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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Has Li Gone Off the Rails to Keep Finn Away and All to Herself?

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On Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, we learned more of the back-story of just how Li (Naomi Matsuda) rescued/saved/took Finn (Tanner Novlan)!

In a flashback, we see Li in a doctors white lab coat with with a stethoscope listening to another doctor ‘s diagnosis of the situation, where he tells her that when they found Finn shot in the alley, he had a weak heartbeat.  The doctor says there is really no chance to revive him. Turns out, when the ambulance brought a shot Finn to the hospital, it was the hospital Li worked at, not where Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) went to recover from her gunshot wounds.

Li talks to a comatose Finn and reveals that she snuck him out of the hospital (not quite sure how she did that given his dire life and death situation), and that she falsified his death certificate.

Now, a defiant Li, shares with her son, that anyone else would have given up on him, but not a mother, not this mother.  She goes on to say that everything went wrong when Finn got caught up with Steffy and the world of the Forresters, which ultimately led to Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) coming to town.

At the end of the episode as Steffy comes to the realization that Finn is never coming back, we get a split-screen moment of her grief, and Li willing Finn back to health.

But here’s what we can surmise and the questions that loom:  Is Li going to go off the rails? Is she going to just keep Finn away from everyone, because no one really realized the emotional toll it took on her when Sheila was revealed to be Finn’s birth mother? Could this all be a set-up that eventually it will be Sheila who rescues Finn from Li and reunites him with Steffy?  Is this story how they will redeem Sheila? And, from the looks of it, will Liam and Steffy once again sleep together as he tries to ‘comfort’ her through her grieving process?

Where do you think B&B is headed with this storyline? Weigh-in via the comment section, but first take a look at the key scene from yesterday’s B&B.

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More dumb story from B and B. Why wouldn’t he be at the same hospital as Steffy? Wouldn’t the police have to see the body and get the bullet out of him? An autopsy would have had to be done. And Steffy as next of kin would claim the body. Steffy wanted to see her kids but never asked to see Finn’s body? And Li just happened to be at that hospital and have equipment in her apartment? I know it’s a soap and they take liberties but this is once again too much.

Michael
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Michael

Li in my opinion has gone off the rails for sure. I’m here for it.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

What? Huh?

Shari
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Shari

This story makes absolutely no sense. Didn’t somebody at the hospital wonder why there was nobody to take to the morgue? And if someone has a faint pulse like Li said, they aren’t going to sign a death certificate.
Most of all, no more Liam and Steffy, PLEASE!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Shari
Moreover wouldn’t a hospital call the police the moment they realized a patient had gone missing with all his parafanalia? Crazy.

Shari
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Shari

sorry, meant no body, not nobody

Joel
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Joel

After not seeing Sheila for a week, I just don’t understand how I sat through all the boring years without her. Sheila makes the show.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Stupid storytelling. This plot continued so long with no genuine suspense. The truth about Finn’s parentage and adoption was dropped on us and we moved on. But we had endless time and debate over misunderstandings and actions from a swapped champagne bottle. Sheila shot Steffy and Finn deliberately. She cannot be redeemed for me. Why? To have her behave badly again? And since we really never engaged with Finn’s parents until the wedding, who cares about Li? Motivations aside, B&B seems to use brain tumors and mental illness to explain away heinous actions with those committing such never facing consequences.… Read more »

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Mary B

In real life, I agree that Sheila can’t be redeemed. In soap world though, I think what they will do is have the investigation be “botched”, especially when Finn is shown to still be alive, which will get Sheila out of jail. She will keep wanting to make amends and no one will be having it UNTIL Finn insists. They will be so thankful that he’s still alive that they will go along with it begrudgingly. If the show plays its cards right, they will let Sheila teeter on being bad for years to soak up the Nielsen ratings and… Read more »

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rose

Others at death’s door have been saved in soaps before. So I will suspend a reality check about Li finding Finn still has a faint heartbeat. If I were her I would try to hide Finn away from all of the rest of the disfunction family members, too. Especially Sheila since she has a history with her husband. Even from her own husband who kept the secret he was Finn’s bio father. And even though Kimberlin as played the role of Sheila well, no redemption. Time for her to go. And please no Liam and needy Steffy again. Can’t imagine… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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rose
Certainly agree with you.I’d hide Finn from Steffy, if he was my son too. I just wonder if she’ll face legal ramifications when he’s discovered to be alive.

Momo
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What happened to him needing to be autopsied? Isn’t Baker wondering what happened to his dead body? However, I am glad Finn is alive. Li does seem to want to keep Finn away from Steffy. I also wonder where Jack is. Has he not been told his son is dead?

Violet Lemm
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Momo
Don’t think Baker wonders about very much, except where his next hotdog is coming from. Didn’t he give Finn and Steffy’s belongings back rather soon? Usually they hold on to those things until after the investigation is over, so guess as far as he’s concerned it’s all over. Sheila’s in the slammer, wham,bam, thank you mam!

