Days of Our Lives’ Hortons Gear Up For Bittersweet Christmas



TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan has a touching article in the publication’s Dec. 6-12, 2010 issue about Salem’s bittersweet first Christmas without two of the 45-year-old soap operas beloved original characters, Alice "Gram" Horton (the late Frances Reid) and her son Mickey (most notably played by John Clarke).

It was hard when we shot the Christmas episodes [airing December 24 and 27] because the Horton living room felt so empty," says fan fave Melissa Reeves, who recently returned to the soap as Alice’s granddaughter Jennifer Rose after a four-year absence."

Now before you take out your Christmas-themed Kleenex boxes, take heart. According to the article, the remaining Hortons in Salem (minus Hope who will be on the run with Bo) will gather to hang the Horton ornaments. Okay, scratch that. Grab your tissues, because I just did!

Watching the hanging of the Horton ornaments with my own late grandparents, who raised me, was as much a part of my family’s Christmas traditions each year as Rudolph, Frosty and Borden’s Egg Nog spiked with Jack Daniels. It will be really hard  to see those eppys without Gram. Jennifer Rose being on my screen will definitely help, even if my Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) is on some walk-about!  For more on how Reeves is coping with the loss of Reid on set, pick up your copy of TV Guide on newstands now.

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    naughtytomato

    Yes, it’s the first official Christmas without Salem’s grandma Alice. Even though the character has not been seen for a few Christmases now, or Micky’s character for that matter. With so few Horton’s left, and Hope out of the picture, it’s great Melissa Reeves Jennifer is back.

    We will see how Days handles it. They really need to go as traditional and ‘retro’ as they can.

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    AlistairCrane

    Days screwed Melissa Reeves over in 2000 when they brought Jennifer back without Jack and it looks like they haven’t learned from their mistake. Remember the awful Colin and Brandon mess that spun out of that decision? Fire the lousy Shelley Hening and Molly Burnett and put Matthew Ashford on contract!! Sometimes it feels like the powers that be at Days are mentally incompetent.

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    salemite44

    I am looking forward to the Horton Christmas. However, should I be? This show has turned into a show of let downs and missed opportunities. There are so many problems that I don’t even know where to begin. First of all, let me say that I am a fan that has watched from early childhood. I know what this show is capable of. With a few exceptions (Kristen Blake and also Alice’s death storyline mainly) it has been on a steady decline since about 1995.

    There are TOO many love triangles. Affairs on “Days of Our Lives” used to mean something. They were emotional. They were powerful. Remember when Marlena was forced by a looming Stefano to reveal her infidelity to Roman with John at Belle’s Christening? There is no way they could to that now. Do you know why? Because EVERYONE has affairs monthly. It’s getting ridiculous. Fans aren’t even given a chance to get invested in a couple before someone is hopping in bed with someone else and all so there can be the predictable “Who’s the Daddy?” storyline. (Think Daniel/Chloe/Phillip.) Another example is Brady and Nicole. Brady was with Arianna all the while Nicole wanted him. Now that Nicole has him, before they have even made it official the writers are clearly trying to put E.J. into the mix. Honestly, I couldn’t care less who is paired with who I just think they need to give fans a chance to adjust to a couple and grow to like them before spicing things up with cheating.

    Can we please go back in time and re-write history so Sami only has Will? I’m not usually about re-writing history but Sami has way too many children. And the plots keep centering on them! I miss insecure and scheming Sami not this blubbering neurotic mess of a maternal figure that is so boring and shoved down our throats.

    NO MORE NEW FAMILIES (and characters.) As far as I’m concerned E.J., the whole Hernandez clan and most of the younger crowd can get into a car and drive off never to be seen or heard from again. These people are NOT “Days of Our Lives.” They are not the characters that most fans have a connection to and care about. Focus on the veterans. I know the networks want to reel in younger viewers by focusing on young characters but the truth is soaps are going away. As much as we want them to stay around forever they aren’t. So why not stay true to DOOL and focus on Victor, Maggie, John, Marlena, Carly, Vivian, Kate, Stefano, Abe, Lexie, Roman, Caroline, Sami etc.? And bring back favorites that are staples! As far as I’m concerned Laura Horton BELONGS in Salem as does Marie, Austin, Carrie, Celeste, Shane, Kimberly etc.

