Saturday, May 14, 2011
The producers considered bringing Wayne Northrop's season 1 character Michael - Blake's nosy chauffeur and Fallon's part-time lover - back in season 3. Once they finally got around to it in season 7, I'm not sure I really cared for seeing him on the show again.
And my indifference to seeing Michael return doesn't really have anything to do with the whole Karen Cellini mess. I don't think I would have enjoyed watching his tired schemes had he been paired off with the lovely Catherine Oxenberg instead either.
Back in season 1 it was a lot of fun watching the spoiled brat Fallon (played by the brilliant Pamela Sue Martin) jerk Michael around, while hmm... exchanging ideas on the upcoming football season with members of daddy's team.
But then they reintroduced him with that sloppy re-enactment of the infamous bathtub scene (the frame-by-frame comparison was one of my first YouTube videos in 2008) and I couldn't have been more underwhelmed.
Once they got rid of Cellini (both Amanda and Michael were originally supposed to have stuck around till the season finale when the mob would have had the limo carrying them and Blake to a court hearing bombed) they didn't know what to do with him.
Perhaps the original idea for season 3 would have worked better - Fallon was supposed to battle it out with Adam in court over the control of Jeff's estate, while he lay ODed on paint at the hospital.
Adam would have brought Michael back to testify at the hearing and help him defeat Fallon (I'll tell you more about the original plans for season 3 in an upcoming post - a big thanks to Gilles for supplying me with season 3 bible).
Did you think Michael was a good character worthy of coming back who just happened to fall victim to a messy season? Or should they have never bothered once he served his purpose in the inaugural season?