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ATWT Recap – Jan 18 – Jan 22nd

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Damian touches base with Sharkey, who assures him Meg is safely sedated on her medication and won’t be a problem for him. Sharkey goes to the Lakeview to spend some quality time with Kiki, his renta-babe. Molly and Holden see him pay for his room in cash and become suspicious. They knock on his door and Holden distracts him while Molly checks his cell phone for incoming calls. Molly sees the name “Grimaldi” is listed. They tell Meg that they might be starting to believe her. When Molly discovers that Officer Grady retired and moved to Chicago, Holen and Molly decide to go check him out.  Lily and Damian are meant to go away to visit Faith, but Lily’s reluctant. When she learns Damian told Luke to coerce Reid to come to town by unsavory means, they have a fight.  Holden and Molly find Grady and Molly tries to trick him into confessing to her. Grady does, but when Molly goes to tell Holden she’s stopped by Damian who figured out they were investigating him. Damian tries to convince Molly that Holden will leave her for Lily if they manage to expose Damian and put him behind bars. Molly finds herself unable to tell Holden Damian paid Grady off. Lily’s livid when she learns that Holden left town, just as she was planning too. She and Emma argue about her relationships. She goes home just as Damian returns, and they plan to leave on their trip.

Jack and Carly break from their kiss.  Later, they kiss again. Carly pulls back, knows he’s married, and just needs him to leave.  Jack leaves and they’re on opposite sides of the door, each conflicted.  Margo doesn’t think Jack is fully prepared to come back to the force.  He goes to the spot where the boathouse used to be and meets up with Carly there.  They talk about how they always come back to each other and how, despite their fighting, things fall apart when they’re apart.  Jack confesses his feelings but Carly wants him to hold back until he’s actually hers again.  Jack goes home to talk to Janet, and is surprised to see Janet excited to see him, admitting she really needs him right now.  Jack hears about Liberty’s illness.  He is conflicted but affirms the promises he made when marrying Janet.  Carly has prepared a nice evening for them – beers for Jack, candles – and is disappointed when Craig shows up.  He realizes something’s up and that Carly wants Jack back.  Carly’s disappointed again when Jack comes over and admits he has to stay with Janet.  Dusty then hears that Jack came back to Janet and is himself disappointed.

Janet and Dusty go to see Liberty but she’s not in her room.  Dusty finds her on the hospital grounds and suggests she throw rocks at a building, to express her anger.  He reveals he owns the building, but he wants her to direct those feelings of anger at the cancer itself, to try her hardest to fight.  Liberty understands and appreciates Dusty’s support.  Janet takes Liberty to school, to talk to the principal about her illness.  Liberty wants to get through the day, but sees the relative unimportance of her bio test.  She goes to see Parker and wants to make love with him.  He wonders what brought this on, and Liberty eventually says she has leukemia.  Dusty takes Johnny to the hospital for a checkup.  Dr. Hearn wants to tell him about Liberty’s tests but Dusty tells him to talk to Janet and the others.  Johnny understands and asks if Liberty’s going to die like his mom did.  Dusty tries to explain it’s not the same situation but also that they’ll try even harder to get Liberty better. Dr. Reid Oliver tells Luke Noah’s case isn’t interesting enough to bother coming to Oakdale for. Luke, at a loss, goes to Damian for counsel. In typical Damian fashion he suggest Luke make it impossible for Dr. Oliver to say no. Luke threatens Dr. Oliver into coming, but when he returns home, he finds a note saying that Maddie collected Noah for lunch. Maddie asked Noah to lunch so she could work on a vlog entry about their relationship and his blindness. When Hunter runs into them, Noah’s charmed by his blunt yet innocent demeanor. Hunter tries to cheer Noah up by letting him enjoy music in a special sound room. Maddie’s taken aback but pleased by Hunter’s success and good intentions.  Luke, unable to find Noah at Al’s, leaves him a message and goes to the hospital to meet Dr. Oliver, who’s momentarily livid the patient can’t be found. Reid winds up approving of Noah, once he arrives, but Reid tells Luke to never pull another rich-boy stunt on him again. Noah would be mad at Luke for getting Reid to come to town by force, but he’s too happy that he may see again to hold it against him.  Reid is gruff but agrees to do the surgery.  A pre-surgery exam reveals that the procedure would have to be more in-depth than what Reid has time for.  Luke insists Reid stay but Reid won’t be bossed around.  Reid takes the keys from Luke and hits Kim’s car with his as he tries to get away.

The hospital calls to tell Paul Emily’s showing signs of movement. Paul’s elated when he feels Emily’s hand move in his. Barbara and Mick agree, Mick needs more time to bond with Paul. However, as Mick goes to inject Emily, to keep her in a coma, he has a crisis of conscience when he sees a photo of Alison. He calls her, but she’s busy with Casey picking out wedding dresses. Alison tells Mick she can’t help him. Mick forces himself to inject Emily’s IV with his coma inducing liquid. Meanwhile, back at Fashions, Alison has shooed Casey away and realizes the dress she’s trying on is the same one she dreamt of encountering Mick in. Ali tries to get it off, but can’t and goes to get the salesgirl to help her. Alison sees Mick in Old Town and, still wearing the wedding dress, rushes out in the cold to confront him. Ali demands to know what his deal is and why he’s in her head. Mick, equally as intense, can’t explain it to her. He runs off with another headache. Casey arrives; having heard Alison fled the store in a wedding dress. He’s worried about her. Ali insists she’s fine and suggests they go to Vegas to be married immediately. Casey thinks it’s important they get married in front of their family and Ali agrees. Back at the Lakeview, Mick opens his door to Barbara who wants her treatments. Mick says he’s out and she’ll have to wait. Barbara’s put off by his cold shoulder and she makes fun of him for having a crush on Alison. She goes and Mick receives a phone call from Ali. He hopes she wants to talk, but instead she tells he can never call her again. Paul’s crushed Emily’s motionless once again. Katie goes to the Lakeview for Margo and Henry’s goodbye party.  They ambush her with a power point presentation about her life, bringing up all of her ties to Oakdale and encouraging her to let Jacob live somewhere his family has roots, unlike Katie herself, who lived on the road as a child with her mother.  Katie picks up on this, that they’re trying to trick her, but she doesn’t buy it – at first.  She decides to stay, though Simon does leave town again.

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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