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ATWT Recap – Dec 21-25th

Austin Peck, Terri Colombino

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Brad talks to Katie through Henry.  Henry’s not sure if he should relate everything, but he does, and Brad and Katie have an emotional connection.  Later, Simon has Jacob in a cute Christmas outfit but Katie wants to be alone with her husband. Even though Simon has job leads and could possibly stay in Oakdale, she’d rather he not.  She just wants to be with Brad.  It’s Christmas Eve in Oakdale. Katie continues to entertain the idea of having Christmas with Brad’s spirit. She invites Jack, Janet and Liberty over and they grow very concerned over her belief that Brad’s ghost is present. Henry arrives and Katie and Brad plead with him to act as a liaison between Brad and the rest of them. Henry refuses so Brad pushes him. Henry hits his head and loses the ability to see Jack. Everyone leaves Katie’s uncomfortable with the situation. Brad runs into the spirit of Santa who helps him connect and say goodbye to Liberty, Janet and Jack. They’re all heart warmed by the experience. Brad’s reluctant to let go of Katie, but then he sees how hard his ghostly presence is on her. Katie, Brad, and Jacob share Christmas Eve together. Santa collects Brad and he and Katie say goodbye.  Henry and Simon hang out together and Henry’s upset Brad never said goodbye to him. A goodbye message from Brad is spelled out in the toppings on their pizza.

Meg wants to see Eliza on her first birthday, but the nurse won’t let her.  Paul comes in with a basket, says it’s Meg’s things, but it’s their daughter.  Paul then talks to Holden about doing what Holden can to prevent Meg from staying in a mental hospital, which Paul recommends against.  Emily thinks Meg should stay in there.  Damian, meanwhile, drugs Lily to sleep, sneaks over to Deerbrook, pays off the orderly Sharkey to cut off the security feed and intimidates Meg.  Damian leaves and the nurse is faced with Meg, who seems to be hallucinating intruders.  At the Hearing Room, everyone assembles for Meg’s hearing. Meg enters and screams at Damian for visiting her at Deerbrook and trying to make her appear crazy. Lily tells Holden she wants Meg put away. Molly tells Meg she can’t find any evidence of Damian’s guilt. Damian and Lily insist Meg’s lying about Damian visiting her at the hospital and Meg gets so frustrated she lashes out at them. The attendant holds her back and the Judge recommends she return to Deerbrook until further notice. In the parking lot, the attendant hits someone with his car. It’s Paul. The attendant let’s Meg out to attend to Paul since she’s a nurse. Paul fakes grogginess and slips Meg his car keys. When the attendant goes to call 911, Meg runs to Paul’s car and he whisks her back to Fairwinds. Meg, hiding in the Wine Cellar, calls Damian and warns him that he’ll pay for what he did to her. Meanwhile, Molly and Holden try to vindicate Meg by visiting the hospital. The attendant that Damian paid off, convinces them that Meg’s truly delusional. Then they hear that Meg’s escaped.   Meg is in the Fairwinds Wine Cellar.  She drinks some wine but hears Eliza cry, so she goes upstairs.  The jig is up as Paul admits to Emily he wanted Meg to be free on Christmas, to see her daughter.

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Ali, with Mick, goes to the hospital for Emily’s fertility check up. Ali tells Mick that she dreamt about him in a church, he’s visibly shaken by this information. Barbara corners Mick, alone and demands to talk with him. He leaves with her. Emily returns, with the news that the Doctor says she looks good, only to find Ali alone and confused about where Mick’s gone off to. Casey arrives and takes Ali off to cut down a Christmas tree. They have a fun time joking around. They share an intimate moment and almost kiss. They set up the tree at Tom/Margo’s together. They almost kiss again, under some plastic mistletoe but Ali once again ducks out if it.  Barbara goes to the Funeral Home in an attempt to collect evidence that James is truly dead. The Funeral Director admits the files on James are missing, to Barbara’s frustration. Barbara demands an explanation from Mick, as to why he knows so much about James Stenbeck and why there was a glass in his room with James’ fingerprints on it. Mick feigns ignorance, but Barbara wants to know if he’s working for James and if James, once again, faked his own death. Barbara sees a scar on Mick, identical to a scar James had. Barbara refuses to accept that Mick is James, made young again. Mick appeals to Barbara, as James.  Casey has invited Alison over for Christmas Eve, as friends. But he then proposes to her!  She rushes outside, caught off guard.  Casey talks to her and gets her back inside.  Bob and Kim, meanwhile, are looking forward to their 25th wedding anniversary. Bob gives Kim a beautiful ornament to that effect.  Casey arranged for Margo to talk to Adam, which Margo appreciates.  Mick talks even more like James, speaking wisely about life when he sees Eliza.  Mick talks as such to Barbara in the elevator and scares her. Janet and Dusty share a kiss. Liberty’s attitude toward Jack softens. Jack and Carly spend Christmas Eve with Parker and Sage. Lucinda sees that Lily’s upset that the children seem to be depressed at Christmas. She goes to Emma and they conspire to set up Holden and Lily to run into each other in Old Town. Holden and Lily realize they were duped, but they decide, for the sake of the children, that everyone should unite at the farm. Once there the adults – Lily, Holden, Emma and Lucinda – each go talk to a child and establish what’s bothering them. They discover all the children are worried about each other. The family goes about remedying each of their problems. Ethan is convinced Santa exists again and Holden and Lily accept Faith’s choice to go to boarding school. Lucinda flies Noah back, and while he’s unwilling to commit to Luke in any real way yet, they share a happy time together. Everyone takes a family Christmas photo to please Natalie. Molly returns and Lily and Lucinda leave. Lily, awaiting Damian at home, looks at the Christmas photo they all just took and sees that the connection between her and Holden is visible – even on film.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope To Steffy, “I’m Taking My Daughter & Don’t You Dare Try To Stop Me”

The next key revelation of the baby switch; that devastated the lives of Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton), but gave Steffy a baby to raise and a sister to Kelly, began to unravel on Friday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Now that Hope knows for sure that Beth is alive and has been living as “Phoebe” under Steffy’s care, it was time to lower the boom on Steffy.  So, at the cliff house, a distraught Steffy refuses at first to believe the truth.  She says, “That baby can’t be Beth … she’s Phoebe!”

