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AMC Recap – Feb 7 – Feb 11th

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In the ambulance Griffin gets the ok from Kendall to operate and promises he won’t let her die.  In need of assistance, Griffin wants David who is granted permission to guide him through the surgery. Jake notices Cara’s wedding ring when her necklace falls off. Jesse, Bianca, Caleb and Jackson console Erica as she worries about Kendall’s roadside surgery. After talking with Dr. Burke alone, JR decides he is going to help Annie.  When Annie arrives for the session, she claims the cut on her head is a result of slipping on ice but then blurts out she didn’t mean to hurt anyone.  Annie tells JR she would like some time alone after he says he’d like to take care of her. Colby is cuffed to a table in the cottage and tries to get her hands on Annie’s cell phone.  She finally does and sends a text message to JR. Annie returns and when Colby admits everyone thinks she is visiting her father, Annie’s pleased since no one will notice she’s gone.

Kendall and Griffin both realize that when she said, “I Love You”, she thought he was Zach. David tells Griffin he can breathe a sigh of relief now that he’s saved Kendall’s life. Griffin tells Cara that he had to tell Kendall his secret in order to get her to trust him. After Kendall confesses to Erica that she remembers shooting David, Erica says she kept the secret to avoid Kendall getting all stressed out. Kendall confides in Ricky that she felt like Zach was in the ambulance trying to tell her something.  He says it must have been Zach telling her she’s going to pull through. When David tells Erica that Kendall won’t suffer for what she’s done if Erica helps him out, she sets up a meeting between David and the governor for the next morning.  Despite being put back in jail, David feels confident freedom is right around the corner. Trying to avoid any further problems between Erica, Jackson and Caleb, Bianca asks Caleb to come back to Kendall’s house to help her out.  Caleb admits he’s tried to keep his distance from Erica but she was in a crisis and he couldn’t walk away. Jackson expresses his frustrations in his relationship with Erica to Krystal. Jackson flips out on Erica when he learns about the meeting she set up for David with the governor.  He wonders what about his daughter in all of this.  Angry, he tells Erica to go lean on Caleb. After Jake sees the ring on Cara’s necklace she admits that she still loves him and only left him to save his life since the repercussions of her actions in Sudan could have killed him. After being released from prison, David tells Ryan he wants to be a better man.  He admits to wanting to be a doctor again which angers Ryan but Greenlee tells him not to worry about David. Tad becomes protective of Liza when David offers to buy her a drink. Griffin tries to hide his feeling for Kendall but after overhearing Ricky suggesting they get dinner one night he questions him about his relations with Kendall. Ricky tells someone on a one way call that his feelings for Kendall will not get in the way of his mission. Scott tells Madison she has one more chance to tell Ryan about the pregnancy before the wedding tomorrow.  Greenlee tells Scott to keep Madison busy because she doesn’t want her wedding day ruined.  Scott downplays when Madison questions him on whose idea it was when he asks her on a date. Asher decides he’s going to find where Colby went and after hearing an odd conversation that JR has with Annie, he decides to go to the cottage. JR finds out from Asher that Annie was holding Colby hostage and despite giving her a hug he plans to take action.  He calls Dr. Burke and tells him that he will talk to Annie about committing herself before she becomes more of a danger to herself and others. Tad tells JR he knows it was his car that hit the ambulance carrying Kendall and JR realizes that it was Annie driving.

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As their relationship continues to stand on rocky ground, Erica decides not to attend Ryan & Greenlee’s wedding.  When Ricky questions them on their own nuptials the couple covers. Fusion, Greenlee catches Madison holding a bouquet of flowers and after apologizing profusely, Madison runs out but winds up leaving her cell phone behind.  When she goes back to get it Ryan notices her having trouble bending over and Greenlee blurts out that Madison is pregnant. JR convinces Tad to let him handle this situation with Annie but Tad draws up commitment papers as Plan B just in case Annie spirals. Annie tells a hallucination of Marissa that she is getting married tonight and as JR leads up to telling Annie that he wants her to commit herself, they’re interrupted by the police. After Brot takes JR down to the station because his car was involved in the accident he’s arrested. Annie finds the commitment papers and is convinced that Marissa’s behind it.  When Marissa shows up looking for JR, Annie says he’s in the attic.  The girls get into a scuffle when Marissa catches Annie trying to knock her out.  Marissa falls after being pushed and winds up unconscious. Caleb tries to distance himself from Erica and her family.  He turns down Bianca’s invitation to a big family dinner claiming he is not family.

