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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.

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.

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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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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