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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.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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THIS IS US: Randall Dismantled As Sterling K. Brown Delivers Masterful Performance

In yet another riveting performance by Sterling K. Brown, the highly-touted episode that aired on Tuesday’s night’s This Is Us, had his character of Randall in the spotlight again, as the first of the Big Three trilogy this season.  Next week, look for the installment to center on Justin Hartley’s Kevin.However, last night on the episode aptly titled, “Hello of a Week: Part One”, viewers followed what happened next to Randall following his return home after the stress of flying across the country to get a diagnosis for his ailing mother’s memory lapses (while keeping it from his siblings), and then winding up facing an intruder in the Pearson family home.After Randall offers the intruder money, the guy runs out of the home.

Next, the police come, and Randall installs surveillance cameras and security alarms throughout the house, which ends up being a continued tipping point in his mental state as he obsesses over keeping his family and his home safe, especially when the cops tells him that it is common for a thief to return,. It appears later in the episode he did when Beth’s earrings and Randall’s cufflinks are MIA.

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Throughout the episode, flashbacks to Randall’s childhood showed little Randall, unable to sleep and afraid of monsters, who then asks his dad, Jack to stay with him through the night.  Jack sleeps on the floor, but when Jack eventually gets up to go to his own bed, he tells Randall who comes running after him, “to be brave: and that he needs him to be the easiest child to care for since Kate and Kevin are handfuls.

This laid the foundation for how Randall deals with others, by not letting them know his inner most feelings.   The writers juxtapose Randall’s dreams throughout where he feels he can’t get out whether it be screaming through a locked window at his mother to get out of the storm, or watching some creepy guy touch Beth and he screams so loud, but you can’t hear him,

In addition, in flashbacks, we see how a college-aged Randall needing college-aged Beth to spend countless nights with him. At one point he tells her, “I just feel so helpless, like I have no control over anything,” especially following the death of his father Jack.  Beth says she can understand. She had bad dreams after her father passed away, but after she talked to a therapist she began to feel better.  In a key moment, Randall agrees to attend an grief group with her, but that plan goes awry when on the day they were heading to the grief counseling group, Randall’s family has an emergency and he could not go.

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The theme of Randall seeking counseling surfaced later in the episode after Randall was struggling to hold it together as City Councilman at the Town Hall, which did not go unnoticed by Beth or by Malik’s dad, Darnell.

The next day, he tells Randall that he himself needed therapy and suggest he do that to.  Randall says all he needs is his runs around the city to help him clear his head.  But that takes another drastic turn when Randall comes upon a woman being beaten and proceeds to pounce on the aggressor.  Next, Randall with messed up arm from landing punches on the guy, ends up being touted as a hero for saving the woman’s life.  He is not comfortable with that and he begins to lose his grip.

In the culmination of the episode, locking himself in the bathroom in his home, Randall begins to cry and phones Kevin.  Thank God his brother answered, as he seems to be the only person Randall feels he can talk to, and has, through his life.  At the time of the call, Kevin is in bed with what looks to potentially be Sophie, because he was heading back to Pittsburgh for a funeral of one of her parents.  But is it Sophie, or another woman?

During their call, Randall begs Kevin just to talk, and to please  distract him. Kevin promises his brother, “I’m the guy that’s gonna get you through this,”   Will Kevin ultimately help Randall, or will what happens next become the huge rift that we know exists between the brothers in the flash-forward viewers learned about episodes ago?

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This Is Us executive producers, Issac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger weighed-in on revisiting Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks with Entertaintment Weekly. This is something that was hot on all of our minds, because over the past year, a couple of the writers in our room had had people break into their homes when they were home,” shared Issac Aptaker.  “People would come in and we would see the impact that it has on you when someone invades your space like that — the aftermath and the fallout. So, as we were looking at what Randall’s season would look like, and what would be potentially the breaking point for him with all that’s been brewing this year, it was at the front of all of our minds at how upsetting something like that can be.”

“We’ve seen that Randall is someone that is so in touch with his feelings emotionally, and he is so willing to talk about everything, but there does seem to be this block with him when it comes to therapy, where he just does not want to engage,” says Elizabeth Berger. “That really fascinated all of us and got us thinking, “What’s that about? And how do we get him to a point where he has his back against the wall and has to move past coping mechanisms and keeping things just below the surface and finally deal with them?” And this felt like a really compelling way to go about that.”

When all was said and done, Sterling K. Brown delivered a nuanced and masterful performance as viewers watched Randall slowly but surely, struggling to cope with all the pressure, and horrific events that happened to him one after the other, as Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks were about to reach epic proportions.

So, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Sterling’s performance? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

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Kudos to the actors in these scenes.  Watch them below.

Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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