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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.

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.

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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‘The Talk’ Returns as Sheryl Underwood Shares the ‘Trauma’ She Feels Over Incident That Led to Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

CBS’ afternoon series The Talk finally returned to the air, following the departure of Sharon Osbourne and the tense moments that went down on the March 10th episode between her and Sheryl Underwood.

Monday afternoon, co-hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba along with diversity and inclusion expert, Donald E. Grant, were on the episode.  Grant, served as the moderator as the women discussed what happened when Osbourne came at Underwood when defending Piers Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle, eventually prompting an extended internal investigation by CBS.

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On today’s episode, Sheryl Underwood shared: “I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon, because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow. I didn’t want to be perceived as that ‘angry Black woman’, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”

Elaine Welteroth added, “When you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace.  As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.  There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”

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She later added, “I just want to acknowledge you, Sheryl, on air for how you handled the situation. I think it’s important for people to really know the strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. And I think for me, I was just really entering that conversation with the hope of finding a common ground and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

In addition, Underwood wanted to go on record stating that while she had received text messages from Osbourne, she hadn’t replied to them because she wasn’t sure she was supposed to during during an internal investigation. Osbourne had said that she sent texts to Underwood and had apologized for her actions.

Sheryl shared: “I have never been through something like this. I didn’t know whether you were supposed to communicate or not communicate.  I have not spoken to Sharon, I haven’t had a phone call from her, ” However, Underwood expressed that if a friend were to come up to her and greet her nicely, she would do that same, “When you’re friends with someone, you stay friends,” she said.

So, what did you think about the sentiments shared by Sheryl and Elaine during The Talk? Was this episode helpful in shining a lot on racism, and successful in dealing with what transpired on March 10th with Sharon Osbourne? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Don Diamont & Scott Clifton Shine In Father/Son Scenes; As Bill Watches Liam’s Meltdown Over the Accident that Killed Vinny

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, emotional two-person scenes were the order of the day featuring three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (who may nab a nominations next year for this story) and longtime soap vet, Don Diamont.

In story, Dollar Bill has done everything to protect his son by covering up all the evidence in his attempt to save Liam from surely a murder sentence and going to prison.

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Bill’s theory: if anyone were to find out that Liam was driving Bill’s car when suddenly out of nowhere came Vinny (Joe LoCicero) – who Liam hates – and he hit him with the car and fatally killed the guy, they would think he had intent and motive. (However, to us there has to be more to the story! Did Vinny just randomly happen to be on the road that Liam and Bill were driving on and walking across it?)

At Bill’s place, Liam is agonizing as he keeps flashing back to the accident.  When Bill comes in from a morning jog, Liam is astonished that his father was out jogging, when they are in deep hot water for covering up their now hit and run.  Bill gets angry and tells him he actually went to see if there are were any cameras near the accident and he is happy to report there were none, so Liam is in the clear.  Therefore, Liam needs to keep his mouth shut and let this go and move on with his life and reuniting with Hope (Annika Noelle).

Not able to live with the cover-up, the lies, and what he did, Liam is insisting he has to go to the police, but Bill shouts: “You are not going to the police!” Liam goes on to his own subplot theory that they can say he hit an animal and then turn themselves in. Bill keeps firing back at his son, that he cannot do anything of the sort. He has done everything to protect his son in this mess and Liam could screw that all up with one wrong move.  Bill says, “All you have to do is…” and Liam fires back, “Pretend it never happened.”

It is then that Bill tells Liam that killing Vinny will haunt him whether he’s behind bars or a free man, and that he should opt for the latter.  Now unraveling, Liam’s convinced the police will figure out their cover-up. Just then, Bill pulls out a news report on his phone about the hit-and-run that has no leads and no ID of the body.  He assures his son there will never be any leads because he took care of everything.

Just then, Hope texts Liam wondering where he is for their lunch date.  Bill tells Liam to text her back saying something came up, he is in no condition to see anyone till he pulls himself together.  Liam texts back that he can’t make it.  When Hope texts back in response, “I hope you’re okay,” that sets up the end of the episode where Liam begins to hyperventilate and cannot catch his breathe, and is frightened and grief-stricken, and horrified at what he has done.  Bill comes to his aid and tells him he will not let anything happen to his son, and to dig deep to put this accident behind him.  Bill expresses that if Liam can’t do it himself, to lean on him.

However, Vinny was just ID’d in the hospital morgue by Finn (Tanner Novlan), so there’s that!

Kudos to both Scott Clifton and Don Diamont for the riveting scenes between father and son within the episode.

So, what did you think of Scott and Don’s performance? How will Bill and Liam be able to continue to cover-up the hit and run of Vinny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, watch the final moments from the episode below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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