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AMC Recap – July 4 – July 8th

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Kendall defends Erica spending the night with David and believes there’s an explanation as to why. Jane/Erica reassures Kendall that nothing is going on between her & David. Kendall suggests she call Jackson to reassure him of her love. Jane takes her advice and suggests to Jackson they go on a casual trip. At the Fusion office Kendall gives Madison some advice on how to present her line and agrees to talk to Greenlee about giving her another chance. Jake shares his frustration with Jesse over the fact David has taken over the hospital but won’t give his nemesis the satisfaction of quitting. When he wonders out loud how one would get away with killing someone Jesse tells Jake there are other ways to get back at David. Jesse feels David’s up to something and asks Jake to be his eyes and ears at the hospital. Jake wonders how Angie feels about all of this. Ryan also plans on finding out what David’s up to before anyone else gets hurt. He tells Jesse about Erica spending the night at David’s and also questions how Jesse could allow David to treat Angie. Jesse explains Angie wants her vision back. He’s doing his best to find out what David’s up to. Ryan updates Kendall on his conversation with Jesse and in talking to her realizes she misses Griffin. Ryan calls the airline and learns Griffin never got on the flight. Greenlee thinks it’s possible that Erica is having an affair with David and feels bad for Jackson. Ryan suggests they go on their honeymoon, and while Greenlee’s touched by the offer, she wants to stay in PV to find out what David is up to first.

Greenlee confronts David and Jackson intervenes and tells David to stay away from his daughter. David runs into Madison and perks up when she mentions Greenlee. She vents regarding Greenlee dismissing her line and David gives her some pointers on how to handle Greenlee. Madison thinks she’d need to be more like David and doesn’t think she can do that. She wonders if David is using her to get under Greenlee’s skin. JR and Amanda both want to know if she’s pregnant with his child. Marissa shows up and JR covers, claiming Amanda is helping him with paperwork. Marissa realizes Amanda looks sick and when Jake shows up and suggests they order some chili fries Amanda runs straight to the bathroom. Marissa tells JR he needs to stop stressing Amanda out about work, not realizing that she might be pregnant with JR’s baby. Marissa’s taken aback when JR suggests they have another baby. Jake takes Amanda to get checked out. Erica takes advantage of the fact her push knocked Jane unconscious and quickly comes up with an escape plan. She changes into Jane’s clothes, puts on her engagement ring and acts like Jane when Ben enters the room. Unfortunately, Jane wakes up and Erica’s busted when Jane trips her up with a question she has no clue the answer to. Erica tells Ben to get a tape recorder because she wants to begin another book about her life.

JR asks Marissa what’s going on. She was into being a couple, came back into his bed but now wants to take it slow. He’s confused while Marissa asks why he’s pushing her. JR wants to know why she doesn’t want to take their relationship to the next level. Before she can answer Bianca shows up and Marissa realizes she’s on a date. JR talks to Bianca who says that Marissa needs to feel wanted and appreciated. He takes her advice and tells Marissa that they should be together but not smother one another. JR admits he had some help in figuring out what she wants. Sienna, Bianca’s date, picks up on the vibe between the two girls and asks how long Marissa’s had a thing for her. She can tell Bianca feels the same and ends their date. JR texts Amanda to find out if she took the pregnancy test and Amanda says the test was negative. In an effort to prove she’s still hot Liza kisses Tad. She explains that she was fired and basically lost her job because she couldn’t get Jesse fired. Liza thinks “Tad the Cad” is now “Tad the Dad”. Tad says he won’t have sex with Liza because he’s a married man.  She goes off to prove she’s not dead yet. Caleb heard Liza got fired and offers her a job. At first Liza declines but later decides to accept. Jake brings Amanda to the hospital and Cara’s the doctor treating her. She wants Amanda to confide in her. Amanda and Jake learn she’s not pregnant, but after Jake leaves, Cara tells her the symptoms she’s having may be from HPV or cervical cancer. Amanda says Cara owes it to her to keep this news from Jake. Jake and Cara talk about her growing relationship with Tad but when Cara watches Jake with Amanda she starts to cry. Tad offers her a handkerchief and she notices lipstick on it. Tad explains what happened with Liza. Cara explains she was crying because she wants Jake and Amanda to be as happy as they are. She’s grateful for all he’s done for her. The two kiss and then Tad asks Cara for a divorce.

