For the past few weekends, we've been debating the merits of Joan Collins and her legendary Dynasty bee youch Alexis Carrington Colby. While I readily admit Alexis will go down in soap history as the most famous of the 80's primetime soap vixens, she was never truly my cup of detergent. Dynasty was the primetime soap I enjoyed the least. I appreciated it's camp and glamour, but if I wanted to see overly-dramatic people in gharish costumes do outlandish things, I'd simply have gone to a drag show, not that I would have gotten in at 9-years-old.
I much preferred the more subdued, methodical villainy of characters like Abby Fairgate (Donna Mills),who slept her way through Seaview Circle, and to the top of Corporate California on Knots Landing,or Angela Gioberti Channing (Jane Wyman), who plotted and schemed against her own son and nephew on Falcon Crest. Here are a few clips providing a Cliff's Notes lesson in soap opera bitchery featuring primetime's unsung vamp, Abby Fairgate. God I miss that damn Cul-de-Sac!