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SOD Best & Worst -- 1998
Topic Started: Nov 28 2009, 04:49 PM (1,632 Views)
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WORST EXIT


BRENDA, GENERAL HOSPITAL


When news broke of Vanessa Marcil's departure after nearly six years of playing Brenda, speculation as to just how the popular character would disappear from Port Charles grew fast and furious. Enter Brenda's presumed-dead mother, Veronica.

Loopy (although Brenda didn't know it), Veronica ultimately served as the vehicle for getting Brenda off the show. In what was supposed to be a gasp-inducing "death" scene, Veronica caused the car in which she and Brenda were riding to veer off a cliff while Jax watched high above from a helicopter. Dramatic? Yes. Shocking? No.

But what was even more disappointing was the aftermath of Brenda's demise. There was no moving funeral service, just flashback montages and an unseen memorial that various townspeople attended - but not Brenda's best friend, Lois, or her former love, Sonny. While we must give kudos to Ingo Rademacher for providing dramatic color to Jax's anguish over losing his beloved, fans felt robbed of the chance to say good-bye themselves, and that was a crying shame.
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MOST SHOCKING PLOT TWIST


TERI IS ANNIE, GUIDING LIGHT


Outrunning the law was always Annie's favorite pastime, so when S.F.P.D. sex crimes expert Teri DeMarco started hanging with the Coopers at Wheels & Meals, we naturally assumed that nutty Nurse Dutton would be the last person to stop in for a quick bite. But it turns out that Annie was hungrier than we thought - for revenge. As Annie's re-entry into town slowly became public knowledge, Reva and Josh became closer to Teri. Reva even enlisted the officer's help in capturing her nemesis. Little did they (or we) know, Teri was Annie, magnificently made over after parachuting into a plastic surgeon's office last spring. The stunning revelation, made all the better by GL's unprecedented efforts to keep Teri's true identity under wraps, bore out what we've been saying for years: Nobody cops an attitude like Annie Dutton.
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Nov 28 2009, 06:46 PM
MOST SHOCKING PLOT TWIST


TERI IS ANNIE, GUIDING LIGHT


Outrunning the law was always Annie's favorite pastime, so when S.F.P.D. sex crimes expert Teri DeMarco started hanging with the Coopers at Wheels & Meals, we naturally assumed that nutty Nurse Dutton would be the last person to stop in for a quick bite. But it turns out that Annie was hungrier than we thought - for revenge. As Annie's re-entry into town slowly became public knowledge, Reva and Josh became closer to Teri. Reva even enlisted the officer's help in capturing her nemesis. Little did they (or we) know, Teri was Annie, magnificently made over after parachuting into a plastic surgeon's office last spring. The stunning revelation, made all the better by GL's unprecedented efforts to keep Teri's true identity under wraps, bore out what we've been saying for years: Nobody cops an attitude like Annie Dutton.
Shockingly stupid!
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MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT


REVA'S CLONE, GUIDING LIGHT


Step aside, Brent/Marian! GL has a new exhibit in the Preposterous Plot Hall of Fame - and it beats the cross-dressing homicidal maniac, hands down. Just for fun, Reva secretly froze some of her eggs a while back. And it's a good thing, too, 'cause when she "died" last spring, Josh simply gave them to physical therapist/cloning pioneer Michael, and...presto! Instant Reva (just add growth serum and stir). Exactly how Michael produced a baby out of an egg and some Miracle Gro in the low-tech Spaulding lab, then raised it to full (im)maturity in under a month, we're not sure. But in this case, we're grateful GL kept things vague. At least it spared us the scene where a pubescent Dolly wakes up and realizes that she sprouted Reva's generous bosom overnight.
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Nov 28 2009, 06:47 PM
Mason
Nov 28 2009, 06:46 PM
MOST SHOCKING PLOT TWIST


TERI IS ANNIE, GUIDING LIGHT
Shockingly stupid!
LoL, it wouldn't have been as bad if boring Signy Coleman hadn't been cast as Annie. God, what a terrible choice!
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Nov 28 2009, 06:51 PM
Kenny
Nov 28 2009, 06:47 PM
Mason
Nov 28 2009, 06:46 PM
MOST SHOCKING PLOT TWIST


TERI IS ANNIE, GUIDING LIGHT
Shockingly stupid!
LoL, it wouldn't have been as bad if boring Signy Coleman hadn't been cast as Annie. God, what a terrible choice!
They only chose her because she looks like a victim of bad plastic surgery, LoL.
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BEST CONTINUITY


