After what was roughly my seventh time watching the last thirty second's of Friday's spectacular One Life to Live, I was reminiscing about being a less jaded young soap viewer and how it felt when the big moments happened that I wasn't expecting. For obvious reasons so many of those moments came before spoilers and the internet made it virtually impossible for there to ever be any real surprise (which is why I have to give kudos to OLTL since the Two Todds moment at the end was not a surprise, but still made my heart flutter and probably elicited a few embarrassing squeals and gasps from me... which of course proves that even in this day and age it's possible to make a big soap moment great as long as it's done well). I really felt like a little kid again, and the big giant nonsense absurd hyperbolic world of soaps should do just that.
So it's poll time! What do you guys think were the greatest big Friday moments in all of daytime soaps? I threw together a quick poll which, of course, is severely limited by both my current lack of memory (I can't believe it was so hard for me to think of things!) and my lack of knowledge of many of the soaps I haven't watched (I know some canon but it would've been kind of vague -- Victor's alive! Patch is alive! -- so I will leave the informed descriptions up to you lovely readers). So please do throw in write-in votes for any shows in the comments!
I left off deaths (or apparent deaths) because those cliffhangers are obviously far more common so we'd be here all day. Reminisce with me, y'all!