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AMC Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Annie’s insecurity over JR and Marissa pushes her towards a breaking point. She demands that JR set a divorce date. After hearing the news that Ryan and Greenlee are engaged, Annie sees Marissa and JR walking into Krystal’s with a bunch of decorations. JR says he’s helping with Damon’s going away party but when Marissa returns he moves away from Annie. Damon decides to officially leave Pine Valley and take the law opportunity in California that Liza hooked up for him. He goes to see Angie and thanks her for giving him his first job. Opal tells Tad she hopes that Liza didn’t have a hand in Colby and Damon’s demise. Tad tells his son he’s fine with him accepting the position even though deep down he isn’t as fine as he claims to be. Annie becomes dangerously unstable and possessive of JR. Marissa catches Annie behind her with a pair of scissors but Annie claims to be helping out with the decorating. Annie hallucinates about Marissa and JR which leads her to rip apart the hotel room and leave JR numerous voicemails, claiming she is on the verge of doing something they’ll both regret.  When Annie bumps into Scott and bursts into tears he assumes that it has something to do with JR. JR reveals to Tad that he is with Annie and plans to go public once the divorce is final. After hearing the many voicemails JR is taken aback. Cara’s hidden past finally comes to light. Scott works hard to transform himself into a better person.  Angie is impressed with his ideas for the hospital. As Liza helps Colby get ready for Damon’s going away party, she tells her mom the plan she has to fix things between her and Damon and wonders who the “whore” is that he slept with.  At the party, Colby tells Damon about the hotel room she booked in NYC but he says he’s not in love with her anymore. Damon sees Liza crying from afar and Colby asks her mom what she meant when she said she did something to hurt her.

As Annie continues to spiral downward Marissa becomes suspicious.  Scott tells Annie that he won’t tell anyone about her and JR since they both deserve each other.  Amanda helps Annie get JR out of Damon’s party; Annie spins a story on why she called him so many times and claims it was because she thought someone was following her which ended up to be Scott Marissa sees the messages from Annie on JR’s phone and listens to them; she realizes that it’s more than just business.  JR confronts Scott about going after Annie. As Colby tries to deal with the fact that Damon is leaving town, Asher discovers that Liza was the woman he slept with. When Colby asks Liza what she meant about hurting her, Tad steps in and says it was because Liza was the one who helped Damon get the job in CA. Cara admits to Tad and Jake that she had leukemia as a child.  She never told Jake because he was the first person to look at her like a normal human being and genuinely enjoyed going on adventures with her.  Cara admits that while she was happy with him she needed to feel free and traveling is her life.

JR realizes he must take action regarding Annie’s downward spiral. Marissa accuses Annie of losing it and forces JR to answer the question in front of them both on whether or not he loves Annie. JR tells Annie that they must not see each other until his divorce is final. Annie tries to reassure herself that JR will divorce Marissa and that he loves her. Asher becomes genuinely concerned for Colby.  He confronts Liza and says he will keep her secret unless she hurts Colby again. David succeeds in staying in the hospital a bit longer.  Jake says that he is going to go over David’s medical work to see if he can be released to the prison but David points out that he didn’t stay dead, what makes Jake think he won’t be able to stay out of prison. Ryan and Greenlee inform Madison of their engagement.  While she’s ok with it, Madison tells Ryan that if not for Greenlee they could have had something amazing.  Scott tells Greenlee that she should really tell Ryan about Madison’s pregnancy. Scott takes Madison to the park on their date and Ryan tells Greenlee it doesn’t bother him seeing the two together.  Ryan is frustrated to learn that David is still in the hospital and not in prison. When he overhears Jake talking to David about some tests he has to have done, Ryan poses as an orderly to get David alone. Kendall returns to Fusion and is welcomed back by the girls. When Kendall looks at a new Fusion ad she has a flashback of holding a gun and Erica screaming “no” but can’t quite figure out why. Brot and Natalia grow closer which puts their jobs in jeopardy.  Iris instructs Jesse to fire one of them. Someone is stealing prescription pills from the hospital and Tad is put in charge of finding out whom.  When Cara almost blows his cover, she quickly helps him cover and later admits she enjoyed the feeling of adventure that gave her.

General Hospital

The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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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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