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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Michael at a Crossroads; What Did You Think of Christian LeBlanc’s 30th Anniversary Episode?

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Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it three-time Daytime Emmy winner Christian LeBlanc’s (Michael Baldwin) 30th anniversary show.

In the story, after winning a high-profile case, Michael meets up with his wife, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) at Society to celebrate the court victory, only he ponders if he should quit while he is ahead and go out on top with a great winning-streak or change course in his life and do something else. Michael is at crossroads which sets the tone for characters and loved ones to weigh-in on what they think he should do, give him some advice, and he even gets a job offer within the hour.

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The episode was at its absolute best when it went to flashbacks of Michael’s story through the years as it touched upon his dynamic with other key members of his family and Genoa City.  It was there we were reminded, and at times, grabbed for the hankies, of some of the emotional moments of Michael’s past all played brilliantly by LeBlanc.

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Y&R did dance around the controversial relationship between Michael and Christine (Lauralee Bell), but did touch upon it via a clip of Michael’s heinous vendetta against a younger Christine with him determined to break down a wall, literally, and attack her, and, as longtime viewers know, Michael wound up shot by Paul who saved Christine  The dialog brought up: how Michael was consumed with revenge, how he hit rock bottom, and that his prison time ended up being life-saving and life-changing, and how, in the end, Christine did help him reclaim his legal career, and that they were able to put the past behind them.

Next, Victor (Eric Braeden) shows up at the bar and winds up sitting with Lauren and Michael, and while Victor and Michael recall their often- contentious professional relationship in flashbacks, Victor offers Michael a job to work at Newman Media; leaving Michael to ponder the offer.

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Then, Lauren called the Baldwin/Fisher clan to show up. So together, Gloria (Judith Chapman), Kevin (Greg Rikaart), and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) lend moral support to Michael during his decision process. It is there that some of the best flashbacks in the episode occur:  One, where Gloria wants the chance to be a mother to her boys, another, where Michael sits by Kevin’s hospital bedside lamenting on how he could have been a better brother and that he left him behind, and then another where Kevin tells Michael how important he is to him and that they repaired their relationship.

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After the trio leave, it’s just Lauren and Michael, where the two recall moments in their relationship and in the end, Michael knows what he wants to do – spend more time with Lauren.

Watch the final moments of Christian’s anniversary episode below, followed by our most recent interview with LeBlanc and his dear friend and Y&R co-star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

Now let us know, what did you think of Christian’s 30th anniversary episode of Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Margherita
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All of these “anniversary remembrance specials” only remind of what The Young and The Restless used to be in its glory days in comparison to the pitiful show that is now. There is a reason that Christian has won a number of Emmys for his acting performances. I wish they would write something with meaning and feeling, and not just Michael and Lauren doing a “quick catch up” at Crimson Lights or Society every month or so.

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Soaphound

I agree, Margherita. And the timing was bad, so soon after Nick’s stand-alone episode. And you’re right…the show is really poor right now. So many unlikable characters for me: Sally; Victoria (a former favorite of mine); Faith; Devon; Abby, Chance and Dominic; Rey; Armani or whatever Amanda’s sister is called; and the repulsively infantile Billy Abbott. At least we have some Traci lately and dreamy nuNoah. But overall, it feels like there are no story arcs planned. Just one episode at a time. Sad.

Harry
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Harry

Wait, Soaphound. You mean to tell me you don’t find Duh-Yawn’s baby hunger to be absolutely riveting, as well as logical?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Harry, don’t get me started. The only thing worse than Devon’s betrayal of Abby is Amanda’s constant meddling and egging him on to a destructive lawsuit. If he wants a child so much, let Amanda give him one or get his own surrogate! Leave your “friends” alone. This is the same mistake they made on GH, making Wiley a Holy Grail that everyone wants but only a privileged few can be involved with. There are probably THOUSANDS of children needing a family. Find one!

Harry
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Harry

Exactly, Soaphound. Devon is a self-entitled, spoiled brat. I’m not even a fan of Abby’s but I’m on her side on this one. And Devon’s friends and family tell him he’s doing the right thing? I want someone to give him the what for. I want Cher to slap him across the face and tell him, “ Snap out of it!” This baby hungry madness on both GH and Y&R is not entertaining or remotely interesting, and it destroys the characters in the process.

