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ATWT Recap – April 19 -April 23rd

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Janet gets the news that her father has died.  She goes with Jack to see him in the morgue.  Dusty tries to explain but Janet doesn’t want to hear it right now.  Jack consoles her at EOD.  Craig is sorry he ever got involved with Rosanna again, because then maybe he and Carly would still be together and she’d have a man who could be totally committed to her.  They get massages.  At EOD, Carly goes to the police station to see Jack consoling Janet.  Gabriel and Craig are talking about fathers and sons and Gabriel burns his hand on the soldering iron.  Carly insists he go to the hospital, where Liberty is waiting to see her doctor with Faith and Parker (Janet has gone to hear about Rocco).  Surrounded by her friends, Liberty hears the good news that her cancer is in retreat.  Everyone’s thrilled, but Parker is jealous, or at least put off, when Liberty hugs Gabriel.  Gabriel shows them all his sports car and tosses Liberty the keys.  At EOD, she doesn’t want to go home right away.  Parker wants to stop having a card attached to his account, so he’s not tempted to irrationally spend money like Gabriel. Craig, who needs his card to continue withdrawing from the account, convinces him otherwise. Parker’s suspicious but goes. At Milltown, Parker finds Carly visibly affected that Jack’s spending all his time with Janet. Parker finds Liberty with Gabriel and even though Gabriel makes fun of him, Parker convinces Liberty to leave with him. He tells her Rocco’s died and they go to Metro so she can be with Janet and Teri. Janet’s thrilled to hear that Liberty no longer needs chemo. Teri gently urges Janet not to turn to Jack, who left her once, but to Dusty. Liberty agrees and texts Dusty to meet them at Fashions. Janet’s surprised to see Dusty but acknowledges that she overreacted. Dusty asks her to forgive him, but Janet can’t deal with stubborn men. Dusty’s heartbroken and asks Craig if he can spend some time with Johnny. Craig unsympathetically tells Dusty he’ll never be with Janet and Carly walks in on them about to fight. Carly accuses Craig of provoking Dusty, just so Janet will never take him back, and Jack will have to care for Janet, leaving Carly left behind for Craig. Craig doesn’t deny it. He tells Carly he’ll be there for her when she doesn’t get what she needs from Jack. Jack, much to Carly’s disappointment, will go to the funeral with Janet. Dusty and Carly sadly watch Jack and Janet leave. Craig returns to his room with Johnny only to find Gabriel moving in next door. Janet, Jack, Teri and Liberty arrive at the Ciccone house for Rocco’s wake and funeral. Eddie and Aunt Marie, Janet’s brother and Aunt, aren’t the most welcoming of guest. Jack defends Janet. Teri tries to help Liberty understand why their family is so judgmental and old-school. Liberty can’t take Aunt Marie’s insulting way of talking to her and she tells Gabriel and Parker as much when they call her. Carly and Parker consider going to the funeral to be with Jack and Liberty, but they talk each other out of it. Craig encourages Carly to focus on work, and pitches a perfume line for Monte Carlo. Carly goes to work on it. Craig calls Ellis, desperate to know how much money is left in Parker’s trust fund. An assistant in Ellis’ office informs Craig that Ellis has cleaned out his desk and disappeared. Craig’s pole-axed. Meanwhile, back at the Ciccone house, Gabriel arrives, much to Liberty’s surprise, and tells her he charted a plane to fly her home whenever she likes.

Emma sees Paul and Emily in Old Town shopping for Eliza and something triggers inside of her. She goes and checks Meg out of the hospital, but not before Meg’s doctor learns from Emily that Meg acted a strangely on her overnight at Fairwinds. Emily admits to Paul that she spoke to Meg’s doctor and he defends Meg. But when they return home, they discover that Emma and Meg have taken Eliza. They rush to Snyder Farm. Meg wanted to consult with Paul, but Emma stands firm and tells Paul that Eliza belongs with her mother. Paul and Emily take Eliza home since he has legal custody. Meg’s tries to reason with Emma, but Emma tells her that she should’ve defended Meg’s right to Eliza before.

Chris and Ali arrive at WOAK, but Katie’s nowhere to be found. They realize they’ve been set up, when they’re called into the hospital. Chris and Ali are on a high after saving the life of a young patient. Chris impulsively tries to kiss Ali, but she pushes him off her and tells him she can’t jump into a relationship with him. Chris runs into Katie in Old Town and accidently dumps a smoothie on her. Chris fumbles to help her clean off her shirt and they joke about how this is the most action they’ve gotten in months. Chris takes off his shirt so Katie can have it, and Katie accidentally touches his bare chest. There’s a charged moment Katie’s quick to diffuse by strategizing about what Chris should do next with Alison. Vienna’s suspicious about Henry’s relationship with Katie and simultaneously decides she wants to wear a vintage wedding dress Barbara designed. At first Vienna goes to Katie, suspicious that they may have had a relationship while Vienna was out of town. Meanwhile, Henry tries to convince Barbara to turn down any offer Vienna may make for the dress. Barbara agrees it’s too weird, and mentions that Paul hurt her feelings today. Henry tells Barbara any man would be lucky to be loved by Barbara. Henry goes to Katie for help but Vienna’s there. Henry covers by telling Vienna he’s there to let her know Barbara can’t make the dress. Vienna goes to Barbara and Barbara agrees to sell her the dress. Vienna tells Barbara she’s planning on being pregnant with Henry’s child by the time they wed. Barbara’s shocked. Henry isn’t ready to marry Vienna yet.  She agrees to put it off, but is worried about it.

