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61 February 10th, 2016 Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Talks The Dr. Anderson Reveal and Murder, Sage and Sharon, Baby Christian & The Troubled Life Of Nick Newman!

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This week on The Young and the Restless, Fairview’s whacked-out psychiatrist, Dr. Anderson (Elizabeth Bogush) got exactly what she deserved … a knife to the back.  Bad timing, though!

Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon Case (Sharon) had just rushed to the mental health facility armed with the knowledge that the doctor was really Sandy Allen, a revenge-seeking woman from Nick’s high school days out to cause pain and suffering to Nick and his loved ones.  But only the viewers learned that the doctor’s assailant was crazy Patty Williams (Stacy Haiduk), who now holds the secret of murdering her psychiatrist.  However, she is also the only one knows that Dr. Anderson gave Sage’s (Kelly Sullivan) baby to Sharon.  Problem is: Patty has had a further break from reality, and is singing lullabies to herself.

Joshua Morrow has been telling soap tales on The Young and the Restless now for nearly 22 years, and this story even caught him by surprise with its origin, especially when he learned that all roads led back to Nick.  After trying to move forward after the ‘loss’ of his newborn son, Christian, and his marriage to Sage in a fractured state, Nick has many more emotional shockers and moments ahead of him in the months to come.  For starters: Adam is the biological father of Christian, and the baby is actually living with Sharon and Dylan (Steve Burton) as their baby named “Sully”.  Quite the tangled web.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Joshua in his dressing room at Y&R to get his thoughts on: the twisty and twisted story of Dr. Anderson AKA Sandy Allen, if Sharon and Nick will eventually turn back to each other as they always seem to do, what he thought of the performances of Elizabeth Bogush and Kelly Sullivan in this storyline, the recent acquisition of Jason Thompson to the Y&R team, and how Nick will keep it together, or not, as this story continues to unravel.  So, here’s a look back at all the events that transpired leading up to the murder of Sandy Allen, and what may lie ahead with the always quick-witted, funny, and charming Mr. Morrow.

Nick is not being a doofus for once! (Laughs)  He actually was proactive with Sage to smoke out what was really going on with Dr. Anderson.  Later, Nick put two and two together that Dr. Anderson is Sandy Allen, the woman who was paralyzed in the swimming pool accident back in high school. 

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JOSHUA:  Traditionally, he has led the league the in doofus behavior, but this time he and Sage have put their heads together to kind of get to the bottom of it.  It’s a little out of Nick’s comfort zone, not to be in ‘Doofusland’ so we will see how it flies.

When you saw this whole story unfolding, how much of it were you let in on?  As the audience we were left wondering, where is this all going?

JOSHUA:  It all started a long time ago when Austin put out this video, and I thought, “What is this?”  The show wasn’t addressing it, or saying anything so I didn’t really know.  I loved how they tied it into this story six to eight months later.  I had no clue! Then when Liz Bogush came on to play the character, they told me.  They said, “You know what this is?”  I took a moment and I went, “Oh … OK!”  So they had set it up a lot earlier and had gone this route.  I obviously love telling stories, and this made sense.  But at the time I was thinking they were coming up with something out of nowhere.  I remember thinking, “What is this?  None of this happened!”  (Laughs)

For months, I did not even know this was Nick’s story! (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  Me neither!  I thought it was all about that video, and I am glad it has some relevance to our show.

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When the baby switch happened you obviously knew then what was going down.  Did you exclaim, “Oh no, wait!  All of this happened because of my character? Sorry, guys!” (Laughs)

JOSHUA:  I am like … a baby switch?  I do those well! (Laughs)

Last week, Sandy kissed Nick!  You delivered that moment with a great acting choice.  When the camera went in for the close-up your lips are on hers, but your eyes are wide open and you are kind of looking away.  What did you think of the lip-lock moment?

JOSHUA:  Nick says to Sage, “Listen, I have to do my part.”   Kelly was just laughing so hard.  Obviously, they didn’t take it as far as them sleeping together, but I did think, “How far does Nick have to go with this?”  It was fun to do. I was teasing Liz Bogush relentlessly up to the scene – that this is what was going to happen, and we are going to do it all for Sage. (Laughs)  Liz was a real sport about, because I am an extremely ornery human, as you know. (Laughs)

How was working with Elizabeth Bogush?

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JOSHUA:  I thought Liz did such a bang up job of playing such a creepy person with an agenda.  I thought she played it perfect.  Really creepy!  What I found interesting was I thought Liz was so stunning to look at.  Her eyes are like the craziest, darkest blue I have ever seen.  It all fit her character so well.   It was spooky and still, and it was unsettling at times.  It was great casting by the show.

Did you by chance screen test with Liz?

JOSHUA:  No, but they bring me in sometimes to screen test with people when they are casting contract roles. You know, I remember when they were recasting the role of Sharon; I had to kiss the actresses trying out for the part for hours.  I remember thinking, “This is just awesome!”  They brought in eight of the hottest chicks I have ever seen, and they told me I get to make out with all of them.  I hit the ‘Job Powerball’ right then and there.

Going into these episodes that led to the big reveal of Dr. Anderson’s true identity, what is Nick thinking is happening?

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JOSHUA:  Nick always found Dr. Anderson’s involvement, to the extent that she was involved so deeply a little off, but he just thought she was this really over-caring physician.  Sage started to get her antenna up, and it was driving her crazy.  It was creating tension between Nick and Sage.  They didn’t want to let that go any further.  They just decided to try this route, and to have Sage get committed to Fairview.

Was it weird as an actor to have to justify that Nick is letting the woman he loves be committed to a mental institution to get the goods on the psychiatrist?  That’s quite the dangerous position to put a loved one in.

