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PostSubject: Chicago   Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:33 pm

I was just wondering - do you think Radames Pera posed for that portrait we see of John at the boarding house? I heard he happened to show up on the set while they were filming this episode. Or maybe it was just drawn by an artist who knew how to make him look a little older than he did when he was on the show (subtle changes in skin tone, facial muscles just a fraction longer, etc..).
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:18 pm

This was a sad episode.


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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:26 am

Good way to subtly introduce that kid who would play the role of a "Father Murphy" orphan in Season 2. He was cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:43 pm

It was a sad but great episode. The bad thing of it was that John Jr. was murdered. I don't think it was a great idea to end with his life this way... No

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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:49 am

Yeah..It is a very sad one.....

I wish John Jnr. was in a few more episodes..


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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:30 pm

I liked the whole Sanderson bunch. That was a good way to bring a couple of orphans on the scene. Patricia Neal was awesome in Remember Me. John was a good first beau for Mary, although that didn't work out. I wish too John had been able to complete his dreams as a writer. OR at least have something published that he had written.
I also wish they had more storyline written for Carl. Brian Part was wonderful in this character.
I never liked how Isaiah and Grace broke up. They found each other later in life , had a family waiting for them so I just fill they should have been past all the drinking etc.
Mr. Edwards had already lost his first wife and daughter, so this was his second chance. Guess I just always want a happy ending....




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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:25 am

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I liked the whole Sanderson bunch. That was a good way to bring a couple of orphans on the scene. Patricia Neal was awesome in Remember Me. John was a good first beau for Mary, although that didn't work out. I wish too John had been able to complete his dreams as a writer. OR at least have something published that he had written.
I also wish they had more storyline written for Carl. Brian Part was wonderful in this character.
I never liked how Isaiah and Grace broke up. They found each other later in life , had a family waiting for them so I just fill they should have been past all the drinking etc.
Mr. Edwards had already lost his first wife and daughter, so this was his second chance. Guess I just always want a happy ending....

I agree

Was there an episode where he and Grace broke up? I don't remember it scratchead


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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:32 pm

They had Mr. Edwards drink again after John dies and Grace (played by a different person later) didn't understand and had enough. They had her meet and marry a man pretty quickly after he went back to Walnut Grove it seemed. So sad his character lost a wife and child to disease, he met Grace, they adopted 3 children and they had them break up and then he meets "Jane" and it can't work out with her and Matthew, the mute boy, goes back with his Dad. A lot of heartache for one person.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:47 am

One thing I will also remember about Victor French and Matthew, is that speech Edwards gave in Church when they were going to send Matthew back to the orphanage. In my opinion, that was one of Victor French's finest acting performances. It blew me away! I know its off subject, but when you mentioned Matthew above, it brought back that memory.

I hated to see Radames get killed off. I always thought he was a pretty good actor, and had some great moments with Mary and Isaiah.


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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:52 pm

I did too...in an interview he said he was shocked he was to be killed also, but ratings were ratings. It was bad enough he had to cheat on Mary, but I thought he could have been attacked or whatever but lived. He had some good scenes with Victor French who is a wonderful character actor. I loved him in Highway to Heaven later also.
I don't believe his character meant to hurt Mary but he was in a different world, growing up more and his love of books, etc. would never have taken him back to Walnut Grove.

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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:01 pm

In some way, this episode could almost be seen as a way of redeeming John Jr. for the way he treated Mary. He was tracking down a story, hoping to expose evil men when he was killed. That makes him sympathetic to the viewer and not such a cad.

I wonder how much MSA's supposed dislike for Radames played into what they ended up doing with his character. Would things have been different if the actors had gotten along? Would Mary and John Jr. have ended up married? That would have meant no Adam, which would have made me sad.


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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:50 pm

Hmmm you make me think Cheryl. scratchead I believe the writers had this one right. Mary really did go blind and she did go to college. SO, they needed a reason to write more into her story other than just adjusting to her disability and learning how to take care of herself again. Meeting Adam worked and we all know Mary wanted to be a teacher. I just don't think Melissa and Radames had the chemistry at all on camera, and it showed.
Although, in the episode where they are engaged Melissa's tearful speech to Mr. Edwards in the field was A+.

Radames was a good actor, but in this role he just couldn't really go anywhere but to college.




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PostSubject: Chicago   Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:35 am

bethandmanly wrote:
In some way, this episode could almost be seen as a way of redeeming John Jr. for the way he treated Mary. He was tracking down a story, hoping to expose evil men when he was killed. That makes him sympathetic to the viewer and not such a cad.

I wonder how much MSA's supposed dislike for Radames played into what they ended up doing with his character. Would things have been different if the actors had gotten along? Would Mary and John Jr. have ended up married? That would have meant no Adam, which would have made me sad.

Radames blamed it on the fact that Victor French irritated Michael when he took another acting part without telling him. You never know........
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:27 pm

Davetucson wrote:
bethandmanly wrote:
In some way, this episode could almost be seen as a way of redeeming John Jr. for the way he treated Mary. He was tracking down a story, hoping to expose evil men when he was killed. That makes him sympathetic to the viewer and not such a cad.

I wonder how much MSA's supposed dislike for Radames played into what they ended up doing with his character. Would things have been different if the actors had gotten along? Would Mary and John Jr. have ended up married? That would have meant no Adam, which would have made me sad.

Radames blamed it on the fact that Victor French irritated Michael when he took another acting part without telling him. You never know........

Yes, I remember that. I still think they could have worked around it if they were interested in keeping the John Jr./Mary storyline. John was almost an adult. Gin could be right, that they were moving Mary in a different direction and John Jr. just didn't fit into that mold.
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PostSubject: Radames   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:11 am

Guest wrote:
I was just wondering - do you think Radames Pera posed for that portrait we see of John at the boarding house? I heard he happened to show up on the set while they were filming this episode. Or maybe it was just drawn by an artist who knew how to make him look a little older than he did when he was on the show (subtle changes in skin tone, facial muscles just a fraction longer, etc..).

I doubt very much he showed up on the set. He had returned to New York to attend acting classes in 1979. He was there for three years. Proved to be one of the biggest mistakes of his career. When he returned, had great difficulty getting parts and eventually left acting.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:43 am

Yes, I was reading that in an interview. You never know really what to do. He wasn't a seasoned actor, had limited time on Little House but he should have stayed in California for contacts.
It's too bad a supposed quarrel with Victor French had repercussions with his TV family, but that's show-biz. They were good friends otherwise.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicago   Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:52 am

Well, at least his Mother was still left to do one episode in 1978.
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