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Peyton Place Ideas for a remake.

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    Episode 22 - "All Fall Down" - Selena comes to Dr. Rossi at his office, begging for an abortion; at first he won't do it... until she reveals the father is her own stepfather, Lucas; after some soul-searching, Michael agrees and has Nurse Mary Kelley assist him in the process; Michael then goes to the Cross shack and forces Lucas to sign a confession before running him out of town; what Michael didn't realize was that Nellie was in the room, listening to everything; Constance decides to update her entire wardrobe, and has a shopping spree at Doris Schuster's dress shop, switching out her old gray clothes for pink, blue and floral patterns; Joe Chernak corners and tries to assault Betty; Rodney finds out what Joe did, and goes to the Chernak house, where he finds Stella; he asks her where Joe is; Stella tells him that Joe said he'd be down near the wharf; Rodney heads there, finds Joe, and tries to get him to back off; the two end up in a fight, during which Joe accidentally falls off the wharf, hits his head and, after getting up and trying to come at Rodney again, drops forward and dies; all of this is witnessed by Kim Schuster, who had run off from home earlier and was hiding in one of the boats.
     
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    Episode 23 - "Silent Spring" - Kim is found and returned home, and doesn't reveal a thing about what she saw that night, too frightened and confused; Joe's body is discovered, and an investigation starts; Rodney is shocked to learn Joe had died, he thought he had only fainted; meanwhile, Ted Carter's parents forbid him from seeing a still recovering Selena (because they don't approve of her being a "shack girl") but he ignores them; a flashback reveals the Carter's morally bankrupt history; Allison notices that Nellie Cross is starting to behave strangely, but takes it in stride; when Stella hears of her brother's death, she is convinced Rodney murdered him; Gus Chernak, holding a grudge against the Harrington family, pressures her to tell the police Rodney told her he was going to kill Joe.
     
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    Episode 24 - "Truth or Consequences" - Rodney is charged with murder; Stella Chernak testifies against him; Rev. Fitzgerald and Tomas Kyros have a discussion that has a negative impact on Fitzgerald; Allison gets a job at the Peyton Newspaper, not yet knowing about Rodney's plight; because Rodney is spoiled and reckless, the whole town has said of him, "He'll get his comeuppance someday!"; so therefore, there are many in town who believe Rodney is guilty; Allison is among the few who believe his innocence (Betty included), and tries to publish an article saying just so, but is prevented, being told by Matthew Swain the newspaper must remain objective; Leslie Harrington tries to bribe and then bully Stella into retracting her statement, but she refuses; Allison ends up publicly accusing Stella of lying.
     
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    Episode 25 - "To Kill a Mocking Man" - Constance meets Tomas Kyros in a cocktail lounge in the Hotel Jackson in White River; while working at the hospital, Betty confronts Stella, but in a calm, casual way; Stella starts to feel guilty about possibly sending someone innocent to jail over a lie, and considers telling the truth; meanwhile, Gus has been fired and tries to kill his boss, Martin Peyton, as revenge... but he suffers a heart attack right before he can; as revenge for what he did to her father, Betty tampers with Gus' medical needs; in his final words, Gus pushes Stella to put Rodney Harrington behind bars; mournful, Stella promises her father she will.
     
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    Episode 26 - "Something's Got to Give" - Allison gets into an argument with Nellie Cross, who believes Rodney is guilty; Charles Partridge, Leslie Harrington's lawyer and the leading district attorney, has been hired by Leslie to represent Rodney; Charles is also approached by Steven Cord, who convinces him to let Steven and his partner, Peter Drake, help out with the case; Steven digs into Stella's past and receives help from Betty, who stole Stella’s personnel file, knowing Steven needed background help on her; Steven contacts Richard Jensen, her former boyfriend with whom she stole fabricated documents; they were caught, however, but only he was sent to jail; Steven sadistically decides to put a little fear into Stella by helping to release Richard.
     
