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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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Wendy - Vancouver
Wendy - Vancouver

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.

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Timmm
Timmm

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!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@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.

Harry
Harry

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.”

Lucia
Lucia

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.

su0000
su0000

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 !!

su0000
su0000

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 ..

Chris F,
Chris F,

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.

Sammie
Sammie

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.

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Harry
Harry

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.”

michael
michael

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.

Dianne
Dianne

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.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

su0000
su0000

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.. 🙂

Harry
Harry

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.

The Substitute
The Substitute

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!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

Harry
Harry

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

Laurie
Laurie

He only wanted to talk, no sleep with her.

Kalle
Kalle

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.

Blake
Blake

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..

bunting
bunting

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.

The Substitute
The Substitute

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.

Laurie
Laurie

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.

The_Moustache
The_Moustache

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?!

CeeCee
CeeCee

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??

elm51
elm51

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…………..

su0000
su0000

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 🙁

Michael
Michael

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!

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Sissy
Sissy

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!!!!

Derrick
Derrick

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

Mo
Mo

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

Lindsey looked great.

Tracey also looked great.

CeeCee
CeeCee

HUH?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lauren is a Barbie doll…and just as old.

Patrick
Patrick

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…

CeeCee
CeeCee

@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.

Harry
Harry

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.

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Nate
Nate

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.

Timmm
Timmm

Emmy? Please we just got through this years!

Harry
Harry

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

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Harry
Harry

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.

su0000
su0000

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 ..

Harry
Harry

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

Timmm
Timmm

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

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Mary SF
Mary SF

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.

Lucia
Lucia

I agree wholeheartedly.

Jimmy
Jimmy

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.

Ron
Ron

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?

su0000
su0000

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..

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

DONNA Feldhaus
DONNA Feldhaus

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 .

June Davis
June Davis

I think Michael its pledging to life to his part.

Robert
Robert

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

CeeCee
CeeCee

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.

Robert
Robert

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.

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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