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DAYS Alison Sweeney Shares Thoughts On Playing Sami's Reaction To EJ's Death & Counts Down Top Five EJami Moments!

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Courtesy/Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) has been holding back to share her “DAYS of Sami”  facebook countdown related to her favorite EJami moments!  That is because as long time fans of the duo have witnessed, EJ (James Scott) has been murdered and Sami is reeling and grieving!

Today, Alison posted this: “So, hi EJami fans – yup, it’s me. not sure if you even want to read my #DaysofSami blog today, or if perhaps you can’t because your eyes are bloodshot? I know that I for one, had to lie down with a pounding headache and drink a gallon of water after filming the scenes from today’s episode. But now you know, I had to wait until now to publish my top EJami moments because I thought it might be the right time to look back over this troubled, emotional, stubborn couple’s journey. (And just as a reminder – for those whose loyalty perhaps lies in a different direction. Please be respectful of my intentions for my posts this week and refrain from any anti-Ejami opinions here. Thanks!)”

As for her new countdown – for starters in at #5 was  – EJ and Sami tango contest at the pier!  Alison explained:  “Now of course, I wouldn’t have traded playing Sami for anyone, but certainly, there was a time when it did seem like everyone else got to do the sappy romantic stuff. So, when i read in the script that EJ & Sami were going to participate in a tango contest on the pier? are you kidding me?! I was freakin’ thrilled. I was super psyched to show up a few extra times for rehearsals with our fantastic choreographer, Christy C.Buss. And boy, did she put us to work. learning the dance, understanding the moves, we definitely got a workout in those rehearsals. And it was just as fun and challenging as I’d hoped it would be. James and I worked hard to learn it enough that we were able to just go through the dance once we were out there on stage. And it turned out great, right?! What a fun memory for me as well as the characters, I’m glad we were able to bring it up again a few times in our last few episodes together.”

So now its your turn! Tell us what have been your favorite EJami moments over the years?

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Suzee
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Suzee

So I’ve enjoyed Ali’s lists up until now. I’ve watched Days for four decades now and Sami was always a character I was fond of. When Ali posted Lumi moments she said be nice to her co-stars. which was understandable given how poorly some of her fans were treating all of her co-stars not named James Scott. When she posted Safe, she didn’t add any extra requests. Many fans from other ships posted in those threads with no respect for the subject. It happens, but NOW she’s asking the non-ejami fans to go away because it’s finally a subject that… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

No, she didn’t say that at all. You’ve projected your own feelings so that you can continue your own mindset.

Laura
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Laura

Maybe she asked because of those who can’t separate fiction from real life and call EJami fans supporters of rape or rapemance lovers or whatever other vulger things some like to throw out there. The writing for EJami is different than that of Lumi or Safe, so that may have been the reasoning behind asking people to be respectful. Alison has always been really good about not naming a favorite couple. She has done these countdowns for the three that probably have the biggest followings. She didn’t have to do these, but they have been fun. I for one will… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

Suzee, u might want to read other articles, she has a lot of good to say about Lumi, Safe and the others.

Patrick
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Patrick

Sami, the Character, in and of itself Wow : what a trial and tribulation she’s “Lived” AS : Live having watched Sami from the beginning to herald her 21+ years later LOL what a marvel she stood alone : stands out : stood by : ALL of Salem’ites you can take all her many (lucky ) pairs… and have an opinion Lucas : still my favorite (without all the histrionics) unequivocally loved being Austin: immature…. he’s better with Carrie Rafe : I smiled …. the belong with all her womanly senses perked EJ: dangerous tingly fire sexual appetite woah! what… Read more »

lucy
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lucy

Austin..immature ? i am not sure..lol more like dumb or should i say ‘naive’..ha ha and quite bland..even Carrie was fed up with him several times..last time she even wanted Rafe over poor lovestruck Austin..
And you forgot Brandon who was also a really great and fun Sami pairing..i love Ejami but Brandon and Sami dance on the roof at Halloween was very sexy and cute, at the same time. Ali Sweeney can create solid chemistry with many of her costars.

Janet Neal
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Janet Neal

really?? Get over it! I am SURE,she didn’t mean it the way you mistook it! It seems that the final coupling for her at this point is EjAmi..I am sure that is what she meant. Ejamis’ have been through a rollacoaster of surprises over the last 7-8yrs.When Ejami finally seems to be getting the MUCH deserved Happy Ever After EJAMILY is leaving the show! Im sure she was lifting her Ejamis’ spirits.. To me she seems to Love ALL of her Fans!!