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    Episode 27 - "Long Day's Journey into Night" - Betty is unable to handle the fact that she caused a man to die, and winds up confiding in Martin Peyton of all people, though he promises her secret is safe with him; Richard Jensen, out of jail after two years, swears revenge and forces Stella to break into the storage room of the hospital and steal morphine so he can sell it on the black market; Stella is reluctant to do so, but she is too afraid of him.
     
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    Episode 28 - "Long Night's Journey into Day" - Right after breaking into the storage room, Stella's guilt overcomes her and she admits the entire truth to Harry; he convinces her to tell the police her testimony was false; Harry discovers it was Betty who stole Stella's personnel file, and demands her resignation (although to Betty's surprise, Nurse Choate defends her); Leslie tells Julie he can start proceedings so she can divorce George and marry Leslie; Betty overhears everything and knows this would mean the end of her and Rodney, so she appeals to Martin Peyton to try and find a way to keep her mother and Rodney's father apart.
     
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    Episode 29 - "I Thank a Fool" - Rodney is exonerated, and Stella is arrested, but Harry bails her out; she decides to leave town, swearing never again to return; Martin summons Julie, and at first tries to bribe her (which she refuses), before revealing that Betty helped cause Gus Chernak's death, and that he could have Betty arrested if Julie doesn't leave town and never see Leslie again; of course, Martin would never tell on Betty, but Julie doesn't know that; heartbroken, Julie agrees, takes the bribe money and writes a farewell letter to Betty, leaving town without seeing Leslie, who suspects Martin had something to do with this; with both her parents gone, and Betty still being underage, Martin offers to have her move into the Peyton Castle as his second assistant (Hannah resents this), to which Betty immediately agrees; when Leslie confronts Martin about Julie's disappearance, Martin offers Leslie the mill back... if Rodney agrees to live in the Peyton Castle under Martin’s guidance; Leslie refuses, for nothing is more important to him than his son; but Rodney says he'll do it, enabling his father to reclaim his mill - its his way of thanking him for *always* sticking by his son's side; besides, Rodney reasons, Martin Peyton can't last much longer; Rodney and Betty are now living under the same roof.
     
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    Episode 30 - "Last Day of Childhood" - (The 4th of July) It seems the whole town is celebrating; while Allison is preparing a picnic for herself and Norman, Nellie Cross reveals that Evelyn Page breast-fed Norman till he was 4 years old, and says a number of other unpleasant things; Allison is so shocked, disgusted, and insulted for Norman that she says some terrible things to Nellie, including calling her crazy, before storming out; Nellie then hallucinates that Lucas has come back in the form of an angel; she follows him up to Allison's bedroom and sees him floating outside the window, and he begs her to come with him;

    meanwhile, Constance, attending the festivities, finds herself flanked by both Michael Rossi and Tomas Kyros, who playfully fight one another for her attention the whole day; Constance is humiliated - yet a small part of her enjoys it; Allison and Norman go on their picnic and swim while wearing swimsuits; at the same time, Rodney and Betty, also on their own picnic, go skinny-dipping; Charles Partridge, who was out fishing, sees them, but doesn't get a good look at their faces; he comes home and laughingly mentions this to Marion, who earlier had seen Allison and Norman ride their bikes towards the lake; she jumps to the conclusion that it was them, and quickly spreads the news all over town;

    when Constance arrives home in the evening, she has to break up a pretend fight between Michael and Tomas because her neighbor, Anita Titus, keeps on peeking out her window; then Constance answers the phone, and she hears Marion tell her that Allison and Norman Page were swimming in the nude; Constance freaks out, phones Evelyn Page and reveals the news to her; within seconds Evelyn races over, and the two hysterical mothers start screaming accusations at one other - Evelyn even going so far as to say Allison takes just after her mother (throwing a judgmental glance at Michael and Tomas), which causes Constance to roar, "You bitch!" before hurling herself at the other woman; now Michael and Tomas have to break up a real fight;

    just as they are parted (Michael holding onto Constance while Tomas holds onto Evelyn), Allison walks in; Constance breaks free and starts demanding answers from her confused daughter; Evelyn, finding out that Norman was on his way home, rushes to the door and starts screaming her son's name until he races inside; both mothers again start making wild accusations, with Constance declaring that she's going to have Michael examine Allison tomorrow, and if she's pregnant, then she, Constance, will have Norman arrested for rape; Evelyn won't hear of that, and calls this place a whorehouse; Constance roars for the Pages to get out of her house;

