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ATWT Recap – Feb 1 – Feb 5th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Holden confronts Damian at the Docks. Holden would call the police on him, but Damian insists that putting Lily and Luke through a trial will be worse than just letting him go. They fight and later we see Holden rinsing himself, bloodied, at the Snyder Farm. He goes to find Lily at home, who has just told Luke that Damian lied to them about the DNA test. Luke apologizes to Holden for trusting Damian. Holden leaves to see if there’s any word about Meg. Back at Snyder Farm, Molly tells Holden she’s moving into the Lakeview when she notices he’s bleeding through his shirt. She asks what happened between him and Damian. Molly keeps pressing Holden about what happened between him and Damian on the Docks, but Holden keeps mum. He invites Lily over to tell the children that Damian’s gone. Natalie and Ethan accept the news, but Lily feels guilty for putting them through it all.  Lucinda stumbles in on Dusty and Teri at Metro. She senses something between them, but Dusty denies much to Teri’s disappointment. Teri tells Dusty she’s not a kid and that they could reasonably date but he tells her they’re not meant to be together. Teri accuses Dusty of being in love with Janet. Later Lucinda meets the PI (Dusty presumably gave her the contact info for) and she asks him to find Damian and make sure he never returns to Oakdale.

Emily almost remembers discovering Mick’s not who he says he is. But she can’t quite grasp the memories and Mick’s right there to encourage her to focus on having a baby. Paul’s upset when he hears Emily repeating Mick’s words about just wanting to work on having a child right now, since he’s still worried about her health. Emily becomes upset and Paul tries to pacify her. He goes to Barbara’s hotel room where Mick had just given her a treatment and a ring to remind her of his love and devotion for her. When Paul arrives, Mick leaves promising to only do whatever’s in Emily’s best interests. Paul accuses Barbara of having an unhealthy interest in Mick and when he sees the ring, and realizes Mick gave it to her; Paul demands to know who Mick is. Barbara tells Paul it’s not her secret to tell. Meanwhile, back at Fairwinds Mick tells Emily that he’ll give her a child if Paul won’t.  Casey learns, much to his disappointment, that the bar might not let him become a lawyer due to his criminal past. Tom and he discuss how unfair it is. They return home, where Casey left exhausted Alison napping.  Alison’s not in his bed, but comes rushing in explaining that she took a walk, but felt the strong urge to only be in Casey’s arms. Casey’s ok with that.   Alison was actually at the Bell Tower caressing Mick’s scarf.  Mick convinces Emily to harvest her eggs on the premise that if Paul won’t commit to having a child with her, he’ll help her himself. Emily’s then goes to Alison’s wedding shower at the Lakeview. The shower’s attendees, Lisa, Susan, and Margo have stressed Ali out about whether or not she’ll change her last name when she marries Casey. Ali notices Mick watching her in the Lobby and she goes to him. He pulls her into the elevator and tries to convince her that she doesn’t actually want this marriage. Ali denies and manages to get out of the elevator. Seeing Casey arrive, she grabs hold of him and they go back to Tom and Margo’s where Ali is once again put down to rest. She awakes, alone, and leaves. She arrives at Bell Tower, unsure of why she’s come. Mick kisses her passionately and they begin to make love.  Barbara tells unsatisfied Paul that Mick will reveal his plan when he’s ready. Paul’s about to lose it, he’s so nervous that Mick might harm his wife, when Susan brings Emily in. Emily kept acting like she was in a trance at the shower and she tells Paul, once again in Mick’s words, that she’s going to have a baby with or without him. Paul’s distraught; he thought he and Emily were going to make it work this time. Emily snaps out of it and realizes Mick’s somehow brainwashing her. Barbara’s yelled at by Paul, rejected by Mick, and later finds herself looking in the mirror wondering if she looks remotely younger at all.

