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Take a gander at what’s in stock for the week of December 14 – 18 with spoilers for The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless, plus Days and General Hospital spoilers from December 21 – 25.
But first, read the very personal story of As The World Turns alum Marnie Schulenburg (Alison) who — in her own heartbreaking, humorous and beautiful way — shares her journey as a new mom and cancer patient.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Despite the latest upset in their lives, Steffy and Liam seem intent on continuing a relationship after they admit they love each other. As Thomas recuperates, he makes a very different kind of confession to Ridge. The fashion designer has to digest the disturbing recent misadventures of his son. However, unclear the way ahead may be, at least Ridge is happy that Hope seems determined to try and help Thomas through his hard times. Finn’s reaction is more mixed when Hope tells him about Thomas’ condition. While hardly as potentially grim as all of this is, there is still a romantic bummer as Paris ruins a moment for Zoe and Zende. Read the Bold and the Beautiful spoilers to find out who senses Steffy is headed for more trouble.
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Days of Our Lives
Thanks in part to Ava, Steve and Kayla manage to finally bring Joey back from prison. But things are far from comfortable in the family. Steve warns Tripp how much trouble his mother can make, whether for herself or anyone who crosses her path. Pretty soon, Vitali is back in danger. After Allie and Steve have a discussion about her assault, Rafe shows up with some good news. Meanwhile, Chloe is not spreading happy news as she makes some admissions to Brady about Philip. Victor doesn’t need anyone to tell him about the underhanded activities Philip has been getting up to. Across Salem, Jennifer still can’t shake her suspicions about Jack and Julie decides to help her discover if the unkillable man and Kate are continuing their affair. If there wasn’t already enough misery and paranoia going around, Gwen still has plenty of fuel to throw on the fire. Read the Days of Our Lives spoilers to discover who has a special gift for Kristen.
Although he’s prone to making them, Sonny’s latest threat to Julian seems more urgent than usual. The Jerome is still desperate to escape before he can be bumped off. Since his sister is not likely to be any help and he’s burned his bridges with everyone else, he turns to a stranger for assistance. Meanwhile, Ava tries to show some support to Trina, who heads to the PCPD with her suspicions. Jason is trying to make Sonny’s Christmas wishes come true. He calls Brick for some help to lay the groundwork for Sonny to position himself just where he wants. Over at the hospital, Cyrus is going on the offensive and uses Britt to help him with his latest scheme. She catches Nikolas doing something that he likely shouldn’t be. The same can be said for Laura who puts herself in more danger than usual. Will Curtis fare any better after he goes undercover and comes out feeling betrayed? The PI likely wishes he could be a fly on the wall to hear the story Martin tells Valentin. Soon after, the lawyer is stumbling on some information that he didn’t see coming and is questioning what Cyrus is really up to. Check out our General Hospital spoilers to learn what has Obrecht intrigued.
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The Young and the Restless
As Sharon and Rey drive ahead with their plan to tie the knot, recent newlyweds Chance and Abby may be feeling like the bond is a bit tight. Nina surprises them and seems intent on getting closer to her new daughter-in-law. As Abby copes with close quarters, Theo manages to put the lingering discomfort that he and Summer share behind them to give her a warning about Sally. Meanwhile, Sally is getting a warning of her own, only from Jack, who decides that she is in need of a few of his hard-won words of wisdom. If Sally may be skeptical of whatever the Abbott says to her, Phyllis probably should be trusting Nick. Unfortunately, she finds a reason to doubt his motives. As Victor is trying to keep a lid on his son, Adam, Nikki manages to blow her top at him and refuses to back down where the most troublesome Newman is concerned. And while it looked like Billy’s problems could be going away for a moment, that time already seems to be passing. Amanda has some serious questions for Lily about her feelings for Billy. Lily might be questioning them herself after what she accidentally uncovers while trying to find proof of his innocence. Visit The Young and the Restless spoilers to find out whose career is in jeopardy.
