Soap opera characters’ talent for dodging prison time
Each soap has its share of characters who’ve done some dastardly deeds that they’ve avoided paying the legal price for.
Join Soaps.com as we review some of daytime’s most active criminals and how they’ve remained out among the free, by hook or by crook.
Quinn Fuller and Thorne Forrester, Bold and the Beautiful:
A few months ago, Quinn Fuller kidnapped Liam after he passed out in a parking lot. She evaded prison time when her lawyer convinced Liam’s lawyer that because Liam was physically free and somewhat mentally lucid (despite having amnesia), prosecuting Quinn wouldn’t work. Quinn had luck on her side.
Quinn also pushed Deacon Sharpe off a cliff. In that case, aside from a few angry outbursts, Deacon simply moved on, smitten as he was with Quinn.
Meanwhile, Thorne Forrester shot his brother Ridge while intoxicated. He passed out and didn’t remember what he had done. Ridge’s protective mother, Stephanie, came to his rescue when she told police that she accidentally shot Ridge, thinking he was a burglar.
Honorable Mention: Sally Spectra outsmarted authorities after stealing Forrester Creations several times from the family that started it.
Kate Roberts and Hope Brady, Days of Our Lives:
Kate Roberts has shirked the legal consequences after committing bigamy and blackmail, hatching a plot to murder Victor, and even poisoning Chloe. Many years ago, Kate was an escort who managed to hide under the radar to keep her delicate wrists out of handcuffs. More recently, Kate kidnapped baby Tate from Brady and Theresa in the hopes of pinning the crime on Deimos. So far, Kate’s used blackmail to keep Deimos and Victor from going to the police with what they know.
Hope Brady shot Stefano DiMera when pushed to the brink after The Phoenix caused her a lifetime of suffering. Chief of Salem police, Roman Brady, knew this but because of his friendship with Hope, decided to overlook it. Having friends in high places spared Hope from donning a permanent orange jumpsuit. This is the norm at SPD.
Honorable mention: All of the DiMera clan with the exception of Chad DiMera, and most recently Deimos Kiriakis sidestepped paying for poisoning Maggie Horton by using the antidote to the poison as a bargaining tool.
Sonny Corinthos and Julian Jerome, General Hospital:
Sonny Cornithos shot AJ Quartermaine at point-blank range. Later he saved the attendees, including the Governor’s daughter, at a party on the Haunted Star from a bomb blast. The Governor was so grateful that he pardoned Sonny for AJ’s murder. That might be karma at play.
Julian just last week went to trial for six alleged crimes. His sister, Ava, blackmailed D.A. Paul Hornsby into throwing the case. Julian’s get out of jail free card was a sister with zero scruples.
Honorable Mention: Olivia Falconeri was charged with public indecency when she breastfed Leo at the Metro Court. Alexis mounted a brilliant defense that involved several of Port Charles’ most notable women going topless in court.
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Victor Newman and Chloe Mitchell, The Young and the Restless:
Victor Newman was sentenced to ten years in prison for keeping Jack Abbott prisoner and having Marco Annicelli take over Jack’s life. When Victor saved Nikki Newman and Phyllis Abbott from a crazed Ian Ward, a judge reduced his sentence and allowed him to serve the remainder of it under house arrest.
Chloe Mitchell left Genoa City for a spell while she supposedly regained her mental health. Since her return, Chloe’s determination to see Adam Newman pay for allegedly killing Delia has led her to commit a host of crimes. She’s kept Sage Newman’s crucial diary pages to herself and left Adam for dead in the getaway cabin. Chloe’s avoided paying the legal piper for these shocking acts by getting cozy with Victor, who has as much to lose if the truth comes out as she has.
Honorable Mention: Sharon McAvoy continues to keep Sully/Christian away from his parents, long after the baby’s mother, Sage died.
Can you think of any more of our daytime favorites who’ve dodged the legal book being thrown at them? Is there anyone you’re just itching to see behind bars? Let us know!
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– Akbi Khan