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Y&R Recap – Feb 8 -Feb 12th

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Ashley and Jack are thunderstruck when Tucker meets with them to tell them that someone out bid them for Jabot. Victor and Nick celebrate their victory of outbidding the Abbotts for Jabot just as Adam arrives to join the party. Victor pulls the rug out from under Adam when Victor tells him that Nick masterminded their entire plot against Tucker. Later, Ashley and Jack learn that Victor was the one who out bid them. Nick doesn’t believe that it was the right decision telling Adam the truth but Victor assures him that he will always be in control. As Noah prepares to leave for Paris, he admits to Sharon that he is worried about what is going to happen between her, Nick and Adam while he is away. Later, Sharon and Nick say goodbye to Noah and remind him that they trust him, even with everything going on with Eden. Nick blames Sharon’s marriage to Adam for driving Noah out of the country but lays the blame where it belongs, at their feet. As Chance works to figure out what was really behind the break in and continues to hit walls, Billy arrives to see Delia and Chloe. Billy tells Chloe that he has to go to New York on business and he wants her to run Restless Style while he is gone. Chloe is amazed at the man and father that Billy is turning into. Meanwhile, Jill is stunned when Kay tells her that she is fired from both Chancellor and Jabot, effective immediately. Jill is furious, and convinced that Tucker won’t allow Kay to fire her just as Neil gets the call about the sale of Jabot. Later, Chloe tells Kay that Chance is shutting her out because of the break in and his fear that it was because someone is trying to get to him. Kay confronts Chance and tells him to let his family and the people that love him in. Victor comes to see Jack and Ashley to tell them both that they are fired from Jabot. Meanwhile, Jill goes to Tucker about Kay’s decision to fire her and Tucker refuses to get in between Jill and Kay’s petty disputes. Later, Ashley wonders if this is more about getting back at her. Victor tells her that it had nothing to do with her but Ashley doesn’t buy it and can’t believe how heartless he is being. Billy runs into Adam at the G.C.A.C. and shakes Adam to the core when he tells him that one day all Adam’s secrets are going to be exposed and he will lose everything he cares about. Meanwhile, Sharon and Nick are reminded of their time together in Paris as Noah tells Sharon that he is proud of how strong has been this year. Later, an old friend of Adam’s from Harvard calls him to let him know that a hot red-head is in Boston asking questions about him and Adam realizes that it’s Phyllis.

Kay pushes Chance to ask for help on this case before he pushes everyone away. Meanwhile, Jill tries to change Tucker’s mind but he just asks her to leave and once she is gone a twenty-something woman comes out of Tucker’s bedroom. Later, Chance tells Chloe and Kay that he will go to Sid for help in the morning. Neil comes to Kay with information that they may be able to use against Tucker. At the G.C.A.C., Billy runs into Jill as he is leaving and she tells him about her trouble with Tucker and Kay and Billy asks her to have dinner with him when he gets back from New York in hopes of lifting her spirits. Adam comes home and tells Sharon to pack a bag because they are going on their honeymoon. Meanwhile, Jack vows to figure out how Victor cheated his way into Jabot. At Newman, Victor makes a cryptic call about Jabot. Tucker is caught off balance when Kay comes to see him with a wide smile and deals a hard dose of reality that trying to destroy her life will never change the fact that she gave him up when he was a baby. Meanwhile, Victor introduces Jack to Jabot’s new Ambassadress, Gloria. Later, Victor makes it clear that hiring Gloria as the face of Jabot is only the beginning of how Victor is going to destroy Jack. Amber tells Daniel that she found Little D and that he is okay. Daniel is relieved and admits to Amber that they aren’t ready to take on children. Amber, however, tells him that he may not be but she is. Daniel and Amber end up in an argument that Daisy walks in on. Later, Daisy takes advantage of the distance between Amber and Daniel to spend time with Daniel. After their flights are delayed, Billy and Victoria end up drinking in the same bar together. While they are talking, Billy shows Victoria the newest issue of Restless Style and Victoria jumps to conclusions after seeing Victor on the cover. Meanwhile, J.T. shows Mac the anniversary gift that he got for Victoria and Mac assures him that he has a lot left to fight for in his marriage. Later, Victoria is stunned to realize that the article is about Adam, not Victor. As Daniel teaches Daisy about photography, Daisy subtly flirts with Daniel. Later, Amber meets with Kay and tells her that she doesn’t think her relationship with Daniel is going to make it. Kay advises Amber to slow down because doesn’t know how Daniel is going to feel about having child in a year or two. Meanwhile, Daisy is none too happy to realize that Daniel only sees her as a kid. Mac admits to J.T. that she is still getting over Billy. Meanwhile, Billy and Victoria start to enjoy each other’s company as they continue to be stuck together in the bar. Later, as Mac and J.T. wait for Victoria to get home they play board games and laugh with one another.

