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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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Taking on a DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storyline on the soaps can be extraordinarily challenging for the performer who is tasked with making a clear distinction and delineation between the various alters of their character.

However, the other trick to playing this kind of story, is often having the various alters trying to hide the fact from those they know and love of what is truly going on with them, so as not to tip them off, as to what is happening to them as they battle for control of a person’s psyche.

The gold standard is One Life to Live icon Erika Slezak’s (ex-Viki) Emmy-winning and gut-wrenching and riveting DID storyline where we met Tori, Niki (although we met her earlier in the life of the show), Tommy, Princess, Jean and even her father, Victor.

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Now in 2024, The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson is playing out a new DID storyline for the first time as Ashley Abbott. We knew decades ago that Ashley had a breakdown and has suffered psychological issues, but this has taken it to a new level. And, let’s be real, if you are going to give someone currently on a soap a DID story, who better than Davidson, who is used to playing multiple characters at one time as she did on Days of our Lives. Although on DAYS, each of the characters were their own distinct person, while now on Y&R, Ashley’s alters are fighting for control of her being,

Last week, on the Thursday, April 12th episode of the CBS soap opera, Davidson truly got to shine, as in front of the Abbott family and through what was supposed to be an intervention (they hadn’t figure out what the hell was happening to her), Ashley was flipping from alter to alter. We know there is Ms. Abbott, and Ash thus far, but there is said to be one more alter a-coming.

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In the key scenes, Davidson’s internal struggle was played pretty masterfully in a scene where she literally is in a tug of war with her alters and flings herself on the couch, while Jack (Peter Bergman), Diane (Susan Walters), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Traci (Beth Maitland) look on. Of course, there are the soap trope scenes of alters in handcuffs while the other is on the loose. And leave it to Billy to figure out Ashley is suffering from DID from his past experience.

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While this all seemed to spring from Ashley’s messy relationship with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a throw back to an old car accident where she lost her unborn baby, is there some other underlying issue in Ashley’s past that was even more traumatizing that will be revealed as another trigger for this massive personality split? We shall see.

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In the meantime, Michael Fairman TV names Eileen Davidson’s work the Power Performance of the Week, and rest assured, come 2025, Davidson will find herself going for the third Daytime Emmy win as Lead Actress for this storyline.

So, let us know, what did you think of Eileen’s performance? Are you enjoying Ashley’s DID storyline? What do you think will happen to her next? Comment below.

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Am I the only one to notice, once again the character of Abby, her daughter, is excluded from this entire storyline and “family” intervention…. Did they reach the limit of “actors” per scene? Remove Diane, include the daughter.

I agree. Soaps anymore overlook what to us seems obvious. Cost cutting is cast cutting.

And what would that airhead contribute to the already crazy situation?

I was thinking about Abby and Adam during the anniversary show as well when Nick and Victoria were hosting their parents. I was guessing that since Adam and Abby are only half Newman, they didn’t rate being front and center like their older siblings

Nick and Victoria are half Newman, as well. Unless Nikki is a Newman. That would be disastrous.

Yup, why would they need to include her. And for most of the issues with the Newman’s, she’s the forgotten child over there several times as well. My thinking is as soon as Eileen wraps it up, Melissa will be gone too. Pity.

Diane is Jack’s wife, so she should have been there too. You’d have probably thought it would have been fine if Phyllis had popped. Some viewers will never get past the fact that Jack finally woke up and saw Phyllis for who she really is. If faking her own death (like Diane did years ago) and then her marrying Jeremy Stark, didn’t make viewers see that Diane has never been any worse than Phyllis, then there’s no hope.

The subject is Ashley. Her daughter should be the most prominent character there—not Jack, not his wife, not her sister or nephew.

Thank you, Celia!

Abby is a buttinsky. She has enough of her own crap to do without insinuation herself into something important.

Mother or not – this situation with Abby will be worse if Abby butts in and starts throwing her theories and weight around.

I for one am thrilled to NOT SEE HER!

For sure! She and Summer, two dumb blondes.

Hey—did I hear someone say dumb blonde? DOUBLE LOL. ❤️

I completely agree! Diane has no reason to be there What so ever! Abby NEEDS to be there! I’m sick of Diane!

I’m really sick of the way she’s been ranting and raving over Jack helping ” that Nicki Newman”. What a mouth on her, the way she’s been carrying on, yelling at Kyle as well as Jack.

That’s what I was going to write. Abby is her daughter and she should have been there instead of Diane. It’s not just with the Abbotts, but she is excluded from.Newman meetings and gatherings as well. What the heck??

Well deserved. Eileen is so damn good that she made this story compelling.

Eileen Davidson has been wonderful in this storyline and I know she’ll continue. But Beth Maitland is the one that gets to me. So understated, yet so believable in her role. Kudos to her for her many years on Y&R. I love it when they focus on families, not businesses.

Agree 100s% re: Beth Maitland. She is carrying this storyline forward. She’s captivating in her portrayal of Traci. I could watch her every day; a pleasure to watch her craft.

