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ATWT Recap – Aug 9 – Aug 13th

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Emily finds Iris drinking in the Fairwinds Wine Cellar, with the place a wreck.  Iris thinks she’s been caught and that Emily has also seen Barbara, but when they talk to Gwen it becomes clear she has not, and is disappointed only in Iris’ drinking.  Iris, glad she hasn’t been found out, plays up her shame and throws herself on Gwen’s mercy.  Gwen understands, and actually blames Iris’ relapse on Emily, for not being as kind as she could be.  Emily can’t believe it.  Iris goes to Barbara’s room and gets ready to cash a large check.  At EOD, Emily is again disbelieving when she finds Barbara in the wine cellar. Emily has found Barbara tied up in the wine cellar.  She toys with her little bit, teasing her about it being nice with Barbara bound and gagged.  Iris finds this scene and knocks Emily over the head with a wine bottle, then ties Emily to Barbara.  Emily reveals to Barbara that Henry and Vienna are no longer together, and that ever since Barbara “disappeared” Henry has been spending all his time trying to find her.  Barbara’s faith is renewed and now she needs to escape to get home to Henry.  Gwen calls the hospital to know when to pick Iris up but hears that there is no AA meeting at Memorial today.  Henry has more or less confirmed that Barbara is in trouble.  He still considers Vienna a suspect.  Iris, sensing their getting close, suggests it could be Emily – who she’s tied up in the wine cellar.  Henry, still in his get-up, goes to the Warehouse with Paul and Myra Haft, the psychic.  Myra says Chuckles has been witness to much pain and suffering in the room, but confesses that there’s not much to offer in the way of evidence or testimony.  But Henry keeps believing, and in the end finds the scrap of paper on which Barbara had written that she was in trouble.  At EOD, Henry is vindicated.

Chris has his blood tested for an illness and Reid is concerned.  Both prepare for a meeting with union reps at Al’s, Reid with Luke, and Chris with Katie.  But Chris snaps at Katie because of his stress and later finds out that he’s tested positive for a serious condition.  Chris falls asleep while preparing for the meeting and is later chewed out by Bob for appearing lackadaisical, the opposite of how he should act if he wants to be COS, considering he’s Bob’s son.  Reid, meanwhile, takes Luke’s advice (mostly) and knocks the meeting out of the park.  Luke and Reid go for dinner at Metro.  Luke talks about Noah, and Reid is uncomfortable at that.  Later, Alison sides with Luke that Noah has been a big part of his life and Reid will have to accept hearing about him.  Noah is moving to LA in September.  Meanwhile, at Metro, Katie and Chris, and Casey and Alison, are also there.  Chris asks Reid to give him an injection, and he does so in the restroom.  Katie later complains to Reid that Chris has been hot and cold with her and Reid, knowing what’s going on with Chris’ health, asks her to be patient, while having already encouraged Chris to tell her the truth tonight.

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Lucy goes to Craig’s room and they have an awkward reunion. Johnny returns with a scraped knee and Craig’s alarmed, internally, that Blackthorn could have been the man who knocked Johnny over as part of his threat. Craig accuses Blackthorn of attacking his kid, and Blackthorn denies but still wants his money.   Carly’s informed by Lily that there’s no perfume factory and that Craig was the silent partner. Carly’s upset that Lily would let Craig into their business plan. Carly turns to Jack for emotional support. Together they will look into Craig and Blackthorn.  Carly overhears Craig and Blackthorn talking about their deal. She confronts Craig, and he denies that helped Carlisle fail. Carly tells Jack that she wants to set up Blackthorn to get to the truth of the matter. Jack will let her if she wears a wire.  Dusty and Lucy wake up together. Dusty rushes off to a meeting with Teri, leaving Lucy wondering about his feelings for her. Dusty tells Teri he saw Blackthorn and Janet kissing. Teri goes to Janet and encourages her to take action before she loses Dusty. Janet takes lasagna to Dusty’s room, only to find him back in Lucy’s embrace. Jack takes distraught Janet home from the Lakeview, where she saw Dusty and Lucy in bed together. Jack tells Janet she has no one to blame but herself, since she pushed Dusty away so often. Janet concedes that Jack has a point. Dusty tells Janet that he’s sorry she was hurt by his actions, but he can’t apologize for not being perfect – he never said he was.  Janet can’t accept Dusty’s love since he slept with Lucy. Liberty defends her. Janet takes Blackthorn up on his offer to meet. Meanwhile, Jack and Carly can hardly resist the heat when Carly unbuttons her shirt so Jack can wire her. Holden walks in on them, diffusing the moment. Carly finds Blackthorn in the Lakeview Lounge and flirts with him in the hope of discovering some evidence of his corrupt past. Blackthorn is about to admit to something when Janet walks into the lounge.

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Gabriel hints to Lucinda that he knows she’s behind the sabotage of Carlisle. Lucinda goes to Worldwide only to find a crying Lucy. Lucy berates Lucinda for coaxing her back to town and into Dusty’s arms when Dusty loves another woman. Lucy and Gabriel meet for the first time and bond over memories of Lidia. Lucy tells Gabriel she’s leaving because she can’t put up with her family. Gabriel confesses that he knows Lucinda set Craig up.  Craig receives a threat.  Lucy advises Gabriel to do whatever he’d like with the information that Lucinda set up Craig for failure. Gabriel goes to tell Craig, but Craig, worried about Blackthorn’s threat to his children, tells Gabriel to stay away from him. Hurt Gabriel goes to the Snyder pond. In Fashions, Liberty berates Lucy for sleeping with Dusty and ruining her mother’s happiness. Lucy tells Liberty that Janet already won. Liberty joins Gabriel at the pond, where they console each other.  Craig’s freaked out by the bomb threat he’s received. Dusty learns of Blackthorns menace to Johnny. Dusty threatens Blackthorn at Al’s. He leaves, only to run into Lucy who’s there to say goodbye.

Holden tells Lily he’ll always rescue her, no matter what. Lily doesn’t want to need rescuing. Holden recommends she stop hanging out with Craig then. Lily’s not entirely convinced. Lily meets Holden, who presents her with the necklace she hocked to get them flown back in time for Holden’s wedding. Lily’s touched by the gesture, until Holden starts to go off on Craig. Lily tries to convince Holden that Craig isn’t to blame, but they argue instead. Lily walks off, only to come home to find Sierra and Lucy there to warn her about Craig as well. They discuss how Lucinda’s played them like chess pieces and they bond.

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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