1977: Dottie Thornton was the unwanted
child of famous doctor David Thornton, and his tacky wife Edna Fergueson.
David wanted nothing to do with his family, and made them live in a cabin
far into the backwoods of Pine Valley.
Dottie grew tired of her parents always fighting. One day, she innocently
switched her father and mother’s wine glasses before dinner. Her
parents drank their glasses. Edna then decided to take Dottie and leave
David’s cabin. The next day, Dottie learned her father had died
of a heart attack. He had poisoned Edna’s drink with a lethal dose
1979: Ray Gardner who had escaped from prison held Dottie
hostage in her own home. Luckily, Phil Brent was able to go undercover
and save her before things got out of hand.
Edna married Benny Sago. Though their union was short lived, Dottie saw
Benny as a father figure.
Edna was never forgiving toward Dottie. Dottie grew up believing she was
ugly and fat. She knew Edna was paying Tad Martin to date her. But, Dottie
was convinced that she was in love.
Dottie noticed Tad’s eyes wondering whenever Hillary Wilson entered
the room. She decided the only way she could have Tad forever was if she
was pregnant with his child. She threw out her birth control pills and
seduced him. When Dottie announced she was pregnant, Tad proposed.
Dottie miscarried Tad’s baby. She knew that if she ever admitted
to the truth, her marriage to Tad would be over. But even her greatest
efforts were not enough. Tad learned the truth, and left her.
Dottie moved back in with her mother that Christmas. She longed to be
with Tad again. Tad showed up one day asking for money so that he could
buy his parents a Christmas present. Dottie was devastated to learn the
money was in fact so that he could follow Hillary to Australia.
Dottie and her mother were probably the only people in Pine Valley not
invited to Tad and Hillary’s wedding. While driving that day, Dottie
and Edna almost ran over someone who had darted into the middle of the
street. It was Hillary, dressed in her gown. The Thorntons brought Hillary
to the Wallingford Estate and awaited Tad’s arrival.
When Tad arrived, Dottie wanted to let him know there were no hard feelings.
She gave him her blessing to marry Hillary.
Edna and Dottle settled back into their single lives. The events of the
last year had repaired their estranged relationship.