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Y&R Recap – Aug 9 – Aug 13th

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Nick stops by to see Summer before she and Phyllis leave and Nick and Phyllis have a civil conversation, finally realizing everything that they are losing by ending their marriage. Later, Nick shows up at Sharon’s with a copy of the newspaper with Sharon and Adam on the front page.  As Chris and Paul are meeting to talk about the kiss they shared last night, Heather, Sid and Ronan arrive to tell them that Chance plead not guilty at this arraignment to make sure he went to jail. They all fear the danger Chance’s actions will put him in. In jail, Chance tries to get the inmates to sell to him. Heather comes up with an idea to help Chance and takes Ronan and Sid with her, while Chris and Paul decide to go see Nina, unaware that she witnessed their kiss last night. Later, Heather and Ronan ask Owen to drop the charges against Chance in order to protect their case but Owen refuses and Ronan decides that it is time to go see the warden. Chance finds his way in when his cellmate is also ex-army and tells him he will try to get him what he needs. As Vance, Adam and Skye are going over everything for Adam’s trial, Vance assures Adam that he has everything under control but wonders if there is anything Adam hasn’t told him and Adam flashes back to his confession to Sharon. Adam admits that he confessed everything to her and Skye goes ballistic. Adam turns on her, saying that Skye could never understand what he and Sharon feel for one another and Skye laughs at the thought that Adam is still holding out hope for a reconciliation. Meanwhile, Sharon gets overwhelmed by everything Adam and Nick tries to remind her of everything he has done to the people Sharon loves. Nick realizes that Adam has gotten to her and now she doesn’t want to testify against him. Nick wonders if her feelings for Nick are stopping her from getting up on the stand and stopping Adam. Chris and Paul show up to support Nina and she tells them that she was surprised by what she saw outside Gloworm last night. They immediately realize that Nina thinks that they slept together and start explaining that it was nostalgia, a kiss and nothing more. Meanwhile, Heather and Ronan try to have Chance moved from general population but Chance continues to refuse. Later, Chance manages to score drugs from his cellmate. Later, Chris, Paul, Ronan and Heather meet after all else fails and realize that they need to find a way to get Chance out of jail before he gets himself hurt or worse.  Adam refuses to let Vance attack Sharon on the stand, no matter what she says. Meanwhile, Nick tells Sharon that the reason this all started was because she was trying to get over him and now that Phyllis has left him and if Adam goes to jail they will finally have a chance to get back what they lost. As Nick moves to check on Faith, Adam arrives and Sharon goes outside to talk to him. Sharon tells him she knows what he is up to. Later, Adam tells Sharon that he is okay with her telling the truth in court and promises her that no one will come after her. Meanwhile, Skye tells Vance to go after Sharon with everything.

While Chance is meeting with Nina, Meeks is nearby talking to Chance’s cellmate who tells him about the earlier drug exchange and Meeks tells him that when Chance “accidentally” gets killed it will look like a dirty cop was killed in prison. Cane and Lily are ecstatic when the doctor tells them that the twins can go home today. Neil and Sofia are at business meeting and tensions are high as Neil gets a call from Malcolm about the babies coming home and leaves, not telling Sofia where he is going. At Cane’s, Lily’s entire family gathers as Neil holds his grandchildren for the first time. Lily and Neil have father daughter moment as she watches him with her children. Moments later, Sofia arrives and calls Neil out on excluding her and Malcolm is none too thrilled by his brother’s behavior. Nikki is none to thrilled that Meggie is continuing to live the high life on Victor’s dime. Nikki tells Victor that she will handle Meggie and Victor can make sure that Adam gets what he deserves. Later, Nikki confronts Meggie and tells her that she is taking advantage of Victor’s generosity. Nikki promises her that if she is scamming them, Shaw Roberts is nothing compared to the wrath of Victor Newman. Tucker surprises the Abbotts when he flies Traci into town for Adam’s hearing, knowing that they will need her support. Abby arrives and is thrilled to see her aunt but isn’t sure she is welcome in the mansion. Traci finds Abby outside and assures her that everything will okay and brings her in to see the rest of her family. Ashley and Abby have a strong mother daughter moment as Ashley reminds her that no matter what she does she still loves her. Ashley tells Traci that she is glad Tucker won’t be in court today because she doesn’t want him to hear about her past struggle with her mental health. Nearby, Billy and Jack lean on one another as they each deal with their own heartbreak. Adam promises Sharon she has nothing to worry about on the stand just as Nick comes out and Adam leaves. Nick tells her not to believe him but Sharon tells him that his time she actually does. Skye tells Vance to annihilate Sharon but Adam arrives and overhears them and warns them both to leave Sharon alone. Nick pushes Sharon not to trust Adam and Sharon loses her cool with both of them, telling Nick she won’t let her guard down with either of them again. Nikki finds a note from Meggie saying that she left the ranch for good and Nikki calls Meggie to find out what she is doing. Meggie tells her that she isn’t staying anywhere that she isn’t wanted. Nikki tells her that she isn’t letting her go anywhere because Victor would never forgive her if happened to Meggie but Nikki continues to remain skeptical. Later, Nikki comes to pick Meggie up at the coffeehouse and finds Shaw with her; Nikki attacks him, assuming that Shaw is there to hurt Meggie and tells someone to call 911. Nikki apologizes for ever doubting Meggie. Everyone is thrilled by Sofia’s arrival in their lives, except Neil. Tucker drops by to welcome the twins home and Cane and Lily thank them for helping find a solution to Cane’s deportation problem. Neil is caught off guard, not realizing that that was what his meeting with Sofia was about this morning and Malcolm asks what his problem is and demands that it stop now. Sharon takes the stand against Adam in the hearing and doesn’t miss a beat telling the judge everything that Adam did. Vance pleads with Adam to let him attack Sharon but Adam tells him that he has already made his decision. Tucker enters the courtroom to support Ashley and Ashley starts to panic.

