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Y&R Recap- Dec 28 – Jan 1st

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Chance runs into Ashley and Traci at the coffeehouse while trying to sober Billy up and the women offer to take over for Chance. Ashley and Traci try to get Billy to go to Jack’s with them but Billy refuses and starts to drunken dial Mac. Meanwhile, Jack surprises Emily with his full on Santa outfit. Later, Jack is stunned at the timing as he is telling Emily that he wished his family were with him for the holiday, Ashley and Traci arrive to share it with them. Kay is stunned by Jill’s gift but all is forgotten for a moment when Nikki arrives and Kay greets her warmly. When Kay returns to her gift, Jill is pleased and proud that Kay is so deeply touched by her gift. However, the group reacts, including Tucker, when Kay decides she doesn’t want to know who her daughter truly is. Phyllis asks Nick where Adam is going with the Newman jet on Christmas but Nick is less than willing to give her an answer. Phyllis pushes and Nick is forced to admit that Adam took Sharon to Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, in Lake Tahoe, Sharon and Adam meet their Justice of the Peace and prepare to get married. Later, Sharon and Adam exchange vows and rings as they become Mr. and Mrs. Victor Newman Jr.  Just as the enormity of what they have done is hitting Sharon, the pilot comes over the P.A. to tell them that they have to make an emergency landing. Meanwhile, Nick learns the Newman jet has hit a storm and goes out to find it. Later, as the plane plummets, Adam writes “your baby is alive” on a piece of paper for Sharon just as the plane is about to crash.

As Mac brings a drunken Billy home, he kisses her before passing out. Daisy goes to the coffeehouse to tell Ryder the story that she told Eden about why she was hugging him about the boutique and when Ryder starts complaining Daisy reminds him that she is his sister and he needs to back her up. Later, Eden and Noah are shocked to find that Daisy returned to Michael and Lauren’s all on her own. . Nick calls Phyllis to tell her that traffic control lost contact with the Newman jet last night and Phyllis realizes what that means for Sharon and Adam. As Nick hangs up the phone, the FAA tells him that the plane may have crashed. Meanwhile, as Adam holds an injured Sharon, he remembers the events of last night and tells her how sorry he is. Phyllis goes to Michael and Lauren’s to wait for Noah to tell him about Sharon and she ends up spilling everything to them about Sharon and Nick. Later, Nick arrives at crash site and finds the pilot who tells them Sharon needs a doctor. Meanwhile, Adam panics as Sharon falls unconscious. At the hospital, Lily learns she got an infection from a hangnail. When Mac enters the room and the women’s eyes meet they realize how serious the situation is and they are overcome with emotion.

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Nick calls Phyllis to talk to Noah and updates him about Sharon just as she is being wheeled into the hospital with Adam by her side. Later, Nick and Adam are hugely relieved to learn that Sharon only has a mild concussion. Nick moves off to call Noah as Adam goes into see Sharon. Before he can find out how much she remembers about the crash and his note, an FAA agent comes in to question them. Lily opens to Mac about the depth of her fears that she won’t be here to raise her child and Mac reminds her about all the living and dying she has seen and pushes Lily to remember all the reasons she has to continue to fight. Outside, Neil and Cane lean on each other for support. Later, Neil, Cane and Lily are stunned speechless when Malcolm walks into Lily’s room. Phyllis voices her frustration to Michael and Lauren that Nick is always running to Sharon’s rescue. Meanwhile, Adam is relieved when Sharon’s doesn’t remember his note about the baby. Nick enters the room and Sharon is stunned to see him. Nick is thrown for a loop when he tries to push Adam out of his conversation with Sharon and Sharon tells him that she and Adam got married.

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As midnight of New Year’s Eve approaches Chance and Chloe share an intimate kiss and salute to the New Year; at the coffeehouse Victoria decides to leave since J.T. has to work anyways; Jack breaks the news of his engagement to Traci and Steve over the phone; and Billy leaves the dive bar, drunk and miserable. Billy sits drunk on the curb tossing his snow globe from Delia up into the air. As the clock strikes midnight the snow globe breaks and Billy finds himself in an alternate reality of Genoa City. John appears to speak to Billy and tells him that he will be his New Year’s date tonight. John first takes Billy to the Magazine Office to try to show him the awards the magazine has won for ad sales rather then journalistic integrity. Billy is not fazed by this and is excited to be prosperous. Their next stop is to Lily and Cane’s for a birthday party that takes place about 7 years in the future. Billy realizes that Mac has her own child and is married but not to Billy. Lily and Cane also have their own child from Mac. Billy is not pleased with how this future is starting to turn out. Billy tries to plead with Chloe to forgive him but realizes that she can’t hear him. Billy and John flash to the exterior of the dive bar where Billy sees himself slumped over the airbag of a crashed car and realizes he will die if he continues on his current course in life. Billy wakes up from his dream and finds himself still on the curb, drunk. Victoria arrives and helps him up.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Reminds Us All Why He is One-of-a-Kind in Memorable Flashback-Driven 30th Anniversary Episode

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured the highly-touted and highly-anticipated 30th anniversary show for Peter Bergman.  For three decades, and with three Daytime Emmys for his work, Bergman has made Jack Abbott one of soap operas all-time classic characters.

And, if anybody needed a reminder, or a refresher course of just how good Peter Bergman has been in this role, you needed to look no further than the tremendous flashbacks the producers of the series pulled to punctuated Jack Abbott’s life story since Bergman’s arrival on the scene, replacing Terry Lester in the pivotal role.

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What was great about this standalone episode, celebrating a milestone for one of their legacy cast members, was that it did not show the same ole’ same ole’ clips that often can be standard fare in soapland.  Instead, viewers were treated to some of the more heartbreaking moments for Jack, i.e. when he tells Nikki that their son who had died saved another child’s life, and that he got to hold the baby.  Then there was the gut-punch when Jack realizes Phyllis has been sleeping with none other than Nick Newman, and he feels the fool and that she played him.  There is the moment when Jack tells his dying father John, that he will look after the family now, and there is even boardroom corporate drama that back in the day was so exciting to see.  How great were Jess Walton and Bergman together back then as Jill and Jack? And then there is the rivalry of soap rivalries between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott played to the hilt by Eric Braeden and Bergman, respectively.

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Watching Bergman’s work in flashbacks would be enough on its own. Now add to that the real-time mature version of Jack, who has realized his many failings and how he would do anything to be CEO of Jabot, including duping his sister, Ashley with the Blood-Abbott clause and more, and you’ve got soap gold.  You definitely needed some hankies for this episode, especially watching the reactions of Bergman acting mostly by himself when going in and out of the flashbacks.  We have often said, no male actor can cry quite like Peter Bergman, and move you to tears.  And in this episode, he did that several times over.

How fitting that Jack was sitting around with his siblings: Traci, Billy, and Ashley as well as his mother, Dina, his son, Kyle and his niece Abby, that brought the episode to its conclusion looking back at the life and times of the Abbott family through Traci’s manuscript that Jack helped write.

In the end, Jack celebrates what being an Abbott means, and remembers those who have passed, and looks forward to new members of the clan to come.

What were your thoughts on Peter Bergman’s Y&R 30th anniversary episode, his performance and those retro-clips? Let us know in the comment section below.   And for more on Bergman’s 30th anniversary make sure to read his interview with Michael Fairman TV here.

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