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SOAP BOX with The Michaels Discuss: Victoria Rowell, Justin Hartley & Which Soap Would You Want To Be The Last One Standing?

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If you missed Thursday’s gossip-filled, champagne clinking one-year anniversary broadcast of Soap Box with Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison with their panel of Michaels: talent manager Michael Bruno, and soap journalists Michael Maloney and On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman, Lilly and Martha threw at “The Michaels” some hot topics to weigh-in on!

Chief among them was their thoughts on Y&R casting Justin Hartley as the new Adam Newman, the most sought after role in the soaps.  After discussing the choice and how several former primetime actors were in the running, Lilly and Martha wanted to know, what Justin appearing on Y&R means for his burgeoning primetime career? Michael Maloney stated: “I don’t know if they (Y&R) will allow him to have time off to reprise his role on Mistresses if that’s coming back this season, or Revenge, and that’s going to another network.”  

Michael Bruno responded: “In regards to the outs for Revenge or Mistresses, they were coming down to the wire and if they really wanted this guy, they could say: ‘We need notice. Let’s try to work this out, and let’s try and do this.'” But then Martha Madison followed that up with, “Don’t you think it’s in the shows best interest to let their stars  do other things?  It’s free publicity, don’t you think?  To which Bruno replied: “That’s how they lost Billy Miller (Ex-Billy, Y&R).  Next question?”

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Later in the show, Martha asked the panel in her “Would You Rather” segment, “Who would you rather see a return to daytime from …. Victoria Rowell or Michael Muhney?”  Michael Bruno replied: “Y&R needs a shot in the arm.  Victoria is a shot in the arm.  If someone hates her, he’s not in the scene with her, that’s how you play it.  There are very few people who you could bring back where they would get additional eyes and people would tune-in.  She is somebody that could.”

The panel of Michaels were also asked: “Of the four (daytime) soaps, which would you want to be the last one standing?  Some said General Hospital, and some (including Martha) said, The Young and the Restless!  In addition, when asking the panel of Michaels if they watch all the soaps every day, Martha asks Michael Fairman which is the hardest soap right right now to get through?   You can watch the broadcast below and hear his answers, and the storylines he says give him pause.

Now below, watch the Soap Box 1-Year Anniversary show.  Then weigh-in:  Which soap would you want to be the last one standing?  Do you think Y&R will let Justin Hartley have any outs to do primetime roles? Do you think a return by Victoria Rowell would bring in more eyeballs and be a huge ratings boost to Y&R?

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4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If Belle comes back to DAYS, I hope she’s not played by Martha Madison. She is a bitter, mean spirited, ungrateful has-been!

The hosts and panel acted like vultures hovering over their dying prey! Clearly, they think they’ll be eating DAYS first…I hope they’re wrong and end up eating crow!!!

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

Days is my favorite right now of our U.S., soaps…GH is a distant second followed by the other two which could change…however, picking one to be the last one standing is like picking a family member who you’d rather see outlive the other three…no way would i pick(i wont even pick a family member and say he or she is my favorite)…we have four to choose from with fans, myself included, liking one better than the other…nothing wrong with that…i dont want any to go…lets keep all of them!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

can’t help but say, I was a bit nonplussed, perturbed, baffled…. Days of OUR Lives… is a complete show of the 4 remaining on the air all the elements of Serial composite are living in Salem each and every day… 5 days a week is surprise…. who can stand it? ———– congrats to Lilly and Martha…. what a blowout…cause celeb to toast YOUR one year tenure…. ahem… that boner and/or emmy win stint… lived…. Rafe’alicious ————- question posed to 3 M’s : which of the two would you like to see back Victoria Rowell and/or Michael Muhney Y&R has nothing… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Patrick. The quirkiness to your writing is a breath of fresh air…don’t change the uniqueness of your style…love it.
Now, if only the Jen and Daniel neverending, hurts -my -stomach story could just be a bad dream(nightmare, rather), and disappear.

Mitch Laurence
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Mitch Laurence

I don’t think it will be long and they will all be gone. The networks have to cut costs and they are changing their business model, large staffed inhouse projects are out. It’s sad. Once you cut as many soaps as have been cancelled, it irreparably damages the genre so it looses overall viewers. IMHO the quality has cratered. A long time OLTL fan, I can’t stand the remaining 4. They are each increasingly mind-numbingly, horribly, awful. If OLTL did return, which it won’t, I wouldn’t watch it because it would not be the same show. It’s sad, but it’s… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Mitch. You bring back sweet memories. I loved OLTL…en pareil with Y&R;…watched both since High School. I miss OLTL and Y&R is trying to swim to shore…will it make it? I am fairly new to GH and six years into DOOL. I like them both….I hope the final four last forever…soaps are as Americana as apple pie…end of an era. Sigh.

