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Y&R Recap – Aug 1 – Aug 5th

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Jack rejects Diane when she strips down and attempts to lure him into supporting her and Kyle before she reveals Kyle’s true whereabouts. Diane is furious at Jack’s dismissive attitude and exclaims that Jack will never see Kyle again before storming out. Nick is outraged to learn that Diane sold revealing photos of Victor and Nikki in bed to the tabloid. Before he can set out to confront Diane, Victoria arrives with the bad news that Nikki is missing from rehab. When Diane receives a call from Nick, she rushes to meet him but is disappointed when Nick shows no compassion towards her. Nick insists he wants nothing more to do with Diane. Billy tries to reach out to Victoria when they both cross at the GCAC bar, but Victoria puts her guard up and reminds Billy that he was quiet dismissive to her just the other day. Billy does not fight Victoria’s resistance and simply sits down as he orders himself a drink. When Victor learns that Nikki is missing from her rehab center, he insists he will hop on the jet and find her at once. Michael reminds Victor that he was just released from jail and crossing state lines is not a good idea. Michael offers to go find Nikki. Tension flares as Phyllis interferes when Nick and Diane are fighting at Crimson Lights. Phyllis reminds Diane that she is violating the restraining order she filed against her and the cat fight ensues as Diane tears into Phyllis about her less than perfect past. Nick breaks up the cat fight and tells Diane to leave the people he cares about, including his family, alone. Jack confronts Billy at the GCAC bar about his growing dismissal of everyone around him, especially Victoria. Billy resists Jack’s suggestion to confront Victoria about their growing tension and instead orders yet another drink as Jack looks on in disapproval. Diane meets Ashley at Crimson Lights and confirms that she has Abby’s confession video in her possession, but attempts to bribe Ashley by insisting she can have it at a price. Ashley rejects her proposal, insisting that despite what Diane may think, nobody in Genoa City is intimidated by her threats. Diane flares, exclaiming that she did have sex with Tucker and it was very enjoyable. Ashley slaps Diane across the face before she can say any more.

Jack receives a call from Kyle but is having a hard time hearing him. Jack is shocked to learn that Kyle is in Switzerland and before he can find out Kyle’s exact location, the connection is lost. Michael moves to Diane quickly when she arrives while he is talking with Victor, insisting he will handle her. Michael pleads with Diane to leave town and offers to give her enough funds if she leaves Genoa City as soon as possible. When Michael starts to head back towards Victor, he stops in his tracks at the sight of Billy and Victor face to face. Victoria, Jack, and Abby are also tense at the sight of these two enraged men. Tempers flare as Victor bashes Billy for his vagrant ways, stepping towards Billy as they exchange heated words. Before everyone can stop them, Billy takes a swing at Victor, forcing Jack to grab him. Soon an officer arrives to break up the scuffle and escort Billy to the police station. Abby crosses paths with Adam later that night at the GCAC bar and is not at all amused with his small talk. Once Adam leaves with his sultry companion Elaine, Abby begins to drink heavily. A shadow rustles in the trees by the footbridge at the park. The moonlight reveals Diane’s lifeless body face down in the stream.

