Episode Tenure: 001-1254
Airdates: July 30, 1984 to July 21, 1989
Episode Tenure: 1304-1581
Airdates: September 29, 1989 to November 1, 1990
Episode Tenure: 1581-2137
Airdates: November 1, 1990 to January 15, 1993
Mason Lemont Capwell
• Assistant district attorney
• District attorney
• Law firm lawyer
• Victoria Lane (1987
to 1988; divorced)
• Gina Timmons (1989;
• Julia Wainwright
(1989 to 1991; divorced)
• Julia Wainwright (wed in 1992)
• C.C. Capwell (father)
• Pamela Capwell
• Elena Nikolas (sister; deceased)
• Jeffrey Conrad (half brother)
• Eden Capwell (half sister)
• Kelly Capwell
• Ted Capwell (half
• Greg Hughes (half
• Channing Capwell III (half brother)
• Samantha Wainwright Capwell (daughter; with Julia)
• Adriana Castillo (niece)
• Grant Capwell (uncle)
• Madeline Capwell Laurent (cousin; deceased)
• Courtney Capwell (cousin)
• Veronica Gayley (lovers)
• Santana Andrade (engaged)
• Mary Duvall (engaged; dissolved by her death)
• Janice Harrison (lovers)
• Lily Light (lovers)
• Sasha Schmidt (affair
• Cassandra Benedict
Mason Capwell was the black-sheep son of the enormously rich Capwell
family. Sophisticated but insecure, Mason saw himself as the family
outsider because he had a different mother than the other Capwell kids. He
was also embittered over his inability to please his tyrannical father,
C.C. Capwell, and always felt he was in the shadow of his late
half-brother, Channing Jr. When Mason first appeared, he wanted to bed
down with feisty Santana Andrade, but she was more interested in his
father, who knew the whereabouts of the baby she had given up at birth.
Mason found a home pregnancy test that belonged to Gina Demott, his
father's new wife. Realizing that Gina had lied about being already
pregnant, Mason discovered that the test results were positive. In one of
his naughtiest stunts, Mason altered the test results to negative and then
offered to get Gina pregnant! A desperate Gina went along with this. The
two began seeing each other on the sly, and Gina developed feelings for
Mason. When C.C. caught them in bed together, he bitterly rejected Mason.
Driven by revenge, Mason informed C.C. that his beloved son Channing had
been gay and that he wasn't even Channing's father! C.C. collapsed and
went into a coma. Mason and his sister, Eden, vied for control of the
Capwell empire. Around the same time, Mason found a true soulmate in Mary
Duvall, a former nun. Unfortunately, a cunning Gina arranged for Mary to
catch her and Mason together. This event drove Mason and Mary apart.
Although Mason continued to pursue Mary, she didn't give into his charms
immediately. Instead, she married Dr. Mark McCormick because Mark was in
love with her and thought to be dying. However, he didn't die. Mason still
wanted Mary and they eventually kissed at the Capwell stables. Mary fled
to her old convent to sort things out, but Mason found her and whisked her
off to a tent on a mountain. There, they made love for the first time.
They also became engaged, but not before Mary was raped by Mark. She
became pregnant and didn't know who the baby's father was. Before the
child could be born, Mary was killed when the "C" sign at the
top of the Capwell Hotel fell on her! Depressed over Mary's untimely
demise, Mason left town for a while. He returned with Lily Light, an
evangelist, but she turned out to be a fake. Mason then entered into an
emotionless pact with fellow lawyer Julia Wainwright, willing to father
her child but make no claim on it. Before long, Julia fell in love with
Mason. At the same time, Mason became interested in Victoria (Tori) Lane
because she reminded him of Mary.
At C.C.'s request, Mason married Tori Lane to claim her baby (which really
belonged to Cruz Castillo) as
his own. Mason did this in order to protect Eden's relationship with Cruz,
and also to get his hands on a trust fund that C.C. would give to his
first grandson. Not long after the wedding, Mason found out that Julia was
carrying his baby. Eventually, Tori gave birth to a boy (Chip) and Julia
gave birth to a girl (Samantha). Following Samantha's birth, Mason was
kidnapped by thugs who held him prisoner at a desert hideaway. He was
eventually rescued. He didn't find out until much later that the evil
Elena Nikolas was behind the kidnapping plot and also that she was his
sister. By then, Elena was dead. That same year, Mason's family expanded
to include half brother Jeffrey Conrad and their long-lost mother Pamela.
Meanwhile, Mason and Julia represented Cruz when he was accused of killing
Elena. Mason and Julia fought their attraction for each other, to no avail.
