This is from the May 20, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.


Warren continues to spend all of his time at the casino. Not only is he completely neglecting his duties at the newspaper, but he's getting deeper and deeper in debt. When Augusta (Louise Sorel) goes to C.C. (Jed Allan) and offers to bail her son out, C.C. refuses the money. Instead, Capwell insists that Warren sign over some property to him. Both Lionel (Nicholas Coster) and Augusta are appalled and beg their son not to give anything to C.C. but instead to let them give him the money he needs. Again, Warren refuses their help.

Soon, the pressure builds to a point where Warren makes a desperate move. Disguising himself in a wet suit and mask, Warren robs the ferry as it is returning from the casino with the week's take. He is shot at by a security guard, but manages to dive into the water and swim to safety unharmed. Later, Sophia (Judith McConnell) (who was on board the ferry at the time of the robbery) runs into Warren. As the two speak, she recognizes his voice as that of the robber. After Lockridge takes off, Sophia follows him.

At the boathouse, Sophia demands to know what has gotten into Warren. Seeing the look of desperation in his eyes, Sophia offers to help. But Warren, clearly not thinking straight, decides that his only hope is to get out of town -- fast. Pulling a gun on Sophia, Warren tells her to stay away from him, then flees....

Kelly (Robin Wright) becomes terrified upon finding Dylan in her bedroom. He's beginning to remind her of Peter Flint, her former fiancee, who stalked her and tried to kill her, Kelly admits. Seeing how frightened Kelly really is, Dylan calms down a bit and leaves. Knowing she hasn't seen the last of Dylan, Kelly decides to move into a new place of her own and not let anyone -- except those close to her -- know where she is living.

Not long after moving into her new apartment, Kelly meets a neighbor named Justin (Larry Poindexter), who is a saxophone player. Meanwhile, though hurt by Kelly's dishonesty, Nick knows he still loves her. He becomes concerned when he realizes the extent of Dylan's obsession with Kelly and vows to do something about it.

With Laken out of his life for good, Ted (Todd McKee) sets his sights on his pretty new maid, Hayley (Stacey Edwards). When C.C. observes Ted licking his chops, he attempts to discourage his son from "getting involved with the hired help." Ted lashes out. He won't let C.C. manipulate him the way he has with just about everyone else in the family. He then stalks off in pursuit of Hayley.

Ted winds up following Hayley to Angel's place and grows suspicious. What is she doing here? Ted wants to know. When Hayley remains speechless, Angel covers for her, saying she comes here to clean. Ted remains skeptical and leaves. Now Gina (Robin Mattson) becomes nervous. She insists that her niece find Ted and make certain that she still has his trust.

Hayley catches up with the very cute and very rich Capwell boy at the beach, absorbed deep in thought. A smile appears on his face upon seeing Hayley, who decides to get to know Ted a little better. Eventually, the two decide they like each other very much and share a kiss.

Eden (Marcy Walker) continues to grow suspicious of Kirk's (Joseph Bottoms) involvement in her murder attempt. When she visits him at the hospital later, Eden's fears are intensified. She listens to a delirious, barely coherent Kirk (who, by the way, had a very successful heart transplant operation) as he appears to be reliving the boathouse episode. Feeling alone and helpless, Eden turns to Cruz (A Martinez). She shares her feelings with him and he suggests they go back to the boathouse to recreate the night of the attempted murder. Afterwards Cruz deduces that Gina led Eden to a particular spot in order to place her in the line of fire of someone positioned above. The ace detective is certainly on the right track, Eden believes.

Now Cruz turns his attention to his other investigation--Madeline's murder. He questions David Laurent, the weeping widower. He knows David was in Santa Barbara two days before his wife was murdered--contrary to the statement he gave the police, Castillo asserts. David chokes a little, then explains that he came to Santa Barbara at Madeline's request and visited her at the bungalow. It was there that she told him of her plans to divorce him. Then he flew straight to New York, Laurent insists.

When traces of blood are found on David's cuff links later, Laurent changes his tune. He suspected his wife of having an affair all along and came to Santa Barbara to confirm it. When he entered the bungalow, he found Madeline lying on the floor, already dead. He went over to her, but then panicked when he got blood on his shirt and fled, David announces emotionally, before adding that he knows he should have told the truth in the first place. Not convinced of Laurent's story, Cruz has him booked for suspicion of murder.

Mark tells Mary (Harley Jane Kozak) he feels like a failure as husband and promises never to be unfaithful again. He is shocked when Mary admits she knows he's impotent. "I'll never leave you," Mary tells an unconvinced Mark.

