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Dear Soaps, General Hospital's...

Dear Soaps,
General Hospital's Sonny is a mobster, correct? Well I would like to know what he does that is illegal. He won't deal with drugs, weapons or laundering money. So what makes him such a criminal? I have been trying to figure this out and have asked everybody who watches General Hospital and nobody seems to know. Thank you, and I hope to get a response. -- Jazelle

Dear Jazelle,
This is an excellent question, and I've often wondered myself just what Sonny does that's so illegal. Does his coffee have more than caffeine in it? Is yelling at Mike against the law? Could Sonny be arrested for those awful things that he used to say to Carly? I think the reason viewers never see Sonny do anything illegal is because the audience might lose sympathy for the character. It's implied that he's dangerous, and everyone acts as if he's done bad things (although, they tend to overlook them as well), but nobody really knows what they are. Mayb read more

Dear Soaps, Did the person who...

Dear Soaps,
Did the person who played Mason on Santa Barbara (Lane Davies, I believe) appear in the season premiere of The Practice as the person testifying against Bobby Donnell's (Dylan McDermott) client? I have $1000 betting that it wasn't him. -- Katherine

Dear Katherine,
You may want to discuss a payment plan with your friend. Davies, who also appeared on DAYS, did indeed play key witness Kyle Barrett on the season premiere of The Practice. His character committed perjury on the stand, which led to the conviction of Bobby's friend. Look for Davies's character to recur in two more episodes of The Practice on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Is the actress who...

Dear Soaps,
Is the actress who portrayed Hal Munson's long-lost daughter Nikki on As The World Turns the same actress who played Meggie Cleary as a child in the 1983 television miniseries, The Thorn Birds, starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward? She looks so much like her! -- Susan B

Dear Susan B,
Jordana Brewster, who played Hal Munson's daughter Nikki from 1995-98, did not play a young Meggie Cleary in The Thorn Birds. Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia, AMC) did the honors. But here's an interesting connection: Brewster briefly stepped in as Anita Santos, Julia's sister, on All My Children before joining the ATWT cast. Obviously, AMC execs also saw the actresses' resemblance. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, How many times has...

Dear Soaps,
How many times has James Stenbeck "died" and returned from the dead on As the World Turns? Exactly how did he "die" and return each time? -- Carleigh

Dear Carleigh,
ATWT's James was presumed dead four times. First, he fell out of a plane (saved by a parachute), then he was shot and burned in a cabin (it was actually his henchman Nick, who died; James made sure Nick had the same dental work as he did, hence the misidentification of the body). Next, a helicopter crash claimed James's life (yeah, right). Finally, Paul shot James as he was trying to murder Emily. Unknown to all, James had paid off the coroner to say that he had died. Stenbeck could easily give Days of Our Lives's Stefano a run for his money when it comes to being a phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, How did Todd on One...

Dear Soaps,
How did Todd on One Life to Live get that hideous scar on his face? Did Nora give it to him? -- Souffle411

Dear Souffle411,
The scar on Todd's face is his scarlet letter. No, Nora didn't give him the scar, though she could have; Todd has put this woman in more precarious positions than I care to remember. The scar is courtesy of Luna Moody. After Todd and his pals gang-raped Marty Saybrooke but were released due to a mistrial (Nora was his lawyer), Todd wanted to make Marty pay. After Marty had spoken of her attack on Luna's radio show, Todd cornered her in an alley and threatened to rape her again. Luna, a rape survivor herself, charged into the alley with a lead pipe. To protect Marty and herself, she took a swing, and voila! -- Todd's badge of dishonor. (Delaina Dixon)

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Dear Soaps, Please riddle me this:...

Dear Soaps,
Please riddle me this: Years ago, when Bianca was just a little girl and found out about Erica and Uncle Jackson's affair, she set her Barbie and Ken dolls (named Erica and Jackson) on fire, and the house caught on fire. What happened next? Did Jackson save her? Did anybody get hurt? I just can't remember. Was this Bianca's first foray into psychosis? -- Helene

Dear Helene,
Let's just say life has been a little maddening for Bianca from day one. Remember when her father, the late Travis Montgomery, hatched his own kidnapping, hoping to collect insurance money, to thwart a hostile corporate takeover by Adam Chandler? When the plan failed, the kidnapper snatched baby Bianca instead! Then Bianca suffered from Reye's syndrome. When Bianca caught her mother kissing Uncle Jackson, her father's brother, she did set her "Jack" doll on fire. The blaze went awry, and Erica tried to save her little girl, but she was overcome by smoke. Travis saved read more

Dear Soaps, What happened to Kimberly's...

Dear Soaps,
What happened to Kimberly's dad, Adam Alexander, on The Bold and the Beautiful? -- Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
Mobsters who wanted revenge against Adam saw he had resurfaced after spying his photo in a local newspaper. The thugs tried to kill him, wounding Sally in the process. Adam felt the best thing to do was to leave town, to protect his loved ones from future attacks. His plan appears to have worked, as Sally hasn't been shot in months. I caught up with Michael Swan (who played Adam) recently. He's involved in a web site and told me he'd definitely be open to reprising the part. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I am a huge fan of...

Dear Soaps,
I am a huge fan of Touched By an Angel's Roma Downey. When was she on One Life to Live? -- Surprised

Dear Surprised,
I hope it's not too much of a surprise that Downey played Lady Joanna Leighton in 1988. She was the innocent daughter of evil Lord Henry Leighton and was engaged to marry Rob Coronal, until he dumped her to return to his ex-wife, Cassie. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I thought that All...

Dear Soaps,
I thought that All My Children's Maria would have turned up, since they never found a body after the plane crash that "killed" her. Is she coming back soon? I thought Adam and Arlene never made love. Did they? Thanks a bunch. -- Tammy

Dear Tammy,
Now that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, Days of Our Lives) has returned to soaps, the mantle of "When is she coming back?" can be officially transferred to Eva LaRue. Although the actress has no plans to return to All My Children at this time, one can predict that someday she'll likely reprise her fan-favorite role. Currently, the performer is testing the waters outside of Pine Valley. It may be a year or two more (hey, it took Melissa five years to come back), but it's safe to say that LaRue someday will be lured back to soaps. According to story recap, Arlene appeared to have seduced Adam in the early summer. Arlene may have lost her baby, but, thanks to Vanessa, read more

Watching one grueling sport is...

Watching one grueling sport is enough to tire the average person. Not so for Réal Andrews (Taggert, GH). The incredibly fit actor is primed to compete in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship for the second year in a row. Andrews has spent the last 9 weeks following a rigorous training program to prepare for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycling course, and the 26.2-mile run, all which must be completed within 17 hours. A martial arts expert, Andrews originally got involved for his brother. "My brother had terminal cancer, and he was a big fan of the sport," says Andrews. "The doctor had given him three months to live at the time. I got the idea to give him something to focus on — I'd do the Ironman race for the both of us if he'd fight his cancer and be there at the finish line. He agreed and extended his life for about a year." Andrews finished the race in just under 17 hours last year and hopes to improve his time. "My goal is actually do it a lot read more

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