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The ten hottest topics on Melrose Place (so far).

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There are two more episodes of Melrose Place left and before the big finale airs I thought it would be good to review what’s been working for the show. Based on upticks in page views of this blog over the past seven months, I’ve determined which stars and plotlines were hits with the viewers and am sharing the results with my followers as a top-ten list. This is all VERY unscientific and some of it seems pretty obvious (i.e., Ella’s shoes), but hey — it’s fun, so without further ado, I present the ten most popular Melrose-related search topics according to yours truly. Hopefully next year I can do a rundown of season two’s hot subjects.

 

#10 – Victor Webster as Caleb – The Melrose producers may not have chosen to keep Caleb around when Heather Locklear returned as Amanda, but a post I made back in January suggesting he be brought back STILL is getting hits and is one of the few posts to elicit comments from diehard Melrose fans. A missed opportunity indeed.

#9 – The Melrose Place spread in Entertainment Weekly – Melrose fans really liked the shot of the new cast featured in the Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly. My scan of the two-page spread is one of the most popular images that leads people to Melrose Again through image searches.

#8 – TV Guide’s behind-the-scenes tour of Melrose Place – Melrose fans were very eager to have the show return after nearly three long months of reruns, so when TV Guide ran a full page of photos of the cast with commentary from gorgeous Stephanie Jacobsen (Lauren), my scan got a big welcome from Web surfers.

 

#7 – Is Violet Sydney’s nutcase daughter? – We now know that a biological link was the reason for the eerie similarities between the dearly departed Sydney Andrews and fellow carrot-top troublemaker Violet Foster.

#6 – Josie Bissett’s guest appearance – Jane is anything but plain judging from the hits I still get from people Googling for pictures and information about her portrayer, Josie Bissett. Maybe she should return permanently.

#5 – Melissa Ordway, Melrose’s newest bombshell – She’s only been in two episodes so far, but this sexy blonde has made a big impact with Melrose fans curious about Morgan, the new girl in town.

#4 – Jane and Ella’s fashion statements –  The shot I posted of Jane and Ella  in designer threads is a super popular image on this blog. Most of the searches seem to be about the killer shoes Ella tends to wear.

#3 – Vanessa is revealed as Sydney’s killer on December 8 – The Melrose producers may have thought the murder mystery was too dark for the masses, but my post about the exciting episode that solved the crime is the most popular storyline among Melrose Again visitors so far. I’ve gotten views from as far as Germany.

#2 – Katie! Katie! Katie! – It’s all about Ella, folks. Katie Cassidy is by most accounts the show’s breakout star and page views on this blog zoom whenever she or her character are the subject of a post. Like I said, obvious stuff.

 

#1 – My theory that Vanessa offed Sydney, posted before the December 8 episode aired, is my most popular entry so far. Although subsequent posts have garnered big view tallies, this item still gets hits from all across the world since Melrose aired later in other countries.

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Michael discovers that Lauren is a call girl on Melrose Place!

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Will a broke Amanda marry Ben's millions before Riley steals him away?

The Vulture in Versace

March 16: Jonah parties hard with Ella, David and Lauren to celebrate selling his movie script. Despite all of Ella’s help in making his dream come true, a sloshed Jonah still doubts that she can compare morally with goody-goody Riley. Ella (Katie Cassidy) is too busy turning Jonah (Michael Rady) into a star to notice this slight, placing the news of his movie deal in the top showbiz trade publications. As usual, the Melrose writers are very thorough scripting Ella’s industry scenes, even having her mention the fearsome Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke as she shares the good news with her holier-than-thou crush. Ella fans shake their collective heads as our golden girl even nabs Jonah’s dream actor, Owen Anderson, for the role based on him. He’s got a lot of nerve judging her! When Owen insists on meeting the woman who inspired the female lead in the script, Ella doesn’t hesitate to ask Riley (Jessica Lucas) to put her hurt feelings aside to meet with the method actor and support Jonah’s career. Riley plays along at first, but her anger gets the best of her and she tells Owen that she and Jonah are splitsville, referring to Ella as the Versace-clad vulture responsible for the split. Owen loses interest in the role. Ella and Riley have it out over Jonah and Riley’s bitter words cut Ella deeply. When a humbled Ella encourages Jonah to reconcile with Riley, Jonah finally gets a clue and realizes he’s been selling Miss Simms short. He wisely stays put and resumes his passionate new relationship with the pretty publicist.

