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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.

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.

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Quinn Walks Out on Carter Leaving Him Devastated

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful featured a stand-out performance by Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) as after Carter professed his love for Quinn (Rena Sofer) and asked her to run away with him, only she put on the brakes!

Quinn tells him that she loves her husband, Eric (John McCook), and is going back to him and can’t run away with him, although that prospect sounds enticing. She goes on to say that she has built a life for herself with Eric and she is not willing to give it up.

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Carter is devastated.  He believed what they had was so special that they could get through anything – mind you, the two have been having an affair (OK’s by Eric at this point, because of his ED), and she is a married woman.

Following their heart-to-heart, Quinn walks out on Carter determined to make her marriage work.  Meanwhile, Katie (Heather Tom), who had just told Bill, (Don Diamont) she won’t give their relationship another chance, heads to Carter’s to give him a piece of her mind on his fling with Quinn, and how he could do that to Eric!

Following her tirade, she gets quite the surprise, when Carter admits to Katie that he loves Quinn.  Katie is stopped in her tracks.  We fade to black.

Many have been suspecting that Katie and Carter will actually become the next couple on B&B.   Do you think the two will begin a relationship? What did you think of Lawrence Saint-Victor’s performance in the episode? Are you rooting for Quinn to come back to Carter? Let us know via the comment section, but first check out a pivotal scene between Heather Tom and Saint-Victor from the episode below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.

 

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With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

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Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

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