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Y&R Recap – Sept 13 – Sept 17th

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After hearing her son pronounced dead, Nina attacks Ronan who doesn’t defend himself. Paul stops her as Owen tells Meeks to place Ronan under rest and Ronan is caught off guard. Owen and Meeks tell Ronan that he is going down for Chance’s murder because it is his word against theirs. Nearby, Chloe, Heather and Nina are devastated over the loss of a man they all loved. Nina confronts Ronan who tells her that he is her son and he has known the truth for years, just as Chris arrives and tries to explain herself to Nina but Nina doesn’t want to hear any of it.  At Billy and Victoria’s, Billy asks Michael to go to the police station with him but Michael, suspecting that Victor had a hand in Victoria’s arrest says he can’t so Vance steps up and offers Billy his services. Billy and Vance leave, and Nikki tells Nick to go to Victoria while she deals with Victor. At the police station, Vance tells Victoria, Billy and Nick that Victoria is the only defendant named in the charges. Victoria can’t believe that Victor would do this to her but Nick and Billy are certain. Later, as Victoria is sent off to have her mug shot taken, Chloe comes in crying and Billy doubly freaked out thinking something happened to Delia. Chloe tells him that Chance is dead and Billy is stunned. At Gloworm, Jack tells Ashley that Victor may have done them a huge favor when he had Victoria arrested and now they may be able to get their hands on Beauty of Nature. Meanwhile, Nikki is furious when she confronts Victor about having Victoria arrested. Victor tells Nikki that Victoria will thank him one day for stopping the wedding but Nikki stuns him when she tells him that his plan failed and Victoria and Billy made it through their vows after all. Later, Nikki tells Victor that he was wrong about what Billy feels for their daughter and goes on to say that no one in their family will ever make the mistake of trusting him ever again. Meanwhile, Nick stops by Gloworm to tell everyone about Chance. Heather confronts Ronan about what really happened at the warehouse but he asks her if he should have died for Chance, saying it was self-defense. He asks her if she would died for him and Heather answers yes. Meanwhile, Nina rushes into the Chancellor estate and everyone sees her state and Paul is forced to tell them that Chance died while trying to break up a drug deal. Phillip asks Paul to let her go to Nina as the rest of the family tries to digest the news. Christine arrives to talk to Nina but Nina refuses to see her. Billy supports Chloe until she decides to move off to talk to Owen who tells Heather he is prosecuting Ronan himself. Victoria arrives and asks what is going on and Billy tells her about Chance. They try to lighten the mood by closing their vows with a kiss. Meanwhile, Christine tries to explain her actions to Paul but he tells her that Nina needed the truth from her and now it is too late. Billy finally comes to confront Victor about what he is doing to hurt Victoria but Victor tells Billy that one day when Delia tells him that she has fallen in love with a man like Billy that he won’t do everything in his power to stop it. Victor promises to continue to come after Billy as long as Victoria remains his wife. After the events of the day, Nick and Phyllis manage to come to an understanding about their relationship and Summer.  As the dirty cops celebrate Chance’s demise, Owen isn’t as thrilled while Ronan is still around. Meanwhile, Nina finally confronts Chris about keeping Ronan’s secret but when she realizes that Chris can’t say anything fix her pain she tells Chris to leave and rushes to Paul for comfort. Chris is heartbroken for her friend and her part in causing her pain.

Cane and Lily have their hands full with the twins but when Jill calls Cane with the news about Chance’s death, Cane tells her that he will be right there. Meanwhile, Christine encourages Heather to be there to support Nina. As Nina tries to deal with Chance’s death, Phillip tells her that someone from the military is there to see her. Later, Cane arrives at the mansion to give his condolences and while they are talking, Phillip urges Cane to stay away from Australia for his family’s sake as much as his own. Abby calls Jack and starts to panic thinking about what Victor will do to her after sending Victoria to jail just for daring to get married. Meanwhile, Victor tells his banker that he wants Abby’s trust dismantled by the end of the day. Billy picks Victoria up at the police station and Victoria tells him that she needs to face Victor alone, even after Billy tells her about his confrontation with Victor last night. Later, Victor promises Victoria that he will make the charges go away as long as she agrees to end her marriage to Billy. Meanwhile, Abby literally has a panic attack while meeting with Jack about going up against Victor but Jack manages to calm her down and gets her to agree to continue with the lawsuit.

Daniel stops by to check on Lily and the twins and they end up chatting about Abby and Cane and how unexpectedly great life is right now. Later, Daniel tries to make Abby see that Victor won’t back down just because a member of his family could end getting hurt in the cross-fire between him and Jack. When Owen and a bunch of cops show up at the Chancellor Mansion with a search warrant Nina refuses to let them go through Chance’s things, blaming him for Chance’s death. Owen tells Nina and Chance’s family that he is investigating Chance’s involvement in the drug ring and he and cops move to Chance’s room. Christine arrives and although Paul doesn’t want to see her, Phillip embraces her. Nina and Jill are crushed and furious as they watch the police rip through Chance’s things so callously. Victoria refuses to leave the man she loves and Victor shows her a dossier on Billy’s past but Victoria tells him she knows all about it and that Victor is no longer welcome in her life or the life of her children. Later, Jill goes to see Victor and tells him that she has lost Chance and she doesn’t want to lose Billy too and asks him if he really wants to risk losing his daughter and his grandchild for good. After Jill leaves, Victor makes a call and says that he was responsible for the bribe, not Victoria. Meanwhile, Victoria and Billy happily get their wedding band tattoos. Phillip doesn’t blame Chris because he understands what a burden secrets can be but tells her that she can’t go back and change things either and she can’t bring Chance back. Meanwhile, Nina battles with what to do about Chance’s burial. Cane tells Lily about Phillip trying to stay strong for his family and asks her about avoiding going to Australia for a while but lies to Lily about the real reason. However, Lily and Cane are unaware that there is someone watching them. Later, Heather stops by to see Nina, Paul and Phillip that she was reinstated and that she asked to prosecute Ronan herself. Nina says that she hopes Ronan goes to prison for the rest of his life. Owen comes in and tells them that he may have found a link to Ronan and Chance and the drug ring and they are all outraged. Meanwhile, Christine confronts Ronan. Victor is stunned when his banker tells him that Vance has an injunction barring Victor from dismantling Abby’s trust. Meanwhile, Abby tells Jack that she wants out of the lawsuit.

While getting ready for Chance’s wake Victoria gets a shocking phone call from Vance. At the ranch, Victor tells Nikki that he called the D.O.J. and told that he was responsible for the Japanese bribe. Nikki hopes that it isn’t too late to reunite their family. Meanwhile, Abby tells Jack that she can’t go up against Victor because Jack can’t guarantee they will win and Victor is ruthless. Later, Meggie continues to try and spike Nikki’s drinks. In front of Tucker, Neil and Sofia have yet another argument about work just as Malcolm arrives. Tucker tells Neil and Sofia that he has a project in New Orleans that he would like them to work on together, although it is clear they don’t get along. After Tucker leaves, Malcolm tells Neil that if he has a problem with him to address it with Malcolm and not to use Sofia again. Later, Sofia asks Malcolm to let her fight her own battles. Later, Sofia asks Neil for some middle ground and a chance to find solutions to problems he finds in her work before he takes it Tucker. Neil agrees and wonders if they might even one day be friends. Kevin tries to comfort a distraught Chloe over Chance’s death, pushing her to go to his wake. Meanwhile, Nina and Jill have a moment of closeness as Jill praises the way Nina raised Chance. At Chance’s wake, Billy and Victoria are touched when Jill welcomes Victoria to the family graciously. Chloe arrives with Kevin and makes a beeline for Delia when she sees her with Billy and Victoria and Chloe chastises them, snatching Delia out of Billy’s arms. Billy wonders what is going on with Chloe but Victoria understands that Chloe doesn’t want Delia getting attached to another person or trying to replace Chance. Kevin tells Chloe to take a moment but it’s clear that Chloe is on the verge of losing it. Victor and Nikki arrive at the Chancellor estate and Victor pulls Victoria aside, expecting her to be grateful for him stepping up with the D.O.J. but Victoria tells him too little too late. However, Abby plays her cards perfectly with Victor when she tells him that she dropped the lawsuit and she hopes that they can work it out between them, which doesn’t make Jack the least bit happy. Later, Jack tells Tucker that they lost Abby in their fight for B of N and Tucker warns Jack that he will lose Jabot if he doesn’t deliver. Nearby, Nina thanks a numb Chloe for everything she brought into Chance’s life and Kay notices that Nikki is jonsing for a drink. Victoria and Billy are both surprised when Tucker offers Victoria a job with him a McCall Industries. As everyone toasts to Chance, Kay is struck by a dizzy spell and everyone hovers around her concerned. Meanwhile, Kevin keeps pushing Chloe to vent her angry, to grieve her loss but she tells Kevin to shove it and leaves. Later, Nikki nearly takes a drink back at the ranch, but instead asks Meggie for more iced tea, unaware that the iced tea is spiked anyway.

On the day of Chance’s funeral, Kevin is surprised by how “together” Chloe seems to be. Meanwhile, Nina remembers the first time she held Chance and breaks down as Paul holds her. Her grief turns to anger as she searches for answers. Downstairs, it means a lot to Kay when both Brock and Tucker show up to support her. Later, Christine and Ronan have a cryptic conversation. Meanwhile, Sgt. Goldman arrives to escort Nina and Phillip to the church but Nina isn’t ready to bury her son. J.T. is furious when he overhears Victoria and Billy talking about their baby. Billy tells them that Victor had the charges dropped against Victoria but J.T. warns that they will never be free of Victor. Ashley is thrilled when Abby tells her that she dropped the lawsuit against Victor but Jack, on the other hand, tries to make Abby see that she needs to take what is hers before it is too late.

At the church, as everyone is arriving, Chloe walks in with Kevin and sees a distraught Heather and Chloe immediately goes on the attack. Paul and Kay step in to break up the fight and Kevin is forced to take Chloe outside. Phillip, Kay and Jill give very touching eulogies as they reminisce about the kind of man Chance was. Sgt. Goldman presents Nina with Chance’s American flag and Chance is given the proper Military service. As everyone is leaving and passing the casket they drop a rose. Nina is horrified when she sees that not only did Christine come to the funeral but Ronan is out of jail and she showed up as well. As everyone starts attacking Chris for bringing Ronan, Chris stops them, saying that she released him and Ronan flashes his F.B.I. and orders the other F.B.I. agents to arrest Owen, Meeks and the other dirty cops. Ronan tells them that Chance was wearing a wire and they have plenty of evidence on them to send them all to prison. Everyone else stands there shocked by this twist of fate. At the Chancellor estate, Tucker asks Neil if he worked things out with Malcolm and Sofia and Neil assures him that it won’t interfere with business again. Meanwhile, Nikki asks Victoria to try and reach out to Victor but Victoria refuses and when Jack approaches Nikki decides to leave. Jack asks Victoria if she has made any decisions about Tucker’s job offer with Jabot and Victoria tells him that she is still undecided. Nina is furious with Christine for turning her son’s funeral into a circus but Chris tries to explain, saying that this is what Chance wanted. Nina, however, isn’t interested in listening and she tells Chris to get away from Chance’s casket. Meanwhile, Kay suddenly collapses at the mansion when Tucker is asking her about her health.

