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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Ashley Leaves For Paris As Eileen Davidson Wraps Her Run

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Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless marked the final appearance of Eileen Davidson in the role of Ashley Abbott, and the two-time Daytime Emmy winner left on a high note with an emotional storyline that could just earn her yet another gold statuette next year.

As Ashley’s family drama came to its conclusion, she tells Jack (Peter Bergman), Traci (Beth Maitland), Kyle (Michael Mealor) Billy (Jason Thompson) and Abby (Melissa Ordway) that she is taking the patents and leaving Genoa City immediately.  She reveals that while she is completely disgusted with the Abbott clan, she is not leaving out of spite.

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Ashley’s decided to start her own company with her own products. … and she will call it “My Beauty” – John’s nickname for her when she was growing up.  Next, she goes toe to toe with her brother Jack. He fires back that Ashley has left Jabot for company after company, time and time again.  Then, there is another flashback to an argument that ensued when they were kids over a mess that was less at the family pool.

Now in the present, defiant and standing up for herself, Ashley says to the group there is no offer from them that she would accept, because she plans to start her own empire in the same city her mother did years ago.  Then, Ashley announces she is leaving for Paris on a jet tonight.  When Jack and Traci bring up leaving Dina (Marla Adams) behind, who is losing her battle with Alzheimer’s, Ashley says she had made peace with her mother and that Dina doesn’t know who she is anymore, so it won’t make a difference to Dina.

Ashley turns to Abby and asks her to join her in Paris, but Abby refuses. They share a tearful hug.  Next, Ashley addresses Billy hoping that their relationship one day can be repaired. Then, an emotional Traci tells her sister that she will always love her unconditionally, but she thinks Ashley’s making the wrong choice.  The sisters share a hug.  When Dina joins everyone, Ashley explains to her mother that she now feels liberated.

Before she leaves, Ashley tells Jack she has nothing to say to him and walks out. Later, Ashley is at the GCAC and gets a call from Neil, and drops the bombshell that she is leaving for Paris tonight and starting her own company, and she wishes they could have seen where their relationship would have gone.

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Just then, Jack shows up.  In a heartfelt conversation, he confesses to Ashley that he hates himself for starting this war years ago, and what it’s done to their family.  He confesses that part of the reason the “blood Abbott clause” was added was so he wouldn’t have to compete against his sister.  Jack finally admits that he was jealous of her and her talents!  After apologizing to Ashley, they hug.  Then, we go to a flash back to when they were younger and a young Ashley tells Jack she does not like fighting with him.

Now in the present, with a chance to reconcile with her brother, Ashley doesn’t take it. Instead, she stands up for her decision saying she needs to look out for herself now, first and exits  After all, how many times can she feel less than by her own family?

Davidson’s final moments occurred on the plane taking Ashley to Paris where she toasts her exit from Genoa City and on to her new life, while Jack is devastated looking at the empty Abbott house, with a big question mark for the future of Jabot and with a huge rift with his sister that may never be repaired.

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Following the airing of the episode,  some of the cast who shared many scenes over the years with Davidson offered their sentiments on Eileen’s departure from the series, on a post on the official Y&R facebook page.

Marla Adams shared: I love Eileen so much. We’ve had so many wonderful scenes together. When I returned to the show, we did a scene in the Abbott Living Room and at the end of the scene Eileen cried. I knew then that we would make magic together. I will miss her but respect her decision and hope to see her soon.”

Beth Maitland sharedL “From the moment we met on the set these many years ago, we were sisters. Ups and downs, life events and comings and goings, we were always returning to the foundation of those days, and I will forever be blessed by the times I have shared with Eileen.”

So, what did you think about how Ashley left Genoa City?  Did she do the right thing for herself? Will you miss Eileen?

Share your thoughts via the comment section below and make sure to check out our video interview with Eileen all about her exit on The Michael Fairman Channel.

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Damien
Damien

Eileens exit was everything!
Ash left victorious for once!
…being greedy for all things Ash my only gripes was that she ‘ phoned in’ her goodbye to Neil!?
..further although Ashley and the Abbotts had a hell of story especially her and ‘ Jackie’ the missing piece for moi was a appearance by ghost daddy, John. ..i miss the appearances of John Abbott as he consoles his children. I would ve probably been in tears if he came to visit his ‘beauty’Ash and personally validate his descision to leave her the patents to Jabot that she created!
Also criminal although im assuming it couldve been due to scheduling conflicts with Eric away, it woulve been tender to see one last touching scene with Vic and Ash ..mayb muse about her pulling a Vic trick and switching Jacks paternity, or if anything a nod to the history and love they once shared.
The airplane scene was a nice touch.

Celia
Celia

Yeah, Damien……Ashley’s phone good-bye by phone was a low blow!! …..very strange. TPTB could not devise a way for her and Neil to see each other in person?
Awwww, Damien…..you’re such a sentimentalist ( the last goodbyes from Daddy to his beauty; even in fantasy)…. love that!!
❤️

Adam Pompa
Adam Pompa

Damn I am going to miss her a lot, she is just damn awesome! Like others I disappointed that she has left Y&R, but we all have to understand she has a “real family” and wants to spend time with them. Ms. Davidson has given us her for many years and yes she spoiled all of us. It will not be the same, but we do have Gina Tognoni and like Eileen, she too can act very very well.

