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updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

FORGET HOUDINI. THE GREATEST Escape artists in history are the writers of soap operas. They can plot themselves into the tightest corners, and then, with a simple line of dialogue, they are flying freely again. The latest example comes from Days of Our Lives. The scene: a cottage on a desolate, rain-raked island. "It's like old times, being here with you," says John (Drake Hogestyn). "No, John," responds Kristen (Eileen Davidson). "It's not like old times. I'm married. I'm married] And you're a priest!" "Ah," he says, arching an eyebrow, "but I'm not a priest." Now about that "marriage license" of yours...

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