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AMC Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Annie warns JR that she isn’t going anywhere.  JR’s on the verge of confessing everything to Marissa in order to beat Annie to the punch but he’s stopped by Colby’s arrival.  Annie thinks she’s in the clear when she learns from Marissa that Adam left town with Brooke indefinitely.  Colby’s upset with JR for the trouble he’s caused but realizes he never set out to intentionally hurt their family.  David tells Greenlee that he loves her and covers his disappointment when she can’t say the same.  Liza finds David drinking alone in the park and quickly figures out what’s gotten him so upset.  David curses Ryan and later spies on him at the casino.  Amanda’s unnerved when she receives another message from her obsessed fan.  Ryan offers Madison some advice as she prepares for her first shift as a cocktail waitress at the casino.  Greenlee lays down that law to Madison, telling her she can’t work at the casino and still keep her job at Fusion.

Marissa’s speechless to learn Adam is divorcing Annie on grounds of infidelity when Liza arrives at the mansion to serve Annie with divorce papers.  Scott, however, jumps in to prevent Marissa from learning the truth by claiming Adam thought he was having an affair with Annie.  JR and Scott realize they’re going to be stuck with Annie for a while.  Amanda’s overjoyed when Jake gives her a new wedding ring to replace the one she lost but is later freaked out when the original is delivered to Fusion with a creepy note from Amanda Fan.  Colby and Damon continue to connect.  Liza’s not pleased when she witnesses Damon kissing Colby.  Jesse walks into the station to find Brot in a heated confrontation with a fellow cop who plastered Natalia’s nude pictures from her Fusion photo shoot all around the office.  Jesse’s furious with Natalia for posing “au natural” but Angie warns him he’d better ease up on his daughter.  Brot punches the cop who posted Natalia’s photos all over the station. Tad receives a text message presumably from Hillary asking to meet with him but when he arrives at her hotel room, he finds Paul Miller, Damon’s father, instead.  Tad tries to get through to Paul, who doesn’t take kindly to his advice.  After Tad takes him home to see Damon, Paul makes a disparaging remark when he finds Damon making out with Colby.  Annie warns JR that she’s not going anywhere and even implies she might try to go after securing the mansion for herself in the divorce.    Marissa starts to suspect she’s not getting the full story about Adam and Annie’s breakup.  JR worries that Marissa will end up being hurt by all the dysfunction in his family but she assures him their love is strong enough to get them through anything.  Annie spies on JR and Marissa making love.  Jake and Amanda tell Jesse about Amanda’s obsessed stalker and the three of them plan a sting operation to lure the person out at fan club meeting at Fusion.  Angie fears that David and Liza are up to something.  Jesse suspends Brot after he punches out a fellow officer.  Brot shuts down when Natalia tries to reach out to him.

Tad’s heartsick over Paul’s treatment of Damon.  Tad discovers that Colby and Damon have taken off when he goes back inside the house after finishing things with Paul.  Liza tears into Damon when she finds him and Colby together in the park and sees a couple of cans of beer Colby had taken from Tad’s that they didn’t even drink.  Damon overhears Liza telling Colby that Tad is his father.  Jack plays it cool when Erica insists they can’t pursue an intimate relationship.  David realizes that Madison lied to Greenlee about quitting her job at the casino and plans on using it to his advantage.  Ryan secretly comes to Madison’s rescue when he discovers she’s on the verge of being evicted for not paying her rent.  Amanda’s stalker is keeping a close eye on her. Amanda believes her stalker no longer poses a threat but Jake insists on having Natalia guard her.  Natalia is later seen unconscious in the closet as the stalker approaches Amanda.  Tad tells JR the truth about Damon.  JR admits he’s keeping a secret from Marissa that’s related to why Adam really left Annie.  Tad cautions JR that secrets have a way of coming out.  Damon angrily confronts Liza, who insists she’s telling the truth about Tad being his father.  Tad and Damon come face to face.  David digs for dirt on Madison and gets quite an earful while eavesdropping on her and Randi.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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