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ATWT Final Recap – Sept 13 – Sept 17th

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Janet tends to Dusty for the moment, as he’s still recuperating from his fights at Avalon Castle.  They kiss, but soon Janet’s having contractions.  He brings her to the hospital where the doctor does a sonogram.  Dusty has a copy and talks to John about it, speculating that the baby is bigger than expected because it’s actually Dusty’s. At EOD, John has Dusty’s cup tested against the DNA for Janet’s baby’s father. Liberty gets into F.I.T. from the waiting list, but is reluctant to go because of the baby on the way.  Faith encourages her to go, mostly because she’s jealous of Liberty’s and Parker’s relationship. She sees them at Al’s, Parker telling Liberty a secret of his own. Faith later tells Janet about Liberty’s having gotten in.  Janet is excited for Liberty and wants her to pursue her dreams despite the baby, because Janet’s done it before and moreover she’s not alone this time.  Liberty suggests to Faith that she be more honest with Parker, since that’s how she’ll win his heart.

Parker and Sage see that Jack and Carly are happy.  Sage hopes this means they’ll get married again, and wants to prod them in that direction.  Parker thinks if the status quo works, they shouldn’t mess it up by getting married again.  Sage leaves a picture of one of their earlier weddings on the couch, where Jack and Carly later find it.  They talk about how things have gone wrong in the past, but soon Jack is ready to propose.  But he gets a call that Janet’s having contractions.  They go to the hospital and later return, and Jack picks up where he left off, asking Carly to marry him.  It’s Carly and Jack’s wedding day. Carly’s nervous about the wedding. Gwen brings in Rosanna hoping her presence will help. Carly’s thrilled Jack tracked Ro down and the sisters reconcile. Gwen and Ro give Carly some alone time to collect herself. Carly leaves the house and goes to the Snyder pond. Carly accidentally drops the compass into the pond and Jack finds her in a tizzy unable to find it. Jack reassures her that they no longer need the compass to find each other.  Carly shares a warm moment with Gwen, Ro and Molly. They’ll all give her a flower for her bouquet.  Jack thanks Parker, Will and Holden for being there for him. He never thought, after Brad’s death, he’d feel this happy again. Carly and Jack are wed. Gwen, Rosanna, and Molly participate in the ceremony. Everyone’s thrilled when it goes off without a hitch – even with Craig present.

Lily and Gabriel warn Craig not to attend the wedding but he shows up anyway. Holden and Lily grow closer over their family.  Molly and Holden make up, in no small part because of Lily’s polite prodding. Parker tells everyone that he plans to be a cop, and go to police academy instead of college. Carly and Jack are nervous but supportive. Parker kisses Faith. Gabriel tells Craig he’s moving back to Montega. Craig flips out. Rosanna encourages Craig to let Gabriel go. Craig wishes Gabriel well and hugs him. Craig offers to buy Rosanna a drink and she accepts.  Liberty, however, is concerned about the whereabouts of her mother. Liberty tries to reach her, but the call goes straight to voicemail.

Dusty helps Janet decorate the cabin Jack and Carly will spend their honeymoon in. Dusty falls off a ladder, but is fine. Janet’s water breaks.  Carly and Jack leave their wedding and go to the cabin for their honeymoon. There they find Dusty injured and Janet having major contractions. With emotions running high, they all prepare to help Janet give birth in the cabin. With no time left, Jack, Carly, and Dusty pull together to help Janet deliver her baby in the cabin. Jack drives them to the hospital so Janet and the baby can be checked out. Jack discovers Carly weak, but before he can find a nurse to examine her they run into John telling Dusty that he’s the father of Janet’s baby. They’re all stunned. Dusty couldn’t be happier that John went behind his back and conducted a DNA test. Jack takes the news in stride and focuses on handing Carly off to a nurse.  Dusty goes to Janet and tells her the news. She feels for Jack, but she’s thrilled. Liberty and Teri arrive and congratulate the happy parents. Liberty finds Jack in the corridor and sympathizes with his loss. She encourages him to talk to Janet. Janet assures Jack that he’ll play a role in the baby’s life. Liberty says goodbye to her mother and the rest of her family, new and old. Dusty assures Teri and Liberty that he’ll close on the house he promised Janet and add a new addition to welcome all of them. Jack watches the happy family moment only to be pulled away by Carly who’s heard back about her tests. In private, Carly breaks the news to Jack – she’s pregnant.  They kiss passionately.

Lucinda consoles Luke over his loss. She assures him Reid will be remembered – she’ll also start a fellowship in his name. Luke’s further upset when he hears that Lucinda and Lily are fighting. Lucinda’s convinced there’s nothing she can do to win Lily back. She’s grateful when Noah interrupts Luke’s speech about how the loss of Reid has taught him that life is too short to waste holding grudges. Noah compliments Luke on finding his calling in his dedication to the hospital and Reid’s vision. When Luke realizes Noah’s at Java to work, he refuses to let him stay in Oakdale and give up his dreams in LA. Luke drags Noah to WOAK, where he gives him a piece of cinematic equipment. They realize they first met there. Luke and Noah acknowledge that they helped each other grow and come into their own. They share a warm goodbye.

John tries to compel Lily to forgive Lucinda. Lily won’t budge and Holden supports her. John runs into Lucinda at the Lakeview Lounge and admits that he spoke to Lily, to no avail. Lucinda’s downtrodden, even when John offers to take her with him to Amsterdam. Lucinda jumps at the opportunity to make amends when Lily invites her over, but when she arrives, Lily confesses that she’s didn’t invite Lucinda over to patch things up between them. She wants her mother to get her own life. Lucinda decides to take John up on his offer. Holden’s proud of Lily. They talk about growing up and starting their lives anew – and so, for a start, Holden kisses her.

In this final episode, Bob spends an otherwise ordinary day at his office, packing up his things before he and Kim move out to Arizona.  As he packs, he reflects on his life and long career as a doctor in this town.  He’s seen love and loss, birth and death, as many others in Oakdale have.  Alison wakes Casey up on this, the day they move to Carbondale.  Chris proposes to Katie, and she accepts.  Holden goes fishing with Ethan.  Tom and Margo, and Chris and Katie, agree to swap houses, one for a hopefully growing family, one for a pair of new empty-nesters.  Dusty and Janet introduce Jack and Carly to their baby, Lorenzo Dustin Donovan.  Jack and Carly are themselves almost a trimester into Carly’s pregnancy, and Sage can’t wait to tell the world.  Faith gets Parker to supervise her driving, but she speeds and gets them into trouble. Parker tries to take the heat for it, and Jack and Carly recognize themselves in the teens.  Luke is bereft after the loss of Reid, but he finds some solace in his family, especially Natalie, and in being there for them.  Paul wants out of business with Barbara, but he and Emily are surprised when Henry and Barbara meet them for dinner and Barbara has paperwork of her own that she wants Paul to sign.  She wants out, too.  It looks like Lily and Holden will find their way back to each other.  Craig wants the same for him and Rosanna, whom Johnny is excited to see.  Susan says goodbye to Bob.  Lucinda and John are themselves once again a couple, as Lisa supports them.  Kim gives Bob all the time he needs in his office.  Bob pockets his nameplate.  He spins the globe on his desk and leaves, but it lights up and keeps turning.

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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