At the start of season 5 consideration was given to Angela having a stroke. Jane Wyman didn't want this. Despite her age Angela appeared to be in good health. However Jane unfortunately had health problems and was absent in season 5 for an episode or two, then again in season 8 and for the bulk of season 9. Understandably it would have weakened the tough as old boots character if Angela had a health scare (coma aside in the final year, inflicted on her by the loathsome Charley St. James). Would you have had the all conquering matriarch in an illness storyline, before the final season? Angela talks with Pilar about the link between Troilus and Glenbraddoch, 'The Consortium'. Lance joins them in the study, to whisk away his new spouse. Angela's faithful sidekick Chao-Li has the same idea; albeit with a pot of tea, (a scene from season 8, 1988 - '89): Angela: "Oh Chao-Li she's very pretty but I just can't imagine what he sees in her?" Chao-Li: "At Lance's age that's enough and at my age too!" Angela and Chao-Li chat over tea. Angela: "Really Chao-Li!"