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Friday's Soap Cliffhangers: Duke's False Face, Stephanie's Party, Nicole's Meltdown, Victoria Kidnapped!

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As November Sweeps are in full bloom, your favorite daytime soaps gave fans some jaw-dropping, emotional and tense moments on yesterday’s cliffhanger Friday!

Of course, the one that most everyone is talking about is the key scene at the end of General Hospital, as Robin, after grilling “Duke” about moments together from their past, realizes she is not with the real Duke! And then came the shocker when “Duke” ripped off his false face to reveal … who?  Fade to black!

Over at The Bold and the Beautiful, Stephanie’s goodbye party kicked-off and we were treated to some very short but tender moments between Stephanie and Eric, and her children including the return of Kristen and Felicia as the party is about to begin.  Elsewhere, Katie who is losing her grip on reality is phoning Taylor, and Taylor is acting a bit suspicious too! Are the two conspiring to put Bill and Brooke together?  What is going on here?

At Days of our Lives, Arianne Zuker (Nicole) gave a knockout performance as a woman unglued as Nicole’s machinations are exposed, complete with what appeared to be a suicide attempt with a scalpel held to her throat and then an attempt to jump!  However, the best part of this for viewers is that this convoluted storyline involving Nicole, EJ, Rafe and Daniel and Jennifer will now come to an end! Please!

Finally at The Young and the Restless, Victoria has been kidnapped, Billy is to blame, and the guilty and upset hubby lets Victoria’s mother, Nikki, know they need money for a ransom to save her!  It was tense drama in Genoa City!

So what was your favorite cliffhanger Friday moment and soap?  Let us know!

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Mary SF
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Mary SF

Have a few questions about the soaps this week –on B&B why is it bright and sunny everywhere in LA except outside Katie’s apartment? Every time she is there it is raining. On Y&R why is Ronan’s mustache always appearing and disappearing off his face? The poor guy must have to shave twenty times a day On Days how is it possible that everyone affected by Nicole’s lie all ended up at Jennifer’s place at exactly at the right moment to hear the truth. I can’t even get my family to come to dinner all at the same time, that… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Hi Mary… we have to remember they are soaps! However I totally agree and got a kick out of your post. I hate the screens with Aspen or LA spelled out on our screens for time that they shouldn’t waste on the tacky labels. What they forgot was the label that the rainy scene was “Katie’s mind” and not the sunny LA that is really where she is. The idea that all those people showed up in the Horton house and then the town square is truly strange… but they are soaps! The town square is the leading character on… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Thanks for insights- wish my reality could sometimes work like soap opera reality. I agree those tags on B&B are really lame, maybe some writer just discovered Google Earth and thought it be really cool to use it on the show. The Horton square on Days seems to be the place to meet in Salem, but you have to admit it is a safer meeting place than the docks, which is where everyone used to hang out. At least with the square you will always know what season it is by the decorations, unlike the docks. And now it is… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

GH cliffhanger was creepy good, omg was it creepy good, didn’t expect the face to come off ,that part was awesome and unexpected even though there’s been speculation that Duke wasn’t really Duke, it was must see tv. Good job GH , I can’t wait till Monday, that’s what I call a cliffhanger!

susan M.
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susan M.

I totally agree with you.. It was a SHOCKER!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I hope Anna wakes up & realizes Duke is not Duke. And that Luke was right all along…

heidi
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heidi

Fake Duke by far! It has to be Faison! So glad to finally have them say he is a fake as we all knew it! Maybe except for Anna… Can’t wait for the reveal! Love GH!!!

Elhu
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Elhu

I agree with you Heidi, I also think it is Faison. Although, with Constance Towers returning as Helena once again, I know she will also figure into this somehow.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

mine,tooo.. I should guess who the behind who do dirty work on Robin,anna,Mac,Luke,sam,Carly,Felica and Robert Scorpio who coming back to rescue for P.C. too bad,whoever wiped Jason out of the habor. I WANT JASON BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! too boring for McBsam don’t mix together.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

finallyn,ore one lifers will be back. Fake duke will be Todd!

SZima
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SZima

Huh? Where did that come from? Todd wasn’t even around when Robin was “alive.”

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Good writers will be able to come up a good back story!

Jules
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Jules

Ari Zuker has given outstanding performances ever since the now infamous October 8th when Nicole discovers her baby has died inside her. This week was no exception. She delivered a gripping, devastating yet entertaining performance that worked on all levels. Many kudos to her! Over at GH, oh dear L-rd! I’m not watching but by the sounds of it, it’s typical RC! First the doctor, then “Duke”, and now someone else. Anything to stretch this story out further! And you (Michael) thought DAYS was dragging their baby storyline? How many months has the audience endured, and how many more months… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Agree! Ari Zucker did give a fabulous performance! She is very talented! Agree somewhat with your comments about GH… but it is my favorite soap! Love it and want it to stay around for many more years… despite some of the things we don’t like so well For me it is the Connie stoyline. Y&R is in a state of change at the moment… you can see the differences between the changes. Hoping it gets better and finds it’s momentum. Totally agree with your comments on B&B! After Stephanie/Susan leaves I am not sure I will be able to watch… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

So sad for Nicole, but shr was wrong. I hope she is eventually reunited with EJ, but will tune in to her upcoming storyline with Eric, maybe Rafe thrown in. Still, Days isn’t very good right now.

Rodd
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Rodd

GH by a landslide! That’s was a real cliffhanger is: suck you in, surprise and delight you, put you on the edge of your seat, pulling your hair out because you want more and know you won’t get it until Monday. That was GH today. Frankly, (no pun intended), it’s been that way a lot since Cartini arrived. Bravo!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The GH cliffhanger made ZERO sense. Taking his “face” off? How dumb does Ron believe he are? It’s the dumbest thing he’s ever written, and there’s been a lot of dumb things on that list. DAYS/Y&R/B&B are on-top of their game and are the best soaps on the air. The Nicole confrontation had amazing acting on both Arianne Zucker and Kate Mansi; both actresses put on Emmy winning performances. Y&R has been on fire since J+J took the show over, which makes me laugh at those who said they’d “destroy” it. They’ve made the show a lot more centralized and… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Once again, we agree on GH. I’m so glad I’m not alone in not buying the overhyped nonsense that show is selling. If people love it, that’s great for them. But I’m finding it all convoluted, destructive to the legacy of characters and history and way, way over dramatized to the point of embarrassing to watch…which is why I no longer do. Also agree with you on DAYS, all the way. Maybe if I felt more connected to YR and BB I’d feel the same with you on both shows too. I’m a newer viewer to YR and was scratching… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m not a GH follower, but if all you need to impersonate someone is a mask, someone should tell that to Stefano Dimera on Days, he could save a fortune in plastic surgery bills the next time he wants to kidnap a Brady and replace them with a double. Days is having moments of brilliance again, not nodding off while it is on, so that is a good sign. Y&R, story wise still in transition, but the writing is so much better. Characters act like real people again, with real emotions, instead of stereotypes and melodramatics. Use to dislike Avery,… Read more »

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

THE MAN THAT TOOK DUKES MASK OFF
I THINK IT WILL BE
CESAR FAISON JUST THE LOOK ON ROBINS FACE ANYONE ELSE THINK THAT

Elhu
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Elhu

I totally agree!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

When the fake Duke took off his mask in front of Robin on Fri. She seem to recognoize
who it was .. Someone from her past…I think it’s Fasion too!!!!! But I am not really sure..
Wow! When he took his mask off I wasn’t expecting that to happen!!! It’s suspenseful &
exciting……..Can’t wait to watch GH on Monday!!!!!!! WHO IS IT?????

kathleenjohnson
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kathleenjohnson

Why would duke be faison he was much smaller man and how come robin figured it out but anna who was married to him can not figure out that it is not him and she is the police comm o

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Kathleen, I know you want some sense of reality but come on. All soaps do this and you can argue whether it merits you to not watch OR go along for the ride. Personally, I love to suspend reality for an hour a day. GH has been so good since Frank & Ron have taken over. A number of beloved former cast members are returning and a respect for the history of GH is being used. If this is Faison, remember he and Helena were in cahoots faking Lucky’s death years ago so doing it to Robin is very intriguing.… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

What?

“…Katie, who is losing her grip on reality, is phoning Taylor, and Taylor is acting a bit suspicious too! Are the two conspiring to put Bill and Brooke together? What is going on here?”

Taylor is the one who phoned Katie.
Taylor is acting suspicious because she insisted that Katie come back to her husband? How is she “conspiring” to get Bill & Brooke together?

LucyFan
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LucyFan

Watching as Nicole mentally unravelled was just breathtaking. Ari was sublime and the rest of the cast as they watched were clearly in awe of her talent. Days is pretty good right now but I do wish they’d wrap up some storylines from the previous writers – Is John still legally married to Hope or did that divorce go through, and when will he & Marlena re-re-re-re-re-marry? Where will that leave Hope if/when Bo is declared dead – and then again when Peter Reckell comes back (face it!)? If Gabi is pregnant, the idea of Sami being a grandmothr is… Read more »

kjf18109
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kjf18109

And the winner is………………..Cesar Faison!!!! WOW!

Patty Sharkey
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Patty Sharkey

II think it will be Faison under the Duke mask!

Christy
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Christy

Faison was one of my original guesses as to ‘who has Robin’ Make so much more sense than nice Duke coming back as lethal…. that is Faison’s thing!

glad we get them all back tho!

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Mike Manning On His DAYS Departure: “Thank You to NBC, to Everyone Involved, and Most of All to the Fans That Were Along for the Ride With This Crazy Character.”

Now it’s the end of the line for Charlie on Days of our Lives, his portrayer Mike Manning took to his Instagram for some parting words of his time in Salem playing this very bad dude.

As Days fans know, many people wanted Charlie dead, and now he is! Thus begins a good old fashioned soap murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera, the question now is, who ultimately did the deed?

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After getting a copy of the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, which features, “Who Killed Charlie?” on the cover, Manning shared in a post on Friday: Everybody has a motive to want this guy dead.” 😂 Not exactly how I pictured my first soap magazine cover, but at least we’re having a good time with it. It’s been fun Salem. I’ll love you all forever. ✌🏼💙. Thank you to NBC, to everyone involved, and most of all to the fans that were along for the ride w/ this crazy character. You’re amazing. I’ll always be grateful for you.  Excited to share what’s next as soon as I can.   Arrivederci. -Charlie/Mike”

So place your bets on who will turn out to be the murderer via the comment section below and let us know what you thoughts on Mike’s run on DAYS!

 

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as we know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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