I've frequently thought about Jenna Wade, and the three different actresses that played her. For several years now, I've been a fan of Morgan Fairchild, and I was quite eager to see what she did with Jenna when she first popped back up in Texas in 1978. Of course, she was one beautiful woman, and I felt she had the bite the character needed. Jenna was suppose to be a threat to Pamela and Bobby's union, and Morgan was certainly the actress to add the proper fuel to that fire. But, as we all know, her tenure lasted just one episode. In 1980, actress Francine Tacker stepped into the role. She appeared in two episodes during the show's third season (per DVD count), but her impact seems to almost forgotten in my mind. Looking back at it now, Tacker seems to have had a similar vixen type aurora about her, but she lacked the looks to match that persona. Or that's what I thought at least. I'm not saying that Tacker wasn't an attractive woman, but she didn't seem right for the role. And that, when considering TV shows, is the most critical thing---the casting. Priscilla Presley, the King of Rock-n-Roll's wife, got the part in 1983, this time as a series regular. Priscilla, as many I'm sure would agree, was a quite physically desirable woman, but she ended up wrong for the role overall. Her first handful of episodes, as I recall, seemed to show some promise that she would be the vindictive femme fatale I always imagined she would be, but it didn't pan out that way. Priscilla, I'm afraid, didn't possess that within her to play a character such as that, and so it wasn't long that Bobby and Jenna were merely Bobby and Pamela, but with different names and in different situations. That's the way I saw them at least. Jenna became goody-goody, and I never bought into that. I never imagined her becoming so soft, but she did. I've always wished, especially after Jenna was brought on full-time, that Morgan Fairchild would have been the one to fill those shoes. But it didn't happen. Fairchild was a busy actress back in those days, and oddly enough never seemed to have great success in a long-running role. Perhaps Francine Tacker had to tackle the part because Fairchild was on Flamingo Road at the time, and maybe Priscilla got the opportunity because Fairchild was tied up with Paper Dolls. I'm sure the former has more cause to be true than the latter; I tend to believe that CBS hired Priscilla more for her name and the publicity that came with it, rather than her ability to play the part as written. At the same time, however, Fairchild may not have been interested in returning to a role that another actress had already "succeeded" her in. Who knows?