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Christian LeBlanc Delivers Heartbreaking Performance As Michael Hires A Hooker On Y&R!

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On Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc), who is struggling with his prostate cancer diagnosis and how he can satisfy his beloved wife Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman), set out to do something very personal and very heartbreaking. Not wanting to go home with Lauren, he hires a hooker to meet him in a room at the G.C.A.C.  The hooker is played by Lindsey McKeon who is making a guest star appearance on the daytime drama series for two episodes.  After Michael asks her name, which is Felicity, she asks Michael who is going under an alias what he wants and desires.

But soon it becomes apparent that Michael needs to talk.  And as he and Felicity are on the bed, Michael begins to reveal his inner most feelings and fears when he says:  “I would like to live my life without medications.  I would like to life my life with fear of becoming half a man.  I’d like to take my wife to bed.   I would like to spend tonight making love with my wife until we crash exhausted, and then I would like to wake up to the smell of her hair, the curve of her hip, and then I would like to do it all over again.  I want to life my life.   Not this new life that was thrust on me.  But I can’t have that.  It’s unfair as hell.   I can’t have what I want, but I can give my family what I want for them, and that’s for them to be happy without me, and they will be happy without me.  My son will learn from my mistakes, and my beautiful wife … I want her to have passion and joy with someone who can seduce her, and excite her, and be there for her.   And gives her everything she deserves and desires … everything.”

A very sad Michael talking out his inner most pain and thoughts with Felicity was a must-see moment,that was delivered picture -perfect by Y&R stalwart Christian LeBlanc.  While it’s still  early in next year’s Daytime Emmy game, we think this scene is a keeper and worthy of consideration, and brought us to tears under the incredibly gifted LeBlanc.

What did you think of Michael hiring a hooker and then later just talking to her?  Were you touched by the performance of Christian LeBlanc?  Share your thoughts below!

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Truly among past amazing scenes by Christian, this one is most memorable. He is so able to allow the most vulnerable side of this character to emerge and connect with a new cast member. As acting is all about working off the reaction of the other actor(s), compliment to the actor who played Felicity. She was a perfect counterpart to the emotions of the scene.
It was also well written script exploring the many layers of self doubt when faced with a cancer diagnosis that can affect masculinity (or femininity if a female with cancer) and certain sentences definitely rang very true. The act of keeping loved ones away is very common and difficult for those loved ones to understand and deal with, as seen in the scenes with Tracy. Compliments to all three actors for the scenes, but especially Christian.

Very well-written post, Wendy. You have delved into the core of Michael’ soul and psyche…….and what compels him do show his emotional and human side.
My sisters and I were discussing why hire a fille de joie? His masculine pride will not allow him to show that weakness to his wife……He does not want to fail her, disappoint her or himself….there will be nothing to prove to a stranger/hooker. She is only in it for the money, right? That’s what we surmised.
Fortunately for Michael, this particular ‘lady of the night’ has a conscience and a soul. I suppose something about Michael ‘syphoned’ her sense of decency and altruism for humanity.
I agree…greatest scene amidst the silliness going on with the rest of the storylines. I think this scene is one of the best ever. Why? ….because of its simplicity….where gestures and thoughts and emotions speak louder than words.

PS. I also wanted to add that this was both an act of desperation and rebellion on Michael’s part. He has so much turmoil going on inside of him. ….and anger!!!! This struggle is probably suffocating him….but, he recoils from the one person, other than himself, who can really help him…..Lauren!
I would love to say so much more on this delicate and heartbreaking subject, but I will drive all of you nice people to distraction. LOL.

Sickness and in health? A good spouse is a good friend. If you cannot talk to whomever you marry about ANYTHING, your marriage is in big trouble!

