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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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This entire week, Daytime Emmy winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) has been acting her heart out as viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful watched Steffy’s quick descent into drug addiction take complete hold of her, thanks in part to a “gift” from Vinny!

What the story has allowed the writers, Wood, and the daytime drama to do is play the beats of what may have felt swept under the rug – the devastation of Steffy having “Phoebe” (who was actually baby Beth) taken from her and returned to her biological mother, Hope (Annika Noelle)- and it was then Hope who also got the man Steffy loved, Liam (Scott Clifton), back in her life –  leaving Steffy feeling alone, abandoned, and vulnerable.

Throughout this week’s airshows, Steffy tried to hide and deny her pill-popping from Liam who found her passed out on the couch, unresponsive, and their daughter, Kelly, unattended to, which began the series of scenes pitting them against each other.  But where Jacqui hit the home run, and is certainly now a front-runner for the Lead Actress trophy come next year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys competition, was on Friday’s heartbreaking episode.

In story, after Kelly was taken by Liam, Steffy has come to get her child back and take her home, while strung out.  Liam, Hope and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) try to reason with Steffy to let Kelly stay with them while she takes care of herself and then she can have Kelly back.  However, Steffy gets further agitated that she doesn’t need help or therapy; she just needs her daughter!

Steffy demands Hope get out of her way as she is going to get Kelly… but just then Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) enters.  Steffy pleads with her father to help her through her tears saying that Liam and Hope stole Kelly, and are keeping her in the cabin with Donna. Ridge is annoyed at first and wants an explanation. Brooke tells him there’s a lot going on he doesn’t realize.

Liam pipes up and tells Ridge that Steffy’s been abusing pain pills and he hopes he will listen to him and help Steffy now.  Ridge doesn’t think Steffy would lie about taking pills but Liam explains how he found the bottle of pills. Now cornered, Steffy breaks down and admits she took a few pills, because she has been in so much pain and going through such a difficult time since the accident, and even before that!  She also tells her father how the Logans are once again destroying the Forresters, and how he chose Brooke over Taylor, and how Liam left her for Hope.   Ridge says they will get her help, but Steffy is not interested, and won’t have it, and pulls a switchblade on the group demanding Kelly be returned to her.

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It is then Ridge asks her now that she has the blade out; what is her plan? What is her next step?  Realizing what she is doing, Steffy cries and drops the knife. But not before saying that she’ll never forgive Ridge or any of them for what they are doing to her.  She runs out, while Ridge goes after her, leaving Liam devastated.

This performance by Wood was so gut-wrenching that Michael Fairman TV names Jacqueline’s work the Power Performance of the Week.

Watch the final seven minutes of Friday’s episode of Wood’s tour de force performance.  Then let us know what you thought of Jacqueline in this week’s episodes on B&B via the comment section.

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Shimmy
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Shimmy

Excellent performance. Totally heartbreaking. Bravo Ms. Wood. Love Steffy.. Can’t wait for her to emerge stronger than ever!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

WOW, SUPERB performance, gut wrenching performance…IMO JMW gave her best performance to date…

Echo
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Echo

Wood’s performance is superb (as always). But the addiction story line feels rushed and therefore not very believable.

rose
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rose

Echo…Many times I feel they stretch a story out too long on B&B for my liking. Maybe Covid had something to do with their regular scheduling that has kept this storyline shorter? And I agree, while not always a Steffy fan, Jacqueline’s performance has been excellent.

Drew
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Drew

Her performace is great, like TK and SC’s ones. The writing, like always, is rushed and bit lazy. Writers must wake up

Denise
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Denise

Steffy, did amazing job I cried right along with her. I watch the episode 3 times and I cried every time. She deserves a Emmy for a fantastic job. I love the Bold and Beautiful I’ll been a fan since day one and I am still a fan. Job well done!!! To all the writers am so proud of all of you. You nailed this one!! Keep up the good work.

Lindsey Leighton
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Lindsey Leighton

I used to watch bold and the beautiful with my mom since I was two and a half years old even on vacations my mom passed away in 2017 it’s the only thing I still watch that I used to watch with my mom. Jacklien McLean woods is a phenomenal actress I’ve always been impressed with her acting ability all of them are really good actresses and actors I think that this episode is inspiring because it goes to show that people go through struggles every day and that these things happen with prescription medication in the show using this… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Good performances by everyone. I just have never cared for this “sister wife” situation or as they call it one big happy family. Two women loving one man, etc. I could never see this working out without jealousy and animosity. Steffi felt the unhappiness of sharing her dad with Brooke and her kids and later R. J. The same thing will happen with Kelly and Beth sharing Liam. Now Steffi’s mom will come back and add to the mix, and can not see her helping Steffi. She always bad mouthed Ridge to her kids for being with Brooke, never helping… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Another powerful performance by Jacqui. I’m not too sure about whipping out the knife. That was a bit odd, but I guess it was to show how far gone she was. Maybe it’s just a reaction to the pills she took.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

This is definitely top notch drama with beyond excellent performances by the cast in this story yet again!! HOWEVER…where is Steffy’s mother Taylor in all of this? This is a time where Steffy needs her mother the most and not seeing Taylor there with her is a glaring hole in this story.

