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Y&R Recap – March 15 – March 19th

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Nick thanks Phyllis for giving him back his will to hope but she stops him, admitting that part of her wishes he didn’t know the truth. Nick tries to reassure Phyllis but she has seen it all before and she knows what is coming and has no one to blame but herself. Later, Nick promises Phyllis that they can make it through this because he needs her and she promises to stand by him. Sharon fears for Ashley, knowing that Faith has become her entire world and what the truth could do to her. Meanwhile, Ashley tells Billy that she will prove that Faith is hers that Victor will help her do it. At the cabin, Jack and Victor are immediately back at each other’s throat after Adam’s escape until they learn that a body is found down by the ravine. Later, Ashley continues to convince herself that Faith is hers and Jack fears that history is repeating itself. Sharon’s anger towards Adam overwhelms her and she ends up smashing a photo of him until she finds herself standing in front of Cassie. Meanwhile, Victoria tells J.T. everything that happened at the cabin and everything they learned and although shell shocked, J.T. is disgusted by the Newmans actions. Later, Sharon admits to Cassie that she is afraid that Adam was telling the truth and that Taylor was telling all lies. Cassie pushes Sharon to go see Faith and find out for herself if she believes in her heart if the baby is hers. Victor finds Adam’s body down by the ravine and he is barely alive as Victor starts CPR wondering if he should just leave Adam for dead. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Victoria that Victor is as dangerous as Adam and that he fears what could happen to Reed being exposed to him as he grows up. Later, Billy and Victoria bond as they realize how much their families are about to both lose and gain. Meanwhile, J.T. decides to go after full custody of Reed.

As Ashley recounts the night of her labor for Jack and Billy they start to realize that there are holes in the story. Moments later, Nick, Phyllis and Sharon arrive and ask to see Faith. Ashley allows them in, but makes it clear that they shouldn’t get ahead of themselves just yet as Sharon and Nick look at Faith with new eyes. Meanwhile, Heather meets Victor at the hospital and Victor allows her to take over custody of Adam because he can’t stand the sight of him. Later, Ashley decides it’s time for everyone to leave. Outside, Sharon tells Nick and Phyllis about her talk with Cassie and Nick promises Sharon that she will get to hold Faith forever if she turns out to be their child. Heather promises Adam that he is going to live so that she can nail his ass to the wall. Meanwhile, Ashley decides that she needs to take Faith and leave Genoa City as soon as possible.

Kevin accidentally finds the photos of Lauren and Paul in Michael’s briefcase while talking to Michael and Lauren at the coffeehouse. Later, Kevin confronts Lauren about the photos he found in the briefcase. Lauren tries to explain herself but Kevin refuses to lie to Michael and cover anything up for Lauren. Daniel becomes uneasy when he realizes that Lily is lying to Neil also about the fact that her chemo didn’t cure her cancer. Alone, Lily remains adamant that Daniel keeps her secret in order to protect Cane from himself. Later, Lily is tortured when she has to lie to Cane’s face about the test results and see just how happy he is for her. Billy runs into Victoria at the coffeehouse and they continue to have sparks until Victoria brings up Ashley and tells her that Ashley is trying to come to terms with the truth. They continue to bond when they agree that families do whatever it takes to protect each other, unlike J.T. Meanwhile, Ashley waits until Jack gives her some time to herself to make her move. At Jimmy’s, J.T. unloads about his problems with Victoria and the Newmans onto Mac. Mac tells him that everyone pays for their crimes sooner or later. Later, Jack realizes that Ashley has taken Faith and left. Billy and Victoria both get bad news, Victoria that J.T. is suing for full custody of Reed and Billy that Ashley and Faith are missing. Meanwhile, Ashley runs into Tucker in the airport and he offers to keep her company while her plane is delayed, which is the last thing she wants. Later, Tucker gives Ashley some much needed advice. Meanwhile, Billy, Jack and Neil try to look for Ashley without alerting the Newmans. Mac stops by to see Cane and Lily at the Immigration office and Daniel arrives to make one final plea to Lily to tell Cane the truth before it is too late. Later, Michael breaks the bad news to the group that Cane’s appeal was denied and Daniel pushes Lily to tell him the truth now. Victoria confronts J.T. about trying to take Reed from her and she tells him to go to hell. Victoria rips into J.T. and tells him that he had better be off the ranch by the time she gets back. Later, Michael tells Victoria that she can’t force J.T. off the ranch and if she wants to fight J.T. for custody she has to stay put to do it. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Mac that he isn’t going anywhere.

