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ATWT Recap – Feb 1 – Feb 5th

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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