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ATWT Recap – Feb 8 – Feb 12th

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Everyone tries to be strong for Liberty’s first chemo appointment but tensions are high. Carly arrives at the hospital much to Jack’s surprise, with a fashion care package for Liberty to distract herself with/focus her positive energy on. Liberty’s grateful Janet was big enough to ask Carly to come. Janet’s upset when Jack and Carly get tested to see if they can be potential bone marrow donors for Liberty – she wants to believe the chemo will work and they won’t have to explore any other options. Carly bows out gracefully and Jack comforts Janet.  Jack is considerate to Liberty, tending to her needs.  He gets a call from Carly that Parker’s principal wants to see them.  They go, and the principal has noticed that Parker’s been skipping classes again, after making good progress.  The principal implies Carly’s been drinking again, but Jack strongly defends her, calls the principal on it and explains that Liberty’s illness has really affected Parker.  They return home and see Parker and Liberty, in bed, sleeping.  They’re proud of their son, compliment each other, and end up kissing, though Carly breaks away and says it can’t happen again.  Parker supports Liberty, jokes with her a little bit, but also consoles her when she gives in to her fear and sadness.  Janet goes to be tested to see if she can donate bone marrow to Liberty, in case the chemo doesn’t work. Once at the hospital she runs into Dusty doing the same thing. Dusty helps Janet over her fear of needles and they share an intimate moment, interrupted by Teri. Dusty makes a fast exit, but Teri’s quick to realize that Janet and Dusty slept together. Janet can’t deny it, but she insists it was a onetime deal. She returns to Snyder Kitchen only to run into Jack who’s returned from Fashions with an early Valentine’s Day gift. It’s a little black dress and Janet loves it. Little does she realize that Carly ran into Jack at Fashions and helped him pick the dress out. Later, Janet and Jack are both thinking about how Dusty and Carly, respectively, helped them out earlier. Dusty and Carly share a meal at the diner and commiserate.  

Alison goes to get the morning after pill and is discovered by Susan. Susan realizes Ali had relations with Mick and she warns Ali to stay away from him. Emily finds Ali at Tom and Margo’s after leaving Fairwinds, where she and Paul had Mick arrested and Barbara admonished and kicked out. Emily tells Alison that Mick isn’t who he says he is. Ali’s deeply disturbed to learn that Mick claims to be James Stenbeck. She goes to the police station and confronts him. Mick pleads with her and tells her that he could only be himself with her. Ali would try to glean more information from him but Barbara arrives with a lawyer and demands Mick accompany her. Back at Fairwinds, Emily realizes if Mick’s a fraud then she’s probably still unlikely to ever become pregnant. Paul vows to punish MickCasey and Alison admire the cake the nurse staff made Ali to celebrate her last day at work before the wedding/honeymoon. Ali’s still jittery over the news that Mick’s been arrested and claims to be James Stenbeck. Emily arrives in the corridor to tell Ali that the DNA proves that Mick seems to be James Stenbeck. Ali gives a scream of horror, but tells a concerned and confused Casey it was a scream of delight because Emily told her that her wedding dress was ready. Casey buys it and leaves them alone. Emily tells Alison not to feel bad for bringing Mick into their lives. Alison’s disturbed that she slept with Mick, but she keeps this to herself. Meanwhile, at the Police Station, Paul’s confronting Mick, when Mick passes out due to an extreme nose bleed. They take him to the hospital where Ali tends to him in private. He wakes up and Ali assures him that she’ll help him and his nose bleed stops. Ali goes to call a doctor, but Mick takes out the guard and asks her to run away with him. Ali complies and they find themselves in the Bell Tower. Paul finds out Mick’s escaped and he grabs a gun and leaves Fairwinds. At Tom and Margo’s, Margo asks Casey if he’s sure he doesn’t want to postpone the wedding since Ali may be involved with the Mick/James Stenbeck situation. Casey defends Alison.  Casey’s recording a video for the wedding. Bob’s participating when he picks up that Casey might have a case of cold feet. Casey assures him that’s not the case, but Bob and Casey are both troubled when Emily and Susan show up looking for Alison (Emily having been clued in by Susan that Ali slept with Mick). Emily and Susan pretend nothing’s wrong, but Bob’s not convinced. Meanwhile, Ali’s with Mick in the Bell Tower where he confides in her that James Stenbeck took him under a wing as a young boy and made him do his bidding. Mick explains that James implanted his personality to a certain degree, within Mick and his brain, and Mick’s purpose to is to carry out pain and destruction upon Paul and all the people he loves – just as James would have wanted. Ali tells him she won’t let him hurt anyone. He says she must run away with him for that to happen but Alison can’t as she’s getting married tomorrow. Mick tries to convince Ali that she doesn’t want to marry Casey and live a mundane life, but Ali stays strong. They hear Paul arrive and Ali intercepts him. She sees he has a gun and she lies to him and tells him that Mick’s run away to a private plane. Paul buys it and leaves, assuring Alison that he’ll protect her and her family from Mick. Ali tells Mick to run away and she kisses him and returns home to a relieved Casey. They kiss, and Mick, watching from outside, glowers. He returns to the Bell Tower where it appears that that James Stenbeck wins the personality contest within him. Mick/James will execute his plans at the wedding. Barbara’s saddened by Paul’s rage against her. Henry shows up and they share a warm moment talking about James and how she wanted to look young again to compete with younger women for Henry (among other reasons). Henry assures Barbara that she’s sexy now. Barbara asks him to go to Casey and Ali’s wedding with her, Henry would, but he and Katie are already going together. He leaves. Barbara’s still lonely.  Emily finds Paul at home with the gun and she learns that he wants to kill Mick. Emily convinces Paul to leave Mick alone, since they’re different now and they love each other and James Stenbeck can’t get to them anymore. 

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Lily comes home to find a crazed Meg in her house.  Lily triggers a silent alarm.  Holden and Molly are at Java when Molly has to leave, says it’s an assignment.  Really, a friend of hers has tipped her off that Lily called the cops on Meg, so Molly goes around and picks Meg up to protect her.  Meg does run away from Molly but Molly does pick her up, calms her down a bit, and encourages her to do the right thing and give herself and her family a chance.  Luke meets with Gregor, who says a bloody body might have fallen off a ship.  Lily wants Luke to put Damian and Holden in their proper place.  He must continue to think of Holden as his father, and he can’t let thoughts of Damian turn him against Holden.  Privately, Lily wonders if Holden could have killed Damian. 

Maddie is looking for a roommate.  Noah suggests himself, though it might be awkward for Luke because of their history. So Maddie thinks of getting a third roommate.  Reid calls Katie on her second thoughts about having Jacob tested as a bone marrow donor.  Reid and Katie have had a thaw.  Reid has experienced loss in his way, with some patients having died, and he takes personal responsibility for those losses, that he must fight harder the next time.  Katie has obviously experienced loss, with Brad.  She’s upset and Reid, despite his cold front, consoles her.  Henry interferes with Reid, so Reid has Henry quarantined by an orderly for tuberculosis.

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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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