JOSHUA:  There are times in this job where you have to set aside any sense of, “What would I really do?”   I’m not sending my wife to an insane asylum to be drugged so we can get to the bottom of it.  Is there another plan … a plan B? (Laughs)  This is what they went with on our show.   I think they felt it was the only way to get to the bottom of what was really going on with Dr. Anderson.

The key to all of this is really Sharon.  So where was Nick coming from to finally let Sharon in on what Nick and Sage were really up to?  Sharon believed that Dr. Anderson did a world of good for her (laughs), but we know that’s far from the truth.

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JOSHUA:  Nick realized that Sharon was starting to maybe put this plan in jeopardy, because she was accusing Sage of being crazy, and it’s making Nick act a certain way, and then Faith is having a problem with it.  Nick needed Sharon’s help and so he leveled with her, “This is what is really going down” Nick just needed Sharon to get on board with it, because everyone else in town they were completely snowing including; Dylan (Steve Burton) and Adam (Justin Hartley).  They are like, “Sage is crazy and that is where she needs to be.”  Nick is being the husband standing by his wife telling everyone that they need to back off.    It got to the point where Nick needed Sharon’s support also with Dr. Anderson.  So Sharon helps with “the caper”, if you will.  She tells Dr. Anderson that Nick is starting to have feelings for her, and that leaves Dr. Anderson thinking there is hope. Sharon stepped up in a big way, which helped solve the mystery.

Just to clarify, and clarify Nick’s involvement in this, what really happened back in high school that set Sandy Allen in this spiral and thirst for revenge?

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JOSHUA:  Sandy jumped off the balcony and into the Newman swimming pool and broke her neck. She was an Olympic-hopeful, and it completely ruined her life.  Sandy thought Nick completely abandoned her, and that he didn’t take any responsibility for it.  It was a wild party back in high school, but everyone had left.  I think Nick and Sandy were kind of hooking up at that time. Then, Victor (Eric Braeden) gets involved and pays-off the family to kind of hush any legal issues that may come up.  Sandy takes that as Nick doesn’t care, and is completely oblivious to any responsibility for it.  But that wasn’t the case.  Nick went to see her in the hospital, and she was in coma.  She never knew Nick was there. Cut to later, Nick goes to check on her and she’s gone.  The next thing you know the family moved away, and that was because Victor paid them off, and arranged for all that to happen, which then leads to this issue between Victor and Nick. Nick doesn’t like how Victor is always putting himself in these situations where he is going to fix things for people.  

Oh, oh! Did Nick have that conversation, which will turn into a confrontation with Victor yet?

JOSHUA:  There is a conversation coming up, but we already had a confrontation that has played on-air months back, as well.

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So in the context of the story, Sharon must have been at the high school party, because she knew the events that transpired.  Did Nick know she was at the pool party?

JOSHUA:  Not at the time, but Sharon was there at that pool party secretly, and then she told Nick what Victor had done, and then Nick was very upset with Victor.  Nick wanted to own up to it, since he cared about this woman, and wanted to accept responsibility for it, but Victor didn’t let him do that.

And then just like old times, it’s Sharon and Nick sitting at the tack house.  But this time, they are piecing together information and Nick has an ‘aha” moment.  Dr. Anderson is Sandy Allen … and Nick was her target all along!

JOSHUA:  Yup. Sharon and Nick put it together in the living room that Dr. Anderson is Sandra Allen, and also because Sage found the book on paralysis.  Sandy had mentioned high school, and all of this interest for the new family.  They put it together that it’s actually Sandra Allen, and as soon as they do that, Nick rushed off to Fairview, because he realizes that Sandy is all about revenge, and that he needs to get to Sage to make sure she is OK.  So both Sharon and Nick rush off to Fairview for Sage, because she is in trouble.

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But when they get to Fairview, Sandy is dead!

JOSHUA: Yup, she’s dead, stabbed in the back!  What a waste of a beautiful woman! (Laughs)  And I go, “That’s it?” (Laughs)

How was Elizabeth’s last day?

JOSHUA:  It was tough, because I really liked Elizabeth.  She was such a great sport about her character.  I hate to see talent leave.  I thought she was really good in this role. There weren’t many places for the character to go after Nick and Sharon figured out who she was.  I hate anyone’s last day. It’s hard.

Nick and Sage’s relationship was combusting of late, but has this drama with Sandy Allen brought them closer together?

JOSHUA:  I think to a certain degree it brought them closer together, but the problem for Nick and Sage is losing baby Christian.  That is an extremely difficult thing for couples to get past.  They are trying hard.  They do love each other and they want to make it work.  Until they can both kind of deal with losing Christian, there are going to be problems with them.  We will see what happens.  They do love each other, but they are trying to figure out how to get past this together, because previously they were grieving separately.  They each were leaning on and going to other people for support.  You can’t do that if you want to make your marriage work.

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When Nick learned baby Christian had “died”, you had a scene where he crumbles to the floor in the hospital that was very emotional.  However, while you were performing the scene and slumped to the floor, the nurses’ station set piece moved.  That had to be disconcerting.

JOSHUA:  They had propped it, but I am a 190 lbs of pure steel, and that set piece was only normal and it was not fortified. (Laughs)  I had this scene, and it’s so funny, but all that anyone talked about was the nurses’ station desk moving.  It’s a tough one when you’re acting your heart out.

Obviously, there are more legs to this story.  Adam is the biological father of Christian, not Nick.  And now Sandy is dead, and only crazy Patty knows the truth, and she is basically gone catatonic!  How long can you see these secrets staying buried?

