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New writers on “Y&R,” beloved characters handling health crises  on “B&B” and “Days,” and the impending departure  and return of some beloved favorites on “GH” all dotted the Daytime landscape last week, with storylines that brought laughter and tears and everything in between.

B&B Breakdown:
As Stephanie revealed to friends and family that her cancer had returned, it was hard for Candace to watch, and she anticipated more tears as the story advanced. “Watching Stephanie and Eric digest the news about her prognosis was heart-rending, however, the real waterworks started when Stephanie told Pam, and later, Brooke, that she’s going to die,” she said. “The raw emotion this storyline will evoke in ‘B&B’ fans is a testimony to the depth of feeling and attachment they develop for the characters they have watched for so many years. Stephanie is like a mother to Pam and Brooke … and to us. Whether you loved her, or loved to hate her, it’s the end of an era.” Meanwhile, Thomas continued to act out of turn. Read more about his behavior in The Bold and the Beautiful Weekly Blog.

Deconstructing Days:
Christine was frustrated at the confrontation between EJ and Rafe, mainly because much of their characters’ histories were ignored. “And Rafe… is it obvious to everyone else that he agreed to keep Nicole’s secret at least in part because it was payback for the whole RoboRafe debacle? Instead of having the writers going on about grief sex on Thursday’s show I’d have preferred to see EJ and Rafe finally get into it over RoboRafe. That’s the problem though. Each time there’s a new set of writers, nobody plays off the history of the show.” Of course, EJ’s never-ending jealousy toward Rafe didn’t help either. The drama continues in the Days of our Lives Weekly Blog.

Dustin’s Thoughts:
Dustin weighed in this week on the drama in Salem, and one of his biggest beefs revolved around the direction Chad’s character has been moving since Melanie left the show. “Since losing Mel, Chad has become a nasty SOB. I was stunned when he told Abby ‘Everyone leaves you eventually’,” Dustin says. “That was cold! I wanted to slap him myself. They are clearly shaping him to be Stefano’s heir, and probably enter a war with E.J. over the DiMera empire. Seeing how E.J. used Chad and his situation to try to win back Sami, I don’t think they will be rushing to celebrate the upcoming holiday’s together. It’s a shame because I really liked their brotherly relationship, and now we’ve just ended up with more feuding DiMeras.” That’s not all he thought about the DiMeras last week. Read Dustin’s Thoughts on Days to get more.

GH Rundown:
It was a dark week in Port Charles, especially for fans of Jason, who has been on the show for more than 20 years. “For months all fans have wanted was a happy reunion for Sam, Jason and the baby and we finally got it. For like, a second. Watching Jason and Sam at home with Danny, laying in bed, talking about their future and especially when they took their first family picture was so wonderful to see, but almost painful to watch knowing Steve Burton is about to leave the show. But nothing could have prepared viewers for the end of the week.” Is it the end for Sam’s fantasy? Find out in the General Hospital Weekly Blog.

Matt’s Musings:
EJ finally found out the truth about his baby with Nicole, and exposed the truth about Rafe’s involvement to Sami to great effect. Matt said, “Using his ESP for miserable sexual encounters, EJ arrived before they could. He was fresh from the hospital where he’d managed to bully a drugged-up woman who’d just had a stillborn child to confess it was his while he recorded her weeping for posterity. EJ ranted. Sami went into denial. EJ ranted. Sami accepted. Rafe didn’t go into denial. Sami ranted. Rafe tried to talk his way out of it. Sami wasn’t accepting. And so ends the latest Safe reunion. What really burned her grits was that Rafe might actually be a bigger hypocrite than she is and he deprived her of her favorite thing in the world: grief sex. Even by not doing her he outdid her.” Read more of Matt’s take on last week’s show in Matt’s Musings.

Restless Rant:
With a full week of episodes under the new writers under our belt, Candace thinks the characters seem more sharply defined and despite a few bumps, liked where things were going. “Chelsea had some amazing scenes this week – the one where she named the baby and then wailed, and the other when she told Summer what she’d done,” Candace said. “Gah. It will be interesting to see if Adam and Chelsea will survive this, since his guilt is now compounded with lies, as his reconnection with Sharon has complicated life even more. Sharon’s meltdown was an appropriate climax to the story she’s been playing out, and with Adam being the one to rescue her, Friday’s episode left me full of foreboding that he’ll be blamed for torching the ranch. After all, Sharon won’t remember, Nick will think it was retaliation for the baby, and Chelsea will only know that he lied and smelled like smoke. Dun, dun, dun…” Find out more about what happened last week in The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog.

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