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Y&R’s Michelle Stafford Delivers Bravura Performance as ‘Phick’ Implodes

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On Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, although it seemingly came out of nowhere, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) have an argument that brings up old wounds and signifies the end of the couple known as “Phick”… for now.

Nick, who is getting more heated and jealous of Phyllis and Jack’s (Peter Bergman) enduring relationship, feels Phyllis is rubbing her flirtation with Jack in his face. Phyllis fires backs that unless they are having sex or playing video games, Nick does not treat her well and that she wants something more than superficial moments in their relationship.

This all seems to stem from Nick wanting to be there for the Newman Family and Phyllis being at odds with it.  Then, in an emotional outburst, Phyllis says that she has been turning herself inside out to make Nick happy.  However, Nick feels it’s not cool of her to ask him to distance himself from his own family.

Phyllis then unloads on Nick, expressing that this is not her first ‘Newman rodeo’ and she has first-hand experience from where she speaks.  She wants more from Nick, more understanding, while he feels it’s hypocritical of her to take the high road, given her past.

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Then, Phyllis tells Nick she wants him to choose her over his family. She tells him that she thinks he is so miserable over Adam (Mark Grossman) and what’s going on with Victor (Eric Braeden) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) that he doesn’t see things straight, and that their relationship will always suffer because of it.

Phyllis says she can’t do this anymore, and Nick is getting ready to walk out on her, when her cell phone rings, and it’s Jack calling adding fuel to the break-up.

In the scene, Michelle Stafford was on fire, giving us one of the performances that reminds us all why she has always been one of daytime’s best.  You can watch it below.

So, what did you think of the Phick break-up scene? Do you want Phyllis to end up with Jack, or back with Nick? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Congratulations to our Michelle Stafford fans who got the best of Phyllis this week! Though I hate seeing her with Jack who can’t get her out of his system,hope he doesn’t forget he asked for this. He tried to help she and Nick work it out, but Nick was always aware of his presence. Now I expect he will get back with Chelsea, whom I liked him with before she and Adam got back together, but now I don’t know. Can’t believe we had to watch all this fighting and squabbling between Phyllis and Nick, which we all knew was… Read more »

Margherita
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Margherita

I agree 100% Violet. Michelle drives me nuts but she did a great job with Phyllis. I wish Y and R would bring back Ronan, Nina’s other son who Phyllis had immense chemistry with before he left GC.

Su000
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Su000

Michelle will always be Phyllis.. I honestly, at the moment, don’t recall who she portrayed on GH ____________ I hope she will be alone until they bring in an exciting man for her personality to hook up with_________________ If, she goes with Jack he will bring her down to a blah old boring lady as he is an old boring man.________ There is no sexual spark– no nothing just a yawn. I can’t even envision them kissing without gagging.!_____________ Phyllis needs a new man that is an exciting challenge for her and her age. Most all Y&R men are quite… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO,
Hi, you always make such good points. The thing with Jack and Phyllis is, they’ve been there and done that too many times. Jack is in his sixty’s and they are trying to prolong the agony of him aging. Believe me, nothing works, even he and younger women. Im a Nick fan from way back, I think he’s adorable and Iam very fussy about whom he’s with and Phyllis has never been my first choice. Remember he’s like a grandson to me and Iam very particular.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

The performance is new (is it?) but the story is the same: Phyllis prostrating herself for uncaring Nick.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Did I miss something, or did this pop out of nowhere??

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I thought the same thing. It is hard to rave about an actor’s performance when the writing the poor actor is given is lousy.

Giovanna Saponare
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Giovanna Saponare

EMMY EMMY EMMY.

Drake
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Drake

A life of nookie and video games with Nick. Sign me up! lol.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Me too, Drake. Oh, except for the video games.

Ozette Lee
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Ozette Lee

Like it’s been said…this came out of nowhere but, we knew it was coming. Same story, different day…with these two. New head writer needed ASAP.

Celia
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Celia

Amazing !!!!—-Michelle, once again, owned IT!! I am your forever fan since I was a teen…..you are the best–❤️

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree 10,000 percent, Celia. I’m honestly shocked at so many negative posts here. Michelle brought me to tears when she said Nick puts her in a box.. wow, do I know how that feels. She moved me deeply.

