If I wanted to say something witty, then I would have posted "the bumpy introduction of...". But that isn't the case, and I like to stick to the facts - or at least my interpretations, as factual as possible. This is Marion: A very beautiful and enigmatic woman. There's something about her that reminds me so much of another tv character...but I can't remember who. Tragedy strikes again while Rodney is still in jail. Allison is rushed into the hospital after being hit by a car. This was an off-screen accident which I thought was kinda strange, I mean, what soap wouldn't use such an event to shock the viewers? But some eps later I learned that it was more about the person who drove the car and apparently it was the plan to keep the driver's identity shrouded in mystery. But not for too long. John Fowler comes home and greets his wife, Marion. Yes, why not? This was definitely not a "OMG-he-has-a-wife!" moment. It was all rather casual, until she walked into the garage, look at the damage of the car, stepped into car, started the engine as if she planned to go somewhere, and then smashed the front of the car against the wall. Cool and controlled, without blinking an eye. That was definitely an OMG-moment. So, in just this one scene she became one of the Peyton Place characters, and it's really all I needed to know - hence the "smooth introduction". While Allison is still in a coma, Constance finds out she's pregnant. Quite a dual situation, but, as Constance explained it to Elliot: "Whatever happens to Allison, it'll be our tragedy, and this baby should be welcomed into the world with all the joy it deserves". (or something like that). Personally I thought this made things a little easier. Incidentally, I already knew Mia Farrow would leave the show, but not when. I considered the possibility that she was going to be written out with this coma story, but I also knew that she wouldn't die in this series, because she's going to be killed by Mark Graison in the "Next Generation" movie. Steven Cord's plans to wreak havoc upon those who used to treat him as the servant's son and take over the Harrington mansion (I don't think at that point anyone really cared who lived in that house, Leslie and his sons don't seem to be very sentimental about it) have been put on the back-burner, or so it seems. I really thought that it wouldn't do Rodney any good if Steven was going to be involved with his trial, but it looks like Steven is doing a great job. Orders from Martin Peyton, of course. "I want Stella Chernak destroyed!" What a theatrical, 19th Century-esque tyrant! I've never seen Dark Shadows but he strikes me as a character who belongs on that show. There was a Dallas Quotes Top Ten in the Dallas forum, but where to begin with the Peyton Place quotes? This show is blessed with such a great script, it's often more about the scenes than the story. Take that conversation between Steven and Michael Rossi, and Steven's metaphor about "reaching for the truth" and "reaching for the scalpel". Rossi seemed reluctant to accept it, but it was obvious that he couldn't completely disagree with it either. Great dialogue is given to the minor characters too, like Theodore Dowell, Eli Carson and nurse Esther Choate. These are not endless monologues, it doesn't feel like theatre play. Nurse Choate tells Betty that she's never had someone like that (Rodney) in her life. She's had three dogs and they were all named Brandy. Sometimes it just takes a few personal lines to really "see" a character. I'll never forget that line by Sable Colby: I live for perfection. It explained everything. The plot thickens (big time!) when it's revealed that Marion really shouldn't have been on that roadt that night in the first place. She is/was having an affair with the tough-thug-looking therapist Russ Gehring (had to look up his name, carefully avoiding spoilers, which isn't easy because spoilers are so tempting). Apparently he's determined to continue the affair, something that could be jeopardized by Allison whenever she regains consciousness...and possibly provides further information about the hit-and-run accident. Hmm.... After Kim's testimony, Doris Schuster decides to leave Peyton Place, and just to make us understand why, there's a final dramatic scene between mother and daughter (and Mrs. Chernak, of all people). Is dead! Is dead! Is dead! Stella Chernak lies on the stand, and yet I find it hard to dislike her. It seems to me that it is about obligation (towards her brother and father) rather than being concerned with Rodney's future. But to lie about Martin Peyton's grandson while living and working in Peyton Place...well I don't think it was a very good decision. Steven to Betty: "If Rodney were drowning and somebody tried to pull him out, he'd ask to see his life-saving badge". I think that perfectly illustrates Rodney's overtly idealistic ideas and behaviour, which IMO makes him the soapiest inhabitant of that beautiful little town. This image, just for the heck of it. I really like the conversation-in-the-mirror angle.