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ATWT Recap – July 5 – July 9th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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