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OLTL Recap – March 14 – March 18th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Todd’s gunshot wound may prove to be fatal. Tea, Dani, and Viki rally around him. John is forced to work with Brody to investigate the shooting. The shooter has gotten away, but blood at the scene of the crime indicates he’s been wounded. Tomas privately tends to a wound. Natalie and Brody are relieved that Liam’s crisis turned out to be nothing of consequence. Natalie’s concerned when she hears that John’s been involved in a shooting, and John is concerned when he learns that Liam was treated at the hospital. Langston is upset to discover that Ford intends to stay married to Tess and breaks up with him. Dorian warns Viki to include Charlie more in her life or she might lose him to Echo. Viki gets word of Todd’s shooting. Despite their attraction, Charlie tells Echo he can’t leave Viki. He returns home and tells Dorian it’s over between him and Echo, but after Dorian leaves, Charlie visits Echo again and tells her he doesn’t want it to be over. Echo and Charlie prepare to enter into an affair and they seal the deal with a kiss – witnessed by Tess. Todd hovers between life and death. James and Starr’s romantic moment is broken by news of Todd’s shooting. Todd’s loved ones gather to see him off as he’s taken into surgery. Tomas conceals his injury from Blair, then tells her about Todd’s shooting. Clint obliges Alex Olanov to help him cover his tracks regarding David. Nigel has a heart-to-heart with Clint about the direction his life has taken.

Kelly finds John at Rodi’s, continuing his downward spiral. Brody arrives with an update for John about the investigation into Todd’s shooting. The fissure in Brody and John’s relationship widens, and the two nearly come to blows. Kelly intervenes and sends Brody home before cajoling John to get his act together. Kelly gets through to John. Viki has a heart-to-heart with Natalie about her feelings for John and her future with Brody. Blair, Starr and James keep vigil for Todd, previously wheeled into surgery. Blair nearly catches Tomas tending to his own shooting-related wound. James supports Starr during Todd’s hour of crisis. Blair contacts Jack and informs him of Todd’s shooting. Viki and Jack arrive to join the family as they wait for news of Todd’s condition. Shane continues to hide the truth about his troubles at school from Gigi. Shane falls for it when Jack invites him over to La Boulaie under the pretense of burying the hatchet. At La Boulaie, Jack and company plan to sexually humiliate Shane. Jack scuttles the plan when he gets word of Todd’s shooting. Shane returns home and lies to Gigi about the nature of his absence.

All interested parties ready for the hearing to determine custody of Ryder. Tess tries to make herself as conservative as possible while Ford tries in vain to get through to Langston. Langston cries on Dorian’s shoulder. Dorian advises her to find a more suitable man. Dorian tries to take her own advice by inviting Cutter over. Cutter and Aubrey discuss getting Clint off the BE board and getting their mitts on the corporate money. Rama goes to Asa’s to speak to Aubrey but finds Joey home alone. Rama threatens to expose Aubrey for who she really is but Aubrey returns home in time to give Rama something to shut her up; namely, a room in Asa’s mansion. Nora is forced to tell Viki what she and Bo believe to be true about Clint’s crimes. Viki and Clint must nonetheless form a unified front for Ryder’s behalf. No one escapes unscathed in the vicious fight for custody of Ryder. But when the judge is about to reveal his decision, Bo and Rex enter and arrest Clint. Todd hovers between life and death while Tea, Blair, Dani, Starr and his two sons work to coax him back to consciousness. Tea despairs, but Blair gives her the impetus to pick herself up and command Todd to wake up. Dorian makes it clear to David that she’s moving on. David goes nuts and begs Bo to get him back to Llanview. He discovers that Rex is Clint’s son. Cutter arrives to help Dorian eradicate David from her life. A final posting on David’s MyFace page (courtesy of Clint) leads Dorian into kinky sex with the willing Cutter. When Dorian is an extremely compromising position, she has a surprising guest.

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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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