In order to uncover some clues about Madeline's murder which may be buried in his subconscious, Pearl is hypnotized. Without his accent, Pearl speaks of seeing a brown-haired man, wearing a suit and carrying a raincoat, walking away from the bungalow. At this point, the hypnotist is called out the room for a moment. Cruz, too, leaves to meet Eden at the boathouse. Left alone with Pearl, Courtney can't help taking advantage of the situation. "What is your real name?" she asks. "Michael Baldwin Bradford III," Pearl responds, still in his trance.

When the hypnotist returns, he awakens Pearl and suggests they continue tomorrow. Afterwards, Courtney admits to Pearl what she did. Glaring at his friend, Pearl accuses her of wanting to change him. He created the Pearl persona because he wanted to be someone he could admire. Courtney tells Pearl he's living a lie and she wishes he'd give people--including himself--a chance.

As long as she works for C.C. Capwell, Hayley tells Ted they shouldn't get involved. Maybe she should find another job, a frustrated Ted suggests. Privately, Hayley knows that her aunt Gina would not like that very much. "I don't think that would be too easy," she tells Ted. Well, Hayley will have to choose between him and her job, Ted declares. But when a confused Hayley rushes off, Ted is struck by an idea....

At the Orient Express, Mary tells Mark that they should start having fun and stop worrying about what they can't have right now. Suddenly, Mark's beeper goes off and he leaves for the hospital, but not before kissing Mary passionately in front of Mason (Lane Davies), who is sitting at a nearby table. Soon, Mason joins Mary. They talk. Mary is aroused. This makes her uncomfortable. She refuses Mason's invitation to dinner. Mason says he always has fun when he's with her. Mary hides her growing passion.

At the boathouse, Cruz tells Eden he's worried about her safety now that Kirk has returned home from the hospital. In an effort to find out if Kirk was behind the murder attempt on Eden, Cruz has Eden take one of C.C.'s rifles to determine if there's a match with the bullet he found.

Later as Kirk sleeps, Eden goes through a package containing his belongings from the day of his heart attack. In his wallet, she finds a receipt from the Santa Barbara Gun Club. Startled, Eden pockets it and returns to Cruz. Kirk awakens, sensing someone's just been there.

Cruz reports to Eden that Kirk took lessons in the use of a sighted hunting rifle at the gun club. The bullet Cruz found does not come from one of the Capwell rifles but Kirk's fingerprints were found all over the guns, a worried Cruz reports.

Disguised as a nurse, Gina sneaks in to visit Kirk. She wants to hear what he's come up with as an alibi for her. She can say that the man who blackmailed Eden after the plug pulling incident came after her and threatened to harm Brandon if she didn't kill Eden. Gina likes the story. Next, she asks Kirk for $10,000. He agrees. Later, Kirk manages to get out of bed. He observes Eden and Cruz, engrossed in conversation. Little does he know that they are discussing their plan to make Kirk believe they are having an affair. In that way, he will come after them the way he did before and they'll have their man.

Kelly is truly frightened of Dylan and even more so when he corners her, insisting that they spend one final night together. She agrees to this just so he'll leave town. She promises to let him know when the time is right. Unbeknownst to Dylan, Kelly has no intention of holding up her end of the bargain.

When Kelly ignores him for a few days, an enraged Dylan shows up at her new apartment, in time to see Nick there. When the two brothers begin fighting over her, Kelly explodes. "I'm sick of both of you!" She hates them and wishes they'd leave her alone. That night, Kelly dreams of Dylan, then of Peter Flint, entering her apartment. She gets up, gets a knife and takes it back to bed with her....

Warren feels guilty. He goes to C.C. and returns the money, though it's not the full amount. He needs a few more days, Lockridge stammers. C.C. will give him until tomorrow. Later, C.C. gets a call from the police and learns the stolen cash was marked. It suddenly occurs to him that Lockridge stole the very money he owed him!

Summoning Lionel, C.C. tells him to go home and figure out what it's worth to him and Augusta to keep Warren out of jail. But later, C.C. decides he wants all the Lockridge holdings in exchange for Warren's freedom. The Lockridges are horrified--especially Warren. He robbed the casino as an act of defiance, convinced that no one in his family cared about him. Now, seeing the sacrifice Lionel is making, Warren realizes he was wrong.

Lionel signs over everything to C.C., who returns home triumphantly. Lionel and Augusta find Minx (Dame Judith Anderson) sitting in her chair with a shotgun. She's not leaving, she says. When C.C. arrives later, Minx points her gun at him, ordering him to destroy the papers which give him the title to the house. He refuses. Minx pulls the trigger....

