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Y&R Recap – Jan 23 – Jan 27th

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Victor informs Nikki that they can finally be together. Nikki admits that she still loves Victor, but that they can’t be together. Victor grabs her and begins kissing her, and they make love. Jack ignores Genevieve’s concern that he might not get Beauty of Nature, and presents his fiancée with a diamond bracelet. Cane bonds with his soon-to-be step father and Genevieve shows Lily her wedding dress. Meanwhile, Ashley is surprised when Abby arrives home in time for Jack and Genevieve’s wedding. Sharon tries to convince Adam that Victor is setting him up. Adam grabs Sharon and kisses her passionately, and they begin to make love on Victor’s desk. When Phyllis drops Summer off at Nick’s, Summer convinces Phyllis to stay and watch movies with them. After Nick puts the girls to bed, they decide to hang out together without having sex. They spend the rest of the night playing video games. Michael meets with the SEC agents, who expect to arrest Adam within the hour. Michael informs Victor that Adam never called Tucker with the highest bid. Michael informs Victor that Beauty of Nature has been sold to FMN. Meanwhile, Genevieve learns she now owns Beauty of Nature.

­Ronan escorts Deacon after his lie detector test. Ronan remains determined to figure out what happened on the night of the murder. Adam, Victor, Victoria, Tucker, Nick, Abby, Ashley and Nikki, Phyllis and Jack are all summoned to the police station. Ronan announces that since they all lied to the police about Diane’s murder, they are all guilty. Ronan brings out the embroidered pillows that were found in Diane’s room and begins showing the video footage of each of the subjects fighting with Diane. He also shows footage of Adam threatening Diane, which no one has seen before. Finally, Ronan plays the footage of Nikki defending herself against Diane’s attack. Later, Ronan escorts all of the female suspects to a holding cell and all of the male suspects to another holding cell, where they are locked up. Myrna/Patty tries on Genevieve’s veil in front of a mirror and begins saying her imaginary wedding vows to Jack. Genevieve catches Myrna/Patty and she says she was just making sure that Genevieve’s wedding dress was perfect. Genevieve informs her that Paul is on his way over, and insists that she speak to him. Paul arrives to talk to Myrna, but she is nowhere to be found. Genevieve offers to let Paul take a look at Myrna’s computer. Meanwhile, Myrna/Patty hides out in the Newman potting shed. Sharon asks Avery for help in maintaining custody rights to Faith. Sharon tearfully admits that she fears Nick will find out she slept with Adam, and will try to take Faith away from her. Avery asks why she keeps going back to Adam, when it could cost her Faith.

­Segundo barks outside as Myrna/Patty continues to hide in the Newman potting shed. Myrna/Patty, who thinks the dog is Zapato, fears she’s being haunted by a ghost. Tucker and Jack accuse Adam of tampering with the evidence, which he denies. In the women’s holding cell, Abby, Victoria, Ashley and Phyllis complain about their imprisoned state. Meanwhile, Ricky tries to convince Avery to give him information, and in exchange, he will arrange for Phyllis’ arraignment to be last. Deacon enters the men’s holding cell. He recounts the story of how Adam and Diane teamed up to frame Victor for Diane’s murder. Diane would use the paralytic drug and pretend to be dead. Diane decided she didn’t want to leave Kyle and was going to back out of the plan, but Adam threatened to turn her in to the SEC. Later, Jack questions Adam about the Beauty of Nature sale, hoping to hear that he was the highest bidder. Jack’s frustrated when Adam won’t reveal who made the winning bid. Ricky steals Myrna’s flash drive from Paul and secretly makes a copy. Later, Paul is shocked by what he finds on the flash drive.