@Timmm.
Absolutely, Timmm….If a spouse cannot turn to his/her better half, then there is no bond…where there is no bond, there is no marriage.
That is the crux of the matter, I think. Michael’s and Lauren’s relationship has been a precarious challenge way before his illness. The trust had been severed since her affair with the bar tender, I don’t care how rosy their relationship seemed to be. Some people’s marriage cannot prosper or survive after a betrayal like that. I could never remain married to a husband who had cheated on me….not for the kids, not for anything.
So, Timmm, I do believe this turn of events is very telling.
There is, of course, another side….what Harry said makes much sense also…..in that, Michael is trying his damnedest to alienate Lauren. He wants to alleviate the pain by hurting her. He is opening the door for her…preparing her for his death.
Michael came a long way to gain such a noble heart. I do not want to see his departure from Y&R.

I echo the sentiments expressed by both Wendy and Cee Cee. You both expressed yourselves beautifully. I know a lot of folks are unhappy with the direction Y&R has taken as of late, and I certainly understand why, but the aforementioned scene was heart wrenching, poignant and honest.
And to use a tired old phrase, it serves as a good example of a character driven story line. Bravo to the writers and bravo to Christian Le Blanc.
And to quote Dickens’ Oliver,”Please sir, I want some more.”

I agree with all of these comments.

I have to say that for most of this storyline, I’ve been annoyed. Lauren and Michael survive Sheila Carter, the return of Sheila Carter, and then the return of Sheila’s evil sister Sara who LOOKS like Lauren; they survived all of Kevin’s shenanigans, all of Gloria’s shenanigans, Michael’s past; and my favorite, they survived the unappealing task of raising the most INSIPID child on the planet, Fenmore. And after all that, including Carmine (Good Lord, how could I forget him?), it’s cancer that brings them down???

Then, I thought about it and realized that they never survived Carmine and that Michael’s fears are to a certain degree, a result of Lauren’s infidelity.

I thought Christian LeBlanc did a beautiful job, as always, of making me believe every word coming out of his mouth. I have to add that I have never seen the actress who played Felicity but I was mesmerized. A small role but beautifully played against Michael’s anguish. Wow.

I have to add one thing. I truly hope that this is not the ENTIRE focus of the storyline. I know that Michael’s fears and insecurities are real, but I would love for the storyline to expand beyond his preoccupations with pleasuring Lauren. He is facing a life-threatening battle and it seems to me that a complex character with history like Michael, would be thinking about a lot more. The opportunities seem endless for what they could write …please go there.

aha!
Michael paying for sex is not– heartbreaking –it is stupid..
Michael bangin a hooker is ridiculous and stupid, not *heartbreaking..

(if the hooker is better than Luren it might become a thing LOL ..) I hear they know their trade well .. lol

Pratt will have Michael diddling hookers, gotta love it !!

oww oww! forward..
Michael gets the clap, herpes or HIV..
I betcha..
half the Y&R characters have some sort of disease and it’s Laurens time to get a disease, too..
It’s going to herpes !! .. ohh geez lol ..

Perhaps reading is not your strong suit su……..nowhere in the above article did it say Michael bangs…….as you so crassly phrased it…….her.

Ended up he didn’t have sex with her, they just talked.
Is all this leading up to that mikey will die? I sure hope not.
The last thing I want to see is Lauren playing the senior sex kitten and acting like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Su, su, Su. I do believe you are missing the point. Michael hiring a hooker is the HEART of the matter. I am not a man, but I can surely understand the male ego and all its ingredients, nuances and mental machinations.
A man may have everything he can possibly want, but losing one’s potency and sexual prowess, which is an integral part of what makes a man a MAN, is like having a death sentence looming over his head. Considering the fact that his wife cheated on him when in seemingly good health, imagine how insecure he must feel, at this juncture in his life!!
It is not a joke…it is a serious matter where men are sometimes driven to suicide….I have this from a good, reliable source….my husband, the doctor.
Believe it or not, it happens more often than any of us thinks.
Besides, I do not think anything sexual happened between Michael and the hooker. I think there was talking, comforting and easiness involved…..all night..no sex.

