This is actually from February 1984, but it’s about wearing costumes and I didn’t find much Halloween this year so I’m counting it in. Note this is from two different channels. One is much higher quality than the other, but I’m including both to have the whole story.
They say: “This episode is the Valentine Masquerade Ball in February 1984. It is Beverly McKinsey first appearance as Alexandra Spaulding. Vanessa is engaged to Alan. Tony is hiding his illness from Annabelle. Jim hasn’t revealed his true identity yet. Nola is pregnant with A.J. It features the classic scene of Reva and Vanessa locking up Billy’s date in the bathroom. Also includes Hillary, Henry, H.B., Mindy, Rick, Beth, Philip, Bradley, Quint and Alan.”
This is actually a nice umbrella story. Vanessa organized this masquerade ball. It’s primary purpose is to introduce the new character of Alexandra Spaulding who hides from her brother Alan until the critical moment, but talks to about everyone else. Several stories come to a turning point. Hillary is fed up having to hide with her boyfriend Dr. John Stephens and at him having to talk to everyone else just in time for him to be outed as Dr. Jim Reardon, making Ed look ridiculous for thinking he was having an affair with sister Maureen. Nola is about to have Anthony James any minute, but is dealing with the fact that her daughter Anastasia has a severe hearing loss which she finally accepts tonight. Tony Reardon has a terminal if not operated on condition and the several friends who know about it are all outed when after trying to convince Annabelle he’s an alcoholic, finally Tony is confronted by Annabelle and he confesses his illness. Alan who has been trying to manipulate Vanessa into marrying him for business reasons, gets her firm refusal when after spending all night trying to make each other jealous, she marries Billy instead right on the spot. Mindy and Rick realize they love each other and Phillip and Beth announce their engagement. Top it off for a really fun scene where Vanessa and Reva team up to stick Billy’s date in a closet. I could go on, but in other words, a good time was had by all.
Vanessa finishes preparations for the Masquerade Ball. Alan bucks up Vanessa. The ominous figure outside the door is Bradley Raines. They just make brilliant use of the side door on the set and how they have it set up to shoot between the dance floor and out the door and vice versa. Just wonderful long shots. I really preferred Leslie Ann with Floyd Parker, but honestly I think Warren Andrews did truly love her despite being ultimately responsible for her death. Jim aka John Stephens is coming in the back because he doesn’t want his family or friends to recognize him and he’ll spend the evening dodging them. Alan says Beth is wearing Phillip’s adoptive mother, Elizabeth’s wedding dress. It is lovely.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5lFFJ60nI (Part 1)
Beth and Phillip have a lovely dance. Beth had been raped by her step-father Bradley Raines. It’s great that she went to talk to a counselor. Hillary discovers she won’t actually get much time with her date tonight. Mindy and Rick look lovely dancing together. As many times as Ed’s cheated he’s certainly acting affronted when Maureen isn’t even guilty of anything. Tony thinks he’s dying and Ed knows about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SbztWcse1I (Part 2)
That was really clever of Bradley to use Alexandra’s unexpected delay to his advantage. It’s good that Bradley gives his name. He’s been off canvas for awhile. Bradley blackmails Alan. How many times was poor Alan blackmailed. Stacy has a hearing problem. Nola is in denial. That was totally unfair of Nola, Quint did treat Stacy as his.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5kt5mlacMs (Part 3)
Annabelle tries to get the truth out of Tony. Tony stubbornly keeps hiding it and claims he’s an alcoholic. Ed and Tony are brother-in-laws, but they were never particularly close. Tony is closer to his other brother-in-law Quint. Ed hasn’t been operating lately because of an injury.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nStkE0dUV_M (Part 4)
Tony’s ailment is making him faint. Rick and Mindy declare their love for each other. It’s odd Alan wasn’t sure it was Alexandra. Also odd that they have three “no, it couldn’t be” stories going at once. Billy arrives with a hot pink harlot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ZBbwnMD5k (Part 5)
Vanessa is wearing a little peculiar dress because it will be her bridal gown and that is a very 1980s bridal gown form. Vanessa and Billy are in the middle of a lover’s feud. Alan had decided he wanted to marry Vanessa, basically for business reasons and is trying to sweep in and carry her off. This is a highpoint for both Rick-Mindy and Mindy-Phillip. It’s this time period that would totally made me happy with the Rick-Mindy endgame if there hadn’t been an Abby or a Rusty. Nola is wearing a terrible dress because she’s almost ready to drop her and Quint’s baby the future Anthony James Chamberlain. Tony is trying to push Annabelle away at this point and the mystery man she’s talking to is Tony’s brother Jim, but for stupid controverted reasons he’s hiding from his family. He’s also researching a cure for the Dreaming Death disease. I don’t think this is how Leslie’s answer was written. “You look, Hi Phillip.”
