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ATWT Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Carly asks Jack to call off their investigation into Blackthorn – she’s worried it’s all about Ralph and Brad’s death – she doesn’t want Jack to go off the deep end again. Jack assures her his motives are innocent. Carly goes to the spa while Jack confronts Craig and Blackthorn. Craig’s startled to hear that Blackthorn could have any association with Ralph. Blackie denies. Meanwhile, in the spa, Carly tells Janet that she should stay away from Blackie. Janet rushes off, furious for being told what to do. Carly and Lily argue about Craig and Lily establishes they are no longer partners. Carly and Jack reunite and share that they’ve both discovered that Lucinda was behind the plot to ruin Craig. They take a romantic walk in the garden, only to run into Blackie and Janet. Later, Jack realizes Blackie had the coin Jack had given Dusty… which meant that they had to have crossed paths. Lucinda arrives at Avalon but Lily wants nothing to do with her. Lucinda receives a mysterious phone call, and visits the caller – Ralph.  Blackie’s thugs keep Dusty in a pantry. Dusty manages to head butt Blackie. Blackie exits the pantry, and runs into Janet about to enter.  Craig’s only too delighted to let Lily stay in his hotel room. He offers to take her to dinner. En route he runs into Lucinda and taunts her about his relationship with Lily. He implies that they’re intimately involved and Lucinda pushes him into a pool. Craig spots Carly arriving and asks her for help, but she pushes him back in the pool. Lily comes to his rescue and they walk back to his hotel room so he can change. Lucinda spies on Craig and Lily entering his hotel room, looking very much like a couple. She goes to Ralph and insist he call Blackthorn off so she can make amends with Lily. Lily thinks about taking over WorldWide. Craig kisses her and asks her to make love to him. Lily and Craig break off from their kiss, Lily thinking all of this is a game to Craig, who doesn’t want Lily to deny what’s going on between them.  Lily thinks he’s just like Lucinda, using people for his own personal gain.  Lily suggests he focus on being a father, redeeming himself that way.

Jack won’t give up his investigation into Blackthorn and Dusty’s whereabouts. He reassures Carly he’s acting as a cop and not because of his personal issues over Brad’s death. Carly forces Jack to check in with Margo. Margo discovers Dusty was potentially forced into a limo. Jack finds the same limo in the parking lot of Avalon Castle. He’s convinced Dusty’s being held there by Blackthorn.  Blackthorn stops Janet from entering the pantry where Dusty’s being held. He convinces Janet to meet him for dinner. Janet runs into Carly and Jack at the bar and Jack tells her that he suspects Blackthorn and Dusty have crossed paths recently. Suspicious Janet returns to the pantry, where Blackthorn once again stops her from entering. Dusty manages to make noise and Janet questions Blackthorn about what’s in the pantry.  Dusty is contained by two thugs.  They bring him around back to the dumpster where Blackthorn levels a gun on him.  But Jack shoots that gun out of Blackie’s hand and Dusty is okay. Faith wants Holden to be more concerned that Lily went to a fancy hotel with a guy, namely Craig.  Holden wants to explain that he can’t control what Lily does.  Faith knows Holden still has feelings for Lily and wants him not to just sit on them.  But Holden says he’s been chasing her a long time, maybe what loves him should find him.  Lily comes over and they work in the yard as Faith looks on, happy at the tableau. Ralph wants Lucinda, whom he knows from way back as Mary Ellen Walters, to go on the run with him.  Jack eventually finds Ralph, doesn’t shoot him, but has him arrested.  At EOD, Ralph meaningfully pretends he doesn’t know Lucinda, even from the past.

Reid admonishes Katie for sleeping with Chris. He’s thinking about Chris’s health but Katie thinks Reid’s just being a bad sport. Luke runs into Chris at the hospital and tells him that Reid’s suffering keeping Chris’ secret. Chris is furious at Reid for telling Luke that he’s sick. Luke tries to intervene, but Reid and Chris argue. Katie takes Chris to a pre-school open house in Old Town. Chris starts to feel sick and rushes to the hospital. Chris asks Luke to keep Katie at bay if she comes looking for him. Luke complies, but at the EOD Katie finds Chris in the hospital on oxygen. She demands to know what’s wrong with him. Katie wonders what’s wrong with Chris, who insists he’s fine, for most of the day.  But at the wedding, he realizes he must tell her the truth and does at the EOD, saying he’s sick and may not get better.