What Cee Cee said.
No, nothing sexual did transpire. Michael wants Lauren to think something did so she will be disgusted and be done with him in order to abate the grief that his impending death will cause. He also needed to confide with an indifferent stranger so he can get out all those demons, the fears, the abject sadness without dragging her down. Because the kind hearted prostitute doesn’t know him, he can let it all out without hurting her. He can’t do that with Lauren because he doesn’t want to destroy her chance of leading a happy and passionate life. Also, Michael has prostate cancer and when you couple that with chemo, it tends to make a man unable to perform which is another reason why he wants to stay away from Lauren–he doesn’t want to feel, as he put it, like “half a man.”

you’re completely missing the point – he didn’t have sex with the hooker, he revealed his soul. not sure what episode you watched or perhaps you’ve been brainwashed by Pratt and JFP to only see the sensational, sophomoric side of a story. This scene was beautiful and classic Y&R.

Michael is confused and scared. He knows his wife is a sexual and vulnerable woman. He doesn’t know how to handle the cancer and possibly losing his ability to satisfy his wife. The scene with the hooked showed he is terrified and must find the answer within himself and not Lauren.

The hooker is just like a doctor…there to make you feel better and charges a fortune…lol

duh .. I know that..
I was giving the boring scene a new twist.. something interesting to happen..
The stupidest thing I have ever seen;
a man gets himself an attractive prostitute and and doesn’t even attempt to see if he can get it up (the purpose) but instead he puts all his self-pity on her..
that is ridiculous stupid..
They went through the whole thing for a self-pity scene with a prostitute aha only in soap would a man not do it, or try to.. now that would have been truly interesting; could he or couldn’t he.. 🙂

Jim, I am outraged you compared a doctor to a prostitute. Outraged, I tell ya!
Why……why……why…..(stammer, stammer, stammer)………………………………..a prostitute has MUCH better handwriting.

Pratt did the same storyline on Melrose Place when the character kimberly had cancer and hired a prosit ute for her husband Michael! Yep this bunch of writers for all daytime shows are real gems!

Just repeating a dumb joke one of my doctors recently told me to cheer me up…i do apologize if it offends anyone!!!

Jim–I was kidding–I thought your joke was not only funny, but it was appropriate.
Maybe you’re kidding back!

He only wanted to talk, no sleep with her.

Christian LeBlanc is a wonderful actor. His monologue was touching, very emotional. The actress playing Felicity (Lindsey McKeon) is such a fine actress, she managed to play back the ball to LeBlanc and, at the same time, held herself back. Two veteran actors meeting in an act of grace.

She learned from the greats when she was on Guiding Light. Her TV parents were Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman. She wasn’t that great when she started but she got so much better over the years. I just wish another soap would pick her up, she’s a beautiful woman and can act..

I was touched by Christian’s performance and my heart breaks for Michael and Lauren but this story really does not make sense. We haven’t seen how Michael came to this point because so much of his and Lauren’s journey has been off screen and ignored. It’s also not really true to Michael or the Baldwin’s long marriage. Their marriage is and has always been far more than just sex. So kudos to Christian LeBlanc for his fine acting, but his and Tracey Bregman’s efforts don’t make up for poor storytelling.

Pratt hates the storyline since he came on board that is why all of the proper beats have not been done. CLB scenes were well done these actors are having to fight I am sure to bring emotion into this since that is not Pratt’s strength.

Yes, Pratt said right here to Michael Fairman that it’s not a storyline he would’ve written because it’s about a man’s privates. Geez..I guess if a female cancer had breast cancer he couldn’t tell it because it’s just about a woman’s boobies? Immature. To be fair, it’s Phelps story and she only had Michael on 1 day a week! LeBlanc, Bregman & Rikaart did awesome with almost no material. Even Tognoni nailed it upon Phyllis finding out. But then nothing.
I don’t like the direction Pratt’s taking it. At least push Lauren toward a single man-not a married one with kids! Why destroy his family? The hooker scenes could’ve gone so wrong but LeBlanc & McKeon saved the day! It would be a crime if he is being written of Y&R. As a GH fan though, I’d love him there if that happens.

is the GCAC the only place to book a room in town??

are there no motels for cheaters to take their side-pieces to without going to a high profile establishment like The Club?!

