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Patty nearly falls apart as she stands in front of God and family continues to pretend to be Emily. At the hospital, Paul stands by as the doctors work to save Emily’s life. The doctors warn Paul that he should prepare himself for the worst. Later, Patty panics when she realizes that Jack and Emily have written their own vows. Michael and Lauren prepare for a romantic Valentine’s Day spent all alone at home. Lauren apologizes for her behavior of late, and Michael tells her that it is already forgotten. Later, Lauren finds a way to make it up to Michael by seducing him. Victor surprises Nikki when he tells her that they are moving back into the ranch. Moments later they see a headline about Patty’s attempted suicide and Nikki decides to go see if Paul needs any support. Later, Nikki arrives at the hospital and finds Paul, who is relieved to see her. He tells her what happened to Patty and as they are talking, Emily hears them and realizes that she should be at her wedding. Meanwhile, Father Todd pronounces Jack and Patty husband and wife and Patty finally gets everything she has ever wanted. As the reception gets underway, all the guests offer Jack and “Emily” their congratulations and Billy and Ashley toast the bride and groom just as the doors open and in walks Victor with gift in hand. Victor’s presence at the wedding reception tries to push Jack’s buttons but Neil steps up and asks Victor to leave but before he does Traci asks to speak to him. Later, Traci reminds Victor of the gift she gave him and the fact that he is tarnishing that gift on this endless feud with Jack. At the tack house, Nick and Phyllis discuss dissolution of Victoria and J.T.’s marriage and realize that it had a lot to do with their lack of communication. Both Nick and Phyllis start to think of their own secrets. Later, Nick and Phyllis promise to never take what they have for granted but continue to keep secrets from one another. At the hospital, Emily listens as Nikki and Paul talk and she realizes that Paul thinks that she is Patty and that Patty must be with Jack. Later, Todd and Paul talk to Patty and Emily pleads with them in her mind to realize that she isn’t their sister. Meanwhile, finally alone, Patty and Jack find their way to the bedroom to make love. Chloe and Billy share a warm moment as they toast to Delia’s birthday. Nick finds a visitor’s pass from the Harvard Alumni Association in Phyllis’s purse and wonders what she was doing there. Meanwhile, Kay reprimands Victor for his actions at Jack’s wedding as Nikki arrives and tells them all about “Patty’s” predicament. Jack and Patty make love, Patty a little too desperately, as she silently cries on Jack’s chest. Meanwhile, Todd and Paul pray at Emily’s bedside.

Nick confronts Phyllis about hiding the fact that she was at Harvard from him. Phyllis tells Nick what she learned in Boston and Nick tells her to back off Adam, which forces him to tell her the entire plan that he concocted with Victor and Adam to take back control of Jabot. Phyllis promises to keep his secret but refuses to back off Adam. Father Todd brings Nina to see Paul at the hospital in the hopes of brightening his spirits. Meanwhile, Sharon and Adam run into Jack and Patty, both on their honeymoons. Later, Adam and Patty are caught off guard when they realize that Sharon and Jack have been to the island before, together. Meanwhile, Nina tries in vain to distract Paul with a movie.

Jana tries to tell Kevin what she learned about Ryder and Daisy’s connection but he doesn’t want to hear it. Meanwhile, after a run in with Daisy, Lauren decides it may be time for Daisy to move out. Later, Daisy makes casual conversation with Kevin while trying to find out what Jana is doing on her laptop. Michael and Lauren arrive at the coffeehouse to talk to the dean about getting Daisy back into the dorms and Daisy is surprised by the turn of events when she overhears their conversation. Victor finds Neil with Ashley at the ranch again and wonders what is going on between the two of them. In front of Victor, Neil makes it clear that they are friends but alone, Neil tells Ashley that his feelings for her are real. Later, Phyllis comes to the ranch and tells Neil and Ashley what she learned about Dr. Taylor in Boston and Ashley is stricken. As the movie progresses, Nina take Paul’s phone from him, and finally manages to get him to relax ever so slightly. Later, Paul, Nina and Todd are thrilled when it looks like “Patty” is going to make it. Jack and Sharon realize that they have both moved on, believing they have found their better halves. Outside, Patty tries to pretend to be Emily but unnerves Adam when she tells her that he isn’t a good man. Later, Sharon tells Adam that no matter how bad the truth may be she would rather know it than be in the dark. Jack is thrown off by “Emily’s” odd behavior when she doesn’t seem to remember the things she likes. Nick tells Victor that he had to spill the beans to Phyllis in order to keep their plan intact. Nick reminds Victor not to trust Adam. Meanwhile, Ashley starts to consider the possibility that Adam was the one tormenting her with Sabrina’s memory. At the coffeehouse, Kevin defends Daisy to Michael and Lauren because of his guilt over Ryder. Nearby, Daisy purposefully spills coffee on the floor and slips in it, but surprisingly, Lauren is unsympathetic. However, Daisy cries out in pain and Michael and Lauren realize they have to take her home. Later, Jana finds an article about Max, the boy from the picture with Ryder and Daisy and his disappearance. Adam and Sharon run into Phyllis as they arrive home from their honeymoon and Phyllis tells Adam that he should confess to Sharon what he was really doing with Dr. Taylor.

