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Y&R Recap – Oct 11 – Oct 15th

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Victor and Nikki inform Meggie that they plan to elope. Deacon catches Meggie spiking Nikki’s drink. Deacon calls Meggie out on her plan and wants in on it. Later, Deacon and Meggie plot to get between Nikki and Victor.  When Diane suggests that she and Kyle stay in the guesthouse, Phyllis nearly goes ballistic considering Diane’s history. Jack promises Phyllis that history won’t repeat itself.  Victor asks Victoria to help him find a way to make their family whole again. Victoria refuses to let Victor hurt her anymore. When Victor runs into Diane, he makes it clear that he and Nikki are getting married again. The doctor informs Kay and Billy that it looks like Murphy may never recover from the two heart attacks. Kay struggles with what to do with Murphy now that he is on life support. As Kay has seemingly made her decision to let Murphy go, he wakes up. Everyone is overjoyed by this turn of events they don’t see how scared Murphy is to see Meggie.

­Kay is relieved when Murphy suddenly wakes up, but her relief is short lived when Murphy can’t speak or move. The doctor arrives and examines Murphy, he informs Kay that Murphy is in a state of complete paralysis and will probably remain that way. John supports Kay as she tries to inform Murphy that she almost gave up on him. As Victor is visiting with Kay and Murphy, Murphy tries to signal frantically to Victor. Victor thinks that his presence is upsetting him, so he decides to leave.  Tucker informs Neil and Sofia that they are going ahead with the meeting without Kay. Sofia calls Neil out on his treatment of her. Neil apologizes to her realizing he was out of line. Later, Neil and Sofia work together to find a solution for their meeting.  Victoria becomes worried when Billy rushes off to the chapel to be alone. In the chapel, Billy is talking to John, revealing that he is being pushed to the edge, losing all the people he loves. Billy finally lets Victoria in about he’s feeling and she assures him that she isn’t going anywhere. At home, Billy promises Victoria that he is done running away and that is because of her. Victoria informs him that she is all in and fall together to make love. Nikki is about to order a drink she hears Diane’s voice behind her. Diane gives Nikki a hard time when she refuses to inform Nikki what she is doing in town. Diane brings out the claws on Nikki. When Diane leaves, Nikki orders a drink. Diane brings Kyle by to for a visit with Jack. Diane meets Tucker first the time. Meggie informs Victor about the missing alcohol. Victor starts to wonder if Nikki has been drinking. Nikki is stunned when Deacon sits next to at the bar and instead of stopping her from drinking, joins her.

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­Nikki wakes up in Deacon’s hotel room with a serious hangover. Nikki lets her guard down with Deacon and slowly starts to trust him. Meggie informs Victor that Nikki goes to Gloworm to “visit friends”.  Deacon pushes Nikki to trust him by having her make a pact to get sober together and keep her secret. Victor asks Nikki if she has been drinking. Nikki assures Victor that she wasn’t drinking, but Victor decides to postpone the elopement.  Jeff is visited by Hogan, his boss in the gambling ring. Hogan threatens Jeff to get him his money. Meanwhile, Chloe is the third wheel on Alison and Kevin’s date. After Kevin’s phone keeps ringing, Chloe ends up reading a text from the gambling ring. They are in code so Chloe thinks they are from different women. She calls the number and Hogan answers.  Ashley arrives to see the Diane and Tucker together. Ashley decides to clue Tucker in on just how disruptive Diane has been to the lives of all the people in Genoa City. Later, Diane informs Kyle that they are staying in Genoa City.  Skye is furious when she tries to play nice with Adam and he rejects her. Jack shows Phyllis a device that will help tank the Newman Fund. Jack and Phyllis scheme to get into Adam’s room. Later, Skye catches Jack trying to break into their computer.  To stop Adam from seeing Jack, Phyllis kisses Adam passionately. When Adam and Phyllis enter the room, they find Jack and Skye in a compromising position. After Phyllis and Jack leave, Adam and Skye compare notes and wonder what Jack and Phyllis were up to. ­Jack and Victor have a covert meeting in order for Jack to pass on the information he gathered from Skye’s computer. Skye and Adam take a meeting with their investors. Jack backs them by writing them another check. This only makes Adam even more suspicious.  At Restless Style, Adam asks Phyllis if she is planning another article on him, but Phyllis doesn’t give anything away. Skye informs Jack that Adam doesn’t want her to take Jack’s money because he doesn’t trust him. Jack convinces her otherwise, but calls Victor to alert him that they may be running out of time. Victor arrives at the magazine to hear Adam threatening Phyllis. Tucker informs Phyllis he is considering offering Diane a job, which she thinks is a bad idea. Tucker runs into Victor and learns that Diane and Victor were once married. Tucker offers Diane a job and although she is intrigued she tries not to seem too interested. As she is leaving she runs into Victor and he offers her a job, as well.  J.T. taunts Mac and Reed with a surprise. J.T. surprises Reed with tickets to a Bucks game and Mac a new engagement ring.  Cane wants Lily to stay with Neil while he heads to Australia to deal with the men that are after him. Lily refuses split up their family. Cane runs into another cop who warns them about the storm. When Cane asks about the other cop, it becomes clear that the other cop was a fake. Lily sees someone outside the window and when Cane goes to check it out, he runs into Blake. Later, Blake warns Cane that if he turns him over to the police, he will alert the police Cane was once a part of the crew back in Australia.

