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Y&R Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Jack wonders if Phyllis is starting to spin out of control after he witnesses the altercation between her and Deacon. As Nick and Sharon bring Summer and Faith back to the tack house and Summer asks if they are all going to live their together with Phyllis, Sharon helps Nick deflect Summer’s question as they work together as a family. At the coffeehouse, Abby tells Daniel that she is going to Gloworm to work on her image but Daniel refuses to go with her as long as Deacon is there but Abby knows she can convince him. After a little eyelash-batting and some not so subtle hints, Daniel finely gives in. Meanwhile, Tucker is stunned when Ashley tells him that she doesn’t want to see him anymore. Later, at Gloworm, Abby starts to strip for her adoring public in order to save Daniel from ripping Deacon apart. Nearby, Phyllis gets fired up as she tells Jack about seeing Nick with his blonde at Jimmy’s and that he is probably with Sharon right now. At the tack house, Phyllis is on the right track, as Sharon decides to take Nick’s offer to move back to the ranch as they slow seem to be becoming a family again. Billy watches Victoria as she rides the high off walking away from Newman and her father and she throws down the gauntlet, telling Billy that he needs to find something to make this feeling last. Later, Billy and Victoria end up in a tattoo parlor. Victoria ends up getting “Billy forever” tattooed on her back but before Billy’s “Victoria” can be finished their tattoo artist, Snake, has a heart attack and only finishes the “Victor.” Victor runs into Adam at the gym and Adam continues to push Victor’s buttons until Victor draws off and clocks him. Meanwhile, Tucker wonders what Ashley is afraid of between them but Ashley’s defensives go up and she tells him that she isn’t scared she just isn’t interested. Later, at Gloworm, Phyllis is served by Adam’s lawsuit and when Skye and Adam both show up at the club, Phyllis loses her cool and Jack has to talk her off the ledge, reminding her that she has Summer to think about. Meanwhile, Skye reminds Adam everything she has on him and that he better start being a little more grateful for everything she is doing, for starters, dropping the suit.

Tucker is furious with Ashley for what she is doing and demands that she admit that she feels what is going on between them but Ashley stands her ground, even when Tucker continues to push. Ashley tells Tucker to go home and eventually Tucker has no choice. Later, Tucker returns, unwilling to let Ashley shut him out and ends up throwing a patio chair through the window to make her listen and it works as she rushes to him and kisses him hard. Nick and Phyllis run into each other at the coffeehouse and just as they are having a moment of civility, Phyllis goes ballistic when she hears that Sharon and Faith are staying at the tack house with Nick. Meanwhile, Adam shows up at the ranch and although alarmed about how he got onto the property, Sharon immediately wonders what happened to his eye. Adam tells her not to worry about it and tries once again to convince her that she still wants to be with him just as Nick arrives home and finds Adam there. Adam leaves voluntarily but Nick is furious with Sharon for letting him in. Later, Phyllis works out her aggressions by having sex with Deacon in the loading dock of Gloworm. Billy nearly loses it when he realizes that he has Victor’s name in a heart on his back. Meanwhile, Victor offers Jack another partnership and a way to take down Adam, by investing in the Newman Fund. Later, Billy is about to carve his own arm off just to get Victor’s name off his body when Victoria decides he needs a distraction and sets about her task with a passionate kiss that heats up. Jack calls Skye to tell her that he is having his money wired into their hedge fund tomorrow and Skye is thrilled, setting Jack and Victor’s plan into motion. As Cane and Lily prepare for the twins’ Christening they realize what family really means. Meanwhile, Lauren wonders if she can just hand over half of Fenmores to Jill just because a judge orders her to. All the while, Jill has new executive photos taken, as she prepares to take her place at Fenmores. Later, Lauren decides that Michael is right and it is time to end this feud with Jill. Jill is thrilled to hear that Lauren is ready to sign the papers so quickly. Nina is disappointed when Paul tells her that although her son’s parents seemed like decent people he has no new leads for her on where he is now. Meanwhile, Ronan is furious with Chloe when she starts talking about his secret where anyone could hear her. Chance stops by to see Heather and Heather admits to him that Ronan was the one that took the drugs from her office and Chance goes ballistic saying that he is going with her to see Owen to take Ronan down. Heather, however, refuses to let him, covering her true reasons for not wanting him to come with her and saying that he is too emotional and promising that she will handle Owen herself. Nina begins to worry that the reason there is no trace of her other son is because he is dead. Meanwhile, Chloe can’t believe that Ronan doesn’t want to know his mother or his brother, no matter what his opinions of them are. Later, Chance runs into Chloe in the hallway outside Heather’s apartment and they end up on the topic of Ronan. Chance is bothered when Chloe doesn’t seem to think he is a dirty cop and wonders what she is getting at when she brings up his long lost brother. In Owen’s office, Heather tells him that Ronan took the drugs and is going to use them to track the drug ring which scares Owen, who is involved. Ronan shows up and blindsides Heather when he tells Owen that Heather has no idea what she is doing.

