History Series / Soap

7th May '16 3:53:59 PM nombretomado
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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.

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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.
28th Apr '16 10:41:46 PM CosmoKessler297
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* BreakoutCharacter: Benson starts out in a relatively minor, supporting role, but quickly becomes one of the main character. He finally left to become the protagonist of his own show.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Benson starts out in a relatively minor, supporting role, but quickly becomes one of the main character. characters. He finally left later on to become the protagonist of his own show.



* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie, and Benson appear onscreen.

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* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty guilty, images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie, and Benson appear onscreen.



** In one episode Danny accidentally drops an apple. The cop was okay.

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** In one episode episode, Danny accidentally drops an apple. The cop (and his horse) was okay.



* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] (who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight).

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* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching watching, amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] (who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight).



* {{Flanderization}}: In the early seasons Danny isn't overly bright, but not the imbecile that he becomes in later episodes.

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* {{Flanderization}}: In the early seasons seasons, Danny isn't overly bright, but not bright. But he definitely isn't the imbecile that he becomes in later episodes.



** Jodie. Though in all fairness, [[InformedAttribute this was probably necessary]], as he was seen with women just as often as he was seen with other men. This was lampshaded in series four when he talks to a psychiatrist who doesn't believe he's gay after Jodie informs him that he's had a child with one woman and is currently in love with another.

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** Jodie. Though in all fairness, [[InformedAttribute this was probably necessary]], as he was seen with women just as often as he was seen with other men. This was lampshaded in series season four when he talks to a psychiatrist who doesn't believe he's gay after Jodie informs him that he's had a child with one woman and is currently in love with another.



* HotForTeacher: Billy has an affair with his teacher, Leslie.
* IfICantHaveYou: After Billy turns Leslie down she first goes suicidal and then tries to kill him repeatedly. PlayedForLaughs as nobody notices.
* InjuryBookend: Played With. Chester has amnesia due to brain surgery gone somewhat wrong. He gets a bonk on the head and remembers his life, but then very quickly gets another bonk and forgets everything again.

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* HotForTeacher: Billy has an affair with his teacher, Leslie.
Leslie. But...
* IfICantHaveYou: After Billy turns Leslie down down, she first goes suicidal suicidal, and then tries to kill him repeatedly. PlayedForLaughs as nobody notices.
* InjuryBookend: Played With. Chester has amnesia due to brain surgery gone somewhat wrong. He gets a bonk on the head and remembers his life, but life. But then very quickly gets another bonk and forgets everything again.



** In season two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now her suicide letter is muddled up. They decide to become friends.

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** In season two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because as he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now attempt, with her suicide letter is muddled up.up in the process. They decide to become friends.
28th Apr '16 10:18:24 PM CosmoKessler297
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* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: Danny gets shot through both his kidneys when he's in the police. Mary can't give one of hers because it could severely weaken her. Jodie offers up his as he's healthy and Danny's full-blood brother, then it turns out he isn't and Mary reveals that Danny's real father is [[spoiler:Chester]], who is convinced to give up one of his kidneys to save Danny.

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* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: Well, not Billy. Danny gets shot through both his kidneys when he's in the police. Mary can't give one of hers because it could severely weaken her. Jodie offers up his as he's healthy and Danny's full-blood brother, then it turns out he isn't and Mary reveals that Danny's real father is [[spoiler:Chester]], who is convinced to give up one of his kidneys to save Danny.
28th Apr '16 10:12:21 PM CosmoKessler297
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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' was a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.

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Created by Susan Harris (who wrote most of the episodes and later created ''TheGoldenGirls''), ''Soap'' was is a late 1970s sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}} that both parodied and emulated the serial storytelling style of the SoapOpera. It was perhaps the first SitCom to include a StoryArc of any significance, and as such is still a rarity even today.
12th Apr '16 7:31:07 PM Discar
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* MeetTheInLaws: Danny brings home his fiancees to meet his parents twice; both times it went badly. The first time he was engaged to TheDon's bratty daughter and they hated each other. The second time she was black (Danny and his parents are white) and much tension ensued. When her parents came over to meet the Campbells the mothers agreed that it was a horrible idea for the two of them to get married, and ultimately Polly (the fiancee in question) broke it off with Danny.
19th Mar '16 8:39:58 AM Hossmeister
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19th Jan '16 11:12:49 AM tandra88
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* UnpleasantParentReveal: In order to get out of the mafia Danny has to kill someone, so the mafia will have something on him. The good news is that he gets to kill the person who killed his own father - which is news to Danny, he though his father died of natural causes. It turns out that his father was also in the mafia, and had been killed by [[spoiler:Danny's stepfather Burt]] when Danny's father tried to muscle in on his construction business.
23rd Nov '15 5:49:58 PM WarioBarker
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-->--'''The OpeningNarration'''

