I was torn between this topic title and "The thunderous introduction of Ann Howard", because there was thunder and lightning when she first appeared on the screen. It could not have been more to the point, and yet I picked Lee and Sandy. I have Bing'd the names of these new characters to make sure I'd write them correctly and, wow, it's amazing how many spoilers people can cram into 1 sentence! I have no idea what season this is, but it feels like a new season to me, and not just because the winter has ended. In two episodes Peyton Place ties up the trial storyline, Stella Chernak and John Fowler have left town and David Schuster is about to leave but not before he gives Rodney a warning about the suffocating atmosphere of Peyton Place. Well, suffocating indeed, because Rodney finds himself with his back against the wall after his father has emotionally manipulated him to agree with Martin Peyton's dastardly deal. "But of course it's your decision", Leslie says to Rodney. And that's exactly what Martin had said to Leslie. What a bunch! The snow has gone and there's a wedding, very lush with lots of flowers, kinda like Adam and Dana Carrington's wedding. Maybe it's the black and white picture - or the low quality picture - but I thought it looked unintentionally spooky. Sort of a phantom bride. I almost expected all of the guests to sit dead in their chairs. Betty and Steven seem very content with their alliance/marriage, they both know what they want and there's nothing that indicates that they're not doing the right thing. To emphasize the shaky foundations of this marriage, the story then shows various examples of True Love, and why that love has nothing to do with "knowing what you're doing". I wouldn't say it was "in-your-face", but a little manipulative writing nonetheless. Betty continues to work for Martin Peyton, and besides giving her employer his pills (was that really a 9 to 5 job?) she now also posts letters and stuff and - what's more important - her workplace is now Rodney's home. So there's the first idea of "living under the same roof" that allows these soap characters to interact under unusual circumstances. Rodney has bought a garage, I think it's the one where Marion Fowler had her car repaired? The garage comes with an employee, Lee Webber, who is disappointed that he couldn't have bought the garage himself. Because he's used most of his money to get his blind brother into college. I didn't think there was anything particular about that fact but then, flash-boom!, a woman with white hair appears on the bluff (they're gonna use that word a lot!) and she sneaks up to Michael Rossi's cabin house. Intriguing! Well...maybe not so very intriguing. It turns out to be another Wrongfully Accused storyline, and she's also working in the hospital and she also befriends Dr. Rossi. I understand why they're doing these storylines because it affects the whole town and technically it's a good story...but I'm not extremely excited about it. Maybe I don't like her, especially since she replaces great characters like Stella and John Fowler. She is a woman with a mission and she knows she should expect the worst, but every time something happens (like the poisoin-pen letters) she acts like "how could this happen?" It's a little too hysterical for my taste, and more plot driven than the previous stories. What worries me more is the shift in tone of the writing. That "novel" feeling seems to have gone, and it's become full-on-soap. All this time, Hannah Cord had been a haughty and enigmatic character, and within a few episodes that façade has been "destroyed". And Steven is Ann's half-brother. Since I've never seen Mr. Cord or Mr. Colby it's fine with me either way. I think the juicy part is that Steven has accused his half-sister of pushing the boy off the cliff. And I'm also glad he's not Martin Peyton's son, that would have been so corny. Of course I'm still very excited about watching Peyton Place, I'm just considering the idea that I may have to view it differently from now on. I wonder how that worked for other Peyton Place fans on this forum? Maybe I'm completely wrong about all this. So, Lee has a wife, a pretty and playful young woman, and I wonder if her character is based on Selena Cross from the books. It's been 25 years since I've read those books and the only thing I remember is that someone lost an arm or leg in a carnival ride...and there was a mother who regularly purged her son because he suffered from constipation. (how hypocritical that I only remember the shocking stuff). And therefore I've dedicated this thread to Lee & Sandy because I'm very curious about their story. Rodney and Allison have rekindled their romance but it's obvious that the momentum has gone. Favourite scene: Allison and Betty and Rita in the drugstore, talking about "how things have changed". A great scene, but too short, it should have been a whole episode! But apparently things have changed.