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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.

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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.

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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: Lucas Needs Fatherly Advice From Tony As Ryan Carnes and Brad Maule Deliver Tender Scenes

Friday’s highly-touted episode of ABC;s General Hospital featured the return of Brad Maule in the role of Dr. Tony Jones, the adoptive father of Lucas(Ryan Carnes) and former husband to Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).

It has been years since fan favorite Maule graced the GH screens, but the writers found a way to conjure him up in Lucas’ mind as Lucas is in a pivotal moment in his life; his bio-dad Julian Jerome (William deVry) is blackmailing his husband, Brad (Parry Shen), and Brad is keeping secrets from Lucas.  All spell bad news to Lucas for raising his son, Wiley.  But as GH fans know, Wiley is not the baby that Lucas thinks he is raising with Brad- he is actually raising Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) child, which Brad knows!

So, needing some clarity and visiting his adoptive dad’s gravesite, Lucas sees the vision of Tony, and the former father and son have a heart to heart.  Tony tells Lucas how raising him as  little boy gave him the strength and courage to go on through the hard times, and how to be their for his little boy.  Lucas is just emotionally overwrought and so burdened by the lies those who say that they supposedly love him have been telling.

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At the same time, Julian is searching for Lucas, and happens upon Bobbie at the hospital. She really does not like Julian and the two land at the GH hospital wall where plaques of the beloved doctors and nurses who have passed away are seen.  Bobbie knows Julian could never be the kind of father, Tony was to Lucas.  Julian says he can never replace Tony, but he is Lucas’ father and wants to somehow do right by him.

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Later alone, Bobbie talks to Tony’s photo and we see a heartfelt moment where Tony touches Bobbie’s hand and touches her on the cheek. Something Bobbie feels as she remembers this once great love of hers. At the end of the episode Julian finds Lucas at Tony’s gravesite. What will their confrontation bring?

Kudos to Ryan Carnes, who was the emotional heart of this episode and who made us feel every moment of Lucas’s anguish. And … how wonderful to see Brad Maule again!

So, what did you think of Tony’s visit to Lucas and Bobbie on Friday’s GH? Comment below. But first watch some key scenes between them.

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Days Of Our Lives

Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Checks Into Shadybrook, While Laura Is Unconvinced That Nikolas Is Alive

For months now, viewers have seen the downward spiral of Ava Jerome (Maura West).  It began following the death of her daughter Kiki, and realizing the man she fell in love with was not her therapist, Dr Kevin Collins, but none other than his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) – the man that murdered her daughter.

Trying to get back on her feet has been difficult for Ava.  She finally found some purpose in going back to work at the art gallery she loved so much.  Along the way, she has been sipping one too many martinis.  So, if you add all that up, and if you are other denizens in Port Charles, you might think that when Ava professes she saw the real Nikolas Mikhail Stavrosovich Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) in the flesh, when the man supposedly died a few years ago, then she has really lost it!

Thing is – Ava did see Nikolas, and he is back in Port Charles, alive and well, only know else knows except for Hayden  (Rebecca Budig) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which we learned at the end of Friday’s episode.

Earlier, after Ava passed out seeing Nikolas, she comes too, and he is not at the gallery anymore.  She panics and looks everywhere for him. Ava is convinced there has to be security camera footage of him in the gallery.  Nikolas’ mother, Laura (Genie Francis) happens to head over to see Ava to discuss Helena’s portrait, which has been the key to the codicil mystery, which is now at Ava’s gallery,

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When Laura arrives, she finds Ava with drink in hand, and professing to her that Laura’s first-born son Nikolas is alive and he was just here at the gallery! As she tries to produce the physical evidence to show Laura, it’s not there.   Ava questions her sanity after Laura suggests she really needs professional help; something Laura knows a thing or two about

What happens next is shocking:  Julian (William deVry) is called and he meets Ava and Laura at Shadybrook sanitarium.  Viewers watch as Ava takes off all of her jewelry and her high heels. She hugs Julian and Laura before leaving them behind to get the help she “needs”.

Kudos to Genie Francis and Maura West, who’s unlikely on-screen friendship as Laura and Ava has been a delight to watch; especially when these two powerhouse actresses share two-person scenes together.

Watching Francis’ facial expression when Laura entertains for a moment that her son could be alive and then feels sorrow was masterful, as was West when as Ava she leans on Laura realizing she is in a worse way than she even imagined.  Will Ava get out of Shadybrook soon?  Will Laura get to feel joy that her son is truly alive and in Port Charles? Stay tuned.

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What did you think of the performances of Genie and Maura? What do you think will happen next for Ava and Laura in this story? Comment below.

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