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AMC Recap – Feb 28 – March 4th

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Madison gives Ryan all the information she got from Emma’s phone call.  When she feels the baby kicking Madison almost tells Ryan the truth but decides against it. Greenlee justifies to Scott her reasons for not telling Ryan the truth. Ryan decides to follow a lead that Annie is staying at shelters. Greenlee worries when Ryan expresses his anger at Annie for keeping him uninformed regarding his child. After sharing with Erica the news that she and Reese are divorcing Bianca encourages her mom to make sure she loves Jackson before getting married. Jackson and Krystal continue growing closer as they work on the Cara case. Opal accidentally lets it slip about Erica and Caleb’s kiss but insists it meant nothing. Caleb encourages Asher to go with his gut and talk to Colby about Liza & Damon. Asher admits to Colby he knew the truth and she’s upset with him for keeping it from her. In order to deal with the stress in her life, Colby takes to her webcam. Kendall tells Griffin about what happened with the letter and Ricky insists that she might have just wanted to see more since she is grieving. Kendall questions why Ricky wants her to talk about Zach and dredge up old memories. Griffin tells Kendall that her tests results came back okay but suggests she talk to a therapist.  As Jake tries to deal with what Amanda’s done, he tells his wife she should have trusted him. Amanda wants to get to know Cara but Cara admits to feeling suffocated and just wants her old life back. In an effort to get to know Cara better, Tad shares his “secrets/stories” but when he asks about Jake she abruptly exits. Jake tells Tad why he fell in love with Cara. Caleb is surprised when Opal says Erica has not quit and she will be his new partner at Cortlandt. Jackson confronts Erica over not quitting Cortlandt and kissing Caleb. Erica calls Krystal out on fantasizing about being with Jackson but says it’s not going to happen. Jackson turns down Erica’s request to fire Krystal and doesn’t know how much he can trust her anymore. Asher helps Colby take down the video she made about Liza and Damon but unfortunately they’re too late as the video has gone viral.

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Tad and Cara gather the family together as they try and make their fake marriage more “official”. Agent Kaye tells Tad and Cara he’d like to know more about their marriage. Krystal reams Tad for taking things so lightly and is worried about the kids finding out but agrees to help Tad cover to them.  Krystal tells Tad he’s giving up his love life and should worry about himself a little more. Despite Marissa’s suggestion, Bianca decides she will allow Reese custody of the kids during the summer and tells Marissa not to let her own personal past affect Bianca’s decisions. Diane tells Griffin she’s a writer and tries to find out more information about Zach and Kendall. Griffin tells Ricky that it’s his business on what’s best for Kendall and he should stay away. Griffin suggests to Kendall that it might be time to let the Zach memories go for now. Still uneasy over the letter from Zach, Kendall confides in Bianca that he used the word “sweetheart” but Zach always claimed to hate that word.

Griffin confides in Tad that after Cara & Jake divorced her leukemia returned.  Since he wants to eventually get back into the field, Griffin hopes that he can count on Tad to take care of his sister. Tad introduces himself to Leticia, Griffin and Cara’s mom who’s come to town and she questions why her daughter would marry the brother of her no good ex-husband.  Tad tries to convince his new “mother in-law” that Jake is Cara’s past and he is her future. Kendall overhears Griffin and Cara talking about the fake marriage and promises to keep the secret. Ryan questions David regarding Annie’s phone call and he claims she just needed money. Greenlee offers David a deal which he accepts; if he finds Emma she will help him get back his medical license. Madison gets another phone call from Emma who says she can’t say where she is because her mommy will be mad. Madison asks Emma to call her dad but the line gests disconnected. Preparing to go for her sonogram, Madison becomes emotional when Ryan shows up but luckily Scott arrives in the nick of time to go with her. Kendall continues to question why Zach would use the word sweetheart when he disliked it so much and Ricky tries to calm her down by reminding her that she’s just overeating. Convinced her memory loss is related to her pain meds Kendall wants Griffin to reduce them. Diane warns Ricky to find the evidence/documentation of Zach’s death today. Erica protests when Jackson decides to leave the house temporarily but after he comes to Bianca’s rescue she makes a plea for them to find their way back to each other. Bianca initially rejects Marissa’s advice and wants to talk to Reese in person about the kids/divorce but when a lawyer and nanny from France show up to take the children back to France for spring break Bianca says over her dead body. Bianca changes her mind and still wants Marissa to represent her. She will do whatever she needs to protect her and the kids. Griffin agrees to help Kendall figure out Zach’s message. When Kendall tells Ricky that the yacht was a special place for her and Zach he gets her to take him there. Leticia thinks Cara is making the same mistake she did with Jake, getting married too fast and says she’s there to take her home. Tad informs Griffin that his mom has come to town and thinks Cara could use some help. Leticia tells Griffin she plans to do whatever it takes to stop the wedding. Amanda watches from afar as Cara tries to give Jake back his ring as the memories of what it represents are too tough for her to deal with.

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General Hospital

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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