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

Curious, are you new here or have you posted under a different alias…just wondering!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Sadly, I think GH would go first and CBS would have the last TWO standing.

Patrick
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Patrick

you speak the truth

CBS has , in this day and age, a more complete daytime package… with the two serials… has more of a lasting herald

I would hope DAYS would never forgo the audience and entreat with respect… how much DAYS … tears… holds fast to our hearts

I can see ABC w/disney letting go Port Charles

I’ll take the backlash

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I sometimes wish I can delete comments such as this one about Martha Madison. I’m hoping she returns to DAYS!

Kim H
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Kim H

I wish to god we had Victoria Rowell back. Drucilla and Neil are like Sharon and Nick and Nikki and Victor

jaybird369
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jaybird369

That, that Victoria Rowell come back to Y&R????? Let me see…N-O!!!!! IMO, VR is WAY TOO MUCH OF A SPOILED D-I-V-A!!!!! I H-A-T-E D-I-V-A-S!!!!! Somewhere down the line, if Y&R wants to bring the Drucilla character back, they could re-cast the role…I-F done correctly. But the idea of VR coming back to Y&R…N-O-T A GOOD IDEA!!!!! She has burned WAY TOO MANY BRIDGES (over the years) on the Y&R set with her HIGH-MAINTENANCE AND D-I-V-A WAYS!!!!!! Again…no.

jonboy
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jonboy

But this show needs a diva!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

jonboy…yes…Y&R does need a diva. But…an onscreen character who ACTS LIKE A DIVA and N-O-T an actress (that Victoria Rowell) who behaves like a difficult/spoiled diva behind the scenes!!!!! Furthermore, I think that Y&R should re-cast the role of Drucilla…but…with an actress WITHOUT THE ARROGANT EGO!!!!!

BIG BIG BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!

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

Debbie Morgan shouldve played Drucilla when she was on the show…such a great actress!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

definitely, they wasted talent

I’d love to see Debbie Morgan working at the Salem hospital

she needs to take over… once Daniel and Jennifer are let go

to think…. Debbie Morgan working alongside… Kayla… MBE… hold on to this ride

why couldn’t she be a love interest for Abe

I’d love to see Debbie Morgan back on our radar

Timmm
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Timmm

Shes poison PLUS no more WINTERS Stories. They suck the life out of the show and my FF button on my DVR already is wearing out!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Timmm…Y-E-S…THANK YOU!!!!! The ENTIRE Winters family on Y&R is BEYOND UNWATCHABLE (ESPECIALLY that damn Lily!!!!!)!!!!! And, as for Neil going blind…WHAT A CROCK?!?!?!? Pathetic.

NIKKI
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NIKKI

Forget the diva give us back Michael Muhney.

su0000
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To all the powers that be;
Last soap standing–
………… GENERAL HOSPITAL … !!

long live GH !!

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope and pray!

aria
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aria

last soap standing GENERAL HOSPITAL, duh! as for the victoria rowell situatiion, i’m not sure why an actress is so desperate to be on a show where nobody seems to want her? not the network, or studio that owns ynr, or costars? its weird, that one i don’t get, i’m not familiar with the whole back story, still, its clear, the show isn’t intererested, or they would of re cast the character and brought the characer back.

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k/kay

CBS/Sony would have to be utter fools to bring Victoria Rowell back. The non-stop talking about everybody being a racist. I am bored with her antics it has been seven years since she left and she is still yammering about race. She has accused several co-stars of being racist towards her she needs to seek counseling.

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

If i do eventually stop watching soaps like ive done on occasion i still wouldnt want any of the four cancelled because there is still a good chance i’ll return which i’ve obviuosly had done…soap characters are like family…sometimes you love them, other times you cant stand being near them but nothing is more important than family…sometimes…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t think any will be left standing– if any network cancelled their remaining soap or soaps in CBS case, I think all them would pull the plug in short order, so if one was left standing, it wouldn’t be there for long, but my guess that last one would be B&B, simply because it is half an hour, not because it is the best. Right now it is a game of chicken with the networks to be the first network to completely remove the genre from their daytime schedule– but as soon as one does it, becomes the bad… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“… right now none of them have the guts to be the network that kills it altogether. ”

this… is what I HOLD on to

shooting themselves in the foot… and then some….

