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ATWT Recap – March 22 – March 26th

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Lily and Molly find themselves at odds.  First, Molly wants Lily to back off when Lily scolds her for interfering with Faith and her school business.   Holden defends Molly in this. Later, Lily wants Molly not to try to be close to Faith, because she’s not her mother or her best friend, just someone Holden’s seeing.  Molly wants Lily to get over the fact that she (Molly) and Holden are together now. Parker tries to help out Faith.  Faith comes over wanting time away from her parents.  Parker knows something’s up.  Faith admits she was caught with drugs.  Parker goes downstairs to fetch some water and snacks, and Faith hides her stash in his room.  Parker later says he knows of a good hiding place at the Snyder Farm, and they head over there, only for Faith to be turned over to Faith and Holden.  Parker later finds Faith’s stash and is angry. Faith’s irritated about returning to Oakdale High soon since the students have turned against her for going to boarding school. Lily suggests they buy her a new outfit for her first day back. Faith wants to visit Holden instead, but once there asks Molly to take her shopping for an outfit. Lily’s hurt Faith would favor Molly. Holden asks Faith to go with Lily. Lily thinks Faith’s choices are too risqué, so Faith sneaks a sexy dress she likes into her purse. A cute stranger helps her cut off the security tag. Lily happily leaves Faith who’s been agreeable since stealing the dress. Parker accost Faith for leaving her stash of drugs in his room. Once again the cute stranger, who introduces himself as Nico, helps Faith out. When Lily returns home she tells Luke how Faith’s attitude shifted from disagreeable to pleasant during their mother-daughter activity. Luke, wary, confides that he caught Faith taking anti-anxiety pills. Lily calls Holden over and they confront Faith. Faith won’t respond to them and runs out. Faith returns to Fashions to look for the cute stranger, but he’s gone. Molly tells Holden she’ll try to stay out of his family affairs, but at the EOD Molly asks Parker to tell her if Faith is ever in any trouble. Lily finds Faith home during the day wearing the sexy dress Lily forbade her from buying. Lily stops berating Faith when she sees she’s crying. Faith confides the kids at school were mean to her. Parker shows up with Faith’s book bag she left behind and Lily suggests she and Faith accompany Parker on his visit to Liberty. Parker’s somewhat reluctant, but everyone thinks Faith could use some perspective on her life. Faith’s nervous around Liberty but soon opens up and they all have a good time together.

Dusty convinces Janet to fly to Santo Domingo for a quickie divorce so, pending Janet’s annulment; they’d be able to get married.  Jack gets wind of it and, not liking being left out of the loop, calls in a police investigation and stops them from landing.  Dusty and Janet return and they argue with Carly and Jack about this situation when at EOD Janet doubles over in pain. Jack, Dusty and Carly are all at Milltown taking care of Janet.  Jack goes to see about their divorce and Dusty goes to speak to the realtor.  Carly volunteers herself to take care of Janet.  Janet hears Liberty needs her, and so she goes to Minnesota.  Carly insists she come along, too.  Rocco is with Liberty and, in the corridor, Janet tells him she’s pregnant and Rocco is glad she did things properly this time – Janet can’t tell him the truth.  Carly and Liberty bond.  Later, Dusty talks to Rocco and tells him about Janet’s divorce and Rocco is upset.  Dusty, meanwhile, finds out that the house has been sold to someone else and when he tries to offer nicely to buy it, the new owner Kane won’t have it.  Dusty is irate and Wanda, the realtor, calls Jack, who breaks it up.  Jack tells Dusty that Kane’s a fraud and he should tell the seller; maybe get the house that way.  Dusty appreciates it. Someone’s been in Craig’s room.  Some files are missing from his desk (including ones pertaining to his use and misuse of Parker’s trust fund).  He asks Johnny if he knows anything, and he doesn’t, then asks the desk clerk and hears nothing’s different.  His concern becomes justified at EOD when we see a gloved stranger handling a photo of Johnny.

Vienna makes Barbara jealous, as Barbara gets Craig to make Henry jealous.  Vienna and Henry leave to make love, but upstairs, Henry can’t perform.  Vienna leaves and Barbara swoops in, in a dress she had earlier rejected from Fashions. Henry goes to Barbara’s room to make love.  Henry has a morning date with Vienna.  Barbara has the date with Craig, takes him to Metro, where Henry is with Vienna. Barbara has succeeded in making Henry jealous of Craig.  Craig figures out what’s going on, that Barbara isn’t interested in Craig because of Monte Carlo, just because of Henry, and so tells Barbara that Henry was jealous and she’s excited.  Also, Barbara talks to Vienna and hears Henry hasn’t been able to pleasure her since she’s gotten back.  But later, Barbara sees Henry and Vienna at Al’s, enjoying pepparkakor.

Craig’s setting up the new Monte Carlo office for an open house, when Parker comes in asking about his trust fund. Craig assures Parker he’ll take care of any strange withdrawals. Carly wants Jack to accompany her to the open house, but Janet has a doctor’s appointment. Jack goes to her appointment but rushes out at the end to be with Carly. Carly’s appreciative and wows the fashion representatives there. Jack thinks they should celebrate at Metro.  Meanwhile, Dusty’s taken Janet to visit the charming house he’s bought her. While she’s inside exploring, Rocco arrives outside and says mean things to Dusty about Janet. Dusty scares Rocco off by threatening to expose his mob ties. Janet returns to Dusty, thrilled with the house and unaware of her father’s disapproval. Janet returns home to Teri and they excitedly talk about the new house. Teri doesn’t tell Janet either that Rocco’s been speaking poorly of Janet. Dusty goes to Metro and runs into Crowe a crony of Rocco and Ralph’s. Dusty tries to overpower Crowe. When Jack and Carly arrive at Metro they find it strangely closed, but Jack, acting on cop instinct, goes inside only to discover Dusty lying in a pool of blood.  Bob tells Reid they need more money to finance all the designs Reid has for the new neurology wing. Reid unsuccessfully appeals to Luke. Bob tells Reid he should find other aspects of his life to invest himself in, like how Bob has spent almost 25 years with Kim. Chris tells Bob to stop trying to work on Reid. Later, Luke tells Reid he’ll give him the money as long as Luke can call some of the shots and Reid promises Noah won’t find out Luke’s donation, because Luke doesn’t want to come across as meddling. Chris comes across as too passionate and scary when he does a test run for his segment on Katie’s show on WOAK. Alison helps him get in touch with his sensitive doctor side, and together they tape a great show. Katie tells Alison to be open to the possibilities around her, even if they haven’t worked out before.  Alison makes a quick exit and Katie semi-seriously jokes with Chris about his compatibility with Alison.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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