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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.

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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.

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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.

General Hospital

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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