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AMC Recap – May 30 – June 3rd

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Tad’s feelings for Cara are growing stronger. Griffin tells Tad he is good for his sister and questions what he plans to do about it. Tad would love something to happen between them but won’t push anything. Jake tells Amanda he knows she lied about the results of her pregnancy test but surprises her by saying everyone makes mistakes. Frankie checks out Griffin’s hand injury and he covers to Kendall and Cara. Bianca tells Kendall not to let her fight against Ricky become an obsession. Jane is confused when David brings up Kendall’s shooting in an effort to get her to help reinstate his medical license. Greenlee goes off on Ricky and he admits that since he isn’t a real minister her marriage to Ryan is fake. Ryan tells Greenlee that he wants them to go and get married at City Hall but she knows he’s still mad at her and the timing isn’t right. Kendall thanks Ryan and Greenlee for sticking by her through everything especially since she originally blamed them for Zach’s death.

David is suspicious of Jane as she tries to act like Erica. He catches her drinking and says he will hold that secret as blackmail. Jane tries to cover her confusion but David’s already picked up on it. Jane agrees to sign whatever letter David needs to get him reinstated and while he’s happy about it, he’s also a little bewildered by her unusual behavior. Jackson says there is no way “Erica” is signing anything for David, leaving Jane worried about the consequences if she doesn’t. Jackson and Opal agree Erica’s been acting strange and they must make sure she doesn’t do harm to herself. Madison and Ryan bury their daughter while Greenlee and Scott are feeling the effects of this tragedy as well. Scott agrees to move out if that’s what Madison wants and Greenlee consoles him after he admits that losing Madison’s daughter felt like he lost his own child. Angie tries to console Madison who she tells Angie she doesn’t know what it’s like to lose a baby.  Angie’s affected by Madison’s loss and as she hold baby Lucy, Jesse watches her. Ryan allows Greenlee to comfort him while Madison takes Scott to the grave so he can say his goodbyes.

Madison reflects on the good times they shared but tells Scott that things between them won’t be the same anymore. Although both Scott and Ryan offer Madison their help she turns them both down, saying she must help herself this time. Frankie finds Madison going to her daughter’s grave so she can be close to her. Tad convinces the little girl Mackenzie’s father to remove his complaint against Cara so she can be reinstated. Allowing his personal feelings to get in the way, Jake is hesitant to rehire Cara. He asks Cara what her feelings are on working with him every day before he goes to bat for her with the hospital board. Instead of answering she throws the question right back at him. Amanda admits to Tad she lied about her birth control pills and he says she is her own worst enemy. Amanda questions what would happen if she was right to be paranoid about Jake and Cara. Griffin becomes defensive after Ricky calls him out for being in love with Kendall. Cara tells her brother not to let Ricky get to him and questions if he can really leave town after all he’s gone through with Kendall; Griff says he can. Cara doesn’t want him to go and tells Kendall as she might be the only one who can stop him from leaving. Kendall talks to Griffin and claims it’s because Cara really doesn’t want him to go. JR tells Bianca he is sorry for what she went through but thinks the upside to it all is that Marissa is allowing him to take care of her. When JR questions Scott on his relationship with Marissa, Scott tells him he thinks she’s too good for JR and will make sure she knows it. Marissa and Bianca share a moment which could be interpreted as romantic.

Going off of Jackson’s advice, Jane signs a business deal with Caleb which she has no clue about. David threatens to call Jack about “Erica’s” recent drinking habit if she doesn’t help him out. Jane grabs the phone from him and shoves it into her drink. While eating “Erica’s” favorite meal, Jane has an allergic reaction and runs home. David notices the allergy pills with the name Jane Campbell. Although Jake and Cara agree to move forward its obvious there’s still a pull between them. Jesse tells Jake he thinks Tad has real feelings for Cara. Jake is feeling guilty when Amanda takes him to a picnic in the park to celebrate the anniversary of their first proposal. Jake recites his vows and kisses her passionately. Cara hugs Tad when he says he spoke to Liza about helping Griffin get only probation and Tad kisses her. Cara admits to Griffin she encouraged Kendall to try and get him to stay and she advises him to follow his heart and go after Kendall. Cara comes to the conclusion he is afraid of love. Kendall admits to Tad that she has feelings for Griffin and he encourages her to follow through on them. Later she tells Griffin the sale of the casinos will take longer than expected. Krystal and Caleb seem to be growing closer.

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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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