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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.

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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GH's Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver "The Power Performance of the Week"

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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ABC and PEOPLE's 'The Story of Soaps': What Was Your Review Of It?

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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