Our Performer of the Week is YR's Mark Grossman (Adam)! Our Honorable Mentions are Bold's Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) & DAYS' Isabel Durant (Claire)
Recaps & Winners
The Young and the Restless
Billy set off alarms with Victor and Nikki with his questions about the Newman family business while covering the Chancellor Park rededication. Jack wondered if he did the right thing when it came to pushing Kyle and Theo to compete. Theo, on the other hand, was working to prove to Lily and Billy what an asset he would be to their company. To help Phyllis, Nick offered to give Abby one of his buildings for free to renovate in exchange for her stopping construction across from the Grand Phoenix. Unfortunately, Phyllis had already set a new revenge plan in motion: setting Mastodon bones on the site to have it deemed an archaeological site. Sharon’s surgery went well as she settled back home to recover before receiving her results. She talked with Mariah about her fears about her body changes after her surgery.
A worried Chelsea went to Victor for help as Adam became desperate to prove he wasn’t the one who killed Alyssa’s father. Victor shared that George, the farmhand, had assisted in covering up the crime and Adam brought him into Genoa City to corroborate. Sadly for Adam, George confirmed that Adam had been the one to kill AJ to protect his mother. Word of Phyllis and Nick’s relationship began to spread as Sharon and Summer learned the news. After talking with Phyllis, Amanda decided to put work aside to spend time with Nate. Kevin talked with Ester about his fears of raising a boy with the way he grew up. She also shared her own concerns about being a good mother and grandmother because Chloe grew up without a father.
Kyle and Summer spent some time with Dina, who became upset after hearing her favorite song. Setting off a little mystery for the Abbott kids as she asked for “Bixby,” which was what they called John’s camera they used to film their home movies with. Victoria offered Sharon her support as she wondered if Sharon was keeping something hidden from everyone. Jack advised Victor to step away from Adam because he was too toxic. Tessa turned down a huge festival opportunity to stay with Mariah and help keep her sane as she took on more work to help Sharon. Elena and Nate seemed to be getting a little too close for comfort as Devon spent his day working with Amanda. A distraught Adam went to Sharon for help as he wants to remember what happened with AJ. Nick tried to stop Adam from bothering Sharon, revealing her cancer diagnosis. Even after being advised to not go down this route again, Sharon decided to help Adam with his therapy.
Days of Our Lives
Ben, who still didn’t remember what happened to him, tried to set up a session with Marlena after having a nightmare about hurting Ciara. Vincent followed Ben to Salem on Eve’s order as he worked to complete Ben’s brainwashing, intercepting his session. Allie holds her baby for the first time and after talking with Sami finally made a decision about what to do with him...which was for Eric and Nicole to raise him as she ran off. Claire helped cover for Allie as she hid from Sami as she packed her things on her way out of town. Belle and Shawn decided to stay in Salem for a little while. Forgiveness was going around as Will and Sami worked passed their issues and Sonny forgave Will. Bonnie was surprised when Justin offered to be her legal representative in her battle over her book royalties.
Jack and Jennifer’s romantic night was ruined by constant interruptions at the hands of Gwen, Gabi, and Jake. Abe and Kate enjoyed their time together as their business dinner turned into a more friendly affair. Chad returns to town after hearing about Gabi’s latest scheme. Gwen agreed to continue to help Chad in exchange for him helping her make Jake jealous. When he turned her down she kissed him, getting busted by Gabi in the process. Hope agreed to rejoin the force on Rafe’s insistence. Working closely together led to a close moment that was interrupted by Ciara. Hope ultimately decided that the two should just be friends for now.
Gabi was shocked when Jake’s “lack of class” was able to close the deal for DiMera. Claire caught Eve slinking around town in a wig and confronted her for her crimes. While Eve didn’t deny her involvement in the church explosion or Ben’s kidnapping, she did act like she had no idea about who was framing Claire. Claire tried to appeal to Eve’s humanity and turn herself in but Eve got away, leaving Claire to run to Ben and Ciara about what she knew.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Thomas talked with Steffy about working on his relationship with Douglas. Brooke planned a romantic night with Ridge after Bridget had to cancel her trip. Carter and Eric became concerned when Ridge learned that he supposedly drunkenly texted Carter to file the divorce papers, which left him officially divorced from Brooke before marrying Shauna. Flo and Wyatt discussed having a family together one day. Hope and Zoe decided to put their troubled past behind them as they worked on the future of the HFTF brand.
