Daytime and Seeing Ghosts


News that Cady McClain is returning as an angelic version of Dixie on AMC reminded me of how many other times a popular character’s "ghost" or "angel" has unfortunately appeared only for said character to one day return on the flesh. 

When the deranged Orpheus caused the plane carrying beloved Days of Our Lives heroine Dr. Marlena Evans Brady (Deidre Hall) to crash in 1987, the character "died" instantly. Her ghost appeared to John (Drake Hogestyn) (whom she then believed to be her husband Roman) and encouraged him to let her go and get on with his life. Eventually, he did just that, with socialite Diana Colville (Genie Francis), Yvette and later Victor Kiriakis’ illegitimate daughter Isabella Toscano (Staci Greason), only for Marlena to return to Salem alive and well, fresh from a coma with a rocking new hairdo in ’91.

Josh Lewis (Robert Newman) was devastated when the love of his life (and his brother’s life and his father’s life) Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) drove off that fateful Florida bridge in the throes of post partum psychosis in 1990. The sassy blonde’s body wasn’t recovered and she was declared water logged, I mean dead.

Fast forward five years later, Josh is interested in then perfectly sane nurse Annie Dutton (Cynthia Watros). Just as things are starting to heat up for the couple, the vengeful spirit of Josh’s ex-wife Reva shows up to torment Bud’s new lady friend! The stint proved so popular that TPTB decided to bring Zimmer back full time, explaining that Reva had actually been sick in a coma in Amish country where she lived as amnesiac Rebecca. While she was unconscious, Reva’s spirit had traveled home to Springfield to visit her loved ones. Good things to know spirits don’t suffer from memory loss!  

During the Writers’ Strike of 1988 scab writers made the brilliant decision to kill off Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Willams) one half All My Children’s groundbreaking, hugely popular supercouple-Angie and Jesse.  Angie and Jesse’s best friend Tad Martin were both devastated. So much so that old Tad’s mind must have been playing tricks on him when Jesse’s ghost visited him in 1994 after a tornado ripped through Pine Valley, because as we all know by now, Jesse was alive and well all along. Well, Tad had bumped his head. But how does that explain Jesse being one of the friendly spirits who helped Ryan Lavery’s wife Gillian make her transition from Pine Valley to the Pearlie Gates in 2001? Sounds like these stories don’t stand a ghost of a chance when it comes to being credible! Can any of  you name any other instances of ghostly returns that later became the real thing?

 

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    daisyclover1938

    OMG! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :D

    This is really testing my memory here, but didn’t Lila used to talk to “dead” Edward? I remember her having conversations with him…and then years later he turned up alive. This is when I first started watching GH, so I could be wrong…

    And Diana Colville! That’s a character I hadn’t thought of in awhile! I remember in the 80s when they kept pairing Roman (the real Roman and John’s Roman) with women who’s names ended in “a” – Anna, Marlena, Diana, Isabella… I knew Yvette didn’t have a chance :D

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    Mike Jubinville

    What about all the current ghosts? It’s getting out of control now…Alan Quartermaine, John Abbott, Dixie Martin (to name a few). When are TPTB gonna realize we want our characters ALIVE and not dead? Having ghosts ramble around is not a consolation prize to ease our anger, its really insulting!

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    Luke Kerr

    and Mike, you’re not even counting the spirits of Rossana Cabot, John Black, Carly Corinthos, Luke Spencer, and Jesse Hubbard. All of whom have appeared as spirits to someone else or as spirits between life and death.

    This is getting out of hand.

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