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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.

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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Two Moms Unite To Keep Finn Alive … Or Will One Throw the Other Under the Bus?

Gotta love two creepy mothers toiling over their near-dead son as they try to bring him back to life! That’s the scenario on The Bold and the Beautiful and the words, “Oh, mother!” were taken to a new heights on Friday’s cliffhanger of the CBS daytime drama series.

In story, now that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) has stumbled upon the truth at Li’s (Naomi Matsuda) place – that Li has been keeping a very much alive Finn (Tanner Novlan) all to herself and caring for his health – bio-mom, nasty nurse Sheila, is not too happy about Li’s secret, although overjoyed that her son is alive and that she did not actually kill him after she fired a bullet meant for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

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Now, with Sheila escaped from prison, and Finn starting to regain consciousness, in Sheila’s mind there should only be one mother tending to him, and she wants to be the first person he sees when he wakes up and that’s her.   So, as only Sheila does, she knocks Li out and unconscious on the floor.  Sheila then tells Finn, “Mama’s right here, baby.”

Suddenly, Finn seems to slip back into a coma and is no longer able to open his eyes.  A panicked Sheila shouts to Li, “Get up. He needs your help.” After waking up from the hit to the hit, Li seems to find common ground with Sheila.  She goes so far as to say to Sheila, “If not for you. I never would have had him, and for that, I have to be grateful.”

Sheila apologizes for having hitting her (Is she really sorry? Please!) and admits she thought Li would turn her back into the police. Li says, “We’re both Finn’s mothers!”  Next, the two hug it out, of sorts, although Li looks petrified.

Li tells Sheila that since Sheila is a nurse, she needs supplies and needs her help to keep Finn alive.  Li promises Sheila that she won’t call the police, admitting that she also has so much to lose including: her medical career, her son, etc, because she faked Finn’s death certificate, smuggled him out of the hospital, and more!

Now, Finn starts to move.  Li says to her son, “Both of your mothers are here!”  Then, Finn starts to open his eyes.  We fade to black.

With all the bashing (literally), contentiousness, and high stakes; that both mothers would have to go to the slammer for a longtime, will they reunite and work together to keep the secret that Finn is alive and get him back to a full recovery … or will they turn on each other?  Will Sheila knock out Li again and have her locked up, so she can be Finn’s only mom in her twisted mind? Share your theories via the comment section, but first, check out two clips from Friday’s B&B featuring the on-going great work of Kimberlin Brown and Naomi Matsuda in this storyline.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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