    Allison says she's never been so embarrassed - and Constance slaps her daughter full in the face, causing Allison to fall onto the couch; Constance then roars, "You bastard!" before going on a tirade about how Allison is just like her father - before Allison gets up and slaps her mother right back, with a roar of her own, "Don't you talk about my father like that!" before both Connie and Allison get into a physical fight that once again must be broken up by Michael and Tomas - this time its Tomas who holds onto Constance, who finally reveals that she had never married Allison's father, because he already had a wife; Allison refuses to believe it; she grabs her father's portrait off the mantel and races upstairs - only to start screaming in terror; the three adults rush upstairs to discover that Nellie Cross has hung herself in Allison's closet, using the cord of Allison's silk bathrobe; as the camera fades out, we hear Joey Cross calling from down below, "Mrs. MacKenzie? Is Ma here?"
     
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    I think you need an agent, Ked! All of this should be televised a.s.a.p :)
     
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    Thank you so much! Although I'd like to add a whole lot more to each episode, since the current material wouldn't be able to fill up intended time-length; I'd like for them to be hour-long episodes... course they'd probably end up being 45 minutes long to make room for commercials. Sad. :( :lol:

    Plus, I didn't focus on what could happen to each character in each episode. Except I don't intend on every character being in every episode, except for Constance. So far, my plan is that Constance MacKenzie is "The Face" of Peyton Place, and gets to appear in all intended 210 episodes, regardless of whether an episode's storyline has room for her or not (and when it doesn't, she only appears for one scene to deliver a line or two, or she just cameos when a crowd gathers... and yes, there will be a meta joke or two about this, where after Constance has delivered her one line, she then says, "And now I'll shut up.").
     
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    Have you considered starting a blog?
     
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    Actually, I haven't. ^^ Do you have any suggestions?
     
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    @Willie Oleson I just realized I never shared with you the background story for Samuel Peyton. I mostly took what was said in the book (though its told by one of the characters, who kept reiterating that a lot of it was based on "what people said"), though I changed a few details towards the end - such as changing the fact that, originally, Samuel Peyton had no descendants. But as this is all about combining the book with the TV series, well...

    So, without further ado:


    Long before the Civil War, before anybody heard of a man called Abraham Lincoln, down in the South lived a black slave owned by a planation owner by the name of Peyton. The slave's name was Samuel, "a big, strapping young buck." He lived before his time, for he wanted to be free. So Samuel decided to run away. Some say he stole gold from Peyton to do it.

    Samuel succeeded in his escape and got on a boat to France. Some say the captain of that boat was mulatto, so perhaps he assisted Samuel, who was "black as the ace of spades" and therefore wouldn't have had an easy time in his journey.

    Samuel reached Marseilles, France, and in a few years made a fortune out of the shipping business. Nobody knows how he got started, though there was the gold he supposedly stole from Peyton.

    All of this suggests that Samuel was a house-worker rather than a field-hand, for he would have had to had some education (knowing how to speak enough French) as well as access to the main house in order to steal any gold.

    Either way, Samuel made money, and plenty of it. He then decided, since he was free and wealthy, that he was as good as any white man, and married a white French girl named Violette (she was pretty and frail-looking, like a piece of china; some say Catherine Peyton inherited her beauty).

    Samuel decided to come back to America. It was during the Civil War (1861 - 1865) when he came back. According to the original book, "plenty of people had started loving black people overnight - or at least, loved them with their mouths." Samuel and Violette went to Boston, Samuel figuring with all his money and everybody loving black people, he could move right onto Beacon Hill and start entertaining the Lowells and the Cabots. Except Samuel couldn't find any kind of a house anyplace in Boston.

    If he had been in rags with welts all over his back, and if Violette had been black as well and looked like she'd been chased by bloodhounds, maybe they would have had an easier time. Boston wasn't used to seeing a black man wearing starched frill and a hand-embroidered waistcoat, and boots that cost forty dollars a pair ("forty dollars was a heap of money in those days").

