Dear Soaps,
I was watching TV the other night and saw a show with Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers, but I can't remember the name of the show. The daughter on the show was named Karen. Was she played by the same actress who plays Alison Barrington on Port Charles? I have a $100 bet riding on this. I swear it was her. My best friend is nagging at me that there is no way that they could be the same actress. I told her a bottle of bleach can change a person's hair color. Please help me. I'm going crazy over this! —Teresa

Dear Teresa,
While a bottle of bleach can (and has) changed many a hair color (not to mention a career) in tinseltown, Erin Hershey (Alison, PC) did not play Karen on Step By Step, the Somers/Duffy sitcom. Karen was played by actress Angela Watson. Step By Step did have a few soap connections, however. Patrika Darbo (Nancy, Days of Our Lives) played Penny. And June Lockhart, who recurs as Felicia's grandmother Maria on General Hospital, was cast as Patrick Duffy's TV mom on the sitcom. (MJM)