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-->--'''The OpeningNarration'''
-->--The OpeningNarration, as read by '''Rod Roddy'''.






* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler: Happens to Burt, but it takes him forever to get anyone to believe him.]]

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* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler: Happens [[spoiler:Happens to Burt, but it takes him forever to get anyone to believe him.]]



** Eunice has sex with a burglar, mistaking him as Dutch trying out some sexual roleplay. Though the burglar didn't intend to sleep with Eunice when he was robbing the house, he did take advantage of the misunderstanding. Eunice, upon realising it wasn't Dutch, waves some jewellery outside the window and shouts for the burglar to come back.

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** Eunice has sex with a burglar, mistaking him as Dutch trying out some sexual roleplay. Though the burglar didn't intend to sleep with Eunice when he was robbing the house, he did take advantage of the misunderstanding. Eunice, upon realising realizing it wasn't Dutch, waves some jewellery jewelry outside the window and shouts for the burglar to come back.



* BlackComedy: Murder, suicide, racism, homophobia, and mental illness (among other things) are all fair game for jokes. That said, racists and homophobes were nearly always played as fools, if not the butt of the joke.

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* BlackComedy: Murder, suicide, racism, homophobia, and mental illness (among other things) are were all fair game for jokes. That said, racists and homophobes were nearly always played as fools, if not the butt of the joke.



** The last episode sees [[spoiler: Burt, Jessica, Danny and Annie two seconds from being executed, all in separate events.]]
** [[spoiler: A later ''Benson'' episode has Jessica appear in "ghost" form. However, she tells Benson that she's not dead, just in a coma in a South American hospital.]]
** [[spoiler: Susan Harris has indicated that had the show gone to a fifth season, the rifles that shot Jessica would have had blanks in them.]]

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** The last episode sees [[spoiler: Burt, [[spoiler:Burt, Jessica, Danny Danny, and Annie two seconds from being executed, all in separate events.]]
** [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A later ''Benson'' episode has Jessica appear in "ghost" form. However, she tells Benson that she's not dead, just in a coma in a South American hospital.]]
** [[spoiler: Susan [[spoiler:Susan Harris has indicated that had the show gone to a fifth season, the rifles that shot Jessica would have had blanks in them.]]



** Chester's PlayedForLaughs suicide attempt at the end of Season One, when Jessica is getting arrested for Peter's death and Chester realises that his life is ruined not only by this, but by multiple other things. Burt keeps interrupting him, like taking the knives away to be sharpened. Eventually Chester's about to drop a heavy pot on his head but Burt comes in and proves how sharp the knives are by cutting the rope the pot is hanging from. Of course, Chester survives.

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** Chester's PlayedForLaughs suicide attempt at the end of Season One, 1, when Jessica is getting arrested for Peter's death and Chester realises realizes that his life is ruined not only by this, but by multiple other things. Burt keeps interrupting him, like taking the knives away to be sharpened. Eventually Eventually, Chester's about to drop a heavy pot on his head head, but Burt comes in and proves how sharp the knives are by cutting the rope the pot is hanging from. Of course, Chester survives.



%% * ButNotTooBlack: Polly Dawson
* ButNotTooGay: Justified. The show was made in the 70s. Though it features explicitly gay characters, the closest any homosexual relationships gets is romance with hugging and subtext.
* CampGay: Jodie is ''extremely'' camp at the very start of the show but after a few episodes this softens down a lot. Since he seems to play it up around Burt, it is likely he is doing it to intentionally make Burt uncomfortable.