    Some say Samuel went into a rage, and came to the deserted place that would one day become Peyton Place. He wanted to get far enough away from Boston that he'd never set eyes on a white man again as long as he lived. Samuel picked the highest hill of all and decided to build himself a castle for himself and Violette. They lived in a cabin at first, because it took a long time for the castle to be built.

    Every stick, stone, doorknob and pane of glass was imported from England. As soon as it was done, Samuel and Violette moved in and neither set foot outside ever again.


    [It should be noted that towards the end of The Civil War, Samuel Peyton ran boats out of Portsmouth carrying arms to the South. I have no idea why he would do that, but that seems to be the main reason why the town is ashamed to be named after him: "If that ain't the act of a sonofabitch, I never hope to hear of one."]


    It wasn't too long before a man by the name of Harrington came along and built the mills alongside the river, and after that, there started to be a town. Pretty soon, the B&M put in the railroad line to White River through there. Folks riding on the train would look up at the castle and ask, "What's that?" and the conductors would say, "Why, that's the Peyton place." And that's how the town got its name.

    [And here's where I start to adapt Samuel's story into the TV version.]

    Samuel owned the land that Harrington was building on, and decided, as revenge against "the white man," to severely tax the whole town. This led to what is known as "The Peyton-Harrington War," for while Samuel Peyton owned the land and became the town's namesake, it was the man called Harrington who built the town's main source of income. For the next several generations, the two families would wage war for control over the town. It was thought that the war would end with the marriage of Leslie Harrington and Catherine Harrington, but... well, more on that later.

    Sometime during this, Violette gave birth to her and Samuel's one and only child, a son... who was born with skin almost as white as hers'. Fearful that her husband would hate her son, whom she christened Philippe, Violette begged Samuel to love their child, no matter what. Samuel, realizing that his frail wife was dying, gave his word.

    After Violette died, Samuel buried her out in the back of the castle. A tall, white stone marked her grave, made out of Vermont marble.

    Samuel honored his promise to love his white-skinned son, and when Philippe was a young man, he ventured forth from the castle, and fell in love with a girl from the town named Margaret. She had no idea that Philippe was half-black; only that he was rich and handsome, and lived in a fancy castle, and willing to marry her quickly.

    Samuel kept himself hidden from Margaret when Philippe brought her to live in the castle. It wasn't until several years later, after Margaret gave birth to their son, Martin, that Samuel finally made his appearance known.

    How Margaret reacted to the knowledge that her father-in-law, husband and son were "all black" is best left up to the imagination.

    When Samuel died, not long after Martin's birth, he was buried right next to Violette, but the stone over his grave was short and squat, made out of black marble imported from Italy. Phillipe and Margaret were buried there too when they died as well.

    And that's the story of Samuel Peyton.



    Here's a rough timeline for the events:

    1830 - Samuel Peyton born

    1861-1865 - The Civil War; Samuel Peyton starts building his castle

    1871 - The Peyton Castle is completed

    1872 - Phillipe Peyton born; Violette Peyton dies

    1873-1874 - The Harrington Mills are built, followed by a town

    1891 - Phillipe marries Margaret

    1892 - Martin Peyton born

    1893 - Samuel Peyton dies

    1916 - Martin Peyton marries a woman named Grace (as a tribute to Grace Metalious, the book's author)

    1918 - Catherine Peyton born

    1937-1944 - Phillipe and Margaret Peyton die (they pass during the years the original book took place in)

    1962 - series starts
     
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    For the longest time, my fantasy casting of Constance MacKenzie was January Jones, because of her performance as Betty Draper on "Mad Men."

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    However, I read an interview where the actress said she wanted to play someone different from Betty, and I think Constance would still be considered too similar (both icy blondes with tumultuous relationships with their teenage daughters; there are some notable differences, but again, still too many similarities). Plus I got the impression Jones doesn't want to do another '60s-themed show (she complained about all her hair has been through), so, I decided to recast. Just for the sake of general realism.


