Tuesday, May 18, 2009 7:57 PM ET | By Jermetria Lacey

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY

Sami and Rafe make love for the first time and profess their love for each other.

Philip grows increasingly worried about Stephanie’s whereabouts as he tries to track her down. Desperate, he calls Owen asking if he knows Stephanie’s whereabouts. Owen, looking down at Stephanie, covers. Discouraged, Philip crosses with Brady and questions Brady’s loyalty to the family. Meanwhile, Owen finally picks up EJ’s call and tells him that he has successfully kidnapped Stephanie.

Owen takes his next instructions as Stephanie awakens and realizes she has been kidnapped by the Kiriakis gardener and is being held in a morgue. Owen snaps Stephanie’s picture and sends it to EJ, using her phone. Stephanie tries to attack Owen, and he defensively slams her back into the drawer, telling her he will have to come up with a new plan to take care of her. Meanwhile, EJ finds Philip on the pier and tells him he has Stephanie.

Victor has his nurse administer Stefano’s final dose of insulin, and calls EJ to remind him that the deadline is at hand. Victor is confident he will win, but Stefano thinks his son will surprise Victor. Brady and Arianna have a scratchy first meeting. Later, they literally run into each other again when Arianna spills her coffee on Brady.

On the Next Days of our Lives

  • EJ informs Philip he has Stephanie.
  • Arianna accidentally spills hot coffee on Brady and she attends to the burn.
  • Sami and Rafe make love again and he thinks he needs to make a bigger commitment.

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:48 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Although still skeptical of Zach’s story, Jesse makes an arrest when he refuses to back down from his claim he committed the murder. Jesse suspects Ryan is hiding something. Jesse questions Krystal, who later gets her story straight. Jesse questions Kendall, who remains supicious of Erica’s whereabouts on the night of the murder.

The surgeon cautions that Tad might suffer some long term effects after having the bullet removed from his brain.

Liza shows up to act as Zach’s attorney and is surprisingly looking very pregnant.

JR discovers that the dead man in the morgue isn’t his father, Adam – it’s his uncle Stuart! Annie, meanwhile, is hiding out in the Chandler attic with Emma and an unconscious Pine Valley resident, Adam.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach promises to keep Liza’s secret.
  • Annie gets an unlikely ally.
  • Tragedy strikes.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monday, May 18, 2009 7:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, May 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY

Locked in the room with Todd, Marty memories start to come flooding back. After suffering through the traumatic memories of the night she was raped, Marty has a breakthrough and starts to remember the good things such as falling in love with Patrick and giving birth to Cole.

Blair and Tea’s lives are in jeopardy when Powell locks them in the boiler room at the fraternity house. Rebecca kidnaps Chloe from Llanfair and takes her to Powell. Starr and Cole know something’s not quite right when they find Kyle at Todd’s. Meanwhile, John races back to Llanview desperate to get to Marty.

John roughs up an uncooperative Kyle before he has Fish take him down to the station. Starr finds Jack too scared to talk but John manages to get him to tell them what happened. Natalie and Jared worry about how to break the news about Chloe to Jessica. Jessica is forced to tell Natalie and Jared that she and Brody are together after they catch him at Llanfair. Jessica knows Natalie and Jared are hiding something from her.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Marty attempts to outwit a menacing Powell.
  • Jessica is horrified to discover Chloe missing.
  • Time is running out for Blair and Tea.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monday, May 18, 2009 7:24 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, May 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY

Michael wakes up to find Lulu at his side and wonders what’s happened to him. Unable to reach Carly because she’s turned her phones off, Lulu finally contacts Sonny with the good news about Michael.

Sonny shares an emotional reunion with his son and sends Jason to let Carly know what’s going on. Michael questions why neither Sonny nor Carly were with him when he woke up and doesn’t remember the shooting. Michael has a brief memory of seeing Jax leading Carly out of his room before he woke up. Carly races to Michael’s side and doesn’t pick up on the fact that he’s slightly cool towards her. Claudia worries that Michael will remember her confessing her guilt during the visits she paid him.