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%% * ButNotTooBlack: Polly Dawson
Dawson.
* ButNotTooGay: Justified. The show was made in the 70s. 1970s. Though it features explicitly gay characters, the closest any homosexual relationships gets get is romance with hugging and subtext.
* CampGay: Jodie is ''extremely'' camp at the very start of the show show, but after a few episodes this softens down a lot. Since he seems to play it up around Burt, it is it's likely he is he's doing it to intentionally make Burt uncomfortable.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to Benson's character. He's known for disliking his job and his catch phrase is "You want me to get that?" whenever the doorbell rings. However, in the first few episodes of the show, he is very adament that being the butler is ''his'' job and he won't let anybody else do what he's supposed to (e.g. in one episode he trips Burt up before he can answer the door because that's his (Benson's) job).
* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie and Benson appear on screen.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In regards to Benson's character. He's known for disliking his job and his catch phrase is "You want me to get that?" whenever the doorbell rings. However, in the first few episodes of the show, he is very adament adamant that being the butler is ''his'' job and he won't let anybody else do what he's supposed to (e.g. in one episode he trips Burt up before he can answer the door because that's his (Benson's) {Benson's} job).
* CliffHanger: Many, but arguably the voiceover at the end of the last episode of the first season was the most memorable. Just after Jessica is found guilty images of Chester, Burt, Corinne, Jodie Jodie, and Benson appear on screen.onscreen.



* ClockDiscrepancy: In an episode, Mary sets the alarm clock forward a half hour so she and Burt can have time to talk before he goes to work. When she tells him about it he tries to go back to bed for another half hour of sleep.
* CloudCuckoolander:

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* ClockDiscrepancy: In an episode, Mary sets the alarm clock forward a half hour half-hour so she and Burt can have time to talk before he goes to work. When she tells him about it it, he tries to go back to bed for another half hour half-hour of sleep.
* CloudCuckoolander: CloudCuckoolander:



** One of Burt's co-workers falls off a girder after seeing Burt sitting next to [[spoiler: the alien that has been transformed to look exactly like him.]]

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** One of Burt's co-workers falls off a girder after seeing Burt sitting next to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the alien that has been transformed to look exactly like him.]]him]].



* CreatorCameo: Susan Harris appears as a prostitute in episode # 15.
* CutShort: Susan Harris had written out a five-season arc for the show, but the network pulled it after season 4, resulting in a final episode that ended in several unresolved cliffhangers.

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* CreatorCameo: Susan Harris appears as a prostitute in episode # 15.
* CutShort: Susan Harris had written out a five-season arc for the show, but the network pulled it after season Season 4, resulting in a final episode that ended in several unresolved cliffhangers.



* EasyAmnesia: Chester spends much of the second season with amnesia after botched brain surgery. He gets his memory back, then immediately loses it again to a bonk on the head.
* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight.

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* EasyAmnesia: Chester spends much of the second season Season 2 with amnesia after botched brain surgery. He gets his memory back, then immediately loses it again to a bonk on the head.
* EscalatingBrawl: One of the several openings shows a brawl that starts with Burt trying to get in front of Chester for the family photo, but ends up involving all except the Major (who is too out of it to notice), Billy (who considers himself the OnlySaneMan in his family, and sits watching amused by it all) and [[OnlySaneMan Benson]] who (who steps back and shakes his head disapprovingly as they fight.fight).



* {{Expy}}: Susan Harris tried to update the formula in the "Soap meets {{Dynasty}}" 90s sitcom ''GoodAndEvil''.

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* {{Expy}}: Susan Harris tried to update the formula in the "Soap meets {{Dynasty}}" 90s ''{{Dynasty}}''" 1990s sitcom ''GoodAndEvil''.



** ''Soap'' itself was the prime-time answer to the previous season's hit ''Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'', a daytime soap opera parody from Harris's former boss NormanLear.

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** ''Soap'' itself was the prime-time primetime answer to the previous season's hit ''Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'', a daytime soap opera parody from Harris's former boss NormanLear.