Lauren finally breaks through to Kevin, who tells her that he believes that she isn’t cheating on Michael. Kevin tells her that he found the photos sealed in Michael’s briefcase and that someone wants to make trouble for them and Lauren realizes that she has to be the one to tell Michael the truth. Meanwhile, Lily finally admits to Cane that her PET scan results weren’t good and Cane is crushed. Ashley arrives home with Faith after getting a ride from Tucker and her brothers aren’t thrilled when they see them together but they are more relieved that Ashley is back.

As Nick and Sharon begin to hope for the best, Sharon wonders how Phyllis is taking the news. Meanwhile, Phyllis admits to Malcolm that she believes that Nick and Sharon learning the truth about Faith could be the beginning of the end for her marriage. Malcolm, however, helps Phyllis sees how self-pitying she is being and Phyllis decides to go home to her husband. At Brad’s, Ashley remains rational but continues to believe that there is no way that Adam could have had anything to do with the baby switch. Jack reminds that she needs to make a decision about the DNA test at some point for everyone’s sake. As Patty is starting to have a meltdown worrying about where Jack is, she is confronted by one of Emily’s new patients. Patty tries to help Emily’s patient but knowing the right thing to say or do, she nearly goes off the deep end. Patty tells Lynn, her patient, that she believes it would be best that she find a new therapist and she leaves just as she runs into Jack. Later, before Jack can fill Patty in she gets a call from Emily’s boss at the hospital and she has to continue to put on her charade as Jack decides he needs to get back to Ashley.

Kay has a moment of compassion for Jill when she sees that Jill is about to breakdown over loses Cane. Meanwhile, Lily pleads with Cane to get on the plane and go back to Australia because she needs him. Later, Neil, Lily and Malcolm all say their goodbyes to Cane and Cane asks Neil to look out for Lily. Meanwhile, Jill tries frantically to help Cane and both Jill and Kay realize that blood doesn’t matter as Kay admits to Jill that she still thinks of Jill as her daughter. Victor delivers Adam Sharon’s annulment papers and Adam tells Victor to just let him die. Victor refuses to let Adam continue to play the victim and try to convince anyone that he that he is mentally ill. Meanwhile, Sharon thanks Phyllis for giving her back her future although Phyllis struggles with what it could mean for her own. Later, Victor comes by to see Faith and the revelation of everything that has happened finally hits him as he holds the baby close, which alarms Ashley as she watches him. Victor is finally able to get Ashley to acknowledge that there is a chance that Faith isn’t their child. Adam makes a final plea to Heather, trying to manipulate her one last time but Heather sees through him and tells him to go to hell. Meanwhile, Sharon gets a call just as she is leaving the tack house from Ashley asking her and Nick to come to Brad’s and Phyllis advises them not to anticipate the worse just yet. Later, at the Abbott cabin, Phyllis remembers past events with Nick and Sharon as she pulls down the plaque she and Nick put up in honor of Faith Cassidy. At Brad’s, Ashley tells the group that she is willing to let Nick and Sharon run a DNA test. As Lily tries hard to keep it together, Cane pretends to have lost his wedding ring and uses it as a distraction in order to flea Immigration custody. At the hospital, Heather introduces Adam to his court appointed psychiatrist, “Emily.” Meanwhile, as Phyllis is driving back from the cabin, she hits a patch of black ice and skids off the road.

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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