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AMC Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

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Erica asks Ben what the noise on the other side of the wall and he says it’s a heater. She asks him to end this now and just as he’s about to set her free, Jane arrives. Jane says she cannot give up being Erica since she is about to marry David. Jane admits she doesn’t know what to do with Erica yet. Jane is deeply affected when she listens to Erica’s memoir. Maya gasps when she holds Lucy and Frankie asks if she’s ok and Maya explains she had the same feeling when she held her baby. Jesse questions Frankie if she can do the job and Maya assures Frankie she’ll be good with Lucy. When she holds Lucy again Maya’s much more comfortable and remembers the night she held her baby. Jesse notices her kiss Lucy on the forehead and is a little unsettled at the closeness he’s just witnessed. Marissa tells Krystal she’s in love and explains how unexpected it is. Krystal’s moved to tears over her daughter’s strong feelings and assumes it’s with Bianca. She immediately hugs Marissa and accepts her choice right off the bat. Marissa confesses she is comfortable with herself for the first time in a long time. Krystal can tell she really loves Bianca. Bianca finds Marissa at Krystal’s and admits her mom isn’t doing well but believes she’ll be ok because she has Marissa in her life. Krystal gives Bianca a hug and says she wants her daughter to be happy and in love and Bianca brings her both. Having accepted David’s proposal Jane tells Bianca and Kendall she doesn’t want to choose between them and David. Both girls agree they need to get their mother away from David. Jane’s excited about planning the wedding but David says they that cannot make it a big extravaganza. Kendall tells Griffin she’s in the middle of something that he might now want to be a part of and he promises to look into what David is doing with Erica. After leaving, Griffin calls David and demands to know why he’s marrying Erica.

Eva La Rue returns to AMC for her first appearance as Maria Santos. JR drops AJ off at Tad’s and Cara overhears him saying that he didn’t want AJ watching Marissa pack up and leave again. Tad asks if he needs a few drinks to handle it and suggests he attend an AA meeting. JR says he doesn’t need one and tries to convince Tad that one slip is no big deal. Cara makes her presence known when JR brings up Tad & Cara’s fake marriage. Tad wonders what Dixie would think right now of her son. JR tells him to leave her out of this; she’s dead and not coming back.  Tad’s sorry Cara had to witness his tough love with JR. Tad gets a delivery from Dixie’s father; in the box is Dixie’s diary. Scott finds Marissa and wants to know what JR’s done this time. Marissa admits she’s in love with Bianca and Scott’s surprised but happy for her. He assumes JR didn’t take the news to well. Marissa notices an empty liquor bottle and has a feeling he took it harder than she thought. Scott tells her not to feel responsible for JR’s drinking. JR kicks Marissa out and assumes Scott wants to laugh at him. Scott tries to explain that Marissa’s decision was not a personal attack on him. But he’s glad she is a lesbian because it means she’ll never be with JR again. JR looks at a picture of Dixie and apologizes for messing up. Liza thinks Jesse is happy she lost her job and he admits he was happy to hear it until he found out it was because of him. Liza admits she didn’t want to be the same person she was a few years ago because she lost Colby because of her old behavior. While bonding with Angie, Maya ignores several calls on her cell. Angie asks if she’s in trouble but Maya says it’s just her aunt calling. Maya tells Mookie to stop calling and Angie wonders why she tries to convince herself he’s a good guy. Maya explains that Mookie moved to NY to be with her so she should have told him about her new job. Jesse overhears Maya telling Frankie she is letting go of the guilt of giving up her baby and privately reacts. He confides his concerns to Brot that Maya could be Lucy’s mother. They agree she can’t be but when Mookie shows up Jesse’s concerned and wants to do a DNA test as soon as possible. Jake gets Amanda’s test results and says they found some abnormal cells so he scheduled a biopsy for today. Jake tells Tad about Amanda’s test results and fears it may be cancer. Amanda puts on a brave front but when Jake holds her their fear is apparent. Griffin is doing community service when Kendall approaches and asks if he found anything out from David. He admits he hasn’t heard back after all he’s done for David. Griffin tells Kendall he knew a different David from the one they all know. He talks about how David taught him everything he knows, even how to save her life that day in the ambulance. Kendall says David saves people for his own purposes and tells Griffin about Maria Santos. He presses her for more information and Kendall admits that he locked her away after an accident. Maria’s plane went down like Zach’s and Zach was involved with her before Kendall.