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Kay lets her guard down in front of Victor and lets her pain regarding Tucker show. Meanwhile, Tucker sits with Kay’s biography and something on his face gives away that a part of him cares. Gloria approaches Victor with ideas about expanding her role at Jabot but Victor isn’t interested in hearing them and Gloria realizes that Jack may have been right about Victor. Meanwhile, Jack is baffled when he learns how much Victor paid for Jabot. Later, Victor visits Tucker and makes it clear that he will eventually realize just what Kay is truly capable of. Jack visits Kay and warns her that Victor is willing to step on anyone to get what he wants. Daniel and Amber apologize to one another and Amber agrees to wait until Daniel is ready to have kids. Meanwhile, Daisy obsesses over Daniel. Sharon thanks Adam for their romantic, spontaneous honeymoon on the beach. Later, Adam tries to convince Sharon to leave Genoa City and stay in their tropical paradise forever rather than go back to their complicated lives. Sharon astounds both herself and Adam when she agrees.

As Chloe tries to juggle the last minute touches for Emily’s wedding with the details for Delia’s first birthday and running the magazine, she meets Mac for coffee as Heather swoops down on them with information on Dr. Taylor for Billy. Mac picks up on the fact that Chloe is less than friendly to Heather. Billy arrives moments later with gifts for Delia and remembers leaving the tiara on Victoria’s head. Meanwhile, Victoria arrives home after her time in Dubai and the distance between her and J.T. is clearly still evident. Later, J.T. and Victoria exchange anniversary gifts but moments later end up in another argument that sends Victoria running from the house. Paul goes to see Patty who is still only answering to the name Dr. Peterson. Later, while Chloe and Billy are discussing the next issue of Restless Style, Chloe pushes Billy to make things right with Jack. Meanwhile, Paul calls Emily with an urgent request for her to come see Patty immediately. J.T. calls Mac for help with Reed and opens up to her about how horrible things went with Victoria. Meanwhile, Victoria bumps into Billy while he is waiting for Chloe to get off the phone nearby, and he notices that she has been crying. He tries to get her to open up as a friend but Heather interrupts them. Heather tells Billy that Dr. Taylor was sued for sexual harassment but the charges were dropped. Later, Victoria returns home and is caught off-guard to find Mac babysitting Reed. Emily arrives and meets with Paul who tells her that Patty has taken on Emily’s persona. Inside Patty’s cell, she takes to a photo of Jack and tells him that she won’t let Jack go making it clear that this is all an act. Meanwhile, Jack and Billy come face to face and Jack tells him that Victor fired both himself and Ashley from Jabot and hired Gloria. Billy asks Jack to come back to work for Restless Style. Later, Emily is stunned when Patty confronts her about marrying Jack. Emily tries to make Patty see reason but Patty is delusional with rage and lunges at Emily. Patty slams Emily’s head into the window, knocking Emily unconscious. Heather meets with Paul and Paul admits that he feels like he is losing his sister. Jack apologizes to Billy for treating him like a kid but turns down his offer. Jack asks him to be his best man again. Meanwhile, Patty tries to force Emily to drink drugged water. Later, Billy tells Jack that he would be honored to be his best man again. At the hospital, Patty forces the spiked water down Emily’s throat. J.T. and Victoria realize that their marriage is over. Meanwhile, Sharon tells Adam that they can’t run away and reassures him that he will never lose her.

Patty looks at her work as she finishes bleaching Emily’s hair to match her own. Meanwhile, Jack is shocked when Traci arrives to surprise him for his wedding. Later, Patty slips into Emily’s clothes and takes on her persona as she sneaks out of the mental hospital, leaving Emily unconscious in Patty’s room. As Ashley and Billy work on last minute wedding preparations, Jack calls to thank them for their surprise as he and Traci spend some quality time together. J.T. and Paul discuss the collapse of their families and J.T. admits to Paul that although their marriage is falling apart it didn’t stop Victoria from running the minute Victor called. Meanwhile, Victor tells Victoria that he would like the name her CEO of Jabot. Later, J.T. admits that no matter what Victoria will always be daddy’s little girl. Meanwhile, Victoria happily accepts the job but admits her marriage to J.T. is over but won’t discuss it in front of Victor. Victor meets with J.T. and J.T. gets the feeling that Victor is making indirect demands where Victoria and Reed are concerned now that they have decided to get a divorce. J.T. refuses to take orders from Victor any longer and Victor issues him a warning. Meanwhile, Billy laughs out loud when he hears from Victoria that she is new CEO of Jabot. Later, the tension between Victoria and J.T. continues to escalate when he tells her about his run in with Victor.

