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All My Children has Shape-shifters

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All My Children (AMC) is really starting to piss me off. I am not a big soap fan, but my mother started me watching AMC when I was a little kid. So I have watched the characters grow up, get married and have kids in their little imaginary town of Pine Valley. Over the years, I have learned the basic rules of life in Pine Valley:

1. No wedding goes uninterrupted
2. No one stays in prison (but everyone goes to jail)

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3. Everyone has an evil twin
4. Children either age very slowly or very quickly (Jamie, JR, Colby)
5. Three words - switched at birth (Miranda/Little Adam)
6. The dead do not stay dead (Phillip Brent, Dixie, Tad, Stuart, Alexander Cambius senior and junior).
7. Even with a dead body, the actor can still return as a twin (Frankie/Maggie Natalie/Janet) or a ghost (Jesse, Natalie).

Pine Valley is a little town in Pennsylvania with a lake, mountains, international airport, and an ocean. The dead don't ever stay dead. Every Christmas, a magic wish is granted, and sometimes ghosts of dead characters lend a helping hand. Even with all of this suspension of belief, it is still annoying when they re-cast characters. According to the unwritten rules, to re-cast a character, that person has to be gone for an extended length of time, preferably with amnesia. It seems like all of a sudden, AMC wants to start changing all the rules.