the 100 most memorable moments in soap history
OLTL has often been the first daytime soap opera to deal with many social issues. In 1992, writers introduced Billy Douglas (Ryan Phillippe), a gay teen dealing with the difficulty of coming out to his parents and friends. Resident bad girl, Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell), accused Andrew of having a sexual relationship with Billy. This story affected the entire town, including Viki, as Andrew's stern father arrived to teach a college class and write an expose of Victor Lord. Sloan and Andrew had been estranged ever since Sloan's oldest son, William, had died of AIDS. Llanview held a beautiful ceremony featuring the real AIDS quilt, as Sloan broke down and mourned his late son. A powerful issue was tackled head-on and realistically, with respect and tenderness, creating a socially memorable daytime moment.