You’re right, Susan. Beth brings in the humanity, the history. She’s so good she makes it look easy- she’s a treasure. And did you know that the quilt Traci put in Ashley was one Beth made in real life?

Love it and I agree where is her daughter in all this?????

Oiling her scalp

She’s busy helping Devon trying to oust Daniel because he didn’t play nice with Lily.
Can you see her throwing her 120lbs around telling everyone what to do and how to do it? Why is everyone looking for Abby, who is nothing but a nuisance.?

I smell another Daytime Emmy, for Eilleen Davidson. She is a wonderful actress, love her as Ashley Abbott. Loved her on Days Of Our Lives.

I love the fact that Beth Maitland has been used in this story. But I have always wondered, for decades, why there is never any interaction between Traci Abbott and Victor Newman. I have always viewed the character of being the peace bridge between the Newmans and Abbotts.

I am along the thought process where are Abby and Kyle? Kyle needs to put his big boy pants on, and leave the business dealings at Jaboť! There are a lot of other things, but they would take away from Ashley’s performance, which does not need to happen!!!

I would watch Eileen read the phone book so I’m thrilled. Hopefully the alter murders Diane.

ED rocked those scenes – as fully expected….

Love her and love Tucker !!

How about put an end to this storyline please co ti use with Nikki and Jordan.

She is doing a horrible job doing this. Very unbelievable. This story line is getting very boring. I fast forward through this. I record this show and takes about 15 minutes most days to watch it after I FF through it.

Which she are you referring to? Certainly not Eileen or Beth/ Tracy. The only unnecessary one is Diana.

Abby is her daughter yes she should know about her mom . Not crazy about the actress acting but she does need to be included in this story Victor needs to be included if JG knew anything about this soap he would include Victor they had a compelling love story in the 80’s

I think that Eileen Davidson will win Best Actress Award for Y&R this year. Her acting with the DID is on point. She is doing a remarkable job portraying the disorder. I enjoy watching Y&R on days when they are showing Eileen.

The Jordan story seems to be draging along slowly. I hope we don’t have to wait until next year before Jordan is caught and put away for good where she can never escape again. Summer needs to get somewhere and sit down with her immature self. She has a lot of nerve passing judgement on anyone while sleeping with her Aunts EX husband. She behaves like a spoiled Brat. Plus, Harrison is no relation to her. He has a Mother. What is she going to do whenever Tara comes back, if they decide to bring her back? IJS

What I’m dying to know is, what the hell is Ashley’s problem ? Jack asked his sister today the same thing. What is she protecting herself from, etc, etc. We know Tucker is a jerk but that alone can’t be what brought her other selves out for help and why does she want to kill him?

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Cole is Fraught After Seeing Jordan Alive; Ashley Collapses After Her Plans for Tucker Go South

On Wednesday’s May 22nd episode of The Young and the Restless, Cole (J. Eddie Peck) is reeling from finding a secret passage way to the basement where Victor (Eric Braeden) is holding a very much alive, Jordan (Colleen Zenk).

Behind the bars that hold her captive, she pleads with him to get her out of there. Jordan’s convinced Cole will help her because her sister, Eve, was his mother.

A stunned Cole asks, “How did you get in here? We heard that you drowned in that river!” Jordan reveals Victor took her and has been torturing her. Jordan pleads with Cole that she’s reformed. She then says, if he gets her freed she will leave town and never return.

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Cole pushed back,“Do you think that I would actually believe you after everything you’ve done?!” Jordan tells him to please call the police on Victor because being in a real jail would be better for her than this. She says, “I can’t take this anymore.” Jordan panics when Cole leaves her there.

Later, a stunned Cole is trying to decide what to do. He has lunch with Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Claire (Hayley Erin). Next, C9le excuses himself and makes a phone call to Michael and says, “How soon can you meet me?”

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Meanwhile, Ms. Abbott has Tucker (Trevor St. John) alone at the jazz club and is doing everything she can to seduce him, all the while with her intent to kill him. He is on to her, and knows he is not talking to the real Ashley (Eileen Davidson).

Meanwhile at the Abbotts, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) talks with Jack (Peter Bergman) and Traci (Beth Maitland), revealing he believes Ashley’s different behaviors seems unlikely to have been caused by a break-up in Paris with Tucker, He feels something else more traumatic happened in Paris after Tucker left.

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At the end of the episode, Ms. Abbott loses her cool with Tucker as he tells her her to stop running away, “You are not safe,” he says. Next, holding her head as her different alters fight for control, Ashley falls to the floor and passes out.

For more on Ashley’s alters and this storyline, make sure to check out the latest interview with Eileen Davidson on the subject matter via her visit to the Michael Fairman Channel below.

Now let us know, what do you think Cole will do about Jordan? Has everyone finally gotten knocked over the head enough that Ashley has multiple personalities? What happened to her in Paris after she left Tucker that caused the split? Share your theories in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Finn Tells Violet That Gregory Passed, While Elizabeth Sees He Has Been Drinking

The raw emotions continued on the Wednesday, May 22nd episode of General Hospital as Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase (Josh Swickard) try to come to grips with the death of their father, Gregory (Gregory Harrison).