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rose

Harry & Soaphound…Too many negative baby stories one after another…Saw-it-coming Abby/Devon custody battle and Mariah/Stitch pre-birth story; Liam dying during the holidays; Maxie and Louise…how old will Louise be if/when Maxie can claim her?; Wiley/Willow/Michael/etcs; baby swaps on B&B. Also wonder what parents would allow their infants on the soaps during covid? That’s why I didn’t mind the loaf of bread baby on Y&R.

Timmm
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Timmm

Michael’s episode was great! The history, yes, 30 years, but more so all the VETS getting a chance to be on the show that was MY Y&R, not all the second and third tier players whose stories suck! But anyway, I thought Michael was going to collapse in Lauren’s arms, clutching his chest, suffering a heart attack! Luckily he didnt. I say, dye your hair, work with Victor and become dark again!

Richard
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Richard

it was fine we got to see the great christian leblanc but we know it will lead to nothing what is wrong with this show there are more cliffhangers and storylines on young sheldon!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Richard, what happened to those fun Friday cliffhangers? Just something else we’ve lost, like DAILY coming attractions. And will this WRETCHED tale of CADD (Chance, Abby, Devon, Dominic) ever end? Why doesn’t Amanda mind her own business?! Let Devon have his own, undisputed child instead of torturing Abby. Mariah snapped out of it.. why can’t he?!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

My two cents: they should let fans vote on which scenes should be featured on these shows. Let’s face it, longtime viewers understand these characters more than many “come & go” writers and producers. No scenes with Phyllis even though they taped a special interview with Christian and Michelle? What sense does that make? How about some of those great scenes when Michael confronted his hippy dippy dad? The scenes with Kevin were touching but too much Christine for me. But.. at least he got a tribute. Now, how about shaving that awful beard…He looks like Father Time.

Mark
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Mark

I wouldn’t expect him to remove the beard anytime soon. Le Blanc is scheduled to be in the revival of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” in NYC this summer as Big Daddy. It was originally planned to be running now but was postponed. He will be appearing opposite the divine Alison Fraser as Big Mama. It would be worth a trip to see that production.

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Soaphound
From the top, we seem to agree on what fun seeing the older episodes with Mikey and others. Hey, what’s the matter, you’re not crazy about Cricket? It would have been good to see Michael’s dad that ran the cult, even terrible Tom, remember him? The time with Eva Longoria was good too. I think after he’s been retired for a while, he’ll reconsider Victor’s offer. He’s still got more hell to raise. Oh, the raggedy hair and beard, yuk!

Bez
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Bez

respect the actor, but did not watch

Harry
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Harry

Love the guy but resent like hell that they haven’t put this intensely talented actor in a front burner storyline for years. Instead, they give him a insincere push out the door. He’s not ready for a gold watch. Give LeBlanc a storyline for crying out loud!

JJ
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JJ

It really was a reminder of how entertaining these characters and this show can be. They don’t even need a major storyline…just having them all in the same room…with all their baggage and backstory…is a hoot! Whether doing drama, comedy, or nothing, these characters are never boring, unlike so many of the characters on the show today.

This show needs a major shift in direction, and that is in the writing.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Wondered what the entire program was about. Was Michael saying goodby to the program, was he sick or some other circumstance that was preventing him from acting? It just seemed to fly in without reason. About the only thing that feels kind of pleasing for me right now is the relationship between Lilly and Billy. Hope Lilly holds up in her new business venture and can honestly give Victoria and Victor a run for the money. Please Billy, don’t let this opportunity pull you back to the dark side. I would like to see a new you. Yes, this show… Read more »

Cecil M James
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Cecil M James

Christian LeBlanc is such an incredible and amazing spiritual actor but I hope he can talk Zach Tinker into coming back to Y&R as Fenmore Baldwin and they need to bring back Michael’s bonus son Scott Grainger as well played by a recast actor I don’t use the step word Fenmore and Scott need to share onscreen family time with their cousin Billy and Lauren and Jill need to share more onscreen sisterly time together they haven’t done that in like forever.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Steffy Remembers Sheila Shooting Finn. .. and Her, Then Vows Revenge

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the highly-anticipated scenes of Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wooda) finally remembering the shooting that landed her in the hospital, and took the life of her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan), all thanks to Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown)!

It all goes down while at her home talking with her parents, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Taylor (Krista Allen).  As she begins to unravel the fight she had in the alley behind Il Guardino with Sheila, and as bits and pieces begin to make sense to Steffy, she realizes the horrifying truth.

Taylor tries to sort out what Steffy is saying thinking that her daughter is confused about Sheila.  Steffy shares that, at first, Finn wasn’t there at first. Then. she realizes Sheila pulling out a gun just as Finn showed up to rescue her.

