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Q I didn’t know that Rick Hearst (ex-ric, GH et al) was on DYNASTY. Who did he play? Thanks for the info. G.C., via email
A Soap vet Hearst appeared during the reboot’s first season as Senator Paul Daniels, an old friend of Blake’s who was up for re-election and was married to Melissa, played by Kelly Rutherford (ex-sam, GENERATIONS et al). It was revealed that during his days as a judge, Paul took numerous bribes from Blake so that Carrington could keep his children after his divorce from Alexis, among other things. Daniels, an arrogant, anti-immigration politician, was brought down after Cristal’s reporter friend, Rick Morales, ran an exposé detailing his numerous extramarital affairs. Q I know Michael was in prison on GH, but what was he there for and when was it? Cathy L., Miami, FL
A Michael was sent to prison because he was responsible for the death of Claudia Zacchara (he bludgeoned her with an ax). In 2010, he received a 10-year sentence, but he was released into Dante’s custody that same year. When did Ridge start hating Bill on B&B, and what caused him to start hating Bill? Michelle M., via email
A When Bill came to town in 2009, he took over Forrester Creations, and Ridge fought tooth-and-nail to reclaim his family’s business. In 2011, Bill was married to Katie but smitten with Steffy, which infuriated Ridge. However, the relationship hadn’t been consummated — yet. In 2013, Ridge returned from Paris to win Brooke back, but was crushed to learn that she had cheated with the still-married Bill. When Bill whisked Brooke to Abu Dhabi in 2014 to marry, Ridge stopped the ceremony, and Bill ordered his helicopter pilot — a disguised Justin — to dump Ridge into the Persian Gulf. Ridge was missing for days and when found, he’d suffered memory loss and an injured hand, hindering his ability to draw. When Ridge’s memory returned, he nearly dumped Bill from a copter over L.A. In 2015, Bill saw red when he learned that his niece, Caroline, had fallen for Ridge’s charms. He also resented the fact that when she got pregnant by Thomas, Ridge cajoled her into hiding the baby’s paternity. In 2016, Ridge and Brooke’s son, R.J., returned from boarding school, and Ridge bristled at the
idea of Bill becoming a stepfather to his son. Then, on the day of Brooke’s wedding to Bill, Ridge broke into Bill’s house and tried to persuade Brooke to back out. When Bill learned of it, he called off the nups. In 2017, Ridge came unglued when Bill bedded Steffy and she ended up pregnant. The baby was Liam’s, but the liaison torpedoed Liam and Steffy’s marriage, and Ridge accused Bill of taking advantage of his daughter.
I am watching THE ROMANOFFS on Amazon Prime and thought I saw one of the Jacks from DAYS in episode 3. Was that him? Allison P., White Plains, NY
A Good eye. That was indeed Mark Valley (ex-jack, 1994-97) playing Steve Lewis in the episode “House of Special Purpose”. Q The GH collectors’ edition blurb about Sean and Tiffany mentioned a custody battle with Bobbie over Lucas. I don’t remember that. Was that over her current adopted son Lucas? G.D., NY, via email
A Yes. Tiffany’s late sister, Cheryl Stansbury, is Lucas’s biological mother (his biological father is Julian Jerome). Bobbie had gotten custody of little Lucas on the black market after he was born in 1989, and was unaware of his true parentage; meanwhile, Cheryl had been told that her baby died. In 1990, Bobbie discovered the truth about Lucas’s origins and was ultimately forced to relinquish the baby to his birth mom. Cheryl was struck by a car and died in 1992, and in her will, she stipulated that she wanted Bobbie and Tony to raise Lucas. Tiffany took the Joneses to court, but the judge ruled in their favor, and they legally adopted Lucas in 1993. Q I was watching a rerun of HAPPY DAYS and thought I saw the actress who plays Dina on Y&R. Could you please find out if it was her? Thanks! J.A., via email
AYou are referring to Marla Adams and aside from being a soap opera veteran, she has also guest-starred on numerous primetime shows. Yes, the actress did appear on HAPPY DAYS, the episode first airing in January 1983.
Q When Rex came back to town on DAYS, he mentioned Cassie being stabbed and stuffed into a Thanksgiving piñata. What is he talking about? Thank you. James T., via email
AIn 2004, Rex’s twin, Cassie, uncovered the identity of the Salem Stalker and became victim No. 4 at Thanksgiving, when her bloody body fell out of a piñata. She, like the other victims of the Salem Stalker, was revealed to be alive and living on Melaswen (New Salem backwards), in 2005.
Political Drama: Soap vet Rick Hearst (ex-ric, GH et al) appeared on DYNASTY as Paul, a senator who was married to Melissa (Kelly Rutherford).
On This Island: Cassie (Alexis Thorpe) and Roman (Josh Taylor) lived to tell the tale of the Salem Stalker in 2005 on DAYS.