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ATWT Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Carly has a drink at the lakeside.  Craig finds her and says he’s over them, but Carly remarks he came running when he saw her car.  Carly wants to restart Monte Carlo, but Craig says she can’t be drinking. Liberty is upset to think Jack only came back to Janet because of her own illness.  But Jack later explains to Liberty there’s more to the situation than Liberty’s sickness.  There’s an ease in the tension.  Janet has spoken to Carly and wants her to stay out of Jack’s life.  Jack and Carly look at each other through the window, but Jack turns away first, then Carly.  Liberty keeps resisting treatment, and she leaves the hospital. Carly and Molly, consoling each other about their romantic woes, find Liberty on the porch, freezing and looking for Parker. Carly learns that Liberty lost her acceptance to FIT, and offers her a job at MonteCarlo once she sees that Liberty has a great eye for fashion. Carly calls Jack to tell him Liberty is at Milltown and he and Janet quickly come over. Janet lays in to Carly, when she learns that Carly offered Liberty a job. Janet thinks Liberty’s number one priority should be getting better but Liberty wants to have a life. Janet tells Liberty on the porch that she may not have a life at this rate and Liberty runs off, wounded. Janet cries on Jack’s shoulder.

Casey finds tired Alison, in Java. She’s stressed out over Emily’s condition, not just the wedding. They go to Tom and Margo’s only to find them squabbling with Susan over the wedding. Everyone tries to pull it together, and both Margo and Susan offer their homes for Casey and Alison to live in after the wedding. Alison can’t take the pressure. She goes outside to cool off. Mick calls her and she tells him to stop pursuing her. Inside, Margo expresses her regrets, about Emily’s condition, to Susan. Casey tells Tom he’d like to do pre-law and become a lawyer. Casey’s confused by Tom’s lack of enthusiasm. Alison returns and tells the Hughes she’d like to move in right away. Casey tucks her in for a nap. Later, Tom tells Margo that it’s unlikely Casey will be able to be lawyer, having been a convicted felon. Upstairs, we see Mick, peering at sleeping Ali, from the window ledge.  In Old Town, Barbara warns Susan that Mick and Alison have an unholy relationship.  Paul searches Mick’s room and finds pictures of James Stenbeck. When he returns to Emily’s room he finds Mick and confronts him. Emily stops him from yelling at Mick, and Paul’s elated that she’s awake. He goes to find a doctor and Mick seemingly puts Emily under a spell and tells her that she should have complete faith in him. When Susan and Paul later talk to Emily about potentially postponing her plan to have a child, Emily insists she would like to continue her treatments with Mick – whom she has complete faith in.  Alison sees Mick outside Casey’s window but when she and Casey rush to it, there’s no one there. Alison’s shaken, but then she’s thrilled to learn that Emily’s woken up. Paul tells her Emily’s determined to leave the hospital so Ali goes to Fairwinds to see her sister. There she learns that Emily’s invited Mick to live at Fairwinds. Both Paul and Alison are against this plan, but don’t want to disappoint Emily. Paul takes Emily off to rest and Alison accuses Mick of worming himself into her life, after she’s repeatedly told him she wants nothing to do with him. He pushes back at her, asking her if she really wants to be the prim and proper new Mrs. Hughes. Ali rushes back to Casey’s bedroom. Ali throws herself on Casey, but they hear a tapping on the window, and Ali, scared Mick might be out there, refrains from breaking their vow to not have sex before marriage. Back at Fairwinds, Paul let’s Mick stay so Emily will be happy.

