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Best Of Show Or Worse For Wear? Di­gest De­cides.

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thumbs up! BOLD AND BEAU­TI­FUL Un­bal­anced Beam

B&B clev­erly used Pam and Char­lie’s (long-awaited) en­gage­ment to cause prob­lems be­tween Pam and Quinn, leav­ing For­rester pa­tri­arch Eric smack in the mid­dle. Since al­most ev­ery­one on the soap has got­ten mar­ried in the For­rester liv­ing room at some point, Pam nat­u­rally as­sumed it was her turn, with sis­ter Steph’s por­trait above the fire­place over­see­ing the nups, just as it was with Ridge and Brooke’s wed­ding ear­lier this year. But when Quinn balked — in a man­ner that came eerily close to the Quinn of yore — it set the stage for one hell of a fam­ily feud. That the women have a his­tory of men­tal in­sta­bil­ity adds a dark edge to this con­flict, while the fact that their squab­bling puts the side­lined Eric front and cen­ter again is the ic­ing on the le­mon bar. Stephanie’s por­trait may have taken the brunt of the ladies’ bick­er­ing, but pic­ture us pleas­antly pleased.

thumbs down! DAYS OF OUR LIVES Will I Am

When Chan­dler Massey res­ur­rected the beloved char­ac­ter of Will, DAYS mined ev­ery emo­tional beat from the pre­sumed-dead char­ac­ter’s fam­ily re­unions. The show was in no rush to have Will’s me­mory re­turn, and the stakes

were in­creas­ingly height­ened as we watched Will and Paul grow closer while Sonny sat on the side­lines. So, it’s a true head-scratcher that the main event — Will get­ting to­tal re­call — was scripted to take place in the mid­dle of John and Mar­lena’s nups, and then over­shad­owed by the drama that en­sued from the shoot­ing at the cer­e­mony. While Sonny got to fully ex­pe­ri­ence a lov­ing re­con­nec­tion with his ex-hus­band, ev­ery­one else in his life — Lucas, Sami, Kate, John, etc. — got the short shrift, with the news com­ing in scenes that didn’t feel as im­por­tant as they should have. It’s a good thing to have an em­bar­rass­ment of story riches, so per­haps DAYS should have put the brakes on this one un­til it could get the at­ten­tion it de­served.

thumbs up! YOUNG AND REST­LESS Docu-drama

Af­ter Ash­ley’s scheme came to light, it seemed her exit from Genoa City would be with her tail be­tween her legs. Luck­ily,y&r had a much dif­fer­ent fate in mind, thanks to Dina re­call­ing a long-ago con­tract that be­stowed upon Ash­ley own­er­ship of ev­ery sin­gle prod­uct she de­vel­oped for Jabot. What made this out-of-the-blue rev­e­la­tion so in­ge­nious is how per­fectly it jibed with the his­tory of the Ab­botts, given the com­pet­i­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween sib­lings Ash­ley and Jack. He’s al­ways been power-hun­gry when it came to the fam­ily biz, which re­sulted in Ash­ley feel­ing sec­ond best, so it made sense that John would heed his ex-wife’s ad­vice to cre­ate an iron­clad doc­u­ment to pro­tect their daugh­ter. Now, Ash­ley pos­sesses the patents to the ma­jor­ity of Jabot’s suc­cess­ful prod­ucts, leav­ing the Ab­botts scram­bling to save the com­pany. This bril­liant gamechanger sends Ash­ley out on a high note, and leaves huge story po­ten­tial in her wake.

B&B’SQuinn (Rena Sofer, l.) and Pam (Al­ley Mills)

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