"Passions": You have probably seen this soap mentioned
on Buffy, but what is it? What makes it so special? Well, it is
a daytime drama on NBC that has completely captured the interest
of people that aren't into the typical soap opera and a handful
that are. It has interesting characters (a with and her talking
doll form many of the misdeeds), weird plots and an over all kooky
Passions takes place in the harbor community of Harmony, which,
beneath it's charming, small-town facade hides many secrets. It
explores the trials and tribulations of four main families and
the satellite people that go with them.
The four families:
The first family is the Bennets, which include father Sam, mom
Grace, kids Kay and Jessica. Then there is their niece Charity
and Sam's brother Hank Charity is psychic and Kay and Charity
are in love with the same guy: Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald. Grace
and Sam keep having marital problems because of respective pasts.
The second family is the Lopez-Fitzgeralds. This includes mom
Pilar and children Luis, Theresa and Miguel. Pilar's husband disappeared
a long time ago and left Pilar to raise her children. Luis blames
another family, the Cranes, and has tried to investigate them
for years. But this has become difficult since Luis is in love
with a Crane, Sheridan and Theresa fell in love with Ethan (although
he is technically not a Crane). Oh yeah, and Pilar works as their
housekeeper as well.
The third family is the Cranes which involve father Alistair,
and offspring Julian (with his wife Ivy) and Sheridan. Julian
and Ivy had a son, Ethan Crane, but Ethan turned out to be illegitamite,
so he now goes by the name of Winthrop. Ivy is in love with Sam
Bennett, and Ethan is the love child of that union. But now Sam
wants nothing to do with her. Sheridan keeps falling the victim
of machinations of her father and brother who alternately want
to kill her or break up her relationship with Luis. Alastair is
the keeper of the family fortune, and is kinda like Mr. Claw on
Inspector Gadget, while Julian bumbles around and consumes more
alcohol in one day than I can drink in a month.
The last family is the Russels, who include mom Eve, father TC
and children Whitney and Simone.Before Eve met TC, she had an
affair with Julian Crane, and gave birth to his illegitamate son,
who died in delivery. No one knows this because if her husband
found out, he'd kill Julian, since all he needs is an excuse anyway.
But niether Whitney nor Simone know this, which is important since
they are in love with the same man, Chad Harris, who is an orphan
and trying to find his real parents. The writers keep trying to
make us think that Chad is that son, but who knows?
If you would like to know more about this soap, see what the
characters look like, or catch up on what you missed, the site
to go to is: