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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..

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THIS IS US: Randall Dismantled As Sterling K. Brown Delivers Masterful Performance

In yet another riveting performance by Sterling K. Brown, the highly-touted episode that aired on Tuesday’s night’s This Is Us, had his character of Randall in the spotlight again, as the first of the Big Three trilogy this season.  Next week, look for the installment to center on Justin Hartley’s Kevin.However, last night on the episode aptly titled, “Hello of a Week: Part One”, viewers followed what happened next to Randall following his return home after the stress of flying across the country to get a diagnosis for his ailing mother’s memory lapses (while keeping it from his siblings), and then winding up facing an intruder in the Pearson family home.After Randall offers the intruder money, the guy runs out of the home.

Next, the police come, and Randall installs surveillance cameras and security alarms throughout the house, which ends up being a continued tipping point in his mental state as he obsesses over keeping his family and his home safe, especially when the cops tells him that it is common for a thief to return,. It appears later in the episode he did when Beth’s earrings and Randall’s cufflinks are MIA.

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Throughout the episode, flashbacks to Randall’s childhood showed little Randall, unable to sleep and afraid of monsters, who then asks his dad, Jack to stay with him through the night.  Jack sleeps on the floor, but when Jack eventually gets up to go to his own bed, he tells Randall who comes running after him, “to be brave: and that he needs him to be the easiest child to care for since Kate and Kevin are handfuls.

This laid the foundation for how Randall deals with others, by not letting them know his inner most feelings.   The writers juxtapose Randall’s dreams throughout where he feels he can’t get out whether it be screaming through a locked window at his mother to get out of the storm, or watching some creepy guy touch Beth and he screams so loud, but you can’t hear him,

In addition, in flashbacks, we see how a college-aged Randall needing college-aged Beth to spend countless nights with him. At one point he tells her, “I just feel so helpless, like I have no control over anything,” especially following the death of his father Jack.  Beth says she can understand. She had bad dreams after her father passed away, but after she talked to a therapist she began to feel better.  In a key moment, Randall agrees to attend an grief group with her, but that plan goes awry when on the day they were heading to the grief counseling group, Randall’s family has an emergency and he could not go.

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The theme of Randall seeking counseling surfaced later in the episode after Randall was struggling to hold it together as City Councilman at the Town Hall, which did not go unnoticed by Beth or by Malik’s dad, Darnell.

The next day, he tells Randall that he himself needed therapy and suggest he do that to.  Randall says all he needs is his runs around the city to help him clear his head.  But that takes another drastic turn when Randall comes upon a woman being beaten and proceeds to pounce on the aggressor.  Next, Randall with messed up arm from landing punches on the guy, ends up being touted as a hero for saving the woman’s life.  He is not comfortable with that and he begins to lose his grip.

In the culmination of the episode, locking himself in the bathroom in his home, Randall begins to cry and phones Kevin.  Thank God his brother answered, as he seems to be the only person Randall feels he can talk to, and has, through his life.  At the time of the call, Kevin is in bed with what looks to potentially be Sophie, because he was heading back to Pittsburgh for a funeral of one of her parents.  But is it Sophie, or another woman?

During their call, Randall begs Kevin just to talk, and to please  distract him. Kevin promises his brother, “I’m the guy that’s gonna get you through this,”   Will Kevin ultimately help Randall, or will what happens next become the huge rift that we know exists between the brothers in the flash-forward viewers learned about episodes ago?

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This Is Us executive producers, Issac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger weighed-in on revisiting Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks with Entertaintment Weekly. This is something that was hot on all of our minds, because over the past year, a couple of the writers in our room had had people break into their homes when they were home,” shared Issac Aptaker.  “People would come in and we would see the impact that it has on you when someone invades your space like that — the aftermath and the fallout. So, as we were looking at what Randall’s season would look like, and what would be potentially the breaking point for him with all that’s been brewing this year, it was at the front of all of our minds at how upsetting something like that can be.”

“We’ve seen that Randall is someone that is so in touch with his feelings emotionally, and he is so willing to talk about everything, but there does seem to be this block with him when it comes to therapy, where he just does not want to engage,” says Elizabeth Berger. “That really fascinated all of us and got us thinking, “What’s that about? And how do we get him to a point where he has his back against the wall and has to move past coping mechanisms and keeping things just below the surface and finally deal with them?” And this felt like a really compelling way to go about that.”

When all was said and done, Sterling K. Brown delivered a nuanced and masterful performance as viewers watched Randall slowly but surely, struggling to cope with all the pressure, and horrific events that happened to him one after the other, as Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks were about to reach epic proportions.

So, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Sterling’s performance? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

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Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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