Liam (Scott Clifton) tells Steffy that he and Hope can do whatever genetic testing is necessary to prove it to her, but that it will indeed come back and prove that they are the biological parents to the little girl.   As they explain the events that led to Steffy ‘adopting’ Beth, she learns from Liam and Hope that Dr. Buckingham sold their baby for a gambling debt and how Steffy’s mom, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) was unknowingly buying their baby to give to her.

Hope says she cannot wait to take little Beth home, and how grateful she is that Steffy took such good care of her daughter all of these months.  Then, Steffy blurts out: “You’re not taking my daughter from the only home she’s ever known.  I’m her mommy.”  Steffy tries to use the reasoning that if Hope takes Phoebe away, she will be ripping her from the only home she has ever known.  Hope. who is becoming more frustrated and upset with Steffy says, “Her name is Beth.”  She then informs Steffy that she and Liam will let her help out with the transition.

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Steffy starts to have a meltdown as she realizes that the little girl is really Beth.  Next, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive on the scene.  Steffy defies Hope and tells her again, “There’s no way you’re taking my daughter home.”  Brooke reminds her and everyone in the room that there was nothing legal about the adoption, while Ridge tries to make everyone understand how Steffy is also blindsided.  Steffy continues on how she is the only mother Beth knows, and the cliff house as her home.

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A steadfast Hope tells Steffy in no uncertain terms she is now with her, her real mother, who she should have been with since the day she was born.  Hope tells Steffy again how grateful she is to her … but she firmly tells her, “I’m taking my daughter, and don’t you dare try to stop me.”  We fade to black.

Last week and this week, the cast involved in the baby switch storylime from: Annika Noelle, Scott Clifton, to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have delivered strong and memorable performances as the payoff of this story continues.

So, do you hope Hope just walks right on out with Beth?  Do you think Steffy will go so far as to fight for custody? Take off with Beth and runaway? Share your thoughts om what you think will happen next via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Franco Wake Up As Drew & Become The Next Victim Of Mind-Mapping?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, picked up from the major plot twist; and unfortunately for Franco (Roger Howarth), even with the arrival of Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Drew (Billy Miller) to save the day; according to Dr. Cabot (Time Winters), the mind-mapping transfer could not be stopped.  And as the men were all bantering and arguing about, the download into Franco’s brain was fully completed.  Then, Cabot tells Drew that when Franco wakes up, it will be with the memories of Drew dating back to 2012.

Now the questions are, did the procedure work?  Will Franco awake from this nightmare with the history and personality of Drew, or could Dr, Cabot’s experiment be a bust on him?  Next. Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Chase (Josh Swickard) show-up.  Liz is heartsick to begin to learn what happened in the warehouse to her son, Cameron (William Lipton) and her husband.  Chase arrests Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), but he also goes to GH to get medical attention for his wounds from the fight with Drew and Curtis.

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Once, Franco is taken to General Hospital still unconscious, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) is on the medical case and gets him a neurological work-up.  Lucas then has to stitch up Shiloh, who continually throws jabs at the good doc about Wiley.   Then in a bit of foreshadowing, Dr. Cabot tells Drew, that he will thank him once Franco wakes up with Drew’s memories.  Does that mean that Drew could have done some horrible things in his past … or that Shiloh will leave Drew alone, because what he needs is inside Franco’s brain now? Drew hopes his memories stay buried.

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In heartbreaking scenes, and in touching performances from William Lipton and Rebecca Herbst; as well as Billy Miller, Cam tells his mother about Franco’s last words to him to,  ‘Tell your mom I love her and that I’ll be back”.   Liz learns how Franco protected her son, and traded places with him. Next, Liz sits by an unconscious Franco, and in tears, thanks him for keeping Cameron safe, but laments that it would be a far less wonderful world without Franco in it, and begs him to come back to her, and what a hero he is for what he did saving her son.

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In addition, Cameron gives Drew a key piece of Intel he learned during his kidnapping and while the mind-mapping procedure on Franco was taking place.  Shiloh is looking for a specific memory that would allow him to disappear, and that is why he is so determined to get inside Drew’s head from back in the day, by any means possible!  When Cameron sees Shiloh being taken away by Chase, he runs at him but is stopped by Drew. Cameron threatens a snide and laughing Shiloh that he will, “Make him pay.”  Uh-oh!  Is a murder mystery on the way, too?  Drew tries to talk down Cameron.

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As the episode comes to it conclusion, Lucas informs Elizabeth that the test results show that all of the physical functions of Franco’s brain are working normally,  However, they won’t know the impact of the mind-mapping procedure until Franco wakes up.

So, what do you think Franco will wake up as Drew? The procedure will half work and he will be part Franco and part Drew? The procedure is a dud? What did you think of the performances from everyone involved in this storyline?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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