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ATWT Recap – Jan 11- Jan 15th

Julie Pinson, Meredith Hagner

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Jack and Carly are hiding in the closet, trying to ignore their closeness, while Bridget and Hayden are in the room outside.  Carly denies she brought Jack on the trip to seduce him.  After they’re almost caught, they find Sage’s CD and bring it to her.  It’s her turn to perform but she gets stage fright and admits she lied about wanting to be Little Miss Snowflake in order to get Carly and Jack back together to realize that they still love each other.  Carly and Jack deny it.  Sage sings “Never Surrender” and it is a warm, close moment for them.  Sage goes to look for Parker and Liberty while Jack and Carly go to pack.  They agree they have to convince Sage they’re not getting back together, though they don’t seem convinced themselves.  They’re about to kiss when Janet arrives.  She tells Jack she’s ready to fight for their marriage. Parker and Liberty go on a hike through the woods and a couple of immature teenagers make them realize they’ve both had to grow up fast.  They have a leaf fight and then she cries because she misses her dad.  They agree they’ll miss each other when Liberty goes to college, and then realize they’re lost.  Trying to cross a ravine, Parker hurts his leg.  At first he tells Liberty he’s okay, but it’s bleeding, and he has to stop walking.  They find a cave where they can spend the night and Parker passes out.  Liberty takes care of Parker in the cave.  She finds some wood and makes a crutch for Parker.  At the hotel, Jack and Carly are worried, as is Janet.  Sage wonders if it’s her fault, but they assure her it isn’t.  Janet goes off and calls Dusty, who calms her down, but then also shows up in Michigan with resources.  Jack shakes his hand, which Janet notices.  Liberty and Parker get to the hotel and Parker’s looked at by the EMTs.  Parker is released from the hospital.  His brace and wheelchair make his injury look more serious than it is, a hairline fracture.  But he gets home and is happy to have felt like a family for a moment.  It gets out that Parker had been in on Sage’s plan to get Jack and Carly together.  Liberty is still at the hospital.  Dusty brings food for her and she appreciates it.  Her doctor notices a bruise and runs some tests.  It turns out that Liberty is very sick and must be kept at the hospital.  Parker tries to come to Liberty’s rescue, and sneak her out of the hospital, but Jack and Carly are onto him and follow him. Jack tells Liberty she should stay and Liberty accuses Jack of being an inconsistent father figure to her and an inconsistent husband to her mother. Jack apologizes and he shares that he too saw Brad’s spirit on Christmas. Liberty lets up on Jack slightly. She tells Parker to go home. Later, Carly catches Jack moving out. Their goodbye turns into a real kiss.  Janet and Dusty learn from Dr. Presserman that Liberty has leukemia. Janet prays in the chapel as Dusty comforts her. He assures her this isn’t divine retribution for their affair. Dusty gives Janet the strength to break the news to Liberty.

