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OLTL Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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Shane returns to the school and sees reactions to the video of him. He gives Jack his inhaler. Destiny gives him a pep talk and tries to convince him to go to the administration, but Shane thinks it would make things worse. After reading his cryptic note, Rex and Gigi are desperate to find Shane. They reach out to Echo, who’s eager to escape Viki’s vitriol. They end up calling Blair who finds out from Jack that Shane is at the school. They race there – just as we see Shane on the roof. Starr spills everything about Jack to Blair. Blair doesn’t want to believe it, but Starr shows her Jack’s online taunts. Bo and Nora don’t believe Clint’s assertion re: who killed Eddie Ford. Viki’s horrified to discover Charlie and Echo in bed together. Viki realizes that Charlie was vulnerable to Echo, and that Viki has been wrapped up in her own troubles with her children. James pulls away from Deanna’s kiss, telling her he loves Starr. He doesn’t understand why she showed up here, after making it clear that she broke up with him. He realizes she’s desperate for money and has no place to stay.  He invites her to his place.

Rex and Gigi are horrified to find Shane poised to jump from the school roof and learn in tortured detail the depth of their son’s unhappiness. Rex and Gigi pull out all the stops to convince Shane his life is worth living. Blair has a bad reaction to Jack’s cavalier attitude and lack of remorse for his treatment of Shane. Starr is shocked to encounter Marty with Hope and learns that Marty has been released from St. Ann’s. Marty knows Starr has broken up with Cole, but she wants to be a part of her granddaughter’s life. When Starr leaves, Marty reveals that she still has the paternity of Natalie’s child on her mind. John is confronted by Tea about the investigation into Todd’s shooting. John asks about her brother Tomas and Tea defends him. Their conversation turns personal and Tea again urges John to put aside his hurt and anger and be the father to Natalie’s child. Alone, John thinks about the baby he thought was his. Tomas covers from Dani his interest in Todd’s background and bonds with his niece. Charlie tries to comfort Viki, but she tells him never to touch her again. Viki thinks she can understand why Charlie would have a meaningless affair. But Charlie makes it clear that it wasn’t a meaningless affair.

Natalie visits with Clint and admits she’s not over John. Blair and Starr take Jack home and make him take the Shane video off his computer. Blair admits to Starr that she hit Jack. In the aftermath of Shane’s suicide attempt, Rex and Gigi argue over what’s the right thing to do, but ultimately decide to take him to the hospital. Viki visits Todd, but instead finds Tea. Viki tells Tea that she found Charlie in bed with Echo. Tea realizes that Viki is going to give Echo a piece of her mind. Destiny tells Shaun about Shane, says she’s going to tell Matthew what happened. Shaun and Tea bond over Destiny and Danielle. Bo lends support to Rex, who allows himself to express his emotions in Bo’s presence. Gigi falls apart in front of the nurse, but after Shane is examined by Dr. Buhari, they take him home, determined to help their son. Brad (having seen Rex blow up at school) comes to warn Jack that he’s going to be in big trouble, and that Shane went up to the roof (presumably to jump off). Starr reassures Blair about being a good mother. Bo is called away when he hears about Shane, and Destiny (worried about Shane) comes over to talk to Matthew. Nora comforts Destiny about Shane. Viki tells Echo off. James settles Deanna into his apartment since she’s got nowhere else to go. Dorian and David return to Llanview with news of tumult on the set of Vicker Man: The David Vickers Story. Together they press Langston to take over scriptwriting duties on the film, which they’re now producing themselves. Tess and Ford share a close moment; so do Natalie and Brody. Kelly looks for a scoop from John, but gets a kiss instead and Marty walks in on it. Marty needles John and Natalie about their futures apart. Natalie discovers that John keeps a copy of Liam’s sonogram. Aubrey enlists Rama to distract Joey while she regroups with Cutter. Rama and Cristian reconnect. Rama blurts out that Vimal’s imprisonment is her doing. Aubrey begins to glean Joey’s jealousy regarding John and Kelly. Brody and Ford cross swords over Tess. Tess meets up with Cutter in the steam room and they kiss.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati talks with Michael Fairman on the creation and the making of the limited-series “Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem” currently streaming on Peacock. Leave A Comment

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