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Y&R Recap – Dec 14-18th

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After walking up in Tucker’s bed, Jill has to wonder what Tucker’s intentions are. Deacon calls Amber while she is with Daniel in the hospital and all but admits he was responsible for Daniel’s “accident.” Meanwhile, Phyllis is overwhelmed when Nick, Michael, Lauren, Jana, Kevin, Jack, Kay and Murphy all show up to help her sift through the mountains of trash in order to find the gym bag in the hopes of clearing Daniel’s name. Heather looks through the bag and finds a ski mask among other evidence, which she and Michael promptly agree, needs to be tested for DNA. Daisy looks on worried as everyone else is excited by this turn of events. Phyllis calls Daniel and Amber to tell them what they found and both are profoundly relieved. Later, everyone meets at the coffeehouse and Kay gets a chance to tell Nick and Jack that she is going to sell the entire IPO to Tucker McCall. Meanwhile, Phyllis continues to dig through the garbage until she miraculously finds the shooter’s cell phone, which has three saved voicemails. Amber calls Phyllis from the hospital to tell her that Daniel is going back to jail tonight and Phyllis rushes out intent on stopping it. Kay meets with Tucker to inform him that she has accepted his offer. Meanwhile, Jill stops by the estate to talk to Kay about the deal and learns from Murphy that Kay has already decided to make the deal. Later, Jack introduces himself to Tucker. Face to face the men are pleasant but as soon as their backs are turned a rivalry is born.

Phyllis confronts Deacon about the message he left on the shooter’s cell phone and blackmails him into working with her. Later, Phyllis tells Deacon that she will destroy the phone if he agrees to kidnap Amber and leave town. At the coffeehouse, Daisy learns from Eden is from France and her wheels start spinning. Nearby, Lauren finds out that the rat in her boutique was one you would buy in a pet store. Lauren quickly regrets telling Michael about the rat in her boutique when he flares and immediately goes to confront Ryder Jack goes to Nick for help with dealing with Adam and Sharon’s relationship. Kevin continues to be torn in two different directions where Ryder is concerned. Phyllis learns from Adam the real reason why Adam was appointed Nick’s partner at Newman Enterprises. Later, Phyllis confronts Sharon about her relationship with Adam, convinced that Sharon is only with him to make Nick jealous. Sharon, however, makes it clear that her time with Adam has nothing to do with Nick and throws Phyllis out her house. Meanwhile, as Amber is planning Daniel’s welcome home party, Deacon gets a text from Phyllis confirming their plans to get Amber out of Daniel’s life. Michael and Lauren visit Daniel in jail and Daniel asks Michael to help Billy out. Meanwhile, Jack goes to see Billy. Sharon calls Nick to tell him about Phyllis’s visit and asks him to get her to back off. At Nick’s office, Nick asks Phyllis who her meeting was with and she lies to him.

Phyllis learns from Adam the real reason why Adam was appointed Nick’s partner at Newman Enterprises. Later, Phyllis confronts Sharon about her relationship with Adam, convinced that Sharon is only with him to make Nick jealous. Sharon, however, makes it clear that her time with Adam has nothing to do with Nick and throws Phyllis out her house. Meanwhile, as Amber is planning Daniel’s welcome home party, Deacon gets a text from Phyllis confirming their plans to get Amber out of Daniel’s life. Michael and Lauren visit Daniel in jail and Daniel asks Michael to help Billy out. Meanwhile, Jack goes to see Billy. Sharon calls Nick to tell him about Phyllis’s visit and asks him to get her to back off. At Nick’s office, Nick asks Phyllis who her meeting was with and she lies to him. Mac goes to the jail to tell Billy that she is pregnant. Jack admits to Emily that his deal with the IPO is over and Emily is forced to admit that is may be time to turn Patty’s care over to a new therapist. Meanwhile, Adam learns from Ashley that Kay sold the entire IPO to Tucker and is happy to rub the news in Victoria’s clueless face, especially when he learns that J.T. works for Tucker and didn’t say a word. Meanwhile, J.T. admits to Tucker that he wanted a chance to tell Victoria himself about Tucker’s involvement in the IPO. After taking her medications, Patty continues reading newspaper articles on her activities while she was pretending to be Mary Jane., Emily is stunned when Patty admits that she remembers kidnapping Colleen. However, Patty breaks down again and reverts back to believing Jack is her husband. As Billy and Mac stand off, but completely shattered by their mutual pain, Chloe arrives to see Billy. Chloe pushes Billy to tell the judge what he wants to know and stop being a martyr. Later, Mac sees J.T. at the coffeehouse and tells him about her run in with Billy and that she is pregnant. Lily and Cane arrive and. At the jail, Chloe tells Billy that as long as he in here she refuses to bring Delia to see him but Billy continues to stand up for what he believes is the right thing. Victoria refuses to talk to J.T. after realizes that he betrayed her in order to be loyal to Tucker. Later, Victoria tells J.T. that she is going to work for Newman Enterprises in Dubai and taking Reed with her but before they can get into even an argument J.T. gets a call from Tucker and takes it, which baffles Victoria. Victoria leaves J.T. standing there on his phone. Meanwhile, Adam makes it clear to Nick that he is in every aspect of Nick’s life that Nick didn’t want him to be and before long he will take control of Newman Enterprises if Nick isn’t careful. Emily tells Jack about Patty’s breakthrough and that she can’t walk away now. Meanwhile, Patty looks are her reflection in the mirror and admits to herself that she chose Emily’s face.