HOPE'S MISSING YEARS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES


It seemed plausible that we would never get any inklings as to what happened to Hope in the four years that she was presumed dead. This is DAYS OF OUR LIVES, after all, where story points are often left unexplained. (How exactly does that chip in Vivian's tooth work?) But instead of ignoring the past, DAYS used it as a spring-board for an intriguing story that reaches far beyond Salem. The long-arc plotline, which has unfolded over the last six months, has answered every burning question about Hope's odyssey: Who was in the cage when it exploded over the vat of acid? Greta. Why was Hope called Gina when we first saw her in 1994? Stefano programmed her to act like Princess Gina. Where was Hope for all those years? Well...we're still waiting on that one. Even better? The reveals are far from over. DAYS is finally realizing that although outlandish tales are fun to watch, it's the ones closer to home (and show history) that really make it must-see TV.
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Nov 28 2009, 06:56 PM
BEST CONTINUITY


HOPE'S MISSING YEARS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES


It seemed plausible that we would never get any inklings as to what happened to Hope in the four years that she was presumed dead. This is DAYS OF OUR LIVES, after all, where story points are often left unexplained. (How exactly does that chip in Vivian's tooth work?) But instead of ignoring the past, DAYS used it as a spring-board for an intriguing story that reaches far beyond Salem. The long-arc plotline, which has unfolded over the last six months, has answered every burning question about Hope's odyssey: Who was in the cage when it exploded over the vat of acid? Greta. Why was Hope called Gina when we first saw her in 1994? Stefano programmed her to act like Princess Gina. Where was Hope for all those years? Well...we're still waiting on that one. Even better? The reveals are far from over. DAYS is finally realizing that although outlandish tales are fun to watch, it's the ones closer to home (and show history) that really make it must-see TV.
Oh please. That story was wretched, LoL. (Well... not so wretched compared to the crap we get now, but you know what I mean.)
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DUMBEST CHARACTERS


THE WOMEN OF BEACH, SUNSET BEACH


The sun always shines brightly at the BEACH, so why are all the women walking around with their heads in the clouds?

Attention, Vanessa: Open your eyes! Virginia is not your friend. She "gave" you Martin's Syndrome and raped you with a kitchen utensil. Stop trusting her!

Yoo hoo, Gabi: The reason Father Antonio leers at you all the time and acts "odd" is because he's got the hots for you.

Pssst...Meg: Not a good idea to invite your fiance's gorgeous first wife to move in with you and your betrothed!

Yo, Maria: You remember how to make huevos rancheros, but you can't remember your own identity? We're not buying it.

Hey, Caitlin: How dumb are you? You've heard Mom slip dozens of times now, referring to herself as Trey's mother. Let's review: You know your mother was pregnant at the same time you were. You know Annie somehow acquired Trey as an infant for you to raise. C'mon girlfriend, you can put this one together.

Attention, BEACH execs: Beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive.
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MOST TORTURED COUPLE


HAYLEY AND MATEO, ALL MY CHILDREN


It's amazing that tragic twosome Hayley and Mateo can muster the energy to get out of bed! After years of dodging danger, the Santoses finally seemed settled into a life of wedded bliss. Wrong! Psycho Jim tried to keep the couple from snooping 'round his doorstep by poisoning them with carbon monoxide, which caused Mateo to fall into a coma. He pulled through, only to be plagued by visions foretelling a gruesome death for Hayley.

Of course, Mateo was right. Enter psycho No. 2. Unbeknownst to the pair, their new pal, "John", was really Lee, a violent nut from Adam's past determined to kill his foe's daughter. Thanks to Lee's plotting, Hayley and Mateo lost their home and business in explosions, and eventually, Lee wound up poisoning Hayley with a toxic tattoo. That little gift caused liver problems, dashing her dreams of motherhood. If that wasn't bad enough, Raquel, the first wife that Mateo failed to mention, showed up. Turns out she's still married to Mateo and has the one thing Hayley can't give him - an adorable son. Sigh. If these two snap and open fire at the Valley Inn, we certainly won't point fingers.
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MOST SURPRISING COUPLE


