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Y&R Recap – Dec 19 – Dec 23rd

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Myrna/Patty looks on as Genevieve and Jack get in engaged. Genevieve shares the good news with Myrna/Patty, but she pretends to be sick and rushes out. Later, Jack informs Ashley and Billy he’s engaged. Nick makes a surprise visit to Ronan’s motel room and finds Phyllis in a towel. She explains that they are working together on solving Diane’s murder case. Ronan shows Nick the footage of Nikki with the bloody rock. Meanwhile, Nikki takes the stand and proclaims Victor is innocent. Nikki is held in contempt of court and is arrested. Sharon is devastated as Victor is taken away to start his sentence. Adam announces to the Newman board that they will meet tomorrow to name Victor’s successor. Victoria and Nick visit Nikki in jail and she reveals what she saw the night of Diane’s murder. Nick and Victoria confront Deacon about him blackmailing Nikki. At the prison, Ronan informs Victor he is going to find the real killer. Later, Michael suggests to Avery that they team up to help Victor. Billy gets a text learning Victor was sentenced to 25 to life. Phyllis asks Billy to hire her back. He agrees, but only if she delivers a story that will clear Nikki and Victor.­

­Jack and Genevieve decide to get married right after the New Year. Lauren and Michael await the start of the Newman board meeting, in which the board members will elect either Nick or Adam. Michael reveals to Lauren that Victor wants Adam to run Newman. Adam arrives at the board meeting, but Nick is nowhere to be found. After helping Nikki, Nick and Victoria finally arrive for the board meeting and the voting begins. Tucker is unsure of who he will vote for, but chooses Adam. Victor leaves a letter supporting whoever the board elects. Later, Michael informs Victor the board voted for Adam which was part of Victor’s plan. Deacon informs Gloria he is quitting his job, to be there for Nikki. Later, Nikki threatens to annul her marriage to Deacon. Nikki informs Deacon that she knows he wasn’t at the park on the night of the murder and will give him whatever amount of money it takes to get him out of her life. Gloria and Chloe bond over planning the wedding. Gloria apologizes to Chloe about some of the hurtful things she said after Chloe and Kevin broke up. Meanwhile, Devon informs Kevin he wrote a song for the wedding and Angelina would like to sing it. After hearing her sing, Chloe wants Kevin to stop Angelina from singing at the wedding. Later, Kevin convinces Angelo that he needs time alone with Chloe, and can’t take Angelina on the honeymoon. Angelo insists they leave to hear his daughter rehearse.

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­Victoria makes Christmas cookies for Billy and Delia. Later, Victoria arrives at the pageant and gets emotional when she sees Lucy with Phyllis. Adam reveals to Sharon that they should be together. After Nick sees them together, Nick informs Sharon that they should not get together with Faith after the pageant. At the church, Devon finds Harmony helping the children’s choir prepare for the Christmas pageant. Meanwhile, Cane and Lily make homemade ornaments with the twins. Tucker questions Sofia about revealing her feelings to Neil. Kay surprises Harmony with a visit from Ana, Harmony’s daughter. Later, Tucker has a surprise trip with for Ashley to go see Abby.

­Sharon visits Victor in jail and he asks her to leave and not spend Christmas with him. Later, Sharon spends the night with Victor reading A Christmas Carol. As Kevin prepares for the wedding, Angelo asks Kevin to go to the recording studio with him. While Chloe is getting ready, she learns that Delia is healthy enough that she can attend the wedding. Meanwhile, Kevin is frustrated he is not at the church, but rather helping Angelina with her singing. Later, Angelina informs Kevin that she is pregnant by Carmine and that he is after her and Kevin. Angelina suggests that they leave town for a few days. Back at the church, Chloe lashes out at Angelo for taking Kevin away from his own wedding. Later, the guests are shocked that Chloe and Kevin’s wedding is called off. Nikki is disgusted when Deacon asks her to give their marriage a shot and promises that she will get an annulment. Deacon tries to convince Nikki he wants to help her get sober. Later, Nikki receives a text saying, Victoria and Billy are getting married. As she heads to the church her car crashes into a tree and she is left unconscious.

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­When Nikki wakes up, she rushes to the church to make it to Victoria’s wedding. When she arrives the church is empty. She sits in a pew and begins to cry. After asking for help, Nikki’s guardian angel appears. Nikki has flashbacks on her life during her troubled youth. Her angel informs her she has come a long way since and that she will take Nikki to visit those who love her. Nikki gets a glimpse into Victoria’s life caring for her family, Billy and Delia. Nikki watches as Victoria prays for ­her mother. Then the angel takes her to look in on Nick as he and Sharon read to Faith. Nick has flashbacks to the times that Nikki supported him. At the jail, Nikki watches Victor as he remembers the happy moments from their long romance. She becomes so emotional she asks to leave. Nikki watches as Kay expresses to Murphy her hope that Nikki hasn’t given up. The Angel reassures Nikki that she didn’t kill Diane. When Nikki asks for the angel’s name, she says to call her mom. Nikki rushes out of the church after the angel, but she is gone. Nikki goes back into the church and realizes she hasn’t missed Victoria and Billy’s wedding.

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this show gets worse and worse..where is the romance (Michael and Lauren are the only ones who knowwhat that is and we barely see them) Would love to see MAB axed..and maybe bring Jack Smith back to Y and R and make my show worth watching again..We definitely need more of the Baldwins..best looking couple best chemistry ever..and yet they are backburned for years now..

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.

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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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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver 'The Power Performance of the Week'

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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