Clarissa tries to convince Simon to complete the real estate scam but Simon knows he’ll have to disappear and he doesn’t want to leave Oakdale.  Katie sees the two of them together but denies to Henry that it upsets her.  Clarissa tempts Simon with a large “tip” and he takes it, but then goes to see Katie and tells her he wants to take her out to dinner.  Katie suggests he ask Clarissa instead.  Simon tells her he isn’t involved with Clarissa and turned her down so he can stay.  Katie says she’s not ready, but he says he’ll wait, and then kisses her.  Henry flirts with Clarissa and tells her he can take Simon’s place in their scam.  Katie pulls back after Simon’s kiss.  Her life is so busy right now and she’s not sure if Simon’s ready for it.  Simon says a home life would be appealing to him now.  Katie then gets a visit from Pam, the real estate agent, wondering if Katie’s still thinking of selling.  Pam makes sure the ghost is gone, and then gives Katie her card.  Simon comes back and Katie admits that she already has feelings for him.  Katie’s incredulous when Simon admits he’s okay with that and is prepared to stay.  Henry assures Clarissa he can fill in for Simon.  Henry goes on about Katie, all her best qualities, and Clarissa picks up on the fact that this isn’t just about Simon.  Katie goes to Oakdale Now to start taping a segment for her new show about being a single mom. Everyone treats her gingerly, and while Katie insists she’s up for it she breaks down while taping and runs into Simon’s willing arms. Kim tells her to take all the time she needs. Simon comforts her but they’re interrupted by a phone call from Henry. Simon realizes Henry’s attempt to take Simon’s place in Clarissa’s scam has gone awry. Katie agrees to help Simon rescue Henry. They go and convince Mr. Lee, the man about to be swindled, that they’re FBI agents and they quickly escort Clarissa and Henry out of the Lounge. Katie, Simon and Henry are all proud of their work, but Clarissa’s furious the scam she put years of work into is now dead in the water. Clarissa tells Simon he’s pathetic for wanting to settle down in a boring town for a boring blonde. When Henry’s gone, Katie tells Simon to leave town. She’s sure he’ll be bored of her soon, like Clarissa said. Simon tells Katie he loves her, but he’ll leave if she wants him too. Katie tells him he should leave Oakdale, but she’ll come with him. Simon’s stunned.  Katie and Simon are set to leave. They tell Henry goodbye.  Margo, however, convinces Katie to postpone their departure.  Margo and Henry decide to pull out all the stops at Katie’s going away party to make her decide to stay.

Susan and Paul wonder if Mick’s injections caused Emily to become comatose. Mick will bring a sample of the substance in. Susan yells at Paul for allowing Emily to become Mick’s guinea pig, and then she yells at Alison for failing to tell her about her upcoming nuptials. Alison’s repentant, and Susan forgives her. Ali goes to the on-call room where Mick finds her. He tries to comfort her but he leaves quickly when he feels a headache coming on. Barbara discovers Mick’s responsible for Emily’s condition. Lily learns that Holden and Molly are an item, while Holden learns Lily isn’t pregnant. They both insult each other’s choice in significant others. Lily tells Damian she’s ready to go away with him. Meg has the doctor’s convinced she’s on the mend. She calls Damian to let him know she’ll be out soon. Damian arrives at Deerbrook and Sharkey tells him Meg hasn’t been taking her medications. Damian riles Meg up, and she throws her mattress at him, exposing all the hidden meds she’s claimed to have taken. Damian leaves, assured Meg will continue to be locked up for a while longer.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Quinn Walks Out on Carter Leaving Him Devastated

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful featured a stand-out performance by Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) as after Carter professed his love for Quinn (Rena Sofer) and asked her to run away with him, only she put on the brakes!

Quinn tells him that she loves her husband, Eric (John McCook), and is going back to him and can’t run away with him, although that prospect sounds enticing. She goes on to say that she has built a life for herself with Eric and she is not willing to give it up.

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Carter is devastated.  He believed what they had was so special that they could get through anything – mind you, the two have been having an affair (OK’s by Eric at this point, because of his ED), and she is a married woman.

Following their heart-to-heart, Quinn walks out on Carter determined to make her marriage work.  Meanwhile, Katie (Heather Tom), who had just told Bill, (Don Diamont) she won’t give their relationship another chance, heads to Carter’s to give him a piece of her mind on his fling with Quinn, and how he could do that to Eric!

Following her tirade, she gets quite the surprise, when Carter admits to Katie that he loves Quinn.  Katie is stopped in her tracks.  We fade to black.

Many have been suspecting that Katie and Carter will actually become the next couple on B&B.   Do you think the two will begin a relationship? What did you think of Lawrence Saint-Victor’s performance in the episode? Are you rooting for Quinn to come back to Carter? Let us know via the comment section, but first check out a pivotal scene between Heather Tom and Saint-Victor from the episode below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.

 

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With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

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Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

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