PABWECG
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PABWECG

Suzee, she said “Please be respectful of my intentions for my posts this week and refrain from any anti-Ejami opinions here. Thanks!”

She never said go away. Just be respectful, like she asked when she posted Lumi memories.

lucy
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lucy

How unfair you are. Ali Sweeney ALWAYS gave equal attention to her three most popular fanbases pairings (Lumi, Ejami, Safe), she is maybe the soap actress who has been the most respectful to fanbases. Sadly some fans (thankfully it is just ‘some’ fans) attack her again and again because they want to be exclusive and some few (i hope) cray can’t separate fiction from reality..attacking her like she is Sami..
Ali plays Sami, she is not Sami.

ddd
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ddd

well said!

ddd
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ddd

OMG she did NOT say that at all. She’s knows it’s a hot topic and she wants it to be respectful and not a bashing session. She asked basically if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. Way to twist it into something ugly~ actually proving her correct, some folks just don’t know how to be nice!

Laura
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Laura

First of all, she DID NOT say that. Second, right after I read it I thought to myself how nasty the other fan bases are to the EJami fan base and she obviously knows that herself so that’s why put that in her post. That hook up fan base has actually turned on James because of his SOD interview. They are name calling and wanting a recast. They’ve been bashing Alison all along so I wasn’t surprised. Some people are just bitter and hate EJami wth blind hatred without ever even watching them and FF through their scenes. Boy, did… Read more »

Monique
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Monique

Take a chill pill – no hating!

JaneDigby
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JaneDigby

Oh for Pete’s sake, really? That’s what you’ve taken away from what Ali Sweeney said. She’s been gracious and kind to ALL her fans. Maybe the operative word here is “her” fans. If she hasn’t already, no doubt she’ll give due respect to fans of all her couples, including Austin.

crismac
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crismac

I think the fact she did countdowns for every fan base says she cares about every fan base. She probably saw the trolls on the safe posts and didn’t want the same for ejami posts. I doubt she paid a bunch of people to attack safe fans. I think you are over reacting or reading too much into things. Anyways, Allison Sweeney thank you for your dedication to all fan bases and putting your all into your acting.

Gigi
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Gigi

Awe the Tango…such a special moment and so fun. I have so many special EJami moments it’s hard to narrow it down! These two are just AMAZING screen partners. Each and every one of their scenes are so believable to watch. Whether they are sparring or loving you feel ALL the emotions. One of my favourites tho is the scene in the pub when EJ tells Sami that he will lie to his father about their marriage. Sami asks him why and he tells her because he loves her and wanted the chance to prove it to her. Prove it… Read more »

Leah
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Leah

She’s not asking anyone to go away, she’s asking everyone to be respectful. (Thanks for honoring her request by the way.) The Lumi/EJAMI battle was much, much bigger than anything involving Safe and there’s no need to rehash it all. She didn’t have to do these lists. She did them to give each fanbase some love. Why can’t that be enough?

Omgtjhappened
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Omgtjhappened

Finally!!!! Although perhaps a little too late. No other fan base has been as abused as ejamis even when the leading actors knew they wanted their characters together. James and Ali’s characters had to go through “filler” relationships to create “drama. Some worked Safe, Lumi, and Ejole while some missed the mark Ejaylor and Abifail. I’m all for good drama just not sloppy or lazy writing after we had dialogue after dialogue about EJ’s love then he trips and falls into Abigail?!?! (A character I was beginning to love until you turned her into a sex crazed maniac going after… Read more »

DaysFan
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DaysFan

“No other fan base has been as abused as ejamis”
This is a joke, right?

lisa
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lisa

Nope, it is just the truth.

Teresa
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Teresa

I Love You, Samantha Gene Brady

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Teresa, Thank you for correctly spelling the character’s middle name…As you and others may know…she, in part, was named after Marlena’s best friend…Eugene (Gene) Bradford…I miss Eugene and Caliope!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Theresa. Thank you also. I would have thought it would be spelled ‘JEAN’ since this is the feminine form. ‘GENE’ is usually a man’s name, right?
Anyway, thanks again.

asecretikeep
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asecretikeep

Personally, I have found all of Ali’s lists to be wonderful. She has loved every part of her character that she has played so well over the last 21 years. If you can’t appreciate the time and dedication she has taken to take a trip down the memory lane of Sami as a whole, then I don’t see how you can possibly be a fan of AS. Which makes me wonder: why you would even care what she posts at all, much less take the time to criticize it publicly? As far as my favorite EJAMI moment goes: When EJ… Read more »

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Wow.
Has she ever asked her ejami fans to respect other fans of the show?
Ridiculous.
Nice, Ali. So those of us who have been fans of yours for far longer than James was even on the show are just supposed to sit to the side and shut up while you continue to emphasize that any fan who isn’t an ejami fan doesn’t matter.
What a waste of time. This show needs to move the eff on from this stupid couple.
Can’t wait until November.
Ejami fans, PLEASE make good on your threats to leave the show with your couple.

