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Y&R Recap – Nov 8 – Nov 12th

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Victor informs Meggie that the drugs she slipped him were fakes. Meggie tries to run, but is met at the door by Ronan, Heather and Murphy. Kay and Nina inform Victoria about Meggie’s twisted plan to trap Victor and kill him for his money. Victor realizes that Meggie is the one responsible for Nikki’s relapse. At the center, Nikki and Deacon begin to make love. Murphy confronts Meggie and informs her that she has at least two charges coming her way. Victor finds Nikki in Deacon’s arms. Victor attacks Deacon as Nikki informs him to leave Deacon alone since he is married to Meggie now.  Victor reveals the truth to Nikki about Meggie and her plan. Nikki is immediately regretful for what she has done. Victor is cold and shut down after seeing her with Deacon. Victoria stands in the doorway, having witnessed everything. Victor runs into Diane at the airport after she has missed her flight to New York and he offers to take her.

Diane informs Jack that he blew his chance to get to know Kyle when he let Phyllis attack her. Diane plans to go out of town to look for a job and Kyle wonders why he can’t stay with Jack while she is gone. Diane covers the real reason by saying that she already hired a babysitter. After Diane is gone, Kyle finds the article on RS.com about Diane and manages to ditch his babysitter. Kyle confronts Jack about the article on Diane. Jack calls Diane and informs her that nothing will come between him and Kyle. Nick and Phyllis see their final divorce decree. Phyllis inadvertently insults Sharon for finding her way back to Nick. Nick comes home to Sharon and Faith with dinner and informs Sharon about his divorce papers. In the middle of talking to Nina and Heather, Ronan abruptly excuses himself. Later, Heather sees Ronan take a pill and realizes there is something going in with him. At the magazine, Billy wants to do a story on Daisy, but Phyllis puts him off trying to protect Daniel. When Billy mentions doing something more on Diane, Phyllis informs him that there were further reaching repercussions than she anticipated. Diane calls to check on Kyle and he asks her to admit the truth about what Phyllis wrote. Kyle realizes that the things in the article are all true and he is wrecked. Kyle shows up at the magazine to talk to Billy. Kyle asks Billy to make Phyllis stop writing things about Diane. Phyllis tries to explain herself to Kyle and apologizes. Kyle acts out by tipping Phyllis’s coffee all over her computer. Jack arrives and informs Phyllis they should take a break. In New York, Diane runs into Victor. At Gloworm, Chloe helps distract Gloria, so that Kevin can talk to Jeff and find out why he is holding out on paying Hogan. They are interrupted when Adam shows up asking about the bartender job. Gloria hires him on the spot. Jeff informs Kevin that he doesn’t know what happened to the money. Later, Kevin and Jeff realize Gloria took the money to buy him gift.

Victoria informs Nick about Meggie. Victoria becomes furious with Nick when she learns that he knew Deacon was at the center. Nick and Victoria realize how far apart they are when Victoria informs him that Reed moved to D.C. with J.T. and he didn’t know. Sharon shows up at Gloworm and is shocked to see Adam behind the bar. She informs him that Nick’s divorce is final and they are trying to start over. Nick arrives at Gloworm and kisses Sharon. He insists on taking her home now to make love. Victoria worries that she and Reed will grow apart the way she has from the rest of her family. She suggests they go get Delia and spend the day with her for Billy’s sake. At home, Sharon and Nick finally make love.

