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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.

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
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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
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jaybird369

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

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Ryan
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Ryan

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

Ron
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Teresa

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

Chrystie-Delancey
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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
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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… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Harry…’Ken doll Nate’…LOVE IT…lol.

Happy 2019 Harry.

Iakovos
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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… Read more »

su000
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su000

Nikki is Not going to die, no worries she is Not leaving Y&R
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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
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Harry

Thank you, Captain Obivious.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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