Michael reminds Lauren that no amount of money can take away the fact that she is Fenmore’s, the legacy lives on in her. Meanwhile, Cane reminds Jill not to start out on the wrong foot with Lauren because this will be hard for her and if Jill wants to really become a family one-day she is going to need to respect that. Later, Lauren and Jill sign the paperwork handing Jill half of Fenmore’s and Jill remembers Cane’s advice as she tries to reach out to Lauren but Lauren isn’t ready to be Jill’s sister. Jill simply shrugs it off and leaves. However, Lauren needs to steady herself when Jill decides to have her new executive headshot mounted in every Fenmore’s. Nina fears that she may never know her son. Ronan tells Owen that the drugs didn’t come from the police evidence locker and Heather tries to figure out what game Ronan is playing, while Owen is silently relieved. Owen turns to Heather and fires her. Alone, Ronan tells her that he did her favor because now no one will be coming after her anymore and Heather realizes that he just lied to Owen. Heather draws off and slaps Ronan. Later, Chloe is stung when Heather arrives home wrecked and Chance instinctively comforts her without considering Chloe’s feelings. Malcolm tells Lily and Cane that he wants to be there for everything with the twins as they grow up because after nearly losing Lily he has realized how important the small things are. Jill offers Cane and Lily, Phillip’s old Christening gown for Charlie and they are deeply touched. Ronan gives Meeks the real drugs from the evidence locker and slyly tells Meeks that he knows he is involved in the drug ring. He tells Meeks that he wants in just as Chloe walks up, looking for a little revenge, inviting Ronan to lunch at her place. Meanwhile, Paul manages to get a hold of a small, old photo of Nina’s son but he is barely recognizable in it. Later, while Chloe brings Ronan back to her apartment, Heather and Chance end up in another passionate kiss after Heather admits her feelings for him.

