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SOD Best & Worst -- 1987
Topic Started: Nov 14 2009, 12:58 PM (1,852 Views)
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Nineteen eighty-seven was an abyss with no exit. After Eden miscarried their baby, Cruz believed she died in a plane crash and edured the torture of mourning the woman he loved more than life. Meanwhile, paralyzed from a murder attempt, Eden was marooned in the mountains. After some time, they were reunited -- but not for long.

I LOVED that storyline. To this day it's still my absolute favorite.
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WORST WEDDING


MICHAEL & DONNA, ANOTHER WORLD
Our fearless fashion critic, Diva von Dish, cut this Bay City couple to shreds for their tacky wedding attire. We've been waiting all year to trash the festivities that followed the actually lovely ceremony. Get out your Hefty bags.

Where do we begin? Carl Schurz Park, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, was teh scene of a silly petal-strewn coach ride complete with babbling groom and gushing bride. From this travesty of "Cinderella", we went to ballet in a barn. No, not "Rodeo" by Agnes de Mille, but something bizarre with two dancers trying valiantly to pirouette amid the hay while Donna and Michael sipped champagne.

It went on for days. No soap opera wedding ever called for so much overkill.
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Nov 18 2009, 03:11 PM
That year was miserable for Cruz and Eden... and Justin Deas was marvelous as Keith. God, Santa Barbara was SUCH a good soap!
Total word. And that year was miserable for them. That whole storyline with Eden being in the cabin with Cain seemed to go on forever. Then the paralysis, Cruz's trial, and the escape.

Justin Deas was FANTASTIC as Keith, especially that year. He deserved every bit of that Emmy. I have some of the clips from the trial period that year & he's just an embarrassment of riches.









And finally, my favorite.

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MOST POINTLESS SHOW


DYNASTY
Not so many years ago, Wednesday night was DYNASTY night. People rearranged schedules so as not to miss the goings-on in Denver. What plight was poor Krystle in this week? What under-handed scheme was Alexis hatching? Who was sleeping in Fallon's bed? Thursday morning was the time when everyone rehashed the action and critiqued the clothes.

It's not like that any more. Now, no one seems to care what happens. Most of the cast was held hostage and the audience could watch it from a detached viewpoint, confident that all of the Carringtons would survive. The "crisis" did little to advance the story. As for the emotional conflict that is part-and-parcel of soap opera, most of DYNASTY's interpersonal relationships just aren't intriguing. The major exception is the pairing of Adam and Dana. The characters are interesting, the actors who portray them (Gordon Thompson and Leann Hunley) are talented, but for some inexplicable reason, the writers chose to leave them in the background last season far too much of the time. The same is true of Dex Dexter (portrayed by the under-used Michael Nader). Instead, viewers must witness too much of Alexis doing her camp-and-vamp routine. If DYNASTY doens't develop some direction and add compelling story lines, there may be a vacant time slot on Wednesday evening.
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Mason


I'm glad to see that, even back then, people knew Dynasty in its later years was total crap.
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BEST ANTI-HERO


STEVE JOHNSON, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Hey, dude. If you want a rebel for the eighties, look no further. Patch has the act down to a T. The lingo, the leather jacket, the long hair, the slightly defiant stance, the ability to keep silent under torture or lose his temper for a good cause. But best of all is that quirky sense of humor. He calls himself a loner, but his emotional attachments are deep and lasting, despite his facade of indifference and his rough edges. Not a nine-to-five guy, Patch earns his living hustling pool and helping the police and the ISA. Even if it hurts him, he does the honorable thing -- and then gets embarrassed if anyone notices.
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MOST UNUSUAL LOVE SCENE


JOHN & LUCINDA, AS THE WORLD TURNS
She was in her ribbed pink bathrobe, having a drink, all ready to plunge into her bubble bath, strung out as usual after a day of manipulating in Oakdale when he, in a suit, charged into her bathroom looking for a fight. Well, a fight is what he got. Fed up with his blackmail threats and other underhanded tactics concerning her daughter Lily, Lucinda Walsh pushed John Dixon into her tub and threatened to take a picture of him in the suds for the front page of her newspaper. Dixon pulled her in with him before she could get near the camera.

There they sat, facing each other and looking very silly, two middle-aged dragons with their fires suddenly put out. In many ways, they were exactly alike. Headstrong, stubborn, combustile, and easily the shrewdest people in town (if not the most compassionate). Weren't they tired of fighting? Yes, so they decided to elope to Las Vegas and become man and wife. And so began the fun -- the marriage of John and Lucinda was the most unusual and unexpected pairing on daytime this year. Let no man put this union asunder.
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BEST SERVANT


GILBERT LANGE, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
You won't hear Viki Buchanan complaining about finding good help these days. She was taking a stroll through the grounds when she came upon Gilbert Lange, who offered his services as gardener. He wasn't your typical groundskeeper. Gilbert first made Viki's acquaintance in heaven, during her out-of-body experience. On earth, he became a combination gardener/confidante/guardian angel, who saw Viki through trying times, and gave her reporting career a nudge by arranging an interview with elusive movie star Natasha Norman. (Now he's part owner of a restaurant, Heavenly Hash.) It was a charming concept, executed with flair by John Fiedler.
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MOST POINTLESS STORY


