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AMC Recap – March 14 – March 18th

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Angie returns to PV and family and friends throw her a welcome home party. After informing Jake that she might take a longer maternity leave than planned, Angie and Jesse ask Jake and Amanda to be their baby’s godparents. Amanda overhears Tad telling Jake that she needs to grow up. Amanda asks what she can do in order to finally be forgiven. Jake and Amanda both agree that they’d like to get back to the loving couple that they were while Tad and Cara share a close moment as he tries to learn Spanish. Madison admits to Ryan that he’s right; he is the baby’s father. Madison claims she didn’t mean to hurt Ryan by not telling him. Ryan wants to do right by Madison and offers his thanks for her help with Emma. After learning from Madison that Ryan now knows the truth, Scott says he still wants to be involved with her. Greenlee doesn’t tell Ryan that she already knew about the baby and promises to always be there for him. Madison calls Greenlee out on trying to steal her idea for how to fix the unhealthy product problem at Fusion. When Madison claims she feels she’s being taken advantage of, Greenlee caves to the pressure, and not wanting her to feel underappreciated, offers to allow Madison to sit in on a phone meeting with Wall Street analysts and explain her idea. Uncomfortable with Madison’s living conditions, Ryan expresses his feelings. Greenlee tells Ryan that she understands Madison doesn’t have complete say on whether or not he can be near his baby. Erica makes it clear to Caleb that she is committed to Jackson. Their conversation is interrupted when Asher shows up with a delivery from JR. Father and son wind up in an argument over Asher working for JR. Erica insists Caleb must make up with Asher and says that path is through Colby since Asher likes her. Liza continues to try and call Colby but all she gets is her daughter’s voicemail. When she confronts JR he tells her that Colby’s “real family” will help her through these tough times. Erica gives Colby the following advice; own your mistakes and be unafraid of who you are. Ava, the new young, Chandler maid thanks Colby for being herself and admires her honesty, something she wishes she had more of growing up. Colby sends out another video from her webcam about how she will call out the wrong behavior as she sees it in her life.

Kendall, Bianca and Marissa bond over being mothers. After an altercation with JR, Marissa admits to the girls that she’s worried she’s a bad mother. Bianca tells JR to leave Marissa alone. JR tries to get his family back together and tells Marissa how much AJ misses her but she refuses to feel guilty. Amanda confides in JR that things between her and Jake aren’t as great as they used to be. David tells Liza that he will encourage Iris to keep Liza on board as long as she is on his side in helping him get back his medical license. David insists he and Liza must support each other and pulls her into a kiss. A drunken Liza approaches Tad and blurts out to the whole bar that they can judge her all they want but she is who she is. Colby overhears Liza and later uploads a video on Pine Valley’s ‘YouTube’ of Liza’s rant. Learning from Angie that the hospital board doesn’t want Cara, Jake passionately defends her. Jake tells Cara that he got her a job but she must apologize to the parents of the sick child she lashed out on. Jake congratulates Amanda on her new job working with JR. Before heading out of town to try and dig up some more information about Zach’s casino partners Griffin checks Kendall out and deems her healthy. Kendall forces Griffin and Ricky to “make up” after she picks up on some tension between them. Ricky notices Zach’s crumpled letter in Griffin’s bag. Griffin tells a worried Cara that he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if there was a possibility Kendall could get hurt and that’s why he’s searching for more information concerning Zach. Using a cover story, Ricky tries to get information out of Kendall regarding the painkillers coming from Pine Valley. Tad’s upset when Krystal says she is going to move out to avoid putting Cara in danger with immigration and wonders if trying to save Cara is worth the price of losing his girls. After Cara begs Krystal not to leave, Krystal tells Tad his wife changed her mind and they’re not going anywhere. After shoving a man in the park (she realizes he’s not Scott), Annie steals his wallet and keys. Brot alerts Ryan of the incident since it was reported to the cops and Ryan speaks with the man. After Emma calls Madison to tell her that they’re in PV and staying at the man in the park’s room, Madison relays the information to Ryan. Emma escapes after she goes into the bathroom to shower. Ryan finally finds Annie who feels betrayed that he brought Greenlee along. Ryan questions Annie’s mental state when she can’t find Emma. After Madison turns down another living arrangement offer from Ryan she tells Scott she enjoys his company since he doesn’t tell her what to do or try and control her like the other men in her life have done.  Scott kisses Madison.

Kendall covers with Ricky, saying she doesn’t know anything about stolen drugs, then tells Griffin that there are people suspicious of the missing painkillers. Ricky reports back to Diane that he’s planted seeds of doubt about Griffin in Kendall’s mind. Diane gets a call informing her that Griffin wants to meet with her regarding the casino owners. As Griffin gets dressed for his meeting, Kendall shows up and says wherever he’s going she’s coming. Annie almost attacks Greenlee and is restrained by the cops and read her rights. Scott is unsuccessful in calming Annie down and just as she’s about to be sedated JR shows up and asks for a moment alone. After talking with JR, Annie agrees to go with the men (from the hospital) but as she’s being taken away she thinks she’s off to her and JR’s wedding. Ryan meets up with Madison and Scott in the park; after seeing Emma’s stuffed animal he calls out to his daughter and she comes out of hiding. Greenlee shows up with news about Annie and when Emma hears that her mommy is going to the hospital she lashes out, upset she’s going to the very place she’s scared of. Emma tells Ryan she hates him. David tries to reestablish himself in PV. First, Griffin puts in a good word with the medical board, and then David asks JR to do the same.  David wonders when he and Marissa will be able to get to a good place.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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