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Lily and Billy officially welcome Malcolm to Restless Style after he signs his contract. Malcolm asks Lily if they can go back to her place to talk privately. At home, Malcolm asks Lily to work with him on his first photo essay for Restless Style by letting him tell her story. At first, Lily is uncomfortable, but Malcolm suggests they just take tests shots to show her just how strong she truly is. Later, Malcolm shoots Lily for the first time in a wig as they discuss Dru’s strength and how Lily shares that quality. As they talk, Lily realizes that she doesn’t need her wig and goes to take it off. Jana tells Noah, over the phone, that she is going to find out what Ryder and Daisy’s connection is to the boy, Max, and his disappearance. Moments later, Jana meets with Ryder and offers to buy him dinner, unaware that Kevin is making plans for a romantic evening. Later, Jana tells Kevin that she had dinner with Ryder and tries to tell him why but he doesn’t want to know. Tucker comes in and asks Kevin to find out who is trying to dig up information on him and his past dealings. Ashley wonders to Neil if it is possible that Adam was the one torturing her all along and plans to confront him when he returns home. Meanwhile, Sharon tries to ignore Phyllis as Phyllis pushes Adam, but Sharon is caught off guard when Phyllis tells her about Dr. Taylor sexually harassing his patients. Later, Sharon refuses to believe that Adam knew anything about who Taylor truly was and starts to think that Phyllis is just trying to get back at her. Ashley comes downstairs, and Adam immediately assumes that she wants to know about Phyllis’s accusations but instead Ashley demands to know if he tried to drive her insane. Tucker approaches Jill and Cane to find about if they know anything about who may be investigating him but Jill denies knowing anything. Cane encourages her to focus on finding a new job but Jill already has that covered. Later, Jill goes to see Billy at the magazine and suggests that he hire her and after some discussion, Billy agrees. Meanwhile, Cane comes home and finds Lily in tears and immediately assumes the worst, jumping all over Malcolm. Malcolm leaves and Lily tries to explain but Cane tells her that he doesn’t trust him. Ashley pushes Adam for the truth with Neil at her side as Sharon tries to defend him but Ashley refuses to waiver, knowing that Adam has been lying to her for months. Finally, Ashley tells Adam that it is time to move out of the ranch, immediately. Sharon’s faith in Adam starts to break when Phyllis points out that Ashley had no reason to be out to get Adam and even she has turned against him. Cane is caught off guard when Lily tells him how much Malcolm was helping her and that she was crying because she was happy. Later, Malcolm runs into Phyllis at the G.C.A.C. and they see Neil and Ashley together. He asks her how long Neil and Ashley have been dating and Phyllis isn’t sure but supports it considering what she is going through. Malcolm advises Phyllis to stay out of it but Phyllis is skeptical that there is anything Adam can really do to hurt her now. Upstairs, Adam and Sharon move into a suite, and Adam asks Sharon if anything that happened tonight changed the way she feels about him and she assures him that she still believes in him. Daisy realizes that her half of the photo is gone and she and Ryder put the pieces together that Jana has it. Jill brings Billy a new cover story idea on Tucker McCall and promises to dig up dirt on him, since he is so worried about someone looking into his background.

As Patty tries to lure Jack back to bed, he gets a fax and calls Ashley with information on Jabot and Victor. Meanwhile, Victor stops by the ranch to see Adam on the anniversary of Hope’s death and Ashley tells him that Adam and Sharon moved out. At the G.C.A.C., Sharon starts to realize that there may not be anything Adam can say to prove his innocence. Sharon begs Adam for the truth and it breaks his heart to do it but he forces himself to lie to her about everything that happen to Ashley last summer. Sharon believes him and as they are casually talking moments later, Adam realizes that today is the anniversary of Hope’s death. Daisy tells Ryder that their mother has a plan on how to handle Jana and the rest of the Fishers. At dinner, Jana and Kevin try to enjoy their evening but when Jana pushes Kevin too far about work things become tense. Later, Kevin surprises Jana with suite for the night but Jana feels like something is off between them and Kevin is determined to make it right. Victor presses Ashley to find out why Adam and Sharon moved out but Ashley is purposefully vague just as Abby arrives home. Abby is not happy to learn that Ashley has decided to give the ranch back to Victor. Later, as Adam is telling Sharon about his life growing up on the farm in Kansas, Victor arrives to see Adam. Alone, Victor tells Adam that he believes Hope would be proud of him. Meanwhile, Neil reminds Abby that home isn’t about a place but really about being with the people you love.