GOD BLESS EILEEN, enjoy your time you worked hard for it !

Parker
Parker

No I hated the ending was almost hoping for a real soap opera ending with the plane blowing up after take off pan to Jack holding a lit lighter and a burning gas flame towards direction of the exploding plane. End Scene

Harlee Parks
Harlee Parks

First, regardless of Jack’s deceit he has always loved Ashley and protected all this siblings…that isn’t YR ending but a DOOL or GH.

Maddy
Maddy

The character’s exit storyline was horrible to manipulate a woman with Alzheimer’s disgusting and for gosh sakes she is not a twentysomething ingenue either her childish behavior was silly . No company would switch out CEO’s and last . Please send GT / Kelly Cramer she is not Phyllis needs to go back home to NJ and stay and JT back to Canada and stay

AVP
AVP

Love Ashley. Will miss Eileen. Disliked the exit storyline.

Dawn
Dawn

Eileen will be missed very very much!!!! Since I was a teen I have watched The Young And the Restless! The character Ashley has been one of the characters that kept me coming back to watch the show. She has an amazing pressance about her. It breaks my heart to see her leave the show! I think the way she left leaves it open for a return if ever given the chance. I am heartbroken!

Iakovos
Iakovos

OH, I loved this story line and all the actors’ performances. Bravo Y&R! THIS is why you are among the best in daytime drama. I was surprised but accept the choice not to have Dina have a fully lucid moment with Ashley. That would have been too sappy. I only have one wish… that John Abbott’s spirit might have spoken to Jack or Ashley or even Dina. Maybe the senior Abbott will help Jack rebuild Jabot in a special appearance soon. THANK YOU everyone at Y&R for this very thoughtful and emotional story turn.

Sandy Reynolds
Sandy Reynolds

I understand Eileen leaving, she does have a real life, but, damn, it just won’t be the same without her. I’ be watch the show since it’s inception and truly love all the characters. Please, for selfish reasons DON’T GO!!! Love you, have a fun time with your family

Laurence
Laurence

Hope she can speak French.

Karen Dupuis
Karen Dupuis

I have been a fan of the Young and Restless since day one. I was a girl in grade school. Ashley has always been my favorite character on the show and I doubt that will change with her departure. I will really miss her.

whynot
whynot

I’m reminded of that old saying, “how can we miss you if you won’t go away”? There’s absolutely no emotion with her leaving because let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time before she’s back.

Marie
Marie

Don’t think it was right for Ashley to take the patents and leave Jabot to destruction. She acted like a spoiled child. What Jack did was no worse than what she did. Sick of hearing her say she never got the respect she deserved. She’s the one who sounded jealous. Jack always acknowledged her accomplishments but that wasn’t enough fr her. Glad she’s gone.

Celia
Celia

Bye, Eileen……I gave you my “Godspeed” on the other site….will miss your beautiful presence ( and fashion-sense).
On another note—-it is still Halloween in GC…..so, will JT’s spectre waft through the ground swathed in an all-out- Halloween-scary regalia?
Reality call? He’s not there? Gone bye-bye?
Another thing……seems to me Nikki still has that possessive streak about her towards Arturo. She is jealous!!
Weird how he has an Hispanic accent and his siblings don’t?

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

It is difficult to express how poignant the give and take was between the Abbott siblings; both past and present. Writers you out did yourselves!

Now I find myself following, but insecure regarding so many new members of the cast that have been introduced. Why can’t Paul come back? Lilly’s children began to “grow” on me. Love the little children, but that is probably hard to maintain.

I so disliked how JT was handled. No valid discussion of abuse; absurd storyline.

Ashley has moved in and out over the years. The legacy from her mother leaves a lot of open doors.

Nick and “Dark Horse” continues to be meaningless.

Find your foundation; even though it may be not timeless!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Goes Blind … What Is The Cause? Franco Is Kicked To The Curb As “Kevin’s” Patient

Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital were in for a twist on Friday’s episode, when Anna Devane suddenly and inexplicably goes blind!  It is a terrifying moment for Anna and throughout the first part of this new arc, played beautifully by Finola Hughes.

But what is the cause of her sudden blindness? After Anna is brought to ‘General Hospital’ by her son, Peter (Wes Ramsey), and Finn (Michael Easton) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) are there to try to calm her down and to try to figure out what is wrong with her, Griffin runs some tests.

Meanwhile, Griffin and Finn get into a tiff over Griffin’s lack of bedside manner and his losing his faith. Griffin says its all now about the data, as he is still reeling from Kiki’s murder.

