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Y&R Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Lauren and Jana are hopeful that the fire will burn enough to catch someone’s attention until Ryder arrives and sees what is going on. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to convince Patty that Michael and Phyllis are the only things that stand between their ultimate goals and killing them is the only way to get it. At the mansion, Jack asks Jamie for more background on Emily, trying to figure out just who his wife is. Later, when Patty has a hard time with the idea of killing someone in cold blood, Sarah plays on Patty’s insecurities. Everyone tries to stop Victor from confessing but he won’t back down. Michael manages to get a word alone with Victor but Victor only tells him and Nick that it is time the world knew how Adam died. Michael and Nick both plead with Victor to think about what he is doing but Victor refuses to change his mind. Outside the interrogation room, Phyllis wonders to Nick and Sharon if maybe Victor is actually finally telling the truth about Adam’s murder. Daisy arrives as Ryder is stomping out the fire and realizes that someone may have seen the smoke already. Daisy tells Ryder to gag Lauren and Jana while she tries to head off anyone who may come looking for the fire. Meanwhile, Jack bursts in Patty’s session with Sarah to bring Jamie by and Sarah gets out of the line of fire quickly. Patty greets Jamie warmly and tries to use the information Emily gave her about her brother, which she quickly realizes was false. Overwhelmed by Jack’s scrutiny, Jamie and Sarah’s plan, Patty bursts into tears. Later, a cop shows up at the zoo in search of the source of the fire and Daisy and Ryder put on a show for him until Ryder gets arrested while pretending to be a homeless man who started the fire. Victor recounts for Owen and Chance how he killed Adam. Nick, however, refuses to believe that Victor could ever kill his own flesh and blood. Phyllis and Sharon are in agreement that they would rather see Victor go to prison than Nick because Nick’s children need him right now. Later, Chance doesn’t believe a word of Victor’s confession and decides to lock both Victor and Nick up. Patty sidesteps her bizarre behavior by saying that she just always wanted a strong connection with her siblings and wished she had that with Jamie. Jack tells her that she and Jamie can start over but right now they need to get down to the police station because Chance has more questions about Adam. Jack arrives at the police station with Patty and Jamie and while Patty is giving her statement, Jack learns that Victor has confessed to Adam’s murder but doesn’t buy that he is doing it for selfless reasons. Chance gets in Phyllis’s face about Nick and Jack is forced to pull her aside to calm her down. Phyllis admits to Jack that for at time she believed that Nick may have killed Adam for Sharon and Faith. Meanwhile, Patty bribes Jamie to leave town by giving him Emily’s prescription pad and some cash. Lauren manages to get free from her binds and scratches Sarah. Meanwhile, Michael sees Ryder being booked at the police station and confronts him about what has happened to Lauren and why she seems so different. Later, Jamie tells Jack that “Emily” has definitely changed as he leaves the station. Sarah calls Patty and asks her if she is in on the plan and Patty agrees to it. Phyllis and Sharon decide to work together to clear Nick’s name. Meanwhile, Victor continues to tell Nick that he killed Adam but Nick refuses to believe it.  While at Mac’s doctor’s appointment, Lily tells Cane that her doctor wants to start her on chemo again but that it could save her life or it could also kill her. Later, Cane and Lily learn that they are having a little boy and girl, which overwhelms Lily. Neil and Ashley’s intimate night together is interrupted when Tucker shows up uninvited. Ashley, however, is stunned when Tucker asks her to take over as CEO of Jabot. Later, Tucker pitches Ashley as to why he wants her at Jabot and only her and Ashley agrees to consider it but Neil can see that she really wants it. Lauren and Jana realize that Sarah is going after everyone Sheila had a grudge against, which includes Amber. Meanwhile, Daniel sees Amber sketching a picture of her and Little D and the distance between them continues to grow. Sarah learns that Michael and Kevin are about to question Ryder at the station and she calls Daisy to make sure she stops it before Ryder can tell them anything. At the station, Ryder won’t tell Michael anything but is affected when Michael tells him that Kevin is on his way down. Later, Lauren and Jana plan what their life will be like once they finally get out of their cage and free of Sarah. Kevin arrives at the station and tells Ryder that he has no reason to live anymore without Jana and Ryder tells him that he can give Kevin a reason. Meanwhile, Daniel takes Fen out for a “guys” night Amber feels left out until “Lauren” stops by for a visit. Amber spills to Sarah everything about Little D and Deacon’s “Dragon Lady” that he was hiding his son from, unaware that Sarah is the one that that Deacon was referring to. Later, just as Kevin is getting to Ryder, Ryder is reminded just how dangerous Sarah is and refuses to tell Kevin anything about where Jana is. Meanwhile, Amber and Daniel let Sarah leave with Fen and Amber admits to Daniel that the reason she is thinking about Little D today is because it’s his birthday.