JOSHUA:  This show is very clever in telling stories.  You have these two things and they are not going to happen concurrently, and who knows when they are going to happen?  Christian is alive, and eventually he is going to come back to Nick and Sage.  And then later on, Nick is going to lose Christian. These are looming stories I can’t wait to tell, but they don’t need to rush them by any means.

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Original Y&R co-creator and head writer, the late Bill Bell,  had constructed stories in a way where there were so many twists and turns in a plot with a big payoff at the end, which may take months and months, or even years to resolve.  Do you like stories in the time we live in to be dragged out?  Sometimes in daytime, they are dragged out ad nauseam.

JOSHUA:  I think it totally hinges on the material.  There are certain kinds of stories you just don’t want to see end, because you may know the result, but you enjoy the journey getting there. That is when you know the combination of writing, work, and producing is working well.  On the other side of the coin, there are times where I think, “This thing needs to move quicker, or wrap up.  I do believe there is not one story like that where I have ever been involved that the fans complained about … I’m just kidding right now! (Laughs).

Poor Nick! Adam is the father of the baby he thinks he lost, and his other half-brother Dylan is with Sharon and ‘their baby’ Sully (who is Christian).  I don’t see any win-win in this for Nick.

JOSHUA:  In this business, I don’t think winning is always interesting.  There is nothing in this life I hate more than losing as Joshua, but I believe character’s need to lose to stay interesting.

When you are constructing and rehearsing a scene with another actor, do you discuss who should win or lose the scene?

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JOSHUA:  We are not verbalizing that to each other, and if you have two actors who are very aware of what’s happening in a scene, and they are very supportive and understanding of what’s happening, one should realize that.  I think that is when you reach that place where the work needs to be to really succeed.  There are certain actors who don’t really want to give up the reins sometimes, and you say, “If you would have just let me in here and conceded something in a moment, and it doesn’t have to be big, the scene will work better.  It’s not my place to tell people how they are going to do their job.

Many actors over the history of daytime drama have been about protecting the myth, mystique, and appearance of their character – never wanting to look a certain way in a scene, or a storyline, as it might affect their brand.  But it’s very important to allow your character to not always be the strong one, or one up the other character in a scene, and just lose the stakes in the moment.

JOSHUA:  I really learned that from Michelle Stafford (Ex-Phyllis Y&R, now Nina, GH).  She was remarkable to me about that.  You would come out and say the words, and she would use this term a lot.  Michelle would say, “You need to lose this.”   I really started to get her process.  Sometimes in a scene you have to let the other person in the scene win.  I believe that 100%.

Recently, Jason Thompson (Billy) joined Y&R from General Hospital; your show truly holds the all-stars of the soap world now.  What did you think about Jason coming aboard?

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JOSHUA:  I kind of view The Young and the Restless as this elite soap opera fantasy football team. We just keep accruing these really talented and sexy pieces.  I had met Jason a few times before he came here, and what a fantastic dude!  Jason is genuinely cool, and a really sincere guy.  I normally take it upon myself to really haze the new people, but they threw Jason into these scenes.  I remember walking off set and going, “Dude, at this point I should be harassing the hell out of you, but that was amazing!”  The episode where Billy was hovering between life and death and having his out-of-body experience, Jason was amazing in it.  Relationships get formed on soaps, and you see them build into something and it takes time to do that.  But they threw Jason into a scene with the actress who plays little Delia and I was like, “He’s never even met her!”  That scene was fantastic, so obviously the guy is super-talented and a really big pick-up for us.

Jason told me he thought you were a solid actor and he was very complimentary about you as well.

JOSHUA:  Well, he should be complimentary!  I’m a pretty big deal around here. (Laughs)  The moves we have made recently bringing on Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Justin Hartley, Jason, and Steve Burton have all been home runs for us.  Y&R is a good show to be a part of right now.

What part of the Dr. Anderson story did you enjoy playing the most?

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JOSHUA:  I really liked watching Sage have to turn into someone else. Dealing with loss on a soap can sometimes be easy, and that’s because it’s a great story that usually sells. But she had to deal with loss, try to heal and figure something else out about herself, while at the same time dealing with losing the baby.  I thought that spoke volumes about Kelly as an actress.   Kelly works so hard and cares so much about this job.  If she is not the most prepared person on the show, she is most certainly tied for that honor.  I really respect what she brings to our show from a professionalism standpoint. I love working with her. We laugh constantly, and her personality fits with mine so well.  Watching the writers give her this opportunity to shine has been a lot of fun to see.

Is there a scene that you were in with Kelly or Liz that stood out to you?

JOSHUA:  Kelly and I did some scenes where we were sitting on a psychiatrist’s couch.  It really struck me how incredibly beautiful her performance was, and what she can do on the show if they let her.  I remember watching it going, “This girl is a serious pro!”

In the past, you have not taken it upon yourself to ask the writers or the producers about what is going to happen in the future with Nick in storylines.  Does that still hold true?

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JOSHUA:  Yes.  It’s just who I am.  I like what I do here and I love my character, if they tell me to do something, then I’m going to do it.  I don’t need to know future storylines, and I think whether you mean it to or not, I think it could color your performance in some way. So I don’t need to know anything.

You will have been with Y&R 22 years next month.  Don’t you at all feel for all the time, effort, stories, and loyalty you have given to the show, not to mention your huge fan base, that you should, or would like to be able to ask for something you would like to do as an actor on the show?

JOSHUA:  I never feel like they owe me anything. That I have been able to do this job for so long … it turned my life into something I never dreamed of as a kid.  I’m always incredibly appreciative of that. What they have to do upstairs I think is the hardest part, and that is … every day they have to find 100 pages of interesting stuff for us to say.  If I am in anyway getting in the way of that then I would feel badly.  That’s not to say that people shouldn’t go talk to the writers or producers, it’s just that I don’t want to be that guy.  I don’t fault other people for doing it, it’s just me and how I feel about it.  I have been very blessed to play a character I find interesting for 22 years.  I trust them implicitly to give me interesting stuff to do.

