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OLTL Recap – Feb 21- Feb 25th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Natalie discovers John slept with Kelly. Brody realizes Tess is back. Tess plots to get married to Ford who feels terrible about Langston. Starr breaks the news that Ford’s a father to Langston. When Langston describes the blonde with whom she saw Ford, Starr pieces together that it was really Tess. Rex lays into an unapologetic Clint, swearing to tell Bo what Clint did to David. Dorian accuses Echo of having known Clint’s really Rex’s father. Dorian almost catches onto the fact that Echo and Charlie slept together.

Clint dares Rex to tell Bo the truth about David Vickers. Brody voices his suspicions about Jessica/Tess to Viki, who believes him and brings the news to Clint. Langston provides Brody with a key piece of information about Tess. Ford and Tess clash over their plan, which has them getting married. Todd and Téa seek Dani at Dorian’s. James claims to know something about Dani’s whereabouts. Shane’s LHS tormentor is revealed as Jack Manning.  Shane gets no help from Matthew.

Tess prevents Ford from outing her plan to Brody and Langston. Brody nonetheless uses his resources to determine they’ve gone to Las Vegas and he heads off to Sin City to find them. Unbeknownst to Brody, Langston also leaves for Vegas. Tess and Ford head off to get married. Todd and Tea argue about Todd’s treatment of Nate and Dani after his discovery of their plans to have sex. Tea gets a call from Dani, who explains she’s only staying away long enough for Todd to be so worried. Tea keeps Dani’s plan to herself. James tells Starr he helped Dani and Nate hide out at Viki’s cabin. When Dani refuses to return to Llanview, Starr and James decide to stay at the lodge with their younger siblings. Blair’s surprised to run into Tomas again.  Tomas’s plans have changed and he’s heading back to Paris, but he’s oddly interested in Blair’s casual mention that Tea and Todd are happily married. After Todd has stormed out of the house, Tea opens the door to Tomas and reveals that she knows him. Natalie questions why Joey cares if Kelly slept with John if he’s married to someone else. Natalie trashes Kelly, and Joey trashes John. Echo and John have a surprise encounter. Echo warns the heavily drinking John not to make choices now that he might regret later. Blair finds Kelly still nursing her hangover, and Kelly tells her she slept with John. Kelly decides she has to find a way to apologize to Natalie, and she shows up at the Lord kitchen, planning to leave a pie as a piece offering and a note and slip away, but Joey catches her. Aubrey and Cutter work to persuade Rama to convince Vimal to take one for the team and not testify against Clint. Dorian comes to Viki to report to her on Echo. Viki tells Dorian that where Charlie spent last night is still a mystery. Dorian chooses not to tell Viki that she suspects Charlie might have spent the night with Echo. Dorian calls Echo and tells her she’s onto her. Tomas turns out to be Tea’s brother. She’s still mad at him for walking away from her and the family years ago and he asks her to give him another chance.

Natalie misconstrues John’s presence, thinking he’s come to reconcile. He has come only to see Liam. They end up sharing a close moment over the baby, but John isn’t ready to let go of his anger. Kelly and Joey have it out about Kelly’s one-nighter with John. Kelly ends up being comforted by John. Joey finds them together and attacks John. Tess and Ford are on the verge of marrying while Brody discovers Langston’s followed him to Las Vegas. Langston and Brody race to the chapel – and we don’t know if the deed is done. Todd instantly dislikes Tomas and his mood isn’t improved when Tea reveals Dani called.

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This Is Your Life Nikki Newman! What Did You Think Of Melody Thomas Scott’s 40th Anniversary Y&R Standalone Episode?

This week on Wednesday, The Young and the Restless longtime fans were taken on quite a walk down memory lane reliving the life and times of Nikki Reed Newman (and of course there were various other married names along the way).

In a special standalone episode devoted to Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) who, on February 20th, actually celebrated 40 years to the day that she graced our screens as a young Nikki.  Now in 2019, Nikki is in jail awaiting trial for the murder of J. T. Hellstrom.  In the event she is sent away for good, she has photos delivered to her jail cell in order to write a letter all about her life to her grandchildren, as we, the viewers, go on a look back of the loves of her life, the friendships she made, and the battles, especially with booze, she has struggled with along the way.  When she begins to put her thoughts down on pad and paper Nikki says, “This is my life story.”