On the day of the Christening, Traci is extremely emotional when she meets the twins for the first time. Meanwhile, Sofia reminds Malcolm that he is very much a part of the Winters family and one day soon she will be too. Later, just as everyone is leaving for the church, Michael arrives to tell Cane that the I.C.E. has moved up his court case to today. Traci shows Michael the twins, reminds him what he is fighting for. Billy is none too thrilled with his new tattoo or the fact that Victoria is going to be spending more time at the ranch, even if it is for Reed’s benefit. Meanwhile, Reed and J.T. prepare for Mac’s arrival as Mac brings over her things for their first day living together. Later, Billy’s concern grows when he asks Victoria when she plans on telling J.T. that she is moving in with Billy and Victoria seems a bit dodgy about the topic. Meanwhile, Mac is thrown when J.T. tells her that he hasn’t told Victoria about their living arrangements yet.  As Chance and Heather are about to make love again, Heather notices a car outside and Chance recognizes it as Ronan’s and thinks he is spying on them again. Chance leaves Heather to try and flush Ronan out. Meanwhile, Chloe plans to use to her powers of seduction to get Ronan to open up and so she leaves to slip into something more comfortable. The moment she is gone, Ronan makes a cryptic phone call to Chris telling her that they were way off on who Ronan can trust. Ronan learns that Chance left and takes off after him, which Heather overhears. She calls Chance and tells him that Ronan just left but he was in the building with Chloe. Chance comes to Chloe’s apartment to tell her that Ronan is using her to get to him and Chloe tries to change his mind about Ronan but Chance shuts her down. Chloe calls him out on the fact that she should mean more to him that some civilian she is trying to keep safe and before Chance can defend himself Ronan returns and Chloe asks Chance to leave. Alone, Chloe and Ronan get into an argument about Chloe having to keep Ronan’s secret and Ronan turns it around on Chloe telling her that she is using him just as much as he is using her. Back at Heather’s, Chance and Heather are forced to face their attraction to one another. Ronan opens up to Chloe a little before leaving and Chloe decides to leave her engagement ring in an envelope outside Heather’s apartment but she hears Chance and Heather talking and decides to eavesdrop. She hears Chance give into his desire and start to make love to Heather and that is enough for Chloe. Billy and Mac wonder what is going on with their significant others when both Victoria and J.T. want to avoid telling the other about their new life changes. Billy tells Victoria that she doesn’t have to choose between being free and being with her son and he will be with her every step of the way. Meanwhile, J.T. assures Mac that he loves her and he will tell Victoria that he and Mac are living together today. Later, J.T. and Victoria immediately get into it when J.T. accidentally sees Victoria’s tattoo and Reed lets it slip that Mac moved in with them. When Neil and Sofia start to go at it at the Christening waiting on news about Cane, Sofia suggests it better that Neil go find out what is going on for himself before he goes out of his mind. Meanwhile, Michael tries to remain positive but admits to Lily and Cane that this is their last appeal, if they lose; Cane goes back to Australia for good. Later, Lily and Cane remain optimistic that they can beat the immigration problems after everything they have had to conquer this year. Later, everyone at the Christening waits with baited breath for news as Cane and Lily return and tell them that Michael won and Cane can stay. Lily and Cane explain that it was their story of survival that convinced the immigration officers to allow Cane to stay and the job that Sofia got him didn’t hurt. Nearby, J.T. and Victoria are still going at it and Billy reminds them that the christening is about to start and they need to put their animosity on hold. Moments later, Jill is furious when Lauren shows up to crash the christening. Cane steps in and stops Lauren and Jill from going at it, reminding them what today is about. As the ceremony begins, Cane and Lily address Traci and Devon and remind everyone why they chose these two extraordinary people to be their children’s godparents.  Lauren gives Lily and Cane a very generous gift for the twins and Cane and Lily are very touched but Jill ends up feeling up staged and left out. At Cane’s, Billy and Mac realize that they have become friends and wonder if one day Victoria and J.T. will find their way there too. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Victoria that her tattoo proves she is unstable but Victoria realizes that everything is place and she tells J.T. that she quit her job and moved off the ranch and in with Billy. J.T. is left speechless. Later, Lily tells Malcolm that although he may not be the babies’ grandfather on paper she still wants to be a big part of their lives and Malcolm is touched. Kay and Jill are stunned when Phillip shows up at Cane’s out of the blue. Cane is thrilled to see Phillip and introduce him to his children but something is off when Phillip isn’t overly thrilled about Cane’s new job as liaison for Chancellor in Canberra. Later, Phillip alerts Cane that if he comes back to Australia he will be in a lot of danger from the rustlers.

As Mac decides to leave, Lily reminds her that as soon as she is ready she and the twin will be waiting for her to be “Aunt Mac.” Mac asks Billy if he has heard from Victoria yet and Billy says no and they both hope that J.T. and Victoria are still alive. Meanwhile, Victoria tells J.T. that Billy is different and they are committed to one another and she is focused on making her life about Reed. J.T., however, doesn’t buy it and refuses to work out a new custody arrangement between them so Victoria tells him that she will see him in court. At Billy’s, Victoria tells him that she laid her cards on the table and she is going to fight him for custody. Billy wonders if she is having any second thoughts but Victoria assures him she isn’t. Later, Mac and J.T. make love for the first time.

