Recently, I read in a thread about how one of the detractors of Season 9 was the fact a lot of original cast had gone, and were replaced by a whole bunch of new characters (some who worked, some not as much ). So I got to thinking, who from the original core cast should have returned or stuck around for the ninth season, just to keep the show more familiar? Here are a few who I think could have been in Season 9: Amanda - though I would have had it so that Oxenberg was NEVER fired, and that the character remained throughout Seasons 7 and 8 (thus negating any need for Leslie). Plus, Paulsen wanted Cousin Virginia to be a "Grace Kelly" type, which we all know didn't work out. But Catherine Oxenberg could have pulled off such an act. Heck, she could have taken over Krystle's charity crusade and become like Princess Di - which she was originally based on anyway. Plus, Paulsen, being a "listening to nature" type, probably would have developed Amanda's relationship with Adam, who could finally have somebody in his corner. However, whenever I imagine Amanda in Season 8, it always ends with her leaving with Steven, revealing that she's pregnant with Jeff's baby. And I still like the idea of Jeff carrying on his father's legacy of impregnating two sisters, so perhaps Amanda could return in the 9th Season Finale, just in time to see Mummy and Dex fall off the balcony? Dana - who here wouldn't love to have seen how Paulsen would have handled her marriage to Adam? Or how he would have handled her character and her relationship with the rest of the family? Perhaps, once Linda Evans had left, Leann Hunley could have been groomed to become the new Krystle of the series. Kirby - this is an old idea, but imagine Kirby returning in Season 8 with her and Adam's secret son, just as Adam and Dana are returning from their honeymoon, and having THAT replace the Atkinson storyline. But that's for Season 8. For Season 9, I still see Kirby taking up with Jeff (after Sammy Jo breaks up with him - and NEVER gets back with him) in order to secure a "father" for her son, knowing full well it will enrage Adam. Who would then have a good reason to lash out by spreading those rumors that Jeff is banging his own sister (just *why* did Adam do that in the original series? I honestly don't remember if Adam ever had a motive then). But these are just my thoughts. What about the rest of you? Who else do you think could or should have been in the 9th season?