|Santa Barbara's family share memories of a show that was home for eight years|
By Jeffrey Pearlstein, Soap Opera Weekly, 1993
After eight years of lust, passion, romance, excitement, and humor, Santa Barbara goes dark, 15 January, but the memories will linger. Santa Barbara's stars off and onscreen, past and present, recall their time on one of daytime's most innovative soap operas.
In all of daytime, there was nothing quite like Santa Barbara. It broke all the rules and took a lot of risks, and I liked that. Santa Barbara certainly had the respect of our colleagues, and I'm very proud of that.
Walker (Eden Capwell Castillo, 1984-1991)
I honestly can't think of many actress who have gone successfully from playing a bitch (Walker had just come from her role as All My Children's Liza Colby) to a good person. I also never thought I would ever work with someone as great as A Martinez (Cruz). There was something about him that was really open and calming that played upon your emotions. I felt honored to work with him, because everything we did, had such magic to it.
Martinez (Cruz Castillo, 1984-1992)
I have enjoyed a torrent of affection since I first started doing this part. People really loved this character and appreciate my work in the character. One of the things that made our show was that we had a nice, family atmosphere. Marcy and I loved each other, and we found a way to let that come through in our performances. We were definitely given a good opportunity, and we were challenged to make the most of it, and it worked out wonderfully !
Davies (Mason Capwell, 1984-1989)
Judith McConnell (Sophia) called me the night my show Woops premiered, to tell me that she liked it and that Santa Barbara had been pulled. It gave me a vague feeling of loss, but the immediacy of it hasn't hit me since it hasn't been a part of my life since 1989. I was on the show for five years, and I had four really great ones. The last year it became obvious to me that it was time to move on, and although it was not as much fun as the preceding four years, I still had a lot of fun. I don't regret any of the time I spent on that show. Mason was sort of the voice of reason, if not always a welcomed voice. In the beginning I liked his sense of humor and dryness, and I liked that underneath all that he had a good heart. There was a healthy Machiavellian streak to Mason, which was fun to play. I had a good time working with Marj Dusay (ex-Pamela Capwell), who is a terrific actress, and Jed Allan, whom I had also worked with briefly on Days of Our Lives (Davies played Evan Whyland). At one time, I think we had the strongest cast in daytime, and the best writers, too. I was very found of Bridget and Jerry (Dobson), and Jill (Farren Phelps) is a gifted producer. It's unfortunate that the political environment worked against the show. It also never pulled very good numbers, though it's done well in terms of its reputation and rewards. Those were goods old days !
McConnell (Sophia Capwell, 1984-1993)
I've had some delicious acting chores on the show, and that's been great ! Jed (Allan, C.C.) and I know each other really well, so it really was like a husband-and-wife relationship; it was very intimate without being sexual. For the past eight years we've gone from feeling angry to being supportive and helping each other out of jams, and it's been just so great to work with him. We were all so close, and these are friendships that will last forever. No matter what happens, we'll always have that closeness.
Allan (C.C. Capwell, 1986-1993)
One of the best things about working on Santa Barbara was the morale and a great support system from the top on down; it was a total joy and probably the best seven years I've ever had in TV. I loved working on Days of Our Lives (he played Don Craig for 10 years), but the work I've done on Santa Barbara was far more important; this part had much more color and rage. I felt C.C. was mine from the day they first started to cast it (Allan was the fifth C.C.), but they wouldn't cast me because they thought I was too young. People thought it would be a challenge for me, but I just had to dive in with both feet and make (the audience) forget everybody else. There was a lot of humor that was not in the character way back, and I think that was needed to make him palatable, especially to a long-term audience. What the Dobsons created - that craziness, kinkiness and off-centered feeling which the show ran on and which was meant to be - most writers tried to use. It's a shame it's going off NBC, and to the network's detriment, because we have a fine head writer now in Pam Long. I think it was way ahead of what it was before !
Gibboney (Gina DeMott, 1984-1985)
Santa Barbara was probably some of the craziest work I've ever done in my life, and it was probably the hardest work I've ever done in my life, and maybe even the best work I've ever done in my life ! The producers weren't sure of what they wanted (to do) with the character, I kept fighting for the comedy part, and they kept pulling me back. I did the comedy anyway, and I won a Soap Opera Digest Award for that. And that felt really good !