Stacy is short for Anastasia who is Nola and Floyd’s young daughter. Tony is dealing with a health issue. Bea Reardon is Tony, James, Nola, and Maureen’s mother. She was a long term love interest for Henry Chamberlain. Henry and H.B. are very defensive about their mutual children. Jeva are together at this party and having fun. Hillary was Jim’s best romance and the only storyline that I liked Jim in. Phillip announces that he and Beth plan on being married March 16th which is also Beth’s birthday. Sadly this wedding won’t happen. Nice shot looking from Alan-Phillip through the door to Bradley Raines.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsEZFWg2Pps (Part 7)
Henry gives Alan good sense. Alan never listens to good sense. Nola, no fool, recognizes her brother without telling the audience who he is. Lujack is working parking in the country club lot. Ross is definitely drunk. They have a lot of masked extras here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-smzLWnQVoE (Part 8)
The Country Club Ladies Room always means great scenes. It’s amazing how Vanessa and Reva started out as rivals and enemies and ended up as great friends. This is an early example of their relationship along the lines of “We might do a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves, but these outside people best leave us alone.” I hate this lady calling Billy, William. Reva to Vanessa: “Go after HER!” Ladies Room Fight, love Reva grabbing feathers off her dress. This is an important beat of the Lujack-Beth story. Phillip hated Lujack, but I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t think it was classist like Lujack’s hate for him. Vanessa and Reva were really great together here. Also a great Tony-Annabelle beat where they try to protect each other.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDeJaERoEo (Part 9)
Annabelle reacts to the news Tony is dying. Annabelle is reacting to Tony’s news he hit his head at Lake Elizabeth because he was saving her and it was her father’s fault. Reva was more comfortable with high jinks than Vanessa. Reva is bound and determined to get Billy and Vanessa together. Ed was already insisting Maureen do what he wants right now, when giving her some time might put it right. That attitude will ultimately cost Maureen her life. Apparently Lakeland Country Club isn’t walking distance from the Bauer House or Spaulding Mansion. I love how even the help have to wear masks and the guy announcing guests. They establish that Alan’s kids call her Aunt Alex right away. I love that. Like a real hospital Cedars is always adding new wings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xZOV67EZo (Part 10)
Tony tells Annabelle he’s only going to live a few more weeks. I love how Annabelle can read Tony. Tony: “I only trust Ed.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLhDb0OUgg (Part 11)
Love the ceilings on these sets. It’s too bad Alan and Alex wasted 20 years when they are really so close. Alan: “Alexandra, the one thing you’ll never be is ordinary.” Wait, Alex hasn’t seen Alan in 20 years. If that’s true, how does Phillip remember Alex? Alex builds on the retcon that both the Spauldings and the Chamberlains have always lived in Springfield. Reva sure is fun tonight and she isn’t even wearing red.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTWOfB620A (Part 12)
I can’t get over how much I love the bar at the Country Club or how ugly Nola’s dress is. By this point Vanessa has gotten used to having a half-brother and they have developed a relationship. Vanessa confronts Billy over his game playing. Quint should have corrected Nola. Nice good night Gracie joke. In 1984 Princess Di rumors are that she’s having twins, not about all the affairs. In an otherwise brilliantly shot episode Tony’s eyes and the POV of Annabelle don’t line up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE-QCdGn3p8 (Part 13)
Even when they are mad at each other, Ed always turns to Maureen when he needs someone he can depend on. Vanessa agrees to give Billy a second chance on her terms. They had been engaged and Vanessa broke it off. And Jim Reardon completely blows his secret identity to help Tony. “Gently with the head” maybe you should wait for an ambulance and back board Ed. I can see trying to keep people calm before they remove Tony, but they are really continuing afterwards???? I wonder if some of these extras are professional dancers they are THAT good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0bgzMdddTo (Part 14)
Floyd is mad at Lujack because he hit Tony that is one of two possible causes for the hematoma. Nice tie in of plot, the blocked car got Lujack in to dance with Beth earlier. Alan proposes to Vanessa. Henry dances and talks with Alex.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZwJ3b_Yx6g (Part 15)
Billy gets jealous watching Alan dance with Vanessa. They bring Tony into the Emergency Room.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khqnhraQQd8 (Part 16)
Jim rushes to assist Tony. Floyd and Tony are close friends. Billy throws Vanessa over his shoulder. Bea really has been through the ringer tonight between Tony and Jim and Nola and Maureen. Bea turns to her Catholic faith.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMp_4Yn4Ang (Part 17)
I feel better Claire is on the case. She isn’t always the nicest person, but she was always a crackerjack doctor. Warren had a good side, but he could also be a jerk. Billy insists Vanessa will marry him. Ross and Billy and Trish are currently partners in LTA (Los Tres Amigos).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYq6zFPfjFs (Part 18)
Jim Reardon was pretending to be John Stephens because there really was a John Stephens, but he died. Jim was his assistant. Warren knew, but lied about it to keep grant for hospital. Alan is disgusted by Vanessa and Billy’s marriage. I’m kind of Team Floyd here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_12-VSV6uc (Part 19)
Hillary and Annabelle talk about the problems of being involved with a Reardon. Mindy is wedding planning. Hillary confronts Jim about his actions. Jim did give up his research for his family. I think he did make his choice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96eOYqmyeaQ (Part 20)
Billy and Josh discuss the loves of their lives. Vanessa calls Trish her best friend and talks about locking Billy’s date in the closet (she’s still in there). I think H.B.’s reaction is because Henry. “Vanessa ain’t no cow pony, Billy. She’s a high stepping filly who’ll trample you under foot if you ever let go of those reins.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUTn1kU6aBs (Part 21)
Mindy gives Phillip what for for him struggling with Rick. Alan to Reva: “I paid you good money to break up [that] wedding and you failed.” Reva: “No, I broke it up once, it’s just that there’s no guarantee on the job.” That’s a “My Fair Lady” medley playing in the ballroom during this sequence.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goj9KZhRzDE (Part 22)
Alan goes after Henry to try to stop Vanilly wedding. Actual ceremony.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLX4M_NMUpI (Part 23)
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