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Soap Opera Jargon: Granny Clause

May 12, 2018

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. I haven’t gotten in done much lately, but hope springs eternal. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Granny Clause – The famous Granny Clause was negoiated by Eileen Fulton who played the vixen Lisa Miller Hughes on As the World Turns. She put in her contract that Lisa couldn’t be made into a grandmother. She pointed out the fate of Barbara Berjer‘s ATWT character Claire Cassen. Claire had become a grandmother on the show. They SORASed her grandchildren and she became a great-grandmother. She looked too young to be a great-grandmother, so TPTB hit her with a truck. Fulton said the clause was self-protection. It also got her a great deal of publicity. When Fulton got older she removed the clause, but everyone remembered it so when Lisa’s son Tom and his wife Margo lost a baby and had continued fertility issues everyone blamed Fulton. Today younger women are OK with being grandmothers (think Brooke Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful who has been a grandmother for at least a decade) so there will probably not be other Granny Clauses, but you never know. Read a lot more about it in the February 8, 2000 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Soap Opera Jargon Baby Rabies

April 7, 2018

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. I haven’t gotten in done much lately, but hope springs eternal. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Baby Rabies – Baby Rabies in its most direct form is used by soap fans for a couple or a woman suddenly and usually inexplicably becoming obsessed with having a baby. If writers have a happy couple and want a threat or storyline other than a third party attempting to break them up, having a baby is the next go to storyline. The quest for the baby then usually eats up the show taking over not only the couple’s storylines, but those associated with them. Often there will be multiple pregnancies at once bringing up the opportunities for baby switches, one father having kids with two different women at once, etc. The term is also used disparagingly by soap fans who don’t really care for the twists and turns of any pregnancy (which to be fair are normally presented according to a very predictable template) and use it for any baby related storyline. As in “Oh no! It’s another Baby Rabies storyline!” As I write this Devon Hamilton and Hillary Curtis are right in the middle of a Baby Rabies story on The Young and the Restless (March 2018).

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Soap Opera Jargon Stan

January 13, 2018

On some Friday nights I post a definition of a term of jargon used by those in soap operas and fans of them. For more terms check my Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Stan – Stan is a term used for an obsessed fan. I started seeing it in my feed before the definition showed up and I assumed it was an abbreviation as many soap terms are (including the word soap itself), maybe for something like starstruck fan. However, according to Merriam-Webster, the term comes from the name of a character in an Eminem song called Stan. In the song, the character feels rejected by the singer and ultimately commits suicide drowning his pregnant girlfriend in a car trunk in the process. I looked up the lyrics from the reference and it’s one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever read. How can anybody think this is a good or even an OK thing to put out in the universe? Seriously I felt sick to my stomach after I read it. People not knowing the provenance have also read it as an abbreviation for stalking fan which is bad enough as it retains the violence and twistedness of the original. I’ve seen it mostly on my Twitter feed as an insult, but apparently people – guessing the meaning of the term – have self-identified as stans. Please stop using this dark term. I hope no one in soap opera fandom deserves it.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Reclaim a Role

August 12, 2017

From time to time, I post a term of soap opera jargon on Friday night. Find a complete list on my Soap Opera Jargon page.

Reclaim a Role – Reclaiming a role is a concept almost exclusively limited to soap operas, very long running TV shows, and long running film franchises. First a role must be vacated and recast. This can be a “permanent” recast or a temporary recast. The actor who had the role leaves the show to pursue other opportunities, because a contract agreement couldn’t be reached, because of ill health, etc. The replacement might be on for any length of time. Then they have to leave. The recast might be leaving for any reason or it might be things just didn’t gel and TPTB want the original performer back. In those cases, when someone takes over a role they had previously played from another performer it’s called reclaiming a role.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Soap Opera Jargon Soap Job

April 15, 2017

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Soap Job – On any soap opera jobs aren’t like in real life. Sometimes there will be a specific reason why someone would hire somebody, they save your life or step in at the last minute and pull something off, but mostly you just suddenly have the job TPTB want you to. For instance, Rick Bauer went from changing bed pans to having graduated med school in a matter of weeks. Mel Boudreau had suddenly magically decided that she was a lawyer too, that she had finished law school at med school AT THE SAME TIME! Normally a soap opera job will just fall into your lap and you’ll be the best person at that job ever. There are only very rare failures, like when Patty Williams Abbott tried to be a model on The Young and the Restless or when Frank Cooper’s private detective agency went bust. More commonly you get a job without any background at all and you’ll be a success. Here’s examples via  from One Life to Live Dorian Lord: doctor -> publisher -> art gallery owner -> mayor -> senator. And one from General Hospital Lucy Coe: librarian -> cosmetics company CEO -> realtor. Sadly it doesn’t work that way in real life where you usually have to have some preparation to get a job, but then again it seems like a few people do find those soap opera jobs in real life too.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Soul Mate

December 17, 2016

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Soul mate – Despite the fact they break up on a regular basis, soap couples, especially super couples, say that they are each other’s sole mates. Fans say it about them far more often. For example, “Michelle is Danny’s soul mate.” The Merriam-Webster definition in their online dictionary (linked below) is for people who have matching temperament. I’d go beyond their definition. In soap operas the term is more specific meaning that this couple was fated to be together and are the only true match for each other. You will also seen it spelled soulmate, but according to Webster the correct spelling is two words.