* FourLinesAllWaiting: averted. There were multiple plot lines in every episode, but every one advanced each time we saw it - and if even if they hadn't, they were funny enough that no one would have minded.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: averted.Averted. There were multiple plot lines in every episode, but every one advanced each time we saw it - and if even if they hadn't, they were funny enough that no one would have minded.



* GoodByeCruelWorld: Chester attempt to write a suicide note at the end of series one, which he decides to write on kitchen roll as there's no paper in the kitchen. After he failings to remember the correct spelling of "suicide" he realises that it doesn't matter what it says as everybody will understand what happens when they find him dead over a note.
* GratuitousItalian: Danny's pathetic attempts at speaking Italian in season one when he's under the impression he's Italian.

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* GoodByeCruelWorld: Chester attempt attempts to write a suicide note at the end of series one, Season 1, which he decides to write on kitchen roll as there's no paper in the kitchen. After he failings fails to remember the correct spelling of "suicide" "suicide", he realises realizes that it doesn't matter what it says as everybody will understand what happens happened when they find him dead over a note.
* GratuitousItalian: Danny's pathetic attempts at speaking Italian in season one Season 1 when he's under the impression he's Italian.



** Averted with the Child Protective Services worker who interview him, and becomes instantly hostile on learning Jodie is gay.

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** Averted with the Child Protective Services worker who interview interviews him, and becomes instantly hostile on learning Jodie is gay.



* HeroicBSOD: After Burt runs away from the mental institution (to buy a newspaper) Mary demands he tell her what's the problem that he's keeping from her. They've been through a lot and they can deal with it, she says. He tells her he killed her first husband. Burt tries to speak to her after this but she's effectively frozen on the spot.

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* HeroicBSOD: After Burt runs away from the mental institution (to buy a newspaper) newspaper), Mary demands he tell her what's the problem that he's keeping from her. They've been through a lot and they can deal with it, she says. He tells her he killed her first husband. Burt tries to speak to her after this this, but she's effectively frozen on the spot.



** PlayedForLaughs: Chester's, after Jessica is getting arrested for Peter's murder and his business is failing. He fails to write a note (not knowing how to spell "suicide" and presumes people would get the idea) Burt keeps interrupting him, not realising what's happening, and takes away the knives he was about to use to sharpen. He comes back and accidentally sets off one of the later attempts which ultimately fails.
** In series two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now her suicide letter is muddled up. They decide to become friends.
* IWasYoungAndINeededTheMoney: Sally had done [[spoiler:a pornography film and this was how Ingrid was blackmailing her to break up Mary and Burt]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: An odd variation. [[spoiler:Alice chooses to leave Jodie when Carol's mother says she isn't comfortable with a lesbian being with her baby granddaughter. Alice refuses to let Jodie pick between his PlatonicLifePartners and his daughter so she makes it simpler]].

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** PlayedForLaughs: Chester's, after Jessica is getting arrested for Peter's murder and his business is failing. He fails to write a note (not knowing how to spell "suicide" and presumes people would get the idea) Burt keeps interrupting him, not realising realizing what's happening, and takes away the knives he was about to use to sharpen. He comes back and accidentally sets off one of the later attempts which ultimately fails.
** In series season two, Jodie is about to jump of a Golden Gate Bridge {{expy}} and talks to himself about how it all went wrong. Alice walks over to him and tells him to shut up because he's interrupting her suicide attempt and now her suicide letter is muddled up. They decide to become friends.
* IWasYoungAndINeededTheMoney: Sally had done [[spoiler:a pornography film film]], and this was how Ingrid [[spoiler:Ingrid was blackmailing her to break up Mary and Burt]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: An odd variation. [[spoiler:Alice chooses to leave Jodie when Carol's mother says she isn't comfortable with a lesbian being with her baby granddaughter. Alice refuses to let Jodie pick between his PlatonicLifePartners and his daughter daughter, so she makes it simpler]].



* LongBusTrip: The fate of Alice. [[spoiler:She moves out after Carol's mother says she isn't happy with her granddaughter growing up with a lesbian, but she's never seen again]].
* LoveTriangle:

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* LongBusTrip: The fate of Alice. [[spoiler:She moves She [[spoiler:moves out after Carol's mother says she isn't happy with her granddaughter growing up with a lesbian, but she's never seen again]].
* LoveTriangle: LoveTriangle:



** Carol likes Jodie who is in an on-and-off relationship with Dennis. [[spoiler:He chooses neither]].

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** Carol likes Jodie Jodie, who is in an on-and-off relationship with Dennis. [[spoiler:He chooses neither]].