Jill runs into Tucker and he tells her that he found the perfect woman to run Jabot and she mistakenly believes that he is referring to her. Meanwhile, Neil isn’t interested in talking about Tucker or his offer, instead he grabs Ashley and kisses her deeply, to which she responds which leads them back to making love. Later, Jill realizes that Tucker isn’t talking about her as the CEO of Jabot and ends up throwing her drink in Tucker’s face. At Brad’s, Neil tells Ashley that he will support her no matter what she decides about Tucker’s offer, but does offer a word of warning not to trust him. As Cane and Mac are discussing the babies, Lily begins to wonder if she will even be around when the babies are born. Later, Lily tells Cane that she will do the chemo and whatever else it takes to be here when their children are born. Amber and Daniel realize that they just want different things in their lives. Meanwhile, Lauren promises Jana that they will be home with their families before the full moon. Later, Michael learns that Ryder posted bail and that “Lauren” picked up Fen from Daniel’s without his permission.

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Michael isn’t happy when he finds Sarah and Fen at the coffeehouse and takes Fen with him leaving Sarah angry and alone. Later, Sarah gets a call from Patty who wants to discuss their “plan.” Everyone who was at the cabin gathers at the Abbott mansion at Phyllis and Sharon’s bequest. Patty arrives and makes a scene when she sees Phyllis there which forces Jack other the edge and he blurts out that he wants a separation from Emily. After Patty leaves, Sharon and Phyllis make a plea to the group to band together and take a stand against the D.A.’s office. They ask them to help them sue the office in order to send a message to the D.A. that what he is doing to their families has to stop. Later, Heather and Rafe refuse to help the Newmans or Abbotts with the suit and Michael advises them that it could backfire on them which makes Ashley decide against it as well. She tells them that she would do anything that gets her locked with Victor and she can’t admit that she doesn’t believe Victor didn’t kill Adam. Daniel and Amber continue to argue over the issue of Little D and their marriage. After seeing how much Amber is hurting Daniel tries to come up with a compromise. Later, Amber begins to panic when she can’t get a hold of her mother in Furnace Creek. Amber tells Daniel that she will wait 24 hour to hear from her mother, otherwise she is going to look for Little D. Owen starts to threaten Nick and Victor when he doesn’t get the answers he is looking for. Meanwhile, Jack and Ashley are shocked when they decide to pass on the lawsuit but Billy sides with the Newmans. Billy presents his case that Adam had too many enemies to count, even outside this room. Just as he is swaying Jack and Ashley, Owen arrives to the party. Meanwhile, Heather reveals to Rafe that she tipped Owen off to the meeting at the Abbotts. Heather wonders to Rafe if Emily was telling the truth about her identity at the mental ward. Sarah tells Patty that they are going to kill Michael and Phyllis tomorrow. Later, Sarah and Patty plot the perfect murders and perfect alibis. Sarah gives Patty a gun and makes sure she knows to use it. Meanwhile, Rafe convinces Heather to run a DNA test on the cup that Emily gave her. Nick and Victor continue to try protect one another but Victor refuses to budge and reminds Nick that he still has a baby he needs to get to know and family to go home to. Meanwhile, Owen tells the group at the Abbott’s that he is giving them all a chance to clear themselves by taking lie detector tests, otherwise he will charge them all with conspiracy to commit murder. Later, Michael advises the group to start cooperating with the authorities. Victoria apologizes to Billy for the way she treated him after he alibied her for Adam’s murder but when he tries to kiss her she stops him and tells him that she is going to play hard to get, which only intrigues him more. Meanwhile, Owen learns that they found Adam’s cell phone from the basement in the G.C.A.C. Patty and Sarah go over the last minute details of their plan to eliminate Michael and Phyllis just as Michael arrives at the apartment to get something for Fen. Michael asks Sarah if there is anyway they can salvage their marriage and Sarah, cryptically tells him that after tonight it won’t matter. Meanwhile, Jack tells Patty that he is going to see Phyllis and Patty blurts out that Jack can’t, knowing that he will ruin Sarah’s plan. At the zoo, Lauren has a dream that she is home with Michael but just as the dream is playing out perfectly, Fen comes running into her arms but doesn’t recognize her. Lauren wakes up and quietly sobs as Ryder watches her from a distance. Sarah makes a plan to meet Michael later, knowing that he won’t be there to meet her. Meanwhile, Lauren pushes Ryder to be a man and stand up to Sarah and Daisy before it is too late. Later, Sarah tells Daisy about her plan to kill Michael and Phyllis and then Sarah tells Daisy that Daisy will be the one to kill Phyllis. Ryder comes upon them just as Sarah manages to manipulate Daisy into agreeing to kill Phyllis for her and Ryder is horrid as he listens to their plan, wondering who they are talking about. Phyllis tells Nick about her and Sharon’s plan to sue the D.A.’s office and Nick wonders if it will only make Owen angrier but Phyllis refuses to sit back and let Nick go to prison. Michael takes pleasure in serving Owen his lawsuit papers in front of Nick and Phyllis. Meanwhile, as