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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.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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