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AMC Recap – Jan 4- Jan 8th

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Hayley and Mateo make a grand entrance via helicopter as Adam and Annie are preparing to renew their wedding vows.  Hayley announces that she’s back to tape a special episode of “Wave” because Pine Valley has been declared the “Best Town in America.”  Ryan gives Hayley the heads up that a lot has changed since she left.  Hayley clearly dislikes Annie and is thrown to realize something’s going on between Ryan and Erica.  David explains to Greenlee why he let everyone, including Ryan; believe she died in the accident.  David gives Greenlee the sobering news that she needs surgery to repair the damage to her spine so that she might be able to walk again but warns that the operation could kill her.  Not wanting Ryan to go through the pain of possibly losing her again, Greenlee debates whether or not she should call him.  Madison comes through for Jesse and his family when she blackmails James into pleading guilty.  Angie reaches out to Madison.  Many familiar faces, including Brooke, Maria, Greg, and Nina, take part in Hayley’s special episode of “Wave” celebrating Pine Valley.  The town’s leading citizens, such as Erica and Adam et al, share their stories and reminisce about living in Pine Valley as they’re interviewed for the segments Hayley has titled “My Home,” “Love and Marriage,” “Family Friendly,” “Loss,” “Saying Goodbye to Pine Valley,” and “Hope.”  As Hayley’s show comes to a close, everyone speaks from the heart about life in their beloved hometown Greenlee has a happy dream in which she’s reunited with her loved ones but wakes up before she gets to the part about Ryan.  Greenlee relates her dream to David, who cautions her that a lot has changed back at home.  Erica and Ryan are both nervous about what they said regarding love and relationships while being interviewed by Hayley but their fears are soon put to rest when they realize they both want the same thing.  Things heat up after Ryan pulls Erica into a passionate kiss.  Liza informs Tad that David has issued a restraining order against them preventing them from returning to the bar in Gloucester.  Try as she might, Liza can’t stay angry with Tad, who ends up kissing her.  Amanda gets angry over Jake’s continued attacks on David and warns him it had better stop.  Angie remains supportive of Madison.

Opal barges in on Ryan and Erica, effectively ruining the mood just as things are heating up between them.  Ryan leaves but can’t take his mind off Erica, who’s also consumed by thoughts of him.  Ryan surprises Erica when he returns and they make love for the first time.  David doesn’t shatter Greenlee’s fantasy that everything is just as she remembers with the people she loves.  Amanda gives Jake an ultimatum, saying he needs to back off David or they’re through.  Jake, however, remains determined to find out what David is really doing up in Gloucester.  David lies to Amanda, telling her he’s going to Malaysia for treatment but is really headed to Gloucester for Greenlee’s surgery.  Amanda tells Jake she thinks David is going away to die.  Bailey turns to Liza for help after Damon gets arrested.  Bailey admits to Liza that she’s missed her.  Tad’s there for Liza when she’s forced to say goodbye to Stuart all over again. Opal barges in on Ryan and Erica, effectively ruining the mood just as things are heating up between them.  Ryan leaves but can’t take his mind off Erica, who’s also consumed by thoughts of him.  Ryan surprises Erica when he returns and they make love for the first time.  David doesn’t shatter Greenlee’s fantasy that everything is just as she remembers with the people she loves.  Amanda gives Jake an ultimatum, saying he needs to back off David or they’re through.  Jake, however, remains determined to find out what David is really doing up in Gloucester.  David lies to Amanda, telling her he’s going to Malaysia for treatment but is really headed to Gloucester for Greenlee’s surgery.  Amanda tells Jake she thinks David is going away to die.  Bailey turns to Liza for help after Damon gets arrested.  Bailey admits to Liza that she’s missed her.  Tad’s there for Liza when she’s forced to say goodbye to Stuart all over again. Liza comes through for Ryan when she gets Adam’s corrupt judge to remove himself from presiding over Emma’s custody hearing.  Annie fears she lost all chances of winning custody but Adam urges her to be confident that things will work out.  Ryan and Annie each give their heartfelt testimony in front of the judge.  Marissa gives JR a dose of tough love when he wants to put off starting another round of chemotherapy.  JR admits to Marissa that he’s scared.  Colby plans on keeping a close eye on Annie.  Ryan and Erica mutually agree to keep their burgeoning romance a secret.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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