I liken it to…. a complete desecration… should any network… go this route

Timmm
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Timmm

I really dont watch anything on any of the networks in primetime anymore except “Under the Dome” so if the soaps go away I would probably look to just online content. The big four networks are really hurting. On TV, the only thing getting any real buzz is on AMC, FX, or Netflix.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

B&B will be the last soap standing. It’s the only one of the remaining soaps that does not need a network or a production company to survive, since the show is owned solely by the Bells and is also produced by them. As the only 30-min soap, it’s cheaper to produce. Also, B&B is the most watched soap in the world, making it very profitable with a huge overseas presence.

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Matthew Place! Although I would like to see GH be the ultimate survivor, I simply cannot envision that outcome in any way, shape or form as long as it continues on its current downward trajectory. Hence, B&B is the only logical choice to be the last one standing for all the reasons you enumerate.

NIKKI
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NIKKI

I agree totally

Rodd
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Rodd

Loved the show. Thanks, Michael, for bringing it to our attention.

Phil
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Phil

DAYS as last soap standing for me!

Ray
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Ray

When DOOL did a “reboot” several years ago, I thought it gave the show a shot in the arm. I loved the role of Madison and the Horton Town Square was revealed. After watching the interview, I agree with so many things you said that is wrong with the show now. There are too many characters on the show that are NOT working as far as clicking with the audience. Eve is a cartoon villianess. She has no redeeming qualities and comes to town and still has all of this hate for Jennifer from high school? STUPID. The show has… Read more »

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

Ive mention under different threads about having Kristen return with a baby she passes as Bradys but soon learns its Erics who at first finds it extremely difficult to accept this child but a sympathetic Nicole helps him through it and re-earns his love while Marlena struggles to accept a grandchild from her no.1 enemy! I also once mentioned the return of the Salem Strangular and i want John to awaken from his coma thinking he is the real Roman Brady, that current Roman is an imposter(inside joke sort of), that he is still a cop and must protect Marlena… Read more »

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

i meant strangler…lol

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

Forgot to add i want Steve Olsen to be Jordans biological father making her a Horton and if Clyde was a Dimera then Ben would be one too…tie these newbies in to the core families…

Timmm
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Timmm

GH should reboot. Bring back Stuart Damon and the Qs and if all that BS with Prospect Park is cleared, bring back Todd!

NIKKI
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NIKKI

OMG Ray could you make it any longer?

Ray
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Ray

I kept you reading, didn’t I?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think Ray is related to Le a Marquis de Sade….kidding, Ray…yeah, I read it all. Lol

Michael
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Michael

Last soap standing?? We need more soaps not less!

Timmm
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Timmm

Why not start a soap on the Reelz channel. I dont need the F word or nudity but it would be nice if the characters could speak more like a normal person would speak. I would love to hear Nina say to Franco, “Dont piss me off Franco or I’ll get out of this chair and kick your ass” to which Franco replies, “Your full of shit, not that I would advocate hitting a women but I was a psycho killer before my brain tumor was removed!” To which Sonny walks by both of them and tells Nina not to… Read more »

NIKKI
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NIKKI

Last soap standing hopefully will be Bold and the Beautiful. Y & R use to be popular but we lost a lot of great actors/actresses Phyllis Billy, Adam and the only storyline is Nikki drinking still again and Jill with that damn music box. The only good part is Sharon & Nick getting their daughter back. You could watch it once a week and not miss anything.

brenda
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brenda

I think Y&R will be the last soap standing. I think GH will be the first to go because ABC doesn’t give two shits about the loyal soap fans. I say no to MM or VR.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Which soap will be the last one standing? It is is a toss up between all of them. I am the last person to speculate since I’m wrong 90% of the time. Presently, Y&R is the most which drives me to distraction, up the wall and all that stuff. I have never been in close contact with an alcoholic, so I can’t judge…I just don’t get the attraction to imbibing to the point of oblivion. I know, I know, as someone with a bit of a brain, I should realize the abyss of addiction into which people fall. But, c’mon,…how… Read more »

Teacherme
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Teacherme

No, No, and No, on Victoria Rowell. She has burned all of her Y & R bridges by her horrible racist comments. The show may need a diva, but it need a “character” that acts like a diva not her, who unfortunately thinks she IS a dive, but is nothing more than a screaming, whining, spoiled person. She didn’t get what she wanted, so she left. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out Victoria….See ya”

Melissa
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Melissa

Y&R will be the first to go, that is what happens when you have someone named the soap slayer as their Executive Producer!! GH will be the last to go. It is the only soap left that is entertaining to watch and the cast unlike Y&R is not full of egos that have been their since the beginning. GH is fun, fast ,and furious. Y&R is dead. dull and dweller. The other two, never cared!!