Barbara and Henry tell Paul, Emily, Gwen and Will that they plan to marry and would like the family to support them. Paul thinks Barbara’s perpetuating the curse of Stenbeck by marrying his son. Barbara won’t be told what to do by her son, so she leaves. Henry blasts Paul for not looking out for his mother’s happiness. Will and Gwen decide they should support Barbara and Henry. They return to Fairwinds only to find Henry and Barbara gone, and Paul stubbornly opposing the union. Henry goes to Barbara and rescinds his proposal.  Henry withdraws his proposal, saying he can’t marry Barbara because he loves her too much.  He’s worried about the Stenbeck curse that his Stenbeck blood will only continue to bring Barbara pain and misery.  But Barbara won’t have it, won’t let James continue to mar the rest of her life.  Henry relents.  Separately, Kim is excited for Barbara, though Paul is reluctant.  Barbara and Henry would get married in her LV hotel room, but are brought downstairs to the lounge where it’s set up with a makeshift aisle and everything.  Chris and Katie are there as well, as are Gwen and Will.  Eerily, many of these people see the Judge as James, threatening them, but with Barbara and Henry’s vows and kind words to each other, James is cast away and Henry and Barbara are married.  Paul asks them back to Fairwinds to burn some photographs, symbolically exorcising James from their lives, hopefully for the last time.  Barbara and Henry leave for him to carry her over the threshold as, at EOD, Paul and Emily make love. Will goes to Parker to talk about their father, Hal. Parker hints that he knows what he’d like to do with his future – but he’s not telling anyone yet. Kim and Bob see John Dixon checking into the Lakeview.

Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Has a Comeback, Kaitlyn Bristowe Overcomes Injury, One Couple Is Eliminated

On Tuesday evenings second night of competition in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, three former soap stars took to the ballroom dance floor in a night which also featured for the first time this season … the viewers vote counting for 50% of the total score, and one couple being sent home.

The “drama” of the episode was if former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ankle would be OK enough for her to dance her routine.  With her being placed at the end of the show and then “wowing” everyone – it was hard to know how bad the injury was, but, as she detailed on the show she did receive a cortisone shot before performing and changed shoes to help her get through.

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Meanwhile, Chrishell Stause, the former AMC, DAYS and Y&R star, currently on the reality hit, Selling Sunset, showed improvement, while ex- Passions, Desperate Housewives and Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe continued to bring the heat – although the judges want him to dance with less use of his facial expressions – and Daytime Emmy winner Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marley, AW)  continued to be having the time of her life from her performances.

Here’a what went down…

Kaitlyn Bristowe and partner Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot): Performing to Leann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and with the uncertainty of if she would dance at all, Bristowe, who wanted to be a dancer, got major kudos from the judges for her dramatic lines and moves fluidly through the dance floor and closed the night – combined total score of last week and this week 42 out of 60

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Anne Heche and partner Keo Mostepe (Foxtrot): Performing to One Republic’s “Counting Stars”,  Heche revealed this was one of her favorite songs, and she also revealed this dance was to honor her two sons.  Although the judges did not feel Heche delivered as strongly with this performance than in the season opener, Anne still looked like she was enjoying every second of being on the floor – combined total score 36 out of 60

Chrishell Stause and partner Gleb Savchenko (Rumba):  Stause showed her vulnerability including sharing a story from her childhood past.  Then then duo danced to “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman.  During the performance, Stause looked more fluid on the floor than the previous week and was praised for her improvement  – Combined total score 31 out of 60

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Jesse Metcalfe and partner Sharna Burgess (Foxtror): This duo performed to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and played up their chemistry on the floor. The critique from the judges had more to do with Jesse not looking so intense, and also his posture, but all told they did well – Combined score was 38 out of 60.

Now to the first elimination:  Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley were the celebrities in the bottom two.   It was up to the judges to decide which celebrity would be saved.  Bruno picked Charles, but Carrie Ann picked Carole, leaving Derek to cast the deciding vote … and he saved Carole.

So what did you think of how Chrishell, Anne and Jesse did on last night’s DWTS?  Did the right celeb get sent packing? What did you think of Kaitlyn’s dance and ankle injury? Comment below, but first check out their dances.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Steffy vs. Liam Opioid Showdown

Things have gone off the rails for Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) now that she is addicted to painkillers, scoring drugs from places other than a prescription from the good doc, Finn (Tanner Novlan), who also has the hots for his favorite patient.

Enter Liam (Scott Clifton), who has flip-flopped so many times between Steffy and Hope (Annika Noelle) and who is the person who finds Steffy knocked out on her couch, while their daughter is not being attended to.

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Now after finding pills that Steffy had tucked away in her couch, Liam goes on the offense and confronts Steffy who is pretending she no longer needs opioids to cope with her physical pain – but as we realize it’s also the emotional pain she has been in for months that have also brought her to this point,

When Liam wants her to admit she has a drug problem,  Steffy fires back “How dare you?” and mocks him over his “over-bearing” concern for her.  He then presents this “holier than thou” attitude where he tells her that he is not cool about Finn being involved with her when he is her doctor.

However, when Liam is confused to hear from Steffy that Finn doesn’t know about the pill bottle he has now in his possession, that is when she cries and admits she is still taking pills.  Steffy then counters that Liam does not understand – that he left her and their daughter, Kelly for Hope – and that she is all alone.  She goes on to say Finn has been there for her, like nobody else has been.

In the end, left with no choice, Liam tells Steffy he is leaving and taking their daughter with him, which leaves Steffy wrecked.  Will she try to stop Liam from taking their daughter?

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood delivered another one of her top-notch performances in today’s episode as well.

So, what did you think of the Liam and Steffy scenes on Tuesday’s episode of B&B? Comment below.

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General Hospital

The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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