In the chaos at the church, Chris tries to explain herself to the awaiting mob but Paul intervenes for Nina and Phillip and asks Chris to do what she has to but leave as soon as possible. Outside, Ronan asks Heather and Chloe to hear him out. Nearby, Jill gets a call from Murphy and tells Brock they need to get to the hospital because Kay collapsed. Ronan tells Chloe and Heather that this is what Chance wanted and he tried to protect Chance but in the end he failed. When it’s obvious that neither woman is going to forgive his actions he leaves. Chloe bites Heather’s head off when she tries to glorify Chance’s death. Later, Chris pleads with Paul and Nina to hear her out because there are things they need to know. At the hospital, Murphy and Nikki are relieved when Kay wakes up and is seemingly her old self but Murphy refuses to take any chances and won’t let Tucker in to see her when Murphy believes Tucker was arguing with her before she collapsed. Later, Nikki sits by a sleeping Kay and asks her to stay with them, telling her that she is struggling with her sobriety and she needs her best friend and sponsor now more than ever. Jill and Brock arrive and Jill is shaken to the core after everything she has lost recently. Heather confronts Owen at the police station and Owen tries to convince her that Ronan is lying but Heather won’t buy another word out of his mouth. Meanwhile, Kevin helps Chloe realize that everything Ronan did was for the case and that he may actually be a good guy. However, in the end, Chloe will always see him the man who killed Chance. Kay asks for some time alone with Murphy and when they finally get it she tells them they need to put her affairs in order, just in case. Kay asks Murphy to make sure that if it ever came down to it, he would never leave her on machines to prolong her life but Murphy is uncomfortable with the idea of pulling the plug and losing her. Meanwhile, Brock tells Tucker that he isn’t going to see Kay and Tucker doesn’t like the idea of being left out in the cold. Later, Jill and Nikki get into an argument over their competiveness regarding Kay and Nikki makes a thoughtless remark about Chance’s death and is immediately ashamed of herself and decides to leave. After agreeing to meet with Christine, Nina and Phillip are taken to a deserted road and Nina becomes impatient when it looks like Chris isn’t showing up. Phillip however sees car lights pull up and they brace themselves for whatever Chris has to tell them. Nina is none too happy, however, when Ronan is there with Chris but Nina and Phillip are blindsided when Chance steps out of the car with them. Meanwhile, Heather continues to beat herself up over trusting Owen. Later, Heather is caught off guard when Attorney General arrives and appoints her the interim District Attorney and Heather and Paul decide their first point of business is taking down Owen. Nina is overcome with relief that Chance is alive but is crushed again when they tell her that Chance is going into witness protection and this may be the last time she ever sees him. Nikki arrives home and goes straight to the liquor cabinet and decides to finally take a drink. Meanwhile, Kay’s doctor tells her that she can go home soon since she merely collapsed from dehydration and exhaustion.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Two Moms Unite To Keep Finn Alive … Or Will One Throw the Other Under the Bus?

Gotta love two creepy mothers toiling over their near-dead son as they try to bring him back to life! That’s the scenario on The Bold and the Beautiful and the words, “Oh, mother!” were taken to a new heights on Friday’s cliffhanger of the CBS daytime drama series.

In story, now that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) has stumbled upon the truth at Li’s (Naomi Matsuda) place – that Li has been keeping a very much alive Finn (Tanner Novlan) all to herself and caring for his health – bio-mom, nasty nurse Sheila, is not too happy about Li’s secret, although overjoyed that her son is alive and that she did not actually kill him after she fired a bullet meant for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

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Now, with Sheila escaped from prison, and Finn starting to regain consciousness, in Sheila’s mind there should only be one mother tending to him, and she wants to be the first person he sees when he wakes up and that’s her.   So, as only Sheila does, she knocks Li out and unconscious on the floor.  Sheila then tells Finn, “Mama’s right here, baby.”

Suddenly, Finn seems to slip back into a coma and is no longer able to open his eyes.  A panicked Sheila shouts to Li, “Get up. He needs your help.” After waking up from the hit to the hit, Li seems to find common ground with Sheila.  She goes so far as to say to Sheila, “If not for you. I never would have had him, and for that, I have to be grateful.”

Sheila apologizes for having hitting her (Is she really sorry? Please!) and admits she thought Li would turn her back into the police. Li says, “We’re both Finn’s mothers!”  Next, the two hug it out, of sorts, although Li looks petrified.

Li tells Sheila that since Sheila is a nurse, she needs supplies and needs her help to keep Finn alive.  Li promises Sheila that she won’t call the police, admitting that she also has so much to lose including: her medical career, her son, etc, because she faked Finn’s death certificate, smuggled him out of the hospital, and more!

Now, Finn starts to move.  Li says to her son, “Both of your mothers are here!”  Then, Finn starts to open his eyes.  We fade to black.

With all the bashing (literally), contentiousness, and high stakes; that both mothers would have to go to the slammer for a longtime, will they reunite and work together to keep the secret that Finn is alive and get him back to a full recovery … or will they turn on each other?  Will Sheila knock out Li again and have her locked up, so she can be Finn’s only mom in her twisted mind? Share your theories via the comment section, but first, check out two clips from Friday’s B&B featuring the on-going great work of Kimberlin Brown and Naomi Matsuda in this storyline.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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