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Tad tells Cara that Dixie’s father just passed away and they must have found the journal in his stuff. Tad reads the diary and learns that Dixie always wanted the type of life she had with him. Overwhelmed, Tad needs to get away from the house. Tad and Cara head off to the park and he admits that life with Dixie was a life changer for him, made him see himself differently. He figured if she loved him than he couldn’t be all that bad. Cara doesn’t believe he was ever bad so he tells her the story of “Tad the Cad”. Dixie changed him and when they were finally able to be together, she died. Tad comes to the realization that he needs to find out who he is separate from Dixie. Cara offers to help him move on like he helped her move on from Jake. Amanda tells JR about her biopsy but declines his offer of support should it turn out to be cancerous, saying he is the last person she would turn to for support. JR says he can relate because of his own situation. He tells Amanda that Marissa fell in love with Bianca and takes a drink from a flask. Amanda’s sorry to see that he’s drinking again and hopes he gets his act together but won’t be the one to help him do it. In tears, Amanda goes home to Opal and admits she might have cancer. Frankie doesn’t believe Asher when he says he needs another bottle of pills because Colby lost the ones he had. Instead he’s convinced Asher is developing a serious problem. Asher threatens to find a doctor who will give him the pills. Caleb overhears Asher and Frankie and agrees his son needs help. Caleb and Asher find JR drinking in the parlor and Caleb grabs the flask and chucks it in the garbage. He plans on taking Asher home where he belongs. An angry JR doesn’t want Asher to leave and gets nasty, telling Caleb it’s a little too late to be a father now. Asher leaves and JR pours himself another drink.

Jane overhears Jackson admit to Greenlee that the woman he loves stabbed him in the heart. He’s heartbroken but isn’t giving up on Erica Jane is moved by his passion. Not only does Griffin want to know if David’s treated other patients, he asks about Maria specifically. David wonders if he’s forgotten what he did for him and Cara. David gives Griffin a choice; either his relationship or the chance to change the world. Greenlee asks David why he took Erica away from Jackson and he says that since he couldn’t have her Erica is second best he’s marrying Erica partly to get back at her. Dressed in scrubs and a surgical mask Jane overhears his admission. Greenlee fakes a pain in her leg and when David touches her arm it’s electric and she knows how much she means to him. When David heads off he walks right past Jane who has tears in her eyes. Cara tells Ryan that Griffin did research for David after he came back from Africa during her reoccurrence with cancer and that the two men were best friends. Cara finds Griffin thinking about the time David came back into his life and she admits she just had the same conversation with Ryan. Griffin snaps, wondering what she revealed. Kendall tells Bianca that she feels like there is a firewall between her and Griffin and that Ryan thinks he’s on David’s side. Kendall’s happy to hear about Bianca and Marissa and tells her to go and be in love and not to get involved with her and Ryan’s plan. Greenlee tells Kendall she is working David. Erica hears banging on the walls and thinks it’s a signal. Ben blows it off, saying the rooms are sound proof but  Erica wonders who else is down there or if Jane is even the one calling the shots. Jane enters and says everything Erica said is true but she doesn’t know what to do. While playing Frisbee in the park with Cara, Kathy sees Dixie. She tries to show Cara the woman she just saw but there’s no sign of her.

