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ATWT Recap – Feb 15 – Feb 19th

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It’s Casey and Alison’s wedding day.  Mick has Alison in the Bell Tower, and he lets her go downstairs when they hear footsteps.  Alison finds that it’s Emily, who calls Margo to send some police help to get Mick out of there and get Alison to safety.  Margo follows up, and Mick is led to a police car.  Mick escapes and comes back in time for the wedding.  It becomes a hostage situation – Mick, Paul, Emily, Alison, Casey, Barbara and Henry are inside.  Bob fakes an illness and he and Kim are taken to the hospital for examination.  Mick shoots Paul in the leg. Alison confronts Mick, urging him to remember who he is and who he is not (James).  But James wins out, and when Alison accuses him of not being a good liar, he says, to Casey’s shock, that he got Alison into bed, didn’t he?  Casey hurls himself at Mick and Mick’s gun goes off again, but it doesn’t hit anyone. Outside, Margo’s panicked to hear gun shots. She’s calls Mick and tries to negotiate with him. Mick-as-James won’t be negotiated with — he takes Ali and Casey to another room, while everyone else must stay in the church. Mick sadistically ties up Alison and Casey so they can talk about her betrayal. Casey berates Ali for lying to him and making him feel like a fool. Ali convinces Mick that she’ll run away with him and she leads him out of the church – with Casey following hot on their heels. Meanwhile, Margo’s found a way into the church and rescues Barbara, Henry, Emily and the still bleeding Paul. Ali and Mick stop in an alley and Mick turns to her and she realizes he’s repossessed his body back from James. Mick tells Ali he loves her, but he can’t force her to leave. He wants her to come with him on her own free will. Ali can’t answer before Casey arrives. Mick-as-James raises his gun to Casey, but Margo steps in and raises her own gun at Mick. Mick tells Alison goodbye and he runs into the street where he’s quickly struck by a large van. At the hospital, Paul recuperates from his gunshot wound and Emily tells him that she doesn’t need a child for them to be a family – she just needs him. Alison sees Mick into his room, and the nurse tells her Mick’s chances of survival don’t look good. Ali turns away from the room only to see Casey give her the cold shoulder and walk away from her with Margo and Tom. Ali’s left in the hospital corridor in her bloody wedding gown. Later, Casey goes looking for Alison and he finds her checking on Mick. Upset Casey goes but Ali follows him. She pleads with him to understand, but he can’t forgive her. Ali returns to hospital where Emily tries to comfort her but Ali has to take care of something. She goes to collect her things at Tom and Margo’s, when Casey shows up. She tells him she’s moving out and Casey wonders if she thought maybe he pushed her to get married. Ali assures him she wanted it just as much as him, but maybe it was too fast. There’s a thaw between them that’s halted by Ali’s cell phone ringing. A nurse tells her Mick’s taken a turn for the worse. At the hospital, Paul visits Mick and would pull out Mick’s ventilator but his conscious won’t let him – even when Mick, awake, motions for Paul to end his live. Emily’s proud of Paul when he tells her he didn’t kill Mick. Ali goes to Mick’s bedside. She tells him that she’s sorry she couldn’t save him. Mick flat lines. Ali kisses him and his heartbeat starts up again. Back at the Hughes’, Casey forlornly looks at the engagement ring Ali left behind. Meanwhile, Henry comforts Barbara at the Lakeview.

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Liberty and Janet go to the hospital for another chemo treatment, but the doctor tells them the medication has affected Liberty’s immune system too much and they’re going to let her rest and recuperate before they resume. Liberty finds Janet’s bone marrow donor list and secretly checks to see if there have been any matches.   Carly and Craig meet a potential investor in Monte Carlo.  Craig makes Carly pretend they’re dating to seal the deal. Dusty calls Janet’s father Rocco to see if he can help Liberty.  Rocco doesn’t want anything to do with Dusty, so Dusty head to Melrose Park to see him and leaves a picture of Janet and Liberty for Rocco.  Parker stumbles onto Jack and Carly being close. Rocco’s health is later determined to exclude him from consideration.   In a last-ditch effort, Janet tells Jack that they have to have a baby together, to see if they can help Liberty.