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clb

Not sure that this is a dumb storyline as people go off the rails all the time. Quite plausible that Li would want to save her son from both Sheila and her own unfaithful husband Jack which might explain his absence. Brad Bell is smart enough to know that this is May sweeps for ratings and he is making the most of it with a current high of 3.2M viewers during a renewal year. Appears that objective has been accomplished so keep crazy Li and Sheila rolling! Thanks for the fun.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

One thing is that Sheila is not stupid and doesn’t miss a trick and she sure picked up on what Li was saying about her shooting Finn and Steffy and always using the present term is and not was. It’s her damn fault that Sheila escaped and the dumb police for allowing her visitors.

Days Of Our Lives

Sal Stowers Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’ As She Exits Days of our Lives

You know the song and the adage, “Save the Best for Last”, well, that is exactly what Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant) did, when she had viewers of Days of our Lives in tears during her final scenes on Friday’s episode of the long-running NBC soap opera.

Stowers, who along with her co-star, Lamon Archey (Eli), opted not to renew their contracts with the series, which then facilitated their exits. Thus, viewers were in for one last emotional ride during their departures.

Now, while Lani admitted she killed TR, and quickly got a plea deal, she was then ready to be transferred to an out-of-state prison facility to serve out her time.  While all of this happened in short order, for the back-half of Friday’s episode you needed to have the hankies ready. That’s because of Stowers heartfelt goodbyes with her co-stars, which also played out for her on-screen alter ego, Lani.

In story, Abe (James Reynolds) joins Paulina (Jackée Harry) and Lani in the Salem PD interrogation room. With tears welling up in his eyes, Abe hands Lani some documents to sign.  After she realizes what they are, Lani says, “You want to adopt me?” Abe says, ‘yes’, and lets her know that she’s his daughter in every way that counts.

After Lani and Abe share a tender moment together, Lani turns to Paulina and gives her the greatest gift – acknowledging Paulina as her mother.

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Later with Chanel (Raven Bowens), Theo (Cameron Johnson), and now Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli present, Rafe shows up to tell Elani that the transfer is done, and Lani can go to the facility in D.C.  That prompts Rafe to share emotional hugs with his two best cops.  It is then that Eli tells Lani he is moving to D.C. to be close to her.

Before Lani heads off, Paulina asks her to say it one more time.  Lani simply, once again, calls her “Mom”.  Elani’s twins, Carver and Jules are there as well, and Lani tells her children she is going on a little trip, but she will never, ever stop thinking of them.

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The final moment of the episode has Lani and Eli giving one last look to their family collectively, before they exit the police station.

Throughout all of the goodbyes, there was never a false note delivered by Sal Stowers.  She always brought the strength, elegance, and determination of Lani Price to her performances, and this time, she did it with heartbreaking moments we will remembers for some time to come.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Sal Stowers work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of  Lani and Eli’s goodbyes to their loved ones? Sal’s performance? Let us know in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Two Moms Unite To Keep Finn Alive … Or Will One Throw the Other Under the Bus?

Gotta love two creepy mothers toiling over their near-dead son as they try to bring him back to life! That’s the scenario on The Bold and the Beautiful and the words, “Oh, mother!” were taken to a new heights on Friday’s cliffhanger of the CBS daytime drama series.

In story, now that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) has stumbled upon the truth at Li’s (Naomi Matsuda) place – that Li has been keeping a very much alive Finn (Tanner Novlan) all to herself and caring for his health – bio-mom, nasty nurse Sheila, is not too happy about Li’s secret, although overjoyed that her son is alive and that she did not actually kill him after she fired a bullet meant for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

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Now, with Sheila escaped from prison, and Finn starting to regain consciousness, in Sheila’s mind there should only be one mother tending to him, and she wants to be the first person he sees when he wakes up and that’s her.   So, as only Sheila does, she knocks Li out and unconscious on the floor.  Sheila then tells Finn, “Mama’s right here, baby.”

Suddenly, Finn seems to slip back into a coma and is no longer able to open his eyes.  A panicked Sheila shouts to Li, “Get up. He needs your help.” After waking up from the hit to the hit, Li seems to find common ground with Sheila.  She goes so far as to say to Sheila, “If not for you. I never would have had him, and for that, I have to be grateful.”

Sheila apologizes for having hitting her (Is she really sorry? Please!) and admits she thought Li would turn her back into the police. Li says, “We’re both Finn’s mothers!”  Next, the two hug it out, of sorts, although Li looks petrified.

Li tells Sheila that since Sheila is a nurse, she needs supplies and needs her help to keep Finn alive.  Li promises Sheila that she won’t call the police, admitting that she also has so much to lose including: her medical career, her son, etc, because she faked Finn’s death certificate, smuggled him out of the hospital, and more!

Now, Finn starts to move.  Li says to her son, “Both of your mothers are here!”  Then, Finn starts to open his eyes.  We fade to black.

With all the bashing (literally), contentiousness, and high stakes; that both mothers would have to go to the slammer for a longtime, will they reunite and work together to keep the secret that Finn is alive and get him back to a full recovery … or will they turn on each other?  Will Sheila knock out Li again and have her locked up, so she can be Finn’s only mom in her twisted mind? Share your theories via the comment section, but first, check out two clips from Friday’s B&B featuring the on-going great work of Kimberlin Brown and Naomi Matsuda in this storyline.

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