Villain of a Different Color: Lane Davies has turned Santa Barbara's Mason Capwell from evil to irresistible by doing things his own way. by Pat Broeske

Lane Davies is the first to admit that his character, Mason Capwell, the devilish eldest son of C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara, is the kind of lovable villain who used brains, as opposed to brawn, to muscle his way to popularity. "I always knew it was a part I could sink my teeth into. Mason is dry, he's bright and, well, he says all those things you wish you'd though of saying. He's an expert at cutting somebody down," Davies says, then hastens to add that Mason does show occasional glimpses of humanity. Ex-nun Mary McCormack (Harley Kozak) is especially adept at bringing out Mason's good side. "But the audience doesn't want to see Mason be too good," says Davies with a knowing smile.

As one of the show's original cast members ("there aren't many of us left"), Davies has held a front row seat in the often painful process of launching a new soap. There have been countless cast changes (Jed Allan is the fifth actor to take on the role of C.C.), a myriad of short-lived story lines (the producers once came up with a killer story to rid the show of an excess of blondes whom viewers couldn't tell apart) and, concurs Davies, some pretty far-out plots. "I've been fortunate not to have gotten any of the really silly stories. I mean, I've done some silly stuff, but it was sort of fun-silly. I've escaped the intrigue sort of story lines--adventure things that never quite get off the ground. If you're one of those strapping leading men types, you get thrown into those a lot. But I'm not one of those types."

Oh really? We beg to differ. Yet, on this particular afternoon, the six-foot- two, 165 pound Davies is not exactly the picture of energy. Nestled in a reclining chair in his publicist's Hollywood apartment, Lane has a polite, low- key demeanor as he sips a cup of tea and admits, "I usually work four or five days a week. So, it's just nice to have a little time off." Reserved about his private life (he admits he is in the midst of a romance with a model he would rather not name), Davies chooses instead to open up about the demands of being an actor--the long days, lots of dialogue which, in his case, is sometimes 25-30 pages daily--and gives an introspective view of the man he portrays.

From the start, says Davies, he was drawn to Mason, the black sheep with a tendency to berate others but who also longs for acceptance. It all stems from the fact that Mason has a different mother than his siblings. (I'm sure she'll turn up at some point in the show," predicts Davies.) To hear Lane tell it, Mason's abandonment as a child, his lack of motherly love and the fact that his father saw him "as a kind of possession rather than a person," contributed to his character's psychological profile. That profile includes a mean streak of considerable proportion--and ingenuity. Thus, Davies doesn't falter when asked about Mason's most malicious act. "It was when he told C.C. that his favorite son was gay. And later, he told C.C. that that son wasn't his son at all. That was something done deliberately to hurt another human being. Just out of meanness. But the sneakiest thing Mason has ever done, well, that was when he changed his stepmother's pregnancy test so that she'd sleep with him to get pregnant (she didn't know it, but she was already pregnant)." Davies laughs when recalling the consummation of that relationship in the back of an ambulance. "We had just been rescued from a hotel fire. So there we were, in the heat of the moment so to speak. She had just sprained her ankle, but she wasn't too seriously hurt!"

A native of Georgia (his voice carries only the faintest hint of his Southern roots), Davies and the rest of his family were active in their hometown community theater. His father was the head announcer at the local radio station. Still, Lane was the only one to turn professional--beginning with dinner theater right out of high school and continuing with summer plays sandwiched in between semesters at Middle Tennessee State University. Following graduation, Davies headed for Atlanta, where he continued his work in the theater, made some commercials and tried his hand at modeling. During this time, Davies acted and sang in such musicals as Camelot, Man of La Mancha and Kiss Me Kate. Afterwards, Davies headed for Hollywood, where he guest-starred on such prime time series as CHiPS as well as in two TV-movies, The Gift of Love (1978) with Marie Osmond and Timothy Bottoms and The Suicide's Wife (1979) with Angie Dickinson. Around the same time, he starred opposite that most famed of canine stars, Lassie, in the family feature, The Magic of Lassie.

The film found Lane romantically paired with Stephanie Zimbalist (now of Remington Steele fame), with whom he croons a tune. The songs originally recorded for the film, however, were later scrapped in favor of voice-over songs by Pat and Debbie Boone. Lane also has the distinction of buying Zimbalist her first legal drink during the 1977 shoot. ("She turned 21 on the way back from location.") And then there were his scenes with Lassie. "I hit Lassie on the head with an orange--by accident," Davies laughs. "It was my second day on location. I was supposed to help Stephanie with a bag of groceries. An orange was supposed to fall out the top of the bag, roll down the street and Lassie was supposed to get it." Instead, Davies dropped the orange on the dog's head and Lassie began to run, a bit dazed. "Here was this million dollar dog, running up the street with cars going by. I thought, 'This is it. I'll just leave my clothes in my dressing room and drive back to LA.'"