Obviously Michael did not want to hide his ‘illicit tryst’, otherwise he would have taken great measures to conceal an affair…if he were indeed having one. Read Harry’s post, The__Moustache…LOL. Victor??

those scenes were heart breaking & christian knocked it out of the park!!!

i don’t think he had sex with her – i really believe they just talked…………..

I know!
they should have had sex, or tried to..
now, that would be a bit earth shaking!! A shocker !! 🙂
instead we got another crying in my beer scene 🙁

Here’s my thinking on WHY Michael hired a hooker. I don’t think that Michael had any intention of ever having sex with Felicity, period. What I think he was doing by hiring the hooker was finding someone he can talk to about his issues with his cancer, losing his manhood, about the love he has for his wife and all of that, to someone that does NOT have that emotional or tangible or familial connection to Michael and his family. There was just no way that Michael would have talked to his mother Gloria about this, certainly not Kevin, certainly not Fen, and obviously not Lauren. Kevin, Gloria, Fen, and Lauren may and most likely will not buy Michael’s reasoning when he finally admits that he hired a hooker. Yes, Michael would never hire a prostitute if he were a healthy and vibrant and virile man who is deeply in love with his wife and family. But we all have to look at Michael’s reasoning from a psychological standpoint and understand very clearly his reasons for doing what he did. Was it right of him to do that? No, it wasn’t. Will his family understand? Only time will tell!

Yes, Michael….we all think what you so well expressed. It seems we are all on the same page except for su….”Gotta” love her….everything in Su’s book is black and white…with FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, here and there. Right, Su? LOL.

Over the years, writers come and go…and some storylines I like and others I don’t. But one thing never changes….I always enjoy Christian’s performance. He is absolutely one of the VERY BEST there is!!!!

Thank you Christian, for giving us your best EVERY TIME!!!!

Wonderful acting by Christian as ALWAYS……………….

I thought it was very strange. Not true to the characters.

Lindsey looked great.

Tracey also looked great.

HUH?

Lauren is a Barbie doll…and just as old.

oh CeeCee

you had me “laughing OUT Loud” about Lauren (Barbie)…. “and just as old”

I used to get so angered… ie: for and with, Traci Abbott, the heated rivalry and arch nemesis w/ Lauren Fenmore Baldwin

Lauren always seemed to come out on top… and the much maligned Traci persevered.. had Colleen…. and married Steve Connelly

alas, Colleen died

if ever , there was a human interest story… it was with Beth Maitland… Traci Abbott

being the youngest child… in her mind… “least” successful… of her older siblings Jack and Ashley

the overweight sister… living in the shadow of Ashley

the death of her only child

I just love her returns to Genoa City

ie: Christian LeBlanc… is another human interest

from the male perspective… a Mans’ STORY…

hasn’t he always done a sterling job sharing the male species emotions ?

I’ve finally decided this is why I like DAYS, of the 4 remaining soaps

the police station… and for the most part… the hospital… and LOL the park… and Horton Square…are just that, a backdrop… a part of the scenery

DAYS still attempts to showcase… both male and female perspective and points of view

Michael from Y & R isn’t a cop… a mobster, a doctor… and certainly within the category of legalese male presence

but… he showcases… men… with emotion
from A to Z he’s premiered all his tenure… and this includes his ATWT

