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18th Nov '15 10:57:20 AM FF32
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* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. Mustrum Ridcully asks the High Priest of Blind Io (who happens to be Mustrum's brother Hughnon) what the gods of the Disc have been up to, as a possible explanation for the poltergeist activity plaguing Ankh-Morpork. Hughnon's description of the antics of the gods sounds like a cross between Greek mythology and the soap opera {{Recap}}s that used to be done by BBC announcers in TheSeventies, against still images from previous episodes. Mustrum brushes it off by saying "I've never been able to get interested in that stuff, myself."
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* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. Mustrum Ridcully asks the High Priest of Blind Io (who happens to be Mustrum's brother Hughnon) what the gods of the Disc have been up to, as a possible explanation for the poltergeist activity plaguing Ankh-Morpork. Hughnon's description of the antics of the gods sounds like a cross between Greek mythology and the soap opera {{Recap}}s Recap/{{Recap}}s that used to be done by BBC announcers in TheSeventies, against still images from previous episodes. Mustrum brushes it off by saying "I've never been able to get interested in that stuff, myself."
3rd Oct '15 7:24:03 PM nombretomado
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* Once you get her to open up, Sable in ''AnimalCrossing: Wild World'' will describe ''Pointed Love'', her favorite soap, in this manner.
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* Once you get her to open up, Sable in ''AnimalCrossing: ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: Wild World'' will describe ''Pointed Love'', her favorite soap, in this manner.
23rd Aug '15 7:45:34 AM Ptorquemada
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006612 Karkat explains the plot of a troll romance novel]]. Also without being asked.
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006612 Karkat explains the plot of a troll romance novel]]. Also without being asked.asked (and in fact over the increasingly strident objections of the person he's explaining it to).[[note]]And yes, Dave does wind up addicted to troll rom-dram movies over the three-year trip, at least in the alt-now-main universe).[[/note]]
21st May '15 7:09:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006612 Karkat explains the plot of a troll romance novel]]. Also without being asked.
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* ''{{Homestuck}}'': ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006612 Karkat explains the plot of a troll romance novel]]. Also without being asked.
17th Mar '15 8:39:25 PM nombretomado
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* Happened once in ''TheNanny''. * Parodied in ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'': It was the characters themselves saying this sort of thing. Long-lost relatives or people turning out to be relatives were often discussed. * On one ''{{Psych}}'' episode Shawn is investigating a murder on the set of a Spanish-language SoapOpera. Every now and then someone would try to explain the plot of the SoapOpera, which made less and less sense the more it was explained. * ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' did this one once, with Uncle Phil for added hilarity.
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* Happened once in ''TheNanny''. ''Series/TheNanny''. * Parodied in ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'': ''Series/DeadRingers'': It was the characters themselves saying this sort of thing. Long-lost relatives or people turning out to be relatives were often discussed. * On one ''{{Psych}}'' ''{{Series/Psych}}'' episode Shawn is investigating a murder on the set of a Spanish-language SoapOpera. Every now and then someone would try to explain the plot of the SoapOpera, which made less and less sense the more it was explained. * ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' did this one once, with Uncle Phil for added hilarity.

* Parodied on ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Francis is jailed with a full view of where the police and their relatives inexplicably come to enact their affairs, shady business deals, discuss their sister's recent [[MagicPlasticSurgery change in appearance]], and other assorted soap opera plots. Naturally, Francis is released right before they reveal who the sinister figure sabotaging their upcoming land deal was and ends up begging to stay in jail until he finds out.
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* Parodied on ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''.''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Francis is jailed with a full view of where the police and their relatives inexplicably come to enact their affairs, shady business deals, discuss their sister's recent [[MagicPlasticSurgery change in appearance]], and other assorted soap opera plots. Naturally, Francis is released right before they reveal who the sinister figure sabotaging their upcoming land deal was and ends up begging to stay in jail until he finds out.
29th Dec '14 9:49:26 AM TheUnsquished
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* TheBBC Radio Times' [[http://www.radiotimes.com/ListingsServlet?event=10&channelId=92&programmeId=84531117&jspLocation=/jsp/prog_details_fullpage.jsp descriptions]] of soaps, a round-up of the week's stories that doubles as an AffectionateParody of the genre and its tropes.
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* TheBBC Creator/TheBBC Radio Times' [[http://www.radiotimes.com/ListingsServlet?event=10&channelId=92&programmeId=84531117&jspLocation=/jsp/prog_details_fullpage.jsp descriptions]] of soaps, a round-up of the week's stories that doubles as an AffectionateParody of the genre and its tropes.
13th Oct '14 9:03:32 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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---> '''Hoodsie''': "Hey, I was watching that! Carla was just about to get the results of her pregnancy test back!"
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---> --> '''Hoodsie''': "Hey, I was watching that! Carla was just about to get the results of her pregnancy test back!" back!"
27th Jul '14 7:03:33 PM CountDorku
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* A variant in ''Webcomic/DorkTower'', where the "soap" is ''Series/BabylonFive''. Once the wall of text relating to the conspiracies and so forth is completed, it's revealed that this was a summary of the previous ''episode''.
3rd Jun '14 12:10:26 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, Peter gets this reaction (eyes glazing over and repeating "uh-huh") when Paige explains the plot of ''MelrosePlace'' to him, but Paige had exactly the same reaction when Jason explained the premise of ''HighlanderTheSeries'' to her. It's even more amusing in retrospect, given one of ''[=H:TS=]'''s [[MrFanservice biggest fanbases]].
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* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, Peter gets this reaction (eyes glazing over and repeating "uh-huh") when Paige explains the plot of ''MelrosePlace'' ''Series/MelrosePlace'' to him, but Paige had exactly the same reaction when Jason explained the premise of ''HighlanderTheSeries'' ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' to her. It's even more amusing in retrospect, given one of ''[=H:TS=]'''s [[MrFanservice biggest fanbases]].
2nd Apr '14 2:29:31 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "The Serial Murders", Richard Jeperson (who refuses to watch {{ITV}} because commercial television was created by [[BigBad Derek Leech]]) needs the plot of ''The Northern Barstows'' explained to him by his sidekick Vanessa. He then recalls that the night it was on, she said she couldn't go on a ghost hunt because an old schoolfriend was visiting. Over the course of the investigation, he finds himself getting addicted, and realises that this effect is exactly the psychic energy the villain is feeding on.
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* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "The Serial Murders", "Literature/TheSerialMurders", Richard Jeperson (who refuses to watch {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} because commercial television was created by [[BigBad Derek Leech]]) needs the plot of ''The Northern Barstows'' explained to him by his sidekick Vanessa. He then recalls that the night it was on, she said she couldn't go on a ghost hunt because an old schoolfriend was visiting. Over the course of the investigation, he finds himself getting addicted, and realises that this effect is exactly the psychic energy the villain is feeding on.
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