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SoapLand - The Battle Of The Courtroom Dramas: The Result

Discussion in 'SoapLand - The Battles' started by Richard Channing, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Richard Channing

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    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it's time to deliver your verdict. From murder trials, to custody battles to....other stuff that happens in courtrooms, the soaps spent more than their fair share of time at the courthouse. But which judicial drama made you gasp and murmur from the audience seating the most? Which twists, witnesses, testimonies and rulings brought with them some of soaps most memorable and most dramatic moments for you?
     
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  2. Willie Oleson

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    I hereby swear to tell the soap, the whole soap and nothing but the soap.

    1. DYNASTY - Testimony
    Despite it's unimaginative title, this courtroom episode has it all: the dramatic testimony, the physical fight and the surprise witness.
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    2. KNOTS LANDING - Full Disclosure
    Pat Williams testifies against Dr. Ramsay, and then she explains the sacrifices she had to make.
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    "I can't even call my mother, or my father".

    3. THE COLBYS - The Trial
    A scene from Knots Landing:
    Abby: I will drag your precious Valene and her precious Ben and those precious babies of theirs into the court!
    Gary: Come on Abby, this isn't 1956.
    Abby: No, but it'll feel like it!
    And that's exactly how it felt on The Colbys.
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    "So, whoever the father was...the man sitting over there...is not a Colby!"

    4. DALLAS - Ray's Trial
    (but this scene is from the next episode, The Oil Baron's Ball)
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    "If there's someone to blame, it can only be me"

    5. FALCON CREST - Ultimate Answers
    This was all about Emma, and her chance to get rid of her demons, caused by Uncle Jason's death(s)
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    Oh, and Chase got his share of Falcon Crest:)
     
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  3. Toni

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    My choices...in my opinion, Your Honor...

    1- Miss Ellie´s attempt at overturning Jock´s will in S. 5 of "Dallas" (the one where BBG nailed her amazing scenes, including when she read one of Jock´s letters)

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    2- Tony´s trial for the murder of Roland Saunders in S. 6 of "Falcon Crest" (if only, for the way Kit/Skylar/Kim Novak shows up at the courtroom, big hat and all!)

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    3- Alexis´s trial in S. 5 of "Dynasty" for the murder of Mark Jennings (the one where she was constantly yelling things against herself!)

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    4- The battle for the custody of little Meg started by Greg and the Abster in Season 10 of "Knots" (if Laura was watching over them, she would have rolled eyes big time!)

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    5- Angela Channing´s trial in Season 5 of FC for hijacking Dwayne´s truck (the one where Miss Jones declared she was a clairvoyant!)​

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  4. Falcon Crest I

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    1) The case of Angela's hit and run - Falcon Crest
    2) Alexis appears in court - Dynasty
    3) Emma testifies regarding Jason's death - Falcon Crest
    4) Roland Saunders death - Falcon Crest
    5) Richard trying to become FC owner - Falcon Crest
     
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  5. Victoriafan3

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    Hi FC1 - alexis appears in court the very first time at blakes trial for ted dinnaird or Alexis appears in court for her own mark Jennings trial?? Either way, she's fabulous!!
     
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    I'm mostly familiar with the Dynasty universe so this list isn't particularly varied.

    1: Dynasty - Blake's trial: as Willie said, this one had it all. A family divided, fist fights, Brian Dennehy and a surprise witness that topped them all.

    2: The Colbys - Jeff's Paternity revealed: everything about this was great from the dramatic courtroom revelations to the simmering build up "I don't give a damn about your little bastard. Or you. You SLUT!!"

    3: Dallas - Jenna's Trial: I'm sure there were better on Dallas, but the Marchetta plot is one that sticks in my head from the first time I watched the show in reruns. Jenna is found not guilty of murder. Then guilty of manslaughter. Then to add to the drama, Bobby intervenes with the obligatory "dramatic courtroom revelation".

    4: Dynasty - Ben sues for his share of the fortune: mainly for having a courtroom packed with an all star lineup of my Dynasty faves - Alexis, Dominique, Ben, Caress

    5: Dynasty - Alexis on trial for Mark's murder: high camp courtroom drama with a high camp resolution. Also, it gave us the scene of Alexis enjoying caviar and champagne in her prison cell.
     
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    The entrance of Alexis when the first season ended i.e. Ex husband Blake's trial.
     
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    1. Emma's testimony regarding Jason's death on FC. It cemented my Emma-love forever (thanks, Margaret Ladd).

    2. Patricia Williams's secret testimony on KL. Lynne Moody's best chance to shine to that point; at the time, it convinced me they were grooming her to become a series regular.

    3. Jeff's paternity revealed on The Colbys. I'd always imagined they were going to ret-con his parentage, but I liked their way of doing it much better.

    4. Alexis's return to Denver during Blake's trial on Dynasty.

    I don't really have a #5 favorite, so I will include this brief clip from my absolute favorite 'nighttime soap trial'. I wish they had uploaded some of the hilarious mayhem that actually occurred prior to sentencing, but unfortunately The State of Connecticut versus Jessica Tate (from Soap) only exists on DVD, apparently. But this gives you a taste of what was going on.