Clark (Lily Light, 1986)
It was exciting working on Santa Barbara, because it was my first job after college, and it was just a great learning experience. I didn't have a lot of time to get nervous about it because I was just thrown right in there, but it was a lot of hard work. I really enjoyed working with Robin (Mattson, Gina). She had a great sense of humor and was just a lot of fun. It's funny, because they're showing Santa Barbara in Europe now and I'm getting all this European fan mail for something I did six years ago.
Gallego (Santana Andrade, 1985-1987, 1989)
What I loved about my character was that they were able to write for me in such a way that allowed me - as an actress - to move through-out different moods so easily; that was exciting for me. Santana could be a very kind, giving person one day and then emotionally unstable the next. I'm grateful to the writers and producers who came up with the idea to make me do those things, because it made me grow so much as an actress. I was really pleased when Jill Farren Phelps thought to bring me back. Although it was only for a short time, it was fun. It was also the first time Santana and Gina actually listened to one another, so I felt like it tied everything up nicely and at least made these two people human beings. I enjoyed everyone there, but I especially enjoyed working with A. He was one of the nicest people, and one of the most giving actors to work opposite. And Justin (Deas, ex-Keith Timmons) was just so much fun. You never knew what he was going to do. He's the type of actor who did not do the same thing at tape that he did at rehearsal, and that made me feel alive all the time, because I had to really watch him and listen to find out what was going to happen next.
Eden (Brick Wallace, 1984-1987)
I only have the fondest of memories. It was a wonderful show, and I think some of the people from the original cast who are still there grew tremendously. In the beginning, very few people had a handle on what they were doing and it was a real struggle, because we were a brand-new-soap. I started a month after the show started, and my part was just supposed to be a very short-term role. But Dame Judith Anderson (ex-Minx) and I got along so well the writers created a whole story based upon that. It was an honor working with her. The early days were exciting, because the show and the casting were irreverent. We didn't have your typical soap opera-looking people, and it was such a wonderful mix. I think that's what the Dobsons created - two very strong families and very strong three-dimensional characters that weren't perfect. Plus there was a lot of sincerity, emotion, truth and humor in the work. I'm very happy that NBC made an investment in me. I think Santa Barbara was a top-notch soap, and I'm sorry for the fans that it's gone.
Coster (Lionel Lockridge, 1984-1988, 1990, 1991-1993)
Lionel and Augusta were unpredictable, and they had a sense of humor about themselves which was one of the secrets of their success. And Louise (Sorel, Augusta) and I went together like a horse and carriage. It was great working with her ! Lionel was a guy who loved life and loved the adventures of life. There were so many outrageous things my character did that I really enjoyed playing.
Sorel (Augusta Lockridge, 1984-1986, 1989, 1990-1991)
Augusta Lockridge, whom I still love, is my illness. There was always something quite delicious about the way she dealt with things. In the early years, Augusta and Lionel had an interesting relationship, and Nick and I had some wonderful emotional scenes. We had the same temperament in terms of our work - a little too passionate, which got in our way sometimes, but we were very in tune with one another. They've had so many changes on this show, the continuity of the characters hasn't been what it should be. It's unfortunate, because I didn't want a lot of people I cared about to be out of work !
Wright (Kelly Capwell, 1984-1988)
Santa Barbara was my first job, and the experience was just great. Judith (McConnell) was like my mother. We were all so close, and that's an unusual thing to have happen. We were like one big family.
I started working on Santa Barbara at the beginning, and there was a family feeling for the people who started off with the show. Santa Barbara was my first job in this crazy business, and it was like being thrown into the fire. The first three months were complete chaos for everyone, but for the most part it was great learning experience. I feel that some of my best work was from Santa Barbara. I know how many people watch soaps, and it's flattering that people have followed my career, considering I played a bad guy on the show.
Mattson (Gina Lockridge, 1985-1993)
I liked Santa Barbara a lot ! The people are a unique group, and there was a lot of closeness and a lot of support, so it really felt like a family. Gina has been a great part to play and I really enjoyed it. The character was half Lucille Ball / half Joan Collins. She's probably the most versatile broad, as far as the different scenes I've done. It was a nice place to work, and I'm going to miss it !