* TheMadHatter: Burt. He is aware that many of the things he says and does make, to say the least, an odd impression of other people. Some of this, such as his stories of alien abduction, subvert the trope since he isn't delusional but actually telling the truth.
** Burt meets a literal one at a mental hospital. A paranoid man changes hats every ten seconds to the "Argentinian secret police" can't track him.

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* TheMadHatter: Burt. He is He's aware that many of the things he says and does make, to say the least, an odd impression of on other people. Some of this, such as his stories of alien abduction, subvert the trope since he isn't delusional but he's actually telling the truth.
** Burt meets a literal one at a mental hospital. A paranoid man changes hats every ten seconds to the "Argentinian secret police" can't track him.



* MafiaPrincess: Elaine is the spoiled, rude and generally obnoxious daughter of TheDon who has put out a contract on Danny. She saves Dannys life after falling in love with him; her father agrees to drop the contract on condition that Danny marry her.

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* MafiaPrincess: Elaine is the spoiled, rude and generally obnoxious daughter of TheDon who has put out a contract on Danny. She saves Dannys Danny's life after falling in love with him; her father agrees to drop the contract on condition that Danny marry her.



* NoodleIncident: After Jodie tries to commit suicide his friend and mother tell him that everybody has five stupid things that they do in their life that they can never tell anybody else, his suicide being his first. Mary tries to think of stupid things she's done but each time ends up laughing and saying she can't possibly tell him ''that''.

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* NoodleIncident: After Jodie tries to commit suicide his friend and mother tell him that everybody has five stupid things that they do in their life that they can never tell anybody else, his suicide being his first. Mary tries to think of stupid things she's done done, but each time ends up laughing and saying she can't possibly tell him ''that''.



** Nobody else seem able to imagine any such third option for Jodie either.
* OnlyOneName: It was wasn't revealed if Benson was his first or last name until the character had moved to his own SpinOff, Series/{{Benson}} (full name: Benson [=DuBois=]).

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** Nobody else seem able to imagine any such third option for Jodie Jodie, either.
* OnlyOneName: It was wasn't revealed if Benson was his first or last name until the character had moved to his own SpinOff, Series/{{Benson}} ''Series/{{Benson}}'' (full name: Benson [=DuBois=]).



* ParentalIncest: At the end of season four, Danny has a relationship with Annie, [[spoiler: the new wife of Chester, who turns out actually to be his father]]. This, of course, is not actually incest, just adultery, since they are not genetically related. Annie points that out to Danny, and also corrects him when he thinks they've committed "inquest."
* PenultimateOutburst: This happens in the first season during Jessica's murder trial, since her entire family disturbs the court.

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* ParentalIncest: At the end of season four, Season 4, Danny has a relationship with Annie, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the new wife of Chester, who turns out actually to be his father]]. This, of course, is not isn't actually incest, just adultery, since they are not aren't genetically related. Annie points that out to Danny, and also corrects him when he thinks they've committed "inquest."
"inquest".
* PenultimateOutburst: This happens in the first season Season 1 during Jessica's murder trial, since her entire family disturbs the court.



* QuestForIdentity: Chester goes on one after he loses his memories in Season Two.

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* QuestForIdentity: Chester goes on one after he loses his memories memory in Season Two.2.



* RuleOfThree: Juan One, Juan Two, and Juan Three

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* RuleOfThree: Juan One, Juan Two, and Juan ThreeThree.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Major

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* ShellShockedVeteran: MajorMajor.



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has almost too many similarities to ''Series/{{Soap}}'' to be this by accident. [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/was-arrested-development-remake-70s-sitcom/ Luckily Cracked already did all the legwork so we don't have to.]]

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has almost too many similarities to ''Series/{{Soap}}'' ''Soap'' to be this by accident. [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/was-arrested-development-remake-70s-sitcom/ Luckily Luckily, Cracked already did all the legwork so we don't have to.]]



