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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Must Say Goodbye to Mike As Maurice Benard Delivers Heartbreaking Performance

Any of us who has watched their loved one slip further away from Alzheimer’s disease could relate to exactly what Sonny Corinthos (Mauice Benard) was feeling on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital.

It is always a tough and horrific decision when families contemplate what to do with (in this case) a parent, and where is the best place for them to live out the remainder of their days.  Sometimes, it’s clear cut and easy, and sometimes it’s difficult.

In the case of Mike Corbin (Max Gail), Sonny and Carly (Laura Wright) gave him a home and safe place to be, but as the disease progressed and as Mike’s reality becomes his own, and has he has been losing more self-control. it becomes apparent that they need to be able to give him the best life they can now.

In story, Griffin (Matt Cohen) points this out to Sonny and Carly when they discuss the progression of the disease on Mike.  It is apparent that Mike wants to go live with, and be with his “girlfriend’ Yvonne at Turning Woods.  Sonny and Carly struggle to come to term with that fact, but know they must let him go.   It is tough for them to put Mike permanently at the care facility.  Sonny thinks he may have been too selfish by keeping Mike with them so long.  Ultimately, he arranges a room for his father at the facility.

Mike comes downstairs after packing his bags, and thanks them for taking him in.  Hey says, that they are nice people, but that Yvonne is waiting for him, so he is moving in with her.  Sonny tells his dad, he has a room at the Corinthos’ home any time he wants it.

In the most touching moment, Carly offers to drive Mike to get to Yvonne faster.  He really appreciates it, and Sonny decides to just let Carly do this alone, because it would be too difficult on him to watch his father check-in and have to leave him behind.

Before he heads out, Mike forgets his gloves and he goes upstairs to look for them.  Sonny decides to check Mike’s suitcase to see if they are in there, and begins to break down.  He sees the framed photo of himself and his father from the Nurses’ Ball last year, and packs it in Mike’s suitcase.  After Carly drives off with Mike, Sonny begins to cry.

We have to give kudos to Maurice Benard in these scenes.  Anyone who has been witness to watching a parent go through this most dreadful disease, could feel his pain.  It was a heartbreaking and raw performance.

So, what did you think of the scenes where Sonny must let his father leave his home and move into the care facility?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And in case you missed some of the scenes, check them out here.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Killer Can’t See & Maxie and Nina Visit Nathan’s Grave

On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, a now blind Ryan is freaking out, because as he is in the hospital (while Finn tries to figure out if the same virus that caused Anna’s temporary blindness caused his), he learns that Lulu is in surgery and still fighting for her life.  If she lives, she will name him as the culprit who stabbed her.

When Anna and Finn visit “Kevin”, Anna asks him if he ever worked for the WSB or DVX.  “Kevin” claims he did not.  Anna believes all of this is the handy work of a doctor who worked for the international spy rings.  Finn asks if “Kevin” had been in contact with something that wasn’t his recently, and it is then Ryan flashes to Lulu’s license, realizing he needs to find it and its in his coat pocket.

“Kevin” gets rid of Ava from his room, and attempts to get out of bed to get to his coat and locate Lulu’s driver’s license.  However, since he cannot see, the license goes under the hospital bed, and just as he is trying to grab it, Ava walks back in the room.

Meanwhile at GH. Jordan explains to Laura that the police found a bloody footprint going in the opposite direction from Lulu.  Valentin and Nina tell Charlotte that Lulu is in the hospital, and the little girl insists they go to her now.  Charlotte leaves with Valentin, Nina stays behind.

Elsewhere, Jason is underground trapped in some kind of built out setting to probably nefarious crimes. When Sam goes for help, the fire department shows up.   Sam calls her pal Spinelli!  She asks him to check the maps of pipes and tunnels under the city.  Spinelli reveals that the water system leads out to the harbor at Pier 55.  Jason also finds a small space that he is hoping to swim through to get to the other side of the pier.

Then, in touching scenes, Maxie goes to Nathan’s gravesite and reveals to her beloved late husband that she is getting closer to his brother, Peter.  She also admits she is scared to start a relationship with him.  She asks for a sign from Nathan if it is OK.  As she cries, Peter shows up with a handkerchief to wipe Maxie’s tears.  She admits she doesn’t know how to let go of Nathan and move on.  Peter assures her that Nathan will let her know when it’s time.

Later, Nina shows up and tells the duo about Lulu. They had to GH where Peter is then in question for the crime; being the last person they can substantiate that spoke to Lulu before she was stabbed.  Jordan also reveals to Laura that Lulu’s license is missing from her belongings.

Back at Nathan’s grave, a grieving sister, Nina, shares heartfelt moments with her late brother, missing him, and filling him on the latest in her life and Maxie’s.  One again, Michelle Stafford delivered in these scenes.

Finn shows up with results for “Kevin”.  He tells him the tests shows he has the same virus as Anna and he will need surgery to correct his sudden loss of his eyesight.  Finn also tells “Kevin” this good news: Lulu made it through surgery and will make a full recovery.  Ryan is in trouble and he knows it.

At the end of the episode as Sam makes it over to Pier 55, she spots Jason’s body in the water and jumps in to save him.  We fade to black.

Now, check out the emotional scenes performed by Kirsten Storms and Michelle Stafford below. Then, let us know, do you think Maxie and Peter should move forward with their relationship? How can Ryan get out of the predicament he finds himself in now? Will Lulu come to and identify “Kevin” as her assailant ? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US Delivers Stunning Episode As The Big Three Meet Their Uncle Nick

If you caught Tuesday night’s episode of This Is Us, you saw television drama at its best, and one of the best installments of this heart-tugging series, doing what it does best – intertwining past and present day storytelling, and revealing a shocking truth that will have a ripple effect for the Big Three and Rebecca.

The episode was a beautifully scripted hour of TV called, “Songbird Road Part 1”.  The title refers to the address of where the very much alive Nick (brother of Jack) is living 166 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

In the past, we see Jack receiving postcards from his brother under the alias “Clark Kent” or “C. K.” and reaching out to him over an extended period of time, trying to reconnect.  Jack hides all of the postcards.  When one of them shows up at his home mailbox, and it reads “Last one”, Jack decides to take a Saturday trip to see his brother, and lies to Rebecca as to where he is headed.

In the present day, the Big Three set out on a road trip to find their Uncle Nick, now that Kevin’s journey to Vietnam and back has revealed that Jack lied to everyone – telling them that his younger brother died, when he is actually alive.  Seeking the truth and to locate him, Randall, Kevin and at first a reluctant Kate, set out to the address on the postcard Kevin has.  Rebecca does not want to go, obviously, struggling with the fact that Jack never let on during their marriage that his brother was alive.

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