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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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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