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And the winner is… General Hospital. Yes, the show threw out some duds in 2022; such is the nature of the beast. But ABC’s daytime drama is the only one that consistently surprises us (RIP, Brando!), dares to ring in the new (viva la Josslyn and Dex!) and does what so many soaps have forgotten how to: keep us on the edge of our seats waiting for that first kiss (“Sprina” FTW!).
Best New Character
The moment Victoria Grace’s Wendy appeared on the Days of Our Lives‘ spinoff Beyond Salem, we were both hooked and somewhat relentless in our determination to have Li’s little sis brought over to the mothership. You’re welcome.
Best Use of History
Since first being introduced back in 2011, Young & Restless‘ Chelsea has been… let’s go with “complicated.” So in the wake of her depression and attempted suicide, having the character not only seek therapy but go on an apology tour was a great idea. Except for one little thing…
When Young & Restless’ Chelsea apologized to Billy for having drugged and raped him when first they crossed paths in Myanmar, his response was appalling. “I walked on the wild side and enjoyed every minute of it,” he quipped. To say fans were displeased would be an understatement.
Most Long-Awaited Moment
It only took them three decades, but Bold & Beautiful‘s Brooke and Taylor finally realized they both deserved better than Ridge. Of course, we’ll see how long their resolve lasts…
Best New Character, Animal Division
Like General Hospital‘s Britt, we’re not entirely sold on Cody. We love, however, his companion Comet! The set on which the gorgeous horse lives is an odd amalgamation of human and pony habitat, but we’re always happy to visit!
Best Random Pairing
We didn’t see Sloan and Eric’s sex-fueled romp coming, but once Days of Our Lives went there, all we could hope was that these two would keep coming back for more!
Most Shocking Hookup
Our jaws definitely dropped when Young & Restless‘ Devon and Abby suddenly started going at it on the couch… and the stairs… and against the wall…
Most Ruined Character
What does Bold & Beautiful want us to think of Bill after, in a matter of minutes, he begged Brooke, then Katie to take him back? “Pathetic” is a very new and different look for the onetime power player.
Most Often-Asked Burning Question
It was all the way back in March of 2021 that General Hospital killed Elizabeth’s beloved Franco so they could introduce Austin. Since then, Austin/Maxie and Liz/Finn have both proven to be duds, leaving us to wonder yet again… what was the point?
Least Popular Move
To say that most fans were upset to hear Days of Our Lives would be moving from NBC — where it had aired for over five decades — to streaming service Peacock would be a massive understatement.
General Hospital has kept us waiting for so long for “Sprina” to really happen that we’ve started to wonder whether the characters will be AARP members by the time they get together. That said, we’re pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait.
Most Missed Cowpokes
We were happy to hear that Jefferson White and Kathryn Kelly would be Yellowstone regulars in Season 5 — until we realized that Jimmy and Emily’s Texas address meant we’d go the first seven (!) episodes without so much as a glimpse of them.
Bold & Beautiful finally took us back to the runway with a fashion show which gave us everything we’ve come to expect from the folks at Forrester Creations.
Couple Least Likely to Survive
No, we’re not saying Young & Restless‘ Sally and Adam don’t have a shot at happiness. We’re actually showing you the reason she and Nick will inevitably hit the skids!
We get that General Hospital didn’t have long-term plans for Rory and Trina. But why kill off the appealing newbie rather than keep him around, either to redeem Esme through a rebound romance… or to join her on the dark side?
Most Shocking Lack of Controversy
We assumed when Days of Our Lives had Alex hit the sheets with Chanel and Allie, viewers would rise up in protest. Instead, most seemed willing to go with the sexual flow.
We were totally intrigued when weird things started happening to General Hospital‘s Elizabeth. But the story has taken so many ridiculous twists — She’s being haunted by Franco! She’s haunting herself! It has something to do with Finn’s dead wife! — that honestly, we stopped caring. Then, they compounded the problem by having Liz tell…
We get why General Hospital‘s Nikolas looks so dumbfounded. We, too, were stunned when Elizabeth claimed to be carrying his baby. Sure, she “fixed” the situation by saying she’d miscarried a few days later, but by then, the damage already had been done.
