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ATWT Recap – May 3 – May 7th

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Henry wakes up from a nap to find himself handcuffed to the bed. Henry resists Vienna’s romantic overtures, when he’s saved by a knock on the door – Barbara. Barbara’s come with wedding dress materiel samples, which Vienna examines in the bathroom, leaving Henry in a compromising position in front of Barbara. Uneasy Barbara helps Henry out of his handcuffs, when Vienna returns with a big hug for Barbara. Barbara leaves, and Henry accuses Vienna of keeping him hostage so she can try to get pregnant without Henry’s consent. Henry and Vienna continue their fight about Vienna tricking him into having a child. Henry admits he can’t rush into getting married and tells Vienna he needs space. They should stay in separate rooms. Henry goes to Katie for advice, and she tells him to after what makes him happy. Vienna drowns her sorrows in vodka at Yo’s. Meanwhile, Barbara goes on a blind lunch date with Rex, an anchor Katie knows at WOAK. Rex is full of himself, but Joe, a handsome pilot, helps Barbara escape her date, in exchange for dining with him. They enjoy each other’s company until Barbara drops Henry’s name one too many times. Barbara apologizes and Joe forgives her. Henry walks in and it’s clear he’s going after Barbara – she’s who makes him happy. Henry’s surprised to see Barbara with a handsome older man.  Back at Yo’s Vienna’s found company – Casey – freshly stung from seeing Ali and Chris hanging out together. Vienna realizes Casey has the same physical features as Henry, so she liquors him up and suggests they leave together. Henry scares off Barbara’s date, then takes her to Yo’s for a disco dance contest.  They’re tied with another couple when the woman hurts her leg and Henry/Barbara win by default. Vienna and Casey have unprotected sex.  Casey’s cool with it as long as they don’t kid themselves.  Vienna hopes she gets pregnant.

Carly finds distraught Craig in the boiler room. He drunkenly acts apologetic for what happened to Gabriel. Carly puts it together that Craig burned down Monte Carlo to get the insurance money. Carly takes Craig back to his hotel room after he’s gotten even more drunk at Yo’s. He passes out and she prints out evidence from his computer that he stole from Parker’s trust fund. Carly tells Margo to come over and take care of her drunk brother. Carly goes home where she tries to keep Parker calm, but he’s about to explode with the secret that he and Gabriel fought before the fire. The doctor says it doesn’t look good for Gabriel. Margo goes to Craig’s room, off Carly’s call, and finds the evidence that he stole from Parker’s trust fund. Jack encourages Janet not to go back to work so soon after returning from her father’s funeral. Janet needs to make money to get her own place and move out of Carly’s. Dusty interviews new hostesses but is unable to accept anyone but Janet for the position. He’s thrilled when she arrives to work. They both bond over Janet’s baby kicking for the first time. So does Jack when he arrives, making Dusty slightly jealous. Janet tells Dusty she will have to get a different job and make more money. Dusty offers to give her a raise, but Janet doesn’t want a hand out. Janet starts to move into her new apartment. Dusty continues to secretly fund her move and make her life easy by paying the landlord to watch over her. Janet walks up to Dusty as he’s negotiating with the landlord and asks him why he’s there.  Meanwhile, Carly schools Parker in lying, so he’ll be able to react convincingly when confronted about his trust fund having been emptied.  Jack tells him, and Parker does a great job.  Carly wants to go to the police station to hear what Craig has to say, and when she gets there, she knees him.  Privately, Craig says he did it for her, thinking he’d be able to replace the money.  Meanwhile, Jack and Margo go over Craig’s records and see a private jet ride from Oakdale to Melrose Park that Jack says was Gabriel.  Margo then surmises Gabriel was blackmailing Craig, and Craig might have done anything to get rid of his blackmailer, and make some money back. Jack’s semi convinced Craig’s telling the truth about never attempting to harm Gabriel. Parker’s spooked that Jack will quickly put together that Parker was responsible for knocking Gabriel out. Carly tries to calm him down, but Parker panics that he’ll never be able to keep the truth from Jack each time they run into each other at Milltown. Carly tells Jack that he must move out, but uses his need to live near Janet as an excuse. Craig gets out on bail, and flips out on Dusty for allowing Johnny to sprain his wrist while he was gone. Craig finds a guilty Parker in Gabriel’s hospital room at the EOD, but Gabriel’s gone. A nurse tells them Gabriel was removed due to a life-threatening crisis. Lucinda and Lily argue. Lucinda thinks Lily should use this time of crisis to reel in Holden. Lily thinks they shouldn’t think about that when Gabriel’s lying in a hospital bed.

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Molly’s sick of Lily getting all of Holden’s attention, so she agrees to meet with Silas, and then let’s Holden discover this. Holden rushes off to rescue her and berates her for tricking him into paying attention to her. Ali’s disappointed Casey was hurt by seeing her with Chris – especially since they were only together because Katie set them up again. She tells Chris that hanging out with him was a mistake.  Chris tells Katie that she should stop playing matchmaker to disguise her own loneliness. Katie denies and they have a passionate argument. At the EOD, Chris tells Jacob they should find Katie a man.

It’s the day of Noah’s surgery. Luke comforts Noah and films them together, right before Noah’s led off by a nurse. Reid operates on Noah, but there’s a complication – a leaky blood vessel. Reid, matter of fact, tells Luke they won’t know the extent of the damage to Noah’s brain until he wakes up. Luke’s devastated.  Reid is upset with himself about Noah’s surgery, enough for Bob to order him away from the hospital for a time.  Luke wonders if Reid slipped up on purpose.  Reid is upset but later, he and Luke come back together. They are on their way to making love when Luke pulls back.  He can’t deal with it and goes to see Noah.  Reid watches the scene, then hears Luke say Noah’s been the only one for him. Reid gets it and backs away, respectful but hurting.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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