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ATWT Recap – Aug 2 – Aug 6th

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Holden and Lily are in France with Craig, having found out that the factory doesn’t really exist.  Holden and Lily try to fly back to Oakdale in time to make his wedding, but there is a storm over the Atlantic and they’re redirected to Canada.  They’ll try to make it home as quickly as possible.  Molly explains to Natalie and Ethan that she’s not looking to replace Lily.  Faith is on board, too.  Carly finishes up Molly’s dress and stresses over Holden’s having gone to help his ex-wife the night before his wedding.  Jack sees there’s a storm coming, and hears from Holden.  He and Carly tell Molly about this who tries to keep her spirits up, suggesting they relax and have a good time until Holden’s able to get back.  Carly works overtime to distract Molly from the fact that Holden’s stranded in Canada with Lily. In her efforts, she fakes a sprained ankle and Jack must take her to the ER. Abigail helps Molly get ready for the wedding and they discuss Abigail’s disastrous love life. Molly realizes she must take the advice she gives her daughter.  Lily bargains a diamond (from an old engagement ring Holden gave her) for a flight from Canada to Oakdale. It’s too late – Holden arrives at the farm only to find Molly in jeans. Molly can’t be with someone who doesn’t put her first. Abigail meets Reid, who she thinks might be Noah at first.  Reid admits that he and Luke are together.  Luke and Reid bond a bit over caring for Natalie and Ethan. Reid suggests he and Luke take the bridal suite Molly and Holden will no longer use. Luke’s hesitant, especially after the afternoon’s events. Reid thinks Luke’s worth the wait. They kiss.  Craig accuses Lucinda of orchestrating the perfume factory conspiracy. Lucinda defends herself and suggest Craig steer clear of Lily. Lucinda meets with Blackthorn and instructs him to complete phase two of their plan. Blackthorn tells Craig he wants what Craig owes him. Craig needs time, but Blackthorn’s unwilling to give him more than 24 hours. Henry swears he hears Barbara’s voice through the baby monitor at Katie’s house.  No one really believes him, except for Will, who’s willing to follow the lead if it can help locate Barbara.  Henry thinks to go back to Barbara’s room at the Lakeview, considering the woman seen in the surveillance footage might not be Barbara.  At EOD, despite having sworn against it, he finds himself once again in a dress, this time to find the woman he loves.  Iris celebrates her birthday at Al’s.  It’s not entirely happy because she’s kicked out of the Wagon Wheel.  Gwen asks Paul if Iris can stay with them for a few days.  Iris returns to Barbara in the Warehouse, gloating about a family photo taken with Gwen, Will and Hallie. Barbara tells Iris she’ll give her a check, if Iris retrieves Barbara’s checkbook from the strongbox in her hotel room.  Iris goes and jimmies the box open with the pen Barbara used the write the note, the pen with “Party Warehouse” on it.  Henry, as the Lakeview maid Henrietta, goes into the room and finds the pen.  Will finds Henry there, and they go to the Warehouse, where they find no sign of Barbara, since Iris has bound and gagged her and brought her to the Fairwinds Wine Cellar.  Iris keeps Barbara tied up in the Fairwinds Wine Cellar. Barbara tries to trick Iris, and Iris retaliates by shooting her with a paintball gun. Barbara’s left bound, gagged and humiliated. Gwen and Emily wonder where Iris has gone. Emily suggests Iris is drinking in the wine cellar, but Gwen refuses to believe that. At the EOD, Emily goes to hide their expensive Scotch in the wine cellar and encounters Iris, just leaving.  Henry tries to convince Will, Paul and Margo that Barbara was locked up in the warehouse. He uses a lipstick smudge on Chuckles, in Barbara’s color, as proof. Margo won’t investigate without real verification Barbara’s been taken hostage. Henry decides to call upon a psychic since there’s no psychical evidence. Myra Haft arrives and tells Will, Henry and Paul that there is a secret inside Chuckles.

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Chris is now in full pursuit of the Chief of Staff position at the hospital.  He finally admits to Katie, who hadn’t caught on, that he’s doing these things for her, to show he’d be a good husband and father.  Chris draws the line and sternly asks Katie if she wants to go to the cabin.  She does, and they head up there, alone, because Tom and Margo have to stay in town for a case.  They kiss and are excited to make love, but Chris can’t because he’s physically unwell.  Chris collapses at the cabin, but won’t let Katie call 911. She drives him to Memorial where he treats himself. Chris assures Katie and Margo, who Katie called for moral support, he simply had acid reflux. Katie’s relieved his reaction was a simple medical problem, not an emotional one. Reid sees Chris order his blood to be tested for a rare tropical disease and he confronts Chris about his lies. Casey and Alison watch Jacob for a while and find it difficult.  The two of them, plus Gwen, barbecue at Casey’s house and realize among beer and babies they’re grown-ups.  Casey and Alison find themselves even closer together.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: After Learning The Truth About Sasha; Nina Leaves Her Wedding To Valentin … With Jax

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, you witnessed Cynthia Watros (Nina), well, being what she does best, delivering a performance that only Cynthia Watros can do!

Everyone knew the nuptials of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Nina were potentially cursed with all of the secrets looming, especially the major one that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not Nina’s biological daughter.  After overhearing as conversation between Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Sasha in the women’s bathroom, Lulu (Emme Rylan) just had to tell the truth right in the middle of the long-awaited wedding of the  lovebirds.

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After dropping the bombshell during the the ceremony, at first, Nina could not believe this at all, especially coming from Lulu; who is still dealing with the fact that her marriage to Dante is over, so why would she want anyone else to be happy? Problem was when Nina asked Sasha to just set the record straight,  she didn’t the way Nina had thought she would.  Sasha goes into the story on how she duped Nina for money, but then became so fond of her, and loved her like a daughter would.

Valentin is freaking out, because he knows he could be implicated in this mess, and while there was no proof on hand of how three DNA tests were all switched to make it look like Sasha was a DNA match for Nina’s bio-daughter, he looked the guilty party as well.  A betrayed and angry Nina feels in her gut that Valentin had something to do with this, and is rocked to her core that he lied to her again.  Nina screams she has to get out of the chapel.

Then, who should just be coming by at the right time outside the nuptials, that knight in shining armor, Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).   They make a exit together, where Jax takes Nina back to his brand new home that is barely furnished at this point, but there is a couch! And there is some scotch!  When Jax tries to calm Nina down, so she will talk about what has happened, all that she says so far is that Sasha is not her daughter, and that she never had one.

Back at the wedding, Valentin vows revenge on Lulu. Liesl lies to Maxie (Kirsten Storms) that she had no idea that Sasha was not Nina’s daughter, and Valentin makes a call to someone.

When the smoke clears from this one .. we predict these possibilities:  Jax and Nina share more than a kiss … Nina go back to Valentin and this charade of his involvement in bringing Sasha to town remains a cover-up and she gives him yet another chance .. or is it 100% curtains for Valentin?  Stay tuned.

Whatever happens next, Cynthia Watros reminded us all why she is a force to be reckoned with on daytime screens, or any acting medium for that matter.

Share your thoughts on the scenes that went down after Nina learned the truth about Sasha via the comment section below.

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