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Holden tells Meg that Molly was unable to get Grady to admit that he had anything to with Damian. Meg’s inconsolable, can’t believe her own brother still won’t believe her story. Meanwhile, Molly talks to Damian who encourages her to keep what she knows about his relationship with Grady a secret. But when Holden tells her how it hard it is to let his sister down, she breaks down and tells him Grady actually admitted that Damian paid him off to cover up that the DNA in the truck wasn’t Holden’s. Holden’s extremely upset and disappointed that Molly didn’t have any faith in their relationship and kept such a dangerous secret from him. He runs off to help Lily. Molly’s crushed. Meanwhile, Damian senses that he’s about to be busted, so he books a last minute trip to Malta for him and Lily. Lily won’t go and asks him to go pay the bill. When he returns Meg’s waiting for him, having escaped the mental institution. She tries to distract him so she can inject him with the contents of a syringe, but he’s too quick for her, and he overpowers her. He pulls her scarf and accidentally strangles her. Lily’s about to open the door to the room.  Molly’s taken her own advice and gone to do some work at WOAK to get her mind off Holden, but when she learns the segment she’ll be working on is a Valentines segment, something snaps inside of her and she decides to go off and find Holden. Damian’s horrified that he’s strangled Meg. He stuffs her in the cedar trunk. Lily’s packed up and ready to leave, but realizes she left something in the trunk. Damian stops her from opening the trunk, but Lily’s suspicious and manages to open it much to her horror when Meg’s arm flops out and she learns that Damian killed her. Damian holds Lily and pleads with her, urging to see that he did this in self defense, since Meg was about to kill him with the syringe full of poison. Lily thinks they should call the cops and tell them that Damian did this in self defense, but Damian won’t let her. He breaks her cell phone and drags her into the hallway only to be confronted by Holden. Damian pulls a gun on Holden. Holden tells Lily that Damian’s been lying to her. He tells her Damian covered up the fact that the DNA in the burned car wasn’t his. Damian tries to defend his actions, but Holden keeps accusing him of more, like the way that Damian led Meg on and then made her look crazy. Lily stops Holden and despite Damian’s protestations, Lily tells Holden that Meg broke out of Deerbrook and that her body is in the bedroom. Holden hears the word “body” and realizes Meg must be dead. He lunges at Damian and they wrestle for the gun. Damian grabs it and aims it at Holden, telling Lily if she leaves him he’ll kill Holden. Lily knows Damian isn’t bluffing and they all go into the bedroom. Damian tells Lily that they will fly away and he’ll treat her like a princess, but Holden says that will happen over his dead body. Damian’s okay with that and aims the gun at Holden.  As Damian starts to lead Lily out, Holden makes one last dash for the gun.  Damian wheels and is about to fire, when suddenly Meg leaps out, gasping for breath.  In the ensuing chaos Damian escapes.  Damian loses her and meets with Luke at Grimaldi Shipping to say he has to leave shortly on a freighter.  He’s also leaving the company to Luke.  Luke doesn’t quite understand but Damian insists he loves Luke but has to leave.  Damian would leave, and is at the docks when Holden catches up to him and says he can’t get on that ship.

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Reid wants to get back to Dallas immediately, sees that Kim will probably be okay and is under Bob’s care.  Luke wants him to stay.  A cop comes over and, with Luke’s explanation, detains Reid.  Reid has a hearing and the judge deems him a flight risk, and wants him in custody.  But Bob asks the judge to release Reid, and Bob will put him to work at the hospital. Noah calls Maddie for some emotional support.  Noah also convinces Dr. Oliver to help by saying that he and Luke aren’t together, so Oliver doesn’t have to continue getting back at Luke, he can help.  Dr. Oliver also relents and examines Jacob, who has an ear infection.  Oliver considers moving into Katie’s house.  Henry copes with solitude, with Vienna, Brad and Simon all having left him.  He talks with Maddie at Al’s, then goes to Katie’s to hear Dr. Oliver is moving in with Katie.

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THIS IS US: Randall Dismantled As Sterling K. Brown Delivers Masterful Performance

In yet another riveting performance by Sterling K. Brown, the highly-touted episode that aired on Tuesday’s night’s This Is Us, had his character of Randall in the spotlight again, as the first of the Big Three trilogy this season.  Next week, look for the installment to center on Justin Hartley’s Kevin.However, last night on the episode aptly titled, “Hello of a Week: Part One”, viewers followed what happened next to Randall following his return home after the stress of flying across the country to get a diagnosis for his ailing mother’s memory lapses (while keeping it from his siblings), and then winding up facing an intruder in the Pearson family home.After Randall offers the intruder money, the guy runs out of the home.