Most Overblown Threat
If Bold & Beautiful‘s Brooke thought Thomas using a knife to peel his apple made him a danger to son Douglas, imagine how freaked out she must be whenever someone breaks out a carving knife to slice up the Thanksgiving turkey!
Best Real-Life Moment
At the 2022 Daytime Emmys, Young & Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda) became the first Black nominee to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Best Swan Song
If Bold & Beautiful had to (temporarily) kill off fiery Li, at least Naomi Matsura’s character got one hell of a send-off, going up in flames — literally! — while being pursued by Finn’s other mother, lunatic about town Sheila.
Best Case of Mistaken Identity
We’re not sure which twist we liked better… General Hospital dropping some pretty big hints indicating that Felicia was Esme’s mom… or the shocker that Heather’s tryst with Ryan had resulted in the hellion’s conception!
Having listened to Carter pour out his heart for ages, Bold & Beautiful‘s Quinn knew he wanted nothing more than to marry someone — pretty much anyone — and start a family. So her dumping him weeks after they got together because they wanted different things made no sense whatsoever.
Most Overdue Conversation
It was a long time in coming, but General Hospital‘s Stella and Portia finally discussed the racial ramifications of Esme’s having framed Trina. “I’ve lived in this world long enough to know how elusive justice can be for people who look like Trina,” sighed Stella, kicking off a discussion many assumed the show wouldn’t dare have.
The final moments of Beyond Salem: Chapter Two revealed that bad girl Megan had been keeping Bo on (literal) ice since his death, leaving us to wonder if he and Hope might get a real reunion following that swoonworthy dance they shared in heaven. Now that both are slated to return to Days of Our Lives in 2023, we’ll finally get our answer!
Most ‘Meh’ Turn of Events
Yellowstone ended Season 4 with a bang, alright — with Beth forcing Jamie to kill biodad Garrett. But after the thrill ride that was Season 3’s finale, it seemed like more of an “Oh, OK” than an “OMG!” climax.
The ‘Lane’ Memorial Award
Remember the way that Young & Restless fans refused to let anything or anyone upset the apple cart that was Lily and Cane? Yeah, that’s now pretty much happening with Tessa and Mariah, a couple so untouchable, they’re all but forbidden to have dramatic story. It’ll be interesting to see what the writers do now that the pair are happily wed!
The ‘Enough Already!’ Award
Hands down, it goes to Days of Our Lives for its over-reliance on easy-access masks that can transform anyone into… well, anyone. Heck, if one of our rivals got their hands on one, this whole entry might have been added by an editor from one of our competitors!
Most Predictable Disaster
It may have taken a few years to get there, but the moment Bold & Beautiful‘s Thomas and Hope agreed to co-parent Douglas, we knew they’d eventually wind up butting heads over custody of the boy.
General Hospital can push Austin/Maxie all it wants, but every time he shares a scene with Britt, we become more firmly entrenched on Team #Braustin. #Austitt? Whatever you called ’em, we’re all in.
Most Unexpectedly Delightful Pairing
As much as Days of Our Lives fans dislike Gwen — and boy, do they! — we kinda like that when the chips are down, she and Xander know they can call on one another. While we know we’ll get a whole lotta crap for saying so, it’s hard not to acknowledge that he’s a better fit with Gwen than Sarah!
Most Repeated Dialogue
For months after Brooke’s New Year’s Eve tumble off the wagon, the Bold & Beautiful heroine asked on a daily basis, “Why did I drink?” If we chugged each time she posed the question, we’d have been dead of alcohol poisoning by St. Patrick’s Day.
The year wasn’t even two weeks old when General Hospital had “conniving bitch” Nina talk to the hand — Carly’s hand, as you can see. And needless to say, Nina did not like what the hand had to say.
Approximately 12 seconds after Bold & Beautiful‘s Quinn discovered Eric’s infidelity, she rushed off to reunite with Carter while her hubby happily moved Donna into the mansion. All in all, the situation proved about as dramatic as a bean-growing competition.