As Michael and Lauren are celebrating their wedding anniversary, an unknown woman watches them from the shadows. Later, Michael and Lauren discuss the past, present and future and how much Sheila has influenced their lives and how thankful they are that she is dead. As Amber, Kevin and Jana prep the coffeehouse for Daniel’s welcome home party, Phyllis tells Deacon that he will get the cell phone when he and Amber are safely out of town and away from Daniel. Later, Phyllis picks up Daniel at the jail and Daniel thanks Billy once again for his help with the inmate. At the coffeehouse, Chloe almost lets it spill to Amber that she went to the judge to get Billy out of jail, until Chance jumps in to stop her. As Amber is putting the finishing touches on Daniel’s party, he arrives and sneaks up behind her. Phyllis makes a toast to the happy couple but Jack is skeptical of her change of heart. Meanwhile, just as Deacon is about to set his plan into motion he runs into Ryder. Later, Deacon tells Ryder he is leaving town and advises Ryder to start standing up for himself with his mother. Moments later, Michael approaches Ryder and tells him to leave the club otherwise he’ll have him arrested. Lauren confronts Ryder about his argument with Deacon just as Chance arrives to remove Ryder from the club. As Ryder is leaving he receives a text message from his mother telling him that he is playing his part perfectly and he realizes that she is in the club somewhere. At the coffeehouse, as everyone is celebrating, Chloe gets a call from Billy to get to the magazine quickly and she takes off to meet him. Moments later, Ryder arrives and everyone’s eyes turn to him. Kevin tries to get Ryder to leave but he approaches Daniel and tries to apologize, which Daniel doesn’t accept. Phyllis sends Amber out to her car to get a gift for Daniel alone and assures Daniel that Amber will be fine. Later, Michael and Lauren are thrown when they receive an anonymous bottle of champagne. Kevin tells Ryder that he needs to cut him loose in order for Ryder to learn to grow up. On his way out, Ryder warns Daisy that his mother is in town. Meanwhile, Deacon kidnaps Amber as she is walking back to the coffeehouse. Jack and Emily share Christmas memories as they decorate the tree. At the coffeehouse, as Daniel is giving a toast to all his friends and family for stepping up and helping him get bail he notices Amber’s absence and wonders where she could be. Meanwhile, when Deacon’s car runs out of gas, Amber takes advantage of the moment to bolt. Later, Eden’s distrust of Daisy grows and she begins to wonder if Daisy could have been the one who planted the rats for Lauren, Daniel starts to really worry about where Amber disappeared to, especially when she doesn’t answer her phone. Meanwhile, Amber is stunned when Deacon tells her that he is taking her to see his son.  Deacon tells Amber that his son still thinks of her as his mother and Amber is overwhelmed with emotion. Just then, Daniel walks into the barn and Deacon is stunned that Daniel found them and immediately blames the entire plan on Phyllis, telling them that she blackmailed him. Meanwhile, Nick shows up at the coffeehouse and finds out the party ended. Kevin gives him Phyllis’s phone, which she left behind and it immediately rings with a call from Paul who tells him that they are out at the barn and Nick wonders what is going on. Later, Deacon realizes he is being set up as tries to run just as the cops arrive and arrest him for kidnapping Amber.

Michael tells Eden that he ran a background check on Daisy after hearing that she had her concerns about her but nothing came up as suspicious. Later, after Eden and Noah leave, Daisy comes out of shadows, having been hiding in Michael and Lauren’s apartment the entire time and goes to look at the background check Michael ran on her. All the good will that had formed between J.T. and Victoria evaporates as they finally discuss Dubai and Victoria asks J.T. to come with them. He refuses and tells her that she can’t take Reed with her. Meanwhile, Nick confronts Phyllis about keeping him in the dark about her plan to entrap Deacon but Phyllis turns it around on him about the secrets he has been keeping regarding Sharon and Adam. Meanwhile, Sharon and Adam continue to grow closer.

Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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