Celia
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Celia

The negative responses are usually clinical—-I think we’re all guilty of that, to a point. But, I do agree—-I look at the depth of feelings. And, to your point, to be sensitive to someone else’s pain and emotional feelings, he or she must have experience that same turbulence some time or other…..Having gone through emotional turmoil, sometimes leaves invisible scars. It makes no difference how young or old we are—-I was fifteen—-funny how those feelings make such an impact at such a tender age, but remain within us for a lifetime, albeit I did eventually marry the bad-boy— LOL and… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I call them “Internal Bruises.” I explain to people that don’t understand abuse, most will look for a scar, stiches, bruises or a broken arm, all good examples of physical abuse but to be in a relationship where everything is one sided, never good enough, need to lose a couple pounds or when are we going to have sex or else, these are hurtful things many people carry in the inside of them that no one can see and many of us never know about. Be as kind as you can be and ALWAYS communicate with whomever you are in… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I never experienced any of what you so eloquently describe, T—but any person with an open heart, open mind and kindness can see the invisible scars. I was young, pining over a boy a few years older than I. I was invisible to him and thus ignored me because of my age, or so I thought—it hurt my teen heart so much, I remember that year with lucidity. Stupid, kid stuff, but hurtful nonetheless. Any actor or actress who can “stand” there and be able to move an audience, must have had a very painfully difficult experience at one time… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

How is this even a ‘story’?! Has-been Phick has a disagreement and breaks up while has-been Phack burns on the sideline ?! Omg, this show is beyond tired ! Poor Michelle Stafford, she was screeching and crushed like their was some big development or actual plot that helped break Nick and her up but it was just her trying to make the most of Griffiths usual boring garbage. Jack mulls around town woo is me all year, and Josh Morrow is all hot and being wasted on this third attempt at Phick, while Sharon Case is equally wasted on Rey!… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Hi Damien ..
Most all I read notes Y&R is horrible.
The stories are awful. No drama no intrigue no anything, actually.

And yet– it’s the #1 soap..
There is something tragically wrong with that.
Seems there is dirty play with the Y&R ratings IMO..

And Y&R plays the same couple’s characters over and over and over again- a never-ending circle of changing sex paetners, over and over and over again. —

Nobody would want to be reunited with an X after
he/she has had a relationship and Sex and more sex with all their friends and family members over and over again, and again!.. YUCK!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know, Su000. But soaps have always been guilty of this. ATWT did it with Jack & Carly, Lily & Holden, even Lisa & Bob. GL was Reva & Josh, Vanessa & Billy, Roger & Holly… but it just seems like it happens more frequently these days. Maybe that’s just my age. I do feel for Phyllis this time; I think Nick has been overly critical and more than his usual self-righteous. But Phyllis and Jack again? That’ll give me a bad case of Phack. Phyck? Jallis? Whatever.. you get my point.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
I have never been a Phyllis fan so it’s hard to critique her fairly.
I felt that someone decided that Phyllis would be better off back with Jack and that’s when everything went sideways with she and Nick. Jack didn’t make it any easier by letting the couple know of his feelings for Phyllis, still. Every time Nick saw the two of them together, it fueled his jealousy and resentment.Now friends are telling Phyllis that she probably still and always has had residual feelings for Jack and she’s starting to believe it, I think.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

That’s what I am talking about! Much ado about nothing! As much as I loved Jack and Phyllis together many years ago, their time is over. I see him as her confidant.

Timmm
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Timmm

All the actors involved are great BUT its just a retread. And this Nick and Phyliss split came out of nowhere and us fans are not stupid enough to buy the shakeup. It is either the lack of money on hiring or bringing back previous actors to revive Jack, Nick or Phyliss’s love life or just lazy writing. This show and its ratings uses its past reputation to stay number one. NOTHING right now is “Must TV tune in or else!” They ruined Mariah, the NuNoah can act but is bland with no story, too lazy to rehire a Chance… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Hi Timmm–
A new hance has been cast..
I knew that a week 10 days ago..
I saw his picture, a good-looking guy..
and seen all his pics on Instagram..
It’s excruciating to watch Abby crying 24/7
it overkill of FF annoying junk.
He/Chance is Not dead and soon to return.
And he’s going to be messed up in the head..
A good case of PSTD I’d assume.

Su000
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Su000

0ooh and–
If Jack and Phillis are reunited= ISH!
Michelle/Phillis having sex with Jack turns my stomach..

I gag at the thought of them kissing..
He is too old and dull and lifeless to be with fiery Phillis..

A horrible mistake to put them together..
Phyllis needs a younger challenging man, not old blah Jack.

