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OLTL Recap – April 18- April 22nd

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Phyllis Rose drops her bombshell and shows Tess’s photo of Charlie and Echo kissing. Natalie’s aghast, telling her mother that she’s sure it’s been photo-shopped, but Viki sets her straight. When she reveals that Tess sent her the same photo and likely leaked it to Phyllis, Natalie gets mad and goes to confront Tess. But Tess arrives at Llanfair instead, telling Viki to give up her fight for Ryder’s custody. Tess accuses Viki of being a failure in marriage and in motherhood. She hammers at Viki until Viki is writhing in some sort of private struggle. Tess thinks she’s having a heart attack until Viki reveals that she’s Niki Smith. Bo and Clint have it out about Matthew. Bo laces into him for everything he’s done, swearing Clint will get what’s coming to him. Clint keels over from a heart attack. Nora levels with Matthew about the fact that he murdered someone, asking if he can live with what he’s done.  Matthew reveals the depth of his guilt.  Nora asks if he wants to confess and be punished for his crime. Dorian’s horrified to learn of Echo and Charlie’s affair and that they’re in love. She accuses Echo of having known all along that Charlie wasn’t Rex’s father. Ford feels terrible that Tess unleashed the photo of Viki and Charlie, expressing sympathy for Viki. Tess sets him straight about Viki, explaining that she’s the reason Tess exists. Her alter, Niki, sat in bars and left Jess alone with an abusive man. Jess created Tess to protect herself. Ford tries to comfort her, but she pulls away. Natalie arrives and gives Ford a piece of her mind for teaming up with Tess.

Blair and Tea discuss John’s suspicion of Tomas. Tea fiercely defends her brother while Blair remains uncertain about Tomas. Tea expresses relief that Blair isn’t dating Tomas. Taking this as a challenge, Blair makes a date with Tea’s brother, privately revealing she can use the opportunity to find out if he’s hiding something. Tomas confronts John about questioning Tea and Blair about him. John probes for information and later reveals he has covertly obtained Tomas’ fingerprints. When he runs the prints through the system, he finds a match, but discovers any information about their owner is classified. Starr admits to James she’s uncomfortable about his ex-girlfriend staying with him. She makes Deanna an offer she can’t refuse – her own room at La Boulaie. Tess’s haranguing has brought out Niki Smith. The two alters strike a deal to assure Tess custody of Ryder. Dorian finds Clint in the throes of a heart attack but refuses to help him unless he tells her the truth about whether or not Echo knew all along that he, and not Charlie, was Rex’s father. Believing her secret is safe, Echo enjoys time with Charlie. Gigi accepts Rex’s wedding proposal.

Niki is nearly found out when she and Tess are happened on by Natalie. Tess provides Niki with a cover story for her shocking appearance; later, the two reset their plan to hijack the judge’s decision regarding Ryder’s custody. Dorian alerts Clint’s household to his heart attack. Joey and Dorian accompany Clint to the hospital. Natalie gets word of Clint’s heart attack from Joey. Niki (as Viki) declines to go with Natalie to the hospital, using Liam as an excuse. Dorian is on the verge of telling Joey about Aubrey and Cutter’s relationship when Natalie arrives, explaining that Viki stayed behind. Dorian makes a beeline for Viki. Dorian arrives at Llanfair to find Niki, exasperated at having to keep up her ruse as Viki. Dorian delivers the information she exacted from Clint, that Echo always knew the truth about Rex’s paternity. Niki reacts as appropriately as she can and Dorian is left wondering why Viki isn’t as angry as she expected her to be. Aubrey is left behind at the mansion with Rama, who wonders how Clint’s condition might affect their future. Aubrey confesses to Rama how Tess is now caught up in their scheme, and that she has taken an interest in Cutter. Rama wonders if Aubrey has a similarly genuine interest in Joey. At Capricorn, Kelly lets Cutter know that she knows the truth about him and Aubrey – but plans to do nothing with it. Tess arrives and invites Cutter to a dance. Cristian and Kelly look on angrily but can do nothing about it and previously Cutter told them how his plan to spend more time with Tess (in the “hope” she’ll give way to Jessica) has received Joey’s blessing. Rama and Cristian have another friendly cross. James gets the impression that Ford is softening on Tess. Ford learns of Deanna’s arrival in town. Starr shows Deanna to her new digs in Langston’s old room. Starr pumps Deanna for information about her relationship with James.

Marty hears John making plans with Kelly. Marty pays a visit to Kelly and suggests she could break up Kelly and John the same way she broke up Natalie and John. Kelly alerts John to Marty’s discomfiting visit and he goes to talk to Dr. Buhari about her, but instead he runs into Natalie. Marty tells Dr. Buhari that Liam is John’s baby, not Brody’s. Brody brings Liam to the hospital to comfort Natalie. Tomas pays a visit to Todd and is going to do something to him with a syringe when Dani and Nate interrupt him. They find the dropped syringe which the nurse says is not the kind used at the hospital. Nate thinks Tomas dropped it and Shaun advises them to tell the police. Tomas makes a mysterious phone call saying he was alone with Todd but unable to finish the job. Blair makes Jack work at Capricorn over his vacation. She steps out and two thugs come in and rough him up, warning him to stay away from Shane. Tomas enters just in time and fights off the thugs, which Blair sees. Gigi and Rex take Shane for a therapy session and Gigi is upset that she can’t be in on Shane’s sessions or know what he’s telling the doctor. Blair leaves Jack at the hospital briefly, and Shane and Jack are face to face. Rex hears about Clint’s heart attack and acts uninterested (to Natalie’s dismay). But later when he tells Gigi about it, we see he’s rocked. Bo learns of Clint’s heart attack from Brody.

John is deeply affected when he holds Liam while Natalie follows up on the syringe Nate and Dani discovered in Todd’s room. Marty confesses to Dr. Buhari that Liam is, in fact, John’s baby with Natalie and that she switched the results. Dr. Buhari is troubled by this information and we wonder if she’ll tell John when he comes to see her. Natalie and Marty come face to face. Blair and Kelly wonder why Todd is hiding a file with a picture of himself pre-reconstruction. Blair tells Kelly that Tomas has his own file on pre-reconstructed Todd. After Blair leaves, Kelly tries to decode Todd’s file. Tomas is surprised by Calmar’s arrival. Calmar regrets having encouraged Tomas to come to Llanview. Tomas alludes to having a job to finish. Blair arrives to find the men discussing her. Jack encounters Shane for the first time since his suicide attempt and accuses him of having his father hire thugs to beat him up. Shane is upset with his parents for having told anyone about his having tried to kill himself, and Rex uses this as an opportunity to bridge a gap with his son. Gigi returns to Dr. Buhari’s office to retrieve Shane’s backpack and is curious when she sees a tape of Shane’s private psychiatric session. Jack demands that the police arrest Rex for having had him assaulted.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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