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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: An Emotional Nick Hands Over Christian To Victor; Joshua Morrow Delivers Power Performance of the Week!

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This week’s Newman vs Newman drama has been an emotional turn for all involved.  However, on Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, it was Joshua Morrow (Nick) who took front and center stage in both a defiant and heartbreaking performance as the son of the almighty, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).

After the decision has been handed down by the judge to grant temporary custody of Christian to Victor, after Michael’s (Christian LeBlanc) hatchet job of putting into question Sharon’s (Sharon Case) mental competency, Nick decides he’ll have to change and have an attitude adjustment if he’s going to get his son back.  As much as Sharon tells Nick he could never be like Victor, Nick is beyond fed up of his father one-upping him and always “winning.”

At the house, Nick looks at himself in the mirror seething as if he will be turning a new leaf.  Will a darker Nick emerge?  As he packs Christian’s things, his upset mounts, and he says, “This is his home.”  Next, Nick heads out the door with the box of Christian’s toys and things, and Sharon follows.

At the GCAC, Nick confronts Victor and asks why is he not at his home getting ready to welcome Christian. Victor says he has staff taking care of things.  Then, Nick launches into an emotional rundown of Christian’s favorite things and everything Victor should know about them if he is going to take care of the young boy.  It’s a well-done monologue by Morrow; as Nick pulls the items out of the box one-by-one.  Victor fires back that he’s causing a scene as Sharon looks on.  Nick warns his father that Christian’s a real person and not to screw this up.  He declares war on his father, and says the two of them will never come back from this.  Nick says he will take everything from Victor, especially family!

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Now alone and back home, Sharon applauds Nick for standing up to Victor, and thinks his father was truly scared.  Nick says he knows now who he has to be.

In the most heart-tugging moment of the episode, as Nick is playing with Christian, Sharon answers the doorbell.  Enter Victor and a nanny.  Nick reassures Christian everything will be OK.  Sharon and Nick in tears say their farewells to the young boy.  Victor says to Nick, “Sorry, it’s the only way.”  Nick tells his father to remember those words, because he’ll be hearing them back.

Throughout this episode, Joshua Morrow showed why he is such important and key member of the cast as he delivered to the audience all of the emotions going on inside of Nick; as the son he loves is ripped away by Nick’s own father. The devastating loss and betrayal were just too much for Nick to take.  Now the question is: how will he seek revenge on his father, and will he win custody of Christian back?

Watch the final scene of the episode below, and then let us know, what you thought of Joshua’s performance, and Victor winning custody of Christian, via the comment section below.

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I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. Morrow was absolutely fantastic in these scenes. My favorite was the one at the GCAC where Nick confronted Victor. The writing and dialogue was sensational and Morrow hit it out of the park. Bravo to Y&R.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am sure a lot of viewers noticed that the scene mentioned above, Nick looking in the mirror, then packing up all of the baby’s toys, leaves the house with Sharon right behind him, both evidently forgetting that Sharon said she just put Christian down for his nap.Distraught I guess, but so much so, you run out leaving the center of all this attention home alone!

anthony
anthony

joshua morrow was fantastic broke my heart his best performance to date

Harry
Harry

To be honest, I didn’t know Josh Morrow had it in him. His performance has been real, raw and gut wrenching. He’s actually put tears in my eyes. I hate child custody stories but Josh, along with Eric and Sharon, have made this an emotionally compelling story. It’s really well written and well acted.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Joshua did a wonderful job and it was the first time in a long time that I felt emotional for a character on Y&R….

su000
su000

I was cheering Victor on!
Only because Nick needs to grow-up. He is a manchild, a Pouty weakling.
Nick is a sponge. He lives off everyone he’s with/free rent.