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Patty starts to dye her hair brunette to match Emily’s. Meanwhile, Paul arrives to visit Patty and finds Emily. He believes that he is looking at his sister and that she tried to take her own life and calls for help. As the Abbotts are gathered around their table reminiscing, Jack gets a call and learns that Father Todd will be officiating their wedding tomorrow. Later, Patty has transformed herself into Emily just as Paul calls “Emily” to tell her that “Patty” was rushed to the hospital. Billy informs the rest of his family about Victoria’s appointment at Jabot and Jack and Ashley immediately go on the defensive. Traci, however, tries to make them see that this is the exact reason that Colleen lost her life and they all need to start looking forward with their lives rather than back. Meanwhile, Victoria and J.T. try to end their marriage as friends. Patty arrives at the hospital as Emily to find a distraught Paul and Patty forces herself to play Emily’s role. Paul tells her that Patty knew about Emily and Jack’s engagement and that’s why she tried to kill herself. Paul tells her to leave and Patty struggles to find the right words for Paul. Later, Ashley stops by to give “Emily” her bridal gifts and Patty has a difficult time keeping up her charade. On her way out, Ashley runs into Victor and after hearing Traci’s words, decides to give the ranch back to Victor. Meanwhile, Paul learns that Emily is in a coma and she may not survive. Jack calls “Emily” to say good night and an angry Patty tells him that she can’t wait until tomorrow. Murphy and Kay run into Lily and Cane on Valentine’s Day as Lily is trying to pry her Valentine’s surprise out of Cane. Later, Cane shows Lily a room at the G.C.A.C. in which he recreated their Valentine’s Day two years ago with Paris for her. Meanwhile, Murphy and Kay slip away for some time alone.

Adam remembers his conversation with his friend from Boston and begins to worry what Phyllis could have found as Sharon tries to distract him with Valentine’s Day romance. Meanwhile, Phyllis and Summer return home from Boston but before Nick can hear anything about it, Phyllis tells him that they have to go to Jack’s wedding.

Billy runs into Victoria at the G.C.A.C. and she avoids the topic of her marriage but instead the two sweetly discuss Delia’s birthday. Meanwhile, Ashley and Neil prepare to make their debut together at Jack’s wedding. At the Abbott house, as Jack and Traci think back on family times together, Jack promises John he will get it right this time. Later, Victoria promises Billy that she will treat Jabot with respect and Billy reminds her that the Abbotts won’t give up until they have Jabot back. At the hospital, Paul tells Todd what happened to Patty and he continues to blame Jack and Emily. Todd is shocked to see just how strong the resemblance between Patty and Emily truly is. Meanwhile, Patty asks God for help to get her through her wedding to Jack. Chloe arrives and Patty starts to panic but Chloe, believing that she is Emily calms her down and reminds her that this is the day she has been waiting for. Chloe is amazed as she helps Patty into Emily’s wedding dress. Meanwhile, Jack’s family all share memories as they toast to Jack’s impending happiness. Later, Paul is astonished when he learns that Jack is still going through with the wedding but Jack doesn’t know what he is talking about until he tells him that Patty tried to commit suicide because of his marriage to Emily. Paul tells Jack that Patty’s suicide attempt is all Jack’s fault.

Victoria stops by to see Summer and ends up admitting to Nick that she and J.T. are getting a divorce. Later, as Victoria looks around Nick and Phyllis’s home, she is reminded of what she is losing. As Paul storms out of the church he runs into “Emily” and blames her as well for Patty’s situation. More guests arrive as the wedding is about to begin and Phyllis tells Neil that she may have found something on Dr. Taylor while she was in Boston. Meanwhile, Adam and Sharon exchange gifts and Sharon reminds Adam that she will always be there for him. Later, Adam calls to check up on Phyllis and learns she is back from Boston. At the church, Patty prepares to walk down the aisle to Jack. At the hospital, Paul sits with Emily, as she starts to crash. As Patty enters the church she sees that Todd is one the marrying her and Jack and she freezes.

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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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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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