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Let’s talk Nick and Sharon.  Do you see these two all-time star-crossed lovers getting back together again?  Perhaps say, three years from now? 

JOSHUA:  I don’t know the timeframe, but it certainly will happen again at some point. It’s a story that always works, and the show can always go back to it.  I would, of course, always look forward to working with Sharon Case again, but with that being said, you need breaks.  It’s kind of up to the writing on how long those breaks are going to be to keep it interesting.  It’s a beautiful reunion if there are things that happen, and it causes them to come back together, because of circumstances and not because of, “What haven’t we done in awhile? Let’s just throw them back together again.”  There needs to be a soul to it and a reason they are doing it.  When it’s done and it’s done right, I think it always works.   I don’t want it to happen now, because there is no reason for it to – Sharon is with Dylan, and Nick is with Sage. There are the baby issues happening in their storylines! (Laughs)

This week, after they find Sandy’s dead body, now we have a murder scene.  Nick must be even more upset than he was before!

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JOSHUA:  Nick is pissed, because his concern now is his wife, and that his wife just killed Dr. Anderson, and now what the hell are we supposed to do?  Nick will probably take instant responsibility for it, because he allowed Sage to go into Fairview.  So now with Dr. Anderson dead, just when Nick thought he found resolution, there is another wrinkle.

Having crazy Patty into the mix at Fairview, obviously was concerning for Nick.

JOSHUA:  We are sitting in Sage’s room, and Patty comes and you don’t know what is happening with Patty!  Is she going to throw some hydrofluoric acid on somebody’s face? She is just certifiable.  Nick is very concerned that this woman is anywhere near his wife.  He is now just warning Sage about Patty’s capabilities, because she is not playing with a full deck. When Nick initially found out Patty was there, that was another reason he didn’t want to Sage to be there.

After Sandy’s murder, originally Nick thinks Sage did it, not Patty?

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JOSHUA:  So when Sandy is murdered, Nick thinks it’s Sage, because Sandy was out for revenge and that there was this confrontation happened between her and Sage, and so he thinks Sage killed her, and then the s**t hits the fan!  I like the way they are kind of buttoning it up.  I’m glad, again, that in this revisionist history of this back-story that it all goes back to the video where Sharon was pissed at Nick at the time, because they were fighting over custody of Faith. Sharon was holding on to this secret and gave the information to Austin for a kind of revenge, and to mess with Nick’s chances of gaining sole custody of his daughter.  After she realized that she spilled the beans to Austin, Sharon quickly realized she shouldn’t have done that.  So there you see what sprung out of that!

In the end this is all Sharon’s fault, as usual (Laughs)?

JOSHUA: There you go!  It is all Sharon’s fault, as usual.

So, what did you think the reveal of the true identity of Dr. Anderson and her subsequent murder?  Are you pissed or glad that Patty is the killer? Have you enjoyed up till this point that Nick was hot on Sandy’s trail and knew that something was off about the sneaky psychiatrist?  Do you think the story of the baby switch and who murdered Dr. Anderson AKA Sandy Allen will not be resolved for months? Do you hope that Nick and Sharon get back together down the line? What have you thought of the performances of Joshua, Elizabeth Bogushm and Kelly Sullivan in this storyline?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. su0000 says:

    It was a good story..
    I have been ready to move on to part 2, for awhile.
    Looking forward to seeing Sharon go bonkers when she hands the baby over to Sage.

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    k/kay replied

    I am sure you are please seek professional help stop the Sharon hate you are really sick

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    Nancy replied

    I love Sharon! So many are jealous of her . sharon deserves happiness she suffered so much loss in life

    Daniele Johnson replied

    I want Sharon and Dylan to be happy :) I don’t care for Chelsea at all and Adam should never of been with Chelsea. Nick should not be with Sage

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    CC replied

    Sharon and Adam need to meet up and Netflix and chill yummmmmm

    Alice replied

    Love Sharon and want her to be happy . I think she is the best character. I enjoy her with Adam . Nick or Dylan. Sharon needs happiness . Love her and Adam never should be with Chelsea and Nick should never of left Sharon for that Sage person. It made no sense that Adam didnt want his Sharon back. We remember 5 years of the love they had . Adam loved Sharon so very much and its like new Adam comes and what they forgot the history of Shadam

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    Alice replied

    Sharon belongs with Nick or Adam but I really loved Adam with Sharon best. New orleans romance yummy and sexy . Shadam was the hottest couple

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    Diane replied

    Team Sharon to be happy and hope we get Sharon and Adam 2.0 and they can raise the baby. Nick can get punished for leaving Sharon. Sharon we know did not change Summers paternity because Jack with all his money would of gotten his own test and not take the word of someone especially if they claim they were off their medication when they remember they they think they changed the results. Summer is Jacks and Sharon and Adam need a chance again like they always fought to be together. fans of the show remember the love Adam had for Sharon. I dont understand why all of a sudden are we to believe Adam forgot how much he would not live without Sharon. They went to jail to protect each other . Thats love

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    Diane replied

    Sharons fault? No no Sharon did not change the test . Adam did . Leave Sharon alone enough of blaming Sharon

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    Bette replied

    Sharon and Nick are supposed to be the next Nikki and Victor. We all know this. I did enjoy Sharon and Adam days and really see a connection with Adam and Sharon still. Fire lots of fire. Nick would and should be upset like he always was because he wants Sharon on a shelf but Adam we remember loved Sharon much more then Chelsea. it feels like Chelsea came out of nowhere. Chelsea was a rebound for Adam. STOP THE MADNESS! Sharon and Adam and Nick should have a love triangle again. As for Dylan I dont know he is like a friend with Sharon . No sparks. he should of been a brother of Sharons not a husband