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­When J.T. can’t reach anyone at the cottage, he decides to drive to the cottage himself. Blake warns Cane that he will lose his family if the truth comes out about him, but he will keep Cane’s secret for five million dollars. When Cane unties Blake, he hits Cane over the head and leaving Cane unconscious on the floor. Lily hears an announcement that the storm has changed direction and has headed toward Genoa City. Cane finally stumbles back to the cottage and Lily sees that he is bleeding. On his way up to the cottage, J.T. gets into a car accident. As J.T. struggles to get out of his car he reaches down to open his door and gets electrocuted.  Tucker and Diane arrive back to Tucker’s apartment to finalize Diane’s contract. As they are going over the contracts, Diane flirts shamelessly with Tucker. Diane and Tucker are in the throws of passion when suddenly the window in Tucker’s apartment blows out due to the storm.  With the impending storm, everyone starts to converge on the Abbott mansion, including Abby, Daniel and Nick with Summer. As the power goes out at the Abbott mansion, everyone tries to make the best of it. Adam innocently bumps into Sharon and asks her to give him a ride to his meeting since this storm is getting bad. Nick learns from the barista at the coffeehouse that Sharon left awhile ago with Adam. Adam and Sharon end up at an old barn with Faith. Nick panics when he finds Sharon’s car overturned on the road. At the barn, Sharon leaves Faith to help Adam close the doors. When they get the doors closed, they realize the roof is about to collapse over Faith. Adam throws himself over her to protect her just as the debris comes down covering them.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: After Learning The Truth About Sasha; Nina Leaves Her Wedding To Valentin … With Jax

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, you witnessed Cynthia Watros (Nina), well, being what she does best, delivering a performance that only Cynthia Watros can do!

Everyone knew the nuptials of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Nina were potentially cursed with all of the secrets looming, especially the major one that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not Nina’s biological daughter.  After overhearing as conversation between Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Sasha in the women’s bathroom, Lulu (Emme Rylan) just had to tell the truth right in the middle of the long-awaited wedding of the  lovebirds.

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After dropping the bombshell during the the ceremony, at first, Nina could not believe this at all, especially coming from Lulu; who is still dealing with the fact that her marriage to Dante is over, so why would she want anyone else to be happy? Problem was when Nina asked Sasha to just set the record straight,  she didn’t the way Nina had thought she would.  Sasha goes into the story on how she duped Nina for money, but then became so fond of her, and loved her like a daughter would.

Valentin is freaking out, because he knows he could be implicated in this mess, and while there was no proof on hand of how three DNA tests were all switched to make it look like Sasha was a DNA match for Nina’s bio-daughter, he looked the guilty party as well.  A betrayed and angry Nina feels in her gut that Valentin had something to do with this, and is rocked to her core that he lied to her again.  Nina screams she has to get out of the chapel.

Then, who should just be coming by at the right time outside the nuptials, that knight in shining armor, Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).   They make a exit together, where Jax takes Nina back to his brand new home that is barely furnished at this point, but there is a couch! And there is some scotch!  When Jax tries to calm Nina down, so she will talk about what has happened, all that she says so far is that Sasha is not her daughter, and that she never had one.

Back at the wedding, Valentin vows revenge on Lulu. Liesl lies to Maxie (Kirsten Storms) that she had no idea that Sasha was not Nina’s daughter, and Valentin makes a call to someone.

When the smoke clears from this one .. we predict these possibilities:  Jax and Nina share more than a kiss … Nina go back to Valentin and this charade of his involvement in bringing Sasha to town remains a cover-up and she gives him yet another chance .. or is it 100% curtains for Valentin?  Stay tuned.

Whatever happens next, Cynthia Watros reminded us all why she is a force to be reckoned with on daytime screens, or any acting medium for that matter.

Share your thoughts on the scenes that went down after Nina learned the truth about Sasha via the comment section below.

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