THE RETURN OF JOCK EWING, DALLAS
What could have been one of the more stirring stories on DALLAS last season, turned out to be the most pointless. A stranger going by the name of Wes Parmalee turned up at Southfork and got himself hired as the new foreman. Miss Ellie had an eeire sensation that she knew this man from somewhere, but she shrugged it off. Then, Parmalee told her that he was really her first husband Jock, who had been presumed dead after a plane crash, and he had undergone extensive plastic surgery and years of recuperation. Ellie was stunned, but she wasn't as quick as the rest of her family to label him a fraud. What if this really was Jock, the father of her children and her first love? How could she turn her back on him? she fretted. Determined to give the man a chance, Ellie put her marriage to Clayton in jeopardy and risked alienating her children by accepting Wes's dinner invitation. This scene turned out to be one of the season's most touching. Steve Forrest was extremely convincing as the man who had come back from the dead, determined to win back the woman he loved. If Parmalee had turned out to be Jock, the implications would have touched all the Ewings' lives and made for exciting stories. Sadly, the writers nipped it in mid-stream by having Wes admit that he was indeed a fraud. Parmalee left town, which left us totally unsatisfied.
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BEST RECASTING


JESS WALTON (JILL ABBOTT, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)
There's no one quite like Brenda Dickson, the actress who created the role of Jill Abbott. Compounding the problem of replacing the unique Dickson after she left the show, Y&R had to find their new Jill in a matter of days. They hit the jackpot with Jess Walton, a gem of a performer who's done a marvelous job as neurotic, passionate, insecure, ambitious Jill. It's a demanding part, and Walton's success with the shark-like Jill was a delightful surprise, coming on the heels of her compassionate portrayal of victimized Kelly Clegg on CAPITOL. Walton's tremendous range allows Jill the same outrageousness viewers have come to expect, but hte camp has been toned down. She caught enough of Dickson's mannerisms and tone to make the transition smooth; however, the character has undergone a subtle transformation. Jill no longer lets it all hang out. There's plenty simmering beneath the surface, leaving room for maneuvering on the part of the writers, who have the freedom to explore new dimensions of the character. Whatever they have in store, Walton will meet the challenge.
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WORST RECONCILIATION


JOSH & REVA, GUIDING LIGHT
Once upon a time, GL's Reva and Josh were an exciting couple. GL viewers were disappointed when Robert Newman (Josh) left the show. In his absence, a new love interest was created for Reva. Kyle Sampson caught on, and Josh was pretty much forgotten. Then the Kyle character bit the dust and Josh was back, amid high hopes for a repeat performance with Reva. It was not to be. The magic was gone, and no amount of emoting on the parts of the talented actors could bring it back. It was tedious watching them try. Thankfully, the failure of the Josh/Reva reconciliation was as evident to the powers-that-be as it was to the viewers, and the tiresome couple split up.
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Interesting about Josh & Reva. Never having been a fan, I didn't realizedthat their reunion upon Robert Newman's return wasn't well-received.
Edited by juniorz1, Nov 22 2009, 02:38 AM.
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BEST OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE


VIKI BUCHANAN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Viki lay near death on the operating table (she had an aneurysm), upset about her marriage, her shifting personalities, and her recent turn-back-the-clock trance. All of a sudden she went on the ultimate eighties trip -- the out-of-body experience. Transported to a big white world that resembled the interior of a spaceship or a child's idea of heaven, Viki believed she was dead and was reunited with everyone she had known in Llanview. The good souls wore white and the bad souls like Mitch Lawrence wore black. Viki's tour guide for the journey was an unassuming guardian angel-tyle named Virgil, who eventually reappeared in Llanview as the protective Buchanan gardener Gilbert (see Best Servant). He convinced Viki that her life was worth living and she pulled through the operation.

This out-of-body experience was an expensive proposition for OLTL, but it drew high ratings and set a precedent in daytime that other shows, namely GUIDING LIGHT and ANOTHER WORLD, followed.
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WORST OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE


RUSTY SHAYNE, GUIDING LIGHT
When Rusty Shayne's heroics caused an injury that led him to death's door, he had an out-of-body experience. With Mindy wringing her hands, praying for his recovery, an unconcious Rusty saw the light at the end of the tunnel that is supposed to symbolize death. But just before Rusty could walk through that tunnel, Mindy appeared in Rusty's vision, and her love gave him the will to live. The whole business was as sappy as it sounds, one of those scenes that have viewers squirming in their seats hoping for a mercifully quick resolution. It wasn't quick enough.
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BEST MAKE BELIEVE ILLNESS


NIKKI NEWMAN, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS gets this awards in two categories. First, Nikki contracted a rare, dreaded -- and nameless, because it was pretend -- disease. In some real tearjerking scenes, she tired to come to grips with her fate. Handkerchiefs were dripping all over the place. Sound corny? It was, but it worked. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Eric Braeden (Victor) milked those scenes for all they were worth, and it paid off. Which made the next development all the more interesting. Y&R's second award is for the best make-believe pretend disease. Because after Nikki found out she was in a miraculous remission, she pretended she was still dying. It was the only way to hang on to Victor, Nikki reasoned after seeing him in an embrace with his former mistress. So Nikki morbidly ordered her coffin, arranged her funeral, wore cosmetics to make her look sickly and refused to eat in front of Victor. Behind his back, she stuffed her face and frolicked with Victor's enemy, Jack. The fun was over when Victor caught on.
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BIGGEST LETDOWN