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Erica asks Jane to show her what she looked like before the transformation and realizes she looked a lot like her before. Jane says her mother called her the ugly best friend. Erica sympathizes and can relate because her father left her and that took a toll on her confidence. She gives Jane some advice to stop trying to be Erica and be Jane. She shouldn’t accept being anyone’s second choice. Ben promises to stay with Jane and they decide to let Erica go but cannot let her know where they are or how to get back. Marissa tells AJ that JR is not himself and JR dares her to tell him why. Marissa doesn’t think JR should punish his son by telling him about her and Bianca. Marissa tells AJ that she and Bianca love each other very much and are going to make a good home for him. While Marissa’s talking to AJ, Bianca tries to get JR to understand that he had nothing to do with Marissa falling in love with her and promises to get Marissa and AJ through this but JR walks back into the room drunk, his demeanor scaring AJ. Marissa knows AJ is trying to be brave but deep down he’s scared and confused and she feels responsible. Bianca doesn’t want her to blame herself and Marissa wonders why it took her so long to see how right they are for each other. As Angie prepares for her consultation with the surgeon she tells Jesse that David’s earned her trust. When David shows up he tells the couple the surgeon postponed so they’ll have to reschedule but when the nurse enters and says the surgeon called to ask why they missed their appointment and Jesse realizes David lied and goes to find out why. Cara comes home from the park and finds Tad going through Dixie’s things. She tells him about Kathy seeing Dixie in the park and wonders if Tad is not ready to let her go just yet. He says that by going through her things it’s helping him to move forward. Based on something Tad read in Dixie’s journal he gets an idea on how he can say goodbye. Tad invites Opal, Krystal, Liza and Cara to a yard sale/memorial and he talks about screwing up until Dixie and JR came along just as JR appears at the door and listens. As the women give him a standing ovation, Tad credits Cara with giving him the courage to say goodbye.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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Y&R’s Sharon Case Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Standalone, dream or nightmare-centric episodes on your favorite soaps, require the audience to go along for the ride and also require the actor who is featured in it to make the material work – no matter if some of it may come off as cheesy, or may be over-dramatic, or seemingly out there.

On Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, longtime vet, Sharon Case (Sharon) was front and center in an episode that had her in almost every single scene, and performing via clever ways the writing team told the story of a woman preparing for her first round of chemo in her battle with breast cancer.  Throughout the show, Y&R made sure that many key beats of the feelings anyone about to go under this treatment, or anyone about to embark on major surgery, or a potential life-changing moments would feel.   In moment after moment, Sharon Case gave one of the finest performances of her storied Y&R career.

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It begins with her beau, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) trying to be there for her as Sharon kind of skirts the emotional toll of what tomorrow will bring for her, and how she is dreading the entire experience.  When Rey prompts her to talk about what’s in her heart. Sharon’s afraid if she opens up, she’ll scream and won’t be able to stop.  She admits she is terrified but won’t let herself go there.   Not wanting him to touch her or she will break down, Sharon decides to sleep upstairs, while Rey sleeps on the couch.

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And that is where the dream begins, as a restless Sharon sees her dead daughter, Cassie, (Camryn Grimes reprises her role) who tells her: “I need you to come with me.”  When she won’t Cassie;s outreached hand, which Sharon believes will lead her to heaven, she runs downstairs to find Rey, but he is gone.  Since this is her dream, she next winds up at Crimson Lights where she learns Rey dumped her and left town for Miami, while Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) scoffs that no one would want to be with her like this!  Next, Nick appears and takes Phylllis out on a date, leaving Sharon upset.

Switch to next scenario: and as Sharon sees doctors beginning surgery on her, and she finds herself in the set of GC Buzz, as her other daughter, Mariah hosts an episode about how Sharon changed after her surgery!  Nick,Phyllis and Rey are it, spouting how negative Sharon was, and how she changed.  Then, Sharon becomes hysterical as she sees herself flatline. She screams at the doctors to not just leave her there … alone!