I don’t know if Christian LeBlanc is being let go…
Charles Pratt … had better be licking his wounds, this includes JFP

this would be an amazing get for Lauren to feature herself… should this be the route Y&R forwards

after BM and MM… Christian LeBlanc is leading the pack…

@Patrick
Thanks for replying.
I am impressed by your post Patrick. So honest, so fresh….and yes, I agree about Traci. As far as I’m concerned, she is the most real character on Y&R. Somehow, the bosses have always featured her as a backdrop, within the rest of the scenery. The only real story she had was her infatuation and consequent love for the pool boy, Brad. But, even then she was upstaged by Carlton himself. There is something to be said about that…..had she been thinner and scheming, would she have had all the applause? Sad, isn’t it?…..how the pressures of society dictate what’s good, bad, thin, fat, ugly or beautiful!
Michael, as his brother Kevin, came in like a wrecking ball….a story of good versus evil, where good won. I hope CL is not on his way out….I love him as an actor…always delivers, never disappoints. He could have won this year if Tony G had not hit a home run and then some, with the Fluke storyline. I do have a strong antipathy for Geary, but I cannot deny his suprlative acting.
I am glad you liked my attempt at humor, Patrick. But, every time I see Lauren, I shake my head. Granted, she’s old enough to be my mother and she looks great. Her body is stunning…petite but voluptuous. However, she is as ageless as Barbie. So, I cannot help but assimilate her to a piece of plastic. Soon enough she will look younger than her son Finn, yes?
I know these are soaps……..but try to keep it real. There is not one muscle on Lauren’s face that moves. Her hair doesn’t even move.
I should not judge because I may get “itchy” when I start to see wrinkles. However, I would never want to look like a dressed-up, made-up doll. I like my hair loose, free of chemicals.

As yourself, I do not mind the boring, and sometimes antiquated scenery that is DAYS. It’s comforting….and I love Victor. That is one baddie I do not mind seeing. I don’t know what it is about him….but, his one-liners crack me up.

You are a very philosophical writer, Patrick….not too obvious; but I feel you. And, I bet you have a big heart. I see my female version in you. Your counterpart, Patrick. Later.

Well as long as everyone looked great, Mo, that is all that matters.
Who is Lindsey?
I do think Lauren looks great but sometimes she reminds me of one those unnamed girl muppets from Sesame Street.

You are being too kind to Lauren, Harry…LOL. At least the muppets have personality and ‘movable parts’.
I think it’s great to look so good ….but, we are all aware Lauren is too artificial. I believe in plastic surgery, but not to be overdone……just a little nip and tuck here and there. She looks half her age….very unrealistic. If Lauren would be placed in a boutique’s window, she would be mistaken for a manikin.

….out of context, but I must say…. from what I am observing, it seems to me, that both Sage and Chelsea have been impregnated by no other than Gabriel/Adam. I have said it first. If I am wrong? I will bury my head in the sand in shame.

Rarely these days to Soaps surprise or shock me (spoilers, casting news, etc.). My jaw was on the floor during their first scene. It was perfectly acted by the terrific Christian LeBlanc (Emmy reel) and Lindsey McKeon. Michael is lost, and feels he is a burden to Lauren. In a dark twisted way (I love the show went there), he was trying to get his groove back by ‘practicing’ on a paid prostitute. In his mind, it was easier to burden a stranger with his issues and recovery than his own wife. I thought it was realistic for his character, and ultimately glad he didn’t ‘go there,’ but would have been OK if he did. It would have led to more interesting storyline, as this path will too. Sorry guys, but these are the risks Chuck Pratt and JFP were talking about, and I’m on board with them.

Emmy? Please we just got through this years!

Timm, that is how I feel about the next presidential election.

Logically I see why Michael feels he may die and wants to know his family has moved on BUT his scenes were with an unknown character who is a hooker. I get that sometimes what you need to say or how you feel cannot be expressed with the people you love most but it is just hard to digest this scene entirely or should I say emotionally digest this scene because, who is Felicity? Why cannot Michael reach out to his best friend Phyllis? Another example of one of the worst written weeks on Y&R. Michael has barely said two words to Phyllis after she came out of a coma and Phyllis has not even had a scene with Michael since his cancer diagnosis. VERY bad writing with no possible excuses!

