Soap (1977–1981)
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After her tennis lesson, Jessica lunches with Mary, who mistakes her sister's glow for a facelift. At the office, Claire catches Chester wooing his newest mistress via telephone. Claire ... See full summary »


Jay Sandrich


Susan Harris (created by), Susan Harris




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Baio ... Billy Tate
Diana Canova ... Corinne Tate
Billy Crystal ... Jodie Dallas
Cathryn Damon ... Mary Campbell
Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois
Katherine Helmond ... Jessica Tate
Richard Libertini ... The Godfather
Robert Mandan ... Chester Tate
Richard Mulligan ... Burt Campbell
Arthur Peterson ... The Major
Kathryn Reynolds Kathryn Reynolds ... Claire
Jennifer Salt ... Eunice Tate
Robert Urich ... Peter 'The Tennis Player'
Ted Wass ... Danny Dallas
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ... Announcer (voice)


After her tennis lesson, Jessica lunches with Mary, who mistakes her sister's glow for a facelift. At the office, Claire catches Chester wooing his newest mistress via telephone. Claire threatens to tell Jessica; when that fails to scare Chester, she also threatens to call the SEC. Jodie comes out of Mary's closet wearing one of her outfits and blonde wig. Mary tells Burt that Jodie wears her outfit better. . . and that is not Jodie's big surprise! Burt ran into his long lost son at a sporting goods store; he is coming to dinner that evening to meet the family. Danny has a surprise: the Godfather says he has to kill Burt in order to get out of the Mob. Benson is the only one who has fun when the Campbells gather at the Tate home for dinner. As the epithets and fists fly (and Jessica glows) Benson opens the front door and admits Burt's son, David. Jessica and Corinne are both shocked; and Jodie is titillated. Tennis, anyone? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Peter 'The Tennis Player': Dad!
Burt Campbell: Peter!
Corinne Tate: Peter?
Jessica Tate: Peter?
Peter 'The Tennis Player': Corrine?
Jessica Tate: Corrine?
Peter 'The Tennis Player': Jessica?
Corinne Tate: Mother?
Burt Campbell: Corrine. Jessica.
Mary Campbell: Oh My God!
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Episode 2
17 April 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The second episode introduces Chester's secretary Claire (Kathryn Reynolds), who confronts him about his affair with a new girl, Pigeon, blackmailing him into keeping her and her expensive tastes around. We are also introduced to the hilarious Richard Libertini as The Godfather, who refuses to allow Danny to leave the Mob until he does them a favor in return: he must kill the man who killed his own father (he does not yet know that the man in question is his new stepfather Burt). Mary discovers her son Jodie wearing her blouse and wig (and laments that he looks better in them than she does), and he confides to her that he wants to get a sex-change operation. Also, Mary is envious of Jessica's affair with Peter "the Tennis Player" because she can't remember the last time she made love to her husband Burt, who is more excited to introduce his long-lost son (one of two from his first marriage) to the rest of the family-this turns out to be Peter, who recognizes both Corinne and Jessica, two of his many conquests. Mary quickly realizes what's going on, while Jodie enthuses about Peter himself. These first two episodes are the only ones to introduce each scene with the exact time and place.

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20 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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