Steffy exclaims that ‘Sheila shot her own son’, then, turned the gun on her when she tried to call for help … and shot her.

Next, an overwrought, overcome. and angry Steffy vows revenge on Sheila, as Taylor and Ridge look on.

Watch the final moments of the episode and the performance of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, and then, let us know what you thought of it in the comment section.

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THIS IS US: Kevin’s Romantic Match Finally Revealed

As This Is Us heads towards its last episodes of the series, every single show has been filled with emotional moments that tug at our heartstrings, and Tuesday’s night installment was no exception, exact for one thing – you may have been crying happy tears!

In the episode entitled ‘The Night Before the Wedding”, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is front and center as we pick up what happened with three women who were circulating that evening.  If you recall, Madison and Beth were trying to find out who actually slept with Kevin that night in his hotel room.  However, as it turns out, Kevin slept alone!  What leads to this are key moments that collide and ultimately bring about the revelation he needed.

First, his childhood girlfriend who then became his wife, who then became his ex, Sophie, (Alexandra Breckinridge) reveals on a walk through a vineyard that she is divorced now. Things didn’t work out between her and her husband, Grant. This comes as a surprise to Kevin, but Sophie says she has never been happier.  Kevin opens up that his relationships with women haven’t worked out.  Sophie talks on how Kevin’s mom, Rebecca, thinks of the two of them are still together due to Rebecca’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease and her declining health.

Later that night, Kevin follows Sophie to the elevator. She follows him to his room, they start to make out and undress and Kevin makes a comment on how Sophie’s hair smells different, which flips her out and she stops everything right then and there.  An upset Sophie yells, “You should like how my hair smells now, not how it smelled in the past.”  Things go south and we are left to wonder … sooo … is that the end of Kevin and Sophie?

A dazed and confused Kevin wonders down to the bar where Ariel, the band singer, is having a drink snd writing song lyrics.  She tells Kevin she loves people-watching and came up with a lyric about him, which turns out to be profound. He leaves the bar alone to his hotel room and puts the paper napkin containing the lyrics down (this is the napkin that Beth and Madison read in last week’s episode while they were snooping around trying to figure out who Kev slept with).

Next, Cassidy shows up at Kevin’s room needing help with her dress – she’s stuck in it and needs the back unzipped.  Kevin helps, and she changes in the bathroom, and you think maybe they will hit the sheets, but no.  Cassidy shuts down anything from happening.  She reminds Kevin that they are good friends and to put the nail in the coffin, shares: “You’re not my person, and I’m not yours, and you know that.”   Kevin agrees, they hug, she exits.  Ultimately, Kevin wakes up alone, gets dressed to attend Kate and Phillip’s wedding and is seen rehearsing his speech in the mirror from the Princess Bride – the one that Sophie laughed at during the wedding reception.

Now, we are at the actual reception again, and Sophie speaks with Rebecca.  Kevin’s mom, who still thinks Kevin and Rebecca are in their 20’s says, “I love my son, but he is an idiot.  The timing is just off right now. He isn’t ready for you. He will be, but it’s going to take a while. And I don’t know if you can wait around for that. Personally, I don’t know if I could. But when the timing is right, he’s going to be so great.”  It was those words that clued Sophie in and confirmed that Kevin is the right choice for her, right now.

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Across the room, Randall gives Kevin some major and convoluted advice about Buffalo Bills Super Bowl merch. Randall gives Kevin a big push to go to Sophie saying, “The world is friggin’ insane. It makes no sense. But you and Sophie together, now that makes more sense than most things.”

Next, Kevin walks over to Sophie and starts to talk, but she stops him. “You don’t get to give a speech this time. It’s my turn,” she says. It is then she tells him he is now the man she always hoped he would become, and that she was sorry she freaked out the other night. She just does not want to fall back into the old versions of themselves.  However she adds,  “I want to fall in love with the man that you’ve become.”

As both Kevin and Sophie are fighting back the tears, Kevin takes out his wallet and shows Sophie the Valentine he wrote for her the first day he saw her in  elementary school.  We go to a heart-tugging flashback.  Back at the wedding reception, Kevin says “I’ve always carried you with me, Soph.”  The two share a kiss to the thunderous applause of the wedding party.  We bring out the hankies!

Wonderful work from Justin Hartley and Alexandra Breckinridge who’s on-screen chemistry as Kevin and Sophie has been undeniable from the start.

So, were you happy to find out that Kevin and Sophie reunited? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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