After Young & Restless gave Michael a Very Special Episode to celebrate Christian Jules LeBlanc’s anniversary with the show, we feared that he wasn’t so much being put out to pasture as he was already there. So imagine our surprise — and excitement — when Victor decided to put the sneaky bastard’s unique skills to better use.
It was with mixed emotions that we tuned in to the February episode of The Bold and the Beautiful in which Krista Allen’s Taylor was finally able to ditch the wig that she, we, everybody had had such a good time laughing over. On one hand, we’d miss the chuckles. On the other, c’mon! Au naturel was gorgeous.
Only the last flashback of the final episode of This Is Us revealed the “secret” of the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game: Rebecca had insisted they buy it because the three children on the cover reminded her of their own brood.
Most Relatable Scene
The January dustup in which General Hospital had Ava go ballistic at Carly for letting Avery sleep at “grandma” Bobbie’s after Luke’s memorial was (a) a sharp insight into the accidental conflicts that can arise in blended families, (b) all too familiar to any of us who fly off the handle before we hear the whole story and (c) hilarious, thanks to Brook Lynn’s background interjections. More real, human drama — with comedy — thank you.
The ‘Wait, Whaaaat?’ Award
Why didn’t Bold & Beautiful have Deputy Chief Baker monitoring infamous psycho Sheila at all times? Do L.A. cops really think that this particularly rabid leopard has changed her spots?
The Worst Therapist Ever Award
Rather than invest in a private office, Young & Restless’ Sharon insisted on treating Crimson Lights patrons to analysis along with their croissants and lattes. “No, not you,” she might as well have told everyone in line after Abby. “As if! Only series regulars need apply!”
Days of Our Lives’ possession storyline may have put viewers through hell, but could anyone argue that Johnny didn’t make a sin-sational host for Satan? Didn’t think so.
Biggest Missed Opportunity
Soon after Bold & Beautiful cast Cassandra Creech as Paris’ mom, we learned that Grace was both a doctor and single. Yet Grace was given nothing to do but fret about her daughter’s love life. Worse, once Paris was left at the altar by Carter, Grace vanished entirely!
Most Disappointing Development
When Jesse Spencer decided to leave his role as the popular Matt Casey on Chicago Fire to concentrate on family, fans shed enough tears to douse a four-alarm blaze. Despite the huge blow of losing the leading man, happily, Casey has continued his relationship with Sylvie long-distance, which bodes well for a potential return…
Worst Hostage Situation
That would be the one in which General Hospital refused to release viewers from the endless — and endlessly loathed — Peter storyline. We never imagined we would start another year complaining about that one, and yet… there we were. And when the plot finally came to a close, it delivered the…
Rather than use the fact that 99 percent of Port Charles wanted Peter dead, the show passed on playing a murder mystery in order to have Felicia whack him upside the head and leave him to perish in a bed of packing peanuts snow. Zzz.
The Much Ado About Nothing Award
Young & Restless had Billy hatch a cockamamie plot to stick it to Adam and Victor, then had him not bother to follow through. Perhaps the powers that be realized just how cockamamie it was and didn’t want to read any more critiques of the storyline? And if you think that was anticlimactic, wait…
The Much Ado About Nothing Award, Part 2
The reason Young & Restless’ Billy wanted to get back at Adam and Victor in the first place was because they upended his cush job at Chance Comm. But since everyone in Genoa City is rich, powerful and related, he wound up immediately being hired anew to work with the same person (girlfriend Lily) in the same office. So yeah, totally sensible and relatable impetus for revenge, guys. Nailed it.
Most Hellishly Bad Use of a Villain
Loved Days of Our Lives’ Johnny as the devil, yes, but didn’t at all like the rape-y way that the demon forced kisses on Gabi with the ultimate goal of bedding her. Also, wouldn’t a supernatural force that omnipotent have a grander plan than having sex with a random hottie?
The Even *More* Ado About Nothing Award
Answer: Because Bold & Beautiful is written based on plot necessity, not history or logic. Question: Why did Brooke make such a big deal of keeping secret from Ridge her drunken kiss with Deacon? This is the same Ridge who basically laughed it off when she mistook daughter Hope’s masked boyfriend for him and schtupped the young buck against a wall at a party.
