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AMC Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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Damon turns to Tad for advice on Colby while Colby turns to her Liza.  Colby questions how to tell if a guy is cheating on you. Damon finds Colby in the park and apologizes again but when she insinuates that he’s cheating, Damon blows up. Tad finds his own adoption papers from 1978 and shows them to his son.  Tad asks Liza if she can see herself as a mother to Damon. JR comes to Annie’s rescue and she explains how Tucker treated her like she was nothing.  Scott jumps to the wrong conclusion when he sees Annie’s torn shirt.  Marissa runs into Tucker and gets the real story of what happened. Colby sees JR and Annie kiss. Angie calls Jake for help when she can’t see her way out of the alleyway.  Angie’s unsure how she is going to live in a world where she can’t see the faces of the people she loves. Colby’s shocked and upset when she realizes the kiss she saw between Annie and JR was real. JR continues to insist he’s committed to his family and pleads with his sister not to tell anyone about what she saw. JR & Annie realize the only way they can be together is if she was his mistress. Annie feels horrible when she finds Emma crying to Scott over the fight between JR and Colby.  Knowing the positive effect Scott has on her daughter, Annie expresses her gratitude.  Annie tells Scott she wants to get married. An upsetting call from Emma cuts Ryan and Madison’s trip short but she realizes his daughter needs him.  Madison justifies Greenlee’s surprise arrival in NY to a concerned Frankie and admits she’s falling in love with Ryan. Frankie’s upset with David for goading him and accidentally reveals Greenlee was in New York.  Scott proposes to Annie and she says yes.  JR hides his disappointment and the group toast to the happy couple’s engagement. Tad, Jake and Krystal prepare for Damon’s adoption party. Liza catches Damon taking money out of the register at Krystal’s bar but he swears he planned on paying it back. As a result of the pills Liza replaced his meds with, Damon forgets about his party.  Liza spills to Tad that Damon kissed her.  Amanda tells Jake about the pictures of Liza on Damon’s phone and they head to the bar to tell Tad. Damon agrees to go to NY with Colby to track down Adam; he convinces Colby its best if they leave immediately.  Greenlee gives David a lame excuse when he asks about Ryan and her trip to New York. Having overheard Greenlee’s conversation and knowing she’ll be meeting Ryan in the park, David gets there first and warns him he will fight for her no matter what.  Ryan is hit with an intense pain in his head and falls to the ground.  As Ryan lay helpless, David just stands there and makes no attempt to help him. Madison’s disappointed when Emma is upset that the new Cinderella dress she gave her does not have the Greenlee ‘Fairy Godmother’ embroidery. Greenlee saves the day when she brings Emma a new dress.  Madison asks Greenlee to give Ryan a chance to move on. Upset she failed the bar exam, Marissa cries to Caleb. Upon seeing JR coming into the bar, she runs away with tears in her eyes.  Immediately thinking Caleb upset her, JR gets defensive and the two men almost come to blows. Annie and Scott talk about their wedding ceremony.

Having sold Cortlandt Electronics, Caleb prepares to leave town and rents Wildwind to Bianca until he learns that JR duped him into selling the company to the Chandlers. Caleb vows to get his company back and is not going anywhere.  Bianca suggests he live in the house with her and the children. Natalia shares information with Jesse about her investigative work regarding Erica’s crash. Greenlee finds David standing over Ryan’s unconscious body. At the hospital, David insists he wants Angie to treat Ryan.  Angie’s vision starts to go but Jake takes over and he discovers Ryan has an aneurysm. Ryan dreams of Greenlee who admits that while David saved her, he’s the one she loves.

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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