    GO OUTSIDE! I’m so tired of the cheap looking sets. And why do they look this way? They sure didn’t in the 80s and 90s. I guess budget cuts have called for drastic measures because some of these sets look like they were constructed by high school drama club students. Why don’t they film outside sometimes like they used to? If it’s an issue of cost, then fire some of the actors that no body cares about seeing and use it for higher quality production. There is a reason that soaps get made fun of. Why aren’t they willing to change that?

    These are just a few example of what I think could be done to improve DOOL. These are only my opinions. I know not everyone will feel the way that I do about the show or characters. I just had to express my thoughts.

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    Brando628

    Salemite, I agree with you 100 percent. The ONLY thing I’m even looking forward to now is Vivian’s revenge and I’m sure Dena and Ken will find a way to really F*** that up. It needs to be revenge “Cruise of Deception” style, but I’m sure nothing will even happy. God I hope they prove me wrong.

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    Nathang1983

    I don’t see them getting rid of Rafe or EJ. The writers seem to think the show revolves around them and Sami. I wouldn’t mind if they get rid of Vivian though. She’s really pissing me off this time around, and not in a good way. I just find her an annoying shrew. Not entertaining at all. I hope Kate, Victor, etc. win against Vivian when the time comes. I’ve had it with her not paying the price for her crazy sh*t.

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    AlistairCrane

    Vivian is a relic of the 90s. She just doesn’t fit in with Days anymore. She could have worked during the Salem Stalker storyline when the show was darker, but now she just stands out like a sore thumb.

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    Brando628

    Vivian would be fine EVEN TODAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH if the current writers knew how to write her. HOW can anyone say anyone only fits in in the 90s?? That’s like saying Bo, Hope, Steve, Kayla, etc only fit in in the 80s. Part of what’s wrong with modern soaps is the fans! And all the bulls*** they demand. Eyerolls to all of you commenting negatively on Vivian.

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    AlistairCrane

    Not bringing back Ivan was a stupid mistake. He was always there for Vivian’s wild antics in the 90s and helped make Vivian likable.

    But the fact remains, Days moved on from Vivian after she left in February 2000, so now her return is liking trying to fit a square into a circle. Fire her.

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    salemite44

    Vivian is one of the VERY few reasons I even tune in any more. I agree that the writing for her isn’t up to par. It’s not what it used to be. But the actress and the character are both incredible and when she leaves the show there is a chance that I’ll have to tune out.

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    Nathang1983

    I think they should fire her too, Alistair. I loved Vivian before, but if they are going to write her getting the upper hand in revenge, then that’s it. I’m done with the character. Frankly, I would feel better about the whole situation if she hadn’t of buried Maggie alive. It was morbid, inappropriate, and a load of bullsh*t. Victor, Kate, and crew should arrange to have her carted off to a mental hospital, if not jail.

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    AlistairCrane

    The current Vivian is a really bad caricature of Bonnie Lockhart. Fire Viv and use the money to bring Jack Deveraux back full time.

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    salemite44

    May I just point out that Vivian hasn’t done a damned thing since she returned. I am EXCITED for her revenge. Aside from the very brief entombment of Maggie, she hasn’t even DONE anything. You people act like she’s had the upper hand the entire time she’s been back.

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    Brando628

    You guys are ridiculous if you think Vivian shouldn’t be on screen and half of the others should??? Like Nathan, Melanie, Chloe, Daniel, Chad, Gabi??????? They should go before an amazing veteran talent like Louise Sorel.

