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ATWT Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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Henry demands that Vienna tell him what she’s done to Barbara. He thinks she did something to silence Barbara from revealing her pregnancy as fake, before the wedding. Vienna denies, and manages to escape and lock him in the spa room at the Lakeview. Margo and Will arrive to help Henry, off their scenes with Katie in the Police Station where Katie admitted everything she knew about the fake pregnancy.  Alison and Casey bond while babysitting Hallie. Casey gives Ali a quick kiss. Later, at the hospital, Casey finds the recently escaped Vienna in a hospital room. She begs him for help. In the corridor, he runs into Ali who informs him of the police investigation into Vienna’s role in Barbara’s disappearance. Casey brings Margo to the room he saw Vienna in. She’s gone.

At the EOD, Will and Gwen are happily surprised to hear noises coming from inside Barbara’s hotel room. They assume Barbara’s returned, but to their shock, Iris is waiting for them.  Gwen and Will are reluctant to let Hallie bond any more with Iris.  Gwen wishes Iris would just leave.  Iris says she’s there to help.  Also, she’s found religion.  Hallie wants Iris to stay, though.  Iris wants to continue ingratiating herself with Hallie, but Gwen wants Iris on a bus out of town ASAP.  Gwen considers calling the police but Iris reminds her that Barbara would also be implicated.  At EOD, Iris has promised to leave town, making Hallie sad, but alone she books a room at the Wagon Wheel. Lily shows Carly that she closed the deal.  Lily doesn’t tell Carly about Craig’s involvement.  Lily also tells Lucinda about the deal.  Lily hopes Lucinda is proud of her.  Lucinda, a little guilty, says she is always proud of Lily, who is thrilled with this project.  Carly hears from Molly that Lily and Craig were in that motel room together.  It really gets to Carly, who rushes right to Craig and asks him what’s going on.  Craig talks to Holden about this same thing in Java, and Holden is slightly jealous of Craig being with Lily.  Gabriel is happy enough doing the work he’s doing.  Craig tells him he’s destined for bigger things.  Carly asks Lily why it was Craig and not Lily who told Carly that he and Lily were together in New York.  Lily spins the New York encounter with Craig as pure coincidence – and quite friendly.  Lily plays up her “friendship” with Craig to keep Carly from hitting on his business involvement with Carlisle Fragrance.  Craig and Lily kiss and Carly sees.  Carly talks to Jack about Craig and Lily maybe getting together, and Jack maintains that they’re both single and not to concern herself too much.  Lucinda talks to Lily about her denial that she’s okay with Holden, the man she loves, marrying someone else.  Meanwhile, everyone prepares for the bridal shower at Milltown.  At EOD, Lily shows up, unexpectedly excited for it.

Dusty reveals that Blackthorn is working with Craig.  Jack and Dusty are both concerned about the Craig/Blackthorn association, but Dusty spurns Jack’s offer to help get more information on the subject.  By end of day, Jack and Dusty agree to work together to look into the Blackthorn situation for the sake of Janet’s protection, and Dusty stuns Craig by revealing he knows that Craig’s buy-in money for Worldwide came from Blackthorn.  Lucinda wants Dusty to leave the Craig/Blackthorn issue alone, and makes a mysterious call asking someone to return to town that day.  Craig twists the knife with Lucinda; having bought into Worldwide despite what he assumes was her opposition.  Lucinda covers her knowledge of Blackthorn’s association with Craig, but is shaken by Craig’s innuendo about his and Lily’s “closeness.” Craig tells Lucinda it’s time for Lily to feel fulfilled in every way, and coyly suggests he’s ready to help her.  By end of day, Sierra is waiting for Lucinda in her office.  Sierra wonders as to Lucinda’s motives for asking Lucy to come back to town.  Lucinda insists she only wants to help Craig. Craig tells Carly he’s bought into Worldwide and is legit now.  He insists he’s moved on and suggests she do the same.  Carly insists she has moved on – with Jack.  Craig stirs the pot by dangling the notion that he’s gotten closer to Lily.  Lucy is back in town hears that Lucinda wants to help make amends with Craig.  Lucy’s not buying it, since Lucinda has always hated Craig.  Really, Lucinda wants Lucy around to create some space between Craig and Lily.  Lucy also wants to see Johnny.  Lucinda then tells Lucy about Dusty’s on-again, off-again relationship with Janet.  Lucinda calls Francoise one-way to express her hopes that Lucy will be enough to distract Craig.  Lucy finally meets up with Craig and Johnny in Old Town.  Craig hears it was Lucinda that brought Lucy back to Oakdale and he confronts Lucinda about it, who merely says to enjoy the fact that Lucy’s around.  Lucy goes with Johnny to see Dusty.  They’re happy to see each other.  They go to Old Town to get Johnny ice cream and run into Janet.  Dusty is not cold to Janet, but is indifferent. Lily and Faith encounter Holden at the dress shop.  Holden and Lily have an awkward moment and squabble over Lily’s encounter with Craig in New York.  Lily confesses to Holden that Faith in her bridesmaid’s dress made Lily realize Holden’s marriage to Molly is real.  Lily tells Holden she wants to be happy for him in his new marriage, but comes close to admitting that she can’t be.  Molly and Holden meet with the minister for a pre-wedding interview.  The minister asks if Holden still loves Lily.  Holden and Molly touch on their past relationships, but affirm they bring out the best in each other.  Lily tries to smile her way through Molly’s wedding shower, but after hearing how excited Holden is about getting married, and after everything else, Lily just can’t take it any more and has to go.  She leaves Molly’s present on the porch.  Gabriel is thinking of blackmailing Lucinda. Liberty and Parker talk, and Parker admits that no one can ever be a friend like Liberty.  But Liberty was sort of jealous of Parker and Faith.  At EOD, Parker and Faith have gone to the woods, kiss, and are on their way to making love. Blackthorn sees Janet at the diner, asks her out, but she politely turns him down.  He’s playful but insistent.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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