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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.

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.

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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Dick Van Dyke as Days of our Lives’ Timothy Robicheaux Meets John Black’s Family

Dick Van Dyke’s guest star turn on Days of our Lives has been a huge win for the long-running soap opera. During his entire run, Van Dyke has brought so much heart to his scenes, even though the story may be often far-fetched. It’s a testament to this television icon, that even at 97-years-old, he still has the acting chops and that endearing quality that audiences have loved for decades.

Now on Days of our Lives, Van Dyke is playing Timothy Robicheaux and as it was revealed last week, Van Dyke wasn’t playing just any amnesiac war veteran mystery man, he is tied to a major Salem character!

As predicted, Van Dyke turned out to be playing the real biological father of John Black (Drake Hogestyn), and the man John has been searching for all his life.  Previously, John thought the evil Yo Ling was his bio-dad.

On Thursday’s episode, Timothy was going to meet members of his new family. So, John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) bring him home from the hospital, where “Tim” meets his granddaughter, Belle (Martha Madison) and grandson, Brady (Eric Martsolf).  Later, Paul (Christopher Sean) shows up, and so too does Paul’s boyfriend, Andrew (Colton Little).

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It is Andrew who suggests that they take a family photo, which he is happy to snap.  Throughout it all, it was heartwarming to see Van Dyke’s portrayal of a man who has lived most of his life all alone finally being reconnected to the family he lost.  There was even a moment where Timothy becomes overwhelmed with tears, and still a moment that followed between John and Timothy, where John asks him if it’s OK that he calls him “Dad!” Cue the hankies!

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If next year, Van Dyke submits himself for a Daytime Emmy in the Guest Star category, he has to be a lock!

So, what did you think of the scenes where Timothy meets Belle, Brady, Paul and Andrew, and gets to know his son, John Black just a little bit better? Has Dick Van Dyke’s performance been bringing you to tears? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Victor Kiriakis is Laid To Rest in Tribute to John Aniston: What Did You Think of the Memorial Service?

This week, on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera laid the character of Victor Kiriakis to rest, ten months after his portrayer, TV icon, John Aniston passed away.

In the final send-off, Victor’s loved ones gather for an informal funeral service just outside the Kiriakis mausoleum. Justin (Wally Kurth) reveals that Victor will be interned next to his beloved daughter, Isabella.

Several returns for this emotional occasion made this extra touching for DAYS viewers. In fact, a few of the actors that did return to the show, asked to be a part of the memorial, because of their love and respect for their time sharing scenes with Aniston. Those included: Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) and Jen Lilley (Theresa). In addition, John-Paul Lavoisier reprised his role as Victor’s son, Phillip Kiriakis, and Zach Tinker was back as Sonny Kiriakis.

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We have to say, it was Tinker, Melvin, and Lavoisier’s portrayed remembrances during the service that truly tugged at the heartstrings. Each of their characters shared a bit of Victor’s history and his familial ties, ultimately revealing the devastating heartbreak they felt with his loss.

Then, there was Suzanne Rogers (Maggie). Currently celebrating her 50th anniversary with the show, Rogers effectively depicted the pain of a grieving widow who lost her other half.  When Sonny addressed Maggie at the funeral, and the love his uncle Victor had for ‘sweet’ Maggie, it made many a longtime viewer reach for the hankies.

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Other characters who spoke or attended the memorial service included: Kate (Lauren Koslow), Alex (Robert Scott Wilson), Xander (Paul Telfer), Brady (Eric Martsolf), Rex (Kyle Lowder), Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle) and others. In fact, it was Justin, who captured a bit of the essence of his uncle Victor, when he shared to the guests, “I will miss that meddling.”

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Following the service, there had to be one unwanted arrival, right? After the Kiriakis family returns to Victor’s mansion who should saunter in? That’s right! Vivian Alamain, played by the deliciously wicked, Louise Sorel.

So, what did you think about Days of our Lives’ memorial service for Victor Kiriakis, that concluded with a montage of memorable moments in the life of Victor as played by John Aniston with his co-stars? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  In case you missed it, check out You Tube’s Michael Fairman recent interview with Suzanne Rogers, where she discussed: losing her on-screen partner, John Aniston, Victor’s death, and what may come next for Maggie, and more.

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Dick Van Dyke and Drake Hogestyn Deliver Heart-Tugging Scenes as Days of our Lives’ Father and Son are Reunited

On Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Dick Van Dyke reminded us all why he is a national treasure. At 97-years-old, he can still pull off great performances, and now he can add his role on Days of our Lives to that list.

Van Dyke had never appeared on a soap opera, previously, but due to his friendship with Drake Hogestyn (John), this once and a lifetime guest-star turn has turned into quite the memorable one.

For DAYS fans who guessed that Van Dyke’s ‘mystery man’ would turn out to be John Black’s biological father, you were correct!  In story, it now turns out the real Timothy Robicheaux is Van Dyke’s amnesiac war veteran, who formerly was being called, “Joseph Bell.”

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With so many twists and turns in the life of John Black, and so many confusing stories through the years, it is revealed through a series of flashbacks that during the Korean war and while in combat, Joseph Bell’s dog tags were switched by a soldier who left him there to die.  This key piece of intel is told by Bell while sitting with Marlena in her office, along with John.  Later, John reveals a pair of dog tags around his neck, and that Bell’s real name is Timothy Robicheaux. John says “All this time, you’ve been searching for your son. Sir, your search is over.”

Marlena (Deidre Hall) tells Timothy he was lost in the VA system after he was severely wounded in the war. John didn’t know much about his upbringing, except he was born on a rural farm, and Timothy came from a farm.

As his memory is further triggered, Timothy remembers his wife’s name was Maude and she had their baby after he was lost in the war.  Timothy feels sorry for the hard life John has had to live. John informs his father that Maude died a few years ago.

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With all the sorrow and the pain, they have endured in their lifetimes, John and Timothy are just so happy they have found each other, at long last. In an emotional moment, John shares all the versions of himself and identities he has had along the way, but credits Marlena and Timothy for him being the man he is today.  This is followed, by yet, another touching moment when Timothy and John hug for the first time as father and son. Timothy vows that they will never lose each other again.

Through these scenes, Van Dyke played the beats of the story so convincingly, and made us feel for this man who finally finds the son he has longed for over years.  While this brought yet another change to John Black’s history and back-story, it is a welcome one. Finally, John gets a decent man for a dad, not the evil Yo Ling, when all is said and done.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Dick Van Dyke and Drake Hogestyn as father and son, who find each other after decades of being apart? Let us know in the comment section, but first check out next week’s promo for DAYS where Timothy meets the rest of his family including his grandson, Paul Narita (Christopher Sean).

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