When Jack began receiving mysterious texts, we joined Young & Restless fans in trying to guess from whom they were being sent. We came up with some pretty far-out ideas… but never once suspected Diane would rise from her (premature) grave to stir things up again!
We have problems with Days of Our Lives’ decision to have Craig realize late in life that he’s gay — but they have nothing to do with the realization itself. (We don’t like that the show took away the fantasy that the plus-sized gal could be the hot guy’s turn-on.) That was bold, modern storytelling that many a family could tell you rang true to life.
In a late-January State of Mind, General Hospital leading man Chad Duell (Michael) broke his silence on the subject of his breakup with longtime significant other Courtney Hope (Sally, Young & Restless) in such a way that he let fans know that they were OK — and that he wouldn’t be divulging any details.
After what seemed like years of Ellen Pompeo indicating she really wanted to leave Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith finally departed for greener pastures, with her portrayer taking on a much smaller role moving forward.
Most Questionable Decision
Hmm. You’ve just recovered your memory and come back from the dead, only to blow up your marriage by revealing that you still have feelings for your “new” self’s girlfriend… Sure, General Hospital, that would be a time when Sonny would say, “Ya know what? Who needs lithium? It’s the broccoli of drugs, and I’m not having any.”
After Bold & Beautiful won the 2021 “award” for Most Unintentionally Hilarious Fight, we were delighted to see the show come out swinging in 2022 with a Ridge/Deacon smackdown that was so intense, we had to put a Band-Aid and icepack on our TV when it was over.
No gold medal for Days of Our Lives, which seemed to be so caught off guard by the two weeks of pre-emptions that accompanied the winter Olympics that it didn’t leave us with any real “Ack! But I need to know what happens next!” cliffhangers. Worse, the same thing happened when the soap made the move from NBC to Peacock!
Least Dramatic Custody Battle Ever
Continuing its new tradition of turning away from drama as often as possible, Young & Restless set up an Abby vs. Devon fight over Dominic… and then resolved the matter amicably with no courtroom histrionics whatsoever. Where’s the fun in that?
Least Surprising Development
Even though it’s as plain as the smile on Link’s handsome face, Grey’s Anatomy doc Jo never thought in all the years that they’d been friends that they’d make a sweet couple? Seriously? As you can see, all she had to do was have someone Google it, and boom! Their pairing would have been obvious to her. (Hey, at least she finally got there!)
Most Mystifying Decision
Young & Restless recast Noah with the appealing Rory Gibson, only to turn the legacy character into a sad sack obsessing over an ex who was never all that into him in the first place. Why? Fortunately, Noah would eventually find a new lady over whom to moon in Allie.
Social-Media Master (Tie)
Every post from General Hospital/Days of Our Lives alum Tyler Christopher seemed to say the same thing between the lines: I’m back, I’m well, I’m ready… Who wants me?
Social-Media Master (Tie)
Holy [bleep], if Bold & Beautiful ever let Taylor be half as hilarious as portrayer Krista Allen is on Twitter, Ridge would have gone running back to her ages ago. “You’re so self-aware and funny and cool, I don’t even notice the wig anymore!” Speaking of hairpieces…
The Hair Apparent to Taylor’s Wig Award
We are 100-percent behind our characters getting older right along with us. It makes us feel less like the world is Benjamin Buttoning! But explain to us why, exactly, when Days of Our Lives brought back Patrika Darbo as Nancy, it outfitted her with a wig straight out of the Mrs. Claus collection?
Biggest Shock, Off Screen
Richard Burgi felt terrible about it. But after accidentally violating Young & Restless’ COVID policy, he was pink-slipped and replaced by Guiding Light vet Robert Newman (Josh) as Victoria’s hubby, Ashland… who wound up being killed off less than six months later.
Biggest Shock, On Screen
Days of Our Lives brilliantly brought the past into the present by having poor, addled Sarah come to believe that she was, in reality, Stefano’s long-dead daughter, Renee. Great, bonkers use of history to make us go, “WTH?!?”
