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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.
28th Feb '16 11:57:05 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''GilmoreGirls'': Paris spends a week in bed watching soaps, and delivers one of these to Rory when she comes around to visit.

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* ''GilmoreGirls'': ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Paris spends a week in bed watching soaps, and delivers one of these to Rory when she comes around to visit.






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* Sweetheart in ''SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/comics/09152011/ tells Tip all about her soaps]] ''without'' being asked.

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\n* Sweetheart in ''SkinHorse'' ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/comics/09152011/ tells Tip all about her soaps]] ''without'' being asked.



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* In one episode of ''AsToldByGinger'', [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Carl and Hoodsie]] are helping to clean houses in exchange for some extra money. Hoodsie is watching a Spanish SoapOpera, and Carl changes the channel.
--> '''Hoodsie''': "Hey, I was watching that! Carla was just about to get the results of her pregnancy test back!"

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* In one episode of ''AsToldByGinger'', ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Carl and Hoodsie]] are helping to clean houses in exchange for some extra money. Hoodsie is watching a Spanish SoapOpera, and Carl changes the channel.
--> '''Hoodsie''': "Hey, -->'''Hoodsie:''' Hey, I was watching that! Carla was just about to get the results of her pregnancy test back!"back!
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!"
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