Victor will take good care of Christian.
Thing is; Victor has no intention of keeping Christian he’s simply slapping his pouty son down to make a man of him..
Also-
Nick brought Skanky into his life, again and that is doom, absolutely doom being with her.
Nick now hopefully will grow up and stop having pouty hissy fits.
fighting Victor via hissy fits will not work and Nick is no Adam, so he’s never going to win.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Nick needs to grow-up, and what, to be the s.o.b he has for a father? A father that has to control and pit one child against another. Nick has fought forever against all that, and you call him a weakling? He certainly does pay his own way,you must have missed him giving Sharon room & board money the other day. I dont call a man weak, that fights against his father, who only wants to own and control his own kids with his power and wealth.First his child is ripped away by the lunatic Dr.,kept by Sharon, and literally ripped from his arms, by his own father.Poor silly Nick, being pouty and throwing a hissy fit over that! He should man up and rip that old codger’s throat out.I don’t care what Victor’s motive is, in doing what he’s doing. Adam gave that child up, by changing the DNA, and him returning to claim Christian will be bad enough.I can’t wait for that old goat to be gone, one way or another, and V,B’s little twitter does not help, because this total act of cruelty, could never be forgiven.

su000
su000

Nick is a total loser.
After the divorce, he had a ton of money and he never bought a house, he never gave his family a home.
He sponged off of daddy living free in that tiny whatever it was a renovated garage lol
Nick is a pouty weenie.
Adam had power and he and Victor had an understanding, Nick is just a hissyfit sniveller.
He will never ever best Victor as his brother Adam.

I miss Adam.. I miss Adam and Victor they had game.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

You are SuOOO funny. I am sure not going to argue with someone who doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about!I’ve watched Nick since he was born, and the rest of the Newmans. I guess you don’t know what a real man is really like. If you like controlling,dishonest,browbeating, money hungry,cruel and deceitful men, then honey, you are more than welcome to Adam and Victor.

su000
su000

hi Violet Lemm..
Nick is a weenie, he is hissy fit pouter and a sponge and that is not manly he’s a pouty brat that always blames his messed-up life on his daddy.
Nick never had the strength to grow up.

Perhaps now he will find his way to manhood, but it’s doubtful.
He will once again marry Sharon, his crutch to lean on, his partner, to fight his big bad daddy, they can sit on the couch and pout together that daddy was mean to them..
Nick will never best his daddy and he should create his own life and move on..

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

The highly underrated Joshua Morrow was on point and Emmy worthy a beautifully controlled but heading over the edge performance the best of the week

Momo
Momo

Don’t know how Victor got custody.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: After Learning The Truth About Sasha; Nina Leaves Her Wedding To Valentin … With Jax

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, you witnessed Cynthia Watros (Nina), well, being what she does best, delivering a performance that only Cynthia Watros can do!

Everyone knew the nuptials of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Nina were potentially cursed with all of the secrets looming, especially the major one that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not Nina’s biological daughter.  After overhearing as conversation between Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Sasha in the women’s bathroom, Lulu (Emme Rylan) just had to tell the truth right in the middle of the long-awaited wedding of the  lovebirds.

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After dropping the bombshell during the the ceremony, at first, Nina could not believe this at all, especially coming from Lulu; who is still dealing with the fact that her marriage to Dante is over, so why would she want anyone else to be happy? Problem was when Nina asked Sasha to just set the record straight,  she didn’t the way Nina had thought she would.  Sasha goes into the story on how she duped Nina for money, but then became so fond of her, and loved her like a daughter would.

Valentin is freaking out, because he knows he could be implicated in this mess, and while there was no proof on hand of how three DNA tests were all switched to make it look like Sasha was a DNA match for Nina’s bio-daughter, he looked the guilty party as well.  A betrayed and angry Nina feels in her gut that Valentin had something to do with this, and is rocked to her core that he lied to her again.  Nina screams she has to get out of the chapel.

Then, who should just be coming by at the right time outside the nuptials, that knight in shining armor, Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).   They make a exit together, where Jax takes Nina back to his brand new home that is barely furnished at this point, but there is a couch! And there is some scotch!  When Jax tries to calm Nina down, so she will talk about what has happened, all that she says so far is that Sasha is not her daughter, and that she never had one.

Back at the wedding, Valentin vows revenge on Lulu. Liesl lies to Maxie (Kirsten Storms) that she had no idea that Sasha was not Nina’s daughter, and Valentin makes a call to someone.

When the smoke clears from this one .. we predict these possibilities:  Jax and Nina share more than a kiss … Nina go back to Valentin and this charade of his involvement in bringing Sasha to town remains a cover-up and she gives him yet another chance .. or is it 100% curtains for Valentin?  Stay tuned.

Whatever happens next, Cynthia Watros reminded us all why she is a force to be reckoned with on daytime screens, or any acting medium for that matter.

Share your thoughts on the scenes that went down after Nina learned the truth about Sasha via the comment section below.

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