, the Clays you remember were the last three. I don't know if Horan originated the part or if there was a Clay before him.
Horan's Clay was pretty much an out-and-out villain. Malloy's Clay came to town a reformed man and had a very nice love story with Dinah Lee (as played by Jessica Collins - not to be confused with the somewhat better known primetime actress of the same name - before JC left and was recast with the then-unknown Elizabeth Mitchell). But then he overheard that he wasn't a biological Alden, freaked, and went bad again. He left town, and returned as Parlato's Clay, who was somewhat in between the two previous Clays characterwise...not a good guy, but not a complete villain either.
How is it that baby switch s/ls are rampant but that little plot twist has only been used once?
Hee! I don't know. This was before the internet and the kind of spoilering that we see today, so there really was no clue that that was going to happen. I mean, it had been obvious that Carly and Flynn weren't going to work out, a little less obvious that she'd end up back with Paul, as he was still with Ava at the time. But when Flynn stood in the street with her crying and begging him to see reason, and then the car came out of nowhere? Awesome. The shot was set up so perfectly - he was standing there with his arms out pronouncing that they were over, and then the car zoomed into the frame from the left side and slammed into him. Cut to black. End of episode. Total shock. Bye bye, Flynn.
Edited by Black Knight, Oct 19, 2009 @ 6:22 PM.