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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

GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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