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30 Years Ago Today: OLTL’s Megan Died in Jake’s Arms in Heartbreaking Ending to Unforgettable Love Story

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Great performances, and powerful moments always live-on in soap opera fans hearts and minds, and throughout the decades there have been many.  So, it is hard to believe, February 7th marks 30 years since the culmination of one of the classic tearjerkers of all-time.

One Life to Live’s Megan (played by Jessica Tuck) succumbs to her battle with lupus, but not before her final moments with her beloved Jake (Joe Lando) by her side.  The scene first aired on this date back in 1992 on ABC.

The memorable scene in which Jake takes Megan to her hospital room window to look outside in her final moments, then dying in his arms, is forever etched as one of the most remembered love stories in soaps.

Joe Lando, was a guest on the Soap Nation Live Podcast back in October of 2018 and told us on the scenes: “It was just a really well-written piece and I was lucky enough to go play it with Jessica, and I remember we shot it all in one day. It was 72-pages of dialog. We took it seriously. It was one of those moments as an actor, when you feel like it’s natural, you are really there, and doing it, and it was cool.  Even for years when I was on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, people always brought these scenes up.”

Megan death’s later gets all the more emotional again, when Megan’s mother Viki (Erika Slezak) finds out her daughter has passed away, and she barricades the hospital room door to be alone with her.  Slezak and Tuck were both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Emmy that year, and Slezak took home the gold in 1992.

Watch Megan’s final moments with Jake in these now classic scenes via the video below. 

Then let us know, does it still make you reach for the hankies? Was Megan and Jake’s love story one of your favorites of all-time? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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As a non-One Life to Live fan, I can say this is fantastic writing by Michael Malone, and proof he understood the canvas of this soap and the dynamics required by a soap opera.

I wasn’t a BIG fan of this couple, but at least they were believable together. Unlike so many current couples (Devon & Amanda; Abby & nuChance; Sam & Dunce-te, sorry, Dante; Lily & Billy; Sonny and EVERYONE), they seemed compatible. Due in large part to the brilliant Jessica Tuck’s stellar work (she was great on JUDGING AMY as well).

One of the most beautifully written and acted scenes from OLTL. A daytime classic and still resonates with audiences today.

I most definitely remember the heartbreaking conclusion of Megan and Jake’s beautiful love story. It was beautifully written and superbly acted. I was a balling mess. Thank you for posting their final scene. Thank you to Jessica Tuck and Joe Lando for their unforgettable performances.

Supposedly they could not stand each other but yet chemistry off the charts! We do bit have that anymore ! Can you tell me one couple of the four soaps left that have chemistry like this ?? Name one! It would be nice to have some entertainment again to escape from the marbess

Madness oops

I cant believe this was 30 years ago!

The 2 -year storyline was wonderful to watch. The ending was very sad.

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to Visit ‘The Talk’

Hot on the heels of this week’s shocking and controversial episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, three-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) is one of the guests on the upcoming Monday March 4th episode of The Talk.

Wood, has been at the epicenter of the storyline, which saw this past Monday that Steffy presumably stabbed and killed villainess Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) to her death. Following Sheila’s apparent demise, Steffy’s husband Finn (Tanner Novlan), who is the biological son of Sheila, finds out his wife stabbed his mother.

Instead of showing more concern for his wife almost being attacked by Sheila, Finn has shown his ‘inner-Sheila and can’t seem to get over the fact that Steffy ‘killed’ his birth mom, which is causing trouble in their marriage and as fans ultimately believe, will lead Finn into the arms of Hope (Annika Noelle).

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Clearly, Jacqui will have plenty to ‘talk’ about with The Talk co-hosts: Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood.

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In addition to Wood, The Talk will also welcome actor Scott Caan (son of the late James Caan) who will be on-hand to promote the premiere of his Fox series, Alert: Missing Persons Unit which begins its new season on Tuesday night, March 5th.

The Talk airs on CBS and streams live and on demand on Paramount+ weekdays at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.

So, are you rooting for Steffy in this one? Should she break-up with Finn? Will Sheila be revealed alive in a few months? Comment below.

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Steve Burton’s ‘General Hospital’ Return Previews Jason Has Blood on His Hands

Monday, March 4th is the day that Steve Burton returns to General Hospital in the pivotal role of Jason Morgan. The story of Jason’s re-emergence on the canvas has been kept under wraps.

However, PEOPLE has a first-look photo, and in it, Jason has blood on his hand. Not only does he have crimson on him, but he is dressed in black and standing behind a dumpster.

When viewers last saw Jason it was back in November of 2021, when a tunnel collapsed on him as he was attempting to save his brother Drew (Cameron Mathison). For the past two plus years, every one in Port Charles has believed that Jason had died.

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Burton’s initial run as Jason was from from 1991 till 2012. After exiting and signing on with Y&R to play Dylan McAcoy, the actor eventually returned to the daytime drama that was his home in 2017. Later, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was let go from the series by the end of 2021 for not adhering to the Disney/ABC vaccine mandates at that time.

While away from GH, he rejoined the cast of Days of our Lives in 2023, resuming his original soap role of Harris Michaels that he played in 1988 and the year prior on the Peacock limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two. With the tape schedule well ahead of streaming, Burton will be doing double duty for a short term, where fans can catch him on DAYS, and now on GH.

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Previously, Burton said on his upcoming GH storyline, “I got to talk to the head writers. This story is going to be sick. It’s gonna be awesome. So, make sure you keep watching, because the pieces of the puzzle are gonna be fit for when I return.”

Fans should also make sure to catch today’s Friday, March 1st episode of GH as Jason’s return story begins to unfold.

So, what do you think will be how Jason returns to GH starting next week on all-new episodes of GH? Comment below.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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