Exploring Sandy Harling’s Melrose Place Exit

Within the Melrose Place storyline, Sandy Louise Harling left because she landed a role in the famous Soap Opera Forever & Tomorrow, filmed in New York. Rhonda later ships her things up north, which would serve as her new home, on the opposite coast from her friends.

Ultimately, Sandy never even finished the first season of Melrose Place

However, before leaving Melrose Place, Sandy made her imprint on the series and is still remembered by fans.

Let’s take a closer look at what happened to Sandy on Melrose Place.

Sandy Plays Gatekeeper for Jake Hanson

Sandy and Jake have a dating history with one another and one that Sandy resents. As a result, Sandy likes to monitor Jake’s dating life and occasionally mocks him for fun.

One example is when Kelly Taylor of Beverly Hills 90210 comes knocking on Jake’s apartment door, and Sandy explains that he’s not home.

She warns Kelly repeatedly about the dangers of getting involved with a heartbreaker like Mr. Hanson.

Sandy Flirts With Steve Sanders to Meet His Mother

Sandy flirts with Steve Sanders after he shows up at Shooter’s to protect Kelly in an early season one episode. When she learns that his mother is Samantha Sanders of the Heartly House, she agrees to come to his house to meet her.

We don’t know if the meeting ever took place, but we do know that she sees Steve again by the Melrose Place pool. The high schooler invites her to a Beverly Hills Beach Club party, which she declines.

Sandy Loses Her Movie Role After Being Forced to Expose Herself

When Sandy lands a small part in a horror film, she thinks she’s made it big in Hollywood. But, shortly after, she embarrasses her friends when they try to throw a celebration party at her apartment.

Sandy doesn’t want to appear eager about landing such a small role as a new actress and fears the casting director (who is her date for later that night) will walk in on the celebration. Rhonda takes particular issue with her roommate’s disrespectful behavior and calls her out directly.

Later, the problem turns moot when the movie director asks Sandy to remove her top (which was not in the initial script), and Sandy moves on from the role. The aspiring actress was unwilling to sacrifice her dignity to make it in Hollywood.

Sandy Gets Stalked by Some Guy Named Paul

Sandy agrees to an impromptu date with a guy named Paul, who flirts with her through a store window as she shops for hats with Rhonda.

When the date goes terribly, Sandy tries to let him down easily without hurting his feelings. However, Paul doesn’t get the message and shows up at her apartment the next day, bringing her flowers from his nursery. When she rebuffs him for a second time, he starts acting even more strangely.

  1. He donates flowers to Matt’s halfway house to get closer to her inner circle.
  2. He starts following her at night and leaving repeated disturbing messages on her answering machine.
  3. He dumps flowers in the apartment pool as some sick, abusive demonstration.

Finally, Jake and others listen to Sandy and start taking Paul for what he is: a deranged and abusive stalker. Jake goes to the nursery to beat the dirt out of Paul, who subsequently presses charges. Sandy confronts Paul one final time at the nursery, urging him to drop the charges against Jake, which he ultimately does.

Sandy Tries Dating Jake Again

After Jake takes care of Paul by beating him up, Sandy grows more attached and wants to try dating Jake again. This time, though, Sandy hopes his courtship will be more traditional and will initially remain abstinent.

Things seem to be going great after Jake takes Sandy out on an actual date, but everything falls apart when Jake starts kissing her aggressively inside his apartment. Sandy puts a stop to it and scolds Jake for being singularly minded. Sandy concludes that things will never work out between them.

Sandy Moves to New York for an Acting Role

A New York-based casting director approaches Sandy at Shooters, asking her to audition on Forever & Tomorrow, a popular soap opera. At first, Sandy thinks the guy is lying about his job and wants a date.

However, we find out later that he’s really a casting director, and Sandy flies out to New York to read for the part. Soon after, Rhonda tells everyone that Sandy got the part and would start filming right away. Rhonda ships Sandy’s belongings to New York, where she now lives permanently.

Sandy’s Series’ Legacy

The first season of Melrose Place proved to be almost an entirely different show than the subsequent six seasons. In retrospect, Sandy was an essential component of the show’s first iteration and a casualty of its shift in philosophy.

Her relationship with Jake remains one that fans reminisce over today, and her legacy is cemented in Melrose Place folklore.

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