Later, Griffin reveals to Finn and Anna that the tests show that she has experienced a vitreous hemorrhage.  However, he doesn’t know what caused this … or if her vision can be restored.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH co-head writer, Shelly Altman previews of this story for Anna, “What has happened to Anna will lead us to uncover a mystery that affects not only Anna, but several surprisingly unrelated people.”

Meanwhile, Peter meets up with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) at Kelly’s and tells him what happened to Anna and that she suddenly went blind, but to stay away from his mother.. He also has a warning for Valentin, that whatever Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) has on him will come back to bite him sooner than later, and we all know that Valentin hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) long-lost daughter, and Obrecht knows it!

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And, Franco (Roger Howarth) just may trip upon the lock box in Kevin’s office, that holds the clues to everyone Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has murdered!  How does that come about? After, Franco runs into a gun-toting Ava (Maura West) on the pier, “Kevin” shows up.  He tells Franco he can no longer be his doctor and he will refer him to someone else.  Franco does not want to end his therapy with Dr. Collins, but it’s of no use in changing “Kevin’s” mind.

When Franco makes his exit, Ryan tells Ava that they should leave Port Charles together and never look back.  Then, Franco breaks in to Kevin’s office at GH, and goes looking for his patient file and that is where we see the lock box.  Will Franco figure out what is going down?

So, what do you think is happening to Anna and why?  Is Franco now in dire straits if Ryan finds him rummaging through “Kevin’s” office?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope and Liam Grieve The Loss Of Baby Beth With Their Families By Their Side

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the Forresters, Spencers, and Logans gathered at Eric’s to support their children, Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton), who are trying to cope with the loss of their baby girl, Beth.

Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is also grief-stricken for both Liam and Hope, and feeling probably both lucky and guilty that her daughter Kelly is alive, although the little girl has a fever.  Promising to help Hope though this, Steffy cries and they hug.

Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) watches on as Taylor (Hunter Tylo) also hugs Hope, and who also gives some information for a support group and counseling to Hope, if she should decide to go.

As Bill (Don Diamont), Katie (Heather Tom), Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Eric (John McCook), Quinn (Rena Sofer) and others sit with Liam and Hope, in a heart-tugging moment, Liam thanks everyone for coming and being their for Hope … and for him.

When Hope addresses the room, she is sobbing holding the photo of the ultrasound of her daughter; saying she still feels her presence all around her.  Out loud she says, “Liam and I love you so much, baby girl.  We will love and cherish you forever.”

But as viewers are noting; something major is amiss, and on Wednesday’s episode, there was a key scene where Reese (Wayne Brady) flashes back to delivering Hope’s baby on Catalina Island looking very upset.  Later, Taylor gets call from Reese at the family gathering saying he wants to see her!

Now, watch the final moments of yesterday’s The Bold and the Beautiful below.  Let us know what you think of the storyline and the performances … and what does Reese want to see Taylor about?  Hmmm.  Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope’s Baby Dies, But Something Is Not Quite Right With How This Went Down

If you caught Friday’s 8000th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, all signs point to something is clearly amiss about what happened to Hope’s baby.  In story, stranded on Catalina Island when she goes into labor, Hope (Annika Noelle) is giving birth to her baby with none other Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) being the only doctor around to assist her, or does he?  But what viewers see is that as she is pushing to deliver her baby, Hope passes out.  Liam (Scott Clifton) finally arrives via a helicopter to learn that the baby died, and now he must tell Hope.

Liam has to find a way to break the news.  After repeatedly pleading to see her baby girl, named Beth, Liam finally tells her the baby didn’t make it.  Hope cries out as she screams for Dr. Buckingham. When he appears he has a dead baby wrapped in a blanket.  He tells the duo that there was a placental abruption that caused the death, and then leaves the two alone.  Hope is in horrific anguish, as Liam holds on to his wife, gut-punched.

Now, let’s look at a few points that happened that make this the perfect set-up for a baby switch; as the baby could have been sold into the black market since Dr. Buckingham was needing to come up with $200,000 in debt he owed, and in order to keep anything happening to his daughter, Zoe (Kiara Barnes).

In addition, the Dr. told a young woman patient it “wasn’t her fault” and urges her to ‘be careful out there” in the bad weather, before rejoining Hope who is going into heavy labor.  Meanwhile, Buckingham received a photo of Zoe from a guy asking the doctor, if her life is worth $200,000? Reese calls Zoe to make sure she was alright and was relieved that she was.

Reese then calls the thug, or underworld figure, and warns him to leave his daughter alone.  But the guy hangs up on him.  Hope gets Liam’s text that he is on his way to meet her, and she gives Buckingham the update.  It’s at that point she notices the doctor seems distracted, then he urges her to push.   Next, Hope passes out.

So will Taylor (Hunter Tylo) be caught up in all of this?  Is the baby alive?  If so, who will ultimately end up raising Beth?   As previewed by B&B head writer, and executive producer Brad Bell, today’s event would have long-lasting ramifications for the entire canvas.

So, what did you think about Hope losing her baby?  Where do you think the baby is? Comment below.   But first check out the last few minutes from today’s pivotal episode.

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