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    Nathang1983

    I wouldn’t say that Vivian is only for the 90s, but look at who’s writing the show vs. who was writing for the show in the 90s. James Reilly was wayyyyyyyy out there compared to Dena Higley. Higley is uncreative and boring. Reilly, although outlandish and tiresome, was creative and sometimes entertaining. I like the realism of Days as of late, but it is boring and repetative sometimes.
    So, I wouldn’t say Vivian is a relic of the 90s, but one from a different era. Reilly era vs. Higley era. You’re right, Brando. The current writers don’t know how to write for her. They’ve taken her to immature, murderous (in a real sense of the word) whackjob, whereas in her last tenure she was comic relief and, I believe, a very original character. Why don’t they ever say anything about what happened to Ivan, or, for that matter, what happened to all of her lottery money? I think because they are too busy trying to make her a caricature of her past.

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    jackjennfan

    I haven’t watched Days regularly in several years, but I always tune in around Christmas for the Horton ornament hanging. It’s one of the most special traditions in soaps. This Christmas will definitely be sad without Alice there. I keep hoping Days will find a way to get its heart back.

    And nothing would make my Christmas better than having Jack back in Salem with Jennifer (and some good writers!)

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    Brando628

    Thanks for taking time to explain yourself Nathang. I just don’t think calling for her to be fired is either nice or constructive. She deserves better than those opinions and what the show is giving her to do.

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    AlistairCrane

    Brando, you need to remember that just because YOU like Vivian doesn’t mean everyone else likes her as well. Get her off my screen!

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    Nathang1983

    [quote=Brando628]You guys are ridiculous if you think Vivian shouldn’t be on screen and half of the others should??? Like Nathan, Melanie, Chloe, Daniel, Chad, Gabi??????? They should go before an amazing veteran talent like Louise Sorel.[/quote]
    I agree, Brando. They should get rid of those you mentioned first. I’m just saying that if they continue to write her the way they are now, then I will not continue to enjoy this character. It will be painful to watch.
    Trust me, Brando, I love the character of Vivian. Louise Sorel is a terrific actress and actually has made this character tolerable in bad times. I’m just tired of the current characterization of Vivian.

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    AlistairCrane

    Vivian’s hogging up airtime that should go to other characters who deserve it—–like Bradys and Hortons such as Jack and Carrie. Get rid of Vivian—-her antics are tired and best left in the 90s. There is no longer room for Vivian on Days of Our Lives.

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    AlistairCrane

    If you didn’t like Passions, Brando, then my opinion of you is even lower now than it ever was before. What does that even have to do with this? Keep in mind you wouldn’t even have your precious “Aunt Viv” without the creator of Passions. Please FOAD. Thanks very much! :D

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    Brando628

    Thanks Nathang. If I’ve sounded testy at all, I’m sorry. I normally don’t get this way. It’s just that Alastair Crane is very rude and hateful and has gotten my blood boiling today. Vivian is my all-time favorite character. And I’m already hurt that they aren’t writing her well. And when I see someone calling for her to be FIRED, it upsets me. Anyway, I just wanted to apologize to you for letting someone who is clearly here to upset people upset me.

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    Nathang1983

    Blehhhh. I hated Bonnie Lockhart. She was one of the worst characters Days ever created. Awful. Mimi annoyed the crap out of me, but at least she was redeemable. Judi Evans made that character almost tolerable. Almost! :)

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    Brando628

    Alastair Crane, you’re not even good at insulting people. I wouldn’t have Vivian without with JER, you’re right. But to refer to him as the creator of Passions first is ridiculous. He created Vivian before he created Passions. You don’t make sense.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=salemite44]“How do I say this? Passions was so antithetical to what a soap was.”
    -Ken Corday[/quote]

    That’s the quote that made me want to k*** Ken Corday. He proved he was an idiot who couldn’t quite “get” Passions or what it was. Passions was poking fun at soaps—that’s probably why that Corday fucker hated it.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Brando628]Alastair Crane, you’re not even good at insulting people. I wouldn’t have Vivian without with JER, you’re right. But to refer to him as the creator of Passions first is ridiculous. He created Vivian before he created Passions. You don’t make sense.[/quote]

    The entire series of Passions was much bigger than one small character on Days. :D

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    Brando628

    Alastair, I can tell there’s no point in going on with you. Our brains aren’t on the same level (and please take that any way you want it — even the way you’re going to; I don’t care).