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    CC replied

    STOP! JUST STOP! UGH Blah! Sage , the Dr, The baby switcheroo story. Really can I be real right now. How I feel whether Sage gets her baby back or not , Just rolling my eyes . So ready for a real juicy story not baby drama. Sorry not so sorry . Not feeling anything for the story whatsoever. I want Adam the daddy and Chelsea and Adam broken up. Enough . Get moving on sexy stories as for Billy and Noah come on forget that mess. Lets move on. Noah made a innocent mistake . Next

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  2. Lucky says:

    Great interview. I agree with him about Kelly Sullivan. She’s done a great job recently, and I’ve come to love Sage. I’m glad this part of the story is over and looking forward to the baby drama to come, it should give great material for them all to play.

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    Harry 1 replied

    Me too, Lucky. And please know I was posting away in here a few months ago about how insipid I thought Sage was.
    Kelly Sullivan has found her footing with this role and I now find myself rooting for her. Kelly is that good. Hell, she won me over and I am an expensive date.
    My main bone of contention is that they had Dr Anderson killed off before Nicholas and Sharon could confront her.
    This afforded us viewers a most anti climatic experience to say the least.

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    Timmm replied

    Bingo Harry! Kelly was SO good on GH as Connie/Kate. I was waiting for her to bloom as Sage. She did it!

    Yeah, it ended abruptly and I was waiting for the pay-off from Dr. Anderson and Nick’s absence in her life BUT, we move on!

    Nancy replied

    I rather Sage and Adam be a couple if we cant have Sharon back with her love Adam. Nick forget about him and Chelsea I cant take anymore

    Annoe replied

    The writers have done that so regularly now that I am wondering if we will ever get those climactic scenes that we wait for. Sharon needes to confront her as well, not just Nick and Sage. In a way Sharon’s pain will be worse, it will just be joy for Sage, with pain over the time she lost, but much easier than what Sharon will endure. We had the same let down with the Marco story waiting for Jack to reappear in a dramatic way, and were robbed then as well. They like to reveal the story in spurts, so we get small pieces of satisfaction, and I get that, but come on we deserve that huge moment now and then.

    Diane replied

    Sharon and Adam can get back together because I never liked Chelsea with Adam.

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  3. Mo says:

    I didn’t see the set move. I thought he did a great job in those scenes.

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    Timmm replied

    Me neither, I was focused on Josh.

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  4. Iakovos says:

    Y&R has been a mixed bag in the last 15 years but I am glad we can count on Joshua Morrow. Always liked the Nick Newman character. Now fix Sharon (God. has that character been assassinated!) and get them back together for some solid romance and stability. They are getting too old for all this trading spouses.

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  5. robert says:

    great inteview.

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  6. Dylan says:

    Joshua Morrow always sounds so cool and chill and funny. A guy you could just hang with. I like that he loves his job, and doesn’t seem to complain. This story just….for me….didn’t work on MANY levels. Not saying it hasn’t made for some good drama, terrific acting, and a return visit by Crazy Patty, whom I love, but lets start with the reasons it doesn’t work.

    1) Seriously, can we lay off the baby switches? Across the board!! Sharon has been the victim of having three of her child deliveries screwed, botched, and switched. It’s cruel and unusual punishment for a woman, like emotional rape, and even physical rape, when Adam snatched her baby and gave it to Ashley. At least if you are going to do them, do them with new fresh characters. Sharon is the mother of a woman in her 30′s!! Why is she even thinking of having children??

    2) Revisionist history – soaps revise history all the time. But, it is usually done when the characters were off the canvas, or before they came to town. Sharon and Nick have 22 years of history. History that we, the viewers, watched! They didn’t need to make up a villain from the past to torment them. This chick could have been Matt Clark’s sister, or Cameron Kirstein’s disgruntled ex wife…someone we know from history, with a grudge and a motive. Sharon and Nick have REAL history, that we witnessed, that could have been dredged up.

    3) Heavy handed writing – Soaps are guilty of this all the time. It is just such a bad, painful to watch style of writing. We, the viewers, are clued in to what’s going on, whereas the characters are not. We, the viewers, are NOT stupid. We do not need EVERY SINGLE SCENE to be hammering home the point that the kids were switched. Endless scenes of Sharon cooing over her baby while Sage watches. Endless scenes of Dylan the proud grateful father. Lighten up! WE GET IT! We can follow a story.

    4) Variation on point #1. Dylan is a man very close to 50 years old. This is the second time in two years he will have a child snatched away from him. You’d think at his age, he might not be looking to have children, or on the other hand, might be desperate to. I am quite certain in the future, a long lost child or two of Dylan’s will pop up. No show has viable middle aged characters that have no kids. That’s not multi generational storytelling. Very disconcerting to see people at this age, and this stage of life acting like 20 something’s just starting out in life. For the record, it looks even sillier to have Nancy Lee Grahn and William DeVry on GH playing baby stories when they have a 40 year old daughter on the show. Just sayin’. Again, why keep perpetrating baby switches on the same dupes?

    5) It was stated in this interview even! No one even knew that this was a Nick story, and then a few quick scenes that actually involve him, and then Sandy is dead. I think writers try to throw too many red herrings into something, even when it is painfully obvious to the audience what is going on. sometimes, it is better to let the viewer in, rather than try to make it some big mystery that is figured out months and months before the reveal. Again, viewers are not stupid.

