Soap News: Jill Battles Heart Disease on Y&R, Spectra 2.0 Debut Their New Line on B&B and more!

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— The Young and the Restless is working with the American Heart Association on a new storyline about women’s heart diseases, which is the number one killer of women in the United States. Last week’s episodes featured Jill Foster Abbott Atkinson (played by Daytime Emmy winner Jess Walton) being hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.

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The storyline, penned by new head writer Sally Sussman, not only spread awareness of the disease but has featured stellar performances by Walton as well as Jason Thompson, who assumed the role of Jill’s son Billy a year ago. The dramatic scenes between mother and son were praised by longtime viewers as many previous writing regimes ignored the complicated mother/son dynamic between these characters.

Following the Feb. 15 episode (Canadian airdate), a PSA featuring Jess Walton ran, encouraging viewers to visit American Heart Association’s heart.org to learn how to manage risks and recognize the warning signs of a heart attack. (Watch it above.)

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— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/NBC): Jill (Jess Walton) must face reality about her health on Monday (Feb. 20; Canadian episode). Esther (Kate Linder) sends Colin (Tristan Rogers) packing. Ashley (Eileen Davidson) puts Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) on notice.

Cane (Daniel Goddard) takes charge on Tuesday (Feb. 21). Devon (Bryton James) fights temptation. Hilary (Mishael Morgan) questions Lily (Christel Khalil) about her past with Jordan (Darnell Kirkwood).

On Wednesday (Feb. 22), Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Sharon (Sharon Case) call a truce. Reed (Tristan Lake Leabu) is thrown into the spotlight. Colin begs for forgiveness.

Michael (Christian LeBlanc) catches Jack (Peter Bergman) and Gloria (Judith Chapman) in a compromising position on Thursday (Feb. 23). Lauren desperately wants to reach Scott (Daniel Hall). Sharon makes a confession.

— Y&R updated its opening credits last week, click here to find out more (we’ve added GIFs of all the cast shots from the opening).

 

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— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): A furious Nicole (Arianne Zucker) breaks up with Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) on Monday (Feb. 20). Abigail (Marci Miller) enlists Dario (Jordi Villasuso) to help locate Gabi (Camila Banus) and Chad (Billy Flynn) on Tuesday (Feb. 21).

On Wednesday (Feb. 22), Hattie (Deidre Hall) finally confronts Andre (Thaao Penghlis) while Marlena (also Deidre Hall) reunites with Eric (Greg Vaughan) at the farm. Chad tells Abigail the truth about what happened while he was kidnapped on Thursday (Feb. 23).

On Friday (Feb. 24), Valerie (Vanessa Williams) tries to keep Eli’s (Lamon Archey) identity a secret during a high-stress situation. Coming soon: Eric and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) share a moment.

 

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— This week on General Hospital (City/ABC): Jason (Billy Miller) advises Sonny (Maurice Benard) to come clean on Monday (Feb. 20). Carly (Laura Wright) plans a romantic getaway. Ned (Wally Kurth) makes a life altering decision. Sam (Kelly Monaco) worries Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) may be too forgiving. Julian (William deVry) makes a grave mistake. Ned looks to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) for advice on Tuesday (Feb. 21). Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael (Chad Duel) weather the storm. Tensions grow between Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine). Julian calls Jason out. OG Olivia (Tonja Walker) sets her sights on Sam.

On Wednesday (Feb. 22), Ava (Maura West) grows desperate. Tracy (Jane Elliot) has cause to celebrate. Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) gets an update from Felicia (Kristina Wagner). Julian learns the consequences of his actions. Nelle pushes Michael away. Hayden (Rebecca Budig) turns to Griffin (Matt Cohen) for answers on Thursday (Feb. 23). Nina (Michelle Stafford) takes matters into her own hands. Anna (Finola Hughes) is overwhelmed by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart). Jason visits Robin (Kimberly McCullough) at General Hospital. Julian has a clandestine meeting with Grey.

Laura (Genie Francis) becomes a pawn in Julian’s game on Friday (Feb. 24). Sam finds strength in her unborn child. Finn (Michael Easton) alienates Hayden. Jason and Curtis make a startling revelation. Nina regrets her actions. Coming soon: Are Julian’s days numbered?

 

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— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): On Monday (Feb. 20), Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) angrily confronts Quinn (Rena Sofer) about what she witnessed after Nicole (Reign Edwards) and Zende’s (Rome Flynn) wedding reception. Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) reveals an inner most thought about himself to Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), after asking her if she still wants to marry him. On Tuesday (Feb. 21), Ivy feels compelled to disclose an important piece of information to Brooke before she walks down the aisle with Ridge. Bill (Don Diamont) uses his position of power to make sure that Spectra Fashions’ first preview is a failure.

An already-bitter Thomas (Pierson Fodé) gets his feathers ruffled when Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) criticizes his latest designs on Wednesday (Feb. 22). Spectra Fashions debut their first collection in an intimate and informal setting. The Spectra crew eagerly await the review of their new collection on Thursday (Feb. 23). Bill meets with a shady business associate to ensure that he acquires his intended real estate investment.

On Friday (Feb. 24), Ridge and Quinn come to an agreement regarding the dangerous flirtation that has been going on between them. Shirley (Patrika Darbo) advises Sally (Courtney Hope) to take a page out of the original Spectra Fashion playbook regarding their future designs.

 

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