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    AlistairCrane

    Brando, thanks for letting me know I got your blood boiling. I didn’t know I had that kind of power over you!!! ;-)

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Brando628]F*** Jack Deveraux and f*** Matthew Ashford. I’d rather Jennifer be with Peter Blake. Or at least a Mark Valley Jack.[/quote]

    Seriously? Did you drop acid today?

    Your first mistake was rooting against a supercouple (Matt and Missy’s Jackiffer), but to wish Valley or Peter Blake on her? Disgusting. Next you’ll be clamoring for the return of Stephanie Cameron.

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    AlistairCrane

    Days, listen up! Fire Vivian to make room for Matthew Ashford’s Jack and right the wrongs you’ve made over the past year (bringing back Sorel, bringing back Reeves without Ashford).

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    Brando628

    Alastair, I’m not one of those people who try to pretend people can’t get under my skin. Anyone who acts like people don’t have the power to do that are lying. But the fact that people like you TRY to do that and GET OFF ON IT are disgusting. So that’s the bottom line. I’m going to go watch all the different times Jack Deveraux was killed off and masturbate to it.

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    Brando628

    Hahahhaha. I had actually planned to argue with you more. Until I saw you write “Jackiffer.” But that dumb word you created proved to me you aren’t worth my time.

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    Nathang1983

    I’m sorry, but Passions was awful for the very reason that it made fun of soaps. That’s what the genre was about, and that’s why it was never very popular. You don’t mock the genre and expect to be popular.

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    Nathang1983

    I agree, Salemite. The majority of Reilly’s storylines on Days were entertaining, fun, and original. There were no talking dolls and 400-year-old witches on Days, thank God!!!!!!! :)

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    Brando628

    Yep. We all know Reilly had actually gone kind of crazy and became a recluse during his Passions days. I think his mental state showed through with that crazy show. But that’s not saying I didn’t respect him. He created some of my favorite Days characters.

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    Nathang1983

    That’s okay, Brando. Apparently people do it all the time on message boards. I remember during the Salem Stalker storyline, I got so worked up about a poster constantly making comments about wanting Alice to die that I almost got banned, as did he. :bigsmile:

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    Brando628

    Nathang, Do you belong in any Days forums or facebook? I’d love to talk Days with you. Despite that first disagreement, I think we might have a lot of things to agree on.

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    Nathang1983

    Brando: I don’t post on any other soap websites besides this one. It’s the only website I go to for soap news. I think I quit reading Soap Opera Network after the spat and they changed the format, if I remember right.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=salemite44]@Alistair James Reilly wrote DRASTICALLY different when he created “Aunt Viv” than when he created “Passions.”[/quote]

    Wrong. Passions is very much like JER’s 1992-97 Days. Tabitha is similar to mid-90s Vivian.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Nathang1983]That’s okay, Brando. Apparently people do it all the time on message boards. I remember during the Salem Stalker storyline, I got so worked up about a poster constantly making comments about wanting Alice to die that I almost got banned, as did he. :bigsmile:[/quote]

    And then she did die, and her death scene was brilliant even though it turned out a couple of months later that she was alive.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Nathang1983]I agree, Salemite. The majority of Reilly’s storylines on Days were entertaining, fun, and original. There were no talking dolls and 400-year-old witches on Days, thank God!!!!!!! :)[/quote]

    So you have a problem with witches and living dolls but not MarDevil? GMAFB.

