Soap (1977–1981)
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Episode #2.10 

Dutch tells Jessica how he killed an extortionist in self defense; an amnesiac Chester has vanished; and Elaine's loving new relationship with her husband is interrupted when she gets kidnapped by two masked men.


Jay Sandrich


Susan Harris (created by), Susan Harris (story) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Baio ... Billy Tate
Diana Canova ... Corinne Tate Flotsky
Billy Crystal ... Jodie Dallas
Cathryn Damon ... Mary Campbell
Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois
Katherine Helmond ... Jessica Tate
Jay Johnson ... Chuck Campbell / Bob Campbell
Robert Mandan ... Chester Tate
Dinah Manoff ... Elaine Lefkowitz Dallas
Caroline McWilliams ... Sally
Richard Mulligan ... Burt Campbell
Arthur Peterson ... The Major
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dutch Leitner
Jennifer Salt ... Eunice Tate
Sal Viscuso ... Tim Flotsky


Chester still cannot remember things but he knows bedrooms should not be as crowded as his and Jessica's is when Dutch appears to take Eunice away to the farm. Sometimes Chester remembers to agonize over not remembering. Jodie goes home and Mary admits to him Burt is having an affair. Bob wants his own room, away from Chuck. Jessica loses Chester, goes looking for him and gets a strange history lesson from Jodie that makes Mary giggle. At work, Burt tries to break up with Sally and apparently, makes her cry; when he leaves, Sally makes a phone call. No one can find Chester, not even the Major's dog, Sigmund. Benson has an old friend on the police force who takes the Missing Person report on Chester. After meeting the Tates, Officer Chicken hopes his pal, Benson, is being paid enough. Elaine and Danny take a quick break from sex, when two masked men sneak into their bedroom to drug and kidnap Elaine. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

30 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jessica: Dutch, tell me: did you really kill a man?
Dutch: Yeah.
Jessica: Dead? You shot him dead?
Dutch: That's usually what happens in a successful killing.
Jessica: Of course.
Dutch: You see, what happened is that when I got out of the Navy, I borrowed some money to go into business. The banks all turned me down for a loan, so I went to a local loan company. They gave me $5000 at a very high rate of interest. In the first week, when I couldn't come up with the dough, they broke my fingers. The second week, they broke my nose, two ribs and...
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Episode 35
25 April 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Episode 35 begins with Dutch asking Jessica for her blessing to run off with Eunice,and he explains how he killed in self defense a man who was trying to extort money from him,so he convinced him not to by shooting him(trouble was,the president of the "loan company" was the corrupt chief of police).Still amnesiac and confused,Chester disappears,followed by The Major,who joined in the search using his stuffed dog Sigmund,who led him "down to the river and wouldn't budge." Deputy Bobby Gilmore(Harrison Page)is called in to look for Chester,who goes under the name Marlene Dietrich,also Gloria Swanson,also Gunga Din.Benson recognizes the deputy as "The Chicken," the biggest coward in his old neighborhood("now you're a cop,that sure makes me feels secure!")advising him to take his time finding Chester,as the Tate household is a zoo(Jessica refers to the cop as Deputy Chicken).Burt tries,but fails,to end his affair with Sally,who then calls a mysterious person on the phone to report "it's working.Give me a few more weeks,he'll be a broken man." Danny and Elaine wonder if their constant lovemaking is normal,but their hard-won bliss is interrupted when two masked assailants kidnap Elaine.

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