From there the episode featured so many wonderful retrospective clips that have never been seen again or seldom-seen, which made all the better than the usual clip show   At the beginning we throw it way back to when Nikki was a tormented young girl and how her sister Casey (Roberta Leighton) warned Nikki about their drunken and estranged father, Nick Reed, and his sexually abusive past. Nikki flashes on how she killed her father in self-defense after he attacked her.

Next, Nikki recalls meeting Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) and sneaking around together in the high school locker room and even how she got herself stuck in that cult,, the New World Commune! Then, Nikki fesses up about her marriage to Greg Foster (Wings Hauser), and how she sabotaged it, because she was bored and looking for adventure.  Later, Nikki reveals how she came into her own at of all places the strip club, The Bayou and show she has no regrets stripping.  Of course, this is where she met the love of her life, Victor Newman, and she shares the unbreakable bond she has with this man for decades

Nikki then talks about her addiction to alcohol, and wonders if the addiction was inherited from her father, or if it began with her back injury from falling off a horse, and taking pain pills. She then flashes to discussing recovery with Neil the late Kristoff St. John).

In tragedy, Nikki remembers the heartbreaking death of her child with Jack (Peter Bergman), and later her grandchild, Cassie.  When speaking of death, Nikki recalls the shock of losing her dearest and most beloved friend, Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper), who she says was like a “second mother, mentor, confidante and best friend all in one.”

Finally, Nikki recalls a moment where she was pondering if life was worth living after believing Victor was dead.  But that moment turned to pure joy when she shared an emotion reunion with Victor when he turned up alive.  When the episode came to its conclusion, she signs her letter, “All my love, Nikki’, as she looks out from her jail cell wondering what her fate could be.

The episode was written by ousted head writer (and former EP) Mal Young, who delivered a tribute to an iconic character befitting of Thomas Scott’s status with the series.

So, what did you think of Melody Thomas Scott’s Y&R 40th anniversary episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch the last retro clip featuring Nikki and Victor at the end of the episode and then into Nikki’s final moments reflecting in her jail cell.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Must Say Goodbye to Mike As Maurice Benard Delivers Heartbreaking Performance

Any of us who has watched their loved one slip further away from Alzheimer’s disease could relate to exactly what Sonny Corinthos (Mauice Benard) was feeling on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital.

It is always a tough and horrific decision when families contemplate what to do with (in this case) a parent, and where is the best place for them to live out the remainder of their days.  Sometimes, it’s clear cut and easy, and sometimes it’s difficult.

In the case of Mike Corbin (Max Gail), Sonny and Carly (Laura Wright) gave him a home and safe place to be, but as the disease progressed and as Mike’s reality becomes his own, and has he has been losing more self-control. it becomes apparent that they need to be able to give him the best life they can now.

In story, Griffin (Matt Cohen) points this out to Sonny and Carly when they discuss the progression of the disease on Mike.  It is apparent that Mike wants to go live with, and be with his “girlfriend’ Yvonne at Turning Woods.  Sonny and Carly struggle to come to term with that fact, but know they must let him go.   It is tough for them to put Mike permanently at the care facility.  Sonny thinks he may have been too selfish by keeping Mike with them so long.  Ultimately, he arranges a room for his father at the facility.

Mike comes downstairs after packing his bags, and thanks them for taking him in.  Hey says, that they are nice people, but that Yvonne is waiting for him, so he is moving in with her.  Sonny tells his dad, he has a room at the Corinthos’ home any time he wants it.

In the most touching moment, Carly offers to drive Mike to get to Yvonne faster.  He really appreciates it, and Sonny decides to just let Carly do this alone, because it would be too difficult on him to watch his father check-in and have to leave him behind.

Before he heads out, Mike forgets his gloves and he goes upstairs to look for them.  Sonny decides to check Mike’s suitcase to see if they are in there, and begins to break down.  He sees the framed photo of himself and his father from the Nurses’ Ball last year, and packs it in Mike’s suitcase.  After Carly drives off with Mike, Sonny begins to cry.

We have to give kudos to Maurice Benard in these scenes.  Anyone who has been witness to watching a parent go through this most dreadful disease, could feel his pain.  It was a heartbreaking and raw performance.

So, what did you think of the scenes where Sonny must let his father leave his home and move into the care facility?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And in case you missed some of the scenes, check them out here.

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