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After she wins him a full acquittal, David promises to help Liza should she ever need anything.  Greenlee stifles the pain she feels over Ryan having completely washed his hands of her for good after what she did to Kendall.  JR has his work cut out for him when he tries to do damage control with Annie after cruelly rejecting her earlier but ends up feeling confident she’ll keep her mouth shut about them having slept together.  JR, however, finds himself unable to look away as he accidentally comes across a naked Annie.  Brooke summons all her strength to walk away from Adam.  Erica’s relief is tinged with disappointment when Ryan tells her Kendall decided not to return to Pine Valley.  Erica reaches out to Jack when he admits he doesn’t even know who Greenlee is anymore.  Jack and Erica are interrupted by a call from a distraught Opal who tells Erica that Palmer has passed away. News of Palmer’s sudden passing spreads quickly through Pine Valley.  Palmer’s loved ones, including Daisy and Nina, gather at Tad’s to mourn their loss together.  Daisy admits to Opal that she was already in town planning on meeting Palmer when she learned of his death.  Opal surprises Daisy when she reveals she’s always known about Daisy and Palmer’s annual rendezvous every September but holds no grudge against her.  Daisy lets Opal know that Palmer was planning on ending their yearly trysts because Opal was the woman he wanted to be with.  Opal and Daisy share a warm embrace, both missing the man they loved.  Adam’s hesitant to put in an appearance at Tad’s given his history with Palmer but he’s welcomed with open arms when he arrives with Brooke.  Everyone reflects on a special moment they shared with Palmer as they light candles in his memory at the stroke of midnight.  Brooke admits to Adam that she loves him.

Although she loves Adam and wants to be with him, Brooke refuses to break up his marriage.  Adam reluctantly accepts Brooke’s decision and is heartbroken as he watches her walk away, knowing she is the woman he should be with.  Stuart’s spirit pays a visit to a forlorn Adam.  Brooke admits to JR that not only is she leaving the mansion, she’s also leaving Pine Valley.  Brooke asks Erica to look after Adam once she leaves.  Erica shows Brooke a rare display of friendship when Brooke becomes teary thinking about Adam.  Brooke accepts Erica’s offer to use her chartered jet.  JR infuriates Annie when he reveals he only slept with her to set her up for a fall.  JR and Annie’s anger turns to lust and they’re soon on top of each other, which Adam arrives to witness.  Angie pulls the rug out from under David by revealing his medical license has been permanently revoked and he can no longer practice medicine.  David has surprising plans for the future.  Amanda continues to receive email from her obsessed fan who later steals her wedding ring. JR tells Adam what he’s been up to with Annie.  Adam angrily states he believes there’s a part of JR that really does want Annie.  Annie’s attempt to do damage control with Adam falls on deaf ears.  Annie’s crushed when Adam realizes he probably never loved her.  Adam races off to the airport after reading Brooke’s letter but learns her plane already took off.  Annie threatens JR with a fireplace poker after trashing the parlor at the mansion.  Damon faces the judge in court.  Tad promises Damon his life is going to start taking a turn for the better.  Brot continues to spar with Natalia.  Natalia’s surprised that she’ll be posing nude, although discreetly so, when she arrives for her photo shoot in the park.  Brot walks away when he sees Natalia huddled with Ciro.

Adam demands that Erica order her pilot to turn Brooke’s plane around.  Brooke’s surprised to find herself back in Pine Valley with Adam waiting for her at the airport.  Adam tells Brooke his marriage is over and convinces her they deserve to be together, saying he’ll never stop loving her.  Brooke and Adam head off together for parts unknown.  JR’s angry with himself for still having feelings for Annie.  JR wants Annie out of the mansion immediately but Marissa intervenes on her behalf, still unaware that Annie and JR slept together.  Annie threatens to tell Marissa everything unless JR lets her keep living at the mansion.  David and Greenlee see themselves as becoming a force to be reckoned with and make love for the first time.

General Hospital

The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their work as an ensemble.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly any words.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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