 

Can Drew make Riley forget Jonah?

Father’s Day

Riley may have her choice of men now. Hunky Dr. Drew Pragin (Nick Zano) flirts with her after moving into Auggie’s pad and starting his new job working with Lauren and Michael. Amanda’s beau Ben (Billy Campbell) takes a liking to Riley, too, and agrees to fund her proposed inner-city boarding school project through his education foundation, much to Amanda’s dismay. She has reason to be concerned. Previews for next week’s episode indicate Ben will seek fringe benefits with the seemingly irresistible Riley. Amanda (Heather Locklear) also has big money worries (as I suspected). She’s in the hole for $15 million and is endangering WPK in her efforts to stay afloat while searching for the missing artwork. All the stress is giving her anxiety attacks that have her running to Michael, who helps her out with a prescription for anti-stress medication (holy middle age!). Michael isn’t having a very good day either. His mounting guilt over his role in the deaths of Sydney and Vanessa make him reckless at the hospital, which almost kills a patient before Lauren intervenes. Later, David (Shaun Sipos) visits him with the news that Vanessa left him a letter revealing that Noah is actually David’s son from a fling they had prior to her meeting Michael. The men’s confrontation ends in their coming to blows. When the Melrosers convene in the courtyard to welcome new neighbor Drew, Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) is called away by madam Wendy (Kelly Carlson) to do one last hooking job. When Lauren shows up in a sausage dress for her appointment, her two careers finally collide as her john turns out to be Michael! He promptly blackmails her into breaking up with David to make him suffer for ruining his dad’s life. How will she worm her way out of this one?

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Melrose Place YouTube clip reveals David is really Noah’s father!

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The CW Network’s YouTube channel posted a video that confirms David (Shaun Sipos) is indeed little Noah’s father rather than Michael (Thomas Calabro) just as the Sydney-Vanessa flashback suggested. The scene starts out with David trying to be there for his (rightfully) guilt-ridden dad but deteriorates pretty quickly. This is supposed to be a more lighthearted Melrose? Tune in March 16!

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Michael’s wife Vanessa is revealed as Sydney’s killer on Melrose Place.

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End game: Michael's faceoff with Vanessa (Brooke Burns) led to another watery death in the Melrose pool.

The Drowning Pool

December 8:  The tide has turned on Melrose Place now that it’s been revealed that Michael’s wife Vanessa (Brooke Burns) killed Sydney (Laura Leighton). Just as I predicted in my November 24 post, last night’s episode showed how Vanessa showed up at Sydney’s and their heated confrontation erupted into a vicious catfight in which Mrs. Mancini stabbed Syd, who stumbled to the Melrose courtyard in an effort to escape only to be tossed into the pool by Vanessa. The murderous Mrs. Mancini had been playing it cool all this time, letting everyone around her take the heat for her crime.  Michael had hidden Syd’s bloody necklace in his car to protect his family (more like his reputation, if you ask me), but when Vanessa visited him in jail all bets were off and the two swapped accusations and threats. Doctor Mike immediately asked David to take little Noah out of the Mancini home so Vanessa couldn’t take him out of the country. Like clockwork, the killer Amazon showed up at Melrose and confronted Violet, who was looking after Noah while David (Shaun Sipos) rescued Lauren from an accidental drug overdose (more on that later). A determined Vanessa made a fatal mistake pulling a gun on Violet to reclaim her kid since Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) knew that she had killed her mom, who as it turned out had made amends with her long-lost daughter just before her murder. The vengeful women struggled and wound up in the pool (where else?). Vanessa hit her head and bled to death while a crazed Violet held her underwater to deliver a dose of poetic justice. Amanda, of course, arrived just in time to witness the scene and provided the cops a self-defense excuse for Violet, who now owes her a favor big time.

