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OLTL Recap – April 25 – April 29th

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Natalie confronts Marty about why Marty’s carrying around Liam’s paternity test results. Marty’s cryptic, so Natalie snatches the records from Marty’s bag. She furiously and unwittingly tears up the evidence that her baby really is John’s, but we see that Gigi, after swiping what she believes is the tape from Shane’s shrink visit, now holds the secret. John goes to talk to Dr. Buhari about Marty, but Dr. Buhari trumps him and then pulls back. John, tweaked, accepts Marty’s previous invitation to dinner, hoping to find out more. Because Jack filed a complaint against Rex, Brody is forced to question him. Starr’s thrilled when James tells Deanna that Ford loaned him the money for Deanna to leave town. Deanna doesn’t like it one bit. Deanna reveals to James that the reason she broke up with him is because his father forced her to. Blair overhears Tomas and Calmar. Blair looks forward to her date with Tomas. Rama and Cristian grow a little closer.

Niki drops in on Echo just to see her squirm, as Niki is holding a certain audiotape confession over Echo. Echo tries to nab the tape from Niki, but the pair is interrupted by Charlie’s arrival.  Niki makes her getaway and Echo is left jarred by the experience, worried that the tape may surface at any moment, thus destroying her relationship with Charlie. Tess and Ford prepare for the outcome of their custody suit. Tess confides in Ford how her attack on Viki enabled Niki’s appearance and the subsequent hatching of the plan to win Ryder. But Tess and Ford are uneasy as the hour grows late and Niki has yet to make her entrance. Joey and Natalie visit a sedated Clint. Joey learns of Natalie’s run-in last night with Tess and a Nikily-dressed Viki. Joey and Natalie confront Ford and Tess about the possibility that Niki is back. Cutter tells Aubrey that Kelly knows everything but told him she won’t out them. Cutter and Aubrey voice doubts about the other’s commitment to the plan, in light of perceived feelings for Tess and Joey. Cutter suggests that they have been presented with a solution to one of their problems: Why not help Clint (defenseless after his heart attack) into an early grave? Aubrey flat out refuses, but Cutter hasn’t abandoned the idea. Starr confesses to Blair her misgivings about Deanna. Deanna explains that she’s always been in love with James but was forced to abandon him when she made a deal with the devil. Now she’s back in Llanview hoping to rekindle her romance with James.

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Joey and Natalie want to know if Viki is Niki as the fight for Ryder’s custody is decided. Ford and Tess don’t want Niki revealed. Niki takes the stand and says she’s giving up the fight for custody. Meanwhile, inside Viki’s mind, the struggle for dominance plays out between Jean and Viki. Viki wants Jean to release her but Jean tells her she’s only as strong as Viki herself. At one point Jean takes over in the courtroom and seems to advocate for Viki to take custody, but her effort fails. Viki passes out, overwhelmed and exhausted. Natalie and Joey panic and an ambulance is called. They summon Viki back, reminding her of her strength and importance. Jean convinces Niki that if Viki dies, so do they. Even Niki urges Viki not to give up without a fight. Ultimately Viki wakes up and she’s Viki. Despite Viki’s recovery, the appearance of her alters leads the judge to deny her bid for custody of Ryder. Tess and Ford’s celebration is brief, however, when the judge finds them unfit parents and intends to place their son in foster care. To everyone’s surprise, Aubrey convinces the judge to let her and Joey take temporary custody of the baby. Kelly prepares dinner for John, only to learn that John is cancelling their date to have dinner with Marty. He explains that it’s a fact-finding mission during which he hopes to determine Marty’s real mental state and to learn what she meant by her threats against Kelly and her cryptic comments about her role in his breakup with Natalie. Before John leaves for his date with Marty, Kelly gives him the encrypted document she found hidden in Todd’s office. Marty happily awaits John’s arrival for dinner and is visited by troubled Dr. Buhari, who urges her to tell John he’s Liam’s father. Marty refuses and at John walks in on an argument that has him at its center. Rex admits to Gigi that he was, in fact, behind Jack’s beating. Gigi confesses to her own crime, having taken the tape of Shane’s private psychiatric session from Buhari’s receptionist’s desk. Gigi and Rex prepare to listen to the tape, unaware that it isn’t Shane’s recording, but Marty’s, on which Marty confesses to having switched Liam’s paternity records. Cutter and Aubrey continue to clash over her growing feelings for Joey. Dorian arrives to visit Clint and warns Cutter and Aubrey she’ll tell Joey the truth about their scam as soon as possible. After Aubrey leaves, Clint wakes up and talks to Dorian privately, blasting her for causing the severity of his condition by her refusal to get him help. Cutter overhears and at tells Dorian she’s going to keep his relationship with Aubrey to herself or the world will know she nearly killed Clint Buchanan.

