RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE

  The nighttime series, Peyton Place, was a successful, but not 
  long-lived, attempt at bringing soap opera to primetime.  So popular 
  the concept, it was resuscitated, revived and expanded for a daytime 
  version. Premiering on April 3rd, 1972, it treated us to a 
  magnificent insight of the rest of the story.  Return to Peyton Place 
  allegedly took up where the nighttime version left off.  There were 
  some of the same faces, some new faces and most of the same 
  characters.  Sadly, it ended in January of 1974. Gail Kobe,  an 
  accomplished actress in her own right, was an associate producer. 

  Some of the characters were aged, some were raised from the dead and 
  others were just as they had been before.  This caused more than a 
  little confusion at first, for those that had watched, and loved the 
  night version.  But the cast was a terrific ensemble, one that had 
  vast soap experience. 

  Constance and Elliot Carson still held their respective careers; she 
  the owner/operator of the Book Gallery, he the publisher of the town 
  paper, The Clarion.  Their son, Matthew was aged to a school-aged lad 
  and Eli Carson was the mainstay of free advice and a listening ear. 

  Constance Mackenzie Carson had given birth to a daughter, Allison, out 
  of wedlock some twenty-plus years before. Learning that Elliot was her 
  father was a blow to Allison that caused her act impulsively and 
  irrationally at times.  She had left Peyton Place before the end of the 
  night series and had come home, to daytime, some years later.  She’d had 
  a terrific crush on Rodney Harrington, the son of Leslie Harrington. 
  But he was married to Betty now and living in a neighboring town.  Betty 
  had been the rival to Allison for Rodney’s affections in high school. 
  Allison, the chaste, proper, almost waif-like teenager was no match for 
  the fast and glamorous Betty.  Rodney's brother, Norman, was still 
  married to Rita Jacks, daughter of Ada, the town tavern owner. 

  Dr. Michael Rossi, who had had a real longing for Constance, was 
  single for a long time.  When his nurse, Selena Cross, manipulated him 
  into marriage, it was only because Constance was still married to 
  Elliot.  What Dr. Mike didn't know was that the Carson marriage wasn't 
  all that stable.  After a time, Mike and Connie became better friends, 
  mostly because of their unhappy home life.  Sigh, if only Dr. Mike and 
  Connie had felt more open for communication, they could have been 
  happy, together.  But, he knew he was settling for second best when he 
  married Selena. 

  Betty was disenchanted with her married life and entered into an affair 
  with her former husband, Steven Cord.  Steven was the illegitimate son 
  of the town magnate, Martin Peyton and Hannah, Peyton's housekeeper. 
  Steven was running Peyton Industries, as his father, although deceased 
  in the night version, was very much alive and living in the Bahamas in 
  the day version.  Betty and Steven had been married once before.  When 
  Rodney had vacillated between Allison and Betty, Betty had spitefully 
  married Steven, who was smitten with her.  But because Betty never loved 
  Steven the way she thought she loved Rodney, that marriage went on the 
  rocks.  However, once her union with Rodney became routine, Steven was 
  suddenly infinitely more attractive.  Of course, being the Peyton heir 
  probably had nothing whatsoever to do with Betty's change of heart. 
  Even though Betty and Rodney reconciled, again, they eventually broke 
  up when Rodney discovered that Betty’s child was not his, but Steven’s. 
  Steven was more than happy to take Betty back and raise his son. 

  Allison, who Dr. Mike realized was addicted to drugs, went through 
  rehab and went to work with her father at The Clarion.  She was 
  instrumental in getting her parents to see a marriage counselor, but in 
  the end, it didn’t work out for Eliot and Connie.  Elliot, dejected and 
  unhappy, left town for a job in Baltimore.  Connie was left to cry on 
  the shoulder of Dr. Mike, who although still married to Selena, was 
  very sympathetic. 

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