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Next, Sharon shows up at the Grand Phoenix, as none other than Phyllis escorts her to radiation therapy. Mariah (Camryn Grimes). who shows up with a cane for her, brings her a mirror, and as Sharon holds it up, she sees she is wearing a headscarf as she must have lost all of her hair in the chemo.  Faith (Alyia Alyn Lind) runs on to the scene, and Cassie reappears and tells Sharon: “Mom, it’s time. It’s time to go home. Please don’t be afraid.”

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Finally, Sharon is in the present and sees that Mariah and Rey are downstairs and she promises to not shut them out.  She tells them about her dream with Cassie and how the cancer has made her feel isolated.   Sharon comes to the conclusion. and promises. she will let the people she loves know that she needs them.  When she reveals she’s hungry, food is whipped up, as Nick and Faith come by to join them.

In the final moments, (grab your hankies), Sharon had a request that her daughters sleep next to her for the night.  We see Faith, and Mariah on each side of Sharon as Cassie watches upon them.

Kudos to Sharon Case for playing the vulnerability of a woman about to undergo chemo, the nuances of every scene she was called on to portray within the dream sequences, and for delivering it in such a way that was respectful, enlightening, and powerful for anyone undergoing something as difficult as this in their own lives.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Sharon Case, this week’s “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of Sharon’s performance? The dream episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BACHELOR: A Telenovela & Four Contestants Sent Packing

It seems like Peter Weber, our “Bachelor”, finally got a clue, and wasn’t going to continue to be wishy-washy…. or will he fall back into his old ways? Wednesday night brought “Bachelor Nation”, yet another two-hour episode of The Bachelor, following its usual Monday installment.

Picking up in Chile, Victoria P. dug her own grave and was sent to home, after lying about knowing Alayah prior to being on the reality-competition series.  When she goes to talk with Peter about trying to get back on track with him, he lowers the boom on her and says: “I don’t know if I see you as my wife.”  Victoria P. loses it and wants to get in a limo and drive away ASAP.  Once in the car, she looks straight in the camera with tears and mascara dripping down her face.

For Telenovela and soap fans, the episode came with the gals and Peter performing a script to a soap opera, Latin America-style.  Mykenna got the role of the maid, the one who was constantly ignored, but longed for her man. Mykenna said she can play the part, because that is how it feels right now with Peter.  He doesn’t really see her, or spend much time with her versus the other women in the competition.

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Later, when alone with the other women in the competition, after previously saying she was ready to walk from the show, Mykenna now said she is having the time of her life. Cue Tammy who stirs up trouble for everyone, by calling people out on things they say or do; whether true or not true. This time Tammy and Mykenna get into a yelling match over Mykenna’s true intentions.  Peter, who is outside with Madison on a one-on-one dare, hears the screaming.  They exit to be alone.

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Next, in a twist, Peter invites Tammy and Mykena on a two-on-one date.  After hearing each of their sides of the story, Peter gives the boot to Tammy. Later, in the event that she was lying, he gave Mykenna the boot too!

There was one more contestant that needed to go, so Peter also did not give a rose to Sydney. Remember, she  told Peter how she was bullied and made fun of growing up while in High School, because of her mixed-race background.  This week, photos surfaced of her on social media showing that she was a beauty pageant winner, when she was in High School – thus trying to say she must have been very popular to be saying she was so isolated growing up.

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Victoria F. who also went on a one-on-one date with Peter for the second time, still seems confused if she wants to be there.  Peter says he genuinely has feelings for her, but she seems to be acting as if she is not sure. Peter wants to make sure she really wants to be here, when she says she doesn’t like the thought of him with the other women in the competition.  Remember, earlier this week, “Cosmo” revealed they took her and Peter off the digital cover of their magazine, because of former photos of her  modeling for “White Lives Matter”  Fuller said on her Instagram that “The company ‘We Love Marlins’ is in support of catching white, blue & black marlins and releasing them back into the wild,” which is what the “White Lives Matter” slogan meant to her and the company.

So are you glad that Tammy, Mykenna, Sydney and Victora P. all went home? Comment below.

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