While many people now have access to TIVO, and they can record their favorite soap operas every day, others have to rely on VCRs, soap opera magazines, or the Internet to hear or read the latest news about soap opera characters.
While early serials were really aiming at the stay-at-home wife and mother, the modern inventions of TiVo, DVR, VCR, Internet and SOAPnet, let fans catch up with their favorite daytime dramas anytime.
Beginning in the late 90s and growing in 21st century popularity, the DVR and TiVo services allow viewers to program their satellite or cable boxes to directly record the shows they want to see.
If you want to be assured you can review full episodes, or you don't have the time to do a lot of reading or web surfing, you can make your own AMC recap by investing in a service such as TiVo.
However, if it pains you to miss even a second of airtime, consider asking a friend or family member to record episodes for you, or start hanging out with someone who owns a TiVo.
It's really just a matter of what's been put online, either by the networks or producers of the shows, or by people who have captured the shows through Tivo or some other service.
It may perturb you if someone lets you know what's happening on the show before you've gotten a chance to watch it, and your TiVo may be your best friend if you have a day job.
While Jim Carrey received his powers through God, Sandler happens upon a remote control that allows him to treat his life as a TV show, complete with TiVo capabilities.
If you have TiVo or some similar device that allows you to record and replay portions of your selected CBS soap, you can break it down and write short blurbs.
Keeping up with what is going on whether viewers can tune in daily, Tivo their episodes or watch it on Soapnet is where the Internet comes in.