We continue with both the bad quality (but not so bad as last night’s by far) and the awesome couples during Christmas 1982. You might notice that I haven’t done as in depth descriptions of the episodes this year as last. Frankly it’s because I ran out of time, I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway.
We finally get to see Grant Aleksander the Phillip we all know and love. At this point Phillip was living with Jackie and Justin, after the mother who raised him decided that would be best for him after discovering he was their biological child (Alan had adopted Phillip when Jackie gave him up for adoption without telling Justin when their marriage fell apart, their own son died and Alan never told Elizabeth). Read more about it here:
Much later Jackie and Justin had reunited. Together they had a baby girl named Samantha who would be raised out of Springfield, but return for an ill-fated romance with Dylan leading her to be severely injured during Reva’s driving off a bridge fiasco. At this point, Phillip has been spending a lot of time at boarding school (Lincoln Prep) and didn’t even come back for Jackie’s funeral, he didn’t know she was really his mother.
It’s nice getting a glimpse of Bert’s house. Trouble for Maureen & Ed (I think that guy was an old boyfriend). I loved Hope and Alan, if only Alan had been stronger. I truly believe he loved hope. I really enjoyed Floyd’s slip over his daughter’s name. Nola had gotten pregnant via Floyd, but made Kelly think he was the father. Even after the truth came out, Nola named the baby girl Kelly, just to pick at Kelly and his wife Morgan. Having found a little more maturity, Nola renamed her Anastasia or Stacy.
This was also a big episode because it gives, if not the first mentions, very early mentions of LTA (Los Tres Amigos – the oil company founded by Amanda-Ross-Josh) which would drive story for the next few years and the venerable Springfield institution Company.Also, another wonderful Mike Bauer at Christmas song.
Without further ado, enjoy Springfield 1982!
This was another great year. Glad to see the older Phillip. I was so hurt by Jackie’s death. This is Bert’s house. Maureen #1 before she fled to Oakdale. Sadly there was already trouble brewing between Hope and Alan. I truly believe that Alan really loved Hope. 4:27 Note Floyd’s Kelly-Stacie slip.
2:25 LTA begins! Jennifer is Amanda’s mother and the former mistress of both Alan and Brandon.
Mike Bauer sings at Christmas Eve “O Holy Night” 5:17 Tony and Company
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