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What Soap Opera Christmas Episode Did You Enjoy the Most?

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In case you missed any of the action on Friday’s episodes of your favorite soaps each delivered a Christmas episode in their own way.  But which was the best? We want to know your thoughts.  Here is the rundown with some of our personal favorite moments to jog your memory.

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On One Life to Live, in what was their final Christmas episode on network television, fans were treated to an amazing episode complete with the reveal of what happened the night Gigi-er-Stacy died, and Rex finally being reunited with his beloved, Gigi!  The performance of the day (and in that episode) had to be John-Paul Lavoisier’s Rex, who made us reach for the hankies with the revelation that he was standing in front of the woman he loved after months of grieving.  Plus, in another emotional moment Tea and Dani received Christmas gifts from Victor Jr. from the grave. There were also many gems along the way; Viki and Clint reconciled, Little Sam waited for Santa, Jack got arrested, Shane finally getting justice for his mom,  (in another moving performance by Austin Williams) and Natalie and John almost had “the talk”, and so much more!

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On General Hospital it was the wedding day of Dante and Lulu, with Dante’s mom Olivia in tow!  The sweet and intimate vows were off-set by the final moment where we learned Olivia secretly snuck in the entire Falconeri clan to the festivities! Again, got to give it to the men here … Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) proved again why he is such a sensitive and dynamic actor.   Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) was delightful as Dante’s over-excited and emotional proud mom.   However, you can’t also beat Scrubs! And in what looks to be Robin’s final Christmas with her loved ones, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the moment where Patrick hands Robin her present – a deed to some land to build their dream house on – broke our hearts with her stream of tears as Robin knows she may not be around to live there with her family.

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On The Young and the Restless, it was Melody Thomas Scott’s standalone episode as a drunken Nikki, who is taking under the wing of a guardian angel to show her how much her family and friends love and need her, even though Nikki feels like her existence and life is worthless.   With lots of vintage clips to tantalize the most avid of Y&R fans, as viewers took a walk down memory lane, one couldn’t help but realize the immense self-loathing that Nikki has had for herself all these years, as much as she has tried to rise above it.  The most poignant moment happened at the end of the episode when it is revealed that the guardian angel is really Nikki’s deceased mother, who died at a very young age.  It was at that point that Melody broke our hearts calling for her “mother” when the angel said she had to go now and within a millisecond was gone, leaving Nikki reeling.

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On Days of our Lives as Sami and Rafe prepared for their shotgun recommitment ceremony, Will was giving hell to his mom, and he came very close to revealing to her that he saw her with EJ having sex, and prior to that almost telling his grandmother, Marlena, that he is gay! These two near misses and the high-emotional stakes, showed us that Chandler Massey (Will) is an actor to keep your eye on throughout the storyline – good stuff! Also, Bo lavished gifts on Hope commemorating Christmas, her birthday and their wedding anniversary, while John was reunited with Marlena, and the Horton Clan gathered at Tom and Alice’s for a Christmas toast.

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On The Bold and the Beautiful the Logan sisters ruined Christmas dinner, Hope and Thomas went to Farmer’s Market to hang out and do Christmas things, while Hope and Liam still look at each other with love in their eyes, (even if they don’t know it) and at the end of the episode Stephanie, played by Susan Flannery had a few poignant moments with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and some one-line zingers with her on-screen sparring partner earlier in the episode.

So now that we have gone around the horn, let us know which was your favorite Christmas episode from Friday’s airshows and what performance did you enjoy the most?

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tasneem
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tasneem

I actually enjoyed OLTL because hopefully Jack is finally accepting that Todd is his dad and Blair can see that Todd is the love of her life. B&b was hilarious because we see the Logan Girls trying cook a bird on Xmas wow if Stephanie was her snarky self she would say the Logans girls can’t cook but their experiences lie in the bedroom . I hope when Shane sees his mom that means Jack and his cocky self cannot go 2 Prison

Blake
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Blake

OLTL had such an awesome episode! Not only just for Christmas but period! So much happened and you didn’t want to miss a minute because so much was going on! Rex and Gigi learned that she was not Stacy but was Gigi. Then Shayne got Vimal’s sister to give him the proof of Jack’s confession, then Jack getting arrested and then Vimal’s sister feeling bad for what she done (for the first time I felt for her character, she seemed torn about what she did). Vicki and Clint made up and celebrated with their daughters. Tea and Dani found their… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

I can’t comment on the others, but I loved the General Hospital Christmas episode. From Dante and Lulu’s wedding, to Robin and Patrick spending time together, to the gifts the Quartermaines received from a mystery person. Just a great episode all around. The type of family oriented show that they don’t do enough of anymore.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

OLTL hands down. How long have we waited for Rex and Gigi to be reunited? The others were good but this was exceptional and perfect for Chrismas and we havent even seen Shayne’s reaction.

