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Y&R Recap – May 23- May 27th

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Ashley becomes irritated when Michael begins to pry about what she remembers from the accident. Abby offers to take the blame for what happened. Colin sits with Caleb praising a job well done on their plot to make Lily appear crazy by thinking he is Cane’s ghost. Caleb threatens to take matters into his own hands to get the twins back to Australia. Neil arrives to assist Kay in developing a statement addressing the stockholders at McCall Unlimited. Sofia is surprised to learn that Tucker has a son. Kay instructs Neil to reverse the course of acquiring Newman stock. Lily becomes defensive when Jill questions how she and the twins are holding up. When the doctor arrives, she expresses concern for Lily due to her missing their last few meetings. Kay refuses to let Ashley near Tucker after learning that she is being charged with attempted murder. Lily arrives back at home and finds “Cane” there. Caleb expresses to Lily he is worried that soon her family will learn of their meetings. Lily assures Caleb she will risk everything for him.

­Jack and Traci discuss their concern over Ashley’s lurking charges attempted murder. Jack has an uncomfortable run-in with Victor. Kay explains to Ashley that she is taking every precaution to ensure Tucker’s safety, which includes keeping Ashley away from him. Kay adds that she believes it will be best for Jabot if Ashley resigns. Chance is surprised with a trip to Los Angeles, courtesy of Nina. He breaks the news that he has already reenlisted for a military position overseas. Heather greets the two of them and is startled when Nina explodes, exclaiming Heather is the reason Chance is leaving. Daniel arrives at Phyllis’ penthouse with good news of Lucy’s homecoming from CPS. Phyllis briefly leaves and Daniel checks a voicemail from Victoria, who spills her heart to him. When Phyllis returns she finds that Lucy and Daniel are gone, and he’s left a note. Daniel arrives at Billy and Victoria’s with good news. Victor pulls for Victoria to head up Jabot, and Kay acknowledges her capabilities. Jack also makes an interesting and captivating offer to Kay.

­Phyllis bursts into Billy and Victoria’s home demanding answers. After a heated confrontation between her, Daniel and Billy, Phyllis threatens that she will be back to get Lucy. She later unleashes her anger on Daniel about leaving without as much as a phone call. Daniel informs her that he and Lucy are moving.  Heather is rattled as Nina accuses her of being the reason Chance reenlisted for duty. Chance does his best to defend Heather and his choice to reenlist. Kay is heartbroken when she runs into Sergeant Louis Goldman, who has come to bring Chance his deployment orders for Afghanistan. She informs Paul she needs his help to search for Tucker’s son. Sam pays a visit to a distracted Sharon in the barn. She accidentally makes a comment about Cassie and explains to Sam that Cassie was her daughter who passed away. Sam offers to make her dinner up at the main house. Adam approaches Faith and Nick becomes furious when he notices. Diane approaches the two feuding men and slyly slips her arm through Adam, smugly smiling as she greets a confused Nick.  Phyllis begins a blog with an unfriendly headline.

­Lily informs Sofia that it would help a lot if she could explains to Neil, Jill, and Colin that she just needs time to heal on her own. Colin informs Caleb that he feels that the Winters are beginning to worry about Lily’s mental state. The two continue their discussion of their devious plan. Rafe stops by Billy and Victoria’s house, and is startled to see Lucy in her playpen. He advises that it’s not a wise choice to have Lucy at their home before the adoption is finalized. Billy and Victoria become furious as they read Phyllis’ latest blog post. Phyllis opens her door to Billy’s pounding fist. Billy abruptly makes a shocking announcement to Phyllis. Lily returns from checking on the babies to find “Cane.” She expresses that she wants to feed the twins and then make love to him. Cane reveals he wishes they could get away from all the prying eyes and build their little family, but Lily becomes slightly panicked. A concerned Neil finds Lily beginning to slowly unravel. She confides that she feels like she is losing her mind and asks for his help. Caleb gets one more pat on the back from Colin for a job well done. As Colin leaves Caleb whispers to someone.

­Caleb is still fuming about his hatred for Colin to his mystery female ally. Colin approaches and informs Caleb that he just got off a call with Neil, who is concerned about Lily. Lily begs Neil to take Mattie and Charlie away, and he suggests that she and the twins move in with him. They agree to meet back at his house. Nikki is stunned to see a remorseful Abby speak to the group at her AA meeting. Victor and asks Kay discuss her impending decision about who will head Jabot. Nikki approaches as Kay leaves, and confides in Victor that she is fearful Abby was the one who ran down Tucker. Doris brings news to Nick that due to Sharon’s cause of death, the insurance company is withholding the money she intended to use for a scholarship fund. Nick and Adam partner up to make a televised announcement. Nick gets a call from their contact at the Forensic Sciences Institute of Albuquerque, who has news for him

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Great rundown, Michael.I still believe that the real Cane is alive and pretending to be Caleb instead of vice a versa. I know it’s far fetched, but I’m sticking with it. And why does Colin want the babies? That still has to be addressed.. Chance left before and I say ,goodbye, I won’t miss you. Now, we should get rid of Heather. To many uninteresting characters floating around. But, I still am invested in Y&R……………..

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A little off-description. There is no dinner in the main house — Sam brings it to the barn and that is where they eat.

Also, why no mention of Sharon breaking the glass with the mention of “pasta primavera” — a complete throwback to her first Thanksgiving dinner with Adam. And further why no mention of Adam’s very emotional description of his feelings for Sharon, wherein Diane comments that he has a lot of his mother, as well as his father.

Sounds like selective description to me. That is why I watch the youtubes for myself.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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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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