­Jeffrey returns to Genoa City with no recollection of who he is. Jill tries to get him to admit that he’s faking amnesia. At the GCAC, Gloria naively asks Angelo to have his associates look for Kevin. Later, Dino calls Angelo and informs him that he’s located Angelina’s cell phone on Long Island. Jill sends Jeffrey walking right past Gloria as she is kissing Angelo. Since he doesn’t recognize Gloria, Jill becomes convinced that he really has amnesia, and offers to take him to a doctor. Kevin lashes out at Angelina for lying to him. He decides to build a raft, and Angelina offers to help. Spencer informs Ronan that he’s leaning toward charging Nikki in Diane’s murder. Ronan promises he will find out who the unknown conspirator is. Paul shows Ronan what he found on Myrna/Patty’s computer. They wonder if Myrna will target Genevieve next. Genevieve quietly practices revealing to Jack that she owns FMN. However, she’s unable to break the news to her fiancée. Davis informs her that Victor is demanding to meet the owner of FMN – tonight. Paul and Ronan warn Genevieve that Myrna may be involved with the murder of Diane Jenkins. Meanwhile, Myrna/Patty, pretending to be Emily, “runs into” Jack. When she professes her love to him, Jack informs her that he loves Genevieve and plans to marry her. Victor reveals to Sharon that he knows she was with Adam last night and that she betrayed him to Adam. Victor states that it’s time for them to get an annulment. Sharon says goodbye to Victor just as Nikki arrives at the ranch. She informs Nikki that Victor is waiting for her.

­Billy and Victoria break the news to Jill about the situation with Chelsea and her baby. Jill questions their decision to invite Chelsea to live with them, but she offers to keep an open mind about Chelsea. Privately, Jill warns Billy and Victoria not to let their guard down with Chelsea. Jack and Genevieve are excited on the morning of their wedding day. Genevieve learns that Victor is threatening to file a lawsuit unless he meets the owner of FMN today. At Newman Enterprises, Victor hands Adam a letter of resignation to sign, but Adam refuses. Victor takes Adam to the men’s room and informs him that it’s his new office. Cane finds an article online about FMN buying Beauty of Nature. He goes to the lakeside mansion, where he looks at Samantha’s urn engraved with the words “Samantha Atkinson, Forget Me Not.” Adam questions Tucker about the job at McCall. Tucker says Adam didn’t keep his end of the deal. Adam reveals he knows the deal was a sting operation with the SEC, which Tucker denies. Tucker offers Adam a job if he’ll stay at Newman and report back to McCall as a spy. Adam agrees to the deal. Tucker runs into Myrna/Patty at Crimson Lights she pretends to be Emily. Myrna/Patty, pretending to be Emily, arrives at the Abbott Mansion. Jack gently informs “Emily” she has to move on, and Myrna/Patty is devastated. Back at the potting shed, she takes out a gun and vows to stop the marriage. Victor is surprised to learn that Genevieve is the owner of FMN. He offers to make Genevieve his partner, if she allows Beauty of Nature to stay under the Newman umbrella. She turns down the offer.

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Taking on a DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storyline on the soaps can be extraordinarily challenging for the performer who is tasked with making a clear distinction and delineation between the various alters of their character.

However, the other trick to playing this kind of story, is often having the various alters trying to hide the fact from those they know and love of what is truly going on with them, so as not to tip them off, as to what is happening to them as they battle for control of a person’s psyche.

The gold standard is One Life to Live icon Erika Slezak’s (ex-Viki) Emmy-winning and gut-wrenching and riveting DID storyline where we met Tori, Niki (although we met her earlier in the life of the show), Tommy, Princess, Jean and even her father, Victor.

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Now in 2024, The Young and the Restless’ Eileen Davidson is playing out a new DID storyline for the first time as Ashley Abbott. We knew decades ago that Ashley had a breakdown and has suffered psychological issues, but this has taken it to a new level. And, let’s be real, if you are going to give someone currently on a soap a DID story, who better than Davidson, who is used to playing multiple characters at one time as she did on Days of our Lives. Although on DAYS, each of the characters were their own distinct person, while now on Y&R, Ashley’s alters are fighting for control of her being,

Last week, on the Thursday, April 12th episode of the CBS soap opera, Davidson truly got to shine, as in front of the Abbott family and through what was supposed to be an intervention (they hadn’t figure out what the hell was happening to her), Ashley was flipping from alter to alter. We know there is Ms. Abbott, and Ash thus far, but there is said to be one more alter a-coming.