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Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Ugly Cry

December 3, 2016

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Ugly Cry – Sometimes on soaps you get a quiet, lovely cry with a single tear or two. Brooke Logan Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful is famous for this. Other times you are totally shredded emotionally and completely break down, tears streaming down the face, physically bent over, red face, red eyed, choking on your own breath crying. Annie Dutton, one of the true masters of the craft, works herself up into an ugly cry in this scene.

Check out the definition and history of the term ugly cry according to Merriam-Webster.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/ugly-cry-origin-meaning

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Has Legs

August 27, 2016

Every Friday I post a term of soap opera jargon. Find more on my soap opera jargon page.

Has Legs – This isn’t an exclusive soap opera term, but it’s frequently used by fans when analyzing storylines. A storyline with legs is one that is both interesting and enjoyable plus one that has a lot of potential storyline to play. For instance if something that happens that will have many repercussions, like when Mindy Lewis started an affair with Roger Thorpe while he was married with Alexandra Spaulding. There not only was the Mindy-Roger beat, but what about when Alex found out, how would her father Billy react, and it ignited a feud between Alex and Mindy which geared up even more when Mindy got involved with a man revealed to be Alex’s son. A story with legs will kick off many more storylines and reactions.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Soap Opera Wedding

June 26, 2016

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

Soap Opera Wedding – Weddings can take all shapes and sizes on soap operas, but the term soap opera wedding is normally applied to the extremely lavish weddings that were especially common on soap operas during the 1980s. These weddings often were shot on location at some gorgeous old house or exotic location. Although they didn’t have a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen, their outfits are normally very elaborate, especially the groomsmen. They also involve a big reception, elaborate presents, decorations, and an extremely fancy cake. The term comes from the weddings on soap operas, but the term is actually applied to weddings in real life that are viewed as overly elaborate.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

FAQs Update 2016

June 15, 2016

I recently updated the FAQ page and decided to reshare them. They include Technical, Manny, Guiding Light FAQs, and even a few general soaps. Check them out.

Technical FAQs

YouTube Links Take You To Channel Page Rather Than Specific Video
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/faq-broken-youtube-links

Guiding Light 101: A Basic Introduction
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/guiding-light-101

What’s with all the stuff in parenthesis on this blog/website?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/faq-whats-in-parenthesis

Michelle Danny Little Boy Robbie

Michelle Danny Little Boy Robbie

Manny Related FAQs

Why didn’t Michelle try to help Mick that night on the beach?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/michelle-try-to-help-mick

How many times were Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer married on Guiding Light?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/counting-the-weddings-with-dates

Does the Bauer House have a living room?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/faq-bauer-house-living-room

When did the Bauer BBQ begin?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

What’s Danny’s middle name?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/danny-santos-middle-name

How bad a mom was Claire?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/faq-how-bad-a-mom-was-claire-plus-baby-michelle

Was there an incident where we heard Michelle whisper something to Danny, we weren’t supposed to?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/remember-an-open-mic-mistake

Did Bethany Joie Lenz play Reva’s clone?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/manny-questions-in-soap-opera-digest

Did Abby Breakup With Rick Because of Claire?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/did-rabby-breakup-because-of-claire

Unsolved Mysteries of Early Manny
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/mysteries-of-manniverse

Where Can I Find the ‘I am a Man’ Speech?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/i-am-a-man-speech

Where Can I Find the ‘Thousand Guns’ Speech?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/1000-guns-speech-june-17-1999

What’s the Manny Theme Song?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/manny-theme-song-sometimes-lovers-always-friends

How Many People Played Michelle Bauer?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/recast/

What is with Manny and Thanksgiving?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/thanksgiving-that-doesnt-suck

What’s the age difference between Danny and Michelle?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/faq-danny-and-michelle-age-difference

Did Michelle date an angel?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/michelles-angel-storyline

What’s the deal with Cuban Cigars?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/cuban-cigars

Are Manny on MySpace?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/michelle-bauer-santos-on-myspace

Why is Harley someone else during Danny’s trial?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/whats-going-on-with-harley

General Guiding Light FAQs

How do I add a Guiding Light Twibbon?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/add-a-guiding-light-twibbon

General Guiding Light FAQs
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/guiding-light-faqs

Didn’t that actor also play another character?
Before and After Roundup:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/before-and-after-roundup-2014

What was that song? (Music on Guiding Light in general)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/faq-what-was-that-song

How can I listen to Guiding Light radio episodes?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/guiding-light-radio-archive

Did Charita Bauer name her real son after her TV son?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/faq-did-charita-bauer-name-her-real-son-after-her-tv-son

Why doesn’t Harley Cooper paint her walls?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/faq-harley-cooper-paint-walls

What type of truck is H.B.’s pickup as show in the final week of Guiding Light?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/h-b-s-pick-up-truck

How did Ross Marler come to Springfield?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/faq-how-did-ross-come-to-town

Who are Simon and Jesse?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/faq-who-are-simon-and-jesse

What kind of music did Chelsea Reardon sing?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/what-did-chelsea-reardon-sing

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/why-is-the-bauer-bbq-important/

General Soap Opera FAQs

How do I get back issues of soap opera magazines?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

What soap opera magazines are there?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/soap-opera-magazines

Why do we use jargon on or with soap operas?

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/faq-why-use-jargon

Do set stairs go anywhere?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/faq-do-set-stairs-go-anywhere

What characters have returned after a long time?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/welcome-back-characters-after-a-long-absence

Last updated: June 12, 2016

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