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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Victor and Nick Showdown!

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It’s a Newman vs Newman showdown on Wednesday’s episode of The Young and The Restless.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Victor (Eric Braeden) continue their arguing, as we finally figure out what Victor is up to … or do we?

Nick is upset at Victor for using the paternity of Christian to get to him.  Christian, as we all know, is the biological son of the “late” Adam Newman. As the men argue, Nick points out, Victor is not above using the little boy as a way to get what he wants.  It finally comes out how long Victor has known the truth, and Victor says that he would never use it against Nick. Nick gets mad and says, “Until now!”

It becomes clear when Victor says that Christian will be the future of ‘Newman Enterprises.’  Nick says that he won’t decide that for Christian, and neither should Victor. Next, Victor goes on about it being his legacy.  Nick fires back, he wants none of his children to be molded in Victor’s image. Then, he thanks his dad for revealing what he’s really up to, noting that he hasn’t changed and never will.  Nick leaves, and Victor is overcome with tears.

Later, Nick looks at a photo of Christian and says that his grandfather is out of their lives completely.  However, Victor shows up and warns Nick that if he tries to keep Christian from him, he will take him to court, and it will be a dirty custody battle.  Nick says that it’s his name that is on the birth certificate.  Victor fires back that that doesn’t matter, Adam is Christian’s bio-dad.  Nick reminds Victor that Adam did not want his son to fall under Victor’s influence.

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Then, Nick brings up that Victor is a convicted felon, and could very easily wind up being barred from seeing his grandchildren.  Victor insults his son, calling him arrogant and promises that he will regret taking him on. A boisterous Victor says, “Do you think you can beat me?”  Then, he really goes for Nick’s achilles heel, when he brings up Sharon’s (Sharon Case) past and how it would show a judge that Nick makes very, very bad decisions.

Nick is shocked that he would drag Faith’s mother and his granddaughter through the dirt again.  Victor says they’ll let a judge and jury decide, and walks out, leaving Nick pissed, who now must deal with the machinations of his father, of potentially losing the little boy who he raised, and a promise he made to his brother.  What will happen next?

What we can say, is that Joshua Morrow and Eric Braeden delivered the goods in highly dramatic, emotional, and riveting scenes as the Newman men.

Watch a clip from today’s episode featuring Eric and Joshua below.  Then, let us know in the comment section what you think will happen next.  What did you think of the performances by Morrow and Braeden?

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Lala
Lala

Performances were great ! Now this , yet again I believe Adam Newman by Michael Muhney should be graciously reintroduce to the world of Y&R . I for one I’m
A fan . Since the day Billy Miller & MM were let go , the soapy soap has never been the same . I know you have heard this THOUSANDS OF TIMES , Right ? #PointProven

Soaphound
Soaphound

It bears repeating, Lala. Those actors are just too good to forget, although Justin Hartley was excellent in his interpretation of Adam. If Adam is recast, those shoes will be bigger to fill than Carly’s Pentonville sandals. Clomp, clomp!

Celia
Celia

Oh, gee….Soaphound, I just saw your post….my kids think I am having a fit of some sort….doubled over laughing.
Do they wear sandals in jail?

Patrick
Patrick

it bears repeating, Lala. “…Since the day Billy Miller & MM were let go , the soapy soap has never been the same ”

I have never felt that heightened awareness of how magnificent this genre is or ever will be ? again

oy! it was so much fun for me.. to christen the passing of the torch… from Jack Abbott and Victor Newman… to Billy Miller w/Amelia Heinle; Michael Muhney w/Sharon Case.

Oy.. and this is truly when and the last time.. Y&R deserved to be #1.

Michael Muhney; for the win… AND Sharon Case truly would reign supreme

sigh

nuMAN blood please

Cdn fan
Cdn fan

Totally agree with you, bring back BM and MM, MM is so overdue to come back to Y and R

Celia
Celia

You can say that again,Cdn fan,
I literally cried when MM left Y&R and the lights went out when Billy walked off its stage.
I get no enjoyment watching Gina T and Jason T trying to fit those roles….it just isn’t working.

