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Top 3 soap-opera baby-switch stories

If you’re going to be a soap-opera baby, try your best not to be born in Genoa City, setting of The Young and the Restless. Last week, Sage felt something odd about the baby her husband, Nick’s, ex-wife, Sharon, was christening with her new love, Dylan. That’s because little Sully is actually Christian, the newborn Sage thought she and Nick lost a few days after birth. (That the tyke is actually the biological son of Nick’s half-brother, Adam, is not relevant to this scenario.)

But Sully is hardly the first Genoa City baby that ended up in the wrong mommy’s arms. There was the time Sharon (remember her from above?) was told her baby died, when it was really Faith, the daughter her husband’s former stepmother, Ashley, had just supposedly birthed. (The fact that Adam—remember him from above?—was the one who stole Sharon’s baby for Ashley, then ended up marrying Sharon later, even though he was not the father of the baby and Nick was, is a little more relevant to this scenario.)

And, of course, there was Scotty. Evil Sheila stole Lauren’s son so she could pass wee Scotty off as Sheila’s offspring with Lauren’s husband. Sheila then bought a baby on the black market, whom Lauren thought was her biological child, Dylan. Dylan conveniently died before Lauren got Scotty back, so there wasn’t an extra baby to deal with.

And let’s not even talk about the whole Kay-switched-babies-so-Cane-is-really-Phillip-no-he’s-not-and-Phillip-is-still-alive-and-working-with-Cane story!

Confused? Wait—there’s more! Check out our top three favorite soap-opera baby switches below!

Days of Our Lives

Sami is pregnant with EJ’s child. Nicole is pregnant with EJ’s child. EJ is married to Nicole, but loves Sami. Sami thinks EJ can go to hell, but isn’t thrilled with Nicole having him either. Nicole miscarries and fakes the remainder of her pregnancy with a glorified pillow. Nicole convinces a teenaged Mia to give Nicole her baby, promising to raise her as her own. But then Nicole takes the deception a step further, and switches Mia’s baby with Sami’s, so that Nicole is raising Sami’s baby, Sydney, while Sami has Mia’s baby, Grace. Once again, Grace conveniently dies, so all the loose ends are tied up when Sami is reunited with Sydney—and EJ.

As the World Turns

Another pregnant teenager, Gwen. Another woman pregnant with the baby of a man she’d like to go to hell, Jennifer (and Craig). Another woman desperate for a baby, Rosanna. Rosanna and Craig are married. Rosanna wants to adopt Gwen’s baby. Craig switches Gwen’s baby with Jennifer’s baby, so that he ends up “adopting” his own son. Gwen’s baby dies (don’t smoke while pregnant, kids!), but Jennifer thinks it’s hers. Jennifer gets hooked on crystal meth. Gwen kidnaps “her” son after Rosanna lapses into a coma, and the truth comes out. The baby is returned to a now conveniently clean Jen. Gwen goes to the cemetery and writes the name “Billy” in the snow across her son’s grave. Sniff.

One Life to Life

Life for a baby in Llanview is almost as risky as it is for the tots of Genoa City. Only in this case, at least they get to travel and see how the other soaps live. There was the One Life to Live/All My Children switch with Bianca, Babe, and Kelly (ending with AMC taking the remaining two musical-chair babies home, and OLTL coming up empty-handed), and the One Life to Live/General Hospital baby switch with Tea and Sam (winner: GH). (Poor switched Garrick/Steven had to stay in town, though.)

But the gold standard has to be the Mary Vernon/Karr switch—which, unlike the other approximately year-long stories mentioned here, lasted a solid three nail-baiting years. Viewers knew from the start that Jenny’s sister, Karen, switched Jenny’s stillborn baby, Mary, with the daughter of prostitute Katrina. The only misstep in the whole story came when, out of the blue, Katrina told Jenny’s husband, Brad (who’d found out about the switch but kept quiet for Jenny’s sake), that he’d been the father of her daughter too. Can you say retcon, boys and girls?

If there is one thing that the above proves, it’s that it is very, very dangerous to have two women be pregnant at the same time on the same soap. (Though Another World‘s Vicky managed to pull off a switch even without another expectant mother on the canvas.)

Right now, that appears to be the case on The Bold ad the Beautiful, as Caroline is pregnant with her stepson’s baby, and Nicole is carrying her sister, Maya, and brother-in-law Rick’s child as a surrogate.

But wait, I can hear you saying! Those babies couldn’t possibly be switched without anyone noticing! Caroline is (very) white, and Nicole is black (though Rick could match Caroline, blond for blond).

Except—ha!—we have soap-opera precedent! On ATWT, Lily brought home a baby she called Hope, whom she assumed to be her biological child. It turned out that Hope was actually the daughter of Denise, a black woman (and the very white Andy). Hope was played by a biracial infant. Who got darker and darker with each recast. Plus, take a look at a photo of my own husband and kids … believe me, it can happen.

So what do we think? Is B&B headed for a baby switch? How long will it take before Y&R‘s Sage learns the truth about her baby? And how do you feel about those stories? Tell us 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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