Murphy finds Diane’s lifeless body by the stream when he arrives to fish by the footbridge in the park. A frantic Murphy calls 911 to report that he has found Diane Newman dead in Town Park. Murphy then calls Kay to tell her of the horrible news. Adam begins to clean off the mud from his boots before heading out of his GCAC suite. He runs into Abby, who looks very disheveled after waking up from a black out induced slumber in the ladies bathroom with mud on her dress. Phyllis and Nick wake up entwined on the couch in the Restless Style office after spending the night together. Phyllis notices a scratch on Nick’s neck and suggests that perhaps she did it during the intense love making. As Phyllis looks down at her nails, she notices one is broken and most have dried dirt buried underneath. Phyllis quickly conceals them from Nick. Jack meets with Kay looking rather distressed and explains to Kay he had quiet a rough night. When Jack notices Adam, he excuses himself and approaches him, demanding to know where Diane sent Kyle away to. Kay receives a call from Murphy telling her that he found Diane’s body. Once off the phone, Kay moves to Jack and Adam to reveal the awful news of Diane’s death. Victor is attempting to leave town on his private jet when suddenly the cabin door opens to reveal two officers who have come to inform Victor that his bail prohibits leaving town. Despite Victor’s disapproval, he is arrested before being taking to GCPD. Jack is surprised to see Victoria at the police station and remembers that Billy was arrested. Jack tells Victoria of Diane’s death. Victoria is distraught when she learns that Jack was never able to find out where Diane sent Kyle in Switzerland. An officer brings Billy into the room and begins to thank Jack for posting bail, but Jack informs Billy that it was Victoria’s doing. Before Phyllis can head to the nail salon to repair her nails, a staffer arrives for work at Restless Style and informs Nick and Phyllis of Diane’s death. Victor arrives to the police station to find Jack talking with Spencer regarding the search for Kyle. Victor is subdued in his reaction when Jack tells him that Diane was found dead in Town Park. Ashley and Tucker worry that now that Diane’s dead, whatever dirt Diane had on Abby or anyone else close to her may not be kept a secret. After Adam throws away his muddy boots, Adam breaks into Diane’s GCAC suite in search of something. Adam appears to have no luck and moves out of the room just as the hotel manager is walking down the hall to let an officer into Diane’s suite.

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Michael arrives to the police squad room demanding to know why Victor was rearrested. After learning that Victor attempted to leave town, Victor informs Michael that Diane was found dead in Town Park. Spencer adds that the M.E has ruled Diane’s death a homicide. Nina arrives back from LA and Jill learns she is distraught over not hearing from Chance. Murphy comforts the concerned women and tells them that sometimes no news is good news, having been a soldier himself. Nina tells Jill that she’s sure Kay knows someone high ranking in the military that could help track Chance down. Ashley confronts Tucker about Diane’s allegations that she and Tucker slept together. Tucker comes clean to Ashley and admits to sleeping with Diane. Ashley is devastated that Tucker denied having sex with Diane all this time and labeled Abby as a liar for telling Ashley that Tucker is a sleaze. Tucker begins his attempt to convince Ashley that he is committed to her but is interrupted when Kay arrives to inform them both that she will be challenging the validity of their marriage due to Tucker’s lack of mental competence. At the police station, Michael defends Victor’s attempt to leave Genoa City to Spencer, telling him that Victor was not attempting to flee but rather going to Nikki’s rehab facility to search for her. Jack receives a list of eleven boys around Kyle’s age that arrives unaccompanied in Switzerland. Jack, Michael and Victor ask for Spencer’s help in contacting the schools that Kyle may be boarding in. Michael receives a call informing him that Nikki is safe and back at the rehab facility. Victor is relieved to learn that Nikki just needed some time alone and that is why she had left the rehab. Spencer agrees to let Victor be released. Jack is giving details about Kyle on the phone but does not recognize the name associated with the boy that matches Kyle’s physical description so he asks if they can send a picture to verify.

Spencer receives a call from the mayor informing him that Genoa City will be bringing in a high profile detective to oversee Diane’s murder case. Paul and Detective Mauro are looking at the creek bed and discussing that a former FBI agent will be leading the investigation. Paul is dumbfounded when he hears a voice say “He’s here now”, and turns to see Ronan. Paul is stunned when Ronan arrives at the park and begins examining the area that Diane’s body was found. Paul bluntly reminds Ronan that he owes a lot of people in Genoa City answers as to why he snuck out of town with Chance’s liver and never looked back. Ronan coldly tells Paul that his only obligation right now is to find Diane’s killer. Billy gets a call from Rafe as he enters his and Victoria’s home informing him that the judge ruled against Billy having any further contact with Delia. Before he can absorb this blow, Victoria enters through the front door and is shocked to see Billy. Billy tells Victoria that he came to grab the rest of his things from the house, but before he can grab his suitcase, Victoria pleads with him to stay and talk with her. Jack confronts Adam and accuses him of killing Diane. Adam smugly denies that he had anything to do with Diane’s death and scrutinizes Jack for not even knowing where Kyle is. Jack becomes furious and pushes Adam against the wall, demanding that Adam tell him everything he knows about Kyle’s whereabouts. Billy and Victoria cannot fight the true feelings they have for each other and begin to make love after Victoria asks Billy to stay. When they are done, Victoria cannot hold back and confesses that she believes she wouldn’t be the woman she is today without Billy. Victoria moves off to make the two of them coffee, and when she exits into the kitchen, Billy gets up and goes to look inside the package he had noticed when he entered. Billy is overcome with emotion when he removes the painting Victoria had done of them dressed up like Hefner and his Bunny. He quickly places it back in the box, grabs his suitcase, and leaves. Adam tells Jack that he has no idea of Kyle’s whereabouts and Jack begins to leave Adam’s GCAC suite when Ronan arrives to bring them both in for questioning regarding Diane’s murder investigation. Jack insists he had planned to leave for Switzerland in search of Kyle, but Ronan informs him that he is unable to leave the country. When Adam and Jack arrive to GCPD with Ronan, Victor and Michael are just finalizing Victor’s release papers. Victor offers to go search for Kyle himself, but Ronan abruptly informs him that Victor will need to be questioned on his whereabouts on the night of Diane’s murder.

