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Y&R Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Phyllis decides to quit Newman and asks Nick to come with her but Nick tells her that he can’t leave Adam there alone. Michael meets with Victor, Adam, Jack and Nick to tell them that he hasn’t found a single thing yet to void Tucker’s take over of Chancellor. Victor is determined to find Tucker’s weakness. Tucker gives Jill the DNA results and Jill learns that Tucker truly is Kay’s son. Wrecked, Jill becomes determined to make Kay understand what happened between her and Tucker. Meanwhile, Kay comes slamming back into the house and announces to Brock and Nikki that Jill is sleeping with Tucker. Later, Kay starts to believe that Jill was working with Tucker and that Kay never truly meant anything to Jill. Victor asks Nick and Adam for their opinions on how to handle Tucker McCall and Nick isn’t thrilled when Victor decides to head Adam’s advice. Alone, Nick tells Phyllis that he needs to start beating Adam at his own game. Later, Victor meets with Adam and asks him if he can finally put Newman first and earn Victor’s trust once and for all. Brock takes his turn to confront Tucker and finally hits the nail on the head when he tells Tucker the real reason he came to Genoa City was to find Kay., Jill arrives home and demands to talk to Kay but Nikki blocks her way refusing to let her see Kay. However, Kay tells Nikki to let her in. Jill tries to explain how she came to be involved with Tucker and the mistake it turned out to be but Kay realizes that this is just who she is and nothing Kay gives her, including her love, would ever be enough. Later, Cane arrives in time to hear Kay telling Jill to get out of the house. Away from Kay, Cane realizes that Jill is involved with Tucker in more than just a business sense. Meanwhile, Brock brings Tucker to see Kay. Later, Jill makes it clear that she intends to work with Tucker now that he controls Chancellor and Cane can’t believe what he is hearing. Meanwhile, Kay refuses to reach out to Tucker and as he leaves she finally breaks down from years of guilt. Victor brings Nick and Adam together and asks them to call a truce but Adam blows up and tells Nick and Victor exactly what he thinks of them and exactly how he feels about Sharon. Victor makes it clear to Adam that he will never earn his trust. Adam quits Newman. Adam brings Victor his letter of resignation and Victor tells him he is making a mistake. Meanwhile, Adam goes to Tucker and asks him for a job.  Noah gets an email from Eden about her time in Paris and she mentions that her aunt wasn’t the one who contacted her. Noah starts to ponder that and wonders who would want to send her away. Meanwhile, Daisy milks Lauren’s sympathies as she tells her how much she hates living in the dorms and her dreaded roommate. Lauren offers to let Daisy stay in Eden’s room while in Eden is in Paris and Daisy is eternally “grateful.” Later, Lauren’s headache continues to get worse and her mood swings heighten. Daisy notices that Lauren is about to have a drink of whiskey and points it out to her, which surprises Lauren, who wonders what is going on with her. Noah asks Sharon to let him go to Paris to be with Eden because he needs a break from all the family drama. Meanwhile, Adam gives Tucker some confidential files from Newman as a way of showing where his loyalties lay. Tucker is impressed and offers him a job. Later, Victor is not happy when Tucker informs him that he knows about Castle Properties, an acquisition Newman was interested in acquiring and that he also hired Adam. Meanwhile, Adam tells Sharon that he got a job with Tucker and Sharon is not thrilled. Later, Victor goes to Billy and offers to give him the story of his career. As Tucker is having a drink, he looks at the drive Adam gave him and says he doesn’t trust the Newman’s for a second. Chance overhears the end of Chloe and Billy’s conversation and realizes that Chloe is going back to work at Restless Style, an idea he doesn’t agree with.  Noah runs into Daisy at the coffeehouse and learns that Daisy is now living in Eden’s old room, which is unsettling to him. While going through Eden’s desk, Lauren finds a binder of Eden’s with clippings of Lauren’s life and incidents with Sheila and a receipt from a pet store and Lauren starts to think that Eden bought the rat. Adam tells Sharon that he is through trying to earn Victor’s respect but Sharon isn’t completely convinced. Meanwhile, Victor tells Billy that he can have a candid interview with him as long as the interview is all about Adam. Cane is furious when Kay tells him that Jill is sleeping with Tucker and she lied to Cane about it. Later, Victor, Jack and Kay all meet to start planning their take down of Tucker but Kay raises the question of just how long Jack and Victor’s truce can truly last.

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Michael is caught off guard when Daisy comes out of Eden’s room in her pajamas. Later, Michael and Lauren get into an argument over Lauren asking Daisy to stay with them without talking to Michael first. Lauren shows Michael the scrapbook she found in Eden’s room and tells him that she believes Eden was behind the rat incident but Michael isn’t so sure. At the coffeehouse, Jana encourages Kevin to focus on what is happening at Chancellor Industries and to put Ryder out of his mind. Adam stops by Newman to drop off a gift to his assistant and Victor makes it clear to him that he’d better be careful what he does next. Meanwhile, Sharon offers to take care of Faith for the day so that Ashley and Jack can work at Jabot. Later, Sharon sits and talks to Faith, blissfully unaware that she is bonding with her own daughter. As Adam tells Ashley about his fight with Victor and decision to quit Newman and subsequent job with Tucker, Sharon arrives home and both she and Ashley are stunned when Adam demands to know what Sharon was doing with Faith. After learning that Adam took a job with Tucker, Ashley starts to wonder how much she can trust Adam after all. Lauren finds a sleeping bag in the backroom at Fenmore’s and Daisy lies saying it is hers. She tells Lauren a sob story about school and Lauren refuses to turn her back on Daisy, regardless of what Michael says. Meanwhile, Jana goes to ask a homeless man to leave the coffeehouse and is stopped short when she realizes that it is Ryder. Adam suggests that he and Sharon move off the ranch but Sharon won’t hear of it. Sharon wonders why Adam is so adamant about getting her off of the ranch. Everyone is shocked when Tucker calls a meeting of all the department heads to tell them that they are all fired. Tucker immediately assures him that he is kidding but that he intends to sell Jabot. Ashley and Victor agree that Abby needs them to show her a united front. Meanwhile, at the bookstore, Abby spikes her coffee as she runs into Ryder and offers him a drink and nearly does a spit-take.

