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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Nikki Is Willed To Live By Victoria, Nick and … Victor

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If you caught the Christmas Eve episode of The Young and the Restless, it sets up a two-part special event of installments beginning today on Christmas Day and tomorrow on the number one drama from CBS Daytime.

It begins with a guilty Reid (Tristan Lake Leabu) worried sick about this grandmother Nikki Melody Thomas Scott), as he discusses her dire situation with Billy (Jason Thompson).  Being home for the holidays is just what the doctored ordered for Victoria (Amelia Heinle0 and Nikki, says Billy.  Little does he know!

Nate (Brooks Darnell) has just delivered heartbreaking news to Victoria and Nick (Joshua Morrow).  It appears they need to prepare for the worst as Nikki lays in a coma that she may never awaken from.  He encourages them to locate Victor (Eric Braeden).

Throughout the episode, the most touching moments were played by Joshua Morrow who sat by his mother’s bedside apologetic, guilt-ridden, and scared she may die.  He tells a comatose Nikki that he is sorry for putting her between his feud with Victor, and recalls to her, the strength she showed in overcoming a battle with MS to be able to play the piano. Nick leaves and Victoria comes in to talk to her mother.

Victoria begs her mother to wake up and … we cut to Nikki in her sub-conscious hearing her daughter as she plays the piano in a white dress.  She hears Victoria but cannot open her eyes or speak.  Victoria has to go home for Christmas to be with her kids and promises her mom she will be back asap.  Inside the hospital room, Nikki is back in her mind, playing the piano and stops dead in her tracks when she remembers hearing Reid’s confession.

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Next in a hankie-inducing moment, Nick comes back to Nikki’s hospital room.  He speaks of his son Christian on Christmas, plus how he has not heard his mother laugh in a very long time and that he missed that, and how he feels responsible for taking the joy out of her life.  Next, Nick promises to be a better son.

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In Nikki’s self-conscious she is at the piano again, hearing Nick’s words.  Nick gets close to Nikki’s hospital bed, and puts his arm around his mother and hugs her, just like he did when he was a little boy.  Nick also tells Nikki they are trying to locate Victor.

Next, we cut back to Nikki playing the piano.  She stops when she hears “My darling.”  It’s Victor!  He tells Nikki to turn away from the light and head back into his arms. .She takes his hand, but turns toward the light again.  Victor asks her to play for him to keep her in the present with him.  In another touching moment, Nikki plays Nadia’s Theme (the theme song of Y&R)  and they slow dance.  Back inside the hospital room, Nick kisses his mother, and exits.  Then, a shadowy figure appears out of nowhere looking at Nikki!

So, what did you think of the Christmas Eve episode? Which performances were you touched by?  Were you thrilled to see Victor again?  Did you enjoy the Nick and Nikki scenes?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Sharon Ouellet
Sharon Ouellet

I thought the most touching part was when Nick hugged his mother.Also when Nate told them that she was not going to make it.

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…you know what: Time now to send that ANNOYING MOPHEAD Reed PACKING…FOR GOOD!!!!!

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Ryan
Ryan

That’s hilarious lol…exactly what I was thinking! Merry Christmas

Ron
Ron

I felt the whole sequence was sophomoric at best. Too predictable. If someone is going to walk “toward the eternal light”, le them get there and move on. But to have the WILL of Victor outplay the light of God– and at Christmas? Sophomoric at best.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This episode tugged at my heart which hasn’t happened on this show for a long time. I do give credit for this being a very well done episode.

Judythe
Judythe

YES I totally agree with you James, and the tissues were required. However, need to move on with the JT thing – long enough – let’s move on!!

Paula Rushing
Paula Rushing

I am really enjoying the scenes where Nick ,and Victoria are showing their Mom how much they still love and need her ewn if they are grown they still need their parents ,and sometimes parents need their kids too. I just hope if J.T. is alive that Victor kills him for good this time to protect Nikki, and Victoria from that animal.

Patrick
Patrick

I haven’t given one will to Nikki in so long

her brethren gathering, lost nill

where’s her record of act

i’m sorry ; this goes on

pair her with Neil, pair her with Sean Young’ back AGAIN, pair her life

it’s not so much lost either… she’s given so much lost on Victor, lost on Nick

WRITING SUCKS @GH

Antoinette Lizzi
Antoinette Lizzi

I so love the story of the young and restless. I have been a viewer since the beginning. Never stop what your doing. I love this show. Antoinette Lizzi

Teresa
Teresa

Love that Victor is back .Its about time. Welcome back Victor

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

I don’t comment much anymore, but the whole Y&R Christmas episodes fell flat for me. This would have made me ball my eyes out if it were not for the whole JT storyline STILL lingering. I could have cared about Nikki if she and everyone else had not covered up their crimes.

I am supposed to care about Nikki while children are wondering why their father abandoned them. Nikki has had enough Christmases it should be about the children.

Harry
Harry

I could not agree more! Yes, I am happy Victor is back but this story line is insipid, stupid and incredibly dull! Today’s show (12/28) featured the Ken doll Nate marching around in scrubs trying to sneak Nikki out of the hospital. If that wasn’t bad enough we viewers were forced to watch the aforementioned on the police video tape along with Rey and Nick. Rey is the new police chief but no one has mentioned it–no one has even asked where Paul Williams is. Even if you don’t value Paul Williams, you must admit you value decent writing which makes sense. It’s just so incredibly WEIRDthat no one mentions Paul. It’s like Mal Young was so lazy and disrespectful to Paul’s legacy that he just banished him without a word to the viewers to explain his disappearance. The new writers will have a lot of damage control writing to conduct when Mal Young finally leaves. What a MESS!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Harry…’Ken doll Nate’…LOVE IT…lol.

Happy 2019 Harry.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Christmas is sad everywhere, including Genoa City. This episode tried to give us that magic but… In a year when Nikki killed her son-in-law on top of all the other Newman messes, this family togetherness seemed contrived. Victor treats Nikki badly and she runs back to him. Enough now, please. Keep them together and let them grow old. I do not get weepy or nostalgic for the past remarriages and reunions. I liked seeing Billy step up with his kids but Devon & Co. seemingly lost, a new family that has not caught on yet, Lily in prison, no sight of favorties like Jill, Lauren and Michael…

Favorite Xmas sequence was Jack and Dina.

Here’s to a new and happier year in Genoa City. Less bed-hopping, more corporate play and mystery, some genuine romance.

su000
su000

Nikki is Not going to die, no worries she is Not leaving Y&R
and-
people in comas have no muscles reactions as Nikki has squint/tightness in her forehead she needs to relax her face squint lol

Nikki/Melonie is most likely taking some time off so she will be out for a while, I’d guess.

luv having da`man Victor back!looking forward to some action (one thing Y&R is void of=action)

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Captain Obivious.

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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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