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This Is Your Life Nikki Newman! What Did You Think Of Melody Thomas Scott’s 40th Anniversary Y&R Standalone Episode?

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This week on Wednesday, The Young and the Restless longtime fans were taken on quite a walk down memory lane reliving the life and times of Nikki Reed Newman (and of course there were various other married names along the way).

In a special standalone episode devoted to Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) who, on February 20th, actually celebrated 40 years to the day that she graced our screens as a young Nikki.  Now in 2019, Nikki is in jail awaiting trial for the murder of J. T. Hellstrom.  In the event she is sent away for good, she has photos delivered to her jail cell in order to write a letter all about her life to her grandchildren, as we, the viewers, go on a look back of the loves of her life, the friendships she made, and the battles, especially with booze, she has struggled with along the way.  When she begins to put her thoughts down on pad and paper Nikki says, “This is my life story.”

From there the episode featured so many wonderful retrospective clips that have never been seen again or seldom-seen, which made all the better than the usual clip show   At the beginning we throw it way back to when Nikki was a tormented young girl and how her sister Casey (Roberta Leighton) warned Nikki about their drunken and estranged father, Nick Reed, and his sexually abusive past. Nikki flashes on how she killed her father in self-defense after he attacked her.

Next, Nikki recalls meeting Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) and sneaking around together in the high school locker room and even how she got herself stuck in that cult,, the New World Commune! Then, Nikki fesses up about her marriage to Greg Foster (Wings Hauser), and how she sabotaged it, because she was bored and looking for adventure.  Later, Nikki reveals how she came into her own at of all places the strip club, The Bayou and show she has no regrets stripping.  Of course, this is where she met the love of her life, Victor Newman, and she shares the unbreakable bond she has with this man for decades

Nikki then talks about her addiction to alcohol, and wonders if the addiction was inherited from her father, or if it began with her back injury from falling off a horse, and taking pain pills. She then flashes to discussing recovery with Neil the late Kristoff St. John).

In tragedy, Nikki remembers the heartbreaking death of her child with Jack (Peter Bergman), and later her grandchild, Cassie.  When speaking of death, Nikki recalls the shock of losing her dearest and most beloved friend, Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper), who she says was like a “second mother, mentor, confidante and best friend all in one.”

Finally, Nikki recalls a moment where she was pondering if life was worth living after believing Victor was dead.  But that moment turned to pure joy when she shared an emotion reunion with Victor when he turned up alive.  When the episode came to its conclusion, she signs her letter, “All my love, Nikki’, as she looks out from her jail cell wondering what her fate could be.

The episode was written by ousted head writer (and former EP) Mal Young, who delivered a tribute to an iconic character befitting of Thomas Scott’s status with the series.

So, what did you think of Melody Thomas Scott’s Y&R 40th anniversary episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch the last retro clip featuring Nikki and Victor at the end of the episode and then into Nikki’s final moments reflecting in her jail cell.

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Michael Teale

This was a beautifully done episode! Loved it!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I loved all the flashbacks.

M. B.
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M. B.

Fantastic! We need more episodes like this and while we’re at it, can we get 1970s episodes streaming somewhere? I’d pay for that!

Soapqueenforever
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Soapqueenforever

Love, love, loved it!!! Wonderful episode. Melody Thomas Scott is like fine wine. She keeps on improving with age. Doing Davidson as well. Now we have to how long Ma Barker and her posse will remain in jail. I wonder if Victor’s money will help this time. He might need it for himself if he plans on going after Phyllis. It’s starting to get interesting again. And Meya getting the cuffs slapped on her from her own hubby. Rey isn’t going to know which way to turn with both of his “women” in the big house.

Soapqueenforever
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Soapqueenforever

I obviously meant to say Doug Davidson. Sorry about the typos. That’s what I get for trying to do this without my reading glasses. As the old saying g goes tune in tomorrow.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it…It was so nice seeing all the old scenes and how Y&R use to be…and YES the beautiful background music which I so miss and long to return to the show…

Damien
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Damien

The classic background scores heightened every scene back then.
Nothing like today. Miss those too!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Damien, I agree with you 100%…I so appreciate your support…

rose
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rose

As a relative newcomer to Y&R I loved it. It was great to roll back time to see past highlights of Nikki, Victor, Jack, and especially Katherine. Wouldn’t mind it if I could do that myself once in a while.

