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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.

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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.

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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: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope To Steffy, “I’m Taking My Daughter & Don’t You Dare Try To Stop Me”

The next key revelation of the baby switch; that devastated the lives of Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton), but gave Steffy a baby to raise and a sister to Kelly, began to unravel on Friday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Now that Hope knows for sure that Beth is alive and has been living as “Phoebe” under Steffy’s care, it was time to lower the boom on Steffy.  So, at the cliff house, a distraught Steffy refuses at first to believe the truth.  She says, “That baby can’t be Beth … she’s Phoebe!”

Liam (Scott Clifton) tells Steffy that he and Hope can do whatever genetic testing is necessary to prove it to her, but that it will indeed come back and prove that they are the biological parents to the little girl.   As they explain the events that led to Steffy ‘adopting’ Beth, she learns from Liam and Hope that Dr. Buckingham sold their baby for a gambling debt and how Steffy’s mom, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) was unknowingly buying their baby to give to her.

Hope says she cannot wait to take little Beth home, and how grateful she is that Steffy took such good care of her daughter all of these months.  Then, Steffy blurts out: “You’re not taking my daughter from the only home she’s ever known.  I’m her mommy.”  Steffy tries to use the reasoning that if Hope takes Phoebe away, she will be ripping her from the only home she has ever known.  Hope. who is becoming more frustrated and upset with Steffy says, “Her name is Beth.”  She then informs Steffy that she and Liam will let her help out with the transition.

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Steffy starts to have a meltdown as she realizes that the little girl is really Beth.  Next, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive on the scene.  Steffy defies Hope and tells her again, “There’s no way you’re taking my daughter home.”  Brooke reminds her and everyone in the room that there was nothing legal about the adoption, while Ridge tries to make everyone understand how Steffy is also blindsided.  Steffy continues on how she is the only mother Beth knows, and the cliff house as her home.

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A steadfast Hope tells Steffy in no uncertain terms she is now with her, her real mother, who she should have been with since the day she was born.  Hope tells Steffy again how grateful she is to her … but she firmly tells her, “I’m taking my daughter, and don’t you dare try to stop me.”  We fade to black.

Last week and this week, the cast involved in the baby switch storylime from: Annika Noelle, Scott Clifton, to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have delivered strong and memorable performances as the payoff of this story continues.

So, do you hope Hope just walks right on out with Beth?  Do you think Steffy will go so far as to fight for custody? Take off with Beth and runaway? Share your thoughts om what you think will happen next via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Franco Wake Up As Drew & Become The Next Victim Of Mind-Mapping?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, picked up from the major plot twist; and unfortunately for Franco (Roger Howarth), even with the arrival of Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Drew (Billy Miller) to save the day; according to Dr. Cabot (Time Winters), the mind-mapping transfer could not be stopped.  And as the men were all bantering and arguing about, the download into Franco’s brain was fully completed.  Then, Cabot tells Drew that when Franco wakes up, it will be with the memories of Drew dating back to 2012.

Now the questions are, did the procedure work?  Will Franco awake from this nightmare with the history and personality of Drew, or could Dr, Cabot’s experiment be a bust on him?  Next. Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Chase (Josh Swickard) show-up.  Liz is heartsick to begin to learn what happened in the warehouse to her son, Cameron (William Lipton) and her husband.  Chase arrests Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), but he also goes to GH to get medical attention for his wounds from the fight with Drew and Curtis.

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Once, Franco is taken to General Hospital still unconscious, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) is on the medical case and gets him a neurological work-up.  Lucas then has to stitch up Shiloh, who continually throws jabs at the good doc about Wiley.   Then in a bit of foreshadowing, Dr. Cabot tells Drew, that he will thank him once Franco wakes up with Drew’s memories.  Does that mean that Drew could have done some horrible things in his past … or that Shiloh will leave Drew alone, because what he needs is inside Franco’s brain now? Drew hopes his memories stay buried.

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In heartbreaking scenes, and in touching performances from William Lipton and Rebecca Herbst; as well as Billy Miller, Cam tells his mother about Franco’s last words to him to,  ‘Tell your mom I love her and that I’ll be back”.   Liz learns how Franco protected her son, and traded places with him. Next, Liz sits by an unconscious Franco, and in tears, thanks him for keeping Cameron safe, but laments that it would be a far less wonderful world without Franco in it, and begs him to come back to her, and what a hero he is for what he did saving her son.

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In addition, Cameron gives Drew a key piece of Intel he learned during his kidnapping and while the mind-mapping procedure on Franco was taking place.  Shiloh is looking for a specific memory that would allow him to disappear, and that is why he is so determined to get inside Drew’s head from back in the day, by any means possible!  When Cameron sees Shiloh being taken away by Chase, he runs at him but is stopped by Drew. Cameron threatens a snide and laughing Shiloh that he will, “Make him pay.”  Uh-oh!  Is a murder mystery on the way, too?  Drew tries to talk down Cameron.

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As the episode comes to it conclusion, Lucas informs Elizabeth that the test results show that all of the physical functions of Franco’s brain are working normally,  However, they won’t know the impact of the mind-mapping procedure until Franco wakes up.

So, what do you think Franco will wake up as Drew? The procedure will half work and he will be part Franco and part Drew? The procedure is a dud? What did you think of the performances from everyone involved in this storyline?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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