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Adam remains adamant that Vance lay off Sharon on the stand and everyone is shocked when the judge allows Sharon to be dismissed. Outside the court, Tucker is thrown when Ashley doesn’t want him to stay for her testimony just as she is being called to the stand. Later, Victor helps Sharon come to grips with the fact that her testimony will be the main reason Adam’s case will go to trial. On the stand, Ashley tells her story about the times Adam tried to make her think she was losing her mind. Vance takes his shot at Ashley and tries to destroy her credibility. When Ashley steps down she is stunned when she sees Tucker standing in the back of the courtroom, but finds comfort with her sister and daughter. Victoria runs into Jill at the club and is surprised to hear that Billy fired her from Restless Style and even more surprised to learn that Jill was the one that leaked the information about Newman to Tucker. Later, Victoria goes to the magazine to wait for Billy. Meanwhile, Jill tells Tucker that he had better hold up his end of the bargain or else. Tucker, however, tells her to calm down and immediately makes the call as Ashley shows up. Jill leaves and Ashley apologizes for what he heard in court and offers to step down as Jabot’s CEO. At the court, Vance goes on a crusade to prove that everyone taking the stand against Adam had a vendetta against him. After court convenes, Nick follows Sharon out and asks her if she promised Adam anything in return for him going easy on her on the stand and Sharon loses it. She tells him she told the truth on the stand and wonders what Nick’s problem is. Victor and Jack walk in on their argument and Victor tells Nick that he needs to stop looking for trouble because they already have more than enough. Abby admits to Traci that she wishes there was more she could do to help Ashley right now. Tucker tells Ashley that she won’t be stepping down and he doesn’t think any less of her after what he heard today, if anything else he has more respect for her for what she has overcome. Meanwhile, at the magazine, Victoria tries to apologize to Billy for jumping to the wrong conclusions but Billy doesn’t understand why she immediately took her father’s word without believing him when he said that he loved her and wouldn’t hurt her, no matter what. Neither one is willing to take the first step so Victoria leaves. Jill calls Tucker’s P.I. to start investigating her birth parents. Meanwhile, Traci gives Abby some much needed advice and tells her that she might want to try reminding her parents how much she loves them once in awhile. Later, Sharon thanks Adam for keeping his word.  Paul stops by to support Nina as she worries not only about Chance being in jail but because it’s her other son’s birthday. At the coffeehouse, Chris reminds Ronan that it’s his birthday as well, but he is all too willing to forget as Heather approaches. She asks Chris if she has heard from the D.O.J. yet about Chance’s release and Chris tells her that although it should be soon it can’t be soon enough for Chance. At the jail, Chance continues to cover while Chloe is visiting with him but when she doesn’t believe a word of it, she shows him the drugs he scored from one of the inmates and she is stunned. Later, Chance opens up Chloe and tells her the truth about the drugs and the case and asks her to take the drugs and hide them as evidence but she refuses to do anything that could put Chance in more danger.

