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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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Grand Hotel

GRAND HOTEL Finale: How Sky Died, Paternity Game-Changer, And Another Mystery Begins

ABC’s Grand Hotel ended its season with several plot twists that kept the hour soapy drama in a fast and furious pace to give viewers the answers they had been waiting for, and if the show was picked-up, a cliffhanger with multiple suspects who could be responsible for this new crime.

If you have not watched the finale and intend to, do not read any further, spoilers contained herein:

Danny is finally revealed to Santiago and Gigi to be the brother of the deceased Sky.  Alicia decides to help Danny figure out what happened to his sister on the night she died in the hurricane.  Through flashbacks, we learn that Sky discovered the suicide note that Beatriz had written inside a closet full of jewelry while on a date with Yoli.  Sky used the Intel in it to blackmail Gigi, but Gigi says she does not have access to that kind of cash.   The letter contains the damaging proof that Mrs P and Santiago had a child together, Jason.  Santiago did not know.  To make matters even worse in current time, Santiago just made Gigi’s daughters: Carolina and Yoli part of his new will.

It seems that Mrs. P and Gigi kept the secret of Jason’s paternity and did not want to come out.  Helen put the hotel on lockdown, leaving Sky trapped and having to go through the only available exit to get out of the hotel, which led her into the night and the hurricane.  There, Gigi confronts her at gunpoint. However, there is a scuffle, and lo and behold, Mrs. P husband’s, Malcolm steps out of the shadows after overhearing that his wife had an fling and child with Santiago and clubbed Sky in the back causing her death.

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After Gigi admitted to Santiago, while he was trying to push Danny over the hotel balcony, that she did not kill Sky, Gigi eventually reveals who it was, leading Danny and Alicia to later head to the hospital where Malcolm is dying.  Alicia confronts Mrs. P about her lies and how she hid Jason’s paternity from him and Santiago.  Meanwhile, Danny decides not to tell Malcolm’s family that he killed his sister, because as Danny says, “the universe had already found another way to punish him” – and with that – a few moments later, Malcolm dies.

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Now that Santiago had learned that he is the bio-dad of Jason, he won’t forgive Gigi, who clearly does not want Jason getting more of the pie than her daughters if Santiago were to have the opportunity to adjust his will.  Meanwhile, Santiago has finally blackmailed Mateo out of his job at the hotel, but Mateo does not want the evidence on the flash drive Santiago has in his possession to come out of the deed that he has done.  Mrs P. also gets into a very intense phone conversation with Santiago and they agree to meet downstairs at the hotel.

However, as Santiago walks through the dark halls, out of the shadows gun shots are fired, and he is left bleeding out on the floor.  Did Gigi, Mateo, Helen or even someone else shoot him?  Maybe Carolina and Yoli’s father is the culprit, who is said to be returning home after finding out his daughters are now in Santiago’s will and who has no love lost for the guy!

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In other stories, Javi was seduced by an older woman who turned out to be an alcoholic and Ingrid’s mother, a pissed Ingrid then hooks up with Mateo.  And  finally, as Danny goes to the ocean to say goodbye to his sister Sky by throwing her lighter into the sea, Alicia asks, what he is going to do next?  He says, he will return home to Chicago, but at that point the two of them share a passionate kiss.

Throughout the episode, the emotional heart of it was played to perfection by Lincoln Younes as Danny, who as the brother trying to avenge his sister’s death, played all the beats of his story arc.

So, what did you think of the Grand Hotel finale? What did you think of who was revealed to have killed Sky? Who do you think shot Santiago? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Thomas Goes Over A Cliff! If He Survives, Will They Redeem Him?

Now here’s a ‘cliff’-hanger moment for a Friday soap, that brought with it what could be a game-changing moment, certainly for the relationship of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), and what looks like for Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson).  For months, Thomas had become more obsessed and unhinged over keeping Hope (Annika Noelle) from her child Beth and away from the man she truly loves, Liam (Scott Clifton).

Many of Thomas’ acts have been truly despicable.  But now after a wake-up call conversation with his son, Douglas, and an attempt to set things right with Hope, who wants nothing to do with him, things take a turn when at Steffy’s,  Hope screams at Thomas to stay away from her. He tries to explain he just wants to talk to her, but she wants nothing to do with him.

We then see Brooke making it to the house, and seeing the ensuing argument,  She fears the worse and becomes in-between her daughter and her stepson, as Ridgeis also heading to the house to make sure nothing happens between Thomas and Hope.

But then, in a push/pull moment, Thomas goes over the cliff.  Brooke is mortified. And from the promo for next week’s B&B, Thomas is unconscious and might not make it, as Ridge sits by his bedside.

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So, what is this twist all about? Either, Thomas choreographed the fall to gain sympathy and knew exactly what he was doing, or it was an accident, that might look like an attempted murder for now, and that will cause trouble between Brooke and Ridge, but also, and perhaps through testing in the hospital it might reveal, Thomas had a brain tumor causing him to act erratically?  Or, could it be that on Friday’s episode Thomas truly had a quick come-to-Jesus moment and had already realized the horrors of his way and was truly trying to set things right?  Or, could someone sneak into hospital room and snuff him out with a pillow? Many theories!

Now watch below the final moments when Thomas takes a major tumble and next week’s promo for B&B.  Then, weigh-in: What do you think the show will do with the character of Thomas now? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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