History Series / DaysOfOurLives

8th Sep '17 3:25:40 PM Homemaderat
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** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have to give up. It was then revealed that John isn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. This was followed up years later when John met his real mother and learns his actual father was a believed dead war veteran and how he came to be in the orphanage to be replaced with Ryan Brady. But in true Days fashion, his father was alive now going by Yao Ling is the leader of a criminal cell of mercenaries and he happened to be played by Tobin Bell of all people.
** Tony Dimera was originally the son of Stefano and his mistress Daphne. Then he slept with Stefano's daughter Renee before knowing they were siblings. Then it turns out he's the son of Daphne and the stable boy Enrico. Then he comes back and marries Stefano's adopted daughter Kristen and he's back to being Stefano's son again. Then Kristen ends up with his supposed brother John. Then he becomes evil and dies. Comes back is good then evil then dies again. Then it turns out for the past 20 years he was alive and stranded on an island by his identical cousin Andre. Then it turns out Andre is really alive too. Then both die. Oh, and Andre wasn't really his cousin...Tony really was the stable boy's son.
*** And ''now'' (as of 2015) Andre (who is alive again) was actually Stefano's son this entire time! Really the show should just have a whole episode where John Black and Andre compare notes and complain about not being able to follow their own biographies.
** Normally (as even witnessed twice on the show prior) serial killer stories either only knock off one or two major characters or make up a cast entirely for the sake of knocking them off. With the Salem Stalker, the show literally killed off a large number of fan loved characters, which made for a good story, except that it took place on a soap, one of the media that need to keep fans coming back day after day, so in one of the most strangest retcons in history, surprise everyone isn't dead, they are on an island in an elaborate plot committed not by the "murderer" but one of the murderer's victims!

