“Happy Days,” Soap Opera Digest, May 9, 2006

HAPPY DAYS Soap Opera Digest, May 9, 2006 FOR NICHOLS… “I think Patch’s shoes – I mean boots – will be very comfortable,” smiles Stephen Nichols, who is set to step back into them when he returns to the DAYS set next week to tape his first episodes since his departure in 1990. The return — which viewers have been clamoring for 16 years — began with a phone call from Executive Producer Ken Corday.  “Ken said that he was interested in bringing myself and Mary Beth [Evans, Kayla] back to the show,” Nichols explains. “Actually, I was surprised, because it’s been a long time coming. It almost happened two or three times prior to this and for one reason or the other, did not.” His first run on DAYS “is a long and distant memory at this point,” the actor notes. “But I think it’ll be interesting to see where he’s been and what’s happening after 16 years. He was supposedly dead, not buried.”  As for where Steve wound up after the infamous coffin switch, Nichols laughs, “I’ve always had this crazy fantasy of hanging in somebody’s laboratory, suspended from the ceiling by wires.” He is thrilled to be paired with Evans again. The two appeared on GH as Stefan and Katherine, but DAYS has always held a special place in his heart. “It was a magical time...

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