Kristian Alfonso (Hope/Gina, Days of Our Lives) is the Performer of the Week and General Hospital's Genie Francis (Laura) and Maura West (Ava) gets the honorary mention! Read more here --->>
The judge hands down her ruling in Frankendrew’s case siding in his favor. The news devastates Liz, Scotty, and Cam. Scotty turns his anger towards Kevin and punches him in front of Laura. Scotty then turns to Sonny for help asking him to kidnap Franco. “Drew,” tells Kim that they need to take some time to figure things out before they just take off out of town together. Cam is struggling with everything and nothing his friends do is helping. Joss is also still dealing with the death of Oscar, and after she loses the watch he gave her, decides to commiserate with Cam by drinking at the school’s Halloween party. They get busted by Lulu and Dustin who call their parents.
Things are not looking good for Brad and Lucas! Their therapy session with Dr. Byrne turns emotional when Lucas accuses Brad of hiding things from him. Brad tries to assure him that he is not, and everything he does is for the sake of their family. In the hopes of making Lucas believe he is turning a corner, Brad tells Carly and Sonny that he had visited with Nelle. But as things always do...the crap hits the fan..when Julian hires someone to send nude pictures to Brad’s phone. Lucas sees the photos and accuses Brad of having an affair. Jason fills Alexis in on Sam’s plan to go through with a bench trial, and we get to finally meet Sam’s cellmate. Cassandra Pierce. Alexis starts feeling ill thanks to Kendra’s special protein powder. Molly winds up taking her to the hospital after having a had time waking her. Finn keeps her for further testing when he discovers a strange rash forming on her hands.
Jordan isn’t excited when TJ asks for the ring his father gave her so he can propose to Molly. She thinks they are too young, but Curtis helps her realize that he is an adult now and needs to make his own decisions. Maxie is upset that Peter is more obsessed with work - Franco’s trial - and not spending time with her. Liz gets to meet her niece Violet as Finn continues to get to know his daughter. Nina and Sasha have an uncomfortable run-in at a party. Willow stands up for Sasha against Nina. Sasha tells Michael to stop trying to destroy Nina’s relationship with Valentin. Taking Michael’s threat to heart Valentin convinces Nina to drop the charges. Valentin overhears Jax and Laura talking about looking for Helena’s portrait and starts to think that there is something special about it. Jax and Hayden believe that Dev brought the painting to the gallery and send Laura to look for it. There she finds a distraught Ava, who had just come face to face with Nikolas! Laura, who doesn’t believe her, thinks Ava is losing it and convinces her that it would be best to check herself into Shadybrooke. Julian and Laura help her check-in. Hayden gets a surprise when Jax tells her there is a problem with there plan, and Nikolas walks into the room!
The Young and the Restless
Jack and Traci invite over former high school gossip Doris who went to school with Dina. She reveals that even though Dina loved John she had an electric kind of chemistry with Stuart Brooks. On the night of their prom, Dina snuck out with Stuart and the two made love. Dina regretted acting on her attraction because she was with John. After graduation, Dina changed her plans to go to college and at the last minute took a year abroad. Traci realized that Dina must have been pregnant, and after a deeper search into her mother’s belongings discovers adoption paperwork. Dina had a baby boy named Eric Vanderway that she put up for adoption. Jack wanted to find their newfound sibling, but Traci wanted to leave it be. Jack remembered that Theo’s last name was Vanderway just like their brother’s and calls Kyle over to get some information about him. Upon hearing that Theo could be his cousin, Kyle has a meltdown. And it doesn’t help him when he discovers through his own mission that Theo’s father’s name was Eric just like his long-lost uncle. Jack then informs Theo of the news and wants him to take a DNA test to prove he is related to Dina and the rest of the Abbotts.
