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Y&R Recap – Nov 28 – Dec 2nd

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Tucker and Ashley are enjoying their honeymoon as they exchange gifts. Later, Ashley talks to Billy and is delighted that her brother is home with his family. Meanwhile, Victoria and Billy learn their divorce has been finalized. Nick happily greets Nikki as she returns to the Newman Ranch. Nick questions where she was the night Diane was murdered. After Nick leaves, Nikki tries to resist the urge, but ends up pouring herself a drink. After spending time with Kyle, Jack is shocked when a reporter informs him that Diane’s body is being exhumed. Adam warns Myrna/Patty that if Ronan figures out Victor was set up, Adam will point the finger at her. Later, Jack takes Kyle to meet Genevieve at the lakeside mansion. Myrna/Patty is furious when Genevieve gives Kyle the stray cat as a gift. At the police station, Ronan states that the vial contained a paralytic drug that can lead to death. He also says that Diane’s blood was found on the syringe in Victor’s safe. Victor adamantly insists that he has been set up. Meanwhile, Adam insists to Michael and Victoria that he will step in at Newman while Victor is away.

­Victor welcomes Nikki home with a warm embrace. Nikki and Victor share a passionate kiss and they head upstairs to make love. At the Abbott Mansion, Myrna/Patty sneaks in using her key and picks up the cat. She talks to the cat, stating that Diane got what she deserved. Later, Jack realizes that the cat is missing. Ashley and Tucker cut their honeymoon short because she’s worried about Billy. Meanwhile, at Restless Style, Billy asks Nick to sell the magazine back. Later, Victoria vents to Billy about seeing Adam in charge of Newman. Billy advises her to warn Victor about Adam. At Restless Style, Nick is annoyed by Phyllis’ ideas for stories about Billy and Victor. Jack and Ashley offer Billy a job at Jabot. Meanwhile, Nick informs Avery that he’s considering selling Restless Style to Billy. At the Newman Ranch, Victoria is happily surprised to see Nikki. Later, Tucker’s therapist is revealed to be Emily Peterson. Phyllis flirts with Ronan, trying to get information out of him about the murder case. He’s surprised when she informs him that Nikki is back in town.

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In Chicago, Tucker continues his therapy session with Emily. He admits that Ashley doesn’t know who his therapist is. Chloe questions Billy about why he didn’t inform Katherine about the way Victor k­ept him away from his family. Chloe asks Victoria to be the matron of honor at her wedding. Later, Billy surprises Victoria with a visit from Reed.  At Nikki’s AA meeting, Harmony gives testimony stating that her drug addiction caused her to fail as a mother. During a coffee break, Nikki offers support to Harmony. Deacon approaches Nikki, but she coldly rejects him. Victor asks Michael to investigate Nikki’s alibi at the rehab facility. Michael learns that a credit card was stolen from Nikki’s rehab and used to rent a car the night Diane died. Nikki visits Kay and is surprised when Harmony shows up. Later, Tucker arrives at the Chancellor Mansion with a peace offering to Kay, but is furious to see that Harmony is there.  At the coffeehouse, Deacon approaches Nikki and stuns her by saying that he saw her in Genoa City last summer. Ronan arrives to take Nikki to the police station for questioning.  Abby offers to be Devon’s business partner.

­Harmony stands up to Tucker as he demands to know why she’s back at Katherine’s house. Tucker lashes out at Katherine, accusing her of using Harmony to get to Devon. Meanwhile, Ashley presents Devon with a check from Abby to finance his new business. Later, Devon hands Kay a check, returning her initial investment in his record label. Ashley learns Emily is Tucker’s therapist. Meanwhile, Emily approaches Paul at the GCAC bar.  At Restless Style, Phyllis is working on a story about Diane’s murder case. Nick is furious that the article implies Nikki is a suspect. Angry at Phyllis’ lack of respect for family, he fires her. Later, Ronan advises Phyllis to get away and spend some time with Lucy.  At the station, Michael demands Ronan release Nikki. Nikki runs into Deacon, who offers to give her a ride. Later, Ronan discovers new evidence and prepares to get an arrest warrant for Nikki.  Deacon has taken Nikki back to the Newman Ranch, where she begins drinking. Deacon states that he saw Nikki in the park on the night of Diane’s murder. When Victor arrives, Deacon informs him that Nikki took off on the Newman grounds and is drunk. Victor finds Nikki and she becomes hysterical and declares that she killed Diane.

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­Emily provides some details about her life in order to convince Paul that she’s not Patty. Paul mentions that Patty is still missing from the mental institute.   Tucker admits to Ashley that he sought out Emily as his therapist. Tucker says he wants to bring Emily to Genoa City for a visit, which upsets Ashley. At the GCAC, Tucker informs Emily that he has to stop seeing her because of the problems it’s causing with Ashley. Nick confesses to Victoria that he may sell Restless Style back to Billy. Victoria suggests they start their own company. Later, Nick offers to sell Billy Restless Style. At the coffeehouse, Nick accuses Adam of setting Victor up for murder. Meanwhile, Nikki continues drinking as she recounts how she left rehab and went to the park the night of the murder. Nikki passes out in Victor’s arms. Ronan enters the Newman Stables and finds Victor who admits to the murder. After Adam verifies that Victor is the murderer, Victor is arrested.

Adam calls Sharon at Sam’s home in New Mexico and informs her that Victor has confessed to the murder. Sharon makes plans to take a flight back to Genoa City. Meanwhile, Nikki wakes up from underneath a pile of hay and wonders where Victor has gone.

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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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