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Soap operas + snow = sex

The East Coast is currently covered in snow. Are you having sex with someone inappropriate? You would be if you were on a soap! Seems that there’s nothing like freezing temperatures, blinding precipitation, and/or the imminent threat of death (or, at the very least, a nasty case of the sniffles), to make soap-opera characters leap to the conclusion that taking off their clothes would be a great idea. And then, once clothes are off, well … what else is there to do in the middle of blizzard?

Check out some of our favorite examples of folks getting hot when the weather turns cold:

Sharon & Nick (The Young and the Restless)

Cold weather never boded well for these Genoa City high school sweethearts. To start with, before she was even on the show, Sharon’s mother went out looking for her daughter in a snowstorm, and ended up a paraplegic. In a bit of karma, years later, Sharon slipped on the ice and ended up giving birth to her and Nick’s son, Noah, prematurely.

Perhaps unaware of his birth story, a teen Noah went skating and fell through the ice. He was rescued and Nick, now divorced from Sharon, felt compelled to brave a blizzard to tell his ex-wife what had almost happened to their son. Snowed in at the Abbot family cabin, a fire burning in the fireplace (natch), Sharon and Nick talked a little, reminisced a little, and had sex … a lot. Strangely, Sharon did not become pregnant from that encounter.

But don’t worry: A little while down the road, Sharon and Nick returned to the cabin to stop Noah from having sex with his girlfriend. Mission accomplished, they had sex there themselves, again. That did the trick.

Nicole & E.J. (Days of Our Lives)

E.J. and Nicole always had a complicated relationship, beginning with his hiring her to make E.J.’s on-again/off-again wife, Sami, jealous, and continuing through Nicole passing off Sami and E.J.’s baby as hers and E.J.’s. E.J., quite understandably, dumped Nicole. At one point, he also threatened to kill her. But none of that unpleasantness stopped them from having sex when they were snowed in together in 2011. This time around, Nicole got to be the one to walk out on E.J. He was genuinely heartbroken. For a few minutes. There’s always Sami, after all ….

Beth & Phillip (Guiding Light)

Another pair of high school sweethearts for whom the path of true love never did run smoothly (Example: Beth was presumed dead for a couple of years there), Beth and Phillip weren’t just snowed in; they’d both just been in a helicopter crash. Beth’s husband (Did we mention she had a husband? Phillip was married then, too), Jim, went off to find help, leaving Beth and Phillip alone to ponder their mortality, make a good-bye tape for their daughter, Lizzie, and have sex again, for old time’s sake. While injured. And cold.

Yes, that video camera was still running. Naturally, Beth found herself pregnant. But, good news, the unborn baby was a bone marrow match for leukemia-stricken Lizzie. Bad news: Jim didn’t want “his” son delivered prematurely. The truth, as it is wont to do, eventually came out, the baby was born, and Lizzie was saved. Hey, they named the kid after Jim. What else did he want?

Vicky & Ryan (Another World)

Vicky was on her honeymoon in Canada with husband Grant, having convinced herself that he was the man she wanted, and not Grant’s half-brother, Ryan. However, Ryan’s newly discovered father, Carl, disagreed with Vicky’s assessment. He thought the silly girl belonged with Ryan, and if he had to have her kidnapped to make his point, well, that’s how it goes.

Vicky’s kidnapper stashed her in a cave, where Ryan conveniently found her … right before an equally convenient avalanche trapped them both inside. Figuring they were going to die, which would shortly make those “till death do you part” wedding vows null and void, Vicky and Ryan jumped the gun and had sex. In a frozen cave. (If the entrance was iced over, how were they even breathing normally, much less heavily?)

Blair & Christian (One Life to Live)

While all were snowed in at the same ski lodge, Christian assumed that his ex-girlfriend, Evangeline, was having sex with Blair’s (many times) ex-husband, Todd. (They were actually just huddling for warmth and pleasantly chatting.) Blair suggested she and Christian have sex to get back at them. So they did.

Honorable Mention:

Ryan & Rick (Ryan’s Hope)

They didn’t have sex, mainly because she was 16 and he was 22 (and a cop, so he couldn’t claim ignorance of the law). But a blizzard that snowed Ryan in at her grandparents’ bar was the first time the teen met her future husband. It was also the first time daytime audiences got a glimpse of future Baywatch star Yasmine Bleeth, who made her daytime debut as Ryan in 1985.

Snowed in with time on your hands (and nothing better to do)? Tell us some of your favorite soap sexy snow moments below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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