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AMC Recap – June 20 – June 24th

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Believing Jake and Cara had a one night stand Amanda tells JR she doesn’t think she can get past it. She’s struggling with the fact she isn’t Jake’s first love. JR relates to how she feels and tells her about his problems with Marissa. Krystal tells Marissa she thinks JR has changed. Marissa confides in Bianca about JR and Bianca tells her friend to follow her heart. Marissa apologizes to JR and says that was happened today was not his fault. Jake decides he’s going to tell Amanda what happened between him and Cara. When Amanda returns home he questions where she’s been. Jackson asks “Erica” what David wants from her. Jane/Erica says she just got information from him, nothing more. Jane signs the papers for the purchase of the hospital and Greenlee’s glad she sold it to “Erica.” David tells Jane now that she’s bought the hospital she must find a way to sell it to him. Jane seeks advice from Erica on how to be her. She wants to know how to cope with the pressure and demands put on her by everyone. Erica warns Jane that she is no match for David. She tells Jane she knows about the accident and points out that being her will not take away her pain. Jackson is shocked when Erica/Jane makes an announcement; she and David are now co-owners of the hospital.

“Erica” makes the announcement that David is the perfect partner to help her guide PVH. Jackson wants to look at the contract and find a way to break it but she insists it’s her decision and she doesn’t need his approval. Caleb gets in the mix and Erica/Jane tells both he and Jackson that they either trust her or they don’t. Jake questions Amanda on where she’s been. Tad calls with news of what’s going on with the hospital. Jake’s angry and won’t let David get away with this. Afraid of what Jake’s going to do, Cara heads to the hospital and Griffin agrees to go with her. Jake finds David at the hospital and rejects his peace offering. Jake starts throwing punches just as Cara arrives. Jane joins David for a drink at the Yacht Club. Jackson finds her there and she tells him she didn’t have a drink, just sparkling cider and while he isn’t mad, he’s concerned. Jackson realizes Erica is just “being Erica” and he realized he missed it. Angie tells Frankie it looks like David is his new boss and admits that David is a talented physician. Krystal and Caleb wonder how Jackson could stand by and “let Erica” do such a thing. Krystal’s also taken aback by Angie’s attitude towards the news. Amanda cries on Angie’s shoulder. She knows how hard things have been for the couple and Angie spills the beans on the trip Jake was planning. She encourages Amanda to go and tell her husband that she needs him. Krystal gives Jackson her resignation and thinks it’s best for both of them. Caleb offers her a job with him and she accepts.

Madison tells Ryan she isn’t his problem anymore and he tries to calm her down. Greenlee walks in on the close moment and compliments Madison on her work. She asks Madison to give a presentation. Kendall tells Griffin she has to stop David from taking advantage of Erica. David tells Kendall he won’t hold her shooting him over Erica’s head. While having a drink together at the Yacht Club, Kendall tells Griffin she is going to stop blaming David for everything. David tells Greenlee he bought the hospital to help people and she should be happy because now she’ll have time to focus on her personal life. He points out that his dark side helps him understand her in a way Ryan never will. Cara wants Jake to tell Amanda the truth and tells Tad that she just wants Jake to be happy and Amanda does that for him. Opal tells Cara she has what the family needs and hopes she doesn’t break Tad’s heart. When Marissa tells Bianca she wants to join her on her trip, Bianca says JR planned a trip for him and Marissa to the Grand Canyon and JR plays along.

Colby takes Asher to the Yacht Club and even though it’s closed for a graduation party, they get to hang out until the guests arrive. When Colby starts to sing Asher’s in awe of her voice. Colby admits she’s fantasized about being a singer. When Colby brings back a cupcake for Maya and tells her to kick back and relax with her and Asher, Maya strongly refuses. Angie is determined to get her sight back after David gives her a detailed treatment plan. Jesse’s suspicious of his motives but Angie assures her husband that David will not control her. David tells Angie he wants her back on staff but if she keeps listening to everyone else she’s going to remain blind as a bat. Angie slaps David but decides to start treatment. Angie interviews Maya for a babysitting position. Madison starts off doing excellent during the presentation but freezes in the middle of it when she is bombarded with memories of losing her baby. Greenlee steps in and finishes up and Madison admits she’s not ready to come back to work. Greenlee realizes that everyone at Fusion sees her as the bad guy and when Jackson shows up she seeks comfort from her father. Jackson reminds her that just because Ryan reaches out to others doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on her. Ryan wonders how David pulled off the acquisition of the hospital and he promises David he will figure out what he’s up to. Ryan meets with Jesse and informs him that he overheard a conversation between David and Erica and wonders if he’s somehow connected to Erica’s kidnapping. He’s even considered the possibility that David orchestrated Greenlee’s car wreck. Jesse thinks Ryan’s hunch is worth investigating. Ryan is upfront with Greenlee on what’s going on and promises that David won’t hurt her again. He realizes he’s been so focused on Madison that he’s turned his back on her and he’s sorry. Kendall admits to Griffin that she ran away because she was trying to get away from him. He reminded her of all that she’s survived this past year. While in the park with Griffin, Kendall spots Madison who is disoriented and showing signs of exhaustion. Madison freaks out when Griffin mentions taking her to the hospital but before she can object she faints. Griffin diagnosis Madison right then and there with extreme exhaustion. Kendall promises Madison that she’s going to help her get through this. Griffin tells Kendall she saved Madison.

Greenlee is surprised to find Madison at Kendall’s. She questions if Madison’s faking being ill but Kendall says no way. She tells her friend there’s no reason to worry about Madison trying to get Ryan back. Kendall’s comment strikes a nerve with Greenlee who’s convinced Madison’s just doing this to get Ryan’s attention. Kendall suggests she focus on how lucky she is to have Ryan instead. Madison tells Randi she doesn’t want to take time off because then she’ll be forced to face what happened. Randi relates to Madison and shares her story of a miscarriage. She suggests Madison call Scott but she refuses. While on the trip together Bianca is affected by her feelings for Marissa and says that she can’t do this anymore and plans to tell her why. Jake questions Amanda on what’s wrong. Colby finds Maya in a guest bedroom and Maya covers that she didn’t go home because she wasn’t feeling good. Colby reads the latest vlog on an abusive boyfriend and after Maya questions her on her response, Colby notices bruises on her arm. Maya’s phone rings and she jumps, causing Colby to questions what she’s so afraid of.

 

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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