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Michael pleads with Lauren not to let Daisy’s arrival back in town set her back. Lauren refuses to leave the apartment until they know what Daisy has planned. Abby visits Daisy in jail and Daisy swears she has no reason to lie about the paternity. Lauren explains to Phyllis what it is like living through being kidnapped. Phyllis promises her that they will get through it but first they have to get Daisy out of jail. Phyllis manages to convince Lauren to let Michael petition the court for Daisy’s release to a private hospital. Daniel is not happy to hear that Abby went to see Daisy and even that Abby believes her. At the police station, the cops find betting slips in the bag where Kevin had the money. Kevin and Chloe end up in the same holding cell as Daisy. At the hospital, Phyllis informs Daisy that her DNA test is tomorrow. Kevin asks Jeff to dip into his “rainy day” fund and save them before it is too late. Jeff returns later with a bag of money and gives it to Kevin, which Chloe notice and takes off after him. On their way to see Hogan, they are distracted when a cop pulls up behind them. When Chloe accidentally dumps the cash out of the bag, the cop asks them to step out of the car. Hogan confronts Jeff at Gloworm wanting to know where Kevin is with his money. Kevin informs Michael that he and Chloe were arrested. Michael feels horrible for leaving Lauren in a fragile state. In New York, Diane bathes in self-pity as she informs Victor about how Phyllis attacked her and that Kyle saw it. Diane picks up on Victor’s own heartache and wonders what brought him to New York. Later, Victor refuses to inform Diane about his family.

­Cane meets with Tucker and Sofia about James Collier. Tucker informs him that he will keep “Collier” on the bio-fuel project, but he wants to meet him. Later, while Cane tries to figure out a way to get “Collier” into town by tomorrow, Blake stops by to see Lily. Cane finds Blake holding one of the twins. Before he can freak out, Lily asks Blake to stay for lunch. Sofia worries about whether Cane will come through with “Collier”. Neil puts her fears to rest and asks her to dinner. Cane assures Blake that he will get his money, but he needs more time to take care of Tucker’s concerns.  Gloria learns that Kevin was arrested for being a bookie. Heather tries to offer Kevin a deal. Billy comes to see Chloe in jail and wants to know what he should inform Delia about why she there. Heather offers full immunity to Kevin and Chloe for information Hogan, but Kevin refuses to admit to anything. They have no evidence to hold them so Heather is forced to release Chloe and Kevin. Jana tries to assure Lauren that a jury will lock Daisy up. Lauren is sure that Daisy will use her baby to get out jail. Lauren becomes resolved to putting Daisy behind bars for a long time. Billy informs Victoria that Chloe swears her arrest is a big misunderstanding. Billy is determined to find out what really happened in order to protect Delia. Kevin goes to see Daisy and warns to her to stay away from the people he loves. Daisy informs him that she came back because of him. Jana hears Kevin promising to help Daisy, but takes it out of context. After Kevin is gone, Jana confronts Daisy. At Gloworm, Hogan is pleased to hear that Kevin kept his mouth shut. Later, Daisy manipulates Jana into helping her. ­Cane’s patience is test as he pulls an all-nighter to get the work done for Tucker that was meant for “Collier” and he accidentally snaps at Lily. Tucker is meeting Cane, Blake walks in and introduces himself as James Collier. Cane brings Lily flowers to apologize for being short with her earlier and finds Blake there. Blake promises to be in Cane’s life for awhile to make sure he stays on course. Tucker admits to Sofia that something seems off about Collier. Heather informs Paul that she is going to focus on putting Adam back in prison. Adam introduces himself to the new D.A. and offers Skye the chance to spill all his dirty little secrets. The D.A. informs Adam he has no plan to reopen his case. Heather is stunned when the new DA fires her.  Sharon asks Nick to move back in and Nick happily accepts.

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As Nick is moving his things in, Sharon and Nick are reminded that they are back together in their home the way Cassie predicted for them. Adam sees Sharon and Nick through the window about to make love and he is devastated. At the ranch, Sharon is totally blindsided when Nick suddenly asks her to remarry him. When Diane’s credit card is declined at the club she begins to worry. Jack offers to pay Kyle’s tuition and Diane lets him. Diane even agrees to let Jack take Kyle for the weekend. Diane and Phyllis refrain from getting in an altercation. When Diane continues to push Phyllis’s button, Phyllis finally pushes back and Diane physically attacks her.  Jack jumps in to stop it and drags Diane onto the elevator. Diane tries to seduce Jack, but he tries to stop her. Diane hits the stop button on the elevator and pulls Jack into a kiss. Jack informs her that he didn’t feel anything and restarts the elevator. When she leaves, Jack notices Diane’s over due room bill on the ground.

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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