Indigo Starr
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Indigo Starr

One Life to Live is must see TV in my house! I am cherishing every single second it is on and especially any scene with Todd Manning and his family!

lisa
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lisa

Y&R ….Nikki and her mother,I cried buckets when she opened the hankie and in it was her mother’s cross.

GH ….Dante and LuLu’s wedding and the scenes with Robin ,Patrick and Emma.

OLTL…. Tea and Dani,Todd as Santa and always little Sam(love that kid).
Jack’s arrest,Rex and Gigi.

Kate B.
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Kate B.

GH because I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding! It was so beautiful, and it made me smile more than the Rex/Gigi reunion on OLTL. I loved Rex & Gigi’s reunion, but Lante’s my fave current soap couple. Gotta give it to them! A wonderful Xmas gift from GH! Also, seeing the Quartermaines was wonderful. Made you realize how much they’ve lost, but the mystery “Santa” was magical. I love magic!

Chris
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Chris

My favorite one was the Y&R Nikki stand-alone X-mas episode!

Libby
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Libby

My fav Christmas episode was the Y&R standalone epi featuring Melody Thomas Scott. It was poignant and beautiful.

Deb
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Deb

OLTL was beautifully done. Storylines wrapping & Miracles happening!

barbara t
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barbara t

one life to live,it was so good to see clint and viki together ,at least they will be living happily ever after.and seeing gigi get her memory back ,todd spending time with his family,Landview was a happy place,and I was in tears.january 13 will be a very sad day for me .

gloria
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gloria

Totally agree with you. I just watched it & tears were streaming down my face by the end of the show. Every scene was great. Gosh, what will be do without this wonderful place to visit every day? I am heartbroken over it.

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont know ,And the closer we get to the end the more upset I get, one life to live is my favorite show ,daytime and prime time,if i had to chose one show that I could watch once a day it would be oltl.43 years ,thats a long time to have something then have it taken away.I think abc made a mistake,Who watches the chew? and who will watch the revolution ?I wont watch abc anymore except to support gh,we have to support all soaps,there are only a few left,thats so sad. daytime tv will be full of reality… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

I have watched ABC soaps since I was a kid with my mom and now I watch them with my kids. It’s so sad to see such a staple in my life go away. I have grown up with so many of the actors and actresses; they seem like family. The shows they are replacing our beloved soaps with will never generate the following that the soaps have. They will never capture the spans of generations like the soaps have. I miss AMC and I will really miss OLTL also. I put all my support behind GH and hope we… Read more »

harlee
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harlee

No comparsion MTS and Y&R! I haven’t watched Y&R in 8 months because of the horribly written garbage of MAB and cronies but I wanted to see this because of the flashbacks. It was fabulous and MTS shined brightly in this episode…welcome home and hope I can come back home next year if writing change in the writing staff.

Lucia McEntee
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Lucia McEntee

One life to live …the best

Jules
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Jules

DAYS knows how to celebrate Christmas right. It was once again warm and festive, and had throwbacks to beloved characters. A Christmas doesn’t go by where they don’t make mention of those characters who came before them. I love their tradition of having a personalized Christmas ornament because it emphasizes one of DAYS’ most pertinent themes- sense of family and belonging. Though I am not a fan of Safe and didn’t care for the renewal, I was overall satisfied with the episode. LOVED “German” Santa lol. YR’s was alright. YR OWED a tribute to MTS so if anyone was going… Read more »

FP
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FP

OLTL was my fave, with Y&R a very close second. Both really moving Christmas episodes, but OLTL more so, probably because it’s the last one (sigh).

