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AMC Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Adam’s new will doesn’t sit well with Annie, Colby and JR as they all see it as a way for him to try to control them indefinitely.  Adam bequeaths Annie the mansion and property, along with a large financial settlement, but includes the provision that she’ll lose practically everything should she ever get involved in a serious relationship after his death.  Annie’s stunned to realize that Adam’s machinations are really a way to insure she and Scott never get involved.  Jake’s mortified when he walks in on a naked Liza emerging from the shower after making love with Tad but she and Tad take delight in his embarrassment.  Jesse, Brot and Natalia arrive on the scene when someone breaks into Tad’s house while Opal’s there alone with the girls.  Jesse would give chase but the intruder makes his getaway by diving through a window and fleeing into the night.  After Tad fills her in on what happened, Liza’s alerted when Damon returns with his hand bandaged and bloody.  Jesse’s curiosity is piqued when Natalia finds a copy of the documentary Hayley made at the crime scene. Jesse targets Damon as the prime suspect in the string of break-ins that have been occurring around town.  Liza’s furious with Tad when she comes to believe he pointed Jesse in Damon’s direction.  Frankie realizes Randi is volunteering at the Miranda Center not only to help women but to also score points with Erica.  Randi tries to get past her doubts about being able to trust Madison.  Erica applauds Randi’s idea for Fusion’s new ad campaign.  Greenlee can’t stop herself from obsessing over the fact that Erica is in charge at Fusion.  David knows Greenlee will be crushed when she learns that Ryan has moved on with his life.  Greenlee dreams of reuniting with Ryan and taking back her company.

Damon’s certain Liza believes he’s guilty of the recent rash on break-ins that have happened around town but she insists she’s on his side.  Bailey tries to convince Damon that Liza’s only trying to help him as she beseeches him not to run away.  Colby later catches Damon in her bedroom with a bag of loot he plans on stealing.  Damon protests his innocence to Colby just as Adam arrives at her door.  Adam’s plan to set Colby up with someone he deems to be a suitable candidate for marriage backfires when Colby reads him the riot act for trying to dictate who she should fall in love with.  Tad takes Krystal’s advice and makes the first move to try and make amends with Liza after their argument.  Brot challenges Natalia to put work aside and enjoy herself.  Natalia can’t help but to be charmed by Brot when they encounter each other at the movie Greenlee’s anxious to reunite with Ryan but David warns her she’s not physically ready to go back to Pine Valley.  David’s privately concerned about what could happen to Greenlee when she returns home to find that Ryan has moved on with Erica.  Greenlee overhears Dr. Clayton telling David that she needs another month of bed rest.  David returns to Greenlee’s room to find her gone.  Wanting to stake her claim as Mrs. Adam Chandler, Annie insists she and Adam attend Erica’s bash at Confusion to launch Fusion’s new Miranda cosmetics line.  Erica’s left with doubts about going public with her and Ryan’s relationship after seeing a trashy tabloid headline about them. Damon swears to Colby that he isn’t responsible for the latest break-in attempt at the mansion and claims he was knocked out from behind when he tried to chase the guy who really did set off the alarm.  Erica’s uncharacteristically flustered when the reporters bombard her with questions about her and Ryan.  Ryan tries to ease Erica’s fears about them going public with their relationship.  Greenlee sets out on a mission to track down Ryan after not finding him at his penthouse.  Jesse and Angie both realize their marriage has hit a rough patch.  Liza confronts Adam after Colby tells her about the stipulations in his merit trust.  Liza’s frustrated by Tad’s continued closeness to Krystal.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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