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<p>It just wasn’t <em>All My Children</em> without a family album of one kind or another to welcome us to Pine Valley. We only wish that its pages were still being filled today. (Are you listening, ABC?)</p>
<p>In the 1970s, dance instructor Nick Davis (Larry Keith) tried to waltz his way into the overstuffed purse of filthy-rich society dame Phoebe Tyler (Ruth Warrick). He stood a pretty good chance of it, too — she liked a good compliment as much as she did a bad boy.</p>
<p>Although Susan Lucci is said to have auditioned for good girl Tara Martin, she definitely wound up with the better role: that of indomitable glamorpuss Erica Kane, which the eventual Emmy winner played for the entirety of the soap’s 1970-2011 network run.</p>
<p>Machiavellian Palmer Cortlandt (James Mitchell) so disapproved of the relationship between daughter Nina (Taylor Miller) and upstanding doctor Cliff Warner (Peter Bergman) that he let her believe she was going blind in hopes of getting her to stop, ahem, <em>seeing</em> him.</p>
<p>Obviously, Palmer’s plot to separate Cliff and Nina failed miserably. Almost as miserably as the show’s attempt to recast Nina in the mid-1980s and move Cliff on to other love interests. (Shortly after his portrayer was let go — which might have been the best thing that ever happened to him — <em>The Young and the Restless</em> hired him as a recast for conniving Jack Abbott.)</p>
<p>Everything you need to know about this love triangle, you can tell from this one photo: Dr. Charles Tyler (Hugh Franklin) wanted to be with Erica’s long-suffering mother, Mona (Frances Heflin), but wife Phoebe refused to let him go.</p>
<p>When you think of the greatest TV parents ever, you think of Ozzie and Harriet, Mike and Carol Brady, Cliff and Clair Huxtable — <em>and</em> Ruth (Mary Fickett) and Dr. Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell).</p>
<p>Erica’s half brother, Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura), and Ellen Shepherd (Kathleen Noone) overcame their age difference to embark on what should have been a blissfully happy marriage. Spoiler alert: It was not (and, worse, it pointed her toward an even more disastrous union with Ross Chandler).</p>
<p>As Erica’s modeling career took off in the 1980s, she gave a leg up to Jenny Gardner (Kim Delaney), who at some point was going to have to get used to taking pictures without preppy boyfriend Greg Nelson (Laurence Lau) in them.</p>
<p>Jenny’s brother, “Tad the Cad” Martin (Michael E. Knight), genuinely cared for troublemaker Liza Colby (Marcy Walker). But when she learned that he’d also been carrying on with her mother, she would neither forgive nor forget — not until years later, when she became “the other woman” during one of his 204 marriages to Dixie Cooney.</p>
<p>Mainly from 1983-84 (but off and on until 2011), <em>All My Children</em> fan Carol Burnett recurred as Verla Grubbs, the secret daughter of Phoebe’s third husband, Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), a reformed con artist that boutique owner Myrtle Fargate (Eileen Herlie) knew from her days on the carnival circuit.</p>
<p>Sweethearts since they were teenagers, Frankie’s parents — the former Angie Baxter (Debbi Morgan) and Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) — became so popular that when he was killed off, <em>Loving</em> paired his widow with look-alike Jacob Foster. Of course, in 2007, <em>All My Children</em> decided that Jesse hadn’t died at all, rehired Williams and reunited the supercouple.</p>
<p>You could always count on ambitious Erica to affix herself to the arm of the richest, most powerful man at any soiree. Clearly, the winner at <em>this</em> highfalutin hootenanny was sharp-dressed Palmer.</p>
<p>It’s just sleazy schemer Adam Chandler (David Canary) keeping an especially close eye on Dixie (Cady McClain), the doe-eyed innocent he’d knocked up and would eventually institutionalize in hopes of gaining control of their son, JR.</p>
<p>Why, that’s the long-lost Eric Kane (Albert Stratton), whom daughter Erica found working in the circus in 1989 — and whom she soon wished she hadn’t bothered to find. He turned out to be every bit the lowlife her mother had always said he was.</p>
<p>Rough-around-the-edges Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd) wasn’t at all the kind of man that money-hungry Natalie Marlowe (Kate Collins) thought that she wanted. But he was most definitely the kind of man that she <em>needed</em>. If only he hadn’t also caught the eye of her sister, loco “Janet From Another Planet” Green.</p>