NEIL AND VICTORIA, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


When Victoria Rowell left the role of Drucilla, it could have spelled l-i-m-b-o for her co-star Kristoff St. John (Neil). Instead, Y&R threw Neil into his work, which put him in close proximity to Victoria, who had just split from her own spouse, Cole. They fell in love. It was fun to watch Neil get all nervous around Vicky's dad, Victor, who is the Newman in Newman Enterprises. It was fun to watch Olivia try to protect her sister's turf, even though Dru seems gone for good. But what was most fun - refreshing, actually - was watching this romance unfold with no attention paid to the skin colors of this pair. Yes, he's black, she's white - so what? Many fans were more troubled by Neil falling for another career woman after the debacle with workaholic Dru than they were by him dating someone who didn't look like him. And that was the best surprise of all.
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MOST REJUVENATED FAMILY


THE SPECTRAS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL


For a while, we thought their name was Specter instead of Spectra because sightings of Sally, Macy and C.J. were so few and far between. Happily, that seems to be changing with what Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell has proclaimed to be the restrengthening of the Spectra clan.

This family has never been defined by their lack of income. Rather, it was Sally's need for respect from those high and mighty Forresters that left her dissed, deprived and driven to extreme measures to succeed. But as we've been reminded lately, the Spectras are like the Forresters in that they're a tight-knit clan that pulls together in a crisis.

The Spectra resurgence is tied to the ingenious addition of Myles (who is really Adam, Sally's ex and Macy's dad). He secretly provided funds to keep Sally's company afloat and came to the rescue when Macy attempted suicide. With C.J. getting more entwined in the triangle of Rick/Amber/Kimberly (Myles's other daughter), 1999 could be a vintage year for the Spectra family.
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MOST REJUVENATED CHARACTER


CASS WINTHROP, ANOTHER WORLD


Cass's portrayer, Stephen Schnetzer, said it best: For a long time, Cass wasn't just on the back-burner - he fell off the stove. But this year, from the Embers in the Snow mystery to his budding, barbed romance with Southern charmer Lila, to his dealing with the Lumina Corporation, Cass came back with full force.

AW's scribes are finally writing to the character's strengths (witty repartee, silent longing, strong heroics) and giving Schnetzer material that he can sink his teeth into and deliver with believablility and (natch) gallons of charm. The return from storyline Siberia isn't an easy trek, but it's one that AW viewers are cheering. One of Bay City's most entertaining citizens, Cass still turns our heads, makes us laugh and leaves us wanting even more. Sure, he's been around for over 16 years, but we hope he's only just begun to realize his full potential.
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BEST USE OF A DISASTER


THE SINKING OF THE VALETTA, AS THE WORLD TURNS


ATWT obviously didn't spend what SUNSET BEACH did on its disaster, but they achieved something much more enduring when the Valetta went down: great story.

Aside from the instant gratification of visits by old faves Penny and Ellen, the party showcased a hurt and vengeful David's last hurrah in Oakdale society when he cruelly jilted Molly at the altar before supposedly going down with the ship. Also that night: Holden gave the first indication of the lengths he would go to to protect his family...Emily stepped up her plan to win Tom...Margo and Eddie were thrown together one last time...Camille and Brad got stranded and solidified their bond...And James and Lucinda forged a tentative new "friendship". In fact, the events of that one evening resonate in every storyline playing today - now that's planning ahead.

The shipwreck may not have looked like that other one, but it served the story, which is all that really matters. On daytime, the effects are only special when backed by compelling drama.
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WORST USE OF A DISASTER


SHOCKWAVE, SUNSET BEACH


Don't get us wrong, we loved the special effects. But we have to ask - why bother spending all that money if you're not going to write a story to go with it?

BEACH reeled us in with flashy preview promos that predicted ominously, "Not everyone will survive." True, if you count the Richardses' maid, Lourdes, a hospital nurse and bit players Bruce, Philip and Melinda, who actually returned sans leg a few weeks later. No one cared about these peripheral people, certainly not the denizens of BEACH, who weren't even remotely affected by their gruesome deaths. Not a single funeral was held; not a tear was shed.