Jack is trying to talk to Patty about their separation, Patty starts to hallucinate that Emily is in the room with them telling Patty that she is falling apart. Owen offers Nick a deal but Nick remains adamant that he did nothing wrong and Michael demands that Owen release him, Owen, however, refuses. Later, Owen tells Nick that unless he cooperates he will charge Phyllis with obstruction of justice and his children will have two parents behind bars. Lauren decides to go to extremes to get out of the cage and asks Jana to pretend to pass out in order to get Ryder to come into the cage so that they can over power him and escape. Meanwhile, as Sarah is telling Daisy her plan, Patty calls and tells her that they have a problem. Patty tells Sarah about Jack and Sarah tells her that she needs to pull it together no matter what. Later, Ryder confronts Daisy after hearing that they are going to kill Phyllis and Michael and tells her they can’t trust Sarah but Daisy refuses to listen. When Ryder isn’t paying attention, Daisy steals his keys to the cage and walks away. After hearing everything that is going on with “Lauren,” Phyllis offers to talk to her for Michael. Meanwhile, Patty tries to play the part of Emily very closely in order to convince Jack to stay home while she heads off to the police station. At the amusement park, Ryder confesses to Lauren and Jana that Daisy and Sarah are going to kill Phyllis and Michael. Patty runs into Michael at the police station and asks if she set up a meeting later to talk about Lauren. Meanwhile, Jack finds Patty’s diary and grows even more concerned when he sees that all that is written in is gibberish. Later, as Lauren panics for husband and friend, Sarah arrives at Phyllis’s.

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Lauren pleads with Ryder to call the police and stop Sarah and Daisy’s plan to kill Michael and Lauren. Meanwhile, Sarah startles Phyllis who asks her to come in to talk as Daisy skulks in the shadows, waiting. Amber and Daniel fight over the fact that Amber has decided to fly to California to look for Little D and Amber storms out. At the coffeehouse, Amber explains to Kevin and Michael about her fight with Daniel and Michael sympathizes with Amber’s ordeal. Later, Sarah is caught when Daniel calls Phyllis and offers to bring her dinner in order to get talk to her about Amber. Patty is caught off guard when Chance presents her with a broken cell phone and tells her that they found Adam’s fingerprints all over it. He asks her if she can shed some light on how he got the phone. Patty begins to panic when Chance tells her that they know Adam had to have had an accomplice and begins to get defensive leading Chance to believe that she is trying to hide something. Later, Patty manages to settle herself and tells Chance to ask whatever questions he may have but Patty starts to notice that it is getting late. Kevin advises Amber to call Daniel and smooth things over with him before she leaves town. As Amber is leaving Daniel a message, Kevin notices a kid stealing a tip off a table and stops him and Amber realizes the kid is Little D. Meanwhile, Sarah decides to change her plans and sends Daisy to intercept Daniel and tells Daisy that she will handle Phyllis herself. Later, Amber is thrilled to see Little D, who is now going by Eric and Eric is reacts to hearing that Amber was on her way to California to find him and that she remembered it is Eric’s birthday. As Phyllis tries to talk to “Lauren” about Michael, Sarah vents that she isn’t living up to Michael’s standards. Phyllis becomes concerned when Sarah says that Michael is going to regret it if he doesn’t stop being so judgmental. Meanwhile, Daisy shows up at Daniel’s in tears and begs him to hear her out. While Daniel’s back is turn, Daisy slips a crushed up pill into his drink. Later, Jana and Lauren voice Ryder’s worst fears to him that Daisy and Sarah are going to set him up to take the fall for Michael and Phyllis’s murders and they beg him to stop it before it is too late. Moments later, Jana falls to the ground in agony from her headaches and Lauren pleads with him to help her. Eric explains to Amber what happened with Tawny and Amber promises that from now on she is going to take care of him. Meanwhile, Daisy calls Sarah once Daniel starts to feel the effects of the drugs to tell her they are in the clear. Phyllis begins to wonder what is going on with “Lauren” when she starts making strange, even threatening remarks towards her and Michael. Patty tries to cover her panic when she learns that Chance is going to track down the person who purchase the cell phone for Adam and look at the security footage. Meanwhile, Phyllis starts to lose her cool with Sarah, who looks for an opening to take advantage of Phyllis’s vulnerable state in her wheelchair. Phyllis decides to ask Sarah to leave and calls Michael to tell him about their strange encounter. Later, she calls Daniel to check where he is and the power cuts out. Meanwhile, Amber arrives home and finds Daniel and Daisy in bed together. At the zoo, Ryder finally agrees to let Lauren and Jana go but as he goes to grab his keys he realizes that they are missing. After Patty leaves the police station, Chance calls Owen and tells him that they need to start considering her as a suspect in Adam’s murder. Meanwhile, Patty calls Michael to meet her at his apartment. Later, Phyllis starts to panic when she hears someone trying to breaking into the tack house.

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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