Jan
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Jan

Gigi & Rex of course THIS YEAR.

kalamaty
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kalamaty

The Young and the Restless’ NIKKI-centric episode was the absolute best show I’ve seen them do in SO long. Watching it, and seeing Melody shine in scene after scene, coupled with the triumphant return of Jeanne Cooper (back just in time) made me realize just how much these two characters are part of the very fabric of what makes it such a wonderful show. I can’t imagine it without these two venerable performers. Melody’s portrayal of the long-suffering Nikki is always so palpable, so raw and so relateable. I can’t imagine there was one dry eye in America as they… Read more »

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Absolutely! When she realized the angel was her mother, I cried right along with her!
Tremendous work!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

For a change I actually enjoyed GH more that OLTL. I loved the Lante wedding…it was just wonderful..Scrub scenes were bittersweet and touching….Q’s were funny and magical…Loved seeing Elizabeth possibly moving on…Where as OLTL could have waited for Jack to be arrested on the next show…Gigi and Rex and Vicki and “THIS Clint” have never been my favorites. JVD has never had chemistry with
ES…So I really didn’t care that they were reunited. I did like Victor giving presents from the grave though…and Sam and his Santa.

So for a change I actually preferred GH…

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Y&R It showed you how this show could really be great again! MTS did some good work no one cries like the Nikki!

SC
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SC

OLTL! I adored the Mannings this year!

heidi
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heidi

I watched them all and enjoyed all. OLTL and GH were the best!

todd
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todd

OLTL…..I have been waiting for Rex and Gigi to finally get back together. Also, the gifts for Tea and Dani from Victor made me cry. Todd pretending to be Santa for Sam was really sweet too. I cant believe there is only 13 episodes left! I am crushed.

gloria
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gloria

Me too! What are we gonna do without this show? Such a big mistake to cancel it.

Brenda
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Brenda

OLTL definitely the best.

LUMIly
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LUMIly

I liked OLTL too.

Days of our lives for 23 and 26 was GREAT
love John is free :))

gloria
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gloria

Definitely.

Jared
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Jared

ONE LIFE TO LIVE……..period. No comparison. As 1/13 comes closer, my heart breaks that the end is near for daytime’s true gem.

jp
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jp

Do you have to ask… OLTL hands down. Truly the best soap the whole year.

Amanda Lampkins
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Amanda Lampkins

My favorite was GH because Dante and Lulu finally got married. It was a sweet and romantic moment. No explosions or shootings. Just epitomized two people deeply in love making a commitment. Just beautiful.

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Hands down, definately Y &R. The BEST Christmas episode of all and I did watch them all. It reminded us of what Christmas is all about. And, they weren’t afraid to say “Merry Christmas”.

Derrick
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Derrick

Y&R Nikki episode! MTS shined in that stand alone episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Torrey
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Torrey

One LIfe To Live…of course. But I will say that Y&R was surprisingly good too. Liked the time featuring Niki. But OLTL had me in tears….was so happy. And there were so many things going on. Really enjoyed it

tony
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tony

Wow I don’t know, there was so much talent to choose from, YAWN!!!.

Tammy
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Tammy

OLTL & Days had good Christmas Eve/Christmas eps, but my favorite for 2011 was The Bold and the Beautiful!

Alley
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Alley

Mr. Fairman,

That OLTL countdown clock is REALLY depressing. I wish you would take it off your site. We know the show is over on January 13th. No reminder is necessary.

Oh, my fave episode was The Mannings Christmas on OLTL.

Christine
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Christine

GH was my favorite X-Mas episode! I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding, but I loved, loved Scrubs scenes more! They were so sweet, touching yet sad at the same time. To think this is the last Scrubs X-Mas is well very sad! Just seeing them spend time together & with Emma was great! Scrubs rock! 🙂 🙂

adriana8900
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adriana8900

gh because of scrubs and emma scenes and lante wedding

Mo
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Mo

B&B I think. It was funny.

marge
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marge

i thought all the soaps did a poor job this year for fhe holidays .it seemed very superficial and no warmth. young and the resless always does a great job leding to the last day but not this year n what is up with the one actor episodes on last day please no more .i heard it was happening this year again featuring nikki and i did not watch.

marge
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marge

none.lack of warmth and young and restless very disappointing.lack of lauren and micheal time and would not watch nikki on last day.

barbara t
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barbara t

I guess you didnt see one life to live ,it was a tear jerker and it was good.Its sad that it will be my last christmas in landview.

sheri helm
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sheri helm

Loved the wedding of Rex and Gigi. fans waited a long time for that to happen. Now we need John and Natalie to tie the knot. We need to keep One life to live alive and keep it on the air. I’ve watched it since day one, traveled from Ca. to N.Y. to meet the stars outside the studio. It was the best time of my life. Sad to see it go.

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Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

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Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

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