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Marty covers to John, complaining that Dr. Buhari accused her of stealing the tape from her session. After Buhari goes, John plays along with Marty on their “date,” trying to find out what she’s hiding. She admits she has a confession to make, but before she tells him, she kisses him. Gigi and Rex are about to listen to the tape they believe is Shane’s but is really Marty’s and Natalie interrupts. When they tell her what they were doing, Natalie offers to help them out. Starr’s stunned to find Deanna still with James. They tell her Deanna’s story about why she broke things off with James. Deanna reveals that she’s staying in Llanview. Dani tells Tea about the syringe she and Nate found in Todd’s room. Tea reveals that she was suspicious of Tomas but isn’t anymore. Tea is starting to lose hope about Todd, but she regains it. Blair and Tomas have their date. Tomas ends up disabusing her of the idea that she’ll find something out from him about whether he shot Todd and they kiss. Nate’s upset because Dani is mad at him for suspecting Tomas when they found the needle. Shaun reveals his misgivings about Tomas.

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THIS IS US Fall Finale: Deteriorating Health, A Pregnancy, A Fall-Out

On Tuesday’s night’s pivotal fall finale of This Is Us, and their annual Thanksgiving episode, the series left us with more questions and concerns for the beloved Pearson family.  This Is Us will return in January; till then we are left to ponder what we saw.

First, is what has happened to Rebecca.  From all accounts she is dealing with some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia, but it is yet to be clarified, because as we end last night’s episode, Rebecca realizes she needs to see a doctor and tells her worried son, Randall (who has been on to mom’s condition) that she got all twisted up trying to remember the movie she wanted to see while she was watching the previews.  Nine months later in the flash-forward on her way to the cabin for Kevin’s 40th birthday, she winds up in a cop car being taken there, because she got lost.

Dan Fogelman the series creator told Entertainment Weekly: “So much of this show is about memory and about looking back. So the idea that one of our characters would be faced with this incredibly scary illness where you begin to lose that and that begins to fade away felt very in keeping with the themes of the show.”

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We also learn that Kevin and Randall, who were looking like the best of brothers on Turkey day, had some sort of falling out by the time we got to the fast-forward. There, we learn that Kevin is not speaking to him anymore.  Viewers are left to question what caused the friction in their relationship.

In addition at Thanksgiving, Kevin says he wants to have a family by the time he is 40.  So flash-forward, Kevin reveals that he has a pregnant fiancée.  Who’s the baby mama? It would seem Cassidy is the obvious choice, but could it be a red herring and its another woman who re-entered or entered Kevin’s life?

Kate and Toby;s marriage continues to crack, and at Thanksgiving, Kate grabs Toby’s phone to take a photo but sees a text message from someone in his crossfit group who seems to be woman, which says “Don’t let her bring you down. Here for you.”   Could Kate be misinterpreting the message?

Deja’s mom is doing well, and that could cause trouble for the Pearsons, and down the line for Beth. Will Shauna try to get her daughter back, or can everyone co-exist?

