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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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Reminds Us All Why He is One-of-a-Kind in Memorable Flashback-Driven 30th Anniversary Episode

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured the highly-touted and highly-anticipated 30th anniversary show for Peter Bergman.  For three decades, and with three Daytime Emmys for his work, Bergman has made Jack Abbott one of soap operas all-time classic characters.

And, if anybody needed a reminder, or a refresher course of just how good Peter Bergman has been in this role, you needed to look no further than the tremendous flashbacks the producers of the series pulled to punctuated Jack Abbott’s life story since Bergman’s arrival on the scene, replacing Terry Lester in the pivotal role.

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What was great about this standalone episode, celebrating a milestone for one of their legacy cast members, was that it did not show the same ole’ same ole’ clips that often can be standard fare in soapland.  Instead, viewers were treated to some of the more heartbreaking moments for Jack, i.e. when he tells Nikki that their son who had died saved another child’s life, and that he got to hold the baby.  Then there was the gut-punch when Jack realizes Phyllis has been sleeping with none other than Nick Newman, and he feels the fool and that she played him.  There is the moment when Jack tells his dying father John, that he will look after the family now, and there is even boardroom corporate drama that back in the day was so exciting to see.  How great were Jess Walton and Bergman together back then as Jill and Jack? And then there is the rivalry of soap rivalries between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott played to the hilt by Eric Braeden and Bergman, respectively.

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Watching Bergman’s work in flashbacks would be enough on its own. Now add to that the real-time mature version of Jack, who has realized his many failings and how he would do anything to be CEO of Jabot, including duping his sister, Ashley with the Blood-Abbott clause and more, and you’ve got soap gold.  You definitely needed some hankies for this episode, especially watching the reactions of Bergman acting mostly by himself when going in and out of the flashbacks.  We have often said, no male actor can cry quite like Peter Bergman, and move you to tears.  And in this episode, he did that several times over.

How fitting that Jack was sitting around with his siblings: Traci, Billy, and Ashley as well as his mother, Dina, his son, Kyle and his niece Abby, that brought the episode to its conclusion looking back at the life and times of the Abbott family through Traci’s manuscript that Jack helped write.

In the end, Jack celebrates what being an Abbott means, and remembers those who have passed, and looks forward to new members of the clan to come.

What were your thoughts on Peter Bergman’s Y&R 30th anniversary episode, his performance and those retro-clips? Let us know in the comment section below.   And for more on Bergman’s 30th anniversary make sure to read his interview with Michael Fairman TV here.

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