MrCapehart
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MrCapehart

Should have been more careful with that champagne. The last time a toast was raised, Lilly blew up in a car.

Mommi6
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Mommi6

First of all to all of you so upset about Victoria Rowell’s comment concerning racism, she listed some very valid reasons for she felt that way. Yes I know, you all have good excuses why it is not and you always do. In your eyes there is no such thing as racism and maybe never was. But the fact that you can’t get beyond that right now and just understand that she would make great tv speaks volumes about yourselves as YOU pertain to racism yourselves. It reminds me of an old expression, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks”.… Read more »

Mommi6
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Mommi6

By the way, I stopped watching Y&R a couple years after VR left, when I realized they were not bringing her back and I will only return when she does. I started watching Y&R in 1975, I was a kid, but every chance I got, holidays snow days, sick days, whenever.

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’ First Look Trailer Revealed

Next week, the highly-anticipated holiday special, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas, is set to bow on Peacock beginning on Thursday, December 16th.

Now, Peacock has released this sneak peek first look trailer featuring many of your favorites of Salem getting ready for Christmas  … but with not how you may think!

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In story, Will Horton is on deadline to write a screenplay before Christmas Eve. Using everyone’s favorite feel-good holiday movie tropes, he creates a festive story based on his family and friends in Salem – but with several twists and turns you’ll never see coming.​

The cast includes: Alison Sweeney, Eileen Davidson, Blake Berris, Chandler Massey, Zach Tinnker, Camila Banus, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Jackée Harry, Arianne Zucker, Raven Bowens, Eric Martsolf, Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart, Paul Telfer, Lindsay Arnold, Lucas Adams, Carson Boatman, Dan Feuerriegel, and more.

Watch the trailer below, and then let us know if you are looking forward to seeing Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas via the comment section.

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Daytime Stars Attend the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade’ 2021 (PHOTOS)

Sunday night after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returned for its 89th edition to mark the tinseltown start to the holiday season.

Several stars of your favorite soaps were participating and riding down in cars on the parade route in front of the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard.

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) appeared along with former cast member, Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke).

The Bold and the Beautiful was represented by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Sean Kanan (Deacon), and former B&B star, Andrea Evans (Ex-Tawny).  Days of our Lives was represented by Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Judi Evans (Bonnie) on the parade route.  The Young and the Restless’ Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Kate Linder (Esther) also attended, as did Patrika Darbo (Ex-Days, Ex- B&B).

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The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood served as grand marshal of the parade, and her co-host from the daytime talk show, Jerry O’Connell, also made an appearance.

The parade will be broadcast as a two-hour special on The CW December 17th at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out some photos from the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2021 below.

Then, let us know, who were you most happy to see getting the chance to hang out with Santa? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!
Real life love-birds, GH's Wes Ramsey and Laura Wright.
Dressed in the holiday spirit ... Y&R's Kate Linder.
GH's Tristan Rogers strikes a pose with Santa!
B&B's Sean Kanan along with wife, Michele Kanan, and their oh-so-adorable dog!
Santa had no idea he is standing next to thee Sheila Carter! B&B's Kimberlin Brown with the man of the hour.
The Talk's Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
DAYS Judi Evans and Deidre Hall with their very special guest, Santa!
GH's Carolyn Hennesy has a new friend!
Soap favorites: Patrika Darbo (Days, B&B) and Ian Buchanan (GH, B&B, AMC).
Driving down the parade route, DAYS and Fifth Dimension favorites, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
DAYS Deidre Hall and Judi Evans snapping some pics on their parade route.
B&B's Kimberlin Brown accompanied by former B&B star, Andrea Evans and her daughter, Kai, riding down Hollywood Blvd.
The GH car with Ian Buchanan, Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey heads down Hollywood Blvd too!
Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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