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AMC Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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Emma continues to lash out at Greenlee but pretends to be nice when Bianca’s around. Greenlee confides in Bianca about the situation with Emma and admits that it’s taking a toll. Emma slips out of the house and goes to Scott and Madison’s; Madison calls Ryan and he comes to pick up his daughter. Emma wants to know why he couldn’t marry Madison. Ryan insists she must go home and apologize to Greenlee. In front of Ryan, a sweet Emma apologizes but she whispers something nasty to Greenlee. Greenlee says she knows every trick in the book and won’t let Emma push her away because she loves her. Madison questions Scott about his movie plans with Marissa and he gets annoyed JR told her about his history with Marissa. When Madison presses for more information, the two admit they care about each other. JR continues to try and win back Marissa. He brings up something from their past which almost leads to a kiss but Marissa pulls back. JR’s unhappy to learn that Marissa has plans for the movies with Scott. Bianca thanks JR for the contract he set for Reese and believes him when he says he still has feelings for Marissa.

Jake and Amanda get into an argument over Cara. They don’t have a chance to resolve anything as Jake gets a call from the hospital. Cara confides in Tad that all the talk about Trevor hurt because she was close to getting pregnant once and will likely never have a baby now. Cara admits to Tad that he might be the best friend she ever had. Kendall invites Griffin to Erica’s wedding, claiming she might need medical attention nearby but he’s given her a clean bill of health and she’s okay to go. Kendall informs Griffin that she is working with the probate lawyer and the sale of the casino should happen soon. Griffin expresses his worry to Tad that pushing the sale of the casino might leave Kendall as a target and he’d like Tad’s help in getting a meeting with the casino partners. When Cara comments that it’s obvious Griffin is connected to Kendall he gets defensive, saying he just wants to get the money so he can open more clinics. Ricky accepts Kendall’s invite to the wedding and she informs Bianca that she’s asked him since Griffin turned her down. Ricky tells Griffin that Kendall invited him to the wedding and Griffin claims he’s fine with that. Diana shows up after having followed Kendall and Ricky reams her out. He thought he made it clear they were done and insists he will make Kendall love him. Kendall lets Diana in after she claims her car’s broken down.

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Scott videotapes Madison and she tells her baby that they’re lucky to have Scott in their lives. Later, when they show up for a checkup, Ryan’s there and asks if he and Greenlee can join. Madison agrees but Greenlee and Scott decide to wait outside. Scott tells Greenlee he isn’t worried about Ryan and Madison but its obvious Greenlee isn’t as confident. In the exam room Madison and Ryan share a moment as they hear their child’s heartbeat. Ryan tells Emma that it was him, not Greenlee, who set up the appointment with the psychologist and she decides to go and get it over with. Afterwards, Emma reveals that she told the doctor she doesn’t want Greenlee as a stepmom. Unaware of this, Greenlee feels relieved when she gets Emma to laugh while telling her about her baby sister’s exam. Griffin and Tad discuss the potential threats to Kendall and the need to look into the casino partners. Griffin downplays Tad’s comment that he’s her secret protector and promises to stay back until Tad gets the meeting with Diana. Griffin covers then abruptly leaves when Tad asks if he’s seen anything pertaining to the stolen drugs. Using a different name, Diana gains entrance into Kendall’s, claiming her car’s broken down. Luckily for Kendall, Ricky shows up and covers his surprise. On her way out, Diana warns Ricky that if he doesn’t take care of Kendall she will. Kendall’s shocked when she sees Diana’s credit card with her real name as opposed to the fake one she gave. Griffin covers his surprise when Kendall tells him what happened; he calls Brot to inform him the threat against Kendall is real. Unfortunately, Brot can’t offer much help since there is no substantial evidence. Griffin shows up at Kendall’s to watch over her but says he’s there to give her medical advice. In Diana’s hotel room Ricky kisses her passionately but he’s still upset she didn’t listen to his instructions. After he finds her knife and she says she would have used it on Kendall he starts to choke her. Marissa confides in Bianca that she feels a pull towards JR but is unsure why. Bianca says it’s because she’s helped him through a lot of tough times. JR asks Marissa to attend his two year anniversary of being sober at his AA meeting but she holds strong and says they are in the past and he must accept that. Later, JR witnesses from afar Scott putting his arm around Marissa. When Marissa notices Bianca and the bartender sharing looks she closes out her tab and hints that she should go and talk to Bianca. The bartender does but Bianca says she’s not ready for a relationship just yet.  Amanda’s come to see if Jake can get off work so they can head home and start on baby #2 but Jake doesn’t think now is the best time despite her protest that it will help them get past their tension. Ricky winds up killing Diana and now must deal with her body. Griffin watches over Kendall as she sleeps. She wants to know why he’s really there but before he can admit the real reason Ricky shows up and he says what he was going to tell her can wait. Griffin asks Ricky to look out for Kendall and quickly leaves. When Griffin walks back into his hotel room he finds a dead Diana in his bed. Kendall tells Ricky that the woman who showed up at her home was using a fake name. She googles Diana’s name and discovers she was one of the VPs of Zach’s casinos. Liza and David have sex and she asks him not to tell anyone but encourages him to prove to PVH that he can continue to save lives despite the fact they hate him. David passionately tells Angie he thinks he can help cure her blindness.

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As Tad informs him of the drug investigation, Jesse gets a call about the dead body in Griffin’s room. Jesse goes to the station while Tad leaves to finds Cara; after informing her of what’s going on and they head down to the station together. Ryan shows up at Kendall’s and she fills him in on everything that’s been going on.  Ryan wonders why Ricky would tell her not to overreact about an intruder. Ricky goes to Griffin’s hotel room and questions cops about the crime scene. Initially they deflect until Ricky asks to perform the last rites. While doing so he whispers to Diana that he will never forget this. Griffin is unsuccessful in trying to revive Diana and when the cops/Brot show up he tries to explain to no avail. Down at the station Griffin tells them what he knows about Diana. Ryan and Kendall show up and when Kendall says that Diana worked for the casinos Griffin’s shocked. He explains what he’s been doing with his investigation and who Diana is. Kendall’s upset because she had no idea about this investigation and Griffin thinks someone might be setting him up. Kendall thinks if Zach was murdered that changes everything. Both Griffin and Kendall are even more surprised when Jesse says they found two tickets to Tahiti under Griffin and Diana’s name along with drugs and cash stashed in his hotel room. Clearly uncomfortable upon hearing that, Kendall admits that Griffin told her he was taking drugs from the hospital.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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GH's Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver "The Power Performance of the Week"

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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