<p>Politician Travis Montgomery (Larkin Malloy) was married to Erica when he allowed back into his life estranged brother Jackson (Walt Willey)… who turned out to be — sorry, Mike Roy — the love of her life.</p>
<p>The stuff that dreams are made of filled the romance of Dr. Maria Santos and Edmund Grey — whose portrayers, Eva LaRue and the late John Callahan, were wed from 1996-2005. Too bad we always have to wake up from dreams. The couple’s marriage hit the skids after they were forced to give back their adopted son, and Maria had a one-night stand with her brother-in-law.</p>
<p>Erica’s marriage to Count Dimitri Marick put in one another’s orbit her illegitimate daughter, vindictive Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and his illegitimate son, Anton Lang (Rudolf Martin). Fun fact: The actors reunited years later on Gellar’s series, <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>, when Martin made a guest appearance as Dracula. Yes, <em>the</em> Dracula!</p>
<p>Whoa. A <em>lot</em> to unpack in this photo, in which vixenish Skye Chandler (Robin Christopher), who’d eventually take up residence in the Port Charles of <em>General Hospital</em> fame, was on a date with good-guy artist Jeremy Hunter (Jean LeClerc), who after crossing over to <em>Loving</em> died when a serial killer turned him into a statue. Oddly, Trevor looks more perturbed to see them than his “doll,” Natalie, who spent years obsessed with her former stepson, Jeremy. See? Told ya it was a lot!</p>
<p>Anytime Erica got within dissing distance of longtime nemesis Brooke English (Julia Barr), shade was sure to be thrown. Over the decades, they fought over the men of Pine Valley the way we do the last French fry on the plate.</p>
<p>Don’t let this picture fool you: Julia Santos (Sydney Penny) and Noah Keefer (Keith Hamilton Cobb) weren’t <em>always</em> this happy. In fact, they only even met when she ran away to Center City after being scarred by a chandelier that fell during a tornado.</p>
<p><em>All My Children</em> got it right and then some when it cast Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa as poor boy/rich girl love interests Matéo Santos and Hayley Vaughan in the mid-1990s. They fell in love for real, tied the knot in 1996 and now rank among Hollywood’s prettiest power couples.</p>
<p>After a car accident with Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) left Erica’s famous face scarred — for life, she feared — she wound up overcoming her hunger for revenge to fall for the conniver.</p>
<p>Although Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) and Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel) were both naughtier than nice, they brought out the best in one another — to the point that viewers were crushed when he died protecting his sweetheart from his homicidal mother, Vanessa.</p>
<p>One of the most tragic couples of the late 1990s, Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) and Gillian Andrassy (Esta TerBlanche) had scarcely said “I do” when the Grim Reaper replied, “You think <em>so</em>, do you?” Adding insult to injury, Gillian was killed by a hitman who thought he was taking aim at <em>General Hospital</em> heroine Anna Devane.</p>
<p>Only after killing off Elizabeth Hendrickson as Frankie Stone did <em>All My Children</em> realize that it had in the character’s pairing with Eden Riegel’s Bianca Montgomery the potential for daytime’s first same-sex supercouple. Quicker than you could say, “Oops!” Hendrickson was rehired as Frankie’s twin sister, Maggie. (Later, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> would try to capitalize on the actresses’ popularity, too, by casting them as Chloe Mitchell and Heather Stevens. Alas, since they weren’t paired up, the reunion fell flat.)</p>
<p>Yeah, these expressions do a pretty good job of capturing the way that Babe Carey (Alexa Havins) and JR Chandler (Jacob Young) felt throughout most of their marriage: tense, concerned, ticked and slightly manipulative. If we recall correctly, their wedding vows even included a line about “… through good schemes and bad.”</p>
<p>Arguably, <em>All My Children</em>’s last great supercouple was Kendall (by then played by Alicia Minshew) and Zach Slater (Thorsten Kaye, now Ridge, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>). Though initially, their marriage was a sham, they were really only fooling themselves: We could tell from the start that they were made for one another!</p>
<p>Although the Satin Slayer cut short Dixie’s life in 2007 — via a plate of poisoned pancakes, no less! — she was resurrected in time to reunite once more with true love Tad before the end of the serial’s run… or at least they end of its run <em>for now</em>. Hey, we can <em>hope</em>, can’t we?</p>
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