* TapOnTheHead: Chester remembers [[spoiler:he's the one who killed Peter]] after his failed suicide attempt by dropping a really big pot on his head. Later he loses his whole memory to a huge knock to the head.
* TeacherStudentRomance:

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* TapOnTheHead: Chester remembers [[spoiler:he's the one who killed Peter]] after his failed suicide attempt by dropping a really big pot on his head. Later Later, he loses his whole memory to a huge knock to the head.
* TeacherStudentRomance: TeacherStudentRomance:



** Mary's English Professor was extremely interested in her and eventually attacked her on the sofa. Burt was always worried she would leave him for somebody smarter and happened to walk in when the professor was all over his wife. It was not what it looked like: Mary was not interested in the professor and managed to fight him off after Burt had left.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: Peter Campbell's death - he was stabbed, shot, strangled, suffocated and bludgeoned.
* TiedUpOnThePhone: In an early episode Danny tries to kill Burt by wrapping a phone cord around his neck. Burt, being oblivious to the murder attempt, takes the handset and says, "Hello?"
* TooDumbToLive:

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** Mary's English Professor was extremely interested in her and eventually attacked her on the sofa. Burt was always worried she would leave him for somebody smarter and happened to walk in when the professor was all over his wife. It was not what it looked like: Mary was not wasn't interested in the professor and managed to fight him off after Burt had left.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: Peter Campbell's death - he was stabbed, shot, strangled, suffocated suffocated, and bludgeoned.
* TiedUpOnThePhone: In an early episode episode, Danny tries to kill Burt by wrapping a phone cord around his neck. Burt, being oblivious to the murder attempt, takes the handset and says, says "Hello?"
* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:



** The Major isn't exactly a bright bulb either.
** When the mob is trying to kill Danny, because he refused to kill Burt, his plan is to change his outfit every day (e.g. a rabbi, a female nurse) but still live with his family (he is seen moving out, but he never does). This works.
** Actually, none of the characters (except Benson) is exactly on the bright side.

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** The Major isn't exactly a bright bulb bulb, either.
** When the mob is trying to kill Danny, Danny because he refused to kill Burt, his plan is to change his outfit every day (e.g. a rabbi, a female nurse) but still live with his family (he is seen moving out, but he never does). This works.
** Actually, none of the characters (except Benson) is are exactly on the bright side.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In one season Jodie confronts Chuck about Bob (that is Chuck) sending him hatemail. This is never mentioned again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In one season season, Jodie confronts Chuck about Bob (that is Chuck) sending him hatemail. This is never mentioned again.



** In Season One, Eunice was having an affair with a married Senator. [[spoiler:He chose his wife when she threatened to ruin his career.]]

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** In Season One, 1, Eunice was having an affair with a married Senator. [[spoiler:He chose his wife when she threatened to ruin his career.]]
3rd Nov '15 4:11:13 PM randomsurfer
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* MayDecemberRomance: Chester gets together with ([[spoiler:and eventually marries]]) Eunice's school friend, Annie.

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* MayDecemberRomance: Chester gets together with ([[spoiler:and eventually marries]]) his daughter Eunice's school friend, Annie.
3rd Nov '15 4:08:36 PM randomsurfer
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* TheKindnapper: Jodie's daughter Wendy is kidnapped by her mother Carol. Whether for RuleOfDrama or HollywoodLaw, apparently the authorities can't do anything about it "because she's her mother" DESPITE the fact that Carol sued for custody and lost prior to the kidnapping.\\
To be fair, some jurisdictions have had loopholes where a parent can be denied custody but for it to not be fully binding until they are officially informed of the fact, allowing them an opportunity to grab the kid and run without it legally being kidnapping.

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* TheKindnapper: Jodie's daughter Wendy is kidnapped by her mother Carol. Whether for RuleOfDrama or HollywoodLaw, apparently the authorities can't do anything about it "because she's her mother" DESPITE the fact that Carol sued for custody and lost prior to the kidnapping.\\
To be fair, some jurisdictions have had loopholes where a parent can be denied custody but for it to not be fully binding until they are officially informed of the fact, allowing them an opportunity to grab the kid and run without it legally being kidnapping.
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