Mason divorced Tori to be with Julia, the woman he loved and had a child
with. He and Julia had many arguments concerning his drinking. When Mason
became the prime suspect in Mark McCormick's murder, he went to
investigate at a mission in Goleta where Mary had belonged. He began to
believe that the priest there, Father
Michael, was Mark's real killer. Unfortunately, there was an explosion
at the church. Mason mysteriously disappeared and was presumed dead for
months. During this time, Sister Agatha was revealed as Mark's killer. By
the time Mason resurfaced, he was living in Las Vegas and suffering from
amnesia. He also possessed a split personality named Sonny Sprockett.
Sonny was a cowboy lounge lizard. Gina found Mason/Sonny and brought him
back to Santa Barbara with hopes of winning C.C.'s reward. She taught
Sonny to be Mason in public, getting him involved in a scheme to bilk C.C.
out of millions.
time to time, Mason's personality would emerge, but Sonny always seemed to
gain the upper hand. Sonny didn't want to
marry Julia and arranged for her to catch him and Gina making love.
Distraught, Julia left Mason at the altar. Mason briefly emerged and went
to talk to Julia. He was devastated to see her making love to Father
Sonny and Gina successfully blackmailed C.C. out of ten million dollars.
At his wedding to Gina, Sonny was shot by a mobster. Following an
out-of-body experience, Sonny disappeared and Mason reunited with Julia.
The two formed a law office called Capwell & Capwell and planned to
marry. However, Mason continued to have a serious drinking problem. His
new secretary, Lisa DiNapoli, helped him deal with it and took him to A.A.
meetings. Mason and Julia were finally married on June 2, 1989. Much to
Julia's dismay, Mason disappeared again when he went abroad to save
Capwell Enterprises from a hostile takeover by mogul Robert Barr. When
Mason returned a few months later, it was revealed that he had been having
an affair with Sasha Schmidt.
Mason and Julia became estranged over his past affair with Sasha. Sasha
was accidentally killed by crazy Laura
Asher, the D.A.'s wife. Laura stashed the corpse in Julia's bed in an
attempt to frame her for the murder. In order to protect themselves, Mason
and Julia hid the body in a freezer. Sasha's sister, Sydney Schmidt,
arrived and tried to scare Mason and Julia by posing as Sasha's ghost. The
two exposed Sydney, who then helped them scare Laura into admitting guilt.
Mason and Julia were suspended from practicing law.
Later, Mason was blamed by Ethan
Asher, Craig Hunt, Derek
Griffin and Stephen Slade
for the death of their childhood friend, Cassandra
(Cassie) Benedict. Even Mason wasn't sure of his innocence. Derek
tried to kill him, but Cassie turned out to be alive and saved Mason.
Mason later started working on a resort called Capwell Oasis.
Unfortunately, this project placed him on the opposite side of the fence
from Julia and a environmental group called the Blue Sky Brigade, led by Dash
Nichols. Mason began to drink heavily again, which caused his divorce
When Pamela briefly returned to town, Mason became estranged from his
father again. Although Mason still wanted Julia, he pursued a relationship
with Cassie, who turned out to be Minx
Lockridge's long-lost daughter. Mason and Cassie's bond was mainly
based on power, manipulation and lust. For her part, Cassie loved Warren
Lockridge but mistakenly believed they were related. Although Mason
learned that Warren wasn't a Lockridge, he kept this secret for months
because he didn't want Warren to win Cassie away from him.
Mason and Julia were turned on by a battle in court and made love. When
Julia still rejected Mason, he began drinking and proposed to Cassie. At
his engagement party, Mason was shot by a sniper. He recovered and
suspected Warren of being the gunman, but it was Craig Hunt. When Mason
was about to marry Cassie in San Francisco, Warren thwarted his plans by
Mason finally told Cassie the truth about her and Warren not being related.
Then, he remarried Julia at what she thought was a funeral service for his
uncle Grant. They moved into the mansion of Ballymoor. The place was run
by bizarre servants and turned out to be haunted. Once the Ballymoor
mystery came to an end, Mason and Julia moved out. Soon after, Mason was
assigned as judge on B.J. Walker's case. He also squared off with Julia
for a judicial seat. Although Mason was the initial projected winner,
Julia ended up winning the election. After their attempts to have another
baby failed, they picked up a pregnant hitchhiker named Gracie.
Mason and Julia agreed to adopt Gracie's baby, and their joy was doubled
when they learned Julia herself was pregnant!