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Jack wonders if “Emily’s” sudden change in behavior has anything to do with Patty. Patty works hard to stay in control and say the right things as she listens to Jack admit his guilt over hurting Patty but in the end, she wins him over and they go back to making love. Later, Patty overhears Jack on the phone with Ashley talking about Jabot and pushes Jack to tell her what is going on. Patty puts the pieces together and tells Jack they need to get back to Genoa City tonight. Jack is surprised and grateful when Patty supports him and tells him that he needs to take a stand against Victor. Jana receives a note from Kevin asking him to meet her at the Strand Theatre. Meanwhile, Kevin gets trapped in the elevator at the G.C.A.C. elevator. Later, Jana arrives at the theatre and finds a gift left for her, which she assumes is from Kevin, as Kevin continues to be stuck in the elevator trying not to panic. Jana opens the opens the gift and finds a picture of a birth announcement for twins – Ryder and Daisy. Moments later, in the elevator, the car jolts and plunges into darkness. Neil brings Abby home and Abby asks Ashley if it would be possibly to move into Brad’s house after the house is finished being rebuilt. Ashley likes the idea and agrees, thanking Neil for whatever he said to calm Abby down. Later, Ashley promises Neil that she will tell Victor the truth about Adam when the time is right. As Adam talks to Hope he wonders about the man he has become and tells her how much he truly loves Sharon but he doesn’t know if he can ever make things right. As he breaks down Sharon enters and wraps him in her arms. Adam blurts out the truth about his plan with Victor to Sharon and Sharon assures him that she is going to stand by his side, no matter what. Kevin finally gets out of the elevator and finds that Jana is gone from the club and wonders where she went. Meanwhile, Jana finally learns who Ryder and Daisy’s mother is just as she is attacked.

Kevin tells Michael and Lauren that Jana is missing and that he thinks something happened to her. Kevin tells them about Jana’s suspicions about Daisy and Ryder and they all set out to find out where Jana could be. Later, Kevin and Michael go back over the night and Kevin wonders if the elevator glitch wasn’t a glitch at all but instead, Ryder and Daisy were involved. They realize they need answers about them fast. As Ashley prepares to move into Brad’s, Billy pumps her for information on Tucker to no avail. Meanwhile, Victoria comes to see Victor about his interview on Adam in Restless Style and Victor tells her that he needs to talk her about his reasons for giving the interview in the first place. Later, Sharon stops by the ranch and tries to defend Adam to Ashley but Ashley holds her ground and even reminds Sharon that although she no longer trusts Adam, Sharon is still welcome and Sharon is suddenly overcome with emotion. Phyllis tells Nick that she can’t lay off Adam because he is more dangerous than anyone thought. Phyllis tells Nick everything she has learned about Adam and he realizes that he needs to tell Victor. Later, Victor tells Victoria everything about their plan with Adam just as Nick arrives and fills them in on Adam’s possible involvement in Ashley’s torment and Dr. Taylor. Victoria is furious to have been dragged into this mess against her will. Victoria tells them that she is resigning from Jabot and turning her back on this mess but Victor wants to forge ahead with the deal, even though Nick thinks Adam could turn on them.

When Ashley needs to rush off to help Abby, Sharon offers to stay with Faith and promises not to let Adam anywhere near her. Meanwhile, Adam shows up at Newman Enterprises and reminds Nick and Victor that if they cross him he will return the favor. Later, Phyllis runs into Ashley and tells her that she has proof that Adam knew everything that Dr. Taylor did to Skye and all the other women because she spoke to Skye’s best friend, who was also a victim of Taylor’s. At the ranch, Nick stops by and finds Sharon with Faith, and he tries to make Sharon see that Adam stories just aren’t adding up. Lauren confronts Daisy about her whereabouts and the fact that Ryder is from her past. Daisy covers quickly but Lauren remains suspicious. Meanwhile, Kevin confronts Ryder and tells him that if he did anything to hurt her that he will kill him. Later, Kevin starts to panic when there are no leads on Jana. Meanwhile, Ryder and Daisy watch over a trapped unconscious Jana, locked up in a cage. While talking to Billy at the bar, and being pumped for information on Tucker, Victoria lets it slip that she and J.T. are getting a divorce. Billy tells her that he thinks J.T. is a fool for letting her go and Victoria is caught off guard by the compliment. Later, Billy helps Victoria let off some steam and the two laugh, which Victor witnesses and doesn’t like. After Victoria leaves, Victor warns Billy away from Victoria. Adam, Ashley and Phyllis all arrive at the ranch as Nick and Sharon are talking and Ashley sees Nick holding Summer’s doll with a piece of purple cloth and she realizes that it the cloth that Adam showed her the night he tried to convince her that she hit Sabrina.

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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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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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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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