripherally around too. Brady sees his dad with full memory. Roman is
hanging around, why I don't know. But the best, is Stefano limping into
University Hospital to salute John and say goodbye, and John er, Drake lifts
his "signature" eyebrow in recognition . Then, John asks Marlena to marry
him, right now in the hospital. So, Marlena gets a wedding together in 10
minutes! Father Francis just happens to have nothing to do, of course. So he
shows up and announces them husband and wife. They kiss. Fade to black.
Outta here. Fired!
I want to let the "On-Air On-Soaps" fans know that for many years, almost
20, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn and I have known each other, and had such
a comfortable working relationship that really was more than that. So seeing
the beloved duo being given this kind of farewell was hard to watch. There
is not a nicer guy then Drake. When Drake went through his neck fusion
several years ago, and I was about to go through the same in 2006, he gave
me advice, and called me. He always asked me 'post-op' how I was doing. To
this day, when we connect with each other, we always share rehabilitation
'war stories' with each other. Who else could I do that with? Throughout the
years, Drake had dedicated himself 110% to his job and his family. It was
painful for me to watch over the last few years how many times "DAYS"
dropped the ball with the John Black story…killing him off, bringing him
back, paralyzing him now, and sending him off..
As for Deidre Hall, we have shared a few private phone conversations over
the years, and I have enjoyed talking with her. She is gracious, a true
professional and an icon of the soap genre. When, I heard the news that
Deidre was let-go, I did email her right away wanting to know how she was. I
know through many in the industry, and her own personal publicist, that she
is not currently doing any interviews right now about the departure, but I
think all of us saw her thoughts on the video that was recently posted on
It's all such a shame, and hard to believe, that we may never see them again
on "DAYS" and in Salem. I have no more words on this subject that had rocked
the soap world since November and finally played it's last beat on-air.
Till next time,
|misch||Jan 26 2009, 10:22 PM Post #2|
||wow. thanks for the post. seems all the reviews are coming in now and they are all the same. ken corday, inc. blew it! even non-jarlena fans feel like this was a rip off.|
|cjknick||Jan 26 2009, 10:29 PM Post #3|
||Thanks for posting what a very very well done article. It was professional but also very personal.|
|hops||Jan 26 2009, 10:30 PM Post #4|
Thanks Jules. It was nice that he shared a personal insight into his feelings.
I couldn't agree more with his take on the final 'day' and his closing paragraph. I have felt the same way. There just don't seem to be words for how I feel about the whole thing.
|Jiggs||Jan 27 2009, 01:29 AM Post #5|
||Thanks for posting that! Very nice comments!|
|jules||Jan 27 2009, 06:34 AM Post #6|
That's what I like the best. It was nice to hear from someone who knows D&D.
|JohnandMarlenaFreak||Jan 27 2009, 09:54 AM Post #7|
|pspcindy||Jan 27 2009, 11:23 AM Post #8|
Michael has such a nice touch with the soap stars. He loves the genre and appreciates the "faces" of daytime. He also seems to be able to tap into the humans behind the actor, which is very grounding. Fans tend to forget that stars are, in many respects, just like us. I always enjoy reading his interviews and his thoughts.
Thanks for the article.
|aimees76||Jan 27 2009, 11:35 AM Post #9|
Thanks for posting.
|peaches179||Jan 27 2009, 12:04 PM Post #10|
||Thanks for posting! All the best to Drake/Deidre. :)|
|Kyrai||Jan 28 2009, 06:38 AM Post #11|
I liked reading from someone who really knows them too. Great article. Thanks Jules!
|soapfan35||Jan 29 2009, 09:57 PM Post #12|
Very classy. I enjoyed reading how he personally knew D&D and reached out to Deidre after hearing she was fired. I'm sure both D&D had a lot of support from others they knew in the industry.
Also enjoyed having yet another person validate the crappiness of their send off.
|JohnandMarlenaFreak||Jan 31 2009, 11:14 AM Post #13|
||Someone who knows what there talking about,very nice article.|
|IIttu||Jan 31 2009, 04:26 PM Post #14|
||He should've been hired as Days' head writer. Things would be so much better.|
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