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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.

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

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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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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