On the bright side, BEACH smartly paired archenemies Olivia/Annie, Gregory/A.J., Vanessa/Virginia and Michael/Tyus in harrowing predicaments that required them to join forces for survival. But once the ground stopped rumbling, all battles picked up exactly where they left off. No relationships were altered as a result of this disaster, leaving only damaged sets - and alas, no lives - in need of reconstruction.
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BEST SECRET


AMANDA'S PAST, MELROSE PLACE


We knew there had to be a reason why Amanda became such a b...b...itch! Leave it to MP to tell why in its seventh season. Here's what we've learned so far: On the first episode, Matt died, leaving behind a journal filled with secrets about each of the old-time complex-dwellers. The entry on Amanda was so shocking that she tore out the page and burned it. We saw a grainy flashback of a man seemingly falling to his death. Before long, ex-con Eve blew into town whispering about a 15-year-old scandal that she and Amanda vowed to keep under wraps. When Kyle demanded answers, we learned what all the fuss was about. In high school, Amanda was attacked and nearly raped by a jock. Eve intervened and pushed the guy off the bleachers. Eve got 15 years behind bars, and Amanda got off scot-free. But the mystery's not over, as Peter begins probing into new wife Eve's murky past. In late January, Amanda will have a run-in with a vindictive member of the dead boy's family. This is getting good!
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BEST FRIENDS


LUCKY/LIZ/EMILY/NIKOLAS, GENERAL HOSPITAL


Last year, we bestowed "Worst Teen Story" honors on Port Charles's adolescents because Lucky, Liz, Emily and Nikolas were slogging away in a "teenage wasteland." Happily, they've been rewarded with a story that has created several beautiful friendships.

Lucky and Liz's tender bond grew from a despicable act (her rape by an unknown assailant). Lucky's compassion and commitment, and Liz's corresponding trust, could teach a few adults how to behave.

The relationship between estranged half-brothers Nikolas and Lucky has been extremely satisfying. Though separated by years of discord and distance, they worked side by side to nail Emily's blackmailer, and ultimately, Liz's rapist, finding out along the way that they filled a need in each other's lives that only a sibling can. And with this caper came the first real female friendship that Liz and Emily have known.

Judging by the strong ties the group has forged, it won't be the end of the road for this compelling quartet. At least in '98, they were given license to drive - hard.
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BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT


LINDA DANO, ANOTHER WORLD


The year started out so promising for Linda Dano's Felicia. One of her early novels, Embers in the Snow, was the springboard for a seriocomic mystery that kept everyone on their toes for several weeks and excited viewers. But Embers died and the plot became just another example of Carl's descent into madness.

Since then, how we've missed our beloved Felicia, who stands around listening to other people's problems. Zzzz. Some of the best scenes on AW involve the light bantering between Felicia and her best buddy, Cass. While we do like him with Lila, that relationship has reduced Felicia's presence.

Glamorous, glib, with a heart of gold, Felicia and her portrayer deserve a better fate. Felicia's purpose isn't to call people "darling" and wave a feather boa. If Cass can have adventures and love interests, so can she. Consigning Emmy-winner Dano to supporting status is a felony that Felicia would never force one of her storybook villains to commit.
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BEST PSYCHO


DINAH MARLER, GUIDING LIGHT


Be it unsafe sex, stolen medication or arson, there's just no risk Dinah won't take - even though her schemes invariably backfire and she has yet to truly learn her lesson. (May we enter her recent miscarriage and disfigurements as exhibits A and B?) Such resilience in a soap character could seem cartoonish under different circumstances, but in Dinah's case, it's very clear that everything she does is organically rooted in her innate abandoment issues. Feeling unloved has deflated her sense of personal worth to the point where she no longer really cares about her own well-being. The result is a fascinating study in contradictions: a beautiful, insecure, intelligent, delusional villainess who doesn't realize that, despite her bottomless paranoia, she's really her own worst enemy.
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WORST PSYCHOS


GEORGIE AND BARBARA, ONE LIFE TO LIVE


Too many kooks spoil the soup. Which begs the question: Why did OLTL bring on two loco ladies with Fatal Attraction things going? Consider: Georgie, a law student with a promising career ahead of her, became obsessed with Bo. Barbara, a successful nurse, slept with Kevin - who was engaged to Cassie - and became infatuated. Georgie reached out with a telephone and bloodied roomie Rachel, then threatened to kill her - but Rachel permanently disconnected Georgie instead. Barbara went insane after Kevin ditched her and tried to murder him. Instead, the bullet killed Drew and paralyzed Cassie.

The biggest gripe with all this, um, craziness? These chicks were practically carbon copies. There was one difference: Georgie was evil from start to finish, while Babs did an about-face and repented, thanks to the love of Joey. These days, Cassie, who knows what Barbara did, is tormenting the RN. Consequence: We are supposed to feel sorry for Barbara, not Cassie. Now that's crazy.
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