Kay
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Kay

Their is obviously a issue with Hunter because this is glaring my sis still watches it pretty faithfully I had hoped they were going to move the character of Steffy in with a new romance hopefully they will I just had to give up because I could not stand watching a woman like Steffy with this obsession over a waffler like Liam I hear that disgusting photo is still on her wall. So I went to see this episode I did almost faint when she pulled the knife and I thought ok first Taylor shoots somebody with a gun and… Read more »

Lori
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Lori

What an amazing performance. I watched the entire episode twice, and each time my heart broke for the character. JMW is Definitely Emmy worthy.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Say what you will about Ridge, but he’s always tried to step up and help his kids.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I haven’t like any of her performances since the show came back after the covid hiatus. Her acting during her “addiction” phase was way over-the-top in my opinion…and on the other side of the coin her Stepford Wife, goo-goo eyed, plastered smile since she met Finn is cringe-worthy. The only scenes I like are when she’s talking to Liam; at least with him she seems like the character I’ve come to know. As for Finn? The actor is adorable in the Liberty Biberty commercial but he isn’t ready for an an actual TV role. He mumbles; and they have zero… Read more »

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Sheila and Deacon Team Up

The Forresters are really going to get what’s coming to them after their rantings to Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan), and previously Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown)!

Now mind you, they have good reason, but obviously their tirades, slaps, and holier than thou attitudes, are going to serve as the impetus for these two super-villains to dish out some payback.

On Friday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, after Deacon previously arrived on the scene to see his daughter, Hope (Annika Noelle), fresh out of his prison term, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) demanded that Hope tell Deacon that he cannot be a part of her life. Mind you, Hope, had already admitted that she was sending letters to Deacon while he was in prison this whole time.

In turn, Deacon showed Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Liam (Scott Clifton) and Brooke, said letters.  Now with everyone hating on Deacon, he tells Hope he is going to leave, because he does not want to cause her any pain.  Ridge calls him out for that touching, little speech, which no one believes, and then Brooke and Liam tell Deacon to leave with Brooke punctuating it with a “Just leave, Deacon. That’s something you’re good at.”

Later, after his hideous encounter with the Forresters, Deacon is having a drink at the Il Giardino when who should saddle up to the bar … Sheila!  Now sitting next to each other and realizing who each other is, the conversation turns to their issues with the Forresters, with Sheila coming up with the idea that they should work together after hearing what happened at the cabin with Hope and the rest of the clan.  Sheila admits she has child, a son, that she wants to be close to as well who is married to Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) ! Deacon is, at first, shocked. She goes on to say how the Forresters are cutting her out of Finn’s (Tanner Novlan) life, just like they are trying to cut Deacon out of Hope’s life.

Sheila implores Deacon to not give up on Hope, as she is not giving up on Finn.  Then she adds: “With the two of them together, they are going to get what they want and the Forresters don’t stand a chance!”  Sheila lets out one of her maniacal laughs as Deacon looks on nervous and probably down right scared of what he just got himself into.

But how delicious were the scenes between Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan? They were great playing off each other and we can’t wait for more.

Watch a key scene between Sheila and Deacon from today’s episode below.   Followed by our recent Michael Fairman Channel with Kimberlin and Tanner Novlan.

Then let us know in the comment section, if you are excited by Sheila and Deacon teaming-up to reign terror on the Forresters? Our bet? And probably yours too? They are going to somehow push Finn and Hope together! 

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What Did You Think of the Carly and Nina Showdown?

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the long-awaited and highly-anticipated showdown between Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) and Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros) and ended with Carly’s threat to Nina for all she has perpetrated on Sonny (Maurice Benard) and his loves ones, shouting to Jason (Steve Burton), “I’m going to burn Nina’s life down and spit on her ashes!”

But before all that, Carly found Nina at the Q’s, and thus began the confrontation. Armed with the information from Maxie (Kirsten Storms), that it was Nina who kept Sonny from his life for over nine months, Carly comes at Nina that she will pay the consequences for what she did.  Nina says she regrets what she has done, and is sorry for the pain she caused everyone. However, there was a caveat to her response.  She says Carly isn’t owning up to her part.

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Now we get the back-story of reasoning to Carly; about the phone call that set Nina off on this deception in the first place. When she tells Carly she called to tell her she found Sonny alive in Nixon Falls, Carly was so hateful to her on the phone call about her rights to see her grandson, Wiley, so she withheld the truth. Carly gets another shocker when Nina drops that Jax (Ingo Rademachee) knew, too.

Carly then figures out this is payback time for what happened to Nina’s daughter, Nelle.  When Carly says the world is better off without Nelle, Nina goes into how Carly did not tell anyone about Nelle’s fall and kept it quiet!  She then says that Carly got Sonny back, but she will never get her daughter back.  Carly is still in disbelief that Nina could do this to all of Sonny’s kid … not tell them their father was alive. Nina counters she will apologize to everyone, but not ever to Carly.

Then, Nina says to Carly she should just be happy that Sonny’s back, but drops another cryptic message expressing, that she wonders, “how long he’ll be happy?” She then really hits Carly with a low blow sharing that “Mike” was happy with his life and not having to witness or deal with the mob violence that took Morgan.

That was enough to send Carly finally into a full-on rage against Nina, but Jason arrives on the scene, throwing himself between the women, with Carly screaming that Nina will never see Wiley again ,and as mentioned at the top of this recap, that she is going to destroy Nina’s life in retribution.

What Carly still does not know is that “Mike” fell in love with Nina.  What will happen when she learns that?

Great performances by Laura Wright and Cynthia Watros throughout the key scenes.

So, what did you think of the showdown? Did it live up to your expectations?  What do you hope happens next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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