Nick decided that he was going to run for the open seat on the city council, but it won’t be with the help of his mother. Nikki wanted Nick’s campaign to be about his love of helping people and not the Newman name. Nate got bad news when he learned that the medical board is investigating him for his part in faking Victor’s death. He goes to Amanda for help with his case and she decides to help him. This leads to Victor having her investigated. Phyllis wanted to continue working with Adam to take down Victor. In the hopes of sending her on her way, Adam gives her a check for 10 million dollars which she tears up! Girl! Billy and Adam have an intense run-in with Adam letting him know that he knows it was him who tried to run him over. At the suggestion of Billy, the two men decide to move on from their issues with each other. Somehow I don’t think that will work! Billy continues going to therapy not wanting to sink back into the dark place he was at before.
Chelsea continues to adjust to Connor living with Adam. And abandons Nick on Halloween to spend time with Connor at Adam’s after his pre-trick-or-treating meltdown. Though Adam may be the least of her worries at the moment. She meets a strange man at the Grand Pheonix. He introduces himself as Simon Black, Calvin’s former partner and rightful owner of the money she had Kevin move to an off-shore account. He threatens her and tells her he wants his money. Unfortunately for her, Kevin was just informed that the money had been seized during an investigation.
On Halloween, we got a fun episode full of dreams...well, nightmares! Phyllis dreamed was reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prade, with her in charge of Newman Enterprises and Sharon as her assistant. She quickly learned that she was invisible to the grand family. Nick fell asleep waiting up for Chelsea and dreamed that he had killed the favorite child, Adam. Abby’s dream world a la Mary Tyler Moore involved everyone making fun of her and a lack of success. Kyle’s nightmare involved Theo taking over his life. And after a very successful date night with Sharon, Rey fantasizes what life would be like in a 1940’s noir film. This apparently ends with Sharon using Rey to steal from the Newmans and leaving him for Adam.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Eric talks with his son and grandson about their relationship woes. Thomas and Douglas make themselves comfortable at Eric’s place. While Ridge decides to take up residence in the guest house after his fight with Brooke. He gets a surprise when he discovers a sleeping Shauna in his bed. After getting over the shock of finding each other there the two share a steamy kiss. Brooke talks to Donna about her fight with Ridge, who suggests that they should try and work things out. She calls Ridge to chat, but it doesn’t go as she hoped with Ridge standing his ground. Shauna, who agreed to be Ridge’s friend, shares details about their night together with Quinn.
Hope wants to adopt Douglas so bad that she is willing to use Thomas’ obsession with her to manipulate him into signing the adoption paperwork. Liam, who has no clue about Hope’s plan, is left alone with Beth on Halloween night. He takes Beth to visit with Steffy and Kelly. Hope’s plan turns dangerous when Thomas asks her to stay the night with him in exchange for signing the papers.
Days of Our Lives
Jordan’s plan to poison Ciara went awry when Rafe collapsed after eating the cupcake meant for Ciara, thanks to Arianna who swapped them out. JJ notices that Jordan is acting erratically especially when she suggests that Rafe might have been poisoned out of nowhere. Haley tells Rafe that his test results revealed that he had ingested cyanide and his first thoughts were that Jordan was involved. Back at Ben’s place, Ciara who was feeling better finds a mysterious bottle that drops out of Ben’s jacket. Jordan had placed the poison in his jacket before he left the party. Rafe, who is concerned for baby David, sends JJ to check on him. When he arrives he is met with an angry Jordan who knocks him before taking off to find Ciara. Jordan tries to convince Ciara she should leave with them and that Ben was the one who had tried to kill her. Ben, of course, shows up in time to talk her off the ledge before she could hurt anyone. Jordan is able to get away from him, but luckily Ben saves David.