Most Magical Moment
After Stella put her engagement to Kelly in doubt after going radio silent on him while on tour with Girls on Fire, this duo has since proven they are meant to be. Chicago Fire fans were delighted when Severide came through with the ring he promised Kidd and told her he was “the luckiest man in Chicago” as he slid it onto her finger. It was a truly magical moment under the stars as they heated the chilly air with a hot, passionate kiss to seal the deal.
Best May Sweeps Reveal
Fans who’d been seriously ticked at Bold & Beautiful for causing Steffy so much heartache were over the moon upon learning that Finn’s adoptive mom, Li, had fooled everyone into thinking he was dead even as she worked to bring him back from the brink.
We actually felt kinda bad for Young & Restless newcomer Kelsey Wang when her Allie was stuck wandering around Keemo’s empty house talking to her dead dad. Thankfully, she soon had a new talk-to in Taylor Diane… not to mention a beau in Noah.
We still don’t buy that General Hospital really killed off Anthony Geary’s infamous Luke, but nonetheless, the character’s memorial was spot on. From the “party” crashers to the meaningful throwbacks, it was a feat of mourning glory.
Bold & Beautiful oughta listen to Darin Brooks. He was really onto something when he floated the notion of Wyatt gravitating back toward Hope. The twist would not only get his character out of storyline Siberia, it would give Annika Noelle’s something to do besides obsess over her parents.
Most Tone-Deaf Promo
Days of Our Lives’ winter tease that played Paulina’s reaction to her abuser for laughs — and then suggested that she needed relationship advice — wasn’t just wrong, it was all kinds of wrong.
Coolest New Character
It took us a minute to realize just how sly and charming Grey’s Anatomy’s Kai is. But once it clicked in our heads, we started falling for E.R. Fightmaster’s character as quickly as Amelia.
Most Classically Soapy Moment
General Hospital really went there. As upset as fans were about the Carly/Sonny/Nina love triangle, the show still let the don and his “other woman” cross the line — and, in spectacularly sudsy fashion, just in time for his wife to catch them!
Most Warped Logic
Like, wow. She really is nuts. Somehow Bold & Beautiful had Sheila convince herself that she was innocent because she hadn’t meant to shoot Finn. She’d only, um, meant to murder his wife in cold blood. Like that’s somehow OK?
While not all fans were thrilled to see Days of Our Lives‘ Ben and Ciara literally sail off into the sunset, they took some comfort in knowing that the pair were alive and well, raising son Bo, somewhere out there.
One day, The Bold and the Beautiful would have us believe that Paris just wants to settle down like Steffy and Finn. The next, it wants us to buy that she’s savoring being single and ready to mingle. Two weeks later, she was 100 percent into the idea of marrying Carter. Whiplash, much?
Most Un-Bearable Prop
We’ll give Days of Our Lives credit for trying something different with Duke. But we’d have given the show even more credit if it had realized that the talking toy was a misfire and “stuffed” the contrivance sooner.
Most Preposterously Cute Baby
It’s gotta be Louise/Bailey on General Hospital, right? Could you tell that face no?
The ‘It’s About Time’ Award
Young & Restless’ Tessa and Mariah gave the CBS soap its first-ever same-sex wedding — a milestone that we can’t help but think would have been reached years ago, were the late, great William J. Bell still alive.
Most Improved Character
We’ll admit that for a long time, we were annoyed by Marshall. Nothing against portrayer Robert Gossett, but his alter ego spent months wandering around General Hospital talking about a big secret he wouldn’t disclose. Now that his past mental health issues have been addressed, we’re getting to know the charming side of Marshall… and hoping he sweeps Epiphany off her feet!
Grossest Prop, Edible Division
When Days of Our Lives‘ Ben and Ciara cut into the cake at their gender-reveal party, it appeared to ooze blood thanks to its devil-possessed baker, Allie. What really scared us, however, was the idea of the tiny treat feeding all their guests!
