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B&B Recap – Dec 20 – Dec 24th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Hope feels Liam slip away from her as she watches Bill onstage building Liam up to the crowd. Bill describes his son as one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, before introducing him as William Spencer the Third, the future of Spencer Publications.

The cheerleaders go wild and Liam runs on stage, swept up in all of the excitement.  Wanting to make Bill proud, Liam gives a speech where he tells the world that he promises to do the best job he can and live up to Bill’s image. Upset that he didn’t mention her, Hope begins to leave. Liam runs to her and tries to convince her that she means more to him than any of the things his father can offer, but is interrupted by a cheerleader who tries to take him back into the party. Hope tells him to go enjoy his party and then leaves. Amber witnesses this interaction and sends a tray of shots to Liam. He takes one and rejoins the cheerleaders. Saddened that Hope has left, Liam gets drunk. Amber follows him home and begins her seduction. Notified by Amber that Hope is alone, Oliver arrives at Hope’s house under the guise of delivering proofs for Brooke. Hope cries on Oliver’s shoulder then thanks him for being such a good friend. Oliver has made her feel better about the situation and she decides she must go back to Liam, that it was not fair of her to leave him on his big night. Donna, Marcus and Justin share a sweet family moment at Liam’s party. Bill tells Katie that although Hope is her niece, she still believes that Liam should not be in a relationship right now.

Liam is shocked to wake up and find Amber in his bed. She tells him she followed him home after the party because he was drunk. Liam can’t remember anything from the night before. Trying to act sincere, Amber tells him she came over with good intentions but she couldn’t help herself. Liam reminds her that he’s not eligible and that he still has a girlfriend, Hope. Liam realizes he has multiple missed phone messages from Hope and freaks out. Amber apologizes and offers to be anything he needs. After speaking with Hope, Liam says Hope can’t know about this; that she’ll never accept that he slept with Amber. Stephanie and Dayzee go to the Insomnia Café where C.J. informs them that he is selling the coffeehouse. C.J. and Stephanie reminisce about Sally Spectra. Over a pot of coffee, C.J. tells Stephanie that he’s ready to move to San Francisco but can’t seem to sell the joint. When C.J. goes to pack, Stephanie tells Dayzee she thinks Insomnia could be a vehicle to help the homeless and suggests if she buys it, that Dayzee could run it and help people from Skid Row. Excited and overwhelmed, Dayzee accepts Stephanie’s offer. Stephanie renames it “Dayzee’s”.

Brooke and Katie embark on another trip to Skid Row so that Brooke can find Anthony. She doesn’t want him to be alone on Christmas and plans on returning the good will that he recently showed her. Brooke becomes a bit frantic when no one has seen her new friend and he’s not at any of his regular spots. She decides to head down to the Mission and Katie sees firsthand the overcrowded tarp tents and the true plight of the homeless. Brooke hears faint music and follows it to where she finds a bruised and battered, but still performing, Anthony. Pam and Thomas arrive at “Dayzee’s” to help get it ready for the holiday celebration. Stephanie and Dayzee share their vision for the establishment with the others; it will be a place where everyone is welcome and everyone is a customer, even if they can’t afford to pay.   Brooke introduces Anthony to Katie then asks Anthony to come with her; she wants to take him away from the cold. Anthony only agrees to go with them when Ridge calls and tells them about Dayzee’s new place and that she and Stephanie want everyone to join them there for Christmas. Anthony is overwhelmed when Brooke and Katie take him home and offers him a shower and clean clothes. Brooke, Ridge, Eric, Hope, Liam, Marcus, Pam, Taylor, Whip, Thomas, Thorne and Felicia all gather at “Dayzee’s” with Anthony, Tony, Leilani, Kevin, OG and Miss Jones.  Stephanie makes a big announcement that will change all of their lives for the better.

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Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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Maurice Benard as Sonny. KassieDePaiva as Eve

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