the 100 most memorable moments in soap history
Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie Cooney (Cady McClain) were one of AMC's most beloved couples. Tad the Cad's legendary lothario persona was forever changed when he befriended Dixie. Throughout her pregnancy, ill-fated marriage to Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Adam's attempt to gaslight Dixie so he could have sole custody of their son, Adam Jr., Tad stood by her, and the couple fell in love. In a memorable scene, after arranging for a family dinner at the Cortlandt mansion, Tad surprised Dixie with a marriage proposal in a most unusual outfit: a chicken costume. The moment was hilarious, touching and romantic. A series of breakups, makeups, affairs, presumed deaths and finally, Dixie's untimely death by poisoned pancakes, followed, but this moment was the perfect payoff for fans who laughed, cried and swooned with this magical couple.