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B&B Recap – Dec 20 – Dec 24th

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Hope feels Liam slip away from her as she watches Bill onstage building Liam up to the crowd. Bill describes his son as one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, before introducing him as William Spencer the Third, the future of Spencer Publications.

The cheerleaders go wild and Liam runs on stage, swept up in all of the excitement.  Wanting to make Bill proud, Liam gives a speech where he tells the world that he promises to do the best job he can and live up to Bill’s image. Upset that he didn’t mention her, Hope begins to leave. Liam runs to her and tries to convince her that she means more to him than any of the things his father can offer, but is interrupted by a cheerleader who tries to take him back into the party. Hope tells him to go enjoy his party and then leaves. Amber witnesses this interaction and sends a tray of shots to Liam. He takes one and rejoins the cheerleaders. Saddened that Hope has left, Liam gets drunk. Amber follows him home and begins her seduction. Notified by Amber that Hope is alone, Oliver arrives at Hope’s house under the guise of delivering proofs for Brooke. Hope cries on Oliver’s shoulder then thanks him for being such a good friend. Oliver has made her feel better about the situation and she decides she must go back to Liam, that it was not fair of her to leave him on his big night. Donna, Marcus and Justin share a sweet family moment at Liam’s party. Bill tells Katie that although Hope is her niece, she still believes that Liam should not be in a relationship right now.

Liam is shocked to wake up and find Amber in his bed. She tells him she followed him home after the party because he was drunk. Liam can’t remember anything from the night before. Trying to act sincere, Amber tells him she came over with good intentions but she couldn’t help herself. Liam reminds her that he’s not eligible and that he still has a girlfriend, Hope. Liam realizes he has multiple missed phone messages from Hope and freaks out. Amber apologizes and offers to be anything he needs. After speaking with Hope, Liam says Hope can’t know about this; that she’ll never accept that he slept with Amber. Stephanie and Dayzee go to the Insomnia Café where C.J. informs them that he is selling the coffeehouse. C.J. and Stephanie reminisce about Sally Spectra. Over a pot of coffee, C.J. tells Stephanie that he’s ready to move to San Francisco but can’t seem to sell the joint. When C.J. goes to pack, Stephanie tells Dayzee she thinks Insomnia could be a vehicle to help the homeless and suggests if she buys it, that Dayzee could run it and help people from Skid Row. Excited and overwhelmed, Dayzee accepts Stephanie’s offer. Stephanie renames it “Dayzee’s”.

Brooke and Katie embark on another trip to Skid Row so that Brooke can find Anthony. She doesn’t want him to be alone on Christmas and plans on returning the good will that he recently showed her. Brooke becomes a bit frantic when no one has seen her new friend and he’s not at any of his regular spots. She decides to head down to the Mission and Katie sees firsthand the overcrowded tarp tents and the true plight of the homeless. Brooke hears faint music and follows it to where she finds a bruised and battered, but still performing, Anthony. Pam and Thomas arrive at “Dayzee’s” to help get it ready for the holiday celebration. Stephanie and Dayzee share their vision for the establishment with the others; it will be a place where everyone is welcome and everyone is a customer, even if they can’t afford to pay.   Brooke introduces Anthony to Katie then asks Anthony to come with her; she wants to take him away from the cold. Anthony only agrees to go with them when Ridge calls and tells them about Dayzee’s new place and that she and Stephanie want everyone to join them there for Christmas. Anthony is overwhelmed when Brooke and Katie take him home and offers him a shower and clean clothes. Brooke, Ridge, Eric, Hope, Liam, Marcus, Pam, Taylor, Whip, Thomas, Thorne and Felicia all gather at “Dayzee’s” with Anthony, Tony, Leilani, Kevin, OG and Miss Jones.  Stephanie makes a big announcement that will change all of their lives for the better.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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Airdate: 7-28/29-2022

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