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The Storm Within; a serialized, synopsis/text-based websoap
Topic Started: Feb 3 2013, 04:15 PM (9,698 Views)
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"The Storm Within" is a series set within the framework of my existing ALTsoaps parallel soap opera universe that has existed online in 2 forms recently -- a 1965 edition that was once posted on DR-TV and a "from the beginning" edition that is hosting on its own site at http://altsoaps.com and starts at the beginning of the ALTsoaps timeline in 1951. Deciding to focus solely on one series in the universe, I picked my "The Secret Storm" inspired homage "The Storm Within" partly because it is intended to be the more melodramatic piece while also being one I haven't done extensive work on (my other option was my ATWT/AW hybrid "A World of Our Own"). TSW is regarded to have premiered on April 2, 1956 (which also happens to be the day that both ATWT & The Edge of Night premiere) and is also considered to be the 1st 30 minute soap opera in the ALTsoaps universe. Unlike other editions of ALTsoaps, there won't be any behind the scenes gossip or interviews with faux actors even though roles will be "cast" (as can be seen by the show's credits).

For those familiar with ALTsoaps, TSW is written in the same synopsis style. However, instead of a synopsis of a week's worth of events, focusing on a single series allows for each synopsis to focus on a single episode that is actually broken down into individual acts/scenes. Each synopsis is dated according to what date the show would've actually "aired" & numbered with the individual show's episode number. Episode #1 airs on Monday, April 2, 1956. There is no set posting schedule for new episodes. I might post 1 episode 1 day, then miss a day, or I might post 2-3 episodes in a day. I'll post "weekly" (according to the series' timeline) updates in this thread. As of this posting, we're already up to episode #12.

WHO'S WHO

TSW is set in the town of Oakridge and focuses primarily on the middle class Alden family headed by Lou and Sarah Alden. Lou supports the family with his own construction firm (Alden Construction). Lou (in his mid 50s) and Sarah (in her late 40s) are the parents of four children – Maggie Alden (late 20s); Steven Alden (mid 20s); and twins Andy and Amy Alden (age 11). Both Maggie and Steven work with their father at the construction company while Sarah takes care of the work at home.

Also living in Oakridge is Sarah’s widowed older sister Lenora Manning (early 50s). Lenora and Sarah’s parents are the late Richard and Eleanor Hamilton. The Hamiltons were quite well off because Richard was the president of the local bank. Whereas Sarah married struggling construction worker Lou (quite against her parents’ wishes), Lenora married wealthy and prominent attorney Philip Manning who already had a young son (Philip Manning, Jr. – now in his early 30s) and a late wife. Lenora raised Philip, Jr. as her own and together she and Philip, Sr. had Tony Manning (early 20s and away at college) and Juliet Manning (late teens and in her senior year of high school). Philip, Sr. died several years ago leaving Lenora a wealthy widow with a strong financial stake in his law firm (Manning & Frasier) with his surviving law partner, Bruce Frasier.

Bruce (late 50s) is married to Irene Frasier (mid 50s) and they are the parents of Craig Frasier (mid 30s). Thanks to the successful law firm and keen business investments, Bruce is quite wealthy. Both Craig and Philip, Jr. are lawyers who work with Bruce at the law firm. The firm is so successful that Bruce has decided to add a new attorney to the firm — John Peters (mid 30s).

Rounding out the residents of Oakridge are the Aldens’ new neighbours, Betty and Valerie Keys who have just moved to town from Woodford. Betty Keys (mid 40s) lost her husband Henry in an accident some time ago and is starting over in Oakridge with her grown daughter Valerie (mid 20s) using the insurance settlement she’s finally received.

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TSW has been updated through episode #15 (air date: April 20, 1956). A potential romance could be on the horizon as two character become clearly smitten with one another. Steven and Maggie become concerned as Alden Constructions problems seem to escalate. Valerie finds a new job. Lenora and Maggie conspire to throw a surprise birthday party for Lou at the Country Club behind Sarah's back.