Molly and Holden make plans for a horseback ride/picnic.  But when Luke isn’t available for a foundation banquet, he recommends that Holden take his place.  Holden agrees, leaving Molly disappointed and babysitting.  Holden and Lily bond at the function, hear good things about Luke and the work he’s doing.  Molly hears from Silas and agrees to go to his LV room.  Molly leaves a note with Faith with Silas’ name and room #.  Holden gets this information and pulls Molly out of there, giving her what she wanted.  At EOD, Lily finds Ethan sick from something from Faith’s purse – gummy bears.  Faith doesn’t appreciate the lack of trust.  Lily looks at pictures of the banquet, especially one of her and Holden. Luke and Reid are in Texas.  Luke realizes Reid didn’t have much of a life in Dallas outside of his work.  So he looks up a place to have fun – a cowboy bar, complete with mechanical bull.  They each take a turn, but Luke sees that they missed the call Reid was waiting for, regarding his future in medicine.  Reid puts off calling them back, but finally does, hearing the good news, and kissing Luke.  He’d wanted to do that for a while, and then calls him “Luke.”

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‘The Talk’ Returns as Sheryl Underwood Shares the ‘Trauma’ She Feels Over Incident That Led to Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

CBS’ afternoon series The Talk finally returned to the air, following the departure of Sharon Osbourne and the tense moments that went down on the March 10th episode between her and Sheryl Underwood.

Monday afternoon, co-hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba along with diversity and inclusion expert, Donald E. Grant, were on the episode.  Grant, served as the moderator as the women discussed what happened when Osbourne came at Underwood when defending Piers Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle, eventually prompting an extended internal investigation by CBS.

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On today’s episode, Sheryl Underwood shared: “I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon, because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow. I didn’t want to be perceived as that ‘angry Black woman’, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”

Elaine Welteroth added, “When you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace.  As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.  There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”

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She later added, “I just want to acknowledge you, Sheryl, on air for how you handled the situation. I think it’s important for people to really know the strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. And I think for me, I was just really entering that conversation with the hope of finding a common ground and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

In addition, Underwood wanted to go on record stating that while she had received text messages from Osbourne, she hadn’t replied to them because she wasn’t sure she was supposed to during during an internal investigation. Osbourne had said that she sent texts to Underwood and had apologized for her actions.

Sheryl shared: “I have never been through something like this. I didn’t know whether you were supposed to communicate or not communicate.  I have not spoken to Sharon, I haven’t had a phone call from her, ” However, Underwood expressed that if a friend were to come up to her and greet her nicely, she would do that same, “When you’re friends with someone, you stay friends,” she said.

So, what did you think about the sentiments shared by Sheryl and Elaine during The Talk? Was this episode helpful in shining a lot on racism, and successful in dealing with what transpired on March 10th with Sharon Osbourne? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Don Diamont & Scott Clifton Shine In Father/Son Scenes; As Bill Watches Liam’s Meltdown Over the Accident that Killed Vinny

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, emotional two-person scenes were the order of the day featuring three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (who may nab a nominations next year for this story) and longtime soap vet, Don Diamont.

In story, Dollar Bill has done everything to protect his son by covering up all the evidence in his attempt to save Liam from surely a murder sentence and going to prison.

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Bill’s theory: if anyone were to find out that Liam was driving Bill’s car when suddenly out of nowhere came Vinny (Joe LoCicero) – who Liam hates – and he hit him with the car and fatally killed the guy, they would think he had intent and motive. (However, to us there has to be more to the story! Did Vinny just randomly happen to be on the road that Liam and Bill were driving on and walking across it?)

At Bill’s place, Liam is agonizing as he keeps flashing back to the accident.  When Bill comes in from a morning jog, Liam is astonished that his father was out jogging, when they are in deep hot water for covering up their now hit and run.  Bill gets angry and tells him he actually went to see if there are were any cameras near the accident and he is happy to report there were none, so Liam is in the clear.  Therefore, Liam needs to keep his mouth shut and let this go and move on with his life and reuniting with Hope (Annika Noelle).

Not able to live with the cover-up, the lies, and what he did, Liam is insisting he has to go to the police, but Bill shouts: “You are not going to the police!” Liam goes on to his own subplot theory that they can say he hit an animal and then turn themselves in. Bill keeps firing back at his son, that he cannot do anything of the sort. He has done everything to protect his son in this mess and Liam could screw that all up with one wrong move.  Bill says, “All you have to do is…” and Liam fires back, “Pretend it never happened.”

It is then that Bill tells Liam that killing Vinny will haunt him whether he’s behind bars or a free man, and that he should opt for the latter.  Now unraveling, Liam’s convinced the police will figure out their cover-up. Just then, Bill pulls out a news report on his phone about the hit-and-run that has no leads and no ID of the body.  He assures his son there will never be any leads because he took care of everything.

Just then, Hope texts Liam wondering where he is for their lunch date.  Bill tells Liam to text her back saying something came up, he is in no condition to see anyone till he pulls himself together.  Liam texts back that he can’t make it.  When Hope texts back in response, “I hope you’re okay,” that sets up the end of the episode where Liam begins to hyperventilate and cannot catch his breathe, and is frightened and grief-stricken, and horrified at what he has done.  Bill comes to his aid and tells him he will not let anything happen to his son, and to dig deep to put this accident behind him.  Bill expresses that if Liam can’t do it himself, to lean on him.

However, Vinny was just ID’d in the hospital morgue by Finn (Tanner Novlan), so there’s that!

Kudos to both Scott Clifton and Don Diamont for the riveting scenes between father and son within the episode.

So, what did you think of Scott and Don’s performance? How will Bill and Liam be able to continue to cover-up the hit and run of Vinny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, watch the final moments from the episode below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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