    Passions was the most fun, entertaining and original soap opera created in the last 25 years. It was satirical, poked fun at soaps and took the piss out of fans and creators who took themselves waaaaay too seriously. Kudos to Reilly for always being a genius!

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Nathang1983]I’m sorry, but Passions was awful for the very reason that it made fun of soaps. That’s what the genre was about, and that’s why it was never very popular. You don’t mock the genre and expect to be popular.[/quote]

    That’s where you’re wrong. Passions was EXTREMELY popular with young adults. The old fogies who got offended by Passions were NEVER its target audience!!! Passions was something fresh and new for young people who only knew soaps as the trashy drivel their grandmas watched.

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    AlistairCrane

    [quote=Brando628]Yep. We all know Reilly had actually gone kind of crazy and became a recluse during his Passions days. I think his mental state showed through with that crazy show. But that’s not saying I didn’t respect him. He created some of my favorite Days characters.[/quote]

    Actually, since Passions was his own creation, JER was able to let loose and write Passions the way Days should have been written all along.

    Thank GOD for Passions, the best and last new soap opera.

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    tylerbo20

    vivian is the only reason i watch days without deidre hall…and anyone saying fire vivian and use that money for jack…well i hate to break it to you but there doesnt seem to be a money problem with the recent hiring of Melissa Reeves, The new abby, and the lady from titanic and the new doctor coming and carrie’s return. why bring back jack deveraux who will be written like a clown.

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    AlistairCrane

    Who says Jack will be written like a clown? That was previous writers.

    Clown or not, Jack should be back. Jennifer needs her husband. They are a supercouple. Fans won’t accept her with any man other than Jack, so it’s ridiculous to keep him off the show.

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    Soap_Stud

    I have always enjoyed the hanging of the Horton Christmas ornaments. I think this year will be sad. I am happy Jennifer is back in Salem and that Abby will be joining her. I do wish Matt Ashford’s Jack would return, but I just think the writers aren’t ready yet. I do believe Jack will return to Salem eventually. I read the TV guide article. There is a beauitful picture of Maggie, Bill, Julie, and Cierra.

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    Brando628

    [quote=AlistairCrane]Clown or not, Jack should be back. Jennifer needs her husband. They are a supercouple. Fans won’t accept her with any man other than Jack, so it’s ridiculous to keep him off the show.[/quote]

    Alastair, I find it interesting that you love JER and Matthew Ashford. Didn’t JER hate Matthew and was responsible for nearly every time Matthew was “killed off” or left the show?

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    marknsprmo

    uhmmm boys and girls this article was about Jen missing her grandma. Ya’ll spent 66 comments spewing venom and anger about JER and whether he was the second coming or a pile of dog doodie. I am happy to see you all are in a good christmas spirit. I myself will miss Alice Horton and her doughnuts and all those christmas days I snuck away from the family dinner for a few minutes to have dinner with my other family the Hortons. I remember doing this many times in my life over the last 47 years and hope to do it for the rest of my life with the Horton family. That means new Hortons to replace the old ones. That means Jen with or with out Jack. Hopefully that means Doug and Julie for as long as possible. Nathan will someday perhaps be a beloved Horton as Will already is. I could see in maybe five years Will and his husband Chad putting up grandpa Bill and daddy Lucas’s bulbs along with their twin boys Billy and Lucas. Anyway that is my hope for Days. And my hope for me.

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    SonnySprocket

    Wow…. This email about the holidays on Days got a little crazy. I am looking forward to the Christmas ornament hanging this year. We haven’t seen the Horton house since Alice’s funeral back in June. Hopefully Jennifer and Abby will make it their home in Salem. Considering this is the 45th anniversary year and the first Xmas since Alice’s death, I would love to see some flashbacks to Christmases past. Looking forward to it.