Novak (Keith Timmons, 1990-1991)
When I joined the show, daytime was a new genre for me and quite a learning experience. I was really pleased as punch about the character, because he was so wild. When I was submitted for the character of Keith, I started watching Santa Barbara, and was quite intrigued by it all.
Wolter (Elena Nikolas, 1987)
Elena was my most challenging role, and it was really fun to play that wicked a character. During the day I would run rampant as Elena, the, I'd go home and be very sweet. At the end of my stint the producers asked me to stay, but I really felt she had done her thing for the time being. Everyone was personable, and it was a real nice family there. A Martinez (Cruz) was such a doll, and a real sweet person to work with.
Danielson (Laken Lockridge, 1990-1991)
I loved working on Santa Barbara. I feel like I learned a lot from the people I worked with, especially the people who played my parents Nick (Coster) and Louise (Sorel).
Paige (Minx Lockridge, 1990-1993)
I was blown to have working with Louise Sorel and Nicolas Coster. They were very generous and inventive actors, and they were absolutely wonderful for me. I'm terribly fond of the show. Santa Barbara was a pretty show to watch and it's won a lot of Emmy. I've had a wonderful time.
Johansson (Greg Capwell, 1989-1990)
If I had to do a soap opera, I'm glad it was Santa Barbara. They had a reputation and they cared about their actors, so I was very fortunate to get on the show. I loved working with the people I worked with. Jed Allan (C.C.) was really cool, and he was like a surrogate father to me.
Meadows (Victoria Lane, 1986-1989)
Life on Santa Barbara was just great ! They had one of the nicest, tightest casts I've ever been with, and it felt great to be part of that.
McKee (Ted Capwell, 1984-1989)
Santa Barbara was refreshing because it pushed the limit. There were a lot of talented actors over there, and it was fun to watch them create. Everybody was so talented and so different. I was inexperienced when I got the job, but what a place to start !
Marie Snyder (Laken Lockridge, 1987-1988)
Working on Santa Barbara was fun, and one of the easiest jobs I ever had in my life. I'd come in two or three days and do this fluff, and I was sorry that it ended so abruptly. I felt like they didn't seek the full potential of the character - for whatever reason - but if was a good time for me !
Stevens (Phyllis Blake, 1989-1991)
Santa Barbara was my first experience on daytime, and I enjoyed working on it. I thought Robin (Mattson) and I were cute together, and I enjoyed working with her because it was so natural. People told us we were Lucy and Ethel, and that was the highest compliment. It showed on the screen how much fun we had. But I felt like I was out in the cold for a while, because my character got caught in a changeover of producers and people in power.
Arvesen (Angela Cassidy, 1991-1993)
They've given me a fun part, and I've had enormous fun doing it. We had a wonderful group of people here. I think (executive producer) Paul Rauch has done an incredible job of bringing together the group of people that we had, and it was a joy to come to work every day.
Moncrieff (Cassandra Lockridge, 1990-1992)
The two years I spent on Santa Barbara were a wonderful time for me as far as stretching my limits and forming some of the depths of my potential as an actress. I loved my character, and I think I had the good fortune of being able to speak some of the best lines in daytime. I loved working with Gordon (Thomson) and also made some friends I know I will keep in Eileen Davidson (Kelly) and Michele Val Jean - one of the writers - and that's really nice !
Gibbs (Dash Nichols, 1990-1992)
I felt doubly blessed to be on Santa Barbara because of the family atmosphere and what I learned from my storyline. The writers really pushed themselves and were serious about the date-rape issue, and it gave me a chance to play something meaty. The actors I worked with were another blessing, most notably Nancy (Lee Grahn). I thought Santa Barbara was innovative, and in some respects at the forefront of its type of programming. I also loved the comedy in the show. I enjoyed being part of that aspect, in a very minor way, later on with Louise (Sorel). I came on the show during the Jill Farren Phelps / John Conboy transition, so I didn't get the pleasure of working with Jill, but John was fantastic to work for. I wish everybody, both in front of and behind the camera, all the luck in the world. I think they're very talented and are going to do well.