Boop
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Boop

I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

scoobydum
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scoobydum

Loved the flashback with Neil Winters. I had forgotten they both had a bond over both being alcoholics.

Momo
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Momo

I liked it. I enjoyed the flashbacks, many I hadn’t seen as I didn’t start watching until 2008. Loved seeing Katherine and Neil. Really nice tribute to Mel and Nikki.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

It was fun and delightful! Paul was the one who gave me pause and think: how could the writers ever had even a small thought of removing him from the cast.

The writing for Paul and his role were never attacked properly. Hope his reappearance will give him the storyline deserved.

Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Jesse Metcalfe Eliminated, Chrishell Stause Gets A Surprise From NKOTB

Last night on  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, another soap opera alumni’s journey on the ballroom dance floor came to an end, when Jesse Metcalfe’s (Passions, Desperate Houswives and Dallas) ) and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were sent home by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

After combining the judges scores and fan voting at home, the other couple joining Jesse and Sharna in the bottom two were  Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd.  This season it is up to the judges to choose who stays and who goes when forced with picking between the two lowest scoring couples of the night.. Bruno chose Vernon, Carrie Ann followed and Derek also revealed he would have saved Davis or Metcalfe as well.

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With Metcalfe eliminated following last’s week’s departure of Ex-Another World’s Anne Heche, that leaves only Chrishell Stause still in the running vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy from the world of daytime drama.

 

Here’s a recap of what went down on the dance floor for Metcalfe, Stause and Davis last night.

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess – (Tango) – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Dancing to the classic by Tears for Fears, Metcalfe promised in the pre-package to loosen up and show a more human and vulnerable side to his dancing.  However, although there was a bit more coming from Jesse this outing, the judges criticized him for needing more technique than just performance. SCORE 19 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko (Cha-Cha)  – “The Right Stuff”

Revealing to all on the pre-package, Chrishell is a huge New Kids on the Block fan from back in her teens, and was stoked to dance to their song during the night’s 80’s competition,   However, during the performance, while Stause has shown improvement, this time the judges noted she seemed to slow down to much during the dance and also she needs to watch her footwork.  After Gleb and Chrishell danced, Tyra Banks had a surprise for Chrishell when the NKOTB sent in a viral video message to their biggest fan!  Stause was overjoyed.  SCORE 19 out of 30

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd –  (Tango) – “Living’ on a Prayer”

Performing to Bon Jovi’s classic “Living on a Prayer”, Davis donned some rocker dude long locks and hit the floor with Murgatroyd, but the former pro football star looked stiff moving around the ballroom.  Judge Bruno noted that his footwork was a bit flat.  However, Carrie Ann shared she liked the quality of movement he was showing them.  SCORE 21 out of 30

So after looking at the clips of their performances below, did the right person get sent home in Metcalfe vs. Davis?  Do you think Chrishell can hold out longer on the series through the next rounds of competition?  Let us know in the comments section. (Also check out the moment when NKOTB message to Stause is played during the broadcast.)

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Kim Delaney Makes Her Debut as Jackie Templeton Returns to Port Charles

Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the arrival of Kim Delaney back to the soap opera scene.  The fan favorite primetime, film, and daytime star has returned to the network (ABC) that made her soap-famous when she played a young Jenny Gardner on All My Children back in the early 80’s.

Fast-forward to 2020, and Delaney is actually a recast in the marquee role that kicked off Demi Moore’s career, that of ace investigative journalist and reporter, Jackie Templeton.  Moore played the role of Luke’s (Tony Geary) new love interest (following the disappearance of Laura into the fog) back in 1982.

Now Jackie is brought into the present day story by snooping reporter, Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan).  She wants Jackie’s help in bringing down Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) who is creating havoc in Port Charles at the hospital.   After their brief meeting, who should Jackie run into?  None other than her ex, Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers).

 

As longtime GH fans remember, after her involvement with Luke, Jackie became romantically involved with Robert.  But that went bust when Robert married a pregnant Holly (Emma Samms) to keep her from being deported out of the country.   All of that begs the question, is Jackie the one holding Holly hostage in some twisted vendetta from years gone by?

It was great to see Kim Delaney back on daytime, and now GH fans will wait to see what the writers have planned for her.

Do you think Jackie is good, evil, somewhere in between?   And according to reports, look for Jackie to have a profound effect on the lives of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Finn (Michael Easton).

So, what did you think of Kim’s first episode back to daytime and as Jackie Templeton? Comment below.

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