That is true about Phyllis, Timm.
But I think he needed to confide in a stranger who doesn’t know him and who would be indifferent to his angst. Apparently, this happens in real life.
I also think his other motivation is for Lauren to find out that he spent the night with a hooker so she will be done with him.

Harry 🙂
He wanted to test it, she if he could get it up/do the deed..
and then it turned into self-pity rant with a prostitute aha!
c’mon, that is stupid.. now we’ll never know know; can he??

Christian LeBlanc is excellent, he is a prime actor, we all know that..
He gave a good performance, no doubt of that..
but-
the whole idea of scene was stupid..
it went from interesting, could he, to a self-pity rant.. aha!!
but it was good ..

Thanks for explaining it to me, Su00.
I didn’t get it.
What would I do without you?

I see your point Harry, I’m not connecting well with Gina either!

Hi, Timmm,
Perhaps he feels that Phyllis has enough on her filthy plate, and does not want to burden her. Beside the fact that she has been in a coma….could not be the best advocate if her mind was affected……It is also possible that Christian may not have the same chemistry with Gina as he had with Michelle. I realize that acting is acting…with anyone. However, these characters are human, and as such, they interact with some characters better than others.

I said this in another thread but it is worth repeating. One of the flaws of soaps today is they are being written for the most part for their entertainment value– but entertainment and storytelling are two different things. I can watch trending videos on the Internet all day long and be entertained, but they are not art. Entertainment makes me a spectator, I am watching the action, judging it, reacting to it. Storytelling is an art form, a writer, should be drawing me into the story, I shouldn’t be thinking about about how I am feeling, a writer should engage my imagination so I can imagine what the character is feeling.

So, for me, on soaps, I find there is a lot written to be entertaining, for me to watch outside of the story, not bring me into it. But there are moments when a writer manages to elevate it back to the art form writing is supposed to be. That moment with Michael was such a moment.

I was drawn into that moment, I lived that moment with Michael. I felt what Michael was feeling, I understood it and in the end it did what a story is suppose to do– used the action to bring me into mindset of the character, so I can put myself inside that character and experience what that character is experiencing.

Sadly those moments are far and few between on soaps– there is nothing wrong with being entertained, but some days I really missed as I said before the artistry of real story telling. I can only imagine if the whole story of Michael’s cancer and how it effects him and his loved ones were written, like that moment how good it could have been.

But it wasn’t and for this moment I have to give a lot of credit to the actor for finding that nugget and polishing it with his performance — with a less skilled actor that moment could have fallen flat. So it was a great moment, it made me a bit sad to be reminded how good this show could be if they would stop trying to entertain me and would start writing to tell a real story.

I agree wholeheartedly.

Christian LeBlanc is consistently one of the best actors on Y&R. His performances are always very touching, riveting and honest. The way he is able to deliver his material so believably and emotionally is what makes a great actor, which he is. I truly hope that Michael is able to overcome his cancer, because it would be a HUGE loss for Y&R to lose Christian LeBlanc. Lindsey McKeon also did a wonderful job, and it’s too bad her appearance is for only 2 episodes.

Gina Tognoni also delivered an amazing performance this episode, when Phyllis was talking to a comatose Jack. Those scenes were very touching, and I think Gina T is meshing very well with the show. She’s a great actress, and her take on the character of Phyllis is definitely working.

Great acting from both leads in the two days’ episodes together; however, doesn’t Michael realize he may need a shrink? Soul-searching is one thing, but soul-searching with a hooker? If she had perhaps even confided in why she does what she does and draw a parallel between the two, fine. But the hooker with a heart of gold gimmick? If not a shrink, how about spiritual guidance for Michael?

And someone else said I earlier: where is Michael’s fight for himself? If I were in his shoes, I’d be doing EVERY BLESSED THING to be with my loved ones at all costs. Self-loathing by Michael is a tough one for me to digest. He’s always fought for the underdog; now it’s time to fight for himself. When will he have his epiphany?