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** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have The story being that she had to give up. him up and that was when he was adopted by the Alamains and later abducted by Steafano. It was then revealed that John isn't wasn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. This was followed up years later when John met his real mother (a woman named Maude) and learns his actual father was a believed dead war veteran (Tim Robicheaux) and how his real first named really is John. Maude's story being that after Tim died, he came was to be adopted by a wealthy couple but they died in a car crash and he ended up as a baby in the orphanage to be replaced with where the nuns would switch him for the dead Ryan Brady. But in true Days fashion, fashion this wasn't complicated enough, as his father Tim was alive now going by Yao Ling is the leader of a criminal cell of mercenaries and he (he happened to be played by Tobin Bell of all people.
people) The story now went that after Lawrence nearly let John drown, he was sent to a boarding school secretly ran by Yao Ling and was trained to be an assassin. But one of the school's tutors was Petrov (a man who had been a Stefano henchmen when last on screen) and he took John and gave him to Stefano to be turned into the new Roman/the pawn. And that we can only hope is the last edit needed here.
** Tony Dimera was originally the son of Stefano and his mistress Daphne. Then he slept with Stefano's daughter Renee before knowing they were siblings. Then it turns out he's the son of Daphne and the stable boy Enrico. Then he comes back and marries Stefano's adopted daughter Kristen and he's back to being Stefano's son again. Then Kristen ends up with his supposed brother John. Then he becomes evil and dies. Comes back is good then evil then dies again. Then it turns out for the past 20 years he was alive and stranded on an island by his identical cousin Andre. Then it turns out Andre is really alive too. Then both die. Oh, and Andre wasn't really his cousin...Tony really was the stable boy's son.
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son. And ''now'' (as as of 2015) 2015 Andre (who is alive again) was actually Stefano's son this entire time! time!
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Really the show should just have a whole episode where John Black and Andre compare notes and complain about not being able to follow their own biographies.
** Normally (as even witnessed twice on the show prior) serial killer stories either only knock off one or two major characters or make up a cast entirely for the sake of knocking them off. With the Salem Stalker, the show literally killed off a large number of fan loved characters, which made for a good story, except that it took place on a soap, one of the media that need to keep fans coming back day after day, so in one of the most strangest retcons in history, surprise everyone isn't dead, they are on an island in an elaborate plot committed not by the "murderer" (Marlena) but one of the murderer's victims!victims (Tony)! (who as mentioned above was not really that victim but his evil cousin masquerading as him for 20 years)
3rd Sep '17 7:30:06 PM Starwames
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* TickleTorture: In one episode, Jack has a dream that Greta and Jen have tied him to a chair and are about to torture him. He snaps out of the dream and tries to calm himself down by meditating. When that doesn't work, he begins to dream again and this time Greta grabs a feather and says they will tickle him right where it tickles the most...his feet. They tickle his feet and Jack snaps out of it again, only to find Jen and Greta standing there confused.
** And again when Bonnie Lockhart sneaks in the morgue, looking for bones. A member of the staff walks in and sees red spiked shoes sticking out from the bottom of a sheet covering a body on a gurney. The woman walks to the shoes as Bonnie lays under the sheet, waiting to be exposed. She takes the red heels, places them in a bag and grabs a cloth to clean her feet with. Bonnie tries to resist and keep still but, one of her feet shoots up involuntary. The woman becomes frightened and heads towards the door of the morgue, muttering to herself about rigor mortis.
1st Sep '17 12:50:18 PM Homemaderat
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* OneSteveLimit: Played with, given the long running status many names have been passed on and in some cases used by various characters throughout the run. At times though they will invoke this in the direct on contract cast.
** One biggest example was Bo and Hope's son being named Shawn-Douglas after Shawn Brady and Doug Williams. To differentiate the two Shawn-Douglas was sometimes called by his full name or Shawn-D. However plenty of times they just still call him Shawn regardless of whether Shawn Senior was around and after his character died.
** There's also two Nicholas, one who is currently deceased went by Nick, Nick Fallon and the other who went by Nicky, Nicky Alamain. Neither character were on the main cast at the same time though.
** In one example Jack Deveraux even though currently dead holds the mantle on the name Jack. His son who is Jack Jr, has been known as JJ for most of his existence. While when Jack's nephew Jackson Kiriakis returned as an adult he revealed that he now goes by Sonny.
** Sami's twins were named after John (who was dead at the time but wasn't) Black and Alice Horton but have mostly been called by their nicknames of Johnny and Allie when on screen or mentioned. Alice's character being deceased now and John still active.
** Perhaps directly played around with as Sonny has a half brother named Alexander Kiriakis, when a man named Xander came to town and called Victor Kiriakis "Uncle" it lead to assumptions that proved wrong when Xander Cook was Alexandros Kiriakis who while related to was not Alexander. Xander and Maggie even had a brief conversation with Maggie admitting this was confusing.
** Sonny and Alexander's adopted two brothers share names with other characters on the show Victor and Joseph. While the Joseph Johnson relation generally goes by Joey, these two boys haven't been named on screen anywhere near as often as Alexander.
** Currently Chad and Abby named their son Thomas Dimera, named after Tom Horton. Tom Horton had a son named after him too named Tommy. Whether Thomas will remain Thomas as he grows up or assumes either name will be seen. Tom Horton being long dead, Tommy Horton still being alive but not been mentioned in years.
28th Aug '17 2:00:20 PM Homemaderat
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** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have to give up. It was then revealed that John isn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. This was followed up years later when John met his real mother and learns his actual father was a believed dead war veteran and how he came to be in the orphanage to be replaced with Ryan Brady. But in true Days fashion, his father was alive now going by Yao Ling is the leader of a criminal cell of mercenaries and he happened to be played by ''Creator/TobinBell'' of all people.

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** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have to give up. It was then revealed that John isn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. This was followed up years later when John met his real mother and learns his actual father was a believed dead war veteran and how he came to be in the orphanage to be replaced with Ryan Brady. But in true Days fashion, his father was alive now going by Yao Ling is the leader of a criminal cell of mercenaries and he happened to be played by ''Creator/TobinBell'' Tobin Bell of all people.
21st Aug '17 2:09:48 AM Homemaderat
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** Mickey Horton was treated like this for awhile as well. Always off screen until they wrote his death into the story.



** And no matter how a person "died" it's completly possible they will be back one day.

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** And no matter how a person "died" it's completly completely possible they will be back one day.



** Another funny quote from this had Clyde Weston meeting Orpheus (another character who was dead when last seen) Clyde asked "How did a guy named Milo Harp get named Orpheus? Did you rise from the dead or something?" Orpheus responded with "something like that."
** Speaking of Orpheus, who had a fake death since that return and when it appeared he was dead again. Steve ordered the EMT to "check again" after he pronounced Orpheus deceased.



