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ATWT Recap – July 5 – July 9th

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Barbara wakes up in a warehouse filled with party favors and candy. She talks to a clown doll and imagines who knocked her out and locked her in there – Vienna, Katie or Emily. She eats herself sick with candy and at the EOD cries about her predicament. She’s woeful she was unable to stop Henry from marrying Vienna under false pretenses.  Henry awkwardly waits for Barbara to interrupt the wedding, but she doesn’t show. Everyone notes how hesitant Henry appears. Vienna states her owns vows about love and forgiveness and Katie hopes this theme means that Vienna told Henry about there being no baby. Henry then gives his own vows about the baby, and Katie realizes Vienna hasn’t told Henry the truth. Chris tries to calm Katie down. Katie, seething, catches the bouquet and the realization that she’s the only unwed person in the room – that she’s unwed at all – upsets her. Chris takes her home. Henry and Vienna return to their room and Vienna’s positively thrilled she’s gotten away with it all. Henry’s distant.  Katie sees Chris talking to an attractive woman, who turns out to be a doctor Chris used to work with who’d like him to join her doing work in Haiti. Katie, insecure, tells Chris he should go to Haiti since there’s nothing keeping him in Oakdale. She rushes away and Chris consults with Kim about women. Chris confronts Katie and asks her to give him a reason to stay. Barbara wakes up in the warehouse. To her surprise and horror, Chuckles the clown responds to her questions in Henry’s voice. Barbara assumes she must be going a bit mad, but she still tries her best to escape. She finds fireworks and finally sets one off to attract attention. At the EOD, she excited to hear sirens outside.  Barbara is still stuck in the warehouse.  She hears sirens but they get farther away.  She holds Chuckles, who in Henry’s voice offers her encouragement.  She puts Chuckles in a box and puts it alongside a curtain, which moves and hides a door. She pops the lock but the door opens and there’s a brick wall behind it.  A woman’s hand covers Barbara’s mouth and she wakes up with Chuckles comforting her.  Henry is heartbroken about the miscarriage, though Vienna is surprisingly rational about it.  Katie and Chris talk about his staying in town, and Katie’s reluctance to be open to starting something new.  Katie goes to see Henry and Vienna and hear about the miscarriage.  She’s shocked that Vienna went through with all the deception.  At EOD, Katie is so fed up that she has to tell Henry the truth, that there was no baby to begin with.

Emily’s happy all day that Barbara is out of the picture.  Paul, Emily and Eliza take a Christmas card photo in Old Town. Kim arrives and admits she’s nervous about Barbara’s whereabouts. Emily’s only too quick to assure everyone Barbara’s fine. Paul’s irked with Emily’s blasé attitude, so she apologizes and promises to befriend Barbara upon her return. Paul receives a postcard, seemingly from Barbara, stating that she’s on a cruise. He’s reassured.  Paul finds Will, Gwen and Hallie in Old Town.  They catch up a little bit, but really focus on the weird postcard Barbara sent from her Bermudan cruise.  Will is certain Barbara hates cruises.  And she was supposed to visit Will’s family in Carbondale, but never showed up.  Gwen and Casey catch up themselves, about his and Alison’s renewed friendship and his possible fatherhood.

Jack offers to fix up a cabin on Snyder Farm for Janet and Liberty and the baby to live in. Liberty loves the idea, thinks Gabriel could be hired to help. Gabriel doesn’t want Liberty’s charity. He goes to a high stakes poker game and is arrested when it’s busted by a cop. Jack takes him in and calls Craig. Jack can’t believe he was almost going to hire Gabriel to work on the cabin. Back at the farm, Dusty’s over to check on Janet. He learns about the cabin and is upset that Janet will take help from Jack and not him. Janet wishes they weren’t arguing all the time – so does Dusty. Jack and Carly argue again and they both long to be how they used to be – but they can’t seem to get there yet.  Craig hears that Gabriel was brought in by the police for playing illegal poker.  Craig wants Gabriel to give him a chance.  Craig hears that Gabriel was playing to earn money, figures it was for a girl.  Craig asks Jack to let Gabriel work on the farm.  Jack resoundingly declines.  Craig pleads on Gabriel’s behalf, and Gabriel overhears this.  Jack relents.  Craig and Gabriel go to the farm and Liberty hears Gabriel did it for her.  Liberty actually doesn’t want Gabriel’s help, wants to pay her own way through college.  She is excited, however, to hear that Gabriel will be working at the farm.  Gabriel starts to pull her into a kiss but she pulls away, gives him a hammer.  Parker tells Jack he’s changed his mind, he doesn’t want to go to New York for the summer program.  It’s because Liberty doesn’t want to go, wants to stay in town and work.  Jack tells him not to pin all his hopes on one girl.  Parker turns it around on Jack.  Parker is cool to Faith, but changes his mind when he sees her getting out of Snyder Pond.  Lily continues to keep Craig’s involvement with the perfume line a secret from Carly. Lily and Carly name their perfume company Carlisle Cosmetics. Lily tells Lucinda she’s going into business with Carly, and Lily’s surprised by Lucinda’s support. At Worldwide, Craig comes to try to reason with Lucinda and Dusty. Lucinda point blank refuses to lower the price of Worldwide for Craig. Lucinda ignores a call from a young hot shot trader from Chicago, Mr. Anthony Blackthorn, and Dusty questions her reasoning. Craig overhears this and finds Blackthorn. Craig assures Blackthorn they can help each other. At the EOD, it looks like Craig has figured out a way to buy into Worldwide. Lucinda’s appalled outwardly, but appears to have a trick up her sleeve.  Lucinda arranges for Francoise to sell Lily her money pit of a factory, as a means to break Craig.  Lily is suspicious.  She goes to Lucinda and says the factory will be hers and Carly’s alone.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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