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ATWT Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Gabriel takes Liberty home before the funeral in his chartered jet. Liberty returns home to a jealous Parker, who tries to convince her Gabriel is up to no good. Liberty refuses to listen to Parker’s wild claims, so Parker storms out to prove that Gabriel has a hidden agenda. Liberty asks Gabriel to meet her at Java and warns him about Parker. Not wanting to return home to Snyder Farm or Milltown, Liberty takes up Gabriel’s offer to watch a movie in his Lakeview Hotel Room. When they arrive they find Parker going through Gabriel’s belongings. Jack, Janet, and Teri go to the funeral, but at the cemetery Dusty arrives before the burial. Eddie, who blames Dusty for Rocco’s death, confronts him. Jack takes Dusty’s punch intended for Eddie. Teri convinces Dusty to wait for them at the house. When they return Dusty pleads with Janet to forgive him. Janet tells Dusty that while she still loves him, she can’t be engaged to him for the time being. She gives him back her engagement ring and he takes Teri back to Oakdale. Jack and Janet leave without saying goodbye to her relatives.

Lily connects Carly with a perfume distributor, but when Carly asks Craig for money he becomes shifty and irritable. While meeting the distributor Craig gets a call from his PI telling him where Ellis is. Craig finds Ellis in a movie theater and Carly follows them. Ellis runs away from Craig and Carly. Craig admits to Carly that Ellis made a bad investment with the Monte Carlo money and Carly flips out on him. She berates herself for ever trusting Craig again. Desperate Craig assures her that he’ll figure it all out. Carly goes home to find Liberty there. Liberty confides in Carly that she’s worried about Parkers obsession with her. Liberty tells Carly about how Parker broke into Gabriel’s room in a fit of jealousy. Carly’s concerned. Parker goes to Java where he tells Faith he’s worried that he’s losing Liberty. He tries to buy her a surprise gift, only to find out that his trust fund has been drained. Parker notices that one of the recent charges on his trust fund was for a private jet. Parker confronts Gabriel at the Monte Carlo Office. They argue, and Parker punches Gabriel. Gabriel falls and hits his head, while freaked Parker rushes out. Gabriel lies unconscious on the floor as smoke seeps under the door. Craig has decided to burn down Monte Carlo to acquire the insurance money. The fire continues at Monte Carlo.  Parker goes to the police station to report Craig’s misuse of his trust fund and sees that there’s a fire at Monte Carlo’s address, so he goes there with Faith.  Parker is worried that no one has seen Gabriel inside, and Carly overhears him say he was “robbed,” she wonders what’s up between them.  Gabriel is eventually pulled out and brought to the hospital. Meanwhile, Lily calls Lucinda in about something they did 20 years ago. They hid from Craig that Gabriel Caras is his son. Lily thinks they should tell Craig, but Lucinda suggests several reasons why he doesn’t deserve to know.  Faith comes home and tells them that Gabriel’s in the hospital.  Lily goes there and at EOD, tells Craig that Gabriel’s his son.  Carly pressures Parker until he confesses that if Gabriel dies it’ll be his fault.  But he was confronting Gabriel about Craig’s having used Parker’s trust fund.  Carly is furious.  At EOD, Craig voices his regrets to Gabriel as Carly shoots daggers at him.

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Lily desperately wants to tell Holden about Craig and Gabriel, but Lucinda comes in to prevent her because she knows Holden will tell everyone.  Lily goes to the hospital while Lucinda goes to visit Craig, to harshly say he was never really the boy’s father.  Craig is livid and grabs Lucinda by the throat. He threatens her and throws her out, then has some drinks, and goes back to the boiler room where he sees Carly.  Lucinda tells Holden the family could be in danger of Craig. Janet reminds Liberty how important they are to each other and how fulfilling their lives are and can be together, with the baby.  Jack and Dusty will help, and that’s good, but Janet’s grateful for what she has with her daughter, and realizes she wouldn’t have been better off in Melrose Park all those years. Carly continues to protect Parker, especially from Jack’s curiosity.  Jack hears from Margo it might not have been an accident that started the fire at Monte Carlo’s building.  He’s on the case.  Parker overhears Margo tell Jack that Gabriel had been unconscious and it all might have been a cover-up. Molly’s upset when Holden once again cancels a date to help Lily out. Silas calls her and Molly responds a little to his flirtatious overtures. Luke and Reid would bond some more, watching the game and having pizza.  Noah comes up and Reid irks Luke with what he says.  Then Noah calls Luke, mentions the surgery tomorrow, and Luke is upset that Reid didn’t tell him, thinking he’s up to something.  Luke goes home and Noah’s there, scared of the surgery and needing Luke.  Luke’s happy to be there for him, but we can see he’s conflicted.

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It’s the day of Eliza’s custody hearing.  Meg calls the Intruder anonymously to report corruption at Deerbrook.  Emily gets a call from the Intruder and leaves the hearing to pursue this lead, which would have a sure effect on the ruling.  Emily rushes to Deerbrook to confront Dr. Galvin, who denies that Meg’s way out of Deerbrook was bought.  Emily persists until she realizes he’s not lying and Meg set her up.  The hearing ends and Emily gets back to hear that she and Paul have custody for thirty days, until another hearing.  Meg’s plan has bought her some more time.

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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