** In the early 2010s, Clyde Weston has come to town as a third, whose southern takes make a very stark contrast to the Grecian and Italian mobsters above.

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** In Over the early 2010s, years many other characters have come and gone trying to cement themselves as the new town main bad guy. Most of them don't have anywhere near as long a tenure. Some of them include Deimos Kiriakis, Clyde Weston has come to town as a third, whose southern takes make a very stark contrast to the Grecian and Italian mobsters above.Weston, Vivian Alamain, Anjelica Deveraux.



** Victor seems to treat nephew Xander Cook as this for the Kiriakis Family.

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** Victor seems to treat nephew treated Xander Cook as this for the but it seems this extended out to Xander's father Titus Kiriakis Family.and the other new brother Deimos.



** And now Vivian is locked in a sarcophagus that she ''intended'' for Maggy but ''said'' was for the remains of Victor's daughter. Not quite "buried", as the thing ''is'' above ground, but still "live person where you'd expect a dead body".
** Aaand, she's out again. Shocking.

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** And now Then Vivian is was locked in a sarcophagus that she ''intended'' for Maggy Maggie but ''said'' was for the remains of Victor's daughter. Not quite "buried", as the thing ''is'' above ground, but still "live person where you'd expect a dead body".
** Aaand, she's out again. Shocking.
body".



* TheBusCameBack: A whole lot of examples given how long the show has ran. Many characters that were once written out have returned as short term or long term characters, and as also said it didn't matter if their last bus out was a hearse.



** In 2017, Dario Hernandez lied to pull off one of these with Abigail Deveraux.



* CreepyChild: Ciara Brady is basically Wednesday Addams, albeit slightly less homicidal.

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* CreepyChild: Ciara Brady is basically Wednesday Addams, albeit slightly less homicidal. The teen Ciara however lost a lot of these qualities.



* DeadpanSnarker: Victor and Melanie.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Victor and Melanie.Many characters over the years get these lines right now the throne is held by Victor.



** Melanie also had her share of good snark to dish out.



* DorkAge Supernatural Wacky plots days went downhill.



** Specifically Andre was given plastic surgery to make him look like his cousin Tony at the contrivance of the man Tony grew up believing was his father, crime lord/practical supervillain Stefano Di Mera. At Stefano's behest and while Tony was kept secretly imprisoned, Andre while impersonating Tony became a serial killer just to frame an enemy of Stefano's, although Stefano ended up betraying him once Andre's killing spree included Stefano's own daughter (although that didn't stop Stefano many years later getting Andre to pretend to be Tony ''''again!).

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** Specifically Andre was given plastic surgery to make him look like his cousin Tony at the contrivance of the man Tony grew up believing was his father, crime lord/practical supervillain Stefano Di Mera.Dimera. At Stefano's behest and while Tony was kept secretly imprisoned, Andre while impersonating Tony became a serial killer just to frame an enemy of Stefano's, although Stefano ended up betraying him once Andre's killing spree included Stefano's own daughter (although that didn't stop Stefano many years later getting Andre to pretend to be Tony ''''again!).



** Shane and his twin brother Andrew.
* FaceHeelTurn: Kristen Blake Dimera begins as a WhiteSheep for the Dimera clan, but when she loses John to Marlena, she turns insane and engages in all manner of over-the-top evil schemes to get him back. Nick Fallon starts out as a nice guy and a HollywoodNerd, only to become a drug addicted murderer and stalker, and after a difficult stint in prison, a blackmailer, homophobe and would-be rapist. Tony DiMera, was, like Kristen, a white sheep, estranged from his father, then turned heel when he lost his wife Kristen to John (notice a pattern?). It was later retconned that all of Tony's heinous acts were done by his lookalike cousin Andre, posing as him. And Tony came back as a (reasonably) good guy.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: For a ruthless godfather "at war" with the Brady family, Stefano never seemed interested in actually harming anyone. He was more of a troll than a genuine killer.