Billy is surprised when Victoria suddenly bursts into tears after waking up in the trailer after her first morning living there. Victoria tells him that the trailer is too small for Reed and all of her things and Billy spontaneously suggests that they buy a house together. Victoria is shocked but out of the blue decides it is the best idea. Later, Billy and Victoria are skeptical when their realtor turns out to be none other than Gloria. Nikki is thrilled to have Meggie’s help with all her work but something Meggie says rubs Victor the wrong way. Meanwhile, Tucker wonders to Ashley if Jack will come through for them with Victor and Beauty of Nature. Later, Kay offers to let Nikki and Victor to get married at the Chancellor mansion and Nikki happily accepts. At the ranch, Michael and Victor meet with Adam and Vance and Victor offers Adam a settlement of nothing. Victor tells Adam he won’t be getting a dime from him. Jack arrives at Jabot and walks in on Ashley and Tucker amidst a passionate kiss. Ashley hurries off to a meeting and Jack tells Tucker that he isn’t sharing anything he has on acquiring Beauty of Nature until he has contract in writing making him Co-CEO of Jabot. Skye is not thrilled when Adam tells her that he is meeting with Victor and Michael today to discuss a settlement but he has no plans to let this suit go. Meanwhile, Jack stops by Victor’s office to tell Michael and Victor that he has had the Abbott’s separated from the Newman in Adam’s suit and Victor takes it rather well. After Jack leaves Victor tells Michael that Jack is going to be kicking himself after he finds out that they have an ace up their sleeve. Later, Adam is stunned when Skye ends up being Victor’s secret weapon. Tucker agrees to Jack’s terms and signs the contracts and Jack tells Tucker that he has a secret weapon, someone close to Victor that has agreed to help them. Meanwhile, Abby tries to con some money out of Ashley by playing the “good little daughter” but Ashley sees right through her so Abby goes back to Jack for help. Later, Jack explains to Tucker his plan to use Abby’s trust to make Victor’s empire bleed. The two agree that when it comes to business what Ashley doesn’t know won’t hurt her. As they begin to plan the wedding, Nikki tells Meggie and Kay that this will be the last time she and Victor say “til death do us part.” Meanwhile, Skye tells Adam that if he doesn’t drop the lawsuit she will testify for Newmans against him and Adam is furious. When Vance realizes that Adam perjured himself on the stand he tells Victor and Michael that they will drop the suit against the Newmans. Victor tells Michael that Jack just screwed himself by severing the suits. Later, Ashley is thrilled to hear that Tucker hired Jack a Co-CEO effective immediately but both she and Jack are blindsided when they get the news that Adam dropped the suit against the Newmans.

Gloria ends up showing Victoria and Billy a house straight out of “Father knows Best” and despite themselves Billy and Victoria end up falling in love with it. After very little conversation, Billy tells Gloria that they will take the house and both Gloria and Victoria are thrilled. While Meggie, Kay and Nikki are planning Nikki’s wedding to Victor, Meggie goes to the bar to get drinks and asks the bartender to spike Nikki’s ginger ale with a little vodka. Later, Victor joins them just as Nikki starts to drink from her liquor tainted ginger ale.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Two Moms Unite To Keep Finn Alive … Or Will One Throw the Other Under the Bus?

Gotta love two creepy mothers toiling over their near-dead son as they try to bring him back to life! That’s the scenario on The Bold and the Beautiful and the words, “Oh, mother!” were taken to a new heights on Friday’s cliffhanger of the CBS daytime drama series.

In story, now that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) has stumbled upon the truth at Li’s (Naomi Matsuda) place – that Li has been keeping a very much alive Finn (Tanner Novlan) all to herself and caring for his health – bio-mom, nasty nurse Sheila, is not too happy about Li’s secret, although overjoyed that her son is alive and that she did not actually kill him after she fired a bullet meant for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

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Now, with Sheila escaped from prison, and Finn starting to regain consciousness, in Sheila’s mind there should only be one mother tending to him, and she wants to be the first person he sees when he wakes up and that’s her.   So, as only Sheila does, she knocks Li out and unconscious on the floor.  Sheila then tells Finn, “Mama’s right here, baby.”

Suddenly, Finn seems to slip back into a coma and is no longer able to open his eyes.  A panicked Sheila shouts to Li, “Get up. He needs your help.” After waking up from the hit to the hit, Li seems to find common ground with Sheila.  She goes so far as to say to Sheila, “If not for you. I never would have had him, and for that, I have to be grateful.”

Sheila apologizes for having hitting her (Is she really sorry? Please!) and admits she thought Li would turn her back into the police. Li says, “We’re both Finn’s mothers!”  Next, the two hug it out, of sorts, although Li looks petrified.

Li tells Sheila that since Sheila is a nurse, she needs supplies and needs her help to keep Finn alive.  Li promises Sheila that she won’t call the police, admitting that she also has so much to lose including: her medical career, her son, etc, because she faked Finn’s death certificate, smuggled him out of the hospital, and more!

Now, Finn starts to move.  Li says to her son, “Both of your mothers are here!”  Then, Finn starts to open his eyes.  We fade to black.

With all the bashing (literally), contentiousness, and high stakes; that both mothers would have to go to the slammer for a longtime, will they reunite and work together to keep the secret that Finn is alive and get him back to a full recovery … or will they turn on each other?  Will Sheila knock out Li again and have her locked up, so she can be Finn’s only mom in her twisted mind? Share your theories via the comment section, but first, check out two clips from Friday’s B&B featuring the on-going great work of Kimberlin Brown and Naomi Matsuda in this storyline.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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