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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.

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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