Dusay (Pamela Capwell, 1987-1988, 1990)
I always thought Santa Barbara was a very good show and liked the work on it. But when I went in it seemed to be just going to hell in a hand basket. I truly believe they had their problems within the show, and they just more or less hired me to get rid of the character. Pamela was the baby of the Dobsons, and when they had their struggle (with NBC, which resulted in their outster from the series they had created) somebody had to take it over, and by then the character couldn't go anyplace. It evidently was so much politics, and if I had known that it would have helped me feel a lot better. I thought Pamela was going to be a wonderful character, and she might have been had the Dobsons stayed. It felt good to return, because there was something of real substance for me to play, and I was much more comfortable. I liked the way the Dobsons brought Pamela back and where she was coming from. It's a shame the show was canceled and I'm sorry for all my buddies there.
Thomson (Mason Capwell, 1990-1993)
In a lot of ways, working Santa Barbara has been one of the most wonderful experiences in my life as an actor. I have done some of my most satisfying work there. When Jerry and Bridget Dobson were writing the show, I was the most talkative man in soap opera history, but there was also a lot of dark exploration, which I enjoyed. Every writer has characters through whom they see themselves, and I think Bridget and Jerry saw themselves through Mason. I love what I do for a living, and I was glad to have a job and a fascinating part. Nancy Lee Grahn is a very good actress. She's funny and feisty, and we got along very well. Marj Dusay was a treat to work with, too. The show had a strong group of actors and an extremely nice crew. It will be sad to disband such an intense team of gifted and dedicated people !
Penny (B.J. Walker, 1992-1993)
Joining Santa Barbara was more than I ever expected it to be. I certainly didn't expect to just walk in here and be plunked down in the middle of every storyline going. I like B.J. very much; she's probably my favorite character (of all the ones) I've ever played. I feel very fortunate I've been given such wonderful stuff to do. Everybody here is so talented, and it's very pleasant to be working with people you like. They don't come here with their own personal agendas and just do their work and leave. We genuinely enjoy being with each other and doing things outside of work. It didn't take long to get used to daytime. One of the major reasons I wanted to check out this medium was the opportunity to work at my craft on a daily basis, and that's exactly what the last seven months have given me the opportunity to do. I love being an actress and being around other people who do the same thing. Everybody welcomed me into the fold, and our working relationship is really perfect. These are friendships that I intend to keep.
O'Hurley (Stephen Slade, 1989-1990)
As an actor I liked the freedom that I felt on that show, but I look back with mixed emotions. I liked a lot of the work I did, but I'm sad I was caught in that revolving period of indecision. I thought my character was very interesting, and I could explore a lot of the darker sides of him, which I liked. Unfortunately, the show was going through a pattern of not committing to any particular storyline, because I think there were just too many people in the creative kitchen. One of the wonderful things the show had was comedy, but during the interim that I was there I watched all these great comedic characters - and I use the word characters strongly - just disappear, and it was frustrating. One reason a lot of the actors who were there with me at the time went over to Santa Barbara was because of the comedy, but all the wonderful humor, the richness that was singular to Santa Barbara, was just gone. But I've never had a bad experience in daytime. I loved the people I worked with on the show. In fact, many of them remain very close friends. I'm always sad when a show gets cancelled, because it means you've got 20 contract people who are out of jobs, and that's too bad.
Allen (Gretchen Richards, 1990)
Out of all of the daytime shows, I thought Santa Barbara was one of the finest. My time on the show was all too short lived, but I liked working there. They were good to me, and I really had a high respect for the actors on the show.
Bond (Mack Blake, 1989-1990)
Santa Barbara was a different experience than General Hospital. It was a much freer experience from a creative standpoint. The day-to-day element, as far as the people and environment, was great. But I felt that Santa Barbara never really delivered to me what they promised, and that was frustrating. At the time the show had two major producer changes and numerous writer changes, so there was no consistency with my character. They enticed me onto the show, and I believe they did have the best of intentions, but it just didn't work out. I thought the work I did with Louise Sorel was interesting, and she did too, but the writers chickened out. The story with Rosalind Allen was interesting, too, but it happened so fast.
Wilson (Lisa Castillo, 1992-1993)
I have had a wonderful experience working on Santa Barbara. I felt very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderfully talented people, and being fairly new to the industry I learned a great deal here. I was lucky to not only have worked with them onscreen but to have learned so much from them off-screen as well. I learned so much from people like Kim Zimmer (Jodie) and A (Martinez, Cruz Castillo), who was my all-time favorite. Even though I didn't have a lot of scenes with him, he was always there to talk to me about different things and was very, very supportive. It's been a wonderful experience, and I almost feel like the family is breaking up, because I'm so close to so many people on the show. I'm hoping we'll be able to stay in touch and work together again in the future.
