Martin Peyton leaves town because of his medical condition. I didn't like to see him go, but at the same time I thought it was time for something new, something fresh. And that's exactly what I got! The first new arrival - literally and figuratively - is an impostor-or-not character: Allison MacKenzie's baby. To me personally, this story seems like a no-win situation. If Jill, the girl who brings the baby into Peyton Place, is telling the truth, then everything that happened to Allison post-disappearance is a very unsatisfactory continuation. I wish they would just let it go, especially since they already covered that part with Rachel Welles' storyline. And if Jill's lying, then it looks like a very clumsy con, although most people are more suspicious of her name: Jill Smith. And then there's the motive, or should I say: what is her motive? Of course this may be revealed at a later time. Nevertheless, it looked as if this would lead to an explosive and super-dramatic conflict between Rodney and the Carsons, and Rodney and Betty. "I'll make a home for Kelly. I'll dress her, I'll bathe her, I'll feed her. But there's one thing I can't do, not ever. I can't love her". I think that's a very soaptastic premise, and I couldn't resist flashforwarding to an imaginary Peyton Place 1983: the confrontation between Rodney's daughter and stepmother Betty. Another great angle of this storyline is that Steven Cord sees the opportunity to undermine the Harrington's rekindled romance. The Cord's divorce is far from pleasant, and he wants her back at all costs. But right now (episode 426) the dust has already settled. The baby is with the Carsons and Rodney and Betty are planning their lives as a married couple. Constance talks to Elliot about her pregnancy (in response to Allison's presumed pregnancy) and how her mother convinced her to create Mr. MacKenzie - a picture from a dime store. Suddenly I wondered, what if the man in that picture, the fake Mr. MacKenzie, would show up in Peyton Place? How mind-boggling would that be? Rita has lost her baby after a life-saving operation. I've always appreciated Norman and Rita as supporting characters and as the optimistic note in all the Peyton Place drama. But imho these characters aren't strong or interesting enough to carry their own big dramatic storyline. Rita's always had a way of shrugging things off with a simple "Okay!" so it's not very convincing that this new drama demands so much attention, and it's also not very interesting to go through the Joe Chernak history again. Eddie Jacks has turned from brilliant con man to over-protective father in order to feed this Rita-Must-Be-Happy-Again storyline. Michael Rossi's criminal brother, Joe, reminds Rita of the other Joe. Joe Rossi knows Jill from New York, actually they're ex-lovers and he believes he's Kelly's father. Seriously, what are the odds that they would end up in a tiny town like Peyton Place at the same time? Norman, who would normally avoid bums like Joe Rossi, is trying hard to befriend him. Lord knows why. After a car accident, he and Joe are rescued by Reverend Tom Winter. He looks kinda mean so I was hoping this would be the new villain. He's not, but he's married to a Lynn Anderson look-alike. Susan Winter is in the process of becoming an alcoholic because she feels neglected and also because her husband dismisses the prospect of a corporate career in her father's company. On paper, this is soap heaven, and yet it fails to engage my interest. I don't dislike it, but somehow it lacks the tension that usually derives from a domestic set-up like this. They're a really odd pairing too, and I have yet to see some chemistry between these actors. So, I'll continue to continue, hoping things will improve a little bit. And hopefully they'll go back to where the good stuff is: A king amongst soap-men!