It was with his role as Dr. Evan Whyland on Days of Our Lives that Lane Davies's career really took hold. (Trivia buffs might recall that it was Whyland who, through artificial insemination, provided the sperm that impregnated Maggie. They later fell in love--until Whyland turned crazy.) According to Davies, Evan suffered when a new writing team came in and had the character doing things that weren't true to his history. Davies provided his own theory of why plot/character changes occur when new writers come aboard, saying it is due, in part, to the royalties the writers receive for the new characters they create. "On the soaps, these are sacred cow -- characters that really can't be touched because they have such big followings. But if you can kick off others and bring in new ones who catch on, you make more money. So, smart writers have a tendency to make some characters (that they did create) expendable."

Still, Lane Davies is happy working in daytime. "I like the nature of the job because I like to work a lot. And there's no other medium where you can do this much material this often," he declares. Davies also tries to remain active in theater and film while doing the soap. This past March, he appeared opposite his good friend and co-star Louise Sorel (Augusta Lockridge) in a production of Hamlet. He's also done some dabbling in screenwriting and confesses that he and his buddy/co-star A Martinez (Cruz Castillo) have talked about how they'd like to one day team up in prime time doing either action-adventure or even a Western -- as opposed to a nighttime soap. His recent feature films have included: Impure Thoughts, a modestly budgeted film set in purgatory, in which the characters ponder the events that led to their deaths; Funland, a black comedy about an amusement park; and Kissable, about a serial murderer. Atlanta filmmakers were behind the aforementioned titles, which were filmed in Davies's home state. That is one reason he agreed to do them.

When he's not working, Lane heads for the hills. Literally. He has a cabin near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains, where he fishes, works on scripts and, more or less, kicks back. Though Davies relishes his days off, he is a go-getter who has sketched out his plans for the future. What makes him unique is the fact that he refuses to play the part of hustler in a town overrun by hustlers -- which make Lane Davies somewhat of a show biz rarity. "What can I say?" shrugs Davies. "I want to do things the way I want to do things."

Also: Q. How did Brick Wallace (Richard Eden) wind up in a wheelchair on SB?

A. Brick quit his job as the Lockridge chauffeur in order to move to New Stailand, marry Amy and raise their son there. As Janice (Kathy Shower), the new chauffeur, drove him to the airport, Augusta (Louise Sorel) was racing home to stop Lionel from visiting Brandon. (Lionel had just learned that the boy was his grandson.) The two cars collided and Brick ended up in a wheelchair. Amy returned to SB to take care of Brick, but he didn't want her to be with him out of pity. Eventually, the couple reconciled and wed.

A letter: SB is my absolute favorite show, but I am sick of all the unnecessary cast changes. First, it was Joe Perkins. They fired Dane Witherspoon, who was doing a perfectly fine job. Then it was Santana Andrade. The role was originally played by Ava Lazar, a superb actress who was sexy, conniving and caring at the same time. SB replaced her with Margaret Michaels, who was also a good actress, but all Santana did was bitch about Gina. Soon Michaels was gone and Gina Gallego was in. There is also the case of Gina Capwell, portrayed by Linda Gibboney. In my opinion, she was the best actress on the show. Gibboney was one in a million, but SB got rid of her, too. While I'm sure that Robin Mattson is very talented and capable, the character of Gina just isn't the same. Now, there's a new C.C.! What was wrong with Charles Bateman? I have one thing to say to the Dobsons (SB's creators): I just wish you would realize it when you have a good thing!

Q. What motivates your character to be so evil?

A. Joseph Bottoms (ex-Kirk Cranston, SB) "Kirk is a complicated character. His success and ability in the business world are the root of his failure in the realm of human relationships. Kirk's determination to succeed can become so cutthroat that when he applies his will to do something, he can't accept failure. His unrequited love for Eden is a perfect example of how his mentality can be destructive. Kirk will not take a loss in business or love -- no matter what it takes to keep him on top."

And finally: Actors who are least like their characters!

Robin Wright (Kelly Capwell, SB) Robin Wright is not exactly like the prim and proper Capwell daughter she portrays on TV. Though Robin does have her elegant moments, there is another side to her that has earned her a special reputation around the set. Not unlike most 20-year-olds, Robin loves her sleep. However, her hectic work schedule has her arriving at the studio at 7:30 am most mornings. The result is rather humorous. Complete with hair down, baggy sweatpants, sneakers and an old jean jacket, Robin struts in with her Raybans in place and her little Chinese Sharpei (She-wa) at her heels. What follows is a very informal breakfast meeting with whoever is in the production office at the time, in which Robin shares her thoughts about anything that has happened to her lately and whatever else crosses her mind. With her sleepy, playful cuteness -- quite different from the beleagured Kelly Capwell -- Robin Wright is hysterical.