VANESSA & ROSS, GUIDING LIGHT
GUIDING LIGHT tried to recreate the past when the wrote a reconciliation story for Vanessa and Ross. The only problem was that both characters had totally changed. Once a bitchy, spoiled brat, Vanessa matured into a still-headstrong, but compassionate character. Today's upright and wordly-wise attroney, Ross Marler, was introduced on the show as Vanessa's jilted lover from years past. Back then, Ross was brash, egotistical and hungry for power. Vanessa was his match. But as they got older, the fire went out. When their illegitimate (and secret) daughter, Dinah, surfaced, they reunited. While all the elements were in place for a terrific story, it fizzled. The performers' chemistry was sacrificed to their material. Vanessa and Ross bickered about the child. They squabbled about Vanessa's job. They got petty. instead of becoming lovers, they became parents.
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BEST FANTASY


CRUZ & EDEN, SANTA BARBARA
Even when Cruz Castillo and Eden Capwell were apart, they were reunited -- in fantasy. SANTA BARBARA wisely went on location to shoot several different sequences that aired during the pair's long separation. The outdoor setting served as a natural backdrop for romantic dreams that were touching and passioante. The direction was sensitive, the scoring subtly blended in with the action and the acting, well, by now A Martinez and Marcy Walker are quite adept at giving Cruz and Eden's love scenes a realistic feel.
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WORST FANTASY


PHILLIP & CRICKET, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
Y&R has had many memorable moments; the "Lady in Red" fantasy wasn't one of them. Unfortunately, the audience had to view this "extravaganza" not once but twice because the segment was rerun. Clad in evening wear, Phillip and Cricket were placed on a terrace to do a Fred and Ginger routine. Instead of looking like bon vivants tripping the light fantastic, the actors appeared awkward and ill-at-ease executing what should have been graceful dance movements. It was more gesture-by-numbers than anything else. Let's hope that Gene Kelly didn't see the SInging In The Rain-type finale. The fantasy was far more appropriate for someone older -- at least over twenty-one.
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BEST CONFESSIONS


NIKKI, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
M.J., ANOTHER WORLD

When the truth comes out after months -- and sometimes years -- of secrecy, the revelation itself should be devastating. In these cases, it was.

Y&R's Nikki chose to come clean with Victor over a romantic dinner that she thought signaled their reconciliation. "I have good news," Mrs. Newman began, and then told her husband she was recovering from her fatal illness. Since he already knew this, he decided to play cat and mouse with his scheming wife. A stony Victor asked her how long she'd known. While Nikki squirmed, he finessed the truth out of her, and once again, Nikki was playing by Victor's rules. Instead of winning his love, she earned his hatred, and she knew it.

ANOTHER WORLD's M.J. knew she had to tell her Irish-Catholic father exactly why her fiance stood her up at the altar. She didn't want him hearing from someone else that she had been a hooker. "I slept with men for money," she admitted, not mincing words. Her shattered father tried to white-wash her confession, but M.J. wouldn't allow it. Rather than take the easy way out and claim she had been led astray, M.J. forced Vince to face the bitter truth -- even though it almost destroyed both of them.
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BEST SUBSTITUTE


LES TREMAYNE, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Usually, when a beloved soap character needs to suddenly be recast due to illness, the audience ends up looking at a pale version of the original. GENERAL HOSPITAL proved the exception this year when David Lewis was replaced by Les Tremayne in the role of Edward Quartermaine when illness forced Lewis to take an extended medical leave. Not only did Mr. Tremayne bear an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Lewis, he also sounded like him and had his mannerisms down pat. He developed an immediate rapport with Stuart Damon and Leslie Charleson and kept the cantankerous Quartermaine family as testy as ever. While we are happy to have David Lewis back in the role, Les Tremayne is to be commended for doing an excellent job under difficult circumstances.


WORST MURDER MYSTERY


PAUL VALERE'S DEATH, GUIDING LIGHT
The details of this one are fuzzy. Some creepy guy came to Springfield with hazy connections to Johnny Bauer and Alan Spaulding. Something about an art swindle. Suddenly everyone was wishing out loud that he was dead. Next thing you knew, he was. Johnny, Alan, Alex, Christine (remember her?) -- you name them, they were accused of killing Paul Valere. Problem was, no one cared about Valere, no one cared who killed him, but everyone was subjected to a convoluted, drawn-out story that made no sense at all. When all other possiblities were exhausted, and it became apparent that this mess had to end, someone inexplicably decided to blame it all on Warren. Now Warren had never been a terrific guy, but he wasn't a crazed murderer, and he had been entertaining. The real crime here wasn't murder, it was assassination of a character, and the blame rests with whoever concocted this preposterous plot.
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