Holly evades Luke’s questions about Ethan. Tracy sees red when she finds Holly with Luke. Ethan stuns Lulu when he tells her he might be her brother. Holly arrives on Patrick’s doorstep looking for a place to stay.

Alexis grills Rebecca about the time she spent in Greece, still certain that she’s working with Helena. Rebecca gives Alexis two weeks to dig up any dirt on her, saying she’ll keep her hands off Nikolas during that period. Alexis asks Rayner to do a background check on Rebecca and he agrees under the condition that Alexis go out with him.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Jason wants to keep the truth from Michael.
  • Tracy makes a confession to Lulu.
  • Claudia thinks she’s one step closer to being in the clear.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monday, May 18, 2009 7:11 PM ET | By Jermetria Lacey

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” Episode Recap – Monday, May 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Daniel finds Philip collapsed and starts to call for an ambulance when Philip comes to and stops him. Philip insists he’s only having a bad reaction to his medication. Daniel worries it may have been another attempt on his life, but Philip convinces him that no strangers have been allowed in the house considering it’s surrounded by guards.

Philip goes to look for Stephanie and is unable to find her. He recalls their argument about getting married. Philip is suddenly worried. While hiding Stephanie in a morgue drawer, Owen calls EJ to tell him he has Stephanie, but Sami grabs EJ’s cell and knocks it out of his hand, breaking it before EJ can answer. Furious, EJ tries to repair the phone while Sami demands to know what’s going on. EJ lights into her for destroying his phone and she realizes he’s up to no good. She’s equally furious with him for putting Johnny in danger, but realizes she has no choice but to leave Johnny at the manse for his own protection.

EJ makes a dismissive comment about Grace which upsets Sami and she leaves. He finally finds another untraceable cell and calls Owen, who, fearful he’s being tracked down by the bad guys, refuses to answer. Arianna overhears Rafe ordering flowers for Sami. She doesn’t understand his attraction to her. Rafe doesn’t want to get into a discussion about Sami, and Arianna realizes he hasn’t slept with her. Rafe tells her to mind her own business, but Arianna genuinely wants to know what makes Sami different. Rafe talks briefly about his history with Sami, revealing his love for her. Arianna hopes he won’t get hurt. Rafe assures her he won’t. But later, when Rafe meets with Sami, he gets angry when Sami vents about EJ and won’t accept Rafe’s help. They start to argue which ends up with Rafe pulling her into his arms and kissing her passionately.

At Maggie’s, Will interrupts Mia and Brady, but excuses himself to give them privacy. Mia explains to Brady that she’s not an addict. She lied to Will because she didn’t want him to know the truth about her pregnancy, or cause trouble for Nicole either. Mia asks if she can tell Will the truth, but Brady asks her to keep the truth a secret for everyone’s safety. She agrees and he goes as Will returns. Conflicted, Mia tells Will that she lied to him. She hasn’t gone to any meetings since rehab. Will believes her while Mia’s continued lies eat her alive. Meanwhile, Brady leaves Nicole a message about his meeting with Mia, just as Arianna walks by and he accuses her of eavesdropping.

On the Next Days of our Lives…

  • Sami and Rafe make love for the first time and profess their love for each other.
  • Philip grows increasingly worried about Stephanie’s whereabouts as he tries to track her down.
  • Victor has his nurse administer Stefano’s final dose of insulin, and calls EJ to remind him that the deadline is at hand.

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monday, May 18, 2009 6:59 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, May 18, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

A gunshot rings out at the Chandler Mansion. Jesse finds the victim of the gunshot wound, Adam. An armed Zach is cornered by the cops outside the mansion. Believing Kendall fired the lethal shot at Adam, Zach confesses to murder. 

