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ATWT Recap – Jan 4 – Jan 8th

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A ranger finds Carly, Jack and Craig in the cabin. He can only take back two people back.  Jack goes with him while Carly opts to stay and care for Craig. Craig miserable with his cold and on top of it he must wear an old tracksuit. Craig won’t give up on Carly. Janet wakes up in Dusty’s room, mortified that they’ve made love. Dusty tries to convince her that she has nothing to be ashamed of. Janet leaves the elevator downstairs only to run smack into Jack who’s thrilled she stuck around – he thinks – for their date. Janet tries to play the part of willing wife, but when she eyes Dusty lurking in the corner she asks Jack if they can return to the farm instead of celebrating New Years at the Lakeview. At the farm Jack tries to put the moves on Janet but she flips on him and berates him for everything he put her through. She asks him to leave and go back to Milltown and Carly. Jack does. Janet collapses. Dusty goes to Metro to vent and runs into Teri who’s at a loss with what to do with all the food she made for people who never showed up for their reservations due to the blackout. Dusty suggest they donate it to shelters and they do. Teri returns to the farm and tells Janet she has feelings for Dusty. Teri asks Janet if there’s anything going on between Dusty and Janet and Janet denies, but does say she thinks her marriage is over. Later, Jack turns up at Carly’s door, afraid his marriage may be over. Dusty encourages Janet not to feel too bad about their having made love.  It was a human impulse.  Janet concedes that it was good, but she has trouble with the morality of it.  They do agree that they’re adults and can still work together.  Janet’s priest stops by and she tells him she feels bad, and the priest says repentance is a hopeful sign.  She later tells Jack that she’s spoken to her priest about an annulment.  Sage wants to go to Michigan for the Miss Snowflake America pageant, but really to get Jack and Carly together, as she thinks they belong.  Parker backs her on this, convincing Carly it’s what Sage really wants.  At EOD, it’s agreed that they’ll go.  Jack and Carly talk about where they are, how the timing’s so often off for them.  He shakes off the rust and remembers how to shoot, practicing on bottles.  Carly welcomes him back.  Liberty discovers she’s been admitted to F.I.T., with the provision that she turn in sketches of her ideas. Craig overhears Liberty lamenting her misfortune, since she’s never sketched before. He suggests to Janet that he take her to Carly, who can assist her. Janet begrudgingly agrees.  Jack, Carly, Parker and Sage leave for Michigan so Sage can enter the Miss Snowflake America Pageant. They immediately make enemies with a mother and daughter named Bridget and Hayden, who are determined to win at any cost. Liberty and Craig arrive and Carly manages to get rid of Craig by telling him she’s only in Michigan to seduce Jack. Craig tells Jack this. Jack goes to find Carly, and finds her sneaking into Bridget and Hayden’s room. Carly suspects they stole the CD with Sage’s recital piece on it. When they hear Bridget and Hayden returning they hide in the closet. Meanwhile, Liberty’s found Parker and discovered that the only reason the kids brought Carly and Jack to Michigan was to set them up. Liberty’s upset with Parker for trying to take Jack away from her mother before they’ve resolved their differences or decided to separate themselves. Parker apologizes and they go for a walk.  Janet realizes she can no longer live at the farm, with the family of the man she may no longer want to be married to. Dusty helps her move to the Lakeview, but then convinces her to give her marriage one last shot.

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Henry cheers Katie up by sending her to Al’s where he knows she’ll run into Simon, who he’s recently employed there. Simon’s thinking of moving to Oakdale permanently. Katie’s concerned he’s staying for her, but Simon insists Oakdale simply feels like home to him. Henry sits for Jacob and they bond. Simon and Katie return to Henry and Jacob and they all enjoy a Twilight Zone marathon.  Henry helps Katie record a screen test for Kim of a new show about single moms. Simon takes her on a date, but has to shift his reservation from Metro to Al’s when he realizes he’s too poor to take Katie out properly.

Noah tells Lily and Luke that his stay with them will be short lived, as he’s seeking out treatment with a Doctor in California who’s been known to return sight to a remarkable number of patients. Noah’s reluctant to reciprocate Luke’s romantic feelings too. When Luke tells Noah he finished his film for him and it won first prize at the student film festival, Noah’s not appreciative and instead interprets Luke’s behavior as controlling.

Meg acts calm and as though she’s been cured by the medication and therapy at Deerbrook. Holden and Molly are thrilled but skeptical. They decide they will go to Kentucky to see if there was any merit to Meg’s claims that Damian lied about knowing Holden wasn’t dead. Molly goes to buy some new clothes from Fashions and runs into Lucinda, who warns Molly to stay away from Holden, since she believes he and Lily are still destined to be together. Molly tells Lucinda that Lily and Holden are over. Meanwhile, Holden goes to find Emma at the hospital, to tell her he’s leaving town for a few days. Instead he runs into Lily, who hasn’t been feeling well all day. A nurse tells Lily her pregnancy results will be in soon. Holden’s shocked she may be pregnant with Damian’s baby.  Lily is at the hospital for a pregnancy test.  Damian finds out and is excited by the prospect.  The test comes back negative but he wants them to have another child, and to take her away from Oakdale.  Lily’s reluctant to do either. Holden goes to Yo’s after hearing about Lily’s pregnancy test. There he kisses Molly, then holds back, then brings her back to his hotel room to make love.  Emily is suspicious of Barbara’s and Mick’s relationship, his bringing her flowers and being her doctor and all.  Emily also wants to be motherly to Eliza, which Paul is quick to discourage.  Paul visits Meg at Deerbrook and sees the progress she’s making, and all the pills she’s not taking.  Meg threatens to kill Damian when she gets out.

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Alison and Casey get close, but still decide to hold off until after the wedding.  Alison is working with Dr. Kantor today, a sexist doctor.  He berates Alison with Mick nearby, unseen.  When Ali goes Mick threatens Dr. Kantor and he later makes good with Alison and wants Mick to stay away from him.  Alison goes to visit Mick at the bell tower.  Alison asks Mick to tell her his story, about the nosebleeds, the way he feels.  He explains that he sometimes feels like two people.  Alison must then go to the hospital, but wants Mick to call her.  Emily, going through some paperwork, finds a church circular with phone numbers on it, Paul’s, hers, Alison’s.  She heads over there and finds Mick.  Emily asks why Mick’s so into Paul.  Mick says it’s because Paul’s important.  Emily is worried and Mick uses his penlight to knock her out.  Mick brings her back to Fairwinds where Paul finds her and brings her to the hospital.

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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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