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OLTL Recap – April 19 – April 23rd

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Natalie races off to get help as John tends to Marty after finding her unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell at the hospital.  After eventually coming to, Marty tells John that someone deliberately pushed her down the stairs.  Marty, with John by her side, is on pins and needles as Dr. Morrison performs a sonogram to see if the baby suffered any injuries from the fall.  Tea crosses with Todd, who’s in a foul mood off his earlier encounter with Marty.  Later, Tea privately worries that Todd might be responsible for Marty’s fall.  Viki makes a decision about whether or not she and Charlie should try and have a future together.  Rex and Gigi question Nurse Wojohowitz, who happened to be on duty the night Allison stole a newborn Rex from the hospital.  Nurse Wojohowitz doesn’t recall exactly who abandoned Rex but does give him half of a locket that had been left inside his baby blanket.  Bo and Nora break the news of their engagement to Clint. Marty jumps to the conclusion that Natalie pushed her down the stairs and shares her suspicions with John as she tells him about her and Natalie’s vicious argument.  Tea, on the other hand, fears Todd might be responsible for Marty’s fall and goes to confront him.  Starr chastises Todd for his treatment of Cole but after returning home, Starr makes it clear to Cole she’ll never cut her father out of her life.  Langston meets up with Ford, who’s taken advantage of a free room at the Palace that the university had booked for a famous film director.  Markko’s poised to catch Langston with Ford when he takes the place of a busboy at the hotel in order to deliver room service thinking it will be his chance to meet the illustrious director.  With Viki’s blessing, Charlie accepts Dorian’s job offer.  Viki, however, warns Dorian not to try and pull anything with Charlie.  After sharing a snarky exchange, Blair makes a surprising nice gesture towards Kelly

Natalie’s temper flares when she realizes John thinks it’s possible that she deliberately pushed Marty down the stairs.  Natalie tells John she’s sorry Marty lost the baby regardless of whether or not he believes her.  The encounter with takes its toll on Natalie, who starts to break down once she’s alone.  Todd becomes angry when Tea asks him point blank if he caused Marty’s fall.  After sending Tea packing, Todd calls the hospital in a futile attempt to find out about Marty and the baby.  Starr and Cole patch things up, both promising to never let Todd come between them.  Langston narrowly avoids being caught in bed with Ford when Markko arrives at their hotel room posing as a bellboy.  Langston’s livid with Ford when he toys with Markko and ends up storming off.  Danielle and Nate share their first kiss while rehearsing the play.  Matthew voices his insecurities about Danielle to a supportive Destiny Marty remains certain Natalie pushed her down the stairs and questions John’s reluctance to arrest her.  John promises Marty he’ll punish whoever was responsible for her losing her baby even if that person turns out to be Natalie.  Brody assures Natalie he believes in her innocence.  John catches Natalie at the scene of Marty’s fall.  Viki encourages a forlorn Jessica to go to the prom even though Cristian won’t be her date as she had hoped.

Kelly’s surprised when Rodney, the patient from the sanitarium, shows up at her office.  Still upset over the events of the night before, Langston swears to Starr that she ended things with Ford Kelly’s unnerved to find herself face to face with Rodney but soon realizes he’s not there to cause her any harm.  Rodney, who’s able to speak after all, surprises Kelly when he confirms her suspicion that Melinda had been murdered but refuses to say anything else until he can see John.  Kelly makes a horrible discovery when she returns to her office after having left Rodney there alone.  Eli questions Blair about her less than friendly relationship with Kelly.  Cole angrily confronts Todd when he finds him outside Marty’s hospital room.  While being questioned by Brody, Marty comes to realize that Todd might have pushed her down the stairs.  Natalie’s heartbroken by John’s lack of faith in her.  John finds a potential clue while examining the scene of Marty’s fall.  Starr tells Hannah to keep her distance from Cole.  Ford plays Langston like a fiddle when she tries to end things with him.

General Hospital

GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as we know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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