Irvine (Lily Blake, 1991-1993)
It was nice to show that there was some support out there for us. When somebody comes up to you and says, "We really appreciate your work," it makes you feel like it's not going completely unnoticed. We had so much momentum going that it was silly for them to yank us (off the air). I enjoyed working with Robin (Mattson) a lot. She's an immensely talented actress, and was such a joy to work with.
St. Claire (Tawny Richards, 1990)
I loved Tawny, and I enjoyed everybody on the show. I couldn't have worked with a better cast. Allan Miller (Harland Richards) was great, and I loved Rosalind Allen. At a fan-club dinner, when they were introducing the cast and everyone was screaming, I felt really happy to be a part of the show.
Irizarry (Scott Clark, 1987-1989)
At the time I thought the show was definitely one of the better-written shows on daytime. The people involved with it were really a great group. They were outgoing, friendly, there for you, and they had a sense of humor. I had never seen such a spirited, fun group of people in production.
Coleman (Celeste DiNapoli, 1989-1990)
I can honestly say that working on Santa Barbara was a wonderful experience for me. It was the first solid acting job I was given, and I grew a tremendous amount in the year I worked on the show. Not only that, but that's where I met my husband (Vincent Irizarry, Scott Clark), who gave me my child Siena. Even though Vincent and I are no longer together, I'm extremely grateful because we have a beautiful child. Santa Barbara interwove storylines very well, and it was wonderful to be excited about going to work every day. The show was so good at the time we were working on it, and I was vey disappointed to hear it had been canceled. I wish everyone who was involved in it nothing, but the best of luck !
Rogers (Heather Donnelly, 1988-1989)
It was really well put together. The people there were wonderful, and the coordination of everybody - from props to producers - was great. I was very pleased.
Garland (Kelly Capwell, 1989-1991)
Santa Barbara was the first soap opera I'd done, and they kept me very busy, but I enjoyed it. It was very fortunate that the audience accepted me - for whatever the reason they did - because I knew that everyone adored Robin Wright (the first Kelly, who was replaced briefly by Kimberly McArthur before Garland stepped in). I had never seen the show before, but I heard she was a fine actress and did some great things. I just went in and did my own thing, and it worked. And I'm thrilled that it did. My working relationship with everyone was very good. It was a very harmonious studio. We were all sensitive to each other and a good time working together.
Lee Grahn (Julia Wainwright Capwell, 1985-1993)
I loved the character of Julia ! It was a really good character on daytime, because she was very multidimensional. I loved the relationship between Julia and Mason because it was different and very unpredictable. It wasn't a sappy love story, and that's what I liked about it. The cast was terrific. There isn't a bad apple in this group, and it's been very pleasant to be here.
Lester (Mason Capwell, 1989-1990)
Santa Barbara was a different kind of show from all the other daytime shows, but I loved it. At the time, I'd never been happier professionally. I had the best material that I'd ever been asked to do, and I can think of no one in my entire career with whom I enjoyed working more than Nancy Lee Grahn !
Norris (Laura Asher, 1989-1990)
I had some of the best times I ever had on Santa Barbara, and I was sorry to leave the show. I made a lot of good friends there - Leigh McCloskey, Joe Marinelli, Sharonlee McLean (Annie) and Robin Mattson - and we really felt like we were a team working toward putting out the best possible project that we could. There was a real lack of egos and the effort of everyone from the crew to the writers was very special experience, and not one that you're typically going to find in series work.
McCloskey (Zack Kelton / Ethan Asher, 1988-1990)
I was working with such tremendously good actors at such enjoyable time. Christopher (Norris) was a top-notch actress, and working with A (Martinez) was such a delight. As I told the producers, I had been a bit wary of having Zack, Eden's gynecologist, be her rapist. I didn't feel it was a very good thing to put out there, but when it was decided that that was how it was going to be, it was actually a challenge and an opportunity to stretch as an actor. When I was playing Zack, Jill Farren Phelps asked me if I wanted to come back as Ethan, and I thought it was very daring of her to bring me back as another character without having me related to Zack as some distant cousin or evil twin. I really have great respect for her.