Malcolm and Sofia have an argument about where they are going to live and Sofia leaves to deal with work rather than figuring things out. Downstairs, Tucker is meeting with Neil and tells him that he found out that Victor has been bribing a Japanese official. As Sofia arrives she hears Neil ask Tucker if they rumors are true that Tucker is trying to take Beauty of Nature from Newman. Later, Neil warns Tucker what he is getting into with trying to take B of N from Victor, knowing what it means to both Victor and Victoria – going to war. Victor is stunned when Meggie and Nikki tell him about their close call with Shaw at the coffeehouse. Realizing the danger that Meggie is in now, Nikki offers to make Meggie her assistant so she can stay out of town and still make some money. Meanwhile, Neil tells Tucker and Sofia that he won’t help them go to war with Victor or endanger Chancellor in anyway just as Victor and Michael arrive to meet with the Chief D.O.J. officer in Genoa City. Tucker is none too pleased that Victor is taking the power out of his hands. Later, Nikki is impressed by Meggie’s effectiveness as her assistant. Heather pleads with Chris and Ronan to tell Chance the truth about their undercover operation but Ronan stands his ground and Chris makes the call that it isn’t their last resort yet. Meanwhile, Paul promises Nina that her son turned out okay because he had her as a mother. Later, Ronan starts to become suspicious of Meeks when Meeks tries to plant seeds of doubt about Chance with Ronan but Ronan knows better. Later, the inmates who were plotting with Meeks plan Chance’s murder. Chloe meets with Ronan and tells him about her conversation with Chance. Ronan is shocked how deeply Chance got in and so quickly and asks Chloe to go back in and get the drugs from Chance. At the jail, Chance slips the drugs to Heather. Later, Chance learns that he has been released but refuses to leave. Chloe runs into Heather as she returns to the jail to see Chance and they are both rocked by an explosion. They fear the worst until Chance comes running out of the jail and Heather moves to embrace Chance as Chloe leaves. Nina starts to panic when she hears about the explosion and is extremely relieved when Chance walks in with Heather. Chance calls Chloe to check in and tells her about Nina’s other son. Ronan meets with Chloe at Jimmy’s as Chloe is throwing herself a pity party after what happened at the jail and Chloe notices that Ronan’s birthday is today, the same day as Chance’s brother. Later, Chance tells Heather that the drugs he bought came the evidence room and Heather suggests they go to Owen to set up a sting. Meanwhile, Meeks tells Owen that Chance escaped the explosion and Owen orders them to make sure not to screw it up a second time. At Jimmy’s, Chloe starts to put the pieces together about Ronan and Nina’s missing son. Malcolm decides to give Sofia what she wants and signs a lease for the upscale condo rather than the house in the suburbs. Meanwhile, Victor tells Tucker that the DOJ is being understanding the misunderstanding in Japan and that he will fail if he continues to try to take over Beauty of Nature.

As Victor and Nikki wait to hear the judge’s ruling on Adam’s case, Victor thinks back on a time before Adam was born when Victor and Hope feared for his welling being and when the first time Victor held his son. Victor remembers the day that Hope dying and her decision to tell Adam the truth about Victor being his father and he realizes that her decision to tell him changed their lives forever. Victor remembers the day that Hope died and what it did to Adam, as he cried in despair next to her grave. Victor tells Nikki about the day Adam came to Genoa City to accept Victor’s job offer and when he changed his name to Adam Wilson, Victor should have known then what it meant. Adam was looking for anything but family. After Victor came back from Mexico he remembers how Adam took over his family and tried to dismantle Newman and the very real disappointment he felt having to fire his own son. After Adam went to jail for forging the diary Victor still didn’t turn his back on him and remembers when Adam learned he was losing his sight and decided to reach out to his son once again, which turned out to be a fatal error in judgment. Victor continued to give him chance after chance, even as he and Nick were at each other’s throats. Victor remembers the night in the cabin, knowing that he could’ve killed his own son for everything he did to his family that night. Moments later, Victor gets the call that court is reconvening. In court, the judge rules in Adam’s favor, finding that there isn’t sufficient evidence for Adam’s case to go to trial and everyone is furious while Adam and Skye are thrilled and a little stunned. Later, Victor offers to pay for Justin Hightower’s college education and makes sure that he has all the advantages in life that he lost when he lost his father. Victor and Nikki ask everyone to come back to the ranch to discuss the situation with Adam and they all agree as Adam comes out of the court expecting an angry mob but instead everyone just turns and walks away from him. At the ranch, Victor meets the group and asks them to let go of their anger towards Adam because if they retaliate only Adam wins but if they act as he doesn’t exist, he loses everything. Meanwhile, Adam remembers Hope and the day he left her to take a job in the city how proud she was of him. Adam fights back the emotion as he realizes how much he has let Hope down. Later, Victor tells everyone that Adam will have to pay for his sins but at his own hand because he will have to live with what he has done forever.

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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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