What did you think of the This Is Us fall finale? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DWTS Heartbreak: James Van Der Beek Eliminated Following Reveal Of His Wife’s Miscarriage

It was the most emotional semi-finals in the history of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  Five couples were in the running and by the end of the two-hour broadcast on Monday night, one would be eliminated.

But no one expected it to go the way it did in a shocking and heartbreaking turn of events.  Considered by many the top frontrunner to take the Mirror Ball Trophy, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, announced in tears during the broadcast that his wife, Kimberly who was pregnancy with their sixth child, miscarried over the weekend.

But things got even more painful from there.  In an attempt to make the finals next week each duo had to perform a “redemption dance” chosen by the judges as the worst dance from their season, followed by a new routine.

Van Der Beek and his pro partner, Emma Slater performed a Cha-Cha which did not go over well with the judges, causing them by the end of the night to be the lowest scoring couple on the leaderboard.  But it was before his second dance that Van Der Beek shared the news of his his wife’s miscarriage.  He then danced an emotional tango in her honor.

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At the end of the episode after three couples were saved it, was between Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber being eliminated … or James and Emma  The judges had to make the horrific decision of who would stay and compete and who would be sent home.

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Across the board the judges chose Ally and Sasha.  What followed was pure shock in the audience.  Then, Ally Brooke broke town in tears pleasing for the judges and the producers to give her spot to Van Der Beek in the finals

“Can I give it to James, please?” Brooke expressed through her tears.  Van Der Beek would not allow her to do that and the show went off the air with co-host Erin Andrews, judge Carrie Ann Inaba and the viewers in America, in sadness.

Van Der Beek took to his Twitter account to thank those who supported him and his family during their difficult time following the loss of their unborn child: “Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. There are no words… thank you everyone for the love & support. It’s exactly what we need.”

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So, what did you think of the turn of events that saw James Van Der Beek exit Dancing with the Stars on the heels of the news of his wife’s miscarriage? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Needs Fatherly Advice From Tony As Ryan Carnes and Brad Maule Deliver Tender Scenes

Friday’s highly-touted episode of ABC;s General Hospital featured the return of Brad Maule in the role of Dr. Tony Jones, the adoptive father of Lucas(Ryan Carnes) and former husband to Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).

It has been years since fan favorite Maule graced the GH screens, but the writers found a way to conjure him up in Lucas’ mind as Lucas is in a pivotal moment in his life; his bio-dad Julian Jerome (William deVry) is blackmailing his husband, Brad (Parry Shen), and Brad is keeping secrets from Lucas.  All spell bad news to Lucas for raising his son, Wiley.  But as GH fans know, Wiley is not the baby that Lucas thinks he is raising with Brad- he is actually raising Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) child, which Brad knows!

So, needing some clarity and visiting his adoptive dad’s gravesite, Lucas sees the vision of Tony, and the former father and son have a heart to heart.  Tony tells Lucas how raising him as  little boy gave him the strength and courage to go on through the hard times, and how to be their for his little boy.  Lucas is just emotionally overwrought and so burdened by the lies those who say that they supposedly love him have been telling.

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At the same time, Julian is searching for Lucas, and happens upon Bobbie at the hospital. She really does not like Julian and the two land at the GH hospital wall where plaques of the beloved doctors and nurses who have passed away are seen.  Bobbie knows Julian could never be the kind of father, Tony was to Lucas.  Julian says he can never replace Tony, but he is Lucas’ father and wants to somehow do right by him.

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Later alone, Bobbie talks to Tony’s photo and we see a heartfelt moment where Tony touches Bobbie’s hand and touches her on the cheek. Something Bobbie feels as she remembers this once great love of hers. At the end of the episode Julian finds Lucas at Tony’s gravesite. What will their confrontation bring?

Kudos to Ryan Carnes, who was the emotional heart of this episode and who made us feel every moment of Lucas’s anguish. And … how wonderful to see Brad Maule again!

So, what did you think of Tony’s visit to Lucas and Bobbie on Friday’s GH? Comment below. But first watch some key scenes between them.

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