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9th Jun '17 4:37:45 PM eroock
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See also DaytimeDramaQueen

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25th Jan '17 9:09:39 PM Andyroid
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* Played with in [[http://friendlylocalgeek.tumblr.com/post/156032546356 this]] ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' {{drabble}}. The person who's being introduced to the soap (Queen Moon) explains the plot to the introducer (Marco's mom) in order to show how quickly she's gotten a grasp on it.
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* Done briefly in a cutaway in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', where, under the rule that driver of the car gets to choose the music and coversation topic, the pre-teen girl Little Rock puts ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' on the soundtrack, and tries to explain the premise of HannahMontana, much to Tallahassee's dismay.

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* Done briefly in a cutaway in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', where, under the rule that driver of the car gets to choose the music and coversation topic, the pre-teen girl Little Rock puts ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' on the soundtrack, and tries to explain the premise of HannahMontana, Series/HannahMontana, much to Tallahassee's dismay.
24th Sep '16 6:31:27 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the gamer comic ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' when Carson asks Igor about ''Series/BabylonFive'' and gets an eight-panel wall of text about the conspiracies, universal issues, and civil wars and ancient chessmasters. When Carson comments that it's a lot for a single season, Igor corrects him -- it all happened in the previous ''episode.''
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24th Sep '16 6:31:03 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the gamer comic ''DorkTower'' when Carson asks Igor about ''Series/BabylonFive'' and gets an eight-panel wall of text about the conspiracies, universal issues, and civil wars and ancient chessmasters. When Carson comments that it's a lot for a single season, Igor corrects him -- it all happened in the previous ''episode.''

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* Played with in the gamer comic ''DorkTower'' ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' when Carson asks Igor about ''Series/BabylonFive'' and gets an eight-panel wall of text about the conspiracies, universal issues, and civil wars and ancient chessmasters. When Carson comments that it's a lot for a single season, Igor corrects him -- it all happened in the previous ''episode.''
13th Aug '16 9:02:45 PM Eievie
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Alice is a big fan of a SoapOpera. Barbara foolishly asks her about it. This is the cue for a long plot summary that is utterly meaningless, often serving as an excuse to lampoon any soap tropes the writers can think of, and generally serves to show how far Alice has gone. Compare SoapWithinAShow.

As a common variant, an AlwaysFemale cast member is [[SoapWithinAShow addicted to soaps]], when she meets another female cast member who ridicules the SoapOpera when the first female tries to explain the plot. GilliganCut to a week later and the two of them are now ''both'' addicted to the soap opera. In walks female character number three, who repeats the explanation followed by the ridicule of Soap Operas, GilliganCut. Eventually all the women are watching Soap Operas together- additional props include tissues, pillow hair, and bathrobes. For extra funny, [[GenderFlip make one of them a man]].

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Alice is a big fan of a SoapOpera. Barbara SoapWithinAShow. Bob foolishly asks her about it. This is the cue for a long plot summary that is utterly meaningless, often serving as an excuse to lampoon any soap tropes the writers can think of, and generally serves to show how far Alice has gone. Compare SoapWithinAShow.

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As a common variant, an AlwaysFemale cast member is [[SoapWithinAShow addicted to soaps]], soaps, when she meets another female cast member who ridicules the SoapOpera when the first female tries to explain the plot. GilliganCut to a week later and the two of them are now ''both'' addicted to the soap opera. In walks female character number three, who repeats the explanation followed by the ridicule of Soap Operas, GilliganCut. Eventually all the women are watching Soap Operas together- additional props include tissues, pillow hair, and bathrobes. For extra funny, [[GenderFlip make one of them a man]].



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16th Jun '16 8:34:13 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied on ''That70sShow''. Red loses his job and is afraid of looking emasculated, but ends up watching the Soaps during the day anyway and explaining them to a guest at a party in a condescending manner.

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* Parodied on ''That70sShow''.''Series/That70sShow''. Red loses his job and is afraid of looking emasculated, but ends up watching the Soaps during the day anyway and explaining them to a guest at a party in a condescending manner.
16th Jun '16 3:57:39 PM nombretomado
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* Mihoshi from ''TenchiMuyo'' does this, and in later variations she gets all the female characters addicted.

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* Mihoshi from ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' does this, and in later variations she gets all the female characters addicted.
15th Jun '16 8:35:02 PM nombretomado
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* In the third book of ''{{Temeraire}}'' series, Temeraire's group spends an evening as the guests of a bunch of wild dragons. Temeraire watches a story being told through a combination of language and dance, and when he tries to translate it for Lawrence it comes off very soap-opera-esque with romantic intrigue, greed, battles, and a whole lot of characters. Lawrence doesn't get it.

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* In the third book of ''{{Temeraire}}'' ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series, Temeraire's group spends an evening as the guests of a bunch of wild dragons. Temeraire watches a story being told through a combination of language and dance, and when he tries to translate it for Lawrence it comes off very soap-opera-esque with romantic intrigue, greed, battles, and a whole lot of characters. Lawrence doesn't get it.
19th Apr '16 10:21:41 PM Adeon
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* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "One Life To Lose" features a murder of the head writer of a soap opera, and gleefully embraces, lampshades, parodies and otherwise plays with this trope. Castle himself spends most of the episode imagining increasingly over-the-top and ludicrous soap opera plots for the crime, only to be disappointed by the [[WrongGenreSavvy inevitable mundanity of what's actually going on]]; Beckett's revealed to be a closet fan of the soap (and Lanie a less-closeted fan) by revealing too much information about the absurd plots, and even Esposito recounts the crazy plot of a Latino 'telenovela' he used to watch with his grandmother,

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* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "One Life To Lose" features a murder of the head writer of a soap opera, and gleefully embraces, lampshades, parodies and otherwise plays with this trope. Castle himself spends most of the episode imagining increasingly over-the-top and ludicrous soap opera plots for the crime, only to be disappointed by the [[WrongGenreSavvy inevitable mundanity of what's actually going on]]; Beckett's revealed to be a closet fan of the soap (and Lanie a less-closeted fan) by revealing too much information about the absurd plots, and even Esposito recounts the crazy plot of a Latino 'telenovela' he used to watch with his grandmother,grandmother.
** Castle's mother also relates when she was acting in the soap, in the three weeks that she was on the show her character was kidnapped, buried alive, trapped in a cave with bears, kidnapped again, and held hostage.
6th Apr '16 7:27:06 AM Julia1984
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* Especially funny in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', as the soap being explained is in Russian, and neither of the parties in the conversation speak Russian.
-->'''Debbie:''' Shh! Yuri just told Svetlana that he's leaving her for Olga!\\
'''Eliza:''' You don't speak Russian.\\
'''Debbie:''' You are so young -- the language of soap opera is universal.
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