Ryan leads Kendall away from the mansion. Ms. Hart is shocked and thrilled to learn that her son is still alive.

Thinking he’s firing at the fleeing murderer, Jesse makes a tragic mistake and ends up shooting Tad.  

Krystal, JR, Scott and Colby contemplate who the shooter is while being detained in the Chandler Library.

Aidan takes off after JR tells him who he saw running around with a gun. Aidan realizes Emma had been taken from the nursery and heads to Ryan’s hoping to find her there.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Kendall grows suspicious of Erica.
  • JR makes a surprising discovery.
  • Jesse springs into action.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monday, May 18, 2009 12:58 AM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Tragic times…

THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

Emily finds herself getting kissed- by Hunter, Monday, May 18. Paul’s scheme begins to unravel when someone comes back into town and Rosanna steps back into Oakdale, Wednesday, May 20.

The Inside Story: Heartbreak of the Worst Kind

Brad and Katie learn that Mr. Quick, the lawyer Vienna and Henry introduced them to is a fraud. An angry Katie decides to busy herself at WOAK but is soon faced with the arrival of Vienna who is there to celebrate the news of being able to get the baby after all. Furious at her, Katie tells Vienna that the lawyer was a fraud and that she no longer wants their help. Trying to catch up to Katie who has huffed off on set, Vienna looses her footing on a cable and falls to the ground. Katie immediately comes to Vienna’s aid and rushes her to the hospital. Meanwhile, Brad, has informed Henry that Mr. Quick ran off with their $10,000 dollars and Henry quickly takes off to go find him to get it back. Brad soon gets the call from Katie about Vienna and he heads to the hospital. While there Katie asks if he can call Henry but he’s unable to reach him. Alone with the OB/GYN, Vienna is told that she has lost the baby and she is emotionally distraught. Katie, learning of the news tells Brad to hurry to find Henrym who’s back at the hotel room trying to win the lost money in a poker game. The doctor soon releases Vienna and Katie offers to take her back to her house. Later, Henry comes in and begins chattering away about how he’s gotten their money back, preventing Katie from being able to tell him the bad news. When Vienna comes out of the bedroom and gives him the bad news, Henry goes from happy to angry, instantly placing the blame on Katie for all that has happened. When Brad returns Katie admits that she feels that she is at fault for what has happened to Vienna; while back at their home, Vienna and Henry comfort one another in their loss.

A Closer Look: Flying the Coop
Damian lends a word of advice to Meg about maintaining the fight for Eliza. Meg lets Damian know that Paul was the cause for her losing custody of her daughter. Back in Old Town, Paul sees Sally, the babysitter he paid off to lie on Meg, and he is furious that she’s back in town. Unaware that Damian is listening to their conversation, Paul tells Sally to come with him to Fairwinds and Damian is right there to see everything. Damian contacts Meg and tells her that Paul is going to be paying Sally more money and the meeting will take place at Al’s Diner. Meg contacts Dusty and they confront Sally and have her hauled off to the police station to fess up. Meg is happy that Dusty was there to help out and the two go to get her daughter but when they arrive at Fairwinds it is clear that Paul has taken off with the baby. Dusty takes off to check a few of the banks and Damian tells Meg to call her lawyer and then see if he took a flight out of Oakdale. Meanwhile back at Fairwinds, Bonnie tells Meg that Paul has a right to take Eliza out of the house but will get a court injunction to go after Paul. Paul, in the meantime, is at an airfield to charter a plane. He offers to pay a man by the name of Mr. Byrd a lot of money to get the plane but when he spots Damian talking to the man, Paul takes off and heads to another town where he runs into Rosanna.