    So after some searching, I'm considering Yvonne Strahovski. She's 36 (the exact age I'd have Constance be), blonde, and has features that remind me of Dorothy Malone. Plus she seems a damn good actress, judging by the clips I found of her in "The Handmaid's Tale."

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    @Willie Oleson Thank you so much for moving *ALL* my comments over! Oh gosh, I hope it wasn't too much of a hassle!
     
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    In Season 3, while Allison is still missing, the Christmas episode would have two significant moments: Constance confesses the whole truth to Dr. Rossi when she visits his beach house, and Selena kills her stepfather in self-defense. Since both scenes would be styled after the 1957 movie, I ended up wondering how each woman's outfit would look, particularly Constance's. I decided to have her wear still wear a red dress, and, in keeping with a Christmas-y theme, Selena would be wearing green.

    S3 Christmas.png




    I know I originally had Allison making a surprise return in the 30th episode of Season 3, during Selena's trial, but I decided instead, Allison returns at the end of Episode 29, and her return is modeled after the opening scene of "Peyton Place - the Next Generation", with Allison's daughter Megan wandering around town.



    In Allison's case, she steps off the train station along with a few other people, but just like in "The Next Generation," we don't see her face. And for the next couple of minutes, as she walks from the station towards Elm Street, we only get to see her from the back. She also happens to be wearing the same outfit she wore when she left last season:

    S2 Finale Allison.png
    This is meant to symbolize the fact that the character is picking up where she left off.


    As she makes her journey through town, all the other main characters, who're in the middle of discussing the upcoming trial, coincidentally happen to see her; either through windows or from across the street. Constance is in her bookstore when she sees her daughter.

    Finally, we get an over-the-shoulder view of the white gazebo as Allison approaches it, followed by an aerial shot of all the other characters quietly gathering behind her, with Constance at the forefront.

    "Allison?" Constance tentatively calls out.

    We see the girl react to the voice before she turns around, revealing that is indeed Allison MacKenzie.

    End of Episode 29.



    Episode 30 opens on the very same scene, with an overjoyed Constance starting forward to embrace her daughter...

    ...except Allison walks right past her, as if she doesn't see her mother. She also walks right by Rodney. In fact, the only person Allison seems to have eyes for is Selena, whom she gives a huge embrace to. Allison apologizes to Selena for being "a terrible friend," and starts asking if she's okay and who her lawyer is, and that she, Allison, will take the stand if it helps.

    Selena of course is curious about where Allison has been this past year, but Allison waves it all aside, insisting she's not the one who's important here; Selena is.

    Later on, presumably the next day, Constance and Allison have a scene at Whitehall Inn, modeled after the one they have in the '57 movie. Allison makes it clear she doesn't want to talk to her mother, but Constance says, "You haven't learned, have you?"

    "Oh I've learned plenty. I've learned how to drink-" (raises her glass) "-learned how to smoke-" (takes out a cigarette) "-learned how to make a living-" (takes out lighter) "-learned how to pay the bills-" (lights cigarette, and takes a puff) "...and I've learned how to kiss like a woman. A married man taught me."

    Constance gets a look of horror on her face.

    "If its any consolation, Mother, I didn't know he was married. He never mentioned a wife, nor did anybody else. Funny thing is, he thought I *did* know. He said so after I spent a whole weekend in bed with him-"

    "Allison, stop."

    "Don't worry, Mother. I'm not 'in trouble', as the saying goes. I made certain to take all the precautions so I wouldn't get knocked up."

    The conversation continues, and ends with Allison announcing she's leaving Peyton Place as soon as the trial is over. A dejected Constance gets up and walks out, while Allison bows her head, looking rather dejected herself.