    ...and then the judge gave her 50 years. And she wasn't even guilty!
     
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    1. Blake's trial and Alexis's dramatic entrance (Dynasty)
    2. Jock's trial for the murder of Hutch McKinney (Dallas)
    3. Ellie tries to have Jock declared mentally incompetent (Dallas)
    4. Jeff's paternity revealed (The Colbys)
    5. Pat's secret testimony (Knots Landing)
     
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    1. Jenna's trial for Naldo. She went to jail to make space for Pam and bobby hetting back together. Yay!

    2. Rays trial with Aunt Lil for dear Mickey

    3. Joan Collins striking first appearance in that dramatic black and white suit and wide brimmed hat. Fab!

    4. Miss Ellie's jock trial

    5. Alexis trial for mark

    Honourable mention to, if it was the 90s, imo the best soap trial ever when Corrie's Deirdre got sent down. Great story and acting. And Emily bishop got the best line - "if Deirdre is guilty, then I'm a banana".
     
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    1. Jeff's paternity on The Colbys
    2. Blake's trial/Alexis arrival on Dynasty
    3. Jock trial. Dallas
    4. Julia's trial/sentencing. Falcon Crest
    5. Ellie vs J. R. and Bobby. Dallas
     
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    Great choice. That revelation from Digger had a significant impact on storylines for years to come.

    I'd forgotten all about this and will edit my choices to include it, so thank you.
     
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    1. Emma takes to the stand and gives her account about the night Jason Gioberti died. This was the wrap of the season long storyline, initiated by a drunken Jason accidentally falling from the winery inspection deck, after interrupting Emma and Turner courting. However Angela didn’t want his death to seem this way because of the clause in her grandfather’s will. Eventually Chase ended up with his rightful share of the wine business – FALCON CREST.
    2. A woman shows up for Blake’s gruelling trial concerning Ted. The DYNASTY fans soon learn this woman is no other than the estranged first wife of the Colorado oil tycoon. So Alexis has arrived and things will never be the same again – DYNASTY.
    If there was a joint first option I would give to these two options but unfortunately the point allocation doesn’t work this way.
    3. The D.O.A versus UNIFIED case over the wasteland at Lake Takapa, which was the last storyline for Jim Davis as Jock before the actor sadly died in April 1981 – DALLAS.
    4. Richard seeking ownership of FC, hiring Samantha Ross (Ana Alicia makes a welcome return), making it look as if Angela was loosing her marbles and then the development being announced that the grape granny got married to Frank Agretti – FALCON CREST.
    5. Angela learns that it was Melissa and Joel who were behind forcing her off the road. McCarthy did the deed by stealing Lance’s car, in exchange for substantial dollars from Mrs. Channing’s harvest provider. Melissa went to the clinker, leaving dearest Robin to comfort Cole – FALCON CREST.


    Lance is testifying at Richard’s court case, revolving around Angela loosing her marbles. Richard wants to own FC outright. The Channing’s grandson says to the lawyer, (a scene from season 8, 1988 – ‘89):

    “Putting Richard Channing in charge of my grandmother is like putting the fox in charge of a chicken coup.”
     
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    1. Blake's murder trial - so many highlights: Brian Dennehy grandstanding, the Blaisdel marriage disntergrating on the stand, Al Corley squirming, Fallon lying, and then: "he picked up a candlestick - a large brass candlestick ..."

    2. Jock's murder trial - the gruesome bust of Hitch McKinney, JR screwing up on the witness stand, Sue Ellen nipping in the hallway, then the call from the hospital ...

    3. Julia's murder trial - Angela's face when her daughter asks to be sentenced to death

    4. The Jeff Colby paternity trial

    5. Ann Ewing's trial for shooting her ex
     
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  16. Richard Channing

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    1. Blake's trial, Alexis arrives - Dynasty
    2. Ellie tries to have Jock's will overturned - Dallas
    3. Julia asks for the death sentence - Falcon Crest
    4. Ray's trial and Aunt Lil's confession - Dallas
    5. Angela's hit and run trial - Falcon Crest
     
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    How long do I have to submit my list?
     
  18. Richard Channing

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    Tomorrow is the last day to vote. Totals Monday.
     
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    Oh.... I'm off out tomorrow so here goes...

    1. DYNASTY - Blake's murder trial - Surprise witness for the prosecution. What perfect soap!
    2. DALLAS - Jenna's trial.
    3. KNOTS LANDING - Pat Williams' trial.
    4. THE COLBYS - Jeff's paternity reveal.
    5. DYNASTY - Ben (with help from Alexis) sues Blake for his share of the Carrington money.
     
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    1. Dynasty - Blakes trial with the arrival of Alexis
    2. Dynasty- Alexis murder trial for killing Mark
    3. Dynasty- Ben sues Blake
    4. Colbys - Jeffs paternity
    5. Dallas - Jennas murder trial
     
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