Next, the police come, and Randall installs surveillance cameras and security alarms throughout the house, which ends up being a continued tipping point in his mental state as he obsesses over keeping his family and his home safe, especially when the cops tells him that it is common for a thief to return,. It appears later in the episode he did when Beth’s earrings and Randall’s cufflinks are MIA.

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Throughout the episode, flashbacks to Randall’s childhood showed little Randall, unable to sleep and afraid of monsters, who then asks his dad, Jack to stay with him through the night.  Jack sleeps on the floor, but when Jack eventually gets up to go to his own bed, he tells Randall who comes running after him, “to be brave: and that he needs him to be the easiest child to care for since Kate and Kevin are handfuls.

This laid the foundation for how Randall deals with others, by not letting them know his inner most feelings.   The writers juxtapose Randall’s dreams throughout where he feels he can’t get out whether it be screaming through a locked window at his mother to get out of the storm, or watching some creepy guy touch Beth and he screams so loud, but you can’t hear him,

In addition, in flashbacks, we see how a college-aged Randall needing college-aged Beth to spend countless nights with him. At one point he tells her, “I just feel so helpless, like I have no control over anything,” especially following the death of his father Jack.  Beth says she can understand. She had bad dreams after her father passed away, but after she talked to a therapist she began to feel better.  In a key moment, Randall agrees to attend an grief group with her, but that plan goes awry when on the day they were heading to the grief counseling group, Randall’s family has an emergency and he could not go.

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The theme of Randall seeking counseling surfaced later in the episode after Randall was struggling to hold it together as City Councilman at the Town Hall, which did not go unnoticed by Beth or by Malik’s dad, Darnell.

The next day, he tells Randall that he himself needed therapy and suggest he do that to.  Randall says all he needs is his runs around the city to help him clear his head.  But that takes another drastic turn when Randall comes upon a woman being beaten and proceeds to pounce on the aggressor.  Next, Randall with messed up arm from landing punches on the guy, ends up being touted as a hero for saving the woman’s life.  He is not comfortable with that and he begins to lose his grip.

In the culmination of the episode, locking himself in the bathroom in his home, Randall begins to cry and phones Kevin.  Thank God his brother answered, as he seems to be the only person Randall feels he can talk to, and has, through his life.  At the time of the call, Kevin is in bed with what looks to potentially be Sophie, because he was heading back to Pittsburgh for a funeral of one of her parents.  But is it Sophie, or another woman?

During their call, Randall begs Kevin just to talk, and to please  distract him. Kevin promises his brother, “I’m the guy that’s gonna get you through this,”   Will Kevin ultimately help Randall, or will what happens next become the huge rift that we know exists between the brothers in the flash-forward viewers learned about episodes ago?

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This Is Us executive producers, Issac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger weighed-in on revisiting Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks with Entertaintment Weekly. This is something that was hot on all of our minds, because over the past year, a couple of the writers in our room had had people break into their homes when they were home,” shared Issac Aptaker.  “People would come in and we would see the impact that it has on you when someone invades your space like that — the aftermath and the fallout. So, as we were looking at what Randall’s season would look like, and what would be potentially the breaking point for him with all that’s been brewing this year, it was at the front of all of our minds at how upsetting something like that can be.”

“We’ve seen that Randall is someone that is so in touch with his feelings emotionally, and he is so willing to talk about everything, but there does seem to be this block with him when it comes to therapy, where he just does not want to engage,” says Elizabeth Berger. “That really fascinated all of us and got us thinking, “What’s that about? And how do we get him to a point where he has his back against the wall and has to move past coping mechanisms and keeping things just below the surface and finally deal with them?” And this felt like a really compelling way to go about that.”

When all was said and done, Sterling K. Brown delivered a nuanced and masterful performance as viewers watched Randall slowly but surely, struggling to cope with all the pressure, and horrific events that happened to him one after the other, as Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks were about to reach epic proportions.

So, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Sterling’s performance? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

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Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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