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Y&R Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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Victoria and Billy discuss Chloe’s disapproval of Jana. Kevin explains to Chloe he believes she is overreacting. Gloria agrees Jana is not to be trusted. On the stand, Spencer continues questioning Sharon. She sees Adam appear in the back of the courtroom. Jana enters a bank dressed in disguise, and attempts to get information about a large-sum wire transfer. Victoria confronts Jana about Chloe’s claims. Victor rejects Diane’s offer to spend the day with him, but insists he accompany her after getting a call about Kyle injuring his arm. Sharon and Adam reunite. He informs Vance and Sharon the memory card is missing from the camera. Adam wants to testify to what he saw on the video tape. Chloe insists to Billy that Delia needs to switch schools because she doesn’t trust Jana. The bank calls Billy to inform him that someone was inquiring about a wire transfer, so Billy realizes there’s only one thing he can do. Jack informs Victor that Adam is back from Thailand. Vance informs Sharon and Adam that the prosecution has called Adam to the stand.

­Adam takes the stand. As Gloria and Chloe are gossiping about Jana, Jana shows up, furious that Chloe tried to get her fired. With a plan in mind, Gloria manages to snag Jana’s apartment key. Lily reveals to Daniel, Jill and Colin that she’s going to a therapist. Malcolm informs Sofia they could be married by the end of the week, but Sofia relents. On the stand, Spencer mentions Adam’s disappearance to New Orleans the same night Skye fled to Hawaii, and accuses Adam of sending Sharon to kill Skye. Adam begins explaining the footage on the camera but is silenced by the judge. Chloe and Gloria sneak into Jana’s apartment, looking for clues to prove Jana is crazy. Soon after, Jana arrives home. Chloe finds something interesting before Billy catches her and Gloria scurrying away.  After her therapy session, Lily calls Malcolm, Neil and Sofia, insisting they can have their wedding at the church. Phyllis asks Malcolm to help with the memory card.

­Ashley, Tucker, and Abby visit a park near the Abbott mansion. Ashley tells Tucker that she thinks it would be a great location for the wedding. Jack arrives, telling them that Sharon’s trial does not look hopeful. Ashley and Abby express their concern for Faith’s well being, and insist Sharon is not a killer. Ashley and Tucker head to dinner at Gloworm. Abby tells them she has plans with Kent and will meet them later. Adam attempts to persuade Sharon that her escape from jail would be thoroughly planned and to trust him. Sharon rejects Adam’s offer, insisting she will not risk losing Faith. Sharon tells Adam that if she escapes, they will be living on the run and never be able to come back to Genoa City. Before Adam leaves, Sharon pleads with him to have faith in the jury’s decision and hope for the best possible outcome.

Malcolm and Phyllis are busy attempting to retrieve video footage from the erased memory cards. Phyllis thanks Malcolm for all his help. Malcolm tells Phyllis he really should be planning his wedding. Phyllis gets a call from Billy and must head to Restless Style’s office. Malcolm tells her he will drop the remaining memory cards off with a friend who works in forensics. Neil and Sofia are discussing the last minute arrangements for the wedding. Neil questions if Sofia is ready to marry Malcolm. Sofia is offended, telling Neil she is certainly ready and to not interfere. Malcolm enters and notices the tension between Sofia and Neil. When Neil leaves, Malcolm asks Sofia if she is taking out her frustrations on Neil because Malcolm has been preoccupied with helping Phyllis. Sofia assures Malcolm she is happy and excited to be his wife.

Victor and Michael are evaluating proposals from brokerage firms when Diane greets Kyle, who has just exited the game room. As Diane and Kyle are heading to play, they run into Nick and Summer. The kids go to play, leaving Diane and Nick alone. Nick insists Victor will not appreciate them talking. Victor points out Diane and Nick’s conversation to Michael, telling him Diane is reckless and cannot be trusted. Abby arrives to GCAC just as Victor and Michael are leaving. Irritated because Kent stood her up, Abby asks Victor to stay for a drink. Victor rejects her offer, telling her he has somewhere to be. Michael tells Abby not to give up on her relationship with Victor. Abby decides to join Ashley and Tucker at Gloworm. While getting a drink at the bar, Tucker offers Abby 50% over the share price for her Newman Enterprise stocks. Abby declines, telling Tucker she doesn’t do business with people she doesn’t trust. As Diane is waiting for Victor at Gloworm, Ashley and Tucker are being seated for dinner. Ashley stops to have a word with Diane. Ashley tells Diane that there is life after Victor, and explains how happy she is to be with Tucker.

Jana breaks down to Kevin about the stress Gloria and Chloe have caused. Gloria and Chloe discuss possible motives behind Jana’s fake pregnancy belly.  Michael and Lauren inform a furious Phyllis of Daisy’s escape in Canada. Victoria hands Lucy to Daniel and explains she needs a baby-sitter for a couple hours. He arrives at Restless Style with Lucy and Phyllis begins to interrogate him about Canada. Noah visits Sharon in jail. Victor reveals to Nick he hopes they can put aside their differences. Vance calls and informs them the jury has reached a verdict. Adam and Tucker make a deal regarding Adam’s stocks.  Chloe and Gloria reveal to Kevin the fake pregnancy belly just as the police arrive to arrest them for burglary.

­Sharon awaits the verdict, and contemplates Adam’s escape plan. Phyllis updates Jack about the memory cards before they enter the courtroom. When Sharon enters, Nick informs Adam he needs a minute alone with her. Tucker calls Michael to discuss business, and Michael gets another call from Victor. Kay and Nikki discuss Tucker’s attempt to take over Newman Enterprises. Kay suggests Nikki visit Victor, especially now that the fate of Sharon will soon be determined. The judge announces that Sharon is found guilty of first degree murder. Vance insists Sharon is feeling sick, and the judge orders the jail matron to escort her to the bathroom. While in the bathroom, Sharon puts her escape into motion. Tucker informs Michael that he has acquired Adam’s stocks and wants to buy more. Victor is outraged by Sharon’s verdict and insists Michael defend her if there’s an appeal. Noah informs Nick that he wants to head back to New York. Sharon continues her escape act in the bathroom just as Adam announces to reporters they intend to appeal. Phyllis gets a call from Malcolm’s friend who informs her he may have found something.

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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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.

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?

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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