PABWECG
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PABWECG

When she posted her Lumi memories, she asked non-Lumis to be respectful, just like she did here for the Ejami memories.

If you read her words, you’d see that she is NOT putting Ejami above the others.

sarah
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sarah

ridiculous, bitter and pathetic…i see.
All over the years Ali has praised the pairings with Lucas and Rafe, non-ejami fans ranting and playing victim are certainly rididculous.
And by the way you can be a fan of Sami since the beginning..and i mean a SAMI fan, just Sami, not the man attached to her and then being able to prefer Ejami among her different pairings years later.
Ali doesn’t own you anything just because you happened to watch her character since her first appearance..it is silly.

AlwaysSamanthaGene
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AlwaysSamanthaGene

If ALL the Ejami’s leave once AS and JS stop airing ratings would tank and Days will be canceled. That is a fact. Be careful what you wish for. 🙂

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Delusions of grandeur – par for the course, LOL

juliet
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juliet

I am a fan of Ej and Sami and their pairing, actually they were the reason i watched this soap opera but i can admit one or two characters doesn’t make a show, certainly the show will go on without them. Although i will not watch anymore (my choice, i prefer primetime) i know many will still watch. Just hope for them the storytelling will improve.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Are you saying the Ejami fans only? If so, you’re wrong. There are a lot of Ejami fans, but a lot of those fans also like other characters and storylines on DAYS.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*Ejami only fans

LuvEJami
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LuvEJami

Exactly right. Like or hate any pairing, it takes an ensemble to build a soap. Bitter fighting and name calling our talented and hard-working actors just guarantees that your favorites will eventually not have a show to appear in. I’m with Ali. It’s not that hard to be respectful. And those who demand respect but cannot seem to give it simply do not understand the concept. Loved EJami from Day One! Ali and James had such range, chemistry, acting chops. They had too many fantastic scenes to pick a favorite.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

My favorite Jumanji…er…Ejami moment is NOW…its over…let the stars shine on some other characters for a change…lol…i was a Sami and Lucas fan and was only ok with Sami and E.J. here and there but im not too BIG on a couple when he ‘rapes her’ and she ‘shoots him’…thats not romance to me!!! Go ahead EJami fans…make my day and let your angery hateful rebuttal begins…sticks and stones, i say…LOL!!!

Laura
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Laura

No angry hate here. We are all different and will like pairings not all will agree on. I love EJami, that doesn’t mean I sit around and talk negatively about Lumi or Safe fans, it really is to each their own. I only take exception when someone who doesn’t know me calls me a supporter of rape just because I support a fictional soap couple. I think it it’s okay to ship whoever you want, just be respectful to those who don’t feel the same. So, from an EJami…I hope you have a great day 🙂

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

First of all i would never call Ejami fans supporter of rape…i couldve been a big supporter of their coupling myself had the two things i object to never happen: the rape and his shooting…it makes me hard to vision them as a romantic couple after that…both actors have had some amazing emmy nominated scenes…i wanted to love them as a couple but for the reasons i explained i just cant, and that doesnt mean i think Ejami fans are rape supporters and i would never call any of their fans names…i actually liked Sami with Lucas and E.J. with… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Jimh- Sorry, I wasn’t implying you called anyone negative things, just expressing I don’t like when it’s done.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

It kind of looks like we both misunderstood each others comments so i apologize to you…sometimes my comments dont come out exactly as i think them…im not totally anti Ejami…i was just pointing out the two things i disliked about the pairing especially the rape part…i felt the same with GHs Luke and Laura…here are two great couples but the writers both ruined them for me to accept them as 100% romantic couple…i do like the actors and dont have anything against their fans…also when i said im glad they are over…i didnt mean it to come off as harsh…just… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I can’t say that I disagree with you, jimh. I was never an EJAMI fan. I liked EJ with Nicole. I thought she could “match” him because she is quick-witted and street smart. Even though I have never been an EJAMI fan, I thought their last few scenes were very touching and the hospital scenes did bring a tear to my eye. I also think Ali has been very respectful to the character that she has played for over two decades, her co-stars, the writers, and the show as a whole.

claire
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claire

I find Sami as much quick-witted and street smart as Nicole..shrug.
But i can respect your taste, we don’t share the same tastes, no big deal.
And at least you don’t use the tiring hypocritical ‘i don’t like Ejami because they are toxic, they did that and that to each others’ drivel that many of their detractors used for years now..when they loved these two characters with characters who had also a ‘toxic’ history and did that and that to each others (for example Sami and Ej’s history/past with Lucas and Nicole).

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well i just explained above to another above what my comment meant…i just want there departure over so the other characters can have a shot to shine…i too loved E.J. and Nicole together…and i agree both Allison and James had some wonderful scenes together and should be emmy nominated next year!!!

miou
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miou

Jimh – I’m an EJami with no stones to throw. I sincerely hope that now that the EJami era on Day has ended that you get the show that you’ve been hoping for. I’ve loved EJami in spite of the insults hurled my way for years for being a fan of a fictional couple. I wouldn’t trade those years of EJami fandom for anything.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was entertained by the couple but i just wasnt a big fan…dont get my comments misunderstood…i know they were popular and i wasnt insulting any fan…knowing they are leaving i just want it over to see how the other characters work without them…thats all…and i never threw any insults at anyone who like the couple…everyone has favorites…the actors were great and i wouldnt mind seeing both return in the future…its just that i feel that several characters were neglected and poorly underused and i just want to see how it goes without E.jami…

lisa
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lisa

you will see it very soon, just let’s those who enjoy them and will miss them express their feelings since it is an article about them and their favorite moments together.

sarah
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sarah

But Lucas framing her for a murder HE did, which put her on death row and almost killed her (actually onscreen she was dead but in a soap fashion they resurrected her..Mike Horton did it, by the way) as well as Lucas, again, using a doll looking like their son Will in order to make her crazy and pushing her to suicide..among many other ‘great’ things’ was romance for you ? ok…

sarah
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sarah

It is not ‘hateful’ rebuttal jim, it is just underlining your half-truths, pitiful whitewashing truths concerning one pairing (the one you like..how surprising) while doing the exact opposite for the one you dislike..i hope, i made your day..lmao.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

No it wasnt romance for me…i didnt like that(spoiled one of days best pairing)…BIG DIFFERENCE is Lucas and Sami came to an end
Then Sami gets raped by E.J. and Sami shoots him but yet they stay together…GET THE DIFFERENCE…lmbfao!!!

Rarasa
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Rarasa

They are still pulling the L & S pairing out of the closet and dusting them off. When I was raped, I didn’t get a choice. Plus, RL couples have different thresholds, don’t forget the Bobbitt. Ouch! Now there’s one that’ll haunt ya!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sara i wasnt making it an arguement until some made it one…big deal so i dont like two things about Ejami…it doesnt mean its the end of the world…you obviously dont know me and my sense of humor from previous topics…’make my day…lol’…i was simply joking and showing my sense of humor…but obviously some took it all the wrong way…i have no problems with replies but some take it a bit too far…IM NOT AGAINST EJAMI FANS…i kind of like the characters together except for a couple of things but i get bashed by it by the same people who… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Would you please get off Jimh’s back? All of you….Enough already…leave him alone. If you would read between the lines, he is not being argumentative or hateful. He is expressing his opinions…that is the reason for this site. It is also generational…get that?
I am absolutely devastated by Sami’s departure…I wish it were Abbi leaving….are you to blast me now? We are all here to opine. Imagine what a dull world this would be if there were no differences of opinions.
Jimh, don’t bother answering anymore ….not worth the aggravation.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wow some Ejami fans cant seperate fact from fiction and i knew id recieve some cleverly written rebuttals that would attempt to ‘hide’ the ‘hate’ but i can tell its there: if you are a Ejami fan im fine with it…fans have their likes and dislikes…i wasnt trying to get Ejami fans to agree with me…just explaining why i couldnt fully accept them as a couple…i felt the actors gave great emmy nominated performances…they entertained me at times and i wouldnt mind seeing them return in the future…i only tried to explain why i couldnt completely accept them as a… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

and some answered to you by explaining how they disagree with you and your argumentary..you have to accept it the same way others accept you don’t share their opinion..look in the mirror..eyeroll.
Sami and Lucas did not come to an end because or after all the shit they did to each others..actually they became a couple AFTER all they did against each others, they stayed together for a while. They only split up (and that several times, actually) because according to Lucas Sami was not good enough and he dumped her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Jimh, I understand perfectly what you are saying. You love the actors and their acting. But, you do not support or condone their ACTIONS and the repercussions of such acts.
I feel exactly the same way. Both Ali and Scott are amazing protagonists,……however, not what they represented in their roles.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hi CeeCee, i should hire you as my ghost writer..you said exactly what i wanted to say…for reasons i explained in the past and i know you read so i wont rewrite them here, my writing on topics sometimes dont come out the way i think them…some get it, some dont…i guess some of the negative replies i recieve im to blame for because i said bring on those nasty hurtful replies but i knew in the past when i wrote about what i dislike they would come anyway…im ok with some but one i got was a little bit… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, I get them also, jimh…not vulgarity so much, but sarcasm. I am not afraid to bite back. I know who I am, and you know who you are, jimh…no need to explain yourself to these posters, or anyone. They do not matter. It pains me to think that you feel hurt. We need to rise above the ignorance. As long as I am on these sites, I will always champion you, my friend. The posters are not all hurtful. Most are very civil and respectful. Just remember that when someone on these sites lashes out, it only means it… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee, these replies here arent the ones i refer to as vulgar…its in another part below and i find it totally tasteless…anyway, im not really upset with those above…i just wanted them to understand what i was saying…im not against Ejami fans and not totally againts Ejami as a couple…i just dislike two things about them which i pointed out and i accidentally forgot to add what i did like about them and added later but i doubt that wouldv’e mattered…one pointed out how antiEjami fans attack Ejami fans and i wanted to make it clear i would never call… Read more »

LuvEJami
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LuvEJami

Darling, some may have preferred death, but I’ll take a distasteful, heavy handed negotiation. It wasn’t a nice choice, but still it was a choice where I lived. Being set up and receiving a lethal injection because my soul-mate and his mom do their level-best to assure that I die in their place is simply not my cup of tea. But then, such decisions are what makes all the pairings so personal. One man’s feast is another man’s famine.

Janet Neal
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Janet Neal

My favorite EjAmi Moments are: When E.J was doing a photo shoot,during his Race Car career,Sami was jealous over the model that was in the shoot with E.J (originally) then Sami and E.J became the shoot…Santeen Story,EjAmi found truth for/between themselves(Love is undeniable) When Sami told E.J she wants a real relationship with him,and she didn’t care about everyone else..

Janet Neal
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Janet Neal

Everytime they spend time alone,rather it be in a cabin with the kids,or in the mansion,or running from the Police!

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

This may seem a little “off subject” but if EJ is supposed to be dead, and some fans are claiming he isn’t – then why is Kristen injecting him with something at the conclusion of Monday’s episode? Is this another drug concoction that is supposed to revive him or place him in a suspended state or what? How does Kristen find these experimental drugs – is she secretly dating a Pharmacologist?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Stay tuned and we’ll find out together. My guess is: An antidote was injected that will reverse the slow breathing that was caused by EJ taking pills before he was shot. Maybe the gunshot was the delivery method of the slow breathing medicine. Regardless, Ejami will be together in England!

Luvdbi
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Luvdbi

Ali is a class act making sure that all her pairings got lists of her fav moments with them. Being an EJami I have been waiting for this particular list. The Tango was also one of my fav scenes along with hospital stairwell kiss, dancing in the abandoned house, when he told her he loved the good, the bad and everything in between…just too many to list them all. I think at this point everyone needs to just let it go. Ali is leaving, the fan war is over no matter what. While I have gotten irritated from time to… Read more »

PABWECG
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PABWECG

My 1st encounter with Ejami (and Days) was grief sex, so I never saw the Tango when it aired. But boy is it ever a magical moment! James and Alison have such dynamic chemistry, and the two of them are terrific actors. Even with writing that always tried to tear them apart, they have stolen my heart!

Thank you, Alison, for putting together all these “Days of Sami” lists – good luck with all your future endeavors, and enjoy those two little kiddos of yours while they’re young, because time sure does fly!

AliciaE
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AliciaE

I didn’t see the Tango when it first aired either. This time I got to see it on my flat-screen and it was a real treat. Oooh, I hope she brings up grief sex too. What a fabulous storm of story and emotion that was!

AliciaE
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AliciaE

My favorite flashback was Sami making fun of EJ’s clicking noise when they were talking about each others habits (preparing to fool the immigration officer into thinking they were a happily married couple). EJ insisted he didn’t do that and then asked, “Good habits?” They didn’t show Sami’s response in the flashback, but I remember it. Her voice softened and she said, “You put the twins to bed the same way every time. And then you get this look on your face like you’re happy and sad at the same time.” EJ was surprised she’d noticed that. She told him,… Read more »

Marmizio
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Marmizio

Beautifully said Alicia. I loved those scenes too. My favorite scenes are the ones that got me hooked back onto Days (hadn’t watched since the good old Patch & Kayla days..) when I saw Ejami’s hospital scenes after EJ was shot at their Black Wedding. Even though Sami was faking her feelings because of Srefano’s threats, you knew there was some truths beneath it all. When Sami said “if you want to will yourself to die, you’re going to do it in my arms'” (or something close to that… lol), the vulnerability EJ demonstrated and the kiss thereafter – that… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

Alison, you have proven without a doubt what a fantastic actress you are. Friday and Monday’s scenes were SO believable and heart warming. EJAMI is the best duo on Days and probably daytime television. The most beautiful love story portrayed by two extraordinary actors. No other duo comes remotely close to the extraordinary chemistry you and James share on screen. You are magical together! I loved all EJAMI scenes and will miss you and James immensely. I can’t imagine Days without the both of you. EJAMI was the primary reason why I watched Days. Best wishes to you and your… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

Favorite Ejami moment : so many..however, my favorite stays maybe the escapade and dance at the abandoned house..just magical, the chemistry here between Scott and Sweeney was unbelievable, best i have seen on daytime tv.

Glendene48
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Glendene48

I don’t understand all the negativity towards Ejami fans why is it such a big deal to others that they love this couple. They have invested their time in watching and supporting Ejami for a number of years. Why is it ok to condemn them for that. Everyone has their favourite character or couple why can’t ppl just be left to enjoy them without having snide or nasty comments made. It’s ridiculous not to mention childish.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I guess we are not reading the same comments here…i see people pointing out their likes and dislikes about the fictional characters…i pointed out why i couldnt fully accept them as a couple…i never attacked any Ejami fans…i like the actors and said they did great emmy worthy work…all i said was what i didnt like about them as a couple…and i got negativity for it…Ejami fans are the ones who are being negative just because some are not 100% supportive of their favorite couple…i see no one being negative toward Ejami fans…its the other way around!!!

pauline
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pauline

i am quite objective about these fanbases jimh..(unlike you, who did admit being biased in favor of Lumi..) and i saw lot’s of fan of other pairings of Ej and/or Sami being quite obsessed in a hateful way with Ejami, the pairing..it is weird to witness by the way. Enjoy who you like and leave what you don’t like, don’t bother..it is simple and more healthy.

Glendene48
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Glendene48

It wasn’t directed at you I was referring to comments made on twitter which I forgot to mention. No malice towards you Jim.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

Ali made a simple request “(And just as a reminder – for those whose loyalty perhaps lies in a different direction. Please be respectful of my intentions for my posts this week and refrain from any anti-Ejami opinions here. Thanks!)” Your “sharing likes and dislikes” is directly the opposite of that. If I went over to the Lumi list and explained why their story is not romance to me, then some poor fan of theirs might feel obliged to explain the obvious to me like I just did for you. I don’t think you’re really that dumb though. I think… Read more »

darlin
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darlin

As I read the comments I’m having a problem finding the negativity from the Ejami fans toward any pairing of Samantha Gene. Perhaps what you are reading/hearing is the negativity toward a master baiter such as yourself.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I apologize…i didnt mean it to sound like your comment was directed at me…and it wasnt meant to sound like im angry or being mean to you…i just wanted to point out what two things i disliked about the pairing…what i liked the most was their warm family moments in scenes with their children which i added but somehow didnt make it(i probably turned the computer off too soon) im not on here to fight fans or to get attention…i just want to share my likes and dislikes…others say what they dislike and get attack for it…thats wrong…someone below made… Read more »

Lena
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Lena

I thank Alison Sweeney for reaching out to all her fans, and I’ve been looking forward to her Top Ejami moments. Among my favorites: the abandoned house dance, the scene where Sami told EJ if she wasn’t so drunk, she’d have sex with him on the bar, the scene where he was drunk and she had to bring him home.

Alison and James will be greatly missed – I will be a fan of Ejami forever.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All I know is if Allison doesn’t win an Emmy next year for these scenes over the last few days she will be robbed— she has given the most realistic and heart wrenching portrayal of a woman dealing with grief I have ever seen—– I’m not a Safe, Lumi or Ejami fan— I am Samantha Jean Brady fan—- and she will be missed– unlike many young soap stars who move on to bigger pastures the minute they get everything they want from their soap– she stayed with the role for 22 years– for that and that alone she has earned… Read more »

pauline
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pauline

great post and totally agree.
Sami fan first FTW !

JBeauty7
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JBeauty7

I have loved Alison Sweeney’s lists but I have been WAITING for this one! I can’t wait to see her list! When I read her #5 (The Tango), I swooned through the whole post. When I first watched that scene, I was so excited to see Sami have that amazing moment with someone who loves her completely and for who she was. EJ and Sami… *le sigh*

Tracie
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Tracie

Love these flashbacks on Ejami. They will remain my favourite Soap couple of all time. It is the end of an era. I will not miss the insults fans have against other fans though. Good riddance to that!!

SFM
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SFM

I was determined not to become a fan of EJ and Sami, and then came the Tango when I could no longer fight the chemistry between them and became a full fledged fan of theirs.

Having loved them thru the good, the bad & everything in between I can’t wait to see which is the next one on her list of some amazing scenes JS and AS have shared.

Kim
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Kim

I have so many favorite moments.
Proposal last year
Love letters
Vow renewal
Scheming sex about Nick
And the most heart breaking and amazing acting
Griefsex
April 21st 2014
And Friday and Monday ofcourse
And many many more

Libby
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Libby

I have loved every minute of EJ and Sami. I have been watching Days since I was 8 years old. So, I have seen fab love stories come and go since 1973. There are so many great moments – and the show has done a great job in highlighting some of them this week. 1. Tango on Pier 2. Stairwell Kiss 2008 3. Mr Burke (Immig agt) dinner at Chez Rouge 4. Their first time at DiMera Mansion ( Sami pink pjs) 5. Sami’s confession of love in HTS Apt I will miss this great story. But how often do… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

On the last episode that Allison Sweeney is on you will see her joining EJ on an island somewhere. Fade out happily ever after and I have not watched this show in 15 years.

Jess
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Jess

There’s no one who can replace Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady. She will be missed by all of her fans. The past 4 episodes have been heartbreaking, a real tear jerker.. :'( I’m an Ejami, Lumi, and Safe fan.. 🙂 James Scott aka Ej DiMera will also be missed & is irreplaceable…

Ke Farmer
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Ke Farmer

Thank you, Alison, for continuing to show such class and grace (which is unfortunately others on this post are unable to replicate no matter how pleasantly you ask them to do so – haters gonna hate!) in recounting all your Top moments as Samantha Gene Brady! We have loved Sami, even when she was did “bad” things, because we understand her craving for the kind of love where she would be accepted for who she is. I am glad she finally found it in Ejami, though their happiness on-screen was waaayyy too short. And thank you for once again reaching… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

Ali writing this list will tell us all of her favorite moments but EJAMI’s have 8years of ‘moments’ instead of years which Lumis and Safes had. We EJAMI’s cherished the ‘moments’ and its what sustained us as a shipping line. I’m glad that the Tango was #5. I agree with one of the other comments that the photo shoot where Sami was jealous is a moment of my personal favorite. It showed that despite Sami being w/Lucas and Austin that she had a need to be ‘special’ to EJ, not some model. Throughout the 8 years they’ve orbited each other,… Read more »

Kiren
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Kiren

Love #5, now this is a countdown I can thoroughly get into! Glad to hear how much she treasures that moment because its one of those instances that catapulted me into EJami fandom!

Monique
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Monique

Love – love everything EJAMI ! Except the heartbreaking EJ shooting , dying and Sami grieving. Their acting off each other has been Phenomenal. Never a dull moment with these two. I can’t choose one as a favorite. Bravoooooo

Silo
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Silo

I love E.J., Sami, EJami, James and Ali so much. While I am so very sad to see EJami end, I am happy for Ali and James. Moving on to better things. The writing they got in 2014, showed that DAYS didn’t appreciate them! Anyway, I have SO many EJami Moments over the years: the scenes at the abandoned house in 06, EJami fighting in the church in 07. The Immigration SL of 08. EJami visiting Grace’s grave (09). 2010 – Sami finds E.J. hurt and brings him to the hospital. Grief sex, 2011. E.J. and Sami in the safe… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

So happy to be hearing about all her favs while the show’s SL is so dark. Her portrayal has been so amazing and I’m all cried out and emotional exhausted from just watching. Can’t imagine how she got thru them. But it’s nice to take a moment and reminisce over the fun and romantic stuff. Love that she is doing the countdowns. Such a great way to go out and let all the fans really enjoy these last few days/weeks.

EfanaticAnn
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EfanaticAnn

Thank you, Alison Sweeney ! You will be greatly missed and I wish you all the luck in the world with your future endeavors. I am a fan of EJami and have been since the day EJ opened the door to you wearing only that towel. EJ fell in love with Sami at first sight, and I fell in love with EJami in the moment. It’s unfortunate that you have personally been attacked for doing your job, no matter what co-star you were paired with. Do I believe that James Scott was your acting equal? Absolutely. I think you two… Read more »

Tricia
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Tricia

Alison Sweeney is a class act who has been so generous to all fan bases! Me I love so many Ejami moments I wouldn’t know where to begin. I will miss this couple immensely but am basically relieved that since one of them was leaving the other one was going as well. I wouldn’t have been able to watch with just one of them still on. Long live Ejami love!!!!!

Summer
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Summer

I loved the Tango! I could never pull off a dance like that, you guys were amazing! Ill miss you and James Scott, all the soapy drama…..it was a wild ride! My favorite stuff came when Melisa Salmons started writing your couple, she truly got Ejami. Thanks for always being so good to ALL your fans, your a class act Ms Sweeney! Best of luck!

pspcindy
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pspcindy

AS is doing a great job choosing wonderful EJami moments. She gets the couple and knows what we find so special about them. I will miss her and James so much.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dear Micheal Fairmen: I come on here to give my honest opinions on what i like and dislike about the soaps…i thought thats what this forum is about, is it not…i do not come here to fight or to get attention…i just want to read honest comments from other fans on what they like and dislike about the soaps and friendly rebuttals…S.O.D. and other old soap mags always featured discusions from fans which included what they like and dislike and no one gave vulgar and hurtful respondses, and i thought thats what this message board was about…now sometimes my own… Read more »

juliet
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juliet

oh please…move on.
This article was about Ej, Sami, their last moments and what their fans felt about it..why coming here to express that you just don’t like them..what is the purpose to that ?
If it was an article about Days, the storylines in general and what you like and dislike about the show and the characters i would understand the pertinence of your posts better..

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

juliet, the article is about Ejami…without DAYS, there would be no Ejami…so, it is about DAYS, including one of it’s many storylines/couples…Ejami are not and never will be bigger than DAYS…Ejami only fans are not and will never be bigger than DAYS fans. In the grand scheme of things, Ejami is just a blip on the DAYS radar…All the DAYS fans have the right to speak of EJami, including the good, bad and ugly as do the Ejami fans only and DAYS fans whom happen to be Ejami fans. Regardless, Ejami fans are not superior to the run-of-the-mill DAYS fans.

Grey
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Grey

Fave EJami moments… how long of a response can I post? There has been so many favorites, it’s impossible to narrow it down. Much like Ali, I’d be doing honorable EJami mentions all over the place! I have been trying to decide what my favorite is and honestly, cannot do it. So I will do a list, Black Wedding, the private vow renewal they had in September, the love letters, Sami’s confession (January 31-Feb1 2013), November 2011 (when Johnny was missing), abandoned house, Santeen, Daysaster and honestly EJ’s death scenes were just phenomenally done. I am certainly going to miss… Read more »

Reney
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Reney

I love all the Ejami moments in the 06-07 era when EJ was doing all kinds of desperate things to win Sami.That is what made me hooked on Ejami.I remember when they lived across the hall from eachother and he was in that wheelchair plotting ways to get her over there to his apartment.I remember one time he fell out the wheelchair or she pushed him out and he laid there,lol,that is when Ejami got ne hooked.HE LOVED SAMI..it became clear early on for me.He may have done some bad things but his love for her was consistent. I am… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

My favorite “EJami” moment is the one that could yet occur. What if, after Sami moves to California with the kids, she meets a man (played by James Scott) who looks EXACTLY like EJ??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wouldn’t you like to see that played out?

Lisa Edwards
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Lisa Edwards

Are you kidding me show some respect for a woman who has worked her ass off for the last 21 years to entertain us. She is a wonderful and caring woman who just wants to care for her fans. She loves all her fans , everyone of them so don’t say that she prefers one over the other. You should be ashamed of yourself!

lisa edwards
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lisa edwards

Hey guys, this only about Sami and EJ so why is anybody even mentioning Lucas or Rafe? Neither of them were strong enough to be Sami`s man. EJ is the love of her life end of the story!

Breaking News

Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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