History Series / OneLifeToLive

23rd Nov '15 10:51:05 PM cdenton
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* Retcon: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); next Viki's DID was because she had gotten pregnant while she was a teenager and her father put the child up for adoption and had her brainwashed into forgetting everything; and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie most of these explanations together (except, understandably, the ''hyponitized into forgetting an entire pregnancy'' one).
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* Retcon: {{Retcon}}: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); next Viki's DID was because she had gotten pregnant while she was a teenager and her father put the child up for adoption and had her brainwashed into forgetting everything; and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie most of these explanations together (except, understandably, the ''hyponitized into forgetting an entire pregnancy'' one).
4th Sep '15 12:50:17 AM goldenroad
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: From time to time, OLTL would ditch the storylines in favor of more offbeat plots, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgLe8z3DXdU the cast trading roles]], or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hTF-z1h4I their take on]] {{Film/Chicago}}.
28th May '15 10:27:48 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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-->'''Matthew''':(disagreeing with [[HumansAreBastards the point]] of LordOfTheFlies). I think ''most'' people are good.
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-->'''Matthew''':(disagreeing with [[HumansAreBastards the point]] of LordOfTheFlies).''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''). I think ''most'' people are good.
17th May '15 1:17:52 AM tenryufan
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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[Series/DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"

* CastIncest: Inverted. Real-life siblings Kristen and Eddie Alderson play unrelated characters. A few years back, a storyline involved Eddie's Matthew having a crush on Kristen's Starr. The boy had to pretend to have a crush on his sister. Gross. * {{The Cast Showoff}}: Several actors on One Life to Live. For instance, the original actor who played Jessica, Erin Torpey, has a nice singing voice, so they had Jessica in a band at one point, and also had her sing on a few other occasions. Evangeline Williamson got to sing a lot in the show, because her actress Renee Goldsbury is a real life singer/song writer, and was on a Broadway musical. And Blair Cramer, is also shown singing on a number of occasions, because Kassie DePaiva is a singer and has albums out.

* TheOtherDarrin: Lampshaded hilariously during the ''Vicker Man'' premiere - Blair is asked how she feels about being played by an Asian-American actress in the movie; cue to the cast credits, where the actress credited as Blair is Mia Korf (the Asian-American actress who originated the role of Blair Cramer). ** 2011's Two Todds storyline thrives off of this.

* RomanceOnTheSet: Susan Haskell & Thorsten Kaye, who played Marty Saybrook & Patrick Thornhart, married not long after leaving the series.
28th Apr '15 4:21:54 PM nombretomado
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Unfortunately, the show was cancelled once again, this time for good, in September 2013, as a byproduct of a lawsuit between ABC & PP over characters loaned to GeneralHospital.
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Unfortunately, the show was cancelled once again, this time for good, in September 2013, as a byproduct of a lawsuit between ABC & PP over characters loaned to GeneralHospital.''Series/GeneralHospital''.
13th Apr '15 10:30:48 AM nombretomado
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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"
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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[DesperateHousewives [[Series/DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"
17th Mar '15 8:56:41 PM nombretomado
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: In 2001, Jessica Buchanan's [[TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir life got flipped turned upside down]]. First [[TalkativeLoon Allison]] claims [[SwitchedAtBirth she returned the wrong baby]] after baby Jessica (Natalie) was kidnapped. Then it's revealed Jessica and Natalie are half twins when it was discovered her father was Mitch Laurence and not Clint Buchanan. Then after developing DID to repress childhood sexual abuse, her alter falls in love with a man and gets pregnant by him, just as she comes around to loving the guy...he dies in a freak accident. That freak accident was caused by her aforementioned twin sister's deception. She lapses into her DID again and imprisons her sister, and she's pregnant again. Unfortunately this baby doesn't survive, so ANOTHER alter steals her teen cousin's baby. Eventually, the ruse is lifted and she loses another child. She gets institutionalized (a recurring theme) and finds love with another crazy. Mitch escapes and fucks that up by erasing her mind to when she was a teenager. Her new beau can't cope and thus sleeps with said twin sister. She comes back though...mid coitus with the town pervert who impregnates her. Despite this she attempts marry him, until the ugly truth comes out. You guessed it, DID time. She hooks up with the town pervert and begins to like him, but Jessica takes over again and it's square 1. Just as Jessica and the town pervert begin to fall in love, Mitch returns and kills ''HIM'', somehow a DNA test is found and it's revealed that [[spoiler: Clint's her biological father all along.]] Did I mention she lost a kid before all this too?
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: In 2001, Jessica Buchanan's [[TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir life got flipped turned upside down]]. First [[TalkativeLoon Allison]] claims [[SwitchedAtBirth she returned the wrong baby]] after baby Jessica (Natalie) was kidnapped. Then it's revealed Jessica and Natalie are half twins when it was discovered her father was Mitch Laurence and not Clint Buchanan. Then after developing DID to repress childhood sexual abuse, her alter falls in love with a man and gets pregnant by him, just as she comes around to loving the guy...he dies in a freak accident. That freak accident was caused by her aforementioned twin sister's deception. She lapses into her DID again and imprisons her sister, and she's pregnant again. Unfortunately this baby doesn't survive, so ANOTHER alter steals her teen cousin's baby. Eventually, the ruse is lifted and she loses another child. She gets institutionalized (a recurring theme) and finds love with another crazy. Mitch escapes and fucks that up by erasing her mind to when she was a teenager. Her new beau can't cope and thus sleeps with said twin sister. She comes back though...mid coitus with the town pervert who impregnates her. Despite this she attempts marry him, until the ugly truth comes out. You guessed it, DID time. She hooks up with the town pervert and begins to like him, but Jessica takes over again and it's square 1. Just as Jessica and the town pervert begin to fall in love, Mitch returns and kills ''HIM'', somehow a DNA test is found and it's revealed that [[spoiler: Clint's her biological father all along.]] Did I mention she lost a kid before all this too?
1st Apr '14 3:37:46 AM goldenroad
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* ClusterFBomb: The PP version had much more colorful language, including three F-Bombs. These scenes were later edited down. When certain fans complained about the language, SoundEffectBleep came into play.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Because the revival was an online show, all of the usual FCC restrictions were lifted, allowing for more profanity, and more mature content; while there was no nudity, the cast (specifically the younger cast) showed off a lot more skin.
5th Mar '14 1:40:30 AM cdenton
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* Retcon: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie all of these explanations together.
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* Retcon: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); next Viki's DID was because she had gotten pregnant while she was a teenager and her father put the child up for adoption and had her brainwashed into forgetting everything; and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie all most of these explanations together.together (except, understandably, the ''hyponitized into forgetting an entire pregnancy'' one).
4th Jan '14 7:29:27 PM goldenroad
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** The revival ends on one too, as the above Alison Perkins was about to murder Clint, and his daughter Natalie walked in on her.
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