What To Watch

  • Hunter continues to become smitten with Alison
  • Carly’s drinking continues to get out of control

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Word is that Daniel Hugh Kelley is on his way back to Oakdale as ‘Noah’s’ father, ‘Col. Winston Mayer’ some time in June.
  • Cady McClain comes back as ‘Rosanna Cabot’, Wednesday, May 20
  • Jim Wisniewski plays Mr. Quick, the lawyer that scams Brad and Katie, Tuesday, May 19
  • Ellen Dolan, who plays ‘Margo Hughes’ is appearing in a production of Sophistry, which started April 22 and ends its run June 6 at the Samuel Becket Theater on Theater Row, located at 410 W. 42nd. For ticket information, please contact [email protected]
  • ‘As the World Turns’ fans have an opportunity to bring out their charitable side in them by joining Kelley Menighan Hensley, Jon Hensley, Michael Park and Martha Byrne at the Inaugural Angels for Hope Gala Friday. May 29. The event begins from 7 PM to 11 PM at the Estate at Florentine Gardens, located at 97 Rivervale Road in River Vale, NJ. Angels of Hope is the first major fundraiser event that is held on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bergen County. Those in attendence will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of fine dining, cocktails, music and dancing along with a silent auction. Tickets are $200.00 each with limited seating. Please visit Angels for Hope or call (212) 239-3239 to reserve.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of May 11 – 15, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 25, 2009

  • Rosanna and Paul find themselves in hot water
  • Katie has some positive news
  • Carly get into some serious hot water

    “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.



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    Discussion: ATWT PreVUE: Week of May 18 Edition



Monday, May 18, 2009 12:38 AM ET | By Venus Stone


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Will she reveal the truth….

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Jill learns of the movie deal of Katherine’s life, Monday, May 18. That same day, Devon begins to wonder what Aunt Virginia could be keeping from him. Raul comes back to Genoa City to reconnect with old friends, Friday, May 22.

The Inside Story: Unable to Let Go
In an effort to put her life back in order, Sharon continues to plan her life and that of her baby’s with Jack and seek therapy When she meets with the therapist she informs her about her being with Nick, Billy and Jack, along with stealing items, the therapist begins to lay out the reasons why she’s doing the things she’s doing, Sharon gets upsets and ends the session. She soon finds herself in the bar face-to-face with Nick, who sees that she’s upset. When he begins to embrace her she tells him that he needs to leave her alone and she leaves, headed back to the Abbott mansion. Once there she starts going through a box of things and finds a picture that Cassie drew as a little girl of her family. Emotions overcome Sharon and she soon tells Jack that maybe it would be best for them to leave Genoa City but Jack talks her out of the idea. Later that day Sharon bumps into Billy and blurts out that he may not be the only person who could be the father. She points out that despite it all Jack realizes and understands that he may not be the baby’s father. When Jack returns she tells him that she just can’t keep Nick out of her life; while back at the office, Phyllis and Nick are discussing his ex. After agreeing to move on and start their lives together, the two make love. Meanwhile, Sharon tells Jack that she is going to let Nick know that she’s pregnant and that he could be the father. Jack tells her that if she does that she’d be ruining Nick’s marriage. Taking his advice Sharon bypasses a telephone call from Nick and heads to Cassie’s grave only to find Nick there as well.

A Closer Look: In Deep

Daniel decides to continue to help the Justice Department in shutting down the black market of stolen paintings. Jana, upon seeing one of Daniel’s paintings becomes suspicious of what he could be up to and begins trying to discover what he could be hiding.

What To Watch

  • Paul begins to investigate a litlte bit more into Mary Jane
  • Jill tries to keep Billy quiet about her money woes
  • Billy learns a bit more about Mac

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Della Reese comes to the show as Aunt Virginia on Monday, May 18th with some shocking information
  • David Largo returns to the show as Raul Guittierez on Friday, May 22
  • Jerry Douglas reprises his role as the ‘Ghost of John Abbott’ on Wednesday, May 27
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “Y&R” during the week of May 11 -15, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 25, 2009

  • Jack learns the truth about Sharon and Billy
  • Chloe makes a decision that has a big impact on her family
  • Ashley is hospital bound once again

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings .


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    Discussion: Y&R PreVUE: Week of May 18 Edition



Saturday, May 16, 2009 10:06 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s not every day that Soap Opera Network reports on news from outside the soap world, but this is one story that would make even the writers and executives at the Big Three Networks scratch their heads. 

Soaps are no stranger to drama, especially if it involves the kidnapping and switching of newborn babies.  For decades, the various daytime dramas have frequently employed the plot device to spice up otherwise mundane storylines.  On “One Life to Live” for example, only one (Joey) of the five children of town heroine Victoria Lord Davidson had a normal childhood.  Two others were kidnapped, and the other two were forgotten by their own mother until after adulthood.  “All My Children” launched an ambitious cross over storyline with “One Life to Live” back in 2004, in which a baby went missing in Pinve Valley, and was passed off as the son of someone else in Llanview.  Even today, soaps such as “Days of Our Lives” and “One Life to Live” are embroiled in baby stealing plots. 

All of which makes the real life story of Kay Rene Reed Qualls and DeeAnn Angell Shafer all the more intriguing.  In a plot twist that could only come from the twisted mind of a soap writer, the two women were switched at birth at an eastern Oregon hospital back in 1953.  Both ladies have gone on to live normal lifestyles, but grew up with the nagging feeling that, for some odd reason, they bore little resembalance to their siblings and other family members.   

In an interview with the Associated Press, Quall’s brother Bobby Reed, stated that an eighty-six year old neighbor to both mothers, recently shared her suspicion with him that the two girls may have gotten switched while in the hospital shortly after birth.  The woman who asked that her name not be released, claims that Marjorie Angell confonted nurses at Pioneer Memorial Hospital back in 1953, believing that she was given the wrong baby.  However, her concerns were quickly brushed off by hospital staff. 

After years of rumors and suspicion, both women agreed to take DNA tests back in March.  Shocked, but not unexpected, the results confirmed what had long been suspected. Shafer’s results showed that she had a  99.9% chance of being related to Bobby and Dorothy Reed.  Qualls results, on the other hand, revealed that she had a zero percent chance of being geneticall related to her brother and sister. “After seeing Kay Rene, I went home and told my husband, I don’t know why she’s doing the DNA testing,” she said. “I was shocked — she looked just like my sister’s twin,” Shafer told the AP

Both women, who share a May 3rd birthday, have declined the hospital’s offer to pay for counseling. “I’m trying to move forward at look at the positive,” Shafer said. “You can’t look back. It just drives you crazy.”  

To read the entire Associated Press article, click here.

In the recent past soap writers have often stated that they take their plot twists and turns from real life events, so it should be interesting to see which of the daytime dramas will put their own personal spin on this particular stranger than ficition story in the months and years to come.  In the meantime, viewers will have to contend with watching current baby swtiching storylines play out with their daily dose of drama.   


Discussion: Life Imitates Art: Real Life Stranger than Soap Fiction

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Guiding Light
  • Kay Rene reed Qualls
  • DeeAnn Angell Shafer

    Friday, May 15, 2009 8:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, May 15, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Tea volunteers to be the one to kill Todd but Powell remains one step ahead of her. Todd fears the worst when Powell leads Tea and Blair off.

    Marty is shaken by memories of the night she was raped.

    Kyle is surprised to find his sister Rebecca at Todd’s. Rebecca’s wheels start to spin when Kyle tells her Jessica is raising Starr’s baby as her own.

    Jessica is left troubled by another memory of the night she gave birth.

    Dorian jumps into action after Lola confesses she tampered with the condoms Dorian gave Langston. Still high on drugs, Lola shocks Dorian and Ray with the most startling confession of all.

    Langston and Markko tenderly make love for the first time.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Marty’s memories come flooding back to her.
    • Blair and Tea’s lives are in jeopardy.
    • Jessica senses Natalie and Jared are keeping a secret.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.