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After Jack, Victor, and Adam are moved to another room, the Coroner arrives to inform Paul and Ronan that Diane’s cause of death was blunt force trauma. Both Paul and Ronan are stunned to learn that Diane was bashed in the head ten times with a rock. After being questioned by Ronan, Jack receives the picture of “Timothy Bilton” via email and is relieved to see that it is Kyle. Jack instantly tells Paul that he needs to book at flight to Switzerland immediately, but Paul reminds him that Ronan specifically told Jack he cannot leave the country. When Paul asks Ronan if Jack can leave to find Kyle, Ronan hesitantly agrees. Jack leaves right before a CSI tech arrives with evidence of six other people Diane sent texts to the night of her death.  Victoria’s heart sinks when she returns to the living room to find Billy and the suitcase gone. Sitting alone in a first class plane seat, Billy turns off his phone before soaring away from Genoa City.

Phyllis and Nick are reviewing a story at Restless Style when Jack arrives and announces that he is heading to Switzerland to get Kyle. Jack tells them that Ronan has questioned him on his whereabouts the night of Diane’s death because of recent evidence that Diane sent him a text before she was killed. Phyllis tells Jack and Nick that Diane also sent her a text the night she was murdered asking her to meet in the park. Jack warns Phyllis to be ready for Ronan to interrogate her. Just as Victoria is finishing up a voicemail to Billy asking him to let her know where he ran off too, Victor arrives with news that Ronan has already began questioning Victor about Diane’s death. Victor notes that because the lawsuit Diane filed against Nikki was public record, Ronan could conclude that both Victoria and Nick had motive to harm Diane for going after their mother. Victoria assures Victor she has nothing to hide. Adam finds Abby at the bar still attempting to nurse her hangover and suggests they use each other as an alibi since both of them were at the bar the night of Diane’s death. Abby recalls lunging at Diane in the park for the key that allegedly unlocks the safe harboring her confession. Abby comes back to reality and is reluctant to accept Adam’s alibi offer, despite her foggy recollection of her actions the night of Diane’s death. Nick admits to receiving a text from Diane the night of her death as well. Nick and Phyllis tell each other that they of course ignored Diane’s request to meet at the park. They decide that since they were both working all night at the Restless Style office, they have an alibi in case Ronan questions them. Sure enough, Ronan arrives and is skeptical of Nick and Phyllis’ story that they both stayed all night at the office. Ronan notices Phyllis’ fresh manicure and is suspicious of Phyllis’ claim that she went to the nail salon before her office sleepover. At GCAC, Abby tells Victor that Adam attempted to get her to agree on an alibi for the night of Diane’s murder. As Victor asks Abby if she really did see Diane last night, Ronan arrives demanding to know the answer to that same question. Abby insists she was at the bar the entire night, but the bartender cannot fully recollect how long Abby stayed. Ronan reads the autopsy report and reviews the photos associated with the crime scene. He picks up an envelope to reveal at tiny silver key that had been removed from Diane’s mouth after she was found. Another baggy contains a broken acrylic nail. A photo reveals an imprint of a Harvard ring found on Diane’s forearm.

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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.

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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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