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TSW has been updated through episode #20 (air date: April 27, 1956). A devastating accident brings Lou's surprise party to a halt and results in the entire Alden family keeping vigil. Meanwhile, it comes under suspicion that the accident in question might not have been so accidental.

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TSW has been updated through episode #25 (air date: May 4, 1956). The Alden family mourns a devastating loss. Betty and Valerie's attempts to be neighborly receive a chilly reception. Irene holds disdain for Lenora. Maggie and John share a past.

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TSW has been updated through episode #30 (air date: May 11, 1956). Lou has trouble dealing with Sarah's death. Alden Construction faces a crisis. Stratton's plans definitely don't include the Aldens. Lenora comes to the rescue.

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TSW has been updated through episode #35 (air date: May 18, 1956). Lenora's involvement with Alden Construction causes conflict with Manning & Frasier and Gordon Stratton. John & Maggie discuss their past. Irene's dislike of Lenora is explained. Juliet's crush on Craig continues.

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TSW has been updated through episode #40 (air date: May 25, 1956). Steven discovers shocking information about his father. Was Sarah Alden really murdered? Steven & Valerie grow closer. Maggie struggles to keep her family from falling apart. Juliet & Lenora have separate plans for Juliet's romantic future.

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Rev. Spencer enters and sits down at the kitchen table as Betty pours him a cup of coffee. She explains how she’s taken it upon herself to keep up Sarah’s flowerbeds as a neighborly gesture to the family in her memory. Rev. Spencer remarks warmly on her thoughtfulness. Betty confides that she’s concerned about Lou and that he’s becoming withdrawn. Rev. Spencer thinks that if Lou is out and about running errands or whatnot, it could be a good sign that he’s working his way through his period of mourning. Betty agrees, but expresses her concern that he’s yet to return to work despite the upheaval with his company. She’s afraid that neither Maggie or Steven are doing Lou any favors by hiding Alden Construction’s increased financial problems from him. Rev. Spencer reminds Betty that Lou is Maggie and Steven’s father and, ultimately, their responsibility and concern. “No matter how you might feel personally, it’s not your place to interfere with the family’s wishes.” Betty knows that he’s right, but still can’t ignore the feeling in her gut that things aren’t right.


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TSW has been updated through episode #45 (air date: 6/1/56). Juliet has a graduation party. Juliet's plans for Craig bring disappointment. Lenora attempts to play matchmaker for Juliet. The Aldens host their annual Memorial Day barbecue. Steven goes to the police.

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Maggie Alden stands at the kitchen counter gathering together supplies to take out for the family barbecue in the back yard. She pauses momentarily and thinks about how in years past she helped her late mother, Sarah Alden, perform the exact same tasks she’s now forced to do alone. Lost in her own thoughts, Maggie doesn’t hear her brother, Steven Alden, come up behind her. She’s startled when he puts his hand on her shoulder, but immediately laughs out of embarrassment. It is the first genuine laugh she’s experienced in quite a while and both she and Steven realize it and revel in it. The moment is quickly broken when their younger twin siblings, Andy and Amy, run through the kitchen and out the backdoor into the yard. For a brief moment it’s almost as if everything is exactly like it was before and none of them have much of a care in the world. Andy and Amy are out back playing the in the yard. Maggie can see their father, Lou Alden, through the window out by the barbecue. She and Steven are gathering up supplies for the picnic. Unfortunately, when Maggie sees her mother’s unused apron hanging on a hook by the stove (untouched since the car accident that claimed her life), it all comes crashing down around her and she crumples into her brother’s arms in heaving sobs. No, despite appearances, nothing is quite the same – and never will be again.


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TSW has been updated through episode #50 (air date: 6/8/56). The police question Lou. Another Alden family crisis causes everyone to rethink how they're handling things. Valerie feels threatened. Irene makes plans to meet Craig's new girlfriend. Maggie rededicates herself to protecting her family.