    6) Pesky details. So, did Sandy have plastic surgery? Why did Nick not recognize her? What crime did Nick commit? He threw a teenage party. Sandy is the one who got drunk and jumped. If she was in a coma and paralyzed, how did she become such an agile psychiatrist, with the apparent ability to run around town at warp speed and bound over tall buildings? As Victor was paying for the extensive medical treatments, surely he would have kept tabs on this woman….who she was, who she became, etc. This is for soaps across the board…..new parents, family members, nurses, doctors, a homeless vagrant traipsing past the baby windows even…can tell whether the baby looks like mom or dad. Well, in this case, the baby would look nothing like Sharon or Dylan. Everyone would be like “Well, it’s weird! He seems to have Adam’s square chin, and Sage’s expressive eyes! I wonder why!?!” I GET it, paternity lies are a soap staple. But that’s why staple removers were invented. To remove staples. When there are no other stories to tell than Who’s the Father, it is SO repetitious, boring, and ludicrous, especially since now there is rarely a pregnancy that DOESN’T include that as a factor. Probably EVERY female on soaps who has ever been pregnant could be on an episode of Jerry Springer or Maury, and that’s not a compliment.

    7) I LOVE Stacy Haiduk and Crazy Patty. I wlll take her any time, in any storyline. But the writers sort of seem to think that way as well, and sometimes it doesn’t work. They did the same thing with Sheila…bringing her back ad nauseum. But Patty is always called in when someone needs to be murdered, or hurt, or harmed, or if crazy is called for. How many people are they going to have her kill? It’s like Heather Webber on GH. Before they were turned into psycho cartoon villainesses, they were viable characters with long term story potential, from core families. I know this is a soap, where anything can happen, but it is a little late to “redeem” Patty at this point. Stacy Haiduk has a child like fragility that breaks your heart, and makes you love Patty, not hate her. She could be a fascinating character if she got some real help for her illness. In fact, Patty should be the one in the Sharon role…the sometimes balanced, sometimes unbalanced whack job, but one that s capable of being involved in love stories, or family stories, etc! Sharon was always relatively stable until they sent her reeling off her rocker and just keep making it worse. There could be even some bigger horrific secret that caused Patty to fracture emotionally that could somewhat restore her character. Perhaps extreme childhood abuse, which is most always the case. Maybe it was Patty and Paul’s uncle, as in uptight Mary Williams’ brother. Maybe he was a leering pedophile, and maybe Mary found out, but kept quiet all those years to protect the family, and that’s why Patty left and never came back. There are ways to keep Patty viable, but the writers have to see her as more than a prop to advance craziness.

    8) More on the writing. It’s like this story was being assembled like Lego blocks. Very formulaic, very methodical, very step by step. Good writers can do that, if their audience isn’t smart. Personally, I can see where a story is going months or years down the road on soaps, and this one was just thrown together too hastily to get the characters in place for the agenda of the story. We barely knew Sage, and in a few months, her and Nick were married, totally in love, and having a baby. Sharon and Dylan basically just got together, and they were expecting. right there, when you have two pregnant women in such close storyline proximity, you KNOW that some sort of baby switch is going to occur. Even Joshua Morrow commented that he knew how it would have to play out…that is…Sage and Nick getting the baby back, being blissfully happy for a while, until such time when the reveal that Adam is the father, at which point that will split Nick and Sage up. The element of surprise is important to soaps, and this paint by soap numbers approach has hampered the story from the start.

    9) Refusal to believe in a solid couple. Let’s face it. Nick and Sharon are endgame. It was especially disappointing after their last break up, because the show had a perfect set up for telling a TRUE love story. Repeatedly, Nick told Sharon there was NOTHING SHE COULD EVER DO that he would not forgive, because he loved her that much. And then, the second he found out about a mistake she made, while under extreme mental duress and being off her meds, he dumped her. He broke every promise he ever made to her, and he broke her heart. He made Nick look like a complete douchebag. If it weren’t for Joshua Morrow’s likability factor, I would have HATED the character of Nick. Especially because he too tampered with Summer’s paternity indirectly for many many years. Everyone forgave him in about 6 minutes. I disagree when Morrow says that there is NO reason for Nick and Sharon to be together because they are with others. Uh…Nick and Sage, and Dylan and Sharon are founded on a pile of eggshells…weak foundations, and rushed writing. When you have shared children, marriage, and a life for 20 years or more, these fly by night, Johnny come lately romances they throw Nick and Sharon into come off as especially pointless and like a time filler. Nick and Sharon should ALWAYS be together. They were one of the few SOLID couples on daytime for many many years, and they were never boring. It was so nice and refreshing to see a young couple who faced life together, and did not break up when things got tough. They always had front burner stories, it was like them against the world, and it was awesome. The merry go round of suitors in both their beds since…Adam, Jack, Billy, Sam the cowboy, Dylan, Victor (ewwwww) for her, and Phyllis, Diane (ewwwww), Sage, and whoever else for him is not entertaining drama.

    Just a few reasons why this story did not/does not work for me.

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    k/kay replied

    Stop

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    Robin replied

    I totally relate to reason #9. I believe that Nick & Sharon belong together and show that a couple can last through anything. I agree that the last breakup was forced. Nick made the promise that he could forgive anything and broke that promise in seconds. He then forgave Sage for lying about him being the only possible baby daddy. Now how ridiculous when he barely knrw her but he couldn’t forgive Shaton. I am hoping the baby parentage is revealed soon which would give the writers a reason for Much & Sharon to lean on each other. The Nick-Sage and Sharon-Dylan combinations came across as forced and hard to believe there would be love that quick.