Tad tells Cara he wants more than gratitude from his relationship with Cara. He says he tried to fight it but he’s started to feel more for her and thinks things changed once she kissed him and started planning dates. Cara asks who said she didn’t want more. Tad asks if she has feelings for him or if her gratitude is forcing her to try and feel something for him. Ryan and Kendall interrupt Tad and Cara to say that Griffin didn’t get on the plan. Tad says he married Cara to keep her safe and it was a marriage in name only and that’s what it has to get back to. JR reveals to Marissa that Bianca is the one who’s been helping him all along. Scott tells JR that he is restoring the guest house so he can move in. He wants to be close to his family similar to how Adam and Stuart lived there together. Scott tells Marissa he thinks taking JR back would be a mistake. Marissa runs into Bianca at Krystal’s and learns the music box was Bianca’s idea. She wants to know why Bianca helped JR win her back and Bianca admits she did it because she couldn’t. Bianca thinks that for the sake of their friendship they should stay clear of each other for a while. Ryan explains to Kendall that he looked into the manifest because he thought Griffin could help him figure out David’s plan and that’s when he learned Griffin never got on the plane. Ryan wonders if all this has something to do with David. Ryan brings Kendall to her appointment with Griffin’s replacement and as she starts to remember moments with him she begins having heart palpitations. Kendall follows the nurse down the hall and freezes when she sees Griffin.

Bianca is shocked to hear Erica spent the night with David and is tired of her mother doing things to push Jackson away. Kendall tells Ryan that Bianca’s frustration has nothing to do with Erica. Mookie gets a job helping Scoot and tells Maya that he’s staying in PV. He admits he did it to be closer to her. Mookie sneaks up behind Maya and she flinches. Colby tells Frankie that Asher had to take more pain pills after hitting Mookie. Frankie is familiar with pain pill addiction and reminds Asher he can’t take more than prescribed. Asher’s mad at Colby for making it sound like he can’t control himself but back at the mansion he sneaks the bottle out of her purse and pops two pills.

Kendall asks what Griffin’s doing here. When he realizes she’s in a gown, Griffin sweeps Kendall off her feet and takes her back to her cubicle. He keeps things strictly professional and doesn’t reveal that he came back for her. Jake shows up and is thrilled to see Griffin and points out how they hadn’t even gotten a replacement for him yet. Cara’s happy to see her brother and thinks Kendall had something to do with his return. Cara loves her brother and wants him in her life and thinks that she’s not the only one who feels the same way. Ben starts rolling the tape for Erica to begin her new book. She’s calling it Erica Kane Uncensored. Erica finds this more emotionally difficult than she thought it would be. She talks about what a great mother Mona was and what a monster her father was. Even though her father abandoned her she still wants to rescue him. Ben starts to feel for Erica and behind his back she smiles because that’s the exact reaction she was hoping for. Ryan sneaks into David’s office and is caught by Angie. He admits he broke in to find some information on David’s hospital takeover and partnership with Erica. Angie agrees to get information on David’s plans as he treats her. David finds Jane clad in lingerie waiting in his room. He tries to leave for a meeting which upsets Jane and she accuses him of using her. Jane says if he turns his back on her she will destroy him. David puts on a show for Jane and claims he’s “falling” for her. Just as David kisses Jane passionately Jackson shows up, demanding to know what David did to Erica and how did he convince her to work with him all night. David says he thought she went home. After Jackson leaves Jane re-emerges and he suggests she go after him. Jane’s worried that if she’s found out she will go to jail. Kendall’s surprised when Griffin shows up at her house. He admits he came back to town for her.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Has a Comeback, Kaitlyn Bristowe Overcomes Injury, One Couple Is Eliminated

On Tuesday evenings second night of competition in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, three former soap stars took to the ballroom dance floor in a night which also featured for the first time this season … the viewers vote counting for 50% of the total score, and one couple being sent home.

