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Y&R Recap – July 8 – July 12th

18. Victor Gets Colleen's heart - The Young and the Restless

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Sharon tells Jack about how she looks back at old pictures, and it’s like she’s still trapped in a time when Cassie was alive, and she was married to Nick.  Lauren asks Michael if he is going to file for divorce now that their 30-day trial period is up. Michael tells her that he’s committed to making their marriage work. Michael tears up the divorce papers, and leads Lauren into the bedroom. Fen comes to see Carmine with the hopes of scoring some drugs. Carmine turns Fen down and calls Lauren to warn her, but she hits the ‘ignore’ button on her phone. Carmine finds Fen passed out in the alley with a bag of white powder next to him.

Kyle admits to Abby that he shouldn’t have ended things with Summer, but doesn’t think calling her is a good idea. Abby thinks Kyle should tell Jack about the kiss he shared with Phyllis. When Jack overhears Kyle arguing with Abby. Kyle is forced to come clean about the kiss. Courtney tells Kyle that Summer will come home if he tells her that he’s sorry. Courtney calls Summer to let her know that her parents are in Chicago looking for her. Phyllis and Nick look for Summer at a modeling agency in Chicago. Summer sends Phyllis and Nick a text informing them that she is heading back to Genoa City. Phyllis goes home and tells Jack that she needs to tell him something. Later, Nick finds Summer/ Chelsea is surprised to learn that Anita and Jeff are coming over to have dinner with her and Dylan. Anita is shocked at where Chelsea and Dylan live. Dylan hopes that Anita and Jeff can be happy for them. Later, Dylan brings up the connection between Chelsea and her mother. Meanwhile, Jeff wants the truth out of Anita about whose baby Chelsea is carrying.

When Michael and Lauren rush to Fen’s hospital room, Michael accuses Carmine of giving Fen the drugs. Carmine says he saved Fen’s life. The doctor informs them that Fen’s condition is critical, and that they should talk to him, because familiar voices are helpful. Michael asks Fen how this happened.

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Phyllis comes clean and tells Jack that she kissed Kyle to break him and Summer apart because Summer is Jack’s daughter. When Jack blasts Phyllis for keeping this from him, she tells him she didn’t know until Nick told her. Meanwhile, Summer accuses Nick of lying in order to keep her away from Kyle. Nick assures her it’s true.  He is not her father, Jack is.  Nick wants to take Summer home and she tells him that she doesn’t have a home or a family.

Kevin thanks Paul for his new job. Michael demands Carmine be locked up for trying to kill his son. Paul agrees to start investigating. Lauren sees Carmine outside Fen’s hospital room and blames him for putting Fen in the hospital. Carmine insists he had nothing to do with it. Paul takes Carmine down to the station for questioning. Later, Michael asks if Fen is sure Carmine gave him the drugs.

Victor questions Adam about his love life. Later, Adam warns Melanie not to underestimate Victor. Victor gets Melanie to admit that she has been working with Adam. When Melanie offers to continue to work for Adam, he tells her that she failed at her task and is of no use to him.  Leslie reads Neil one of Rose’s letters to Gus begging him not to cut her off. Neil learns that Rose died in a hospital in Evanston in 2007.

Nikki explains to Victoria that Billy needs his family and that she should give him another chance. Victor comes home and tells Nikki about a fundraiser he wants to have for MS research. Meanwhile, Chloe talks to Billy about his addiction and says that she is on his side.

Stitch encourages Dylan to tell Chelsea about his time in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Chelsea asks Avery if Dylan ever talked about the war. Avery tells Chelsea that Dylan’s entire unit was killed and he was presumed dead.  Phyllis tells Summer that they need to go home. Summer tells Phyllis that she doesn’t belong to anyone anymore. Phyllis promises Summer that she will be there for her every step of the way. Meanwhile, Nick tells Victor that Summer is not his biological daughter. Victor concludes that Summer is Jack’s daughter and gets upset that Summer is an Abbott.

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Neil sees Jill at On The Blvd, and invites her to have dinner with him. Lily greets them, and then goes to sit with Cane and Hilary while they go over contracts. Meanwhile, Neil receives a new message from the mystery blogger and recalls being in a bar in Evanston in 2007.   Abby shows up at Noah and Tyler’s apartment. Tyler says he needs a break from old habits and surprises Abby with a kiss. Dylan tells Chelsea about his time in Afghanistan. Sharon brings Faith home and they have dinner with Nick. Faith wishes she could have her family together all of the time. Nick finally tells Sharon that Summer is not his daughter. Sharon tells him that he isn’t alone, and she will help him through this.

Phyllis tells Nick that he can’t fix this in one night, and needs to take a step back. Meanwhile, Traci tells Jack that there’s still time for him to be a father to Summer. Later, Jack admits to Phyllis that he is tempted to fall off the wagon. Nick shows up to see Jack.  Kyle asks for Billy’s help in turning the restaurant into a romantic night for Summer. Billy hands him the keys and tells him to lock up when he’s done.  Summer gets a text from Kyle saying they need to talk. Summer walks into the romantic set up Kyle has created. Kyle explains that he wants to start over where they had their first date. Summer bursts into tears and tells Kyle they cannot ever date, because they are brother and sister!

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I have watched Y and R for most of my life,(my Mom watched). That being said, it’s refreshing to see & read what is going on on my favorite daytime soap. My DVR & Wi-Fi was down so I wasn’t able to watch. I just wanted you to know that I often read your tweets, to find out info on my guilty pleasure. Y and R is always evolving and entertaining. When I was in elementary school I played the the opening theme song for my piano recital in front of the entire school! I still remember when I told my instructor, she not only didn’t understand why , it was hard to find the music back in the day. I played it as a tribute to my Mom. She now suffers from dementia, & no longer watches. My Mom can’t believe I still watch. However she does reminisce about my piano recital. I look forward to seeing your tweets. Thank you

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Juicy, I can’t wait until this plays out. Keep me guessing. I Love It. 🙂

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Since I first watched the amazing episode of when Victor and Nicki got married back in the 80’s i was hooked! I love the story lines this show keeps everyone watching and on their toes to see what happens next.

Keep Up the good Work Y&R Writers.

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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