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Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:06:45 PM
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A typical soap opera airs over 250 original episodes per year. When it comes to Emmy night, determining the best of the best comes down to a single episode. These are the episodes submitted by this year's Outstanding Writing and Directing Team contenders.

These are the clips submitted by the Writing and Directing nominees this year for Emmy consideration. We've provided synopses for each clip and provided links to our comprehensive recaps of those episodes so that you can get a better feel for what action took place. To get all the additional details, just click on the appropriate links.

Outstanding Writing Team

The Bold and the Beautiful The Bold and the Beautiful
Episode #6455 and #6456
Air Date: November 21, 2012 and November 26, 2012
Running Time: 37:19
 
Episode Synopsis: Katie learned that her heart transplant was not being rejected, and that her condition was psychological; she was suferin from post-partum depression. Katie begged Taylor to help her. Stephanie's loved ones made a videotaped farewell to her. Brooke cared for Stephanie in her final hours. As the two reminisced on their storied past, Stephanie lost her battle with cancer and passed away.

Logo General Hospital
Episode #12642
Air Date: September 12, 2012
Running Time: 36:40
 
Episode Synopsis: The residents of Port Charles started to realize that they would more than likely not survive after a pathogen had been released into the town's water supply. Just when all hope seemed to be lost, John McBain rescued an antiserum that had been rigged with an explosive device, and the townspeople were saved.

Logo One Life to Live
Episode #11095
Air Date: January 12, 2012
Running Time: 35:48
 
Episode Synopsis: The residents of Llanview gathered together to watch the final episode of Fraternity Row, a soap opera going off the air after 43 years. During the broadcast, some residents made life-changing decisions of their own.

The Young and the Restless The Young and the Restless
Episode #9999
Air Date: September 26, 2012
Running Time: 37:00
 
Episode Synopsis: Genoa City gathered to remember the life of Victor Newman, but the memorial service didn't quite live up to expectations because Victor's widow, Sharon, had plans to quickly remarry. The townspeople then chose to remember Victor in their own way.

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Outstanding Directing Team

Logo The Bold and the Beautiful
Episodes #6350 and #6351
Air Date: June 25, 2012 and June 26, 2012
Running Time: 36:50
 
Episode Synopsis: Liam and Hope and their families traveled to Puglia, Italy for the couple's wedding. Steffy Forrester was also there, and after a goodbye kiss with Liam, she found that her luck had taken a turn for the worse.
Because it airs for only 30-minutes, The Bold and the Beautiful is permitted to submit two episodes for this category.

Logo Days of our Lives
Episode #11895
Air Date: August 13, 2012
Running Time: 38:25
 
Episode Synopsis: A massive explosion rocked Salem, leaving lives in peril.

Logo General Hospital
Episode #12641
Air Date: September 11, 2012
Running Time: 36:35
 
Episode Synopsis: Jerry Jacks let loose a pathogen into the Port Charles water supply that threatened to kill everyone in town. Jerry held Alexis hostage, while John and Dante tried to defuse a bomb wired to the antidote. Edward Quartermaine declined the last dose of antidote so that Emma Drake could live.

The Young and the Restless The Young and the Restless
Episode #9938
Air Date: June 29, 2012
Running Time: 37:00
 
Episode Synopsis: Daniel was arrested for Daisy's disappearance. Ricky railed against Paul for not having been there for him when he was growing up. Later, Paul discovered Ricky holding a knife to Eden and opened fire on his son.

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