Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – April 23-27, 2018

Outstanding Performances

The Young & the Restless
Amelia Heinle: for severa weeks, Victoria has been thrown into a domestic violence relationship with her ex-husband, J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill) after they renewed their romance and subsequently became engaged. After J.T.’s untimely death after he came after Victoria when he confessed to what he did to her father, Victor Newman (Eric Braden), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) came at J.T. with a poker, which killed him instantly. When Sharon (Sharon Case), Phyllis (Gina Tognoni), Nikki and Victoria made the decision to dispose of J.T.’s body in the garden at Chancellor Park. Victoria was faced with Reed’s (Tristan Lake Lebeau) to leave Genoa City for a music school after learning of J.T.’s “disappearance.” Heinle is holding her own and showing her acting range in this tragic storyline.

The Bold & the Beautiful
Don Diamont: yes we love to hate him, but $Bill Spencer is a force to be reckoned with. Diamont is doing a good job with playing a despicable character as $Bill does whatever he can to claim Steffy Forrester-Spencer (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) as his own, despite the fact that she is pregnant with his son, Liam’s (Scott Clifton) baby.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood: Wood was sensational when she was pressured by $Bill (Don Diamont) to sign Liam’s (Scott Clifton) annulment papers so he wouldn’t send her mother, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) to prison for shooting him. Steffy clearly wants to salvage her marriage to Liam if he can come to terms with her indiscretion with his father, but $Bill’s plan to make Steffy his and Hope’s (Annika Noelle) desire to renew a relationship with Liam have gotten in the way.

Scott Clifton: Clifton is remarkable as Liam, torn between his love for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and their unborn daughter, and trying to come to terms with learning of her indiscretion with his father, $Bill Spencer (Don Diamont). Now Liam is faced with Hope’s (Annika Noelle) confession to move on from his marriage and renew what they had when she tells him she still loves him.

General Hospital
Maurice Benard: Benard was remarkable this week when he was forced to choose between his father, Mike (Max Gail) and daughter, Avery, after Ava (Maura West) threatened to have Mike brought up on kidnapping charges after Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) found Mike and Avery in a stable after Mike (who is suffering from Alzheimer’s) walked off alone. Benard is phenomenal in dealing with his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis as he deals with Mike’s gradual decline in memory.

Maura West: we hate what she is doing, but West is doing a wonderful job as she goes after Sonny (Maurice Benard) for custody of their daughter, Avery—a fight that has been brewing since Ava gave birth to the little girl. Ava has done some despicable things claiming her love for Avery. As much as we hate what Ava is doing, we commend West for her portrayal.

Days of Our Lives
Marci Miller: playing a recasted character isn’t easy, but Miller has made the role of Abigail Devereaux DiMera her own when Miller was thrust into a Dissociative Identity Disorder story when Abigail turns into alters Gabby (after the character of Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus) and Dr. Laura (after her grandmother, Laura (Jamie Lyn Bauer)) when it looks like Abigail killed Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) as Gabby dressed in a Gabi Chic coat and dark wig. When Abigail’s husband, Chad (Billy Flynn) discovers his brother, Stefan (Tyler Christopher), with Abigail/Gabby, Gabby is on the run after Chad severely beat up Stefan. As Abigail sits in her own private jail in her mind trying to come to terms with what is happening to her, Miller holding her own with this story, as Abigail comes to terms with learning she killed Andre. Who will save Abigail from herself?

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Starrleena’s Saop Critiques – Days of Our Lives Explosive Episode – April 23, 2018

On Monday, April 23, 2018, Days of Our Lives exploded when Chad (Billy Flynn) discovered his wife, Abigail ([Marci Miller] who’s been suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder [DID] after the death of Andre DiMera [Thaao Penghlis]), in bed with his brother, Stephan (Tyler Christopher). Abigail’s alter, Gabby (a lookalike from Gabi (Camila Banus)—Abigail’s friend, who has been convicted of Andre’s murder).

