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Soapsgiving: Top 5 favorite soap opera Thanksgiving traditions

Last year, in honor of the holiday, we gave you Soapsgiving: 5 things soap opera fans have to be thankful for.

This year, we asked those same fans to list some of their favorite Thanksgiving moments from the past 70-plus years of daytime television.

One particularly high vote-getter was General Hospital’s Frisco and Felicia Thanksgiving of 1985, which included a celebration at the brownstone with the same-initialed couple (F & F), as well as Frisco’s brother Tony, and his then-wife, Tanya, heading upstairs after dinner and presumably leaving Bobbie to clean up the mess. It also led to a morning-after Frisco and Felicia discussing how many children they’d like to have one day. Felicia offered six—or seven. Frisco didn’t look thrilled. Probably a major clue about the two daughters he would abandon down the road (not that Felicia stuck around much for Maxie and Georgie, either).

Kelly Applegate offered: “My favorite was Guiding Light when they held hands while ‘We Gather Together’ played, and The Young & the Restless when Classic Billy and Victoria had their first Thanksgiving.”

While Keith Alvarez recalled: “There’s All My Children when the combined Kane/Montgomery family had their Thanksgiving at the Valley Inn.”

And another AMC fan reminded us that Thanksgiving 1990 was Kelly Ripa’s debut as Hayley, all black goth wig and tough-girl attitude.

Meanwhile, few Days of Our Lives fans could forget 2004, when Cassie was stabbed to death and stuffed into a turkey piñata the Salem kids were battering with sticks. (Of course, later it turned out that Cassie wasn’t really dead. She was merely another victim of a mind-controlled Marlena thinking she’d killed a bunch of people. How that explains all the folks who saw dead Cassie, I’m still not exactly certain.)

But the most interesting thing about putting out the call for favorite Thanksgiving memories was how many fans, instead of merely suggesting a scene or plot point, talked about year-after-year traditions.

In their honor, we count down the top 5 favorite soap opera Thanksgiving traditions, below:

5)The Bold & the Beautiful
Hope did not have a conventional family life. To start with, she was born after her mother, Brooke, had an affair with Deacon … who happened to be married to Brooke’s daughter, Bridget, at the time. Brooke delivered Hope in a cabin at Big Bear, assisted by a (very generous and forgiving) Bridget and Stephanie, Brooke’s on-again/off-again mother-in-law (not counting the time when Brooke was actually married to Stephanie’s ex-husband, and thus stepmother to her ex, Ridge). After a case of SORAS, Hope, herself, married a pair of brothers (not at the same time, but it was close), is it any wonder that, come Thanksgiving, Hope (that’s her in the photo, above) implemented a tradition wherein all differences are put aside for the day and guests are asked to turn to their right and say why they are thankful for the person sitting next to them? This year, patriarch Eric is resolved to keep the ritual going. We’ll see what happens.

4) As the World Turns
Numerous fans wrote in to praise Thanksgiving at the Snyder farm (you remember, it’s where the barn keeps burning down?), especially their custom of ceremoniously cutting the Hubbard squash. Year after year, the innocent root vegetable served as a means for a long line of men to prove their machismo and/or win the fair maiden’s (or male’s) heart. Though did we ever actually see anybody eat it?

3) Another World
Gone but not forgotten are both the show and the late actor Douglass Watson who, as Mac, gave many memorable Thanksgiving toasts. In 1988, he both taught the viewing audience a new word: “munificence” (go ahead, look it up, we’ll wait), and ended with the classic, “I give you life,” which was replayed numerous times following his death just prior to AW’s 25th anniversary.

2) General Hospital
Even more popular than Frisco and Felicia’s Thanksgiving is GH’s Quartermaine 20-year tradition of somehow, no matter what, always ending up with pizza as the main course. (The reasons range from dinner being inadvertently destroyed to a sick cook to a duck as a guest—really. But the solution is always the same. Order in, and give thanks!)

1) All Shows
Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. It never fails. Get a group of people who’ve all slept together, fathered each other’s children, blackmailed each other and/or stolen each other’s businesses, and fireworks are bound to fly. (No matter how hard B&B’s Hope tries to keep matters civil.)

Which Thanksgiving table do you expect to be the most contentious this year? Tell us in the comments!

We’ll see you after the holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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