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Soap Opera Digest December 23, 2019

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United States
A360 Media, LLC
52 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
michelle argyris on gh exit

Kendra took her final breath on December 3, marking the end of Michelle Argyris’s run as Kiefer’s vengeful sister. “Going in [to the audition], all I knew was that she was a holistic gym trainer that was up to something,” Argyris says. After she was cast, “Frank [Valentini, executive producer] was like, ‘You know who you are, right?’ And I was like, ‘No! Do you care to tell me? I would love to know!’ And that’s when they told me about Kiefer being my brother, so obviously I had to do some research to find out what the heck that was about. My character just kept getting more and more evil, and I was like, ‘Okay! Here we go!’” Kendra’s attempts on Alexis’s life didn’t curry her much favor with fans. She…

2 min.
zach tinker back to y&r

Zach Tinker, who last appeared on Y&R in February, was surprised when the show asked him to reprise the role of Fenmore for the holidays. “I knew I was still on the radar,” says the actor. “I read on Twitter from fans, ‘Fen’s doing drugs,’ and I said, ‘Wow, this is when I would want to come back.’ I love playing complex characters who are going through tough times. I was really touched that Y&R gave me some great material to work with and I’m super-grateful to [Head Writer] Josh Griffith and the other writers.” Tinker admits he was nervous on his first day back because “you haven’t seen everybody in so long and that train is still moving without you, but five minutes in, I’m like, ‘Okay, this is where…

2 min.
days: rafe is suspicious of hope

“Hope” dodges a bullet when the DiMera tech expert examines the security footage from the night Jennifer fell, and reveals Dr. Rolf is the person who pushed her off the balcony. When Rafe asks “Hope” if she wants to pursue it — namely, find and apprehend Rolf — she declines, opting to stay at the station. “That’s massively strange to Rafe,” explains his portrayer, Galen Gering. “But everything is weird — Hope, the way she’s been acting…. It seems like he’s going down this rabbit hole that’s just different than ever before.” Once Rafe leaves, “Hope” flees to “Stefano” and thanks him for saving her. He assures “Hope” that Rolf is being spirited away, just as Rafe shows up at the Salem Inn and discovers the mad doctor is gone. “It’s totally…

2 min.
ava auctions off helena’s portrait on gh

As the hunt for the codicil to Mikkos’s will heats up, Ava summons various interested parties to her gallery, where she auctions off the portrait of Helena that is key to the future of the Cassadine estate. Thanks to his trusty new attorney, Martin, Valentin knows that the codicil is hidden inside the painting. When he gets Ava’s invitation, “He is planning on putting some money down,” says James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). “He is planning on outbidding everybody — for something he once had in his possession! He’s got deep pockets, and I think he is kind of amused by the process. He is planning on being the only person in town who wants it that badly, that’s for sure.” When Valentin shows up for the auction, he learns that he has…

2 min.
y&r: elena finds out what devon is hiding

Devon looks over the Amanda dossier that Victor’s investigator put together, which reveals that the lawyer is trying to wipe out her existence on the Internet, and she once filed a restraining order against someone. When Elena comes downstairs, Devon quickly stashes the file in a drawer. The couple embraces, trying to overcome the recent tension between them. “Devon doesn’t understand why Elena called a truce with Amanda,” notes Brytni Sarpy (Elena). “Elena realized that attacking Amanda wasn’t accomplishing anything, so Elena finally got to this place of, ‘You know what? There’s no reason for me to hate this woman at this point.’ So Elena decided she needed to be who she is and made peace with Amanda, and Devon doesn’t get it.” However, Devon and Elena agree that they want…

2 min.
b&b: hope partners with thomas

Despite her hesitation, Hope agrees to work with Thomas on the Hope For The Future line for the upcoming competition with Steffy. “For Hope, it’s pretty much, ‘You do the this fashion showdown or your line is dead,’” explains Annika Noelle (Hope). “She’s really between a rock and a hard place. At this point, she has exhausted all of her options. She has asked friends for help. Thorne is not available. She has asked Eric and Ridge. She even asks Sally, unaware she’s working with Steffy, but no one was open to help. Hope is faced with either losing her life’s work or work with someone she is not a fan of, to say the least.” Hope is going into the situation with her eyes wide open, however. “She’s incredibly leery…