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    Harry 1 replied

    Brilliant post, Dylan—on point 4 and on the subject of folks in their mid forties to mid fifties dealing with baby story lines, I would like to add this—Nina wanting to have a baby but Franco tells her they cannot because he doesn’t want to spread his DNA to a new generation.
    Uhhhhh….It was said that fifty year old Nina went into menopause when she was in a coma and would never bear children. The reason Franco and Nina cannot have their own child together is because she is post menopausal. To pretend otherwise just makes this couple look more foolish than they already do.

    Bart replied

    Just say it – it was plagiarized, plot-driven & very tepid writing!

    The whole thing has been done before, on both daytime & night-time dramas – Pratt the Hack borrowed what he felt he needed to tell this silly & inane “story” and wrote himself into so many walls, he had to go off on other tangents until he hit another wall, and so on and so on….!

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    Timmm replied

    This is all silly. First, people from the general public would not be able to roam Fairview. Secondly, Sandy should have always had her office locked. Its lazy writing to just let Nick and Sage roam in and out of there. Thirdly, Patty is nuts, she would NEVER be allowed to float around in a normal facility! All this and more is ridiculous BUT Dylan, you will get your wish, Sharon and Nick will be together in 2017. It has to play out. Like you said, first Sharon and Dylan will be heart broke, Sage and Nick will rejoice BUT then Adam steps in and him and Sage bond, that leaves Nick alone and we can assume Sharon will be at Fairview recovering AGAIN and Nick will ride in on his white horse! Silly BUT true!

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    Alan replied

    I totally agree with your point on revisionist history (it is my biggest pet peeve in storytelling) but have to disagree on your final point. I think the whole “there’s nothing you could ever do to make me quit loving you” thing was completely off the table — and rightfully so — when Sharon messed with Summer’s paternity. Nick has always been portrayed as a loving and dedicated father and Sharon’s actions robbed him of a second daughter for a year. Pretty heinous (and I am sick of Sharon trotting out her patented “don’t blame me — I gots the bi-polars” excuse for everything like it’s a lifetime get out of jail free card). Personally, the second Sharon slept with Adam (after he stole Nick and Sharon’s daughter fresh from the womb!) and then Victor would have permanently put the brakes on any reconciliation for me. Forgiving infidelity is a soap staple but when your ex-wife sleeps with your father, your ex-step-father, your half brother, and your ex-brother-law it really makes you look a little slow to even think about anything more than throwing a Christmas card and the occasional “howdy” their way…

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    Bette replied

    History is Sharon , Nick and Adam . Sharon and Nick are supposed to be the next Nikki and Victor. We all know this. I did enjoy Sharon and Adam days and really see a connection with Adam and Sharon still. Fire lots of fire. Nick would and should be upset like he always was because he wants Sharon on a shelf but Adam we remember loved Sharon much more then Chelsea. it feels like Chelsea came out of nowhere. Chelsea was a rebound for Adam. STOP THE MADNESS! Sharon and Adam and Nick should have a love triangle again. As for Dylan I dont know he is like a friend with Sharon . No sparks. he should of been a brother of Sharons not a husband

    kalamaty replied

    VERY well stated; on ALL fronts. Especially loved your praise of Stacy Haiduk as Patty! She is absolutely RIVETING in every scene she is in; particularly this past week.

    Haiduk most certainly should be up for Emmy consideration for her work on Y&R! It is severely overdue!

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    CC replied

    Hells Bells writing a novel. Just make sure Sharon is finally happy! I loved Sharon and Adam and Sharon with Nick. Watching myself over 25 years. :)

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  7. Ramona says:

    All sound wonderful, but, I can’t believe “Christina” is Adam because Nick and Sage mace live at least 3 or 4 time’s before the one nightstand…Sage could had already been pregnant before that one time with Adam……the early delivery which Adam give was the same as Summer…..we’re Jack delivery Summer and after she became as a adult…..another DNA as she’s Nick…….So on that information I continuing believe Christina is Nick& Sage……

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    Dylan replied

    Well, soaps are soaps. Kind of like how Sabrina on GH didn’t know she was pregnant for SIX months…..um….where did her periods go? And the supposed baby Daddy Carlos, was murdered six months before she found out she was pregnant. Never mind the fact that she NEVER slept with him before he was murdered. Her and Michael had sex once! Thats how she got pregnant. Kind of like how Sharon never had any signs of pregnancy, but then got locked in an institution for a couple months by a psycho, and came out having a fully formed kid. Kind of like how Nick and Sage hardly even KNEW each other before she got knocked up…and Adam is OBVIOUSLY the father.

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    Mo replied

    Who is Christina? Do you mean Christian? Big difference. And one night stand is three words. So confused by what you wrote.

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  8. Ramona says:

    Correct: Nick and Sage made love at least 3 or 4 times before that one night stand with Adam……..the way this world is…..children need to be under positive involvement…. with unconditional support and love….. Leave Sage&Nick alone, Chelsea & Adam alone, Dylan & Sharon alone……

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  9. Kevin says:

    Joshua is a pretty boy. but his acting has improved. Please keep Kelly Sullivan, Sage I love very much. She is a wonderful actress.

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    Nellie replied

    Agree with Joshua being the pretty boy which becomes distracting. I would like to see a more challenging story line rather than the usual love hate.

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  10. Lisa says:

    Stacy Haiduk is the best actress on Y&R. I know the clever writers can find a way to redeem her character. Patty Williams is part of a core family… a family with plenty of story possibilities that should include Patty.

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  11. Mellisa M says:

    Y&R is such a mess these days. Characters change on a dime and the inconsistent storytelling shows poor writing and direction from the production team. Frankly, it’s insulting to the long time viewers to retcon the show’s history to suit their needs.

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    Bart replied

    Agreed – this show is in need of new blood – hopefully people with more creativity and talent then the current idiots in charge!!