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** Marlena also has a twin in Hattie who was given surgery to look exactly like Marlena. In 2017 she has started impersonating her.
** Shane and his twin brother Andrew.
Andrew. When Drew finally got a TheBusCameBack moment he's on better terms.
** Likewise while it had never been acknowledged, Adrienne and Bonnie were played by the same actress. The above mentioned Hattie in 2017 got Bonnie out of jail to help impersonate Adrienne.
* FaceHeelTurn: Kristen Blake Dimera begins as a WhiteSheep for the Dimera clan, but when she loses John to Marlena, she turns insane and engages in all manner of over-the-top evil schemes to get him back.
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Nick Fallon starts out as a nice guy and a HollywoodNerd, only to become a drug addicted murderer and stalker, and after a difficult stint in prison, a blackmailer, homophobe and would-be rapist. rapist.
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Tony DiMera, was, like Kristen, a white sheep, estranged from his father, then turned heel when he lost his wife Kristen to John (notice a pattern?). It was later retconned that all of Tony's heinous acts were done by his lookalike cousin Andre, posing as him. And Tony came back as a (reasonably) good guy.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: For a ruthless godfather "at war" with the Brady family, Stefano never seemed interested in actually fatally harming anyone. He was more of a troll than a genuine killer.



* HerrDoktor: Doctor Rolf embodies this trope, he's a go to man for plastic surgery and bringing back the "dead".



* HijackedbyGanon: Stefano [=DiMera=] is usually revealed to be the true mastermind behind the various criminal organisations that routinely target the characters.

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* HijackedbyGanon: Stefano [=DiMera=] is usually revealed to be the true mastermind behind the various criminal organisations organizations that routinely target the characters.



* IdiotBall: Hope, in the current Carly/Bo/Hope/Justin storyline. Hope's jealousy of Carly is understandable, but her constant angsting over her marriage to Bo has been going on so long, you wonder why she takes offense to Bo and Carly if she was the one who walked out.

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* IdiotBall: Hope, in the current 2000s Carly/Bo/Hope/Justin storyline. Hope's jealousy of Carly is understandable, but her constant angsting over her marriage to Bo has been going on so long, you wonder why she takes offense to Bo and Carly if she was the one who walked out.



* LargeHam: Many. Joe Mascolo, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, (formerly) Judi Evans, but above all, honey-glazed with a side of biscuits and red-eye gravy, Louise Sorel as the flamboyantly insane Vivian.



* LockedInAFreezer

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* LockedInAFreezerLockedInAFreezer: This has happened to several pairs of characters over the years.



* PsychicPower: Celeste and lately Bo.
* PutOnABus: Lots of characters have left town with short reasons but some have gotten more bizarre exits. Colin Murphy (or his body) is still lost at sea. Don Craig hasn't returned yet from mailing a letter. Peter Blake is still in jail although Stefano told him he'd be eligible for parole (back in 1998).Jeremey Horton is apparently still on the run from the law. Eugene Bradford disappeared into his time machine (although years later his wife says they are still married). Neil Curtis must still be seeing the patients he told Victor about in 1991. Chris went into his office one day and was never heard from again (his actor is now playing Roman Brady).
** Peter Blake is more of an ExiledFromContinuity situation due to the fact that Melissa Reeves had an affair with the actor who played Peter, which damn near killed her marriage and led to her being made to quit the show (when her husband caught her mid-fuck and forced her to chose the show or her marriage) and led to legal problems over the abrupt nature of her quitting. When Reeves and the show agreed shelf their legal issues a couple of years later, Reeves came back on the condition that the writers never mention whatsoever the Peter Blake character or the entire arc with her sleeping with Peter/Jack trying to win her back.

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* PsychicPower: Celeste and lately Bo.
Bo are the characters who used this the most.
* PutOnABus: Lots of characters have left town with short reasons but some have gotten more bizarre exits. Colin Murphy (or his body) is still lost at sea. Don Craig hasn't returned yet from mailing a letter. Peter Blake is still in jail although Stefano told him he'd be eligible for parole (back in 1998). Jeremey Horton is apparently still on the run from the law. Eugene Bradford disappeared into his time machine (although years later his wife says they are still married). Neil Curtis must still be seeing the patients he told Victor about in 1991. Chris went into his office one day and was never heard from again (his actor is now playing Roman Brady).
** Peter Blake is more of an ExiledFromContinuity situation due to the fact that Melissa Reeves had an affair with the actor who played Peter, which damn near killed her marriage and led to her being made to quit the show (when her husband caught her mid-fuck and forced her to chose the show or her marriage) and led to legal problems over the abrupt nature of her quitting. When Reeves and the show agreed shelf their legal issues a couple of years later, Reeves came back on the condition that the writers never mention whatsoever the Peter Blake character or the entire arc with her sleeping with Peter/Jack trying to win her back. That being said Peter was finally mentioned on screen briefly in 2017 when Paul caught jungle madness like Peter had done.