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    marknsprmo

    Alistaircrane I AM and have been Days of our Lives fan for about 38 years.
    So that means I AM out of touch with myself and believe me I touch myself plenty! (a little play on words there).
    I was trying to be nice since noone else likes or respects your stupid opinions. So I settled on being someone who just wished Jennifer Horton her happy christmas and hoped for many more. I also put in my christmas list for characters and story lines that I want to see, (mainly a return of Julie and Doug who everyone by now knows is my favorite couple and a gay love story between Chad and Will who I find to have alot of chemistry and which will make up for the gay love story that I didn’t get in the mid 1970s for Mike Horton.) Which part of this was out of touch, I am not sure.
    I hope to God that I am out of touch with your ideas for Days of our Lives because quite frankly I find you to be sophmoric infantile and totally without maturity ( in otherwords I find you to be quite childish).
    I am interested in adult entertainment and not halfassed scheming the surface, style over substance fare that you apparently thrive on. I understand that you like the James Reily school of soaps because you THINK he was joking. But he wasn’t he was just as emotionally stunted as you are and that is why you liked him. He couldn’t write a decent well rounded human being to save his life. All of his bad guys twirled their mustaches while all his good guys couldn’t find their asses with both hands. He was the ruination of so many characters on Days of our Lives that I finally had to stop watching for a period of time (the ONLY time in its history i stopped watching). If you would like direct examples, I am ready with them. Right now I am tired of paying attention to you.
    Merry Christmas Everyone (even you Alistaircrane). I hope that everyone has his or her own bulb on a tree and a family to share it with!

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    TV Gord

    I see the one who is named after a rapist continues to make friends everywhere. I hadn’t seen that troll for a while, so I thought we were free. Oh well…

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    AlistairCrane

    Gord, get your facts straight. As I’ve stated thousands of times, I took the name “AlistairCrane” in May 2000 when Alistair’s face was hidden and he was just a disembodied voice.

    Not a troll, just a huuuuuge JER, Passions, and Days (1992-97) fan. Just because I disagree with you, Gord, doesn’t mean I’m a troll.

    Mark, you’re a monster. It sickens me that you get off on personally attacking strangers. Get help—-you need therapy.

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    TV Gord

    Yes, and I never get tired of you trying to justify it (it’s only three times, by the way). Nevertheless, I see the name Alistair Crane, and I think rapist. If you’re content with that, that’s between you and your conscience.

    You have no evidence that Mark is a monster, but we all know that Alistair Crane was a rapist.

    :-)

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    EricasEvilTwin

    FFIT come on, its a badge of honor…

    I’m a rabid dog who needs to be put down
    Mark is a monster that needs therapy
    TvGord is a bully(I thought that was what he called him last week) who now apparently needs to “suck it”
    Brando is someone who AC now finds to be even lower than before

    I guess thats AC’s way of saying MERRY CHRISTMAS LOL

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    marknsprmo

    Hey guys not so fast! I kinda like being a monster! Hmmmm monster….
    well I guess I could try that for a while and see where it goes! What exactly do monsters do? Not the Jeffery Dauhmer types… I know what they do. I mean well whatever Alistair Crane the weird and imature meant.
    Frankenmark? Creature from the Mark Lagoon? QuestionMark?
    Actually could someone dub me a superhero? I always wanted tights and a cape.

    I was always hoping that the real Allistar Crane was a vampire and looked really young. And that was the reason that they never showed his face. But ofcourse JER missed the boat yet one more time…….Not only did Allistar turn out to be just another mustache twirler, they kept casting him at around the same age as his son. It was dumb that father and son could have actually traded roles. But I guess that life imitated art once again since both Alistair Cranes are total one deminsional letdowns.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    First I laughed, but really you are wishing death on people you dont know. Have you ever given any thought to how you might feel if you told us all to go kill ourselves or one another and someone ACTUALLY died.

    Alistair I wish you only the best. Its a holiday where we are suppose to be kind to one another, and the best kindness I can give you is to urge you to seek some professional help.

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