    This is not “Y & R” – not by a long shot!!

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    Timmm replied

    So they ask us to take a ride with Michael and feel for him and then BOOM, what cancer? BULLSHIT!

    Timmm replied

    Speaking of messes, did they totally abandon Michael’s cancer story?

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    Bart replied

    Pratt sure did!

    Abruzzfan replied

    I was wondering the same thing?? The story fell off the face of the earth.

    Shellie replied

    Not only did Michael’s cancer just go away…the reunion with Lauren was mediocre at best. I was looking forward to a romantic reunion. They deserved more air time.

  12. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    It’s nice that he realizes his character of Nick is pretty much a dufus on a good day. I don’t like that they portray Nick as a friend instead of a father to his children. However, his work with Kelly as Sage has been better lately. I can actually see them as a couple … for the time being because they are working together.

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    Nanci replied

    I still dont see Nick and Sage as a couple in love. Same with Sharon
    and Dylan. They just all seem thrown together for convenience, and
    seem better as friends.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    I agree, Nanci. I am only tolerating the pairing of Nick and Sage better these days. I still and always will believe that Nick belongs with Sharon. They gave their fans a big F-U when they had them engaged and had their bachelor/bachelorette party only to tear them apart, limb from limb, from each other.

    Shellie replied

    Nick and Sage as a couple is fine by me. Dylan and Sharon are an entirely different story. That don’t work for me.

    Nanci replied

    I feel that way also. Nick and Sage work better together than before at least,
    but are still not couple material like he and Sharon are. The chemistry between
    them when they worked together like Scooby Doo for a bit about Sandy, was
    so apparent, especially in comparison to him with Sage. And I swear, when
    Dylan walks in the house and he and Sharon embrace, it always seems like
    they are brother and sister…or old friends. I just cant get into any of them together!

    There was a time when I was glad Nick and Sharon split up…he had been a doofus
    and nasty. She had pulled some stunts, etc, and they just seemed meant to part
    company. The writers really did a number. But now I just wish they would somehow
    make their way back to each other.

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  13. Michelle says:

    I think this story line triangle with Nick, Sage, Dr Anderson, Sharon, Dylan and the baby was well played out. Such great acting on all their parts.! The mystery of Dr Anderson did need to end however, or it just would had been too much to keep it going and lose the viewers interest. The s–it is really going to hit the ceiling when baby Christian when all involved finds out what Dr Anderson did and why. So much drama ! But the drama makes YR #1!

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  14. Nellie says:

    I don’t think Y&R will continue to be #1 with the legacy baby switch story line. They need to park some of the older characters.

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  15. Robin says:

    Great article! Love hearing Joshua’s perspective on the storylines and characters.

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  16. Kar says:

    I need Nick and Sharon, Sage is not working no matter how much they force her

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  17. Bart says:

    Nice interview but still one (I said one) of the stupidest so-called ‘story lines’ ever seen on “Y & R”!

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again:

    Taking beloved & established characters, stripping them of their well-known personality traits and shoehorning them into a ready-made, ‘fill-in-the-blank’ plot-driven story line IS NOT WRITING!!

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  18. Timmm says:

    MF, this has got to be one of your favorite actors to interview? Josh is always open and full of humor! I can only imagine how fun it would be to hang for a day with him and Steve and now you can add Jason Thompson to that bunch! Good guys.

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  19. Alan says:

    The show needs to put the baby switch on the back burner and let it simmer for 2 or 3 years before revealing the switch and exposing Adam as the father a year or so after that. Secrets are what used to keep viewers coming back day after day but now it seems like everything has to play out in 6 months which is boring.

    Imagine the drama of having Sharon and Dylan throwing a birthday party for their three year old son when Nick and Sage arrive to take their son back. A reveal like that would allow so much emotional turmoil to play out: Sharon’s loss; Nick and Sage’s reactions to learning their son is alive after finally coming to terms with their loss; Sage’s anger at having lost so much time with her child; Ashley reliving her own loss of Faith under similar circumstances; Christian/Sully’s trauma of being torn from the only family he’s known; Adam’s joy at learning his son is alive and fighting the urge to come forward and claim him; Victor’s reaction to his grandson being alive and in Sharon’s care all this time; Nikki’s joy for Nick being tempered with her sympathy for Dylan; Dylan’s reaction to losing yet another child (and once again to a Newman); Paul’s loss of his grandson; Faith’s confusion over her brother being her brother but not the brother she thought; Summer’s reaction that Sharon “stole” another child from Nick; and Chelsea’s curiosity at Adam’s devotion to his nephew. Despite the contrived set-up to this story, it could pay off big time if the writers would play all the emotional beats and allow the ripples to generate future story. Oh who am I kidding? This switch will be played out and forgotten by Easter. Sigh…

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  20. jaybird369 says:

    OK, you know what…I wish that those so-called writers at Y&R would SPEED IT UP ALREADY and let Nick and Sage get their baby back aka baby Christian!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

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  21. MEG says:

    ADAM N CHELSEA ,NICK N SAGE ,DYLAN N SAGE BELONG TOGETHER.

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    MEG replied

    I MEAN DYLAN N SHARON ,

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    shari replied

    keep Adam & Chelsea together, they are great together, so much chemistry! Those 2 look like they belong together. Sparks fly with these two I’m just tired of seeing Nick & Victoria being so mean to Adam. Bring Sage back, Make the accident be a nightmare! We have been waiting for so long for her and Nick to get their baby back. Noah and Merissa boring! No chemistry at all! I love Ashley and this new doctor, the two of them are so cute together. I would love to see more of Michael and Lauren too. That was really gross having Billy kiss Phyllis, Ugh!!

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