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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. 

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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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