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In the key scenes, Davidson’s internal struggle was played pretty masterfully in a scene where she literally is in a tug of war with her alters and flings herself on the couch, while Jack (Peter Bergman), Diane (Susan Walters), Billy (Jason Thompson) and Traci (Beth Maitland) look on. Of course, there are the soap trope scenes of alters in handcuffs while the other is on the loose. And leave it to Billy to figure out Ashley is suffering from DID from his past experience.

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While this all seemed to spring from Ashley’s messy relationship with Tucker (Trevor St. John) and a throw back to an old car accident where she lost her unborn baby, is there some other underlying issue in Ashley’s past that was even more traumatizing that will be revealed as another trigger for this massive personality split? We shall see.

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In the meantime, Michael Fairman TV names Eileen Davidson’s work the Power Performance of the Week, and rest assured, come 2025, Davidson will find herself going for the third Daytime Emmy win as Lead Actress for this storyline.

So, let us know, what did you think of Eileen’s performance? Are you enjoying Ashley’s DID storyline? What do you think will happen to her next? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: “Sugar Sugar! Oh, Honey Honey”

The Bold and the Beautiful revealed at the end of the Friday April 13th episode what many viewers had guessed, that it wasn’t Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) who died when Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabbed her, but it had to her doppelgänger, Sugar, or at least it seems that way.

Deacon (Sean Kanan) has been beside himself since seeing what was supposed to be Sheila’s body being cremated, but revealing the body had ten toes and not nine, and we all know Sheila had cut off her toe, so she only had nine.

While explaining his thoughts that she is alive to Finn (Tanner Novlan) and then trying later to explain to Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), Deacon is more convinced that something is wrong here. Meanwhile, Finn went to talk to Steffy about Deacon’s theory, which stuns her, as she believed she killed Sheila in self-defense.

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At Il Giardino, Deacon looks at his phone then slams it down. He flashes back to the body going into the crematorium oven saying to himself, “Maybe I’m not going crazy. Maybe that wasn’t you. And if that wasn’t you, maybe you’re out there. Maybe you need my help.”

Deacon gets on Sheila’s laptop and tries to find something that might help him figure out where Sheila has gone. He looks at her text message communications and sees a section from an unknown number. He opens the messages, and Deacon reads that they’re from someone named “Sugar.”  That person said she was going to find Sheila. In the messages, Sheila made it clear she wanted no part of her. But it could be that Sheila met up with Sugar, or was forced too?

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In a quick history lesson about the character of Sugar: she was originally played by Robin Mattson on B&B, and was a former prison warden who helped Sheila escape and then joined her in kidnapping Ridge Forrester to hold him for ransom. A twisted plot ensued, where flames engulfed the foundry they were at and Ridge was presumed dead. Meanwhile, Sheila and Sugar disappeared with Massimo and Sheila’s baby, Diana.

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Fast forward to 2006, Sheila returned to Genoa City to go after Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman) again and was arrested for attacking Scott Grainger (Peter Barton). In a shocker, when Lauren went to visit Sheila in the slammer, she learned that the woman behind bars was actually Sugar, who had been given plastic surgery and now looks exactly like Sheila.

Now the questions become, did Sheila know that Sugar was going to attack Steffy? Did they have a plan and it went awry, or was Sheila hoping she could get rid of both Sugar and Steffy, by having her daughter-in-law sent to prison for her “murder”? Or, is Sheila out there somewhere in trouble?

Share your theories via the comment section below, and if you knew all along that it would be revealed that Sugar is the person who actually died and not Sheila. But first, check out next week on B&B where Deacon gets a visit from Lauren.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.

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Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?

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Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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