Dr. Finnegan advised Steffy she should now be stepping down to over-the-counter meds as she took the last prescribed pain pill. Quinn prepared to celebrate with Shauna as it was revealed they were behind Ridge’s divorce. Quinn had advised her to text Carter. Eric confided in Donna about his marital issues. Brooke’s romantic night was ruined when Ridge revealed the truth. Brooke was devastated by the news and kicked Ridge out. Shauna shared that she was ready to commit to Ridge and their vows but he needed time to process what happened in Vegas.
Sam grew suspicious of Brando after learning he had worked on Jason’s bike before the accident. Willow called out Harmony for working with Renault. Nelle fired Martin as her lawyer before the final hearing began. Against her better judgment, Sam signed over her children’s voting proxy to Valentin as he got her parole officer changed. Ned was left bewildered as he learned that Valentin now owned 50% of ELQ stock...and had Lucy’s tie-breaking vote in his pocket because he is her sole investor for Deception. With the controlling vote, Valentin opted not to help out the hospital and to elect himself the new CEO. Curtis confronted Jordan for keeping things from him as she admitted to meeting with Cyrus alone. Jordan was forced to suck up her pride as she made a press conference in support of Cyrus, which led to him becoming chairman of the hospital board.
Felix helped Mike get settled back at Turning Woods. Nina dealt with her feelings about testifying against Nelle. Jax agreed to help Nina try to get information about her necklace. Angry at Brook Lynn for not warning him about Valentin, Ned kicked her out of the house. Olivia was upset that he put business over family once again and opted to help out Brook Lynn. Jason woke up after his surgery and seemed to be okay but was upset after learning about Sam’s decision to give away the children’s proxies. Anna and Finn discussed possibly inviting his father to their wedding. Sasha took more drugs from a friend of her photographer. Maxie still battled with if she was going to tell Peter about the baby.
Liz expressed her lack of desire to be part of Franco’s venture back into the art world at the hands of Ava. Curtis threatens Cyrus after tracking down someone he is taking care of, which leads to Cyrus telling Jordan to make him back off. Lucy is warned by Jax to stay away from Cyrus after she takes his donation for the Nurse’s Ball. Michael and Willow won full custody of Wiley. Nik reveals that Spencer wants the Cassadine legacy intact, which means that he cannot divorce Ava. That causes Ava to reconsider her revenge plan and walk away from the money. Little does she know that the whole thing is a ploy and Spencer and Nikolas are in this plot together. Ava’s portrait reveal doesn’t go as planned as the crowd was shocked by whatever was on the canvas.
Our Performer of the Week is The Young and the Restless’ Mark Grossman!
Mark Grossman is what I would consider a quiet powerhouse performer! He always delivers but surprises you with just how strong of performance he can turn out. This week Adam’s desperation was at the forefront as he struggled to accept that he had been the one to kill his friend’s father. Refusing to believe it at first he searched hopelessly for a sign that Victor was lying. But after getting confirmation from George, the farmhand, he had to accept the truth. Struggling with the fact he had no memory of the crime, he went to the one person he knew could help him...Sharon. Mark’s portrayal of Adam’s internal fight was raw and incredible!
Our Honorable Mentions are:
The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang!
We just love KKL! She did a phenomenal job this week as Brooke’s romantic night turned to heartbreak as she learned her marriage was over...and that Ridge had married Shauna in Vegas. She did a great job playing Brooke’s roller coaster of emotions learning the truth! We cannot wait to see what happens next.
Days of Our Lives’ Isabel Durant!
Welcome to Salem, Isabel! Anytime a recast comes aboard it does take some time before the actor...and the audience gets comfortable. However, we were instantly impressed by Isabel’s performance as Claire Brady! She had to play two difficult scenes as Claire tried to stop Allie from leaving town and confronting Eve for her crimes. We especially enjoyed her scenes with Kassie DePaiva as Claire called out Eve for making her loved ones doubt her sanity. They were some really powerful scenes! This is only week one! We are excited to see what this star does next!