Eric confronts Xander and tells him to leave Sarah alone. Nicole, who overheard the conversation, is told by Xander that keeping the truth about Sarah’s baby a secret would be the best for her. Sarah realizes when her dress doesn’t fit her anymore that it won’t be long before her secret is out. Jennifer isn’t having any luck getting into Dr. Rolf’s flash drive, but she is lucky in love. Jack got them an application for a marriage license. John and Marlena are worried about Hope after they hear that she was caught smoking by Haley. Little do they know just how worried they should be! Princess Gina has fully arrived in all of her glory. Dr. Rolf fills her in on Hope’s past over the last few years before telling her about his plans to have her work with Stefano (?!?!?) But Gina doesn’t take orders well and goes off on her own mission to find John. She thinks better of her plans at the last minute and has a surprisingly sweet moment with Ari, who had gone as a princess for Halloween.
Speaking of Halloween! The episode was full of murder thanks to Jordan, Claire, and Marlena. Jordan broke Claire out of Bayview to seek revenge on those who had wronged them: Ciara, Haley, JJ, Victor, and Maggie. Those dang lemon bars! Marlena revisits her own dark past when Tony reveals himself to be Andre back from the dead and that he had killed Tony and Anna. He gives Mar a shot that leads to her killing John and strangling poor Will! The three women bask in the glory of their dirty deeds before Ben shows up to kill Jordan. The whole thing was revealed to be Ben’s nightmare.
Eli and Lani are preparing for their wedding. Gabi continues her threats to ensure that Lani goe through with leaving Eli at the alter. She even sets up a live stream for Julie and Doug to enjoy the festivities. Even with the drama on its way it was nice to see Lani and Abe get moments with Tamara Price, who made her return to Salem! We’re ready for the dramatic conclusion of the Elani wedding!
Performers of the Week!
Performer of the Week is Kristian Alfonso! (Hope Brady/Princess Gina, Days of our Lives)
Kristian Alfonso gets our vote for the performer of the week! Hope Brady has fully transformed into the fabulous Princess Gina thanks to Dr. Rolf. She has more important things on her mind than Rolf’s plans. Things like reuniting with her former flame John Black.
Her reckless obsession to find him has caused some close calls with Hope’s friends and family. She keeps forgetting people like Haley, who caught her smoking. She ordered champagne at the Pub and then spit it out in front of Roman because it wasn't of good quality! LOL. She didn’t show up to help Lani get ready for the wedding. And then showed up in full ball gown and jewels! Gina did have a cute moment with Ari, who was dressed as a princess for Halloween. Taking off her own tiara to not outshine her - or to not get busted by John and Marlena. Either way, we loved it! Then there was her run-in with Marlena. We are looking forward to the inevitable battle between those two!
The resurfacing of Princess Gina has brought a smile to our face. Her over-the-top flamboyance is just so entertaining to watch. It brings this amusing energy that makes watching Days of Our Lives so fun! We love our Hope Brady but seeing Kristian get the chance to show off her comedic chops is AMAZING!
Our Honorable Mentions of the Week are Genie Francis (Laura, General Hospital) and Maura West (Ava Jerome, General Hospital)
Once again these two veteran actresses have shown why they have those Emmys! Ava finally got to meet her stalker on Halloween night. When his mask was removed she - and all of us - was shocked to see Prince Nikolas Mikail Stavrosovich Cassadine!! At the shock of seeing Nikolas back from the dead Ava passes out and wakes later to find herself alone in the gallery.
Laura, who went to the gallery to find the missing Helena Cassadine portrait, discovers a distraught Ava. When she tells her that Nikolas is alive and was there Laura thinks she has finally stepped off the deep end. Ava tries to find proof on the security camera footage, but she couldn’t find anything. She pleaded with Laura to believe her. Instead, Laura calms her down and tells her its time to get some help. Believing that her grief and the emotional toll of the last few months have become too much for her Laura convinces Ava in a heartbreaking scene to check herself into Shadybrooke. Laura calls Julian who drives them to the facility and helps her sign in.
The vulnerability that Maura and Genie brought to the sequence was real and raw. It just hits you right in the heart. We are so excited to see more of this growing relationship. Especially when Laura finds out that Nikolas is actually alive!