After Chad gets a text from Kate (Lauren Koslow) about seeing Abigail, complete with dark wig, in Stephan’s bedroom, Chad rushes home. That’s when he gets the shock of his life! Filled with rage thinking Stephan somehow brainwashed Abigail, yet not realizing his wife’s mental illness, unleashes his rage on Stephan and literally beats Stephan within an inch of his life while a horrid Abigail/Gabby looks on. After Gabby/Abigail leaves Chad decides to finish the job and continue beating Stephan until Hope and Rafe (Kristian Alfonso and Galen Gering, respectively), who have just found evidence it was Abigail who masqueraded as Gabi, find Chad beating Stephan.
While the scene was disturbing to watch, kudos goes out to Flynn for excellent portrayal of a man driven to rage at the discovery of seeing his wife in bed with his brother. Christopher and Miller also are due praise for their performances as well, especially Miller for a great job tacking DID with 2 alters.

That is not the only violence that happened that day…Gabi, in prison for the murder (although innocent) or Andre DiMera, received a beating from an inmate with an ax to grind—she turned out to be the girlfriend of Com. Raines, who was seeking revenge.

Tune in weekdays on NBC to see what happens next!!!!

Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – April 2-6, 2018

Weekly Soap Critiques – April 2-6, 2018
This week will focus on the best performers for the week.

General Hospital
Roger Howarth: Howarth’s performance as Franco was riveting in the volatile story as he looks to find out about the secrets from his past involving Drew Cain (Billy Miller) and Jim Harvey (Greg Evigan) with the help of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom). Never have I seen such a raw performance in Howarth since his One Life to Live days when he played Todd Manning and he was the ring leader in the rape of Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell). Howarth certainly gives it is all in any scene.

Days of Our Lives
Stephen Nichols: Nichols’ portrayal was a tear-jerker as Steve lost his eyesight in his one eye with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) by his side as it happened. Steve and Kayla’s love shows now bounds as Kayla helped him put the dark glasses over his eyes. Even heartbreaking was Steve walking out with a cane as John (Drake Hogestyn) struggled with his guilt over poisoning Steve that left Steve blind.

The Young & the Restless
Thad Luckinbill & Amelia Heinle: Luckinbill and Heinle gave it their all as they dealt with domestic violence in their relationship as J.T. scrambles to keep his secret of what he did to Victor (Eric Braden) and work on his issues with Victoria.

The Bold & the Beautiful
Scott Clifton: Clifton was beyond excellent as Liam dealt with his conflicting memories that showed he shot his father, $Bill Spencer in the back. Liam has been conflicted since the truth about his father’s affair with his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) came out when Liam found the paternity results in Steffy’s handbag.

Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – march 26-30, 2018

Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – March 26-30, 2018

The Young & the Restless
Victor was in a coma after a fall down the stairs at his ranch after J.T. pushed him during a fight. As J.T. faked an alibi, Jack was accused of attacking Victor. While Victor languished in a coma, Victoria and Ashley battle for control in the CEO seat at Newman.
Cane and Lily locked Hilary in the Hamilton-Winters office in an attempt to make Hilary miss her fertility appointment that would prevent her from having a baby with Devon, prompting Hilary and Devon to make a baby the old-fashioned way, without being a couple. Will it spark a new flame?

The Bold & the Beautiful
As $Bill accused Ridge of shooting him, Ridge is arrested and charged with the attempted murder of $Bill Spencer, prompting Steffy to ask a favor of Liam pleading to ask $Bill to rethink his accusations. While having dinner with Steffy, Liam bumps his head and flashes come to him, seeing $Bill propose to Steffy and after talking with $Bill, Liam sees flashes of him shooting $Bill. Did Liam shoot his father? And if so, will he confess to the deed?

General Hospital
General celebrated it’s 55th anniversary (April 1st, 1963) allowing Sonny, Michael and PCers with recreating Luke’s to help Mike with his memories after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Days of Our Lives
Kayla was by Steve’s side as he lost his sight in his eye, with John, struggling with his guilt at having caused Steve’s blindness when he poisoned him, and Marlena by their side.

Lani’s one-night stand with Eli comes out as she is testifying in Gabi’s trial to which she finally confesses to an upset JJ the truth about her baby. Gabi also learns that Eli is indeed the father of Lani’s baby.
After coming back from Hong Kong,”Laura”, one of Abigail’s alter testifies in Gabi’s trial.

Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – March 19-23, 2018

Weekly Soap Critiques – March 19-23, 2018

The Young & the Restless
J.T. is coerced by Paul and Christine to spy on Victor in order to get the goods on him to have Victor convicted. Victoria and J.T. have an argument which leads to an abusive situation between them. Victor sets a trap for J.T. … which he falls for, heading over to Victor’s to gather more evidence. It leads to threats and an ultimatum, and a fight between Victor and J.T. to which Victor is pushed down the stairs by J.T. Will J.T. disappear from Genoa City? Who will be blamed: Jack?

Dina confesses to Abby that Jack is not John’s son during an interview. How will Ashley react to this news? How will Jack?

The Bold & the Beautiful
$Bill wakes from his coma after being shot and accuses a Forrester of shooting him, which leads to Ridge to being arrested and charged with the attempted murder of $Bill Spencer. The question is, how can $Bill know who shot him? His back was turned and it was dark? And Justin and the staff member at Spencer was hiding something, as was Pam?

And Liam is not so thrilled to learn from Hope that his father proposed to Steffy!

General Hospital
Will Drew and Franco’s predicament with Jim Harvey lead to a brotherly bond after learning that Jim is hiding a secret from them; and Jordan and Curtis find Franco’s adoptive mother, Betsy Frank, who has been apparently been held hostage by Jim Harvey. Will she finally tell Franco and Drew the truth about their past?

And Nelle stoops to a new low as she plants evidence in Carly’s office relating to Morgan. Is this a desperate attempt to make Carly look crazy so Michael will run back to her?

And Sam finally fesses up to her feelings about Jason and Drew to Drew? Sam is in a hard position, in love with two men who are brothers and a father to each of her children. How will Sam decided who she wants?

Days of Our Lives
Chaos erupts in the courtroom at Gabi’s trial when she confesses to sleeping with Eli. Now that JJ knows Lani slept with Eli, ultimately forcing Lani to admit Eli is the father of her baby? How will this affect JJ?

In Hong Kong, Gabby has to pretend to be Abigail when Chad shows up at her hotel room.

Starrleena’s Soap Critiques – march 12-16, 2018

Weekly Soap Critiques – March 12-16, 2018

The Young & the Restless
Ashley telling Victor that she will only come back to Newman if he fires Victoria? Would Victor really fire his beloved daughter? Were you surprised when he demoted Victoria or was it an obvious move?

The Bold & Beautiful
In the wake of $Bill’s shooting, Thomas returns to L.A. Was it just an accident or did Thomas have a motive for coming back? And Caroline is back, angry with $Bill for her current predicament? Did Caroline shoot $Bill or was it someone else? Thomas and Sally’s reunion is overshadowed by $Bill’s shooting.

General Hospital
It’s getting more and more obvious that Jim Harvey has secrets, but what does he have to hide when it comes to Franco and Drew? Did he push Drew down the stairs and frame Franco all those years ago? Is Jim Harvey an abusive person with a secret? The answer may hide in Franco and Drew’s minds?

Days of Our Lives
Marci Miller doing triple duty as another alter emerges: Dr. Laura. Three personalities—Abigail, Gabby, and Dr. Laura—who will survive? Gabi’s is charged with the murder of Andre DiMera and Eli questions if he did the right thing in letting JJ think he is the father of Lani’s baby?

Starrleena’s Weekly Soap Critiques – February 26-March 2, 2018

Weekly Soap Critiques – February 26-March 2, 2018

I am going to try something different this week. I am going to ask a question for you to give your thoughts to instead.

The Young & the Restless
Now that Chelsea had fled town with Connor, leaving Nick behind and learning that he is not Christian’s biological father, will this news drive him back to Sharon’s arms?
Will Devon be driven back to Hilary in light of her good deed?
Are J.T. and Victoria going to make it as reunited couple, or are they stacking the deck against them?

The Bold & the Beautiful
There’s a lot of rage going on in L.A. concerning $Bill’s actions lately as $Bill makes moves to disown his sons, Liam and Wyatt. Who do you think will pay and who will come out the victor over the rage?

General Hospital

As his wedding nears, Franco gets an epiphany about the past? Will he marry Elizabeth or is this end of Franco and Liz?

Days of Our Lives
Who thinks Marci Miller is rocking her new role as “Gabby” in her multiple personality disorder story? Spoilers say there will be more alters to come out!
Do you think Claire went overboard when she revealed Rafe’s indiscretion with Sami?