Patrick
Patrick

I can cry

Lala
Lala

Performances were excellent . That aside , Adam Newman must return asap to make something worthwhile of this s/l to say the least . Michael Muhney is wanted back by thousands as you have heard , right ? 4 years of fans clamouring for his return ? #IprovemyPoint

K/kay
K/kay

When did anybody start caring about Adam?!? Did I miss something?? Sharon’s past is checkered?? I hear these lines and I go PLEASE!!! The best part of the show is the Traci scenes gosh sign that woman to a contract!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Kay, isn’t Traci the greatest? I would love to see her more often and…wait for it…as Jabot CEO. Why not? It’s a new way to go and would wipe the remaining air of smugness from Kyle’s face!

Harry
Harry

Traci makes me cry. I mean, it really seems like she believes in the Abbott family. She doesn’t seem to be acting. Can Y&R please stop hating on Jack? Watching Jack run around being disappointed, rejected and blindsided is akin to watching Charlie Brown trick or treating all night and only receiving a bag of rocks.

Celia
Celia

Yeah, Soaphound….Traci humbles me. There really is no one like her on any of the remaining soaps. She’s driven by neither spite nor regret…..considering she lost her child so tragically; her heart held its purity.
Funny how the recipient of Colleen’s heartbis so not-Colleen-like. Just the opposite. How’s that?
Yet, Soaphound, I got the feeling, today, this vicious ‘attack’ on Nick is a ploy to keep him in GC. The best way to do that was to sue for full custody of Christian.
Nick has no choice but to stay put. Very clever move by the writers.
See? I like complications such as this—-in true soapy form!!

MDeV
MDeV

Thought Nick was going to punch Victor.

K/kay
K/kay

The only time Victor was truly challenged by a child of his was when Victoria slapped him then played by HT /EB went nuts it has never happened again. He has problems with always having to win I have a journalist friend who will not go close to him. Also MM was a superb Adam but he will never be back he has been blacklisted I have no idea if the rumors were true or not but his reputation is ruined in daytime.

Harry
Harry

Josh Morrow really brought his A game to the table–bravo! And Eric Braeden is so good that he makes it look easy which is why I think he’s sometimes underrated. When Nick rejected his job as COO of Newman and told his father off, Victor had tears brimming in his eyes. The look on his face was utter despair because he cannot change, cannot be the father Nicholas needs and wants. I know that look.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Victor is overcome with tears. ”

^^^^ what is this; and, what; does it mean ?

even, for; Nicholas, who has been staid and missing

period

now Victor is crying
change of shelve

or something, PLEASE;

what does it mean…

change the guard

the Newmans are missing – a disaster

Victor and nikki haven’t acted in a long time cull them both

add Nicholas; sorry, it’s Victoria; for the show

bam

nothing else

let’s do it

Celia
Celia

Hey, Patrick,
I think Victor is crying because he knows he is hurting Nick.
By the same token, he is still under the influence of his own greatness—-blinded by his own majesty—that he is the ultimate sage—the only supreme being who knows what’s best for his family, encompassing young and old.
How dare these subordinates, borne of his loins, disobey his law?!?!
I do believe he loves his family with all his heart…he does have a heart ( Ha! We DO know that fact), but has he left his soul on the auction ‘table’?
I thought he was spectacular!!!!!! Love Eric—I love the secret smile and nod he gives during the intro to the show….
And Nick? I thought I had lost him for a while…..but, as Harry said, he showed his stuff ….something I had lost hope in ever seeing again.

K/kay
K/kay

Ok so I thought the storyline a few months ago was Sharon Phyllis ugh and Nick were keeping the parentage of Christian a secret so now Victor knows which we knew but they didn’t ! I’m going nuts are we sure Pratt is not back in the writing room?

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

I don’t think we know, as said, that Christian is Adam’s child. That idea just flew out of the blue sky, so to speak, and became somehow true.

This DNA testing must have an inhouse person. Or, we are all watching a crazy Soap we just love and hate.

Same thing for Jack and John not being his father!

These are not comfortable twists and turns.

Celia
Celia

You bet, Tani…..I still believe Christian is Nick’s…..as is Jack John’s son.
We may suggest and speculate, hither and yon…drive ourselves nuts; but, the writers will eventually do what they want, after playing with our collective minds, a bit.
DNA testing is supposed to be uncontested…infallible; yet it is getting so ridiculous lately, I don’t put much faith in soap labs, LOL….. something always comes up to naysay what is, or was!!

Betty
Betty

I dislike Nick ; such a disrespectful son. Plus, very disloyal and untrustworthy. In addition, he never liked Adam from the beginning; now Adam’s son, Christian , is his son; I know not!

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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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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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