In story, Gregory passed away in his sleep and his battle with ALS came to its conclusion. In the pick-up, Finn now has to tell his daughter, Violet (Jophielle Love) that her grandfather had passed when she returned home from school.

Gingerly, Finn does his best to explain to Violet what happened. Finn tells her that her grandfather’s heart stopped beating, and he wasn’t in pain. Violet bursts into tears saying that she wants Grandpa to still be here and runs into his room calling out for him. Then, in very touching scenes, Finn follows Violet. She asks her dad where her Grandpa is. Finn explains the paramedics took him away. She cries that she didn’t get the chance to even say goodbye.

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Next, Finn hugs Violet and tells his little girl that life is so beautiful, but sometimes it’s unfair. He carries Violet back to the living room, but passes by the bottle of booze. He sits her down on the couch and tells her there will be a funeral in a few days so they will get to say goodbye to Grandpa together. When Violet asks where her Grandpa is now, Finn says he is in heaven.

Later, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) shows up and hugs Violet and Finn. She can see right away that Finn has been drinking, especially after eyeing the glass, and the bottle on the counter. Getting Violet out of the room for a moment, Liz tells Finn she can’t even imagine the pain he must be in right now. So, he should go to a meeting and Violet will come home with her for the night.

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Finn puts his foot down that Violet will stay with him. He just watched two total stranger, the paramedics, take his dad away. He says he took one drink to ease his pain. Finn stands up to Liz and says he thinks given the circumstances he has a right to do whatever it takes to get through the day. Next, Liz says she can’t stop him, but she will not have him get drunk with his daughter in the apartment, and so, she is taking Violet with her.

Elsewhere, Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) decide at the airport to head back to the Quartermaines, and not take off for their honeymoon, since Gregory died. When they show up at the Q’s, Chase says he wants to be with his brother, but he is giving him time to tell Violet. Next, the newlyweds are greeted by Ned (Wally Kurth) and Lois (Rena Sofer). They tell the two the truth, leaving everyone stunned or in tears. Chase heads out to find Tracy.

Meanwhile, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is holding on to her good luck charm from Gregory as her reinstatement hearing begins. Little does she know, he has passed away. Alexis finds out she is in a court battle with Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies), the brother of the late Neil Byrne.

So, what did you think of the performances of Jophielle Love and Michael Easton in the touching scenes between Violet and Finn? Will Finn end up on a complete bender? Will his brother Chase show up in time to help him? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Kristina is Rocked By Sonny’s Behavior, Finn Teeters on the Edge as Gregory’s Condition Worsens

Monday’s May 20th episode of General Hospital brought with it emotional moments featuring excellent performances by Kate Mansi (Kristina), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Michael Easton (Finn).

In the pick of Friday’s cliffhanger, Sonny goes postal on Dex (Evan Hofer) and Jason (Steve Burton), until he sees that Kristina heard and saw the whole thing. She runs into the bathroom, while Sonny goes after her.

Sonny is begging Kristina to let him explain. He goes on to say how Dex and Jason both turned on him, and to please not be afraid of him. But, all Kristina can do is cry as she begs Sonny not to touch her, and with that, he walks out.

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Alone and frightened, and trying to calm herself down, Kristina phones Blaze (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) and tells her to come to the bathroom. Kristina is worried about her unborn baby, and cannot believe her father’s behavior.  It’s at that point, Kristina voices she feels like a fool because everyone was warning her about her father. She thought he had a code of ethics, but the man she saw threaten to kill Dex and Jason is nothing like that, leaving her bewildered and stunned.

Jason calls Carly (Laura Wright) and she comes running to the Metro Court to find Sonny, while Jason follows her, but remains sight unseen. Carly finds Sonny at the pool area. Sonny says he thinks no one loves him anymore. Carly says Kristina just needs some time. Carly tells Sonny to not act like that again, but Sonny says he can’t promise that.

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Following Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) wedding, Gregory, Finn and Violet (Jophielle Love) come home.  When Violet  goes to bed, it leaves father and son to have some very heavy moments given Gregory’s battle with ALS. Finn tells his dad that he appreciates the time they have together now after years of being apart. Gregory tells Finn he is proud of him, which brings the good doctor to tears.

After Finn helps Gregory get ready for bed, he leaves and calls Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn). Finn admits he threw away 7 years of sobriety by somehow taking a sip of champagne at the wedding reception. Alexis wonders if subconsciously he wanted the drink but says that doesn’t mean he failed.

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At the end of episode, Gregory is in bed, and has flashes of his own life from a child till now, and of his children, Finn and Chase. He finally closes his eyes. Will Gregory not wake up sending Finn on a complete downward spiral? Stay tuned!

So, what did you think of the performances of Kate Mansi, Maurice Benard and Michael Easton? What do you think will happen next? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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