The “drama” of the episode was if former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ankle would be OK enough for her to dance her routine.  With her being placed at the end of the show and then “wowing” everyone – it was hard to know how bad the injury was, but, as she detailed on the show she did receive a cortisone shot before performing and changed shoes to help her get through.

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Meanwhile, Chrishell Stause, the former AMC, DAYS and Y&R star, currently on the reality hit, Selling Sunset, showed improvement, while ex- Passions, Desperate Housewives and Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe continued to bring the heat – although the judges want him to dance with less use of his facial expressions – and Daytime Emmy winner Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marley, AW)  continued to be having the time of her life from her performances.

Here’a what went down…

Kaitlyn Bristowe and partner Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot): Performing to Leann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and with the uncertainty of if she would dance at all, Bristowe, who wanted to be a dancer, got major kudos from the judges for her dramatic lines and moves fluidly through the dance floor and closed the night – combined total score of last week and this week 42 out of 60

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Anne Heche and partner Keo Mostepe (Foxtrot): Performing to One Republic’s “Counting Stars”,  Heche revealed this was one of her favorite songs, and she also revealed this dance was to honor her two sons.  Although the judges did not feel Heche delivered as strongly with this performance than in the season opener, Anne still looked like she was enjoying every second of being on the floor – combined total score 36 out of 60

Chrishell Stause and partner Gleb Savchenko (Rumba):  Stause showed her vulnerability including sharing a story from her childhood past.  Then then duo danced to “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman.  During the performance, Stause looked more fluid on the floor than the previous week and was praised for her improvement  – Combined total score 31 out of 60

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Jesse Metcalfe and partner Sharna Burgess (Foxtror): This duo performed to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and played up their chemistry on the floor. The critique from the judges had more to do with Jesse not looking so intense, and also his posture, but all told they did well – Combined score was 38 out of 60.

Now to the first elimination:  Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley were the celebrities in the bottom two.   It was up to the judges to decide which celebrity would be saved.  Bruno picked Charles, but Carrie Ann picked Carole, leaving Derek to cast the deciding vote … and he saved Carole.

So what did you think of how Chrishell, Anne and Jesse did on last night’s DWTS?  Did the right celeb get sent packing? What did you think of Kaitlyn’s dance and ankle injury? Comment below, but first check out their dances.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Steffy vs. Liam Opioid Showdown

Things have gone off the rails for Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) now that she is addicted to painkillers, scoring drugs from places other than a prescription from the good doc, Finn (Tanner Novlan), who also has the hots for his favorite patient.

Enter Liam (Scott Clifton), who has flip-flopped so many times between Steffy and Hope (Annika Noelle) and who is the person who finds Steffy knocked out on her couch, while their daughter is not being attended to.

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Now after finding pills that Steffy had tucked away in her couch, Liam goes on the offense and confronts Steffy who is pretending she no longer needs opioids to cope with her physical pain – but as we realize it’s also the emotional pain she has been in for months that have also brought her to this point,

When Liam wants her to admit she has a drug problem,  Steffy fires back “How dare you?” and mocks him over his “over-bearing” concern for her.  He then presents this “holier than thou” attitude where he tells her that he is not cool about Finn being involved with her when he is her doctor.

However, when Liam is confused to hear from Steffy that Finn doesn’t know about the pill bottle he has now in his possession, that is when she cries and admits she is still taking pills.  Steffy then counters that Liam does not understand – that he left her and their daughter, Kelly for Hope – and that she is all alone.  She goes on to say Finn has been there for her, like nobody else has been.

In the end, left with no choice, Liam tells Steffy he is leaving and taking their daughter with him, which leaves Steffy wrecked.  Will she try to stop Liam from taking their daughter?

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood delivered another one of her top-notch performances in today’s episode as well.

So, what did you think of the Liam and Steffy scenes on Tuesday’s episode of B&B? Comment below.

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General Hospital

The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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