** Chase raped Ciara in a storyline that came off very rushed, but in the end Chase pleaded guilty and didn't even let his father try to easily get him out.



** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have to give up.
*** It's now been revealed that John isn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. Cue John's son Brady hooking up with Theresa (the daughter of the real Ryan Brady's cousin and thus thought to be Brady's second cousin until the latest retcon).

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** Originally, John Black got his alias from the Vietnam War memorial and it was revealed he was Roman Brady...then it was revealed that the real Roman Brady was alive and John was really Lawrence's brother Forrest Alamain. Later it was revealed John got his alias from Stefano during his years of being "The Pawn". Then it was revealed he was Tony Dimera's [[LukeIAmYourFather half-brother on their mother's side]](!). Then it was revealed he was actually Ryan Brady, the son of Collen Brady (Roman's aunt) and Santo Dimera (Stefano's father). Any man who has this much trouble remembering his birth name might actually have to give up.
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up. It was then revealed that John isn't the real Ryan Brady - the real Ryan Brady died shortly after birth and Colleen was misled into thinking John was her son. Cue John's son Brady hooking This was followed up with Theresa (the daughter of the years later when John met his real Ryan Brady's cousin mother and thus thought learns his actual father was a believed dead war veteran and how he came to be Brady's second cousin until in the latest retcon). orphanage to be replaced with Ryan Brady. But in true Days fashion, his father was alive now going by Yao Ling is the leader of a criminal cell of mercenaries and he happened to be played by ''Creator/TobinBell'' of all people.



* SerialKiller: Salem Stalker, Salem Strangler, Salem Slasher, The Riverfront Slasher.

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* SerialKiller: Salem Stalker, Salem Strangler, Salem Slasher, The Riverfront Slasher. The Neck-Tie Killer.



** With the new writers in 2015, Joey Johnson (2008) will now be a teen in 2015.

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** With the new writers in 2015, Joey Johnson (2008) will now be a teen in 2015.Johnson, Ciara Brady, Chase Jennings, Theo Carver and Claire Brady all got their upgrades.
20th Aug '17 11:51:31 AM MirrorNoir
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** Deconstructed during the show's heyday (the 80s and early 90s, before James Reilly took over as writer). The writers constructed a format for how storylines were presented to maximize ratings: basically the main stars of the show (Bo, Hope, Marlena, Roman/John Black) were featured on Monday, Wednesday, Friday with Monday/Friday being being the days when major plot developments happened and Wednesday being a "breather" day with the occassional cameos Wednesday/Thursday when required. Tuesdays and Thursdays (which according to research done by the major networks were the days that most people didn't watch soaps and as such, had the lower ratings), were reserved for secondary characters (Jack, Jennifer, Kayla, and Steve) and their storylines along with "day in the life" style spotlights for minor characters or older cast members who had been phased out (Bill and Alice Horton).
13th May '17 11:26:56 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* Dork Age Supernatural Wacky plots days went downhill.

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* Dork Age DorkAge Supernatural Wacky plots days went downhill.
13th May '17 11:26:43 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* StraightGay - Sonny Kiriakas absolutely. Will Horton, especially the version played by Guy Wilson, also fits to a lessor extent.

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* StraightGay - StraightGay: Sonny Kiriakas absolutely.comes to town to be with his parents, popular 80s couple Justin and Adrienne, and quickly reveals himself to be gay. While his parents and cousin Abigail knew prior to his arrival, most people, including his eventual love interest Will Horton, are surprised because the athletic, adventurous Sonny doesn't seem gay. Will Horton, especially the version played by Guy Wilson, also fits to a lessor extent.
22nd Feb '17 8:34:36 AM Larkmarn
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* SignatureScene: poses Marlena Floating on her bed, Marlena revealed As a serial Killer, Kristen Blake expose on her in elvis priestly Wedding and many more.
9th Feb '17 5:03:42 PM StatuesqueRangale
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*SignatureScene: poses Marlena Floating on her bed, Marlena revealed As a serial Killer, Kristen Blake expose on her in elvis priestly Wedding and many more.
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