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Y&R Recap – Feb 20 – Feb 24th

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Nikki confesses to Jack that Victor lied to her about Chelsea and Anita. Nikki lets it slip that Victor is in Paris to meet with Genevieve. In Paris, Genevieve meets with Victor, who offers to buy Beauty of Nature and make her part of his executive team. After dinner, Genevieve advises him to keep trying to win her over. Paul informs Billy that Chelsea and Anita both have criminal records. Anita confesses that Victor brought her and Chelsea to Genoa City. Billy orders Anita to move out. However, Anita warns him that if she moves out, Chelsea will leave as well. Meanwhile, Victoria questions Chelsea about her involvement with Billy. Later, Nikki encourages Victoria to move out of her home for a while in order to get away from Chelsea and Anita. Victoria is upset when Billy agrees with her mother. Avery informs Phyllis that she just returned from visiting their father, George. Avery encourages Phyllis to visit him before it’s too late. Avery informs Daisy she thinks she can get her released soon and also get her custody of Lucy. At physical therapy, Jack is disappointed when his therapist, Megan, who wants to concentrate on his arm strength instead of trying to walk. He overhears a tough-talking therapist named Sarge. Jack asks Sarge to take over his physical therapy.

­At Jimmy’s, Daniel arrives with Chloe and suggests to Ricky and Eden that they all hang out together. Ricky flirts with Eden, but she is upset that Daniel doesn’t notice. Later, Chloe informs Daniel that Eden likes him. Phyllis calls the hospice facility to get information about her father’s condition. Phyllis recounts the story of how her father stole money from his clients’ investment funds and that she turned him in. Nick advises her to visit her father or things with never be finished for her. Phyllis makes a call to her father’s hospice facility and reveals she’ll be there soon. Avery informs Daisy that she’s arranged for a hearing to get her sentence reduced. Daisy and Avery find the video made by her brother, Ryder, which shows Sarah Smythe threatening to harm Daisy if she doesn’t follow her orders. Later, Michael meets with Lauren and informs her that Avery has arranged a hearing for Daisy. Adam is unable to find his glove while working on a fence. Sharon approaches and hands him the glove. Adam informs her that he needs to learn to do things for himself. Later, Adam and Sharon make love.

­At Jimmy’s, Daniel is skeptical as Chloe tries to convince him that Eden has a crush on him. Kevin and Angelina arrive and Chloe decides that she and Daniel should leave. Angelina happily informs Devon that they should continue working together. Later, Eden reveals to Ricky that she needs a new roommate. Ricky offers to move in, and Eden reluctantly agrees. Lily and Cane return home from their trip to France. Lily and Cane are trying to get romantic when Devon arrives with burgers and fries. As they eat their meal, Devon informs them about his upcoming surgery and his reconciliation with Angelina. Tucker informs Ashley that he plans to travel to Dallas for Devon’s surgery despite the fact that Devon has not invited him. Later, Tucker meets Devon and explains his plans to travel with Devon to Dallas. Devon says that Tucker can come if he wants. Jeffrey informs Gloria that he needs a job, as he is broke. She gives Jeff a job as a busboy. Later, Gloria takes Angelina and Kevin on a tour of their new house, which is decorated in an out-of-date style. Jill meets with Ashley and informs her that she needs to replace Genevieve as Head of Marketing at Jabot. Jill states that she thinks they should hire Cane for the job. Later, Ashley offers Cane the position at Jabot and he accepts.

­Adam asks Sharon to take Hope’s ring for safe-keeping. Sharon agrees, but says she cannot wear the ring. Later, they hear an announcement on the radio about a severe weather storm warning. Sharon leaves to go to the store to get some food for them. Alone, Adam is startled by thunder that shakes the house. Chelsea informs Anita that she plans to stay at Billy and Victoria’s. Anita becomes angry and starts yelling at her daughter, as Billy defends her. Later, Billy asks Chelsea to sign a contract giving up custody of her baby and Chelsea agrees. Jill is shocked that Gloria has hired Jeff as a busboy at Gloworm. Gloria defends her decision, saying that he needed a job. After learning that Anita needs money, Gloria offers her a job as a waitress. Later, Anita sees Jeff and is shocked, clearly recognizing him. At Gloworm, Michael, Lauren, and Gloria decide to get some answers about Kevin’s marriage to Angelina. Lauren is about to begin questioning Kevin when Michael receives a call and learns that Daisy’s hearing is today. At court, Kevin testifies that Jana’s aneurysm and death were caused by Daisy. As Lauren testifies, Avery accuses her of blaming Daisy for the crimes of her mother, Sheila. Lauren is furious as the judge rules that Daisy’s sentence should be reduced to time served. Nick offers Phyllis support as she packs her bags for her trip to visit her father. Later, Phyllis enters her father’s hospice room and he demands to know why she’s there.

­Nikki confronts Victor as he returns home from Paris. She gets him to admit that he did bring Chelsea and Anita to Genoa City. Nikki states that Victor will never change and sadly leaves. At Gloworm, Billy informs Victoria that Chelsea plans to stay in their home, despite the fact that her mother was kicked out. When Anita informs Billy and Victoria that she is staying in town, they decide to visit Michael and get him to draw up a custody agreement. Victoria and Billy offer Chelsea the custody agreement, which provides enough money to take care of her for the rest of her life. Chelsea agrees to sign, as long as she can stay in the baby’s life. Sharon struggles to drive back to Hope’s home in the storm. Meanwhile, Adam begins to smell smoke and realizes that the barn is on fire. Adam fights to hook up the hose and succeeds despite his blindness. Sharon arrives and is shocked to see that Adam has put out the fire on his own. At the courthouse, Daisy smugly informs Avery that she’s going to visit Lucy. Avery advises her to wait until she files a motion to return custody to her, but Daisy refuses. Later, Avery is surprised to learn that Phyllis has gone to see their father. In the hospice room, George denies that he stole money from his investor, insisting that Phyllis falsely accused him. Phyllis asks him to admit the truth. Finally, George admits that he stole the investment money. Meanwhile, Daniel arrives at Phyllis’ home and is shocked to see Daisy holding Lucy.

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  1. Jennifer

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I love the phyllis and avery stuff and their father. And I love what daniel said a about lucy loving his mother and not her.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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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Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

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