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Soap: Season 4 [1980] (3 discs)

Composer:George Aliceson Tipton
Length:524 minutes
(8 hours 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
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IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Jessica gets involved with a south american revolutionary, Jodie goes on an eventful search for his daughter, Danny falls in then out then back in love. Lots of stuff like that.

Reaction: This season gets back to some more standard story lines and less of that whole alien abduction or demonic possession. Not that this show needs to be all that realistic, but it's interesting.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Guest Cast
Art LaFleur => Bartender (as Art Fleur) (Episode #4.7)
Frank Corsentino => Tailor (Episode #4.7)
Chico Martínez => Juan Three (Episode #4.9)
Laurie Faso => Juan Two (Episode #4.9)
Earl Boen => Dr. Drell (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
H.B. Haggerty => Warrior No. 1 (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
J.J. Barry => Godfather (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
James Hong => Peking Tom (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
James Saito => Hiro (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
Joel Brooks => Morty Stevens (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
Michael Currie => Governor (Episode #4.12 Part 1)
George Wendt => Counterman (Episode #4.15 Part 1)
Jay Garner => Gene (Episode #4.15 Part 1)
Luis Avalos => General Sandia (Episode #4.15 Part 1)
George Wyner => Dr. Rudolph (Episode #4.14 Part 1)
Thomas Callaway => Phillip (Episode #4.14 Part 1)
Granville Van Dusen => Dr. Hill (Episode #4.1)
Hamilton Camp => Elmore Tibbs (Episode #4.1)
Michael Durrell => F. Peter Haversham (Episode #4.1)
Rae Allen => Judge Betty Small (Episode #4.1)
Jim Staahl => Bigelow (Episode #4.16 Part 1)
Joseph V. Perry => Mr. Phil (as Joe Perry) (Episode #4.6)
Lynnda Ferguson => Hooker (Episode #4.6)
Ralph Manza => Digger (Episode #4.13 Part 1)
Robert Costanzo => Carny (Episode #4.8)
J.D. Lobue => Director
Barry Vigon => Writer
Danny Jacobson => Writer
Dick Clair => Writer
Jenna McMahon => Writer
Stu Silver => Writer
Susan Harris => Writer / Creator
George Aliceson Tipton => Composer
Allan Miller => Dr. Alan Posner
Arthur Peterson => The Major
Barbara Rhoades => Maggie Chandler
Billy Crystal => Jodie Dallas
Cathryn Damon => Mary Campbell
Diana Canova => Corinne Tate-Flotsky
Donnelly Rhodes => Dutch Leitner
Eugene Roche => E. Ronald Mallu
Gregory Sierra => Carlos 'El Puerco' Valdez
Jay Johnson => Bob Campbell
Jennifer Salt => Eunice Tate
Jesse Welles => Gwen
Jimmy Baio => Billy Tate
Joe Mantegna => Juan One
Katherine Helmond => Jessica Tate
Marla Pennington => Leslie Walker
Nancy Dolman => Annie Selig
Rebecca Balding => Carol David
Richard Mulligan => Burt Campbell
Robert Mandan => Chester Tate
Rod Roddy => Announcer
Roscoe Lee Browne => Saunders
Ted Wass => Danny Dallas

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The last 5 episodes lasted originally an hour each. They were later re-edited into normal length in such a way that the credits does not fit with the original episodes any more.
  • The show was intended to run for only five seasons. Even if ABC renewed the series, there would only have been one more year to resolve all the cliffhangers.
  • The series ended with several cliffhangers unresolved, including Jessica about to be executed by a communist firing squad. A 1983 episode of spin-off series [Benson] mentions Jessica's disappearance, noting the Tate family is seeking to have her declared legally dead. In this episode, Jessica appears as an apparition whom only Benson can see or hear, revealing to Benson that she is not dead, but in a coma somewhere in South America. The other cliffhangers are not referenced, leaving it to the viewers' imagination as to what might have happened.