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ATWT Recap – March 1 – March 5th

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Carly finishes telling Jack about Janet and Dusty, how upset it makes her to see Jack torture himself when this is going on.  Carly thinks this changes everything, but Jack disagrees. There’s still family to think about.  Jack has to go work it out.  Jack goes to Metro to see Dusty but hears he’s out of town, and guesses Minneapolis.  Dusty, meanwhile, has been there for Janet and Liberty.  Liberty prepares for a treatment and Janet stays behind.  Dusty returns to the hotel to find Jack there wanting to discuss the Janet situation.  Jack defends his marriage while Dusty criticizes that they haven’t been there for each other.  Dusty admits he’s in love with Janet, just before Janet arrives. Craig’s livid to discover Carly’s only dragged him to Minnesota so she can go after Jack. He locks her in the hotel room. Meanwhile, Jack confronts Janet and Dusty about their infidelity. Dusty claims that he loves Janet. Janet won’t beg for Jack to forgive her, because all she can do is focus on Liberty. Carly interrupts their conversation, having broke out the hotel room. Craig joins the group as well, just as Carly tells all that Jack planned to return to her, and leave Janet, before he found out that Liberty was sick. Janet’s upset by this news, and even more upset that everyone else seemed to be informed but her. Carly says now that the truths out everyone can be with who they want to be, but Dusty notes it’s not that simple. Jack forces everyone out so he can talk to Janet alone. Janet asks him point blank if he’s in love with Carly and he says yes. Janet and Jack agree they should get that annulment, but Janet still wants to have a baby for Liberty. Dusty and Craig try to drink their sorrows away, while Carly settles for a chocolate bar. Carly looks into IVF and runs the idea past Janet and Jack.  She thinks it’s an ideal solution for Jack and Janet to have the child they’re looking for without actually sleeping together, which would sadden Carly.  Janet considers it, but isn’t sure about the idea of quintuplets.  Carly suggests giving them away, which Janet passes along to Jack, who himself isn’t sure he could do that.  Dusty looks to Jen for her blessing of Dusty’s wanting Janet. Craig gives Parker limited access to his own trust fund, to be used with Jack and Carly’s permission.  Parker goes to Minneapolis to visit Liberty, despite her wishes.  He goes and makes her laugh, takes some of the edge off.   Dusty asks Janet to marry him.  He’s tired of the way things are among Jack, Janet and Carly.  Janet is so surprised she faints.  They go to the hospital.  Liberty has spoken to Jack and pleaded with him not to bring a child into the world under these particular circumstances.  It wouldn’t be good for the baby, or Liberty, or the kid’s parents, really.  Jack then comes in to the hospital and tells Janet he can’t give her a baby.  Later, Janet hears that she’s pregnant. 

Reid suggests to Katie that she take Henry’s offer of the Stenbeck fortune.  Barbara and Henry have enjoyed another romantic night, when Katie is there to talk to Henry.  Henry makes Barbara hide, which makes her realize Henry cares what Katie thinks about them.  Katie comes in, putting it together and insulting Henry’s taste in women (which irks a hiding Barbara).  Barbara is angry with Henry, and storms out, slamming the door on his hand.  Barbara then confronts Katie about the money, and Katie knows Henry told Barbara about their own conversations.  Henry goes to the hospital and reluctantly receives treatment from Reid.  Reid is direct with Henry, saying flat out that Henry himself thinks he’s not good enough for Katie.  Katie then cooks Reid an organic dinner and says she’ll miss him, if tomorrow’s hearing goes well for him and he leaves. Reid has a hearing about whether or not he can leave town. Bob and Kim stand up for Reid, much to Reid’s surprise. Luke tells the judge that he should have never pressed charges to begin with. The judge would drop Reid’s case, but Henry says Reid is a criminal for keeping him hostage with a fake diagnosis of TB. The judge let’s Reid go despite Henry’s charges. Katie’s delighted for Reid and livid at Henry. Reid tells Bob he’d stay if the hospital had better facilities, but Bob says they don’t have the funding. Katie asks Henry to donate his money to the hospital. Henry won’t. At the hospital Reid thanks Luke for standing up for him in the court room. There’s a thaw between them, until Reid lets it drop that he is indeed going to leave town now that he has the opportunity too. Luke’s upset, thought Reid wouldn’t abandon Noah’s case. Reid tells Luke that Noah’s going to Dallas with him. Luke confronts Noah, but Noah assures Luke that it’s not about their relationship, it’s about Noah gaining some independence and moving on with his life. Luke begs Reid not to leave, but Reid tells Luke he’s going to make Noah well and that’s the point. Devastated, Luke lets him walk away.

Faith’s in trouble at school for having pot. The headmistress calls her in, and Damian’s there, pretending to be her father. He gets her off the hook, on the condition she comes with him. Damian tells Faith she must work for him, in order to clear Holden’s name. She reluctantly agrees. Molly visits Holden in jail and they agree Damian must’ve set up the body to be identified as his as some part of his scheme. Lily arrives and Molly takes her leave. Lily brings Natalie and Ethan and Holden’s touched. Lily tells Holden she’s behind him. Holden tells her to take the kids and leave town, but Lily won’t abandon him or Damian’s case. Lily’s thrilled Faith’s returned home, not realizing Faith’s return was set up by Damian. Lily and Faith go to visit Holden, and Damian tries to break into Lily’s house, but the presence of the security guard scares him off. Faith’s really upset by seeing Holden in prison and when she gets a text from Damian, as “Max”, she runs out explaining she must take her English Literature exam as an oral on the phone. Faith runs right into Molly, who’s concerned about her. Faith blows Molly off and goes to Damian. Faith asks Damian when he’s going to be able to let people know he’s not dead so Holden can get out of jail. Damian promises he’ll do it soon. Meanwhile, back at the police station, Molly relays to Holden about her run in with an agitated Faith. Holden tells Molly Faith had to run off and take a English Literature exam, and Molly’s suspicions are aroused since when she spoke to Faith, Faith had said she was busy with a Chemistry exam. Holden urges Molly to reach out to a clearly troubled Faith. Back at Lily’s Faith distracts the security guard so Damian can sneak in the house and talk to Lily. Faith tries to divert the security guard to let Damian in to see Lily, but it doesn’t quite work, also because Molly comes in to see Lily about Faith.  Molly continues to be curious about Faith, and so calls the headmistress at Faith’s boarding school.  Molly hears that Faith’s father was there to pick her up, and Molly is startled and confused.  Faith apologizes to Damian for not affording him the chance to see Lily.

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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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