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Betty hurries to answer the loud banging on the back kitchen door and opens it to find a furious Maggie on the back step. Before Betty even has a chance to greet her, Maggie pushes her way into the house, nearly knocking Betty down in the process. As a result, Betty’s demeanor quickly changes as her last bit of cordialness slips away and she demands to know why Maggie feels the need to barge into her home. Maggie calmly (yet very coldly) responds by asking Betty if the twins were in her home gorging themselves on ice cream. Betty admits that the twins did stop by for a visit earlier before going off to play with some of their friends down the street. She also admits to treating them to ice cream cones. Maggie’s questions cause Betty to become concerned that the kids haven’t come home and she becomes worried about them. Maggie assures her that they’re both home and fine, but accuses Betty of interfering in her family’s lives. “I assure you, Mrs. Keys, that your meddlesome behavior is neither wanted nor needed and I don’t want you luring them over here again,” Maggie snaps. Although Betty attempts to set Maggie straight, Maggie turns on her heel and storms out of the house, only pausing long enough to turn back and warn Betty to stay away from her family. “And that goes double for that daughter of yours, too!”


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please keep it coming.... i hope i'm not too late. i realy would like to start with ur soap
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I've decided to shift the series from a individual episode synopsis format to a weekly synopsis format (so that I can cover more storyline ground with this "storyline history" series.

Synopsis #57 is now posted covering June 25, 1956 - June 29, 1956 (understood episode numbers 0061-0065). Steven is arrested for assault. Exactly who are Mr. Raven & Mr. Neeves? Irene meets Toby for the 1st time and does not approve. Bud & Juliet strike up an agreement. Craig finds himself jealous.

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Synopsis #58 is now posted covering July 2, 1956 - July 6, 1956 (understood episode numbers 0066-0070). The Alden family frets about how to handle Steven's assault charge. Lou returns to work. The Alden & Manning families celebrate Independence Day. Both Bruce and Craig find it difficult to trust Irene. John and Maggie share a close moment. The truth about Sarah Alden's death is revealed.

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Synopsis #59 is now posted covering July 9, 1956 - July 13, 1956 (episodes #0071-#0075). Raymond DeWitt disappears. Irene appears to change her tune about Toby. Lenora attempts to avoid past debts. Steven and Maggie have a plan to save the company.

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Synopsis #60 is now posted covering July 16, 1956 - July 20, 1956 (episodes #0076 - #0080). Irene surprises Bruce with a cocktail party with ulterior motives. Lenora is forced to face a bank deadline. Juliet overhears uncomfortable news that might throw a wrench into Viola's plans. Steven confesses the truth to Lou. Maggie blames John for blabbing. Sarah's will is read.

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Synopsis #61 is now posted covering July 23, 1956 - July 27, 1956 (episodes #0081 - #0085). Maggie feels excluded because of the new status quo at work. Meanwhile both Lou & Steven believe that Maggie's taking on too much. Toby continues to efforts to secure a future with Craig while Irene tries to dig up dirt. Viola worries that Juliet won't be as worthy a match for Bud as she'd hoped. Both John & Maggie and Steven & Valerie grow closer.

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Synopsis #62 is now posted covering July 30, 1956 - August 3, 1956 (episodes #0086 - 0090). Maggie feels left out when Valerie suggests being prepared for the loan shark's return. John & Maggie's date stirs up old feelings. Neither Stratton nor Salvatore are willing to let things go. Toby catches someone in a compromising position. Juliet confides in Maggie. Irene stays focused on Lenora and Toby.

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Synopsis #63 is now posted covering August 6, 1956 - August 10, 1956 (episodes #0091 - #0095). Salvatore's man, Jig, infiltrates Alden Construction. Manning & Frasier set plans in motion to land the big Trundle account. John & Maggie continue to be preoccupied with thoughts of each other. Steven & Valerie finally embark on their first date to mixed reactions from the people around them. Craig & Toby and Philip & Paula double date.

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