Marinelli (Bunny Tagliatti, 1989-1990)
Everybody was very friendly and instrumental in a very creative and fun atmosphere. I can't tell you how much fun it was to go to work, and yet I got my dramatic moments, too. Although my story had a lot of comedy involved, I tried to keep it as serious as possible, too. I got some great letters from people who were transvestites who were either married or in relationships, and until they saw Bunny they would never believe that you could be a transvestite and not be gay ! Of course things then changed, because they changed the constitution of the show. They went for an audience they didn't have rather than staying with the audience they had. I always said, "Let Fox pick it up". Then you could have all the fun you want with it. Wouldn't that be great ?
Davidson (Kelly Capwell, 1991-1993)
Santa Barbara called me because I had a following from The Young and the Restless, and that was very flattering. I felt pretty lucky to be working with such tremendous group of people, who were working very hard and doing some really terrific work. It was challenging and also a lot of fun.
Jaeck (Cain Garver, 1987-1989)
I had a great time while I was on the show, and the only reason I left was that I felt I had other things I wanted to do. I decided to do the show to begin with (because) I thought the character was great and seemed to be unsoaplike. Plus, I didn't have to shave or cut my hair ! The show always had such interesting writing - it never really seemed to take itself too seriously and had such a great sense of humor to it, with great comic characters and strange and bizarre situations, which I think it lost the last couple of years. Santa Barbara was way ahead of its time, and it changed too much from what was its success. It's too bad the network couldn't stay with it. It was a great run while it lasted, and I hope it's not forgotten.
Considine (Grant Capwell, 1986)
Before I joined Another World (as Reginald Love), I worked on Santa Barbara for a week. I did six episodes as C.C.'s brother Grant, and it was a lot of fun. I always thought it would be a good opportunity to bring some conflict to C.C.'s storyline, but for some reason they never brought the character back. I really liked the show.
Durrell (Alex Nikolas, 1987)
My feelings are a little confused, because the show that was cancelled was not Santa Barbara. It became something else, just an entirely different show. What I remember very fondly is a show that was a family, headed and nurtured and created and supported by a wonderful woman named Jill Farren Phelps (formerly executive producer). It was the Dobsons (Bridget and Jerome, Santa Barbara's creator, and former head writers and executive producers) who actually brought my character in and supported me in the role, but the true genius behind the creation and the nurturing of all of the characters was Jill, who was the one behind the scenes making the show work. She was the one who helped create it, and she was Santa Barbara; I have only great, fond, wonderful memories for a show that left a very special place in my heart. What we had was so warm, wacky and so wonderfully confusing sometimes, but that was the charm of it. The family atmosphere with everyone there was initiated and maintained by Jill, and I missed it from the first day I left the show.
Anne Field (Pamela Capwell Conrad, 1987)
Pamela Capwell Conrad was a woman who was beautiful, witty, wily and throughly unscrupulous. (She was) a woman with all the infinite charms of an ageless Helen of Troy - capable of launching a thousand ships. That is what enchanted me about the role. However, it was a nightmare when I left. It was a really sticky situation, and unfortunately I was caught in the middle of the politics.
Nicastro (Sasha Schmidt, 1989-1990)
I remember the show very fondly, and I wouldn't have given up the experience. I never wanted to play a character who was either all good or all bad, because that's not human nature, and it's boring. I wanted to play someone with depth, and even though Sasha had her devilish moments, she still had a heart. Santa Barbara was always a step ahead, and that's what made this show special. It never took itself too seriously, and yet it was sentimental in a good way. I think it's really sad it's not going to be around anymore.
Kasdorf (Caroline Lockridge, 1986-1987)
The whole contingency for me going back to soaps was that I would be playing this wonderful, flavorful character, but after the Dobsons - who were so behind having me on the show - left, it became boring. (The writers) got very nervous about the interracial romance between Gus (David Fonteno) and Caroline, so they married her off to Lionel (Nicolas Coster), and the next day she was dying of this mysteriously malady. I was extremely disappointed when that whole thing went down.
Sibbett (Jane Wilson / Roxanne, 1986-1987)
I look back at my time on Santa Barbara as wonderful days. I got to play such a fun character – bitch by day / slut by night – and that's every soap actress' dream, to get to play a double role like that. The Dobsons were really good to me. I learned to do good work on that show, and it's really sad that NBC pulled the plug !