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THIS IS US: Randall Dismantled As Sterling K. Brown Delivers Masterful Performance

In yet another riveting performance by Sterling K. Brown, the highly-touted episode that aired on Tuesday’s night’s This Is Us, had his character of Randall in the spotlight again, as the first of the Big Three trilogy this season.  Next week, look for the installment to center on Justin Hartley’s Kevin.However, last night on the episode aptly titled, “Hello of a Week: Part One”, viewers followed what happened next to Randall following his return home after the stress of flying across the country to get a diagnosis for his ailing mother’s memory lapses (while keeping it from his siblings), and then winding up facing an intruder in the Pearson family home.After Randall offers the intruder money, the guy runs out of the home.

Next, the police come, and Randall installs surveillance cameras and security alarms throughout the house, which ends up being a continued tipping point in his mental state as he obsesses over keeping his family and his home safe, especially when the cops tells him that it is common for a thief to return,. It appears later in the episode he did when Beth’s earrings and Randall’s cufflinks are MIA.

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Throughout the episode, flashbacks to Randall’s childhood showed little Randall, unable to sleep and afraid of monsters, who then asks his dad, Jack to stay with him through the night.  Jack sleeps on the floor, but when Jack eventually gets up to go to his own bed, he tells Randall who comes running after him, “to be brave: and that he needs him to be the easiest child to care for since Kate and Kevin are handfuls.

This laid the foundation for how Randall deals with others, by not letting them know his inner most feelings.   The writers juxtapose Randall’s dreams throughout where he feels he can’t get out whether it be screaming through a locked window at his mother to get out of the storm, or watching some creepy guy touch Beth and he screams so loud, but you can’t hear him,

In addition, in flashbacks, we see how a college-aged Randall needing college-aged Beth to spend countless nights with him. At one point he tells her, “I just feel so helpless, like I have no control over anything,” especially following the death of his father Jack.  Beth says she can understand. She had bad dreams after her father passed away, but after she talked to a therapist she began to feel better.  In a key moment, Randall agrees to attend an grief group with her, but that plan goes awry when on the day they were heading to the grief counseling group, Randall’s family has an emergency and he could not go.

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The theme of Randall seeking counseling surfaced later in the episode after Randall was struggling to hold it together as City Councilman at the Town Hall, which did not go unnoticed by Beth or by Malik’s dad, Darnell.

The next day, he tells Randall that he himself needed therapy and suggest he do that to.  Randall says all he needs is his runs around the city to help him clear his head.  But that takes another drastic turn when Randall comes upon a woman being beaten and proceeds to pounce on the aggressor.  Next, Randall with messed up arm from landing punches on the guy, ends up being touted as a hero for saving the woman’s life.  He is not comfortable with that and he begins to lose his grip.

In the culmination of the episode, locking himself in the bathroom in his home, Randall begins to cry and phones Kevin.  Thank God his brother answered, as he seems to be the only person Randall feels he can talk to, and has, through his life.  At the time of the call, Kevin is in bed with what looks to potentially be Sophie, because he was heading back to Pittsburgh for a funeral of one of her parents.  But is it Sophie, or another woman?

During their call, Randall begs Kevin just to talk, and to please  distract him. Kevin promises his brother, “I’m the guy that’s gonna get you through this,”   Will Kevin ultimately help Randall, or will what happens next become the huge rift that we know exists between the brothers in the flash-forward viewers learned about episodes ago?

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This Is Us executive producers, Issac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger weighed-in on revisiting Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks with Entertaintment Weekly. This is something that was hot on all of our minds, because over the past year, a couple of the writers in our room had had people break into their homes when they were home,” shared Issac Aptaker.  “People would come in and we would see the impact that it has on you when someone invades your space like that — the aftermath and the fallout. So, as we were looking at what Randall’s season would look like, and what would be potentially the breaking point for him with all that’s been brewing this year, it was at the front of all of our minds at how upsetting something like that can be.”

“We’ve seen that Randall is someone that is so in touch with his feelings emotionally, and he is so willing to talk about everything, but there does seem to be this block with him when it comes to therapy, where he just does not want to engage,” says Elizabeth Berger. “That really fascinated all of us and got us thinking, “What’s that about? And how do we get him to a point where he has his back against the wall and has to move past coping mechanisms and keeping things just below the surface and finally deal with them?” And this felt like a really compelling way to go about that.”

When all was said and done, Sterling K. Brown delivered a nuanced and masterful performance as viewers watched Randall slowly but surely, struggling to cope with all the pressure, and horrific events that happened to him one after the other, as Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks were about to reach epic proportions.

So, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Sterling’s performance? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

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Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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