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Lovable and funny Emma
Emma in season 1 was very different to season nine's Emma, still lovable and funny but Angela wasn't there to control her. So Emma S1 or Emma at the show's end? Even as the seasons went on there was evolving but as the cork was going on, the little Channing daughter became tough.
Welcome to the forum Gioberti84! Emma was such a sweet character and almost childlike at times. Over the seasons we indeed saw her morph from an unstable vulnerable woman, into a woman who could stand up and be counted. Irrespective if the performance was in season 1 or 9 Margaret Ladd shone as the youngest Channing daughter.
Her love life was turbulent from the sinister Turner Bates, Dr. Ranson, Dr. Foster, Gustav Riebmann, Damon Rossini, Dwayne Cooley, Vince Karlotti, Curtis Estabrook (more plutonic), Daniel Cabot and then finally the evil Charley St. James. Yeah Emma was funny, even more so whenever she talked back to Angela.
Richard is having a housewarming party. Most of the Tuscany Valley residents are there but Emma isn’t yet. A limo arrives and Emma is back from Texas, (a scene from season 2, 1982-’83):
Angela is talking to a business associate, just as Emma walks up and says, “Hello mother. How’s tricks?”
Angela is astonished, she’s back!
Julia: “How did you know that we all would be here today?”
Emma: “Well this party is news. I read about it, in the society section of the Globe.”
Lance: “Well you’ve managed to keep yourself pretty scarce, these last few months. Congratulations!”
Emma: “Well I had to, to get myself together.”
Angela: “You must be exhausted Emma. Let’s take you home darling.”
Emma: “You’re looking rather pale yourself mother. Are you sure you’re getting enough rest?”
Angela: “Let’s go Emma!”
Emma: “You know something the climate in Texas would be wonderful for you. Houston is just wonderful this time of year.”
Angela: “I’m not going anywhere.”
Emma: “Well neither am I. This is the first party I’ve been to in ages and I’m going to enjoy it!”
The family drama involving Emma in season 1 meant the character had to be presented that way. As the seasons went on we watched Emma (slightly dippy) become involved with men, who Angela always had to veto.
Angela always felt the need to protect her because she didn’t thrust any boyfriends and also of course due to Emma’s nature. They may have wanted some of FC and this wouldn’t have happened. Emma was always enjoyable and for the most part fun.
Angela would like Maggie to replace jailed Lance (“The Hit & Run incident”), as New Globe chief editor. Falcon Crest 1985:
Maggie: “Angela has something happened between us that I don’t know about? Am I being rewarded for a good deed that I don’t remember doing?
Angela: Well, I must say that in the past we’ve had a few differences.”
Maggie: “Ha! A few?
Angela: “But Maggie…..I trust you, which is more than I can say about some people.”
Maggie: “I know the feeling.”
Yes funny but I wanted much for Emma to be happy.
I think Emma just wanted to be loved which, given her somewhat fragile mental state, led to her being manipulated by men who just wanted to use her. Dwayne was the exception to this. Emma had some great lines, and I think she came into her own as the series progressed. Her relationship with Richard was special - the scene where she was accusing him in court but then they ended up reconciling is a favourite of mine.
Emma was the FC character I had the biggest soft spot for.. I always felt a little uneasy about the stuff she had to deal with in S1 but as here show went on, she transformed into this wonderful bubbly, quirky, semi-tragic character who was always entertaining. I think her scenes with Angela ("mother") were always a hoot.. And I loved her "how's tricks" saying.
It was a little disappointing that she didn't return for the final episode but at least they referred to her and gave her a nice happy ending with her baby daughter.