SOAP BYTES: Nikki Gives Sharon a Bath on The Young and the Restless; What Has Happened to The Bold and the Beautiful?

GH BYTES: It's great to have Sebastian Roche back as Jerry Jacks. I can’t wait to see his plot unfold! As I watched Ewen (Nathin Butler) opposite Jerry, it reminded me how much I wish Ewen turns out to be a Jacks. Three Jacks in Port Charles could only be a good thing.

Jerry to Ewen: “I have a more pleasant alternative. Keep your mouth shut and do as you’re told.”

Jason (Steve Burton) expressed his concern about Ewen to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). She tried to assuage his concerns, but he didn’t seem convinced.  The pair shared some wonderful moments together before Ewen showed up. Jason pulled Ewen aside and gave him a warning not to hurt Elizabeth.


SOAP BYTES: The Bold and the Beautiful Has a Creativity Crisis; Is Sharon a Smart or Stupid Ho on The Young and the Restless?

B&B BYTES: The Bold and the Beautiful is in the midst of a full blown creativity crisis. The soap's vixens, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), have been de-clawed and are now saintly. Its saints,Taylor (Hunter Tylo), Caroline and Hope (Kim Matula), are all milquetoast.

B&B's major triangle, Steffy/Liam/Hope, is strangling everything else like a boa constrictor. Marcus (Texas Battle) and Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd) suffer from, well, Marcus. The Taylor/Ridge/Brooke triangle has been exhausted. The only time Bill (Don Diamont) and Katie (Heather Tom) are good is when she’s calling him out for being an ass. Eric (John McCook) and Stephanie (Susan Flannery) stand around and smile or give out the occasional sage advice.

In the past, B&B excelled with its socially conscious storylines. However, the Texting While Driving PSA needs immediate triage, because it’s bleeding out all over the canvas. READ MORE

SOAP BYTES: Shawn and Alexis Play Strip Pool on General Hospital; Why Isn’t The Bold and the Beautiful Trying to Hook Days of Our Lives Viewers During Olympics?

GH BYTES:  Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) tried to infringe on Molly (Haley Pullos) and TJ’s (Krys Meyer) date at the Metro Court. After the teens protested vehemently, Shawn (Sean Blakemore) took Alexis to the The Floating Rib where he manipulated her into playing strip pool.

Alexis: “Molly’s going to wonder where I am. I’m certainly not going to tell her mommy was losing her clothes at a bar.”

I have mixed feelings about the Molly/TJ pairing. On one hand, young love is cute. On the other, their dialogue always seems forced. I can’t decide what to think of them. Now Shawn and Alexis, those two might have potential. .


SOAP BYTES: Todd and Johnny Call Each Other’s Bluff on Genera Hospital; Nick Demands Answers From Phyllis on The Young and the Restless!

Y&R BYTES: Nick (Josh Morrow) demanded answers from Phyllis (Michelle Stafford), after finding out she paid her former shrink to leave town . Phyllis danced around the topic, saying it wasn’t important. Later, in what is sure to complicate things for Phyllis, Ronan (Jeff Branson) found the good doctor, with an umbrella drink in hand, and forced him to return to Genoa City.


SOAP BYTES: Victor Rips Into Daniel About Nicole on Days of Our Lives; What Freaky Things are in Brooke Logan’s Closet on The Bold and the Beautiful?

GH BYTES: Ewen (Nathin Butler) you’re an evil boy for zapping poor Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brain like that. When Anna (Finola Hughes) learns the truth she is going to obliterate you. I believe it!

Anna and Heather (Robin Mattson) faced off in the interrogation room over Heather’s claim that Robin is alive. It was fascinating to watch Anna's reactions. As outlandish as Heather’s story was, you could see from her expression that she believed it more and more the longer she listened.  Bravo to Hughes and Mattson.

Heather: “You know something Slim, you’re not looking so hot. Are you not sleeping well at night? Are you laying awake thinking I might be telling the truth after all?

Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) brought Patrick (Jason Thompson) to the hospital to get treatment for his drug addiction. It was sad that Robin was “killed” off earlier in the year, but her “death” and its repercussions have provided so many opportunities for Thompson to deliver emotional performances. No one deserves a Daytime Emmy next year more than he does. READ MORE

SOAP BYTES: Who Has the Best Tattoos on Soaps? Who is Holding Robin Captive on General Hospital?

Y&R BYTES: Here’s a totally superficial question, inspired by Wednesday’s The Young and the Restless. Who do you think has the best tattoos on soaps? Countless soap actors sport  works of art on their biceps, backs, shoulders or lower backs (as some call them, tramp stamps). Some distract from the actor’s characters, while some fit.  It has almost become a game of Whac-a-Mole trying to keep up with the different tats that keep popping up. Do you have a favorite?