Mill Creek's rerelease of SOAP

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I've heard the same thing for a very long time, but I have not seen any proof of this. The episode is supposedly between Jessica and Benson and they discuss who killed Peter and the fact that everyone is a suspect. From what I remember reading about it (here and other places) it is supposed to take place shortly after Sheriff Tinkler leaves the families just after Peter's funeral. I can't say for sure that it doesn't exist, but so far I have not seen any hard evidence that it does.

I do know that the first and third recap (clip shows) were released on VHS a very long time ago. The second one was available on the trading circuit. I have it and it is a very good off the air recording. I believe that it is a 2nd generation VHS copy. When I constructed my complete version of the show, I included all three recap shows in their proper place.
 
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I found promos for it on youtube. December 20, 1977. Hour long. It may have just been a repeat of the first two episodes.
 

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Ok, that promo does include a brief scene between Jessica and Benson that does not appear in any other episode. It's at the very beginning of the promo. Jessica is wearing the outfit that she is later wearing in the episode that takes place after Sheriff Tinkler leaves and her and Chester discuss Jessica and Peter's affair while getting ready for bed. So, maybe that recap episode does indeed exist. If so, I would love to get my hands on it to include it in my complete version of the series. So, this is the first hard evidence that I've seen to prove this mini recap show exists.
 

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Ok, that promo does include a brief scene between Jessica and Benson that does not appear in any other episode. It's at the very beginning of the promo. Jessica is wearing the outfit that she is later wearing in the episode that takes place after Sheriff Tinkler leaves and her and Chester discuss Jessica and Peter's affair while getting ready for bed. So, maybe that recap episode does indeed exist. If so, I would love to get my hands on it to include it in my complete version of the series. So, this is the first hard evidence that I've seen to prove this mini recap show exists.
I saw it in 1977. It existed then. It was similar to the season recaps but only an hour.
 

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Well, you know if they ever feel the need to crack open the vaults and prepare a definitive version of this series. I'm still unhappy with the cut episodes on the dvd, missing music, etc. I'm sure there's lots of deleted stuff we've never seen, too.
 
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I would be first in line to buy it if they gave it the Fraggle Rock/Monty Python treatment. Except in the former's case, the Hensons put up the money for the upconversions. Sony pretty much owns this outright. They'll be footing the bill for it themselves. I hope they do it while Susan Harris is still alive.

In the meantime, they can finish Benson as well. Seeing Jessica Tate as a ghost should be especially sad now that Katherine Helmond has left us.
 

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I haven't watched Soap in decades. But I remember an opening where the cast is all standing together as if they are posing for a portrait, and then the ceiling falls down on them. This was during the original network run. I don't remember ever seeing this in syndication. Did it make the DVDs?
 

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I haven't watched Soap in decades. But I remember an opening where the cast is all standing together as if they are posing for a portrait, and then the ceiling falls down on them. This was during the original network run. I don't remember ever seeing this in syndication. Did it make the DVDs?
Yeah it's on the dvds from whichever episodes it was used. Kind of like a Simpsons alternate take opening on some episodes.
 
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I've gone back and watched Soap four times over the years (each new time introducing it to a friend). Everyone loved it, and all of them borrowed the set to finish. I sold my Sony sets off years ago, but regretted it soon after so I picked up the Mill Creek set. Whenever I'm at used DVD stores I keep an eye out for them. The quality on the Sony releases is years ahead of Mill Creek.

We're very lucky in Canada; Benson has been available to watch for the past 6 or so months. An app called CTV (named for one our of Canadian networks) has a deal with Sony so they've been uploading dozens of movies and television shows to the service, all free of charge. Everything is streaming in top quality, too (considering the age of some of these shows). I just had a chance to watch the episode of Benson with Jessica (I never thought I'd get the chance to watch it).
 

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