Chloe tells Jack and Emily that there is an emergency at the church where they planned their wedding and they need to move it to Sacred Heart, where Jack married Patty. Later, while Chloe and Emily are dealing with the wedding crisis, Jack confronts Jill about her involvement with Tucker. The two exchange some pretty harsh words and Jill doesn’t reveal to Jack Tucker’s intention to sell Jabot. Meanwhile, Cane can’t help reminding Tucker just how lucky he is that Kay is his mother but Tucker’s only concern is business. Kay matter-of-factly asks Tucker what he plans for Chancellor Industries and he tells her that he is going to sell all of it off, piece by piece. Tucker states that it is purely business and Kay calls him out on his lie. Katherine finally admits to Tucker why she gave him up all those years ago and strikes a chord with him but he refuses to acknowledge it and continues to state that breaking up Chancellor is purely a business decision. Kay, however, knows better and hits the nail on the head when she calls Tucker out on his “tantrum.” Kay finds Jack and tells him that Tucker plans to sell Jabot and that needs to make Tucker an offer, quickly. Meanwhile, as Ashley and Victor are discussing Abby, Jack calls Ashley to tell her that Jabot is in play again. Ashley moves off to talk to Jack and Victor hears her over the baby monitor and realizes that Tucker plans to sell Jabot. Later, Victor calls Jill and tries to persuade her to convince Tucker not to sell to Jack. Jill returns to her meeting with Tucker and Cane and tries to convince Tucker not to sell Jabot but instead to keep it as a part of McCall Unlimited. Although intrigued, Tucker turns her down. Ryder tries to take Abby’s alcohol from her as Noah approaches and misreads the situation. Ryder lets Noah take over and Abby finally lets down her guard with him. As Noah tries to sober Abby up, he calls Victor to tell him that he found Abby is bringing her home soon. Later, Ashley and Victor try to talk to Abby, who is extremely emotional.

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Sharon brings home a copy of the newest issue of Restless Style to show Adam and Ashley Victor’s interview on Adam. Phyllis, meanwhile, reads the article to Nick and is surprised by how far Victor went to smear Adam’s name. Victor arrives and both Nick and Phyllis wonder if Billy misquoted him but Victor tells them that he stands by every word. Later, Noah and Abby read Victor’s article and start to realize the type of man Victor is and the family they are a part of and truly wish they could both get away. Meanwhile, Adam reads the portion of the article about his mother and Adam is truly gut-punched. Jack confronts Billy about the new issue of the magazine and demands to know what is going on. Billy tells Jack that Victor came to him as he remembers the interview. Jack wonders what is going on, because something about Victor’s motives doesn’t sit right with him. Mac tells J.T. that she has another ultrasound today as Cane and Lily arrive and Lily can barely contain her excitement. At the doctors, Lily, Cane and Mac are all affected when they hear the babies’ heartbeats for the first time. Meanwhile, J.T. runs into Nick at the coffeehouse and asks about Victoria. Nick tells him that things in Dubai are a mess right now and that she will be home as soon as she can. Victor is hit when he overhears Noah talking to Nick about going to France for a semester and wishing he could take Abby with him. Meanwhile, Abby asks Ashley about Victor’s article and Ashley is at a loss as to how to explain Victor’s intentions. Later, Phyllis is furious when she learns that Victor is trying to force Ashley off the ranch and tells Ashley that she will stay on the ranch only if Ashley does. At the ranch, Noah asks Victor how he truly feels about Adam, Victor assures him that although there are elements at play here that Noah can’t understand, Victor does love his family. Sharon continues to support Adam in his pain and Adam blurts out that he doesn’t deserve her. Meanwhile, as Jack, Ashley and Phyllis are having lunch, Nick and Victor arrive at the G.C.A.C. Billy joins his siblings and shocks Ashley and Phyllis when he tells them that Victor brought the Adam interview to him. Later, Ashley confronts Victor at the G.C.A.C. as Abby and Noah arrive to see it. Victor tells her that he isn’t going to fight her for the ranch, leaving her speechless. Moments later, Sharon and Adam arrive and Adam immediately attacks his father in public, telling him that he went too far. Lily comes crashing down off her cloud of bliss when she learns that her friend from chemo, Harry, passed away. Meanwhile, J.T. and Mac bond as they play with Reed and J.T. admits how bad things are between him and Victoria. Later, J.T. and Mac share a moment when Mac admits to her that she wishes she was the one in love and about to have a family with the man she loves. Meanwhile, Cane tries to get Lily to talk about Harry but Lily just wants to focus on the babies and the future.

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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GH's Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver "The Power Performance of the Week"

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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