Grossest Prop, Non-Edible Division
Like the rest of us, Bold & Beautiful‘s Forrester clan didn’t believe Detective Sanchez when he said Sheila was dead. Unlike us, they were convinced when he produced the supposedly-dead vixen’s toe.
Least Dramatic Demise
We knew Jordi Vilasuso was exiting The Young and the Restless, so Rey’s death wasn’t a surprise. What was kind of stunning was that it all happened off screen. Heck, even his funeral was held in Florida as opposed to Genoa City! Vilasuso’s wife said on their podcast, “People are saying Rey deserved better,” and she was right. In fact, we were among them!
Most Pointless Death
Days of Our Lives’ Abby wins this one, hands down — especially since before Chad had even discovered his wife’s lifeless body, headwriter Ron Carlivati was floating the idea that maybe she wasn’t dead-dead. Not the way to get the audience to invest.
They had us at “hi.” As much as we’d like to give this award to a daytime show, it goes, hands down, to Netflix’s impossibly magical Heartstopper, which told the love story of English schoolmates Charlie and Nick as they went from strangers to friends to so much more.
Most Troubling Character
Obviously, finding a way to keep uber-popular Robert Scott Wilson on the Days canvas after Ben and Ciara left was a brilliant idea. Having him play a character so unapologetically skeezy, however, wasn’t. Fortunately, over time, the writers have found ways to make Alex less of a jerk, but he’s still got a long way to go.
The launch of Young & Restless’ Chancellor-Winters had glitz and glamour… and a sum total of nothing going on. When the big cliffhanger is “Will Nate go off script and reveal the company’s actual plans?” you know you should have RSVP’d no.
Not since One Life to Live had Luna Moody arrive in Llanview by parachute has a character gotten as memorable an introduction as the one that General Hospital gave Cody. Unfortunately, his storyline has, thus far, been less impressive.
The ‘Hi, I’d Like a Better Exit’ Award
Days of Our Lives could have made Tripp’s send-off impactful if it had let him die to save true love Allie. Instead, the show pulled its punch, snatching him out of the Grim Reaper’s clutches, only to then banish him to Seattle.
Most Twisted Family Tree
Someday, General Hospital‘s Wiley is gonna find out that not only did his adoptive grandpa kill his real grandpa, but his adoptive mom is the twin sister of his biological mom, who tried to kill his dad before trading him for a dead child in the woods. Paging Dr. Kevin Collins!
Most Questionable Outfit
We really meant to be reeled in by the confrontation that Bold & Beautiful staged between Donna and Hope after she caught her aunt “playing pickleball” with married man Eric. But we’re sorry, we — and many a viewer — couldn’t get over the fact that Hope was dressed like a cowgirl.
Grey’s Anatomy ended its 18th season with half the cast in the flux. Teddy and Owen had resigned and were on the run, all of the residents had been canned, Meredith had sent Nick packing, and on top that, we were trying to figure out what voodoo chant we had to do to get Kate Walsh to return full time as Addison.
You’ve come a long way, Steve — so long a way that in Season 4 of Netlix’s record-breaking Stranger Things, we were rooting hard for him to reunite with ex-girlfriend Nancy. (Sorry, Jonathan.)
Best Sleep Aid
Billy’s podcast on The Young and the Restless. Enough said.
Best Reason Not to Cancel Netflix
The streamer got as carried away as we did watching its teen romance Heartstopper and renewed the British import for not one but two seasons.
Best Production Values
No other soap can top Bold & Beautiful when it comes to the show’s look. Whether it’s routinely doing location shoots or doing whatever it takes to get the shot, this show will do it.
Least Consequential Loss
In an attempt to help son Michael, General Hospital‘s Carly put it all on the line… and lost! We thought it might be fun to watch Sonny’s ex try and remember what it’s like to live on a budget, but aside from losing her share of the Metro Court to Nina, Carly’s life hasn’t changed a bit.
Maybe it was the fact that Young & Restless‘ Ashland didn’t live up to his pre-introduction hype. Maybe it was that the part had to be recast mid-story. Or maybe it was that even in death, he remained the most talked about person in town. As the saying goes, “How can I miss you if you won’t actually leave?”