    Finally, at the trial, which is also based on the '57 film, albeit with a few changes here and there (I'll get to that later), Selena, Allison and Constance would be dressed like this:

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    I glanced back over some of my old posts, and realized I should update on some changes I made to my ideas for Season 1:

    Originally, Joe Chernak was to date Betty and then stalk/assault her. I ended up changing my mind, and decided that its Joanne Walker whom Joe dates/stalks/assaults. I realized Betty didn't need to have Joe for a storyline, because she was already working as a Nurse's Assistant. Plus, I wanted there to be story material for the black characters, and realized I already imagined some of them in a way so that them being involved in the Chernak storyline would make sense:

    Joanne's father, Sgt. William Walker, is a widower, and overprotective of his little girl. Which has caused Joanne to rebel by doing things behind her father's back. Her best friend, Lisa Yoowing (originally "Lee Suen Yoowing"; I decided I didn't want her associated with Lee Webber, and she didn't need two last names), helps Joanne by providing her alibis, but she's also concerned for her friend. Especially since Joanne has been running around with Joe Chernak, who's 11 years older than she is. However, as soon as Joanne lays eyes on New Boy in Town Lew Miles, Joe becomes yesterday's news.

    Joe hates that he's been kicked to the curb, and wants to get back with Joanne. After several episodes of stalking and harassing her, he corners and rapes her (possibly like how he did in the original series with Rita Jacks, although in that series Rita insisted Joe only kissed her).

    After Joe runs off, Joanne stumbles about, sobbing and hysterical. She ends up running into Rodney Harrington of all people. He helps her out, and she ends up blabbing that Joe had attacked her - but then she tells Rodney that he must never tell anyone, for she's too afraid Lew will try to murder Joe. Rodney promises, but he, already dealing with some issues of his own and wanting to prove he can be the man his father is, goes to confront Joe and get him to back off. Of course, we all know how that goes down.

    Meanwhile, Joanne, after calming down, realizes, "No. I shouldn't have to remain quiet! Why should Joe get to roam these streets free? My father's a police sergeant! I should sick him on that miserable bastard!" So she goes to confess what happened to her father... except William tells her that Joe's been found dead.

    Joanne then becomes horrified that Rodney told Lew, and that Lew did it. Of course, Rodney assures Joanne he never told a soul, but she's still worried. Eventually she ends up confronting Lew, who's confused and angered by her accusations. After realizing Lew had nothing to do with Joe's death, Joanne confesses the whole truth to him. Lew is stunned and disturbed, not mention furious over Joe attacking his girlfriend. But he reassures Joanne that this doesn't change how he feels about her. :)



    Another detail: Joanne meets Stella Chernak (either through Joe, or through Harry Miles), and is quite impressed to meet a female biochemist (who's also Jewish, a "minority," like Joanne is). That inspires Joanne to start studying the subject, and after a while, realizes that's exactly what she'd like to do. She tells her father, and he's proud of her decision... except he worries he won't be able to pay for the colleges she'll need to attend, even if she's gets a partial scholarship (he doesn't have much hope that she'll get a full scholarship).

    That's when Martin Peyton steps in, offering William all the money he'll ever need to support his daughter's education. William is suspicious and asks why Mr. Peyton would do this, to which the old man replies, "I am doing you a favor. And I may need you to do me a favor down the line." Realizing he'll be in Martin Peyton's pocket if he accepts the money, William at first says no... but after hearing how excited Joanne is about the subject and about what her future could hold, Sgt. Walker accepts Peyton's money.

    Also, when Stella lies and says Rodney intended to kill Joe, Joanne believes Rodney when he says he never did, and that Joe's death was an accident. So she ends up confronting Stella, a woman she once admired and connected with, and reveals that her brother raped Joanne. This shakes Stella to her core, and begins the breakdown of her resolution to send Rodney to prison. Of course, she finally admits the truth, but has to leave town (and the show, for that matter).

    Joanne doesn't give up on becoming a biochemist herself, and ends up leaving at the end of Season 2 to study abroad, although she remains a recurring character for Seasons 3, 4, 5 and 6 (visiting during the summer and Christmas episodes), before returning for good in Season 7, to join Dr. Rossi's research team (I have no idea how long it would take for Joanne to actually become a biochemist, but I wanted her to be back to a regular in the final season, so, "creative liberties," hahaha. Plus, there's also all the money that Martin Peyton threw at William Walker that's supposed to be a contributing factor).
     

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