Timmm
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Timmm

Jack is too old and Phyliss is too loud and devious! Jack needs to find someone who is chill. Phyliss needs to sink her teeth into a young buck and ride him! OMG, what about NuNoah! Nick would freak out!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, T—–Treading in deep waters there!!
LOL
When Nick and Phyllis were married, Noah was a little boy—-Phyllis took care of him now and again. Can you imagine? Nick would have a fit and a heart attack. But, hey—-wouldn’t be the first time for any soap to spin in that direction.
She will be labeled a Jezebel and shunned—
“Get thee to a nunnery”— LOLOL.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm,
So would I, freak out. Noah’s girlfriend is coming to town, but he also has eyes for Mariah’s partner, whose name scapes me.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, SusieQ—-Never liked Jack. I get it. But, he must have magic fingers—-He did “land” Sally—young enough to be his granddaughter. The storylines su€k—-but, Michelle Stafford, in my eyes, is the Giving Tree over and over, regardless of the asinine stories and mismatched couples. The writers are suddenly making Nick look like a fool. Why separate him and Phyllis? There must be some new character moving to GC. Perhaps Chelsea is destined to be with Nick upon her return? I, too, get grossed out by Jack, the presumed stud, kissing anyone—-just as I almost upchucked when Olivia kissed Robert on… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

C, speaking of giving, Michelle’s Thanksgiving stand-alone show was great! It was custom made for you!

Celia
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Celia

Gee, what a guy, T.—-if you’re talking about Michelle’s heartfelt performance? I thank you.
If you’re referring to her generous heart of giving away hundreds of turkeys to families in need? I thank you, as well.
It does the body and soul good to give.
Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!❤️

Timmm
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Timmm

Michelle is the best! One thing she does have in common with her character is a good heart. I want Y&R to cast a new guy, someone at the Hotel who does maintenance. A normal guy who she falls for and takes a lot of heat for dating a “Regular” guy. It would be something different and let her use some of her comedic skills, as well. Meanwhile, as a young man, Mr. Maintenance Guy did blue collar work to put himself through school so he does his work at the Hotel and is secretly sabotaging Red’s business for a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, absolutely, T. Phyllis deserves someone vibrantly alive as she. TPTB don’t seem to have an optimistic vision for her. Between you and me,, they merely recycle ‘her’ men. Jack is too old and Nick is too stiff. For some reason ye gods persist injecting Jack into the younger crowd—-meanwhile he has a son, Kemo, in his fifties, I think.
I most certainly would love to see a demigod of a maintenance guy for Phyllis—if not Ronan ( Jeff Branson) then a tall hunk with tools. Pardon the pun.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well.
Blessings!!❤️

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
Figured we’d get a messed up Chance back, if any. Don’t think Devon will like watching him raise HIS son, if they ever turn him into a real baby instead of wrapped up like a loaf of stale bread.

rose
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rose

Timmm and Su000…I never watched Y&R until the cancellations of OLTL and AMC. But Michelle was still there as Phyliss. Wasn’t she married to Jack and Victor messed that up at the time? I think she plays Phyliss better than Nina on GH. And she’s doing a great job in reevaluating her relationship with Nick. But if she could get herself all tangled up in Summer and Sally why can’t she allow the same curtesy to Nick’s feelings toward Victoria and family? And I love the way she looks and dresses. I did like a more strong Jack than how… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Michelle Stafford was born to play Phyliss! I was excited to see her on GH but it was a bust! She just didn’t click with anyone. Cynthia Watros is amazing as Nina and both those women are where they are suppose to be! Carly is going to mess up and really pizz Sonny off and I bet he and Nina find their way back to each other.

Timmm
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Timmm

rose, Michelle has been there through thick and thin and she has touched toes with Victor, Jack, Nick and so on. NOBODY plays Phyliss like Michelle!

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, T. What ye gods should do is get Jeff Branson (Ronan) back. Not only did he and Michelle Stafford sizzle, but they also lit up the screen with their impeccable acting. Those two really connected sensually and had such smooth camaraderie.
Every word, every gesture, every movement was executed with skillful ease—“par excellance!!”
Sharon and whatshisname truly bore the ambiance and atmosphere. Rey is a useless character.
Something else which makes me want to scream the most? That wailing, swaddled doll who never moves and has not grown an ounce since birth. An appointment with the pediatrician is in order.

Timmm
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Timmm

Rey was brought in along with his ex-lover, brother and mother, ect. They are all gone and he should be to. There is nothing for him to do and Sharon will always bebop from Nick to Adam and back to Nick and so on!

Richard
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Richard

Her performance was absolutely outstanding! While the current yandr writing regime is a bore the writing for Michelle was amazing and she delivered. Bravo !

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Michelle Stafford deserves all the accolades she is receiving. I remember when I was a regular Y&R viewer: Stafford gave the most natural (real) performance I have seen on soaps. She made Phyllis so believable. I will take believability over histrionics or woodenness any day…

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

For me, the performance was quite a display of talent. However, it was way out of equilibrium with the script. Still behind in watching but don’t favor Jack with another young woman. What’s wrong with a mature relationship; not necessarily an intimate one?

Harlee
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Harlee

ABSOLUTELY!! Loving me some Phack…keeping my fingers crossed. MS & PB IMO has so much more chemistry together then Phick. Jack understands Phyllis in a way Nick doesn’t having himself been cagey and deceitful and winning at all cost in Jack’s younger days.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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