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OLTL Recap – Aug 1 – Aug 5th

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Todd’s family is in shock and demands answers when they see the man with Todd’s original face. Todd insists that he is an impostor.  The man with Todd’s original face begs Starr to acknowledge that he is her father.  Jack, however, sides with Todd.  Blair and Tea don’t know what to think.  John finds Baker who refuses to answer John’s questions.  The man with Todd’s original face pulls a gun.  Todd demands that he be arrested.  Todd convinces Tea to leave with him and begs Tea to believe that he’s Todd Manning.  Meanwhile, before the man with Todd’s original face leaves, he shows Blair the wedding photo, arguing that they were married.  He grabs her and kisses her.

Rex, upon the arrival of the man with Todd’s original face, abandons his quest for vengeance.  He goes home and emotionally confesses to Gigi’s picture what he almost did.  Bo and Nora arrive home from a visit with Matthew.  Destiny shows up, hungry for news about Matthew.  They have little news to report, but are still actively trying to find out who hurt their son.  They ask her again about the gum wrapper they