Most Doomed Marriage
No wonder Days of Our Lives‘ Rafe is only so-so as a cop: He couldn’t even detect the heat being generated between his new wife and her former husband. The rest of us, however, knew his marriage would have a shorter shelf life than month-old milk.
The only way to explain General Hospital‘s Nikolas sleeping with his young son’s equally young girlfriend was that the writers thought, “Hey, this is a fun twist!” Unfortunately, it really wasn’t. And boy, did we hate how often they flashed back to the supposedly sexy scene.
Hottest Love Scene
Nothing we saw on our daytime shows could compete with the steam generated by Bridgerton’s Anthony and Kate when at (long) last, they gave in to passion and made love.
Least Dramatic Fallout
When at long last Days of Our Lives‘ Lucas was revealed as Sami’s real kidnapper, the stage was set for big drama… especially after she found out sis Belle was sleeping with EJ! Instead, Sami left town, Lucas went to jail and the whole story turned out to be much ado about nothing!
Most Convenient Location
The only thing harder to buy than Bold & Beautiful‘s Bill eating in a seafood shack? That the restaurant son Wyatt had discovered just happened to be a few feet away from where a traumatized Li had apparently been living ever since driving off the wharf!
Least Charitable Act
Both Young & Restless‘ Nick and his son, Noah, ditched working at the non-profit New Hope in order to, respectively, rejoin the family company and open a nightclub. But hey, it’s not like Genoa City has any poor folk in need of help these days.
Best (Mad) Doctor
Say what you will about Days of Our Lives‘ Rolf, but the dude did manage to keep a literally heartless Stefan alive four years, including when the MD himself was locked behind bars! As for his methods…
Best Unintentional (We Assume) Tribute
Anybody else think actress Adele Lamont — star of the 1962 flick “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” — is giving Days of Our Lives’ Stefan side-eye, as if to say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Most Romantic Reunion
The music swelled and the tears flowed as Bold & Beautiful‘s Steffy rushed into the arms of her newly-resurrected husband, and it all happened against the gorgeous backdrop of Monte Carlo. It was everything a soap fan could want… and more.
Worst Hang-Out Spot
At this point, it’s a wonder that Nikolas hasn’t been ordered by Port Charles officials to rip the parapet off the side of Wyndemere. Then again, since it tends to be General Hospital evil-doers like Esme who plunge from its heights, maybe everyone has agreed to look the other way.
Alex spends so little time dressed that one might assume there’s a fabric shortage in Days of Our Lives‘ Salem. Not that we’re complaining, mind you.
Most Likely to Bum You Out
Seriously, when’s the last time you remember seeing Young & Restless‘ Chance smile?
Most Overused Flashback
The moment Bold & Beautiful‘s Ridge and Taylor locked lips in Monte Carlo, we knew it was a clip we’d be seeing again. What we couldn’t have predicted was that the gorgeous scene would get more airtime than two-thirds of the cast.
Most Devastating Portrayal of Grief
From the moment Days of Our Lives‘ Chad found his dead wife’s body, portrayer Billy Flynn has stunned us with his work. That continued up to (and beyond) him finding his wife’s killer, confronting Clyde and getting some small bit of closure via Abigail’s ghostly visit.
Bad Pun Warning: From the moment General Hospital‘s Ava was attacked during the Quartermaine party, we were hooked — sorry, we had to do it! — on the show’s I Know What You Did Last Summer homage.
Strangest Character Reboot
Yeah, Elena, we don’t get it either. But apparently, Young & Restless‘ Nate is now a wildly-ambitious guy ready to throw everyone he’s ever loved — including you — under the bus if it means he gets to be a major player.
Given how much we love troublemakers, it’s no surprise that we were stoked to learn Chloe Lanier was bringing Nelle back to General Hospital. So imagine how disappointed we were to find out she was only appearing as a ghost! (Despite this, we’re still holding out hope that Nina’s daughter will one day resurrect, just like so many other locals!)
As if Days’ Sarah and Xander hadn’t been through enough, she declared their marriage over pretty much the day after the wedding, then ran back to him half an hour later and said everything was fine. Why? Good question!