Michael is on a self-pity binge..
And dropped his pity pile on a prostitute AHA!
then, to top it off-
he never did find out if it works or not..
If he had given it test ride and worked he would be all smiley in Laura’s arms..
Too bad he didn’t do what he had planed..
now we’ll have month of Michael’s pity party .. lol 🙂

I like some campy, but humorous campy not ‘sappy campy..
be interesting to see how this works out for him..
Pratt will give it journey before the conclusion..

Oh, Lordy, Lord, Su. I am having so much fun reading your posts. Give it a test ride? That is hilarious…’ Hey, buddy, let’s go give it a test ride”.
Su, this scene had nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with emotion. I agree with Harry. He needed to bounce things off and vent, to a certain extent, with someone impartial….a stranger. Moreover, if he wanted to show Lauren that he is not worthy of her devotion, then, what better way than hire a lady of the night?
If you consider this fantastic and realistic show of human struggles as campy, then we have two completely outlooks/takes on this scene, and most importantly what despair does to people and their mental state.

Yes, that is probably the only thing we agree on, Su. Michael may well be experiencing self pity and self loathing. But, he is not looking for pity from anyone else. I doubt that’s what he wants. ….neither is he looking for validation that what he feels is justified. His mind is on a dark voyage….he is looking for that elusive place which may shed some light into what he is experiencing. He knows he is on the edge of a precipice ….he does not know if he will fall.
But, I do think he is trying to get his house in order….that includes having his wife despise him to ease her pain if he dies.

I think this could earn him an Emmy . Obviously , he loves Lauren wanting to spare her a possible death.It is both selfish and a loving act for his wife.His fear of not being able to be a husband in all the ways for a vital woman in every sense of the word. Lauren shouldsee riright through him,she knows him better than any one.This will be a sad storyline.This couple have survived so much,always have .

I think Michael its pledging to life to his part.

He is great (Michele) however. ….there are two male actors on this show that are just horrible. …. (stitch) and (neal)

And, a Robert. Neil really really gets on my nerves….that holier-tha-thou attitude is misplaced. He is one of the most flawed character…he never learns his lesson. He makes the same mistake over and over. Again, he gets it on with someone young enough to be his daughter and then some. His behavior disgusts me.

Yes. ..what about the way he treated Sophia, the mother of his son (Moses)?
and when he got his sight back. ..he still acted blind. …
he simply can not act.

General Hospital

GH’s Adam J. Harrington on Being a Recast John “Jagger” Cates: “There is No Way I Can Even Touch What Antonio Sabato Jr. Did With the Role in the Past … If They Are Going My Way They Were Going to Take This in a Different Direction”

General Hospital fans were recently in for a shock when a new man arrived in Port Charles who went by the name of John Cates. As it turns out John Cates used to go by the nickname of “Jagger” and had lived in the town many years ago.

That’s because actor Adam Harrington was recast in the role of FBI Cates. The part was originally made soap-famous in the 90’s by Antonio Sabato Jr. “Jagger” appeared on the ABC daytime drama series from 1992-1994 and then in its spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2008 before the character left Port Charles with his young autistic son. “Jagger” was also the older brother to the late Stone Cates (Michael Sutton).

Now in 2024, GH has brought the character back and Adam J. Harrington is on contract with the series. The actor spoke to Soap Opera Digest about the obvious difference in look and take on the role than “Jagger’s” original portrayer, Antonio Sabato Jr.

Photo: ABC

Adam expressed: “My take on it was that it’s been 30 years; they obviously wanted to take this in a new direction and see what they could do with this storyline. And I also thought, ‘There is no way I can even touch what Antonio Sabato, Jr. did with the role in the past.’ Although I know it would be jarring for fans, in some ways, I was very happy that I didn’t look like I was going to try to mimic or echo at all what they had done with that storyline.”

Chiming in on replacing an actor in a role made soap-famous by someone else, Harrington added, “Obviously, if they’re going my way, they were going to take this in a different direction with so much time having passed. TV is immortal and still very much fresh in people’s minds, but like I said, I took the recasting and looking so obviously different as them saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this in a different direction and we are not trying to replace or touch what was originally a beautiful story.”’