Can David (Shaun Sipos) save Lauren's career?

Ella’s Turn

David got a call from a desperate Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen), who had been slipped a sex-enhancing drug by one of her hunky but creepy regular johns at a hotel. When last seen, Lauren was fighting for her life at the hospital where she works as David stood by her side. I wonder how she’s going to explain the overdose to her bosses? Will David provide her an alibi? More important, will he find out that he may be Noah’s father if what we saw in Vanessa’s flashback about Sydney is true? Luckily for Laura Leighton fans, Syd’s flashback appearances are likely to continue despite the resolution of her murder mystery since she had some dirty business dealings with Amanda (Heather Locklear) involving stolen priceless artwork. Amanda is determined to find a piece worth $19 million and Violet may play a role in helping her track it down now that Syd’s dead. They could always try a séance. Amanda’s protégé Ella (Katie Cassidy), meanwhile, was having a far better day as things changed dramatically between Jonah and Riley. Jonah proposed the lovebirds elope in Vegas and Riley’s subtle lack of enthusiasm got on his nerves. Ella, who’s working overtime to get back in his good graces, set up a pitch meeting for him with a hotshot Hollywood producer who bought the concept. Ella delivered the good news just as Jonah and Riley were having a big blowout over her apparent desire to delay their impending marriage. A fed-up  Jonah decided Riley can keep her reticence and rewarded Ella with a long-delayed tumble in the sack. Looks like Jonah’s life is about to get a lot more interesting. Riley meanwhile, rejected a  well-muscled Auggie’s last-ditch effort to distract her from her breakup woes, sending the Augster back to the bottle. Violet, who had spotted Auggie’s lip lock with the hapless Riley, burned a painting of the hunky chef she had been laboring over. How will she and the Augster exit Melrose after the holidays? Is this really the end of Riley and Jonah? Will Ella remain faithful to Jonah? Stay tuned, Melrosers!

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Melrose Place Facebook previews the December 8 episode.

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It looks like the December 8 episode of Melrose Place will shed some light on what Amanda has been looking for since she returned to Los Angeles. The Melrose Place Facebook fan page has a preview of scenes from the episode that show Amanda (Heather Locklear) speaking with Sydney (Laura Leighton) in what appears to be a flashback set in a church. Amanda looks like she’s incognito in a monk’s robe. Syd doesn’t look thrilled to be hearing from her. I’m guessing Amanda is broke and is on the hunt for a key or a number for a bank account with some big payoff that Syd somehow swiped from her. I wonder if Peter Burns, Amanda’s former doctor lover, was the person she was speaking with on the phone at the start of last week’s episode? Maybe he’s waiting for Amanda to find the money and return to their island paradise. In other Melrose news, it looks like David may be inadvertently exposing his baby brother to danger by bringing him to visit crazyhead Violet. Will Michael’s amazonian wife Vanessa arrive on the scene in a murderous rage? I still say she killed Sydney. For more stills from the episode, visit the Melrose Facebook: www.facebook.com/MelrosePlace.

Soul Searching? Is Amanda trying to get Sydney to confess her latest sins?

Will Michael find out about his son's visit with his former blackmailer Violet?

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Michael (Thomas Calabro) is arrested for Sydney’s murder on Melrose Place.

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The Melrose gang have a new neighbor.

Jonah’s Downward Mobility

December 1: Jonah and Riley’s financial problems seem to get a small reprieve when Ella gets him a job at WPK as an IT guy. Help from Ella (Katie Cassidy) comes with strings, as usual, and she convinces him to hack into Amanda’s computer files to find out what Empress Woodward has planned for the miniskirted media manipulator. Ella’s pleased as punch to learn that Amanda (Heather Locklear) is reasonably happy with her performance and relieved when Amanda later tells her she’s impressed by her cyber snooping. Ella, however, lands in the doghouse with Jonah when he reads her kiss-up email congratulating Caleb on swiping Jonah’s directorial credit on the Lady Gaga wannabe’s music video. When Ella tries to spin it in her favor, he quits and fires her from his life. Later that night Jonah (Michael Rady) gets home to find his expensive video camera broken thanks to Riley’s never-ending interference in Violet’s troubles. Turned out Violet’s cute but crazy adopted brother Levi tracked her down all the way from Oregon (via Twitter, no less) and showed himself to be as creepy as Miss Foster when he pressured her into resuming their twisted romance by reminding her about his paying back the money Violet (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) stole from their adoptive dad. Riley (Jessica Lucas) paid off Violet’s debt to loony Levi (with the money Violet had returned to Riley for bailing her out when she had been jailed). Levi resents Riley’s intrusion and breaks into her pad to get information about his rival for Violet’s affection, Auggie. The meth addict gets violent and trashes the place. When Violet shows up with a bat, Levi splits, leaving Jonah with broken dreams along with his busted video camera. 

Seems like old times when Amanda moves into the Melrose complex.

Killer Fish

Amanda drops in on Michael (Thomas Calabro) and wastes no time in interrogating him about a certain memento that Sydney was keeping for her. The great white shark sees right through the blonde barracuda’s sneaky routine and suggests that his thieving son David may know where the loot is given that he was bangin’ Syd, too. David doesn’t take kindly to Amanda’s threats to expose him as a thief when she shows up at the Melrose complex, so her search continues. Michael’s on the hunt, too, for Sydney’s missing bloody necklace after his wife tells him she caught David in their garage. David turns the necklace over to Detective Rodriguez but his stealing it from Michael’s car makes it off limits as evidence, so he teams up with Lauren, whom Michael was trying to use as leverage against his vengeful son, to set the good doctor up. Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) tells Michael she and David are going out and Dr. Mancini takes a page from his son’s playbook, breaking into his apartment at Melrose only to be caught in the act by the cops. David later gathers the Melrosers by the pool for a celebratory toast to the fact that Michael has been arrested for Sydney’s murder. Will Mrs. Mancini (Brooke Burns) bail out her cheating spouse? David’s happy mood is dampened somewhat when Amanda shows up with the bad news that she plans to move into Syd’s penthouse and interfere with the Melrosers lives as only she can.

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Did Michael Mancini’s wife Vanessa (Brooke Burns) kill Sydney on Melrose Place?

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Sleeping with the enemy: Is Sydney's killer right under Michael's nose?

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The November 17 episode put the idea in my head that Michael Mancini’s trophy wife Vanessa (Brooke Burns) may not be as clueless as she seems. When David (Shaun Sipos) ran into her on his way to confront Michael at their home, he told her he thought Papa Mancini offed Sydney because he had been sleeping with her, but she didn’t flinch. What gives? Vanessa has been pretty low key since the show began in September, popping up sporadically like a towering beauty pageant contestant next to Michael and not contributing much else to the story. The skimpy role seemed odd for a sexy TV actress with some recognition factor (the series Baywatch, North Shore and Pepper Dennis are on her resume). An entry on Wikipedia mentions that she is set to star in a new series called Mistresses so it stands to reason that Burns is getting a speedy exit from Melrose soon. My theory is that Vanessa knew about Michael’s indiscretions with Syd and went to the Melrose complex to confront her. Waiting in the shadows, she noticed that Syd’s apartment was a revolving door of men (such a shock!) as Michael, David and Auggie paid visits while she was flying high as a kite on drugs. After the drama with the guys passed, Vanessa finally faced off with Sydney and their catfight turned deadly with Vanessa accidentally, or purposely, stabbing Sydney with the knife that Syd had sliced Auggie with and tossing her bloody corpse in the Melrose pool. It’s no secret Vanessa isn’t fond of David so she probably planted the knife on him to make him think he did the deed during his blackout and later hid Sydney’s bloody necklace in Michael’s car to kill two birds with one stone. I suspect the good doctor’s wife had had her fill of the Mancini men!

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