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Y&R Recap – Oct 18 – Oct 22nd

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After finding Sharon’s car, Nick searches for his family. Meanwhile, Sharon digs under the rubble to get to her daughter and Adam. Sharon frees Adam and Faith and sees that Adam is covered in cuts and bruises from shielding Faith with his body. Later, Nick is so relieved that Sharon and Faith are okay, but is shocked when he sees Adam holding Faith. Sharon explains that Adam saved Faith’s life. Ashley and Neil worry about their families together. Neil explains to Ashley that he wants her to be happy and he doesn’t’ believe Tucker is the man to do that.  Abby and Daniel are shocked to find Diane and Tucker in a compromising position. Diane and Tucker try to cover by saying they were conducting business when the window blew, but Abby doesn’t buy their story. Tucker informs Diane that their moment together was a one-time thing and their relationship has to remain strictly professional. Abby is convinced that Tucker cheated on Ashley with Diane and voiced her concern to Daniel. Ashley overhears Abby when she arrives at Tucker’ s. Ashley decides to believe Tucker and trust him over Abby. As Cane and Lily are driving home from the cottage they come across J.T.’s car wreck. Cane tries to figure out how to get J.T. out of the car. Cane manages to free J.T. from the car without getting himself electrocuted and starts C.P.R. on him. At the hospital, Mac sits with J.T. and informs him that if he wakes up she will marry him. Moments later, J.T. opens his eyes.

­Mac works to hold it together in front of J.T. who is bad shape. As Victoria and Billy are leaving for the hospital, they learn Victor is looking for a way to use J.T.’s accident to help Victoria get custody of Reed. At the hospital, Victoria arrives to see J.T. and she informs him that Reed is okay and apologizes for everything that has happened between them over the last year. She informs him that they will find a way to make their new families work. Later, Mac informs Kay about J.T.’s accident and that they are having a baby. Kay assures her that they everything will be okay. A man runs into the police station needing help to rescue his wife who is trapped in their car. Heather and Ronan work together to help him. Heather and Ronan return and Heather realizes that Ronan hurt himself while helping the couple. While Heather is cleaning the wound, Ronan reminds her that she isn’t the only one who lost Chance. Nina wants Ronan to contact Chance and let him know everyone is okay. At first Ronan says no, but Nina reminds him she knows Chance and it will be safer this way. Meggie becomes Nikki’s confidant as Nikki informs her that Victor called off their elopement. When Nikki and Meggie visit Murphy, he tries to use Morse code to signal Kay that Meggie is dangerous. Murphy’s heart rate spikes Kay informs him to stay calm. Nikki shows up at Deacon’s motel room and dives right into drinking. When Nikki gets a call from Victoria, she realizes what she is doing and flees Deacon’s room. Nikki informs Victor that she wants them to get married right away. Victor says he will arrange it so that they can get married the day after tomorrow.

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­Phyllis talks to Jack about how to get rid of Diane. Diane and Kyle stop by the mansion and invite Jack to go school shopping with them. Jack and Diane work as a team as they try to calm Kyle’s fears about starting at a new school. Meanwhile, Phyllis digs through boxes of Jack’s things until she finds an old unflattering photo of Diane. Phyllis uses the photo to start writing an article about Diane. Nikki informs Meggie that she and Victor plan to elope tomorrow. Victor informs Nick that he and Nikki are eloping tomorrow and Nick gives them his blessing. When Meggie acts upset, Meggie covers with Nikki by making it seem like she is merely concerned for Nikki. After revealing to Victoria that she is eloping, Victoria wonders if they are rushing to get married because of Victoria’s lawsuit. Nikki assures her that there are other reasons. Victoria cautions Nikki that Victor can’t change and to make sure this is exactly what she wants. Meggie and Deacon plan to spike Nikki’s drink and keep drinking all day long. Adam informs Skye that he spent the night in the ER after he was stuck in the storm with Sharon. Skye gets stuck in an elevator at Newman with Victor. Skye starts to get panicky and informs Victor that she is claustrophobic from being trapped in an elevator when she was kid. Skye starts praying to St. Cayetano and Victor is surprised that she is the type to pray. Victor asks Skye why is in Genoa City and realizes it is more than just for the name Newman. The elevator is finally fixed and Nick is surprised to find Victor and Skye together.  Nick decides to confront Adam about how he plans to use Sharon’s gratitude in order to win her back. Adam makes sure that Sharon hears him confess to Nick that he has no plans to cause her anymore pain than he already has. Sharon finally comes to Adam’s door and thanks him for saving Faith. Adam uses the same words he did with Nick, knowing Sharon heard him.

­As Jill tries to work to put Fenmore’s back together after the storm, she is stunned when Lauren gives her an unexpected hug. Lauren apologizes to Jill for missing Chance’s funeral and that she made a donation in Chance’s name to the “Fallen Officers Fund.” As Nikki and Victor prepare for their happy day, Deacon and Meggie look for an opening to get Nikki alone and slip her a drink. Meggie manages to convince Nikki to go shopping for a new wedding dress before they leave for Las Vegas. While Nikki is fighting with Jill, Meggie slips vodka into Nikki’s tea. Kay is thrilled to learn that he and Nikki are eloping. Victor admits to Kay that he was worried that Nikki was drinking, but Nikki denied it. At Fenmore’s, Jill finds Nikki’s teacup and smells the alcohol. She immediately calls Victor and informs him that Nikki is drinking again. Murphy has a dream about Meggie. Kay is floored when Murphy moves his finger. Later, Nikki is blindsided when Victor confronts her about Jill’s accusation. Lily asks Neil if they can move in with him until things calm down with Cane. Cane works on creating a false identity. Cane finds a death certificate for a man who died the same year as him. He deletes his browser history before calling Madison County Hall of Records to order a new birth certificate in the name of James Collier. Later, Cane lies to Neil about the men in Australia. Neil buys his story and acknowledges how much he has come to trust and respect Cane. Cane gets a call from Blake asking for his money. Cane informs him, that he’ll get it.   Ashley wants Abby to apologize to Tucker for her behavior the night of the storm, but Abby isn’t so willing. Ashley tries to convince Victoria to settle the law suit before it goes to court. Later, Abby goes to see Tucker and apologizes. Phyllis decides to confront Diane and she reminds Phyllis that she is the mother of Jack’s child. Diane informs Jack about her run-in with Phyllis and tries to play it off as if she is the victim. Billy is furious with Phyllis when she posts a story on-line about Diane instead of holding it for the cover. Phyllis anticipates the fall out when Diane finally reads the article she wrote about her. Jack confronts Phyllis after reading the article. Tucker rescinds his offer to Diane because of the Restless Style article. Victor confronts Nikki about Jill’s accusation that she was drinking. Nikki emphatically denies it and Meggie helps cover for her. At Gloworm, Meggie spikes Nikki’s drink with a drug while Nikki’s back is turned. Nikki shows up at Deacon’s motel and before she knows what is happening passes out cold. Meggie and Deacon put their plan into action. Later, Meggie shows Victor what room Nikki is in and he breaks down the door to find Deacon in bed with Nikki. Nikki wakes up and is horrified to realize where she is. Victor is surprisingly supportive as he gets Nikki out of Deacon’s room. Alone, Deacon and Meggie think their plan has worked.

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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’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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