Previously, Sabato Jr. had a few things to say about not being asked back to reprise his signature role for more than 30 years by the ABC soap opera.

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As to just who this new version of John Cates will be romantically linked with, fans are seeing a spark between he and Jordan (Tanisha Harper), or could he wind up with Anna (Finola Hughes), or another lady on the canvas? “I think there is an element here of him coming to town, throwing a new guy into the mix,” Harrington shares.”We’ll see who he quote-unquote bonds with and who he doesn’t.”

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So what do you think of the recast John “Jagger” Cates? Do you like where the show is taking the character? Do you appreciate Adam’s candor on acknowledging what Antonio Sabato Jr. did with this role in the past? Comment below.

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Y&R Reveals Cast In ‘Nikki Newman Through The Years’ T-Shirts in Honor of Melody Thomas Scott’s 45th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 20th marks the 45th anniversary of Melody Thomas Scott’s debut as Nikki Newman on CBS daytime’s The Young and the Restless.

In honor of the occasion, the official Y&R social media handle on Instagram released a video of many of Melody’s castmates wearing custom-made Nikki Newman t-shirts. The celebratory shirts had images of Nikki Newman through the years and her various looks.

Participating in the video were Melody’s castmates, Hayley Erin (Claire), Mark Grossman (Adam), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Melissa Ordway (Abby) and Eric Braeden (Victor). Melody’s TV son, Joshua Morrow kicked things off acknowledging her milestone.

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Morrow expressed: “To my mama, Melody Thomas Scott, celebrating a huge, huge, huge anniversary, an absolute icon on this show. What better way to celebrate you than with these incredible T-shirts, looking at all your best looks. We love you, the whole world loves you, and you deserve everything. Love you, Mama.”

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Thomas Scott spoke with Soaps.com on her anniversary, sharing, “I’m so fortunate to have a job where I get to do what I love to do and need to do every day and be paid for it.” She added, “My life is heavenly. I’d like to think that I’m a better performer these days than my talent test (in 1979).”

Check out the cast celebrating Melody Thomas Scott’s Y&R 45th anniversary while donning some their ‘Nikki t-shirts’ below.

Now, share your congrats to Melody on 45 years and still going strong on The Young and the Restless via the comment section.

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Steve Burton’s Ex-Wife Sheree Gustin Gives Birth to Her Fifth Child, Weeks After Their Divorce Was Finalized

Sheree Gustin, the ex-wife of General Hospital star, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) welcomed her newborn daughter into the world on February 16th. The little one who’s name is Addy Jay weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz at the time of her birth. This is Gustin’s fifth child.

Gustin’s partner, who was in an Instagram story with her and their baby, remains unidentified. This is the second child of Gustin’s within a year or so of each other, that is not the biological child of Burton’s. She previously had daughter Isabella back in February of 2023.

The news of the arrival of Addy Jay comes on the heels of Burton finalizing his divorce from his former wife of 23 years back in December of 2023.  In the divorce settlement, Steve and Sheree have joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. Brooklyn, 8, and Jack, 17. The two also share a daughter McKenna who is 20.

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Burton originally filed for divorce in July 0f 2022. In court documents, the two separated in March of that year as Burton cited “irreconcilable differences.” When Sheree announced the impending birth of her fourth child, Burton took to his Instagram and clarified, “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

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Gustin, who is a fitness guru, now goes by Sherrie Lynn on her official Instagram account. Since her divorce from Burton, and the births of her most recent children, Sherrie has not addressed the situation publicly.

Meanwhile, General Hospital fans are anxiously awaiting Burton’s return as Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera with his first episode back slated for March 4th. Just how Jason will be revealed to be alive after a cave collapsed on him, and he was believed to have died, is one of great mystery for soap fans.

So, share your thoughts on the news of the birth of Sheree’s fifth child Addy Jay via the comment section below.

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