Alison leaves Mick in the Bell Tower after having made love. She’s determined this is not the life she wants for herself, even though Mick would rather they run away together. When she returns home, she claims she went for a walk. Casey wants to kiss her, but she refuses and jumps in the shower. When she returns Casey notices she’s missing her engagement ring. Alarmed Ali covers and says she left it in the shower, then she makes up an excuse and leaves to return to the Bell Tower. She finds the ring on Mick’s pillow along with a note from him that says that there’s a reason why she accidentally left her ring there. Ali’s conflicted.  Emily remembers that Mick confessed to her that he wasn’t who he said he was before he knocked her out and put her in a coma. Alarmed she and Paul scheme to get him to come over. Mick’s relieved to get a phone call from Emily, so he can stop arguing with Barbara about his feelings for her and Alison. He arrives and Emily and Paul pounce on him. Barbara’s tagged along with Mick, however, and when she sees Emily and Paul grabbing him she cries out for them to stop because Mick is Paul’s father.

Jack, Janet and Liberty return to their hotel after seeing some cancer specialists in NYC. Liberty will need chemo. Bummed no one could give her a miracle cure Liberty reaches out to Carly and complains about all the Doctors’ appointments, etc… Carly reveals she’s in NYC for MonteCarlo meetings. Liberty wants to meet up with her at the Met but Carly doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Liberty, let down, asks Jack and Janet if she can go alone to the Met and while Janet would rather Liberty stay, Jack convinces her to let Liberty go. Liberty runs into a fortune teller at the Met who tells her she has a very short life line. Liberty almost freaks out but Carly, sensing she should turn up at the Met, finds her and brings her back to the hotel. Jack and Janet are grateful Liberty’s safe, but Janet doesn’t like Carly’s presence. Jack confesses to Carly privately that when he’s with Janet he feels like he’s cheating on Carly. Carly asks Jack to stop trying to make her feel better about the state of their relationship, because it’s not helping. She leaves, which they are both upset about. Janet receives a call from Dusty and they both privately yearn for each other.  Jack and Carly decide they can be civil together and figure out the kids vacation plans over a cup of coffee. While they’re in the kitchen there’s a knock on the door and Carly goes to answer it. It’s Janet, who’s come to ask Carly to be part of a team of supporting figures for Liberty. Carly’s touched and accepts, but Jack remains in the kitchen, rooted in his spot. When Janet goes, Carly asks Jack why he never came out. He tries to reason that it would’ve looked suspicious – except they both know it wouldn’t have if they didn’t feel so guilty because of their shared, secret feelings for each other. They decide they’ll have to put their feelings aside. Jack returns home to Janet and promises her she has nothing to worry about when it comes to Carly. Henry tries in vain to convince Katie to let him move in instead of Reid. Katie won’t let Henry move in because of their shared history, his unspoken feelings for her, and Brad’s death. Henry tries in vain to convince Reid that living with Katie and newborn baby will be a nightmare, but Reid’s too smart for him and knows Henry’s got his own agenda. Reid pretends to be interested in Katie just to freak Henry out. Henry vows to Jacob that he’ll get rid of Reid.

Luke is suffering once he discovers that Damian lied to him and Lily. He would lean on Noah, but he can’t – since Reid won’t treat Noah if he’s affiliated with Luke. Noah regrets not being able to be there for Luke. Noah tells Reid he doesn’t like his rules, even though he’ll abide by them for the chance to get his sight back.  Luke doesn’t understand why Damian left him in the lurch with Noah’s surgery coming up and to handle a company he barely knows how to run. Luke asks Lily if there’s more to his disappearance than she told him, but Lily doesn’t want to talk about it. Luke turns to Molly, who’s recently come off a conversation with Holden (where he admitted that he and Damian fought and that he left Damian unconscious aboard a ship that left port). Molly’s nervous that Luke’s asking questions about Damian’s disappearance until she realizes it’s not related to Holden. Molly tells Luke that Damian drove Meg crazy and almost killed her (which Lily had been keeping from him). Luke’s horrified to learn this information. He returns to Lily who’s been delivered Damian’s wallet from a man at the docks, who found it in the water. They both think that this is a very bad sign and that Damian is in serious trouble – they think, likely by the hands of Meg.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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