The producer makes sure Molly’s on top of the Damian story.  Molly assures him it’ll be great, then turns to Holden and says they have a problem.  Lily waits for word re: Damian.  She tells Holden that Lucinda has a PI working on it.  The PI said no one saw Damian on any Grimaldi ship that left that day.  Lily says she doesn’t think Holden’s being honest with her about what’s going on.  Lily tells Holden that Luke was called to Grimaldi shipping after a crewmember saw a bloody body on the deck.  The body was then gone.  Holden says it could have been anyone on that deck.  Molly is running out of ways to put off the Damian assignment.  Holden tells her what Luke knew, that a crew guy saw a body that might have rolled into the water.  Holden (again) says Damian could be dead.  Holden tells her he’s going to turn himself in.  Molly tries to talk Holden out of confessing.  Holden agrees to at least think about not turning himself in. Molly is there to get Lily’s perspective on the case for her WOAK piece.  Molly wonders if Lily knows what might have happened to Damian after Holden let him go.  Lily wonders what Molly’s up to. Molly defends herself, and Lily relents.  Molly fakes a coughing fit, Lily gets water, and Molly snaps a photo of Damian’s inscription to Lily on the cover page, and steals a photo of Damian and Lily. Molly examines the picture, calls someone to have a portion blown up, and wants the name of a jeweler. Ethan asks if Damian’s dead.  Holden says no, he just went away. Lily is suspicious of what Holden knows.  Holden asks if Lily wants Damian to come back.  Holden is sure Damian’s not coming back.  Holden tells Molly he couldn’t convince Lily he didn’t know anything about what happened to Damian.  Molly’s relieved he didn’t crack.  Molly says she supplied the ending to Damian’s story.  Lily finds a small jewelry box with Damian’s ring in it and a note saying goodbye.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Reminds Us All Why He is One-of-a-Kind in Memorable Flashback-Driven 30th Anniversary Episode

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured the highly-touted and highly-anticipated 30th anniversary show for Peter Bergman.  For three decades, and with three Daytime Emmys for his work, Bergman has made Jack Abbott one of soap operas all-time classic characters.

And, if anybody needed a reminder, or a refresher course of just how good Peter Bergman has been in this role, you needed to look no further than the tremendous flashbacks the producers of the series pulled to punctuated Jack Abbott’s life story since Bergman’s arrival on the scene, replacing Terry Lester in the pivotal role.

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What was great about this standalone episode, celebrating a milestone for one of their legacy cast members, was that it did not show the same ole’ same ole’ clips that often can be standard fare in soapland.  Instead, viewers were treated to some of the more heartbreaking moments for Jack, i.e. when he tells Nikki that their son who had died saved another child’s life, and that he got to hold the baby.  Then there was the gut-punch when Jack realizes Phyllis has been sleeping with none other than Nick Newman, and he feels the fool and that she played him.  There is the moment when Jack tells his dying father John, that he will look after the family now, and there is even boardroom corporate drama that back in the day was so exciting to see.  How great were Jess Walton and Bergman together back then as Jill and Jack? And then there is the rivalry of soap rivalries between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott played to the hilt by Eric Braeden and Bergman, respectively.

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Watching Bergman’s work in flashbacks would be enough on its own. Now add to that the real-time mature version of Jack, who has realized his many failings and how he would do anything to be CEO of Jabot, including duping his sister, Ashley with the Blood-Abbott clause and more, and you’ve got soap gold.  You definitely needed some hankies for this episode, especially watching the reactions of Bergman acting mostly by himself when going in and out of the flashbacks.  We have often said, no male actor can cry quite like Peter Bergman, and move you to tears.  And in this episode, he did that several times over.

How fitting that Jack was sitting around with his siblings: Traci, Billy, and Ashley as well as his mother, Dina, his son, Kyle and his niece Abby, that brought the episode to its conclusion looking back at the life and times of the Abbott family through Traci’s manuscript that Jack helped write.

In the end, Jack celebrates what being an Abbott means, and remembers those who have passed, and looks forward to new members of the clan to come.

What were your thoughts on Peter Bergman’s Y&R 30th anniversary episode, his performance and those retro-clips? Let us know in the comment section below.   And for more on Bergman’s 30th anniversary make sure to read his interview with Michael Fairman TV here.

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