Classic Soaps (I'm Still) Watching Another World

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  1. Canon

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    Came across this on the tweet machine...

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    In my mind, I can see Anne Heche playing out this story as Vicky and Marley, but of course it wasn't her at this point, was it?
     
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    This was the 'reign' of Ellen Wheeler. Though Heche certainly would have done a great job, it would have ended up becoming a Vicky story rather than a Marley story. At this time in the show, Vicky was an interloper, seen as an outsider threatening the happiness of our heroine Marley (in a sense the way "Sharly" was a threat to Sharlene). This was only a year or so ahead of when I got hooked on the show, so I recognize most of the names even if the plots aren't jumping out at me.

    This is a synopsis published in Soap Opera Digest. At the time it was a bi-monthly magazine that would summarize what happened on all the soaps, though the summaries were about two weeks old by the time they got published (ah, those pre-internet days). I'm estimating this is from 1985, since they mention Brittany a lot. :D Sharon Gabet (who played Brittany) had just come off a long-term gig as Raven Whitney on The Edge of Night, and AW had hired her to jolt their ratings. Apparently she was really front burner during this two-week period.

    Brittany's friend Zane ended up becoming one of Felicia's husbands. Sally was killed off and Catlin reunited with ex-wife Brittany after she had an abusive marriage to Peter (Donna's brother). You have a pretty good idea of what happened with Cass and Kathleen, and obviously Marley and Vicky survived the bone marrow transplant. Jamie's relationship with MJ ended, obviously, just as all his relationships did :) and Larry Ewing (the town cop) was replaced first by Adam Cory, then by Ryan Harrison. Oh, and the reason Vicky had to cover up her knowledge of the Love mansion's layout? She had been impersonating her twin sister for several weeks without Donna, Peter, or the staff knowing. Jake had been "distracting" Marley (and falling in love with her) while Vicky was acting like Marley...only to have Marley fall ill and force the issue. It must have been quite fun to watch; I know I loved it when Heche played one twin pretending to be the other.
     
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    You'd never guess from where I began or the episodes I'm watching now that Marley came first. Marley often seems like the outsider, the one in the shadow of Vicky.

    From the clips you've posted, I think it would take some time to get used this take on the twins.
     
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    Marley had been around for a while as the Town Virgin/Goody-Two-Shoes before Head Writer Maggie DePriest (I think it was her) realized that Wheeler was a really talented woman who deserved to be able to play more than a two-dimensional role like Marley was at that time. We'd known Marley for a year or so without any hint of their being a twin sister out there, much less one so different from Marley. I can see why people would be unsure of whether they wanted to accept this overly made-up, overtly sexual woman into the fabric of the show, since she was rolling her eyes at heroine Marley all the time and trying to make her miserable. Wheeler, for her part, did such a good job that she won the Outstanding Ingenue (Young Actress) Emmy for 1986.

    Developing the "secret twin given away at birth" plot was a dual role for Wheeler, but moreover it was a great twist for Anna Stuart's Donna, another talented actress saddled with a rather two-dimensional role as "snobby society bitch". Remember that up to that point, Marley believed Donna was her older sister; Vicky's appearance in town blew that whole family dynamic out of the water. No one at that time knew whether this plot twist would be a success or if it would go down in flames. In the hands of a lesser actress it might have been a disaster. Vicky was MUCH more of a villainous figure when she arrived, as was Jake and even BRIDGET (who was in on their schemes to some extent). This might have been a way of creating an "out" if the story had to be scuttled. The bone marrow story that is referred to in the synopsis above did do a lot to bond Marley and Vicky, but they kept having falling-outs over various issues (like Jake) because...let's face it: they're more fun to watch arguing and fighting when you know it's all split-screen and body doubles. :)

    When Wheeler left the show, they immediately recast Vicky only--that is, actress Rhonda Lewin was hired only to play Vicky, as Marley and Jake had married and left town. Nothing had to be said about the "face change" because Wheeler and Lewin were never on screen together. Lewin's Vicky lasted less than a year, and Anne Heche was hired right out of high school to first play Vicky, and then later to bring Marley back, too. So there were periods of time when we only got to see one twin or the other, which may have helped change the perceptions of which twin was 'dominant' if that's the best term.
     
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    And Vicky, let's face it, became the dominant twin because
    Marley fell victim to the overused-but-familiar soap trope--inability to bear children, which means almost certain character stagnation.
     
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