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7 sisters: Soaps’ top sister vs. sister love triangles

Remember when The Bold & the Beautiful’s Bill had that awesome idea where he and Brooke would have an affair so that Bill could be a better husband to Brooke’s sister, Katie?

Well, that didn’t work out so well. Now Katie knows, and though Bill tried to pin the blame on Katie’s recent fling with alcoholism, she preferred to hold him and her sister responsible.

B&B’s Katie and Brooke aren’t the first pair of sisters to fight over the same man. (Though is it truly fighting if neither is particularly sure they want him anymore?) Heck, Bill isn’t even the first man Brooke and Katie have in common. There was Ridge. There was Nick. (To be somewhat fair, B&B is a half-hour show with a smaller-than-average cast.)

A sister versus sister love triangle is a soap-opera staple. Here are some of our favorites:

The Young & the Restless
A classic from the show’s early days, this triangle was more of a quadrangle, and featured a pair of sisters named Leslie and Lorie (short for Lauralee; she was named after Y&R producer Bell Bell’s daughter, Lauralee Bell, who now plays Christine on the show), and a pair of brothers named Lance and Lucas (guess we know what the L’s in BiLL BeLL represent). Lance first pursued Leslie, but as she was married, eventually moved on and married Lori. Leslie’s marriage broke up, and while he and Lori were “on a break,” Lance slept with Leslie. Leslie became pregnant, but not wanting to hurt the reunited Lance and Lori, married Lucas, and they agreed to pass off her son, Brooks, as his.

Leslie later had a nervous breakdown and Lori took over raising Brooks, who thought of her as his mother. When Leslie recovered, she fought Lori for custody, but lost. When Lance found out Brooks was his son, he was furious with Leslie and Lori for keeping him in the dark, and rejected them both. Brooks, in turn, rejected Lance, since he thought of Lucas as his father. Everyone ultimately left town (separately) and on the few occasions when either sister returned to Genoa City, neither mentioned whatever happened to Brooks, the boy who was his own cousin.

Days of Our Lives
Sami schemed to break up her half-sister, Carrie, and Austin by teaming up with Austin’s half-brother, Lucas. Sami drugged Austin and slept with him. At Austin and Carrie’s wedding, Sami announced that she was pregnant with Austin’s child. Later, at Sami and Austin’s wedding, Carrie announced that little Will wasn’t Austin’s: He was Lucas’. Carrie also hauled off and slugged her sister, then married Austin herself (marriage license? Who needs a marriage license?). Later, Sami would try to keep Austin and Carrie apart by blackmailing a doctor into telling Carrie she and Austin could never have children together, and other hijinks. Many catfights ensued.

Another World
Marley and Vicky were twins who didn’t grow up together, and yet nonetheless shared very similar tastes in men. There was Jamie, whom Vicky married and Marley was engaged to, but there, the two took turns. They took turns with Jake, too, but it wasn’t quite so friendly. Vicky knew him first. In fact, Vicky and Jake came to town originally to swindle Marley out of her money. But then Jake fell for Marley. And then Jake raped Marley. Jake eventually married Vicky. Marley forgave Jake for the rape (hey, on soaps it’s as common as the flu) and decided she wanted him back. So she made it seem like her sister was dead. Vicky came back and forgave Marley, but Jake took longer to come around. You’d think he’d see the quid pro quo.

Guiding Light
Reva was looking for her long-lost sister. So Annie, who wanted Reva’s ex, Josh, pretended to be said long-lost sister, figuring Reva wouldn’t keep her own sibling from finding happiness. Showed what she knew! Years later, Reva’s actual long-lost sister, Cassie, married Josh. Didn’t stop Reva and Josh from ending up together in the end.

Ryan’s Hope
Faith always felt inferior to her beautiful sister, Jill. We knew Faith was the less attractive of the Coleridge sisters because … um … her hair was less bouncy? Mostly it was because everyone kept saying so. Kind of like the way Katie keeps saying she’s the less attractive sister on B&B, leaving the audience to go, “Okay … I guess.” The assertion became even more ridiculous as Faith kept getting recast with more and more glamorous actresses, until she was finally played by Karen Morris-Gowdy, a former America’s Junior Miss. But, yeah, sure, she’s absolutely hideous. Which was the excuse Faith used when Frank left her for Jill. This, despite the fact that ultimately, Frank left all women for Jill, no matter what they looked like.

One Life to Live
Another set of separated-at-birth twins who also proved to have similar tastes in men were Jessica and Natalie. There was Seth, Christian, and Brody.  The latter led to a double-wedding ceremony where Jessica was marrying Brody and Natalie was marrying John, except that Brody learned he wasn’t the father of Jessica’s son, but that he was the father of Natalie’s. (Later, it turned out John was the true father, so out of two chances, Brody ended up with no babies. He returned to the Navy soon after.)

What’s your favorite soap-opera sister triangle? Tell us in the comments!

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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