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Jonathan Randall comes full circle in the game of life
It's uncommon for a character to give several years worth of impact
two year showing. In effect, that's what Jonathan Randall's character
done for Guiding Light. Upon Philip Spaulding's departure and a
declining quality of this daytime soap, Jonathan Randall was a life
a time I least expected. He mystically and frighteningly arrived in
Springfield, keeping his identity secret and allegedly the
behind the phone threats to Reva. Upon making cheap drug deals about
targeting Tammy for a quick lay, I predicted he would last all of
month or two. Yes indeedy, this was one sleazy little ragamuffin!
He scoped out the Shanes and Lewises and devised schemes to make
hell but of course his main target was Reva. Reva was the biological
who left him in a hell hole with a brutal foster father and a weak
mother. Of course we could measure only as much pain Jonathan endured
rage he was showing, and more of it seemed to be showing each and
He schemed his way into Tammy Winslow's heart while hiding the fact
Jonathan, her first cousin. He achieved his goal of taking her
before driving the knife home to the heart of Reva and those she
this point I got really interested because I'd never seen the soaps
controversy quite like this before. A friend of mine who normally
this soap with me bailed after watching Guiding Light for 20 years
Jonathan Randall was the main reason she stopped watching. He was
powerful for her to watch.
Jonathan would continue his rampage through Springfield, including
the ire of the Lewis Boys (Josh and Billy). He fast proved himself to
true Shane however, creating fires (in numerous ways) and taking the
as they came. He was one tough kid! He wasn't as tough as he figured
long run though. His avenging Reva through Tammy backfired as he fell
love with her and she with him. His nemesis, Sandy Foster had
stolen Jonathan's identity and then his true love, Tammy. Another
blow came when his foster father came to town and resumed his mental
Houses of cards fell: Sandy Foster turned sicko and was accidentally
as was Jonathan's demented foster father.
Jonathan Randall rebuilt his life including ownership of a bar,
reconciliation with Reva and the Lewises and Tammy's mother. His
were never far behind him though as he'd slept with Lizzie Spaulding
night after a fight with Tammy and as a result, Lizzie got pregnant.
raises Alan Spaulding's hackles and Jonathan didn't need either a
Alan Spaulding on his back. Incredibly he faced up to both challenges
didn't need Mama Reva to fight his battles for him. She had her own
cross with cancer and it was he who helped her deal with that.
So with a baby arriving and a fake marriage, Jonathan again learns
of being accountable for his mistakes and that he doesn't always
control of events around him.....some of them consuming him. Through
snares in his life, he finally found that blood was much thicker than
and that blind hate is a lonely road to despair. In time he dusted
shoes, took ownership of what was in his heart and eventually united
the true love in his life (Tammy). The ceremonial setting was fast,
characters were incomplete, the timing was sudden - but timing was
Jonathan Randall's strong suit.
As with Romeo and Juliet, the consequences of indulging in forbidden
can prove deadly. Jonathan Randall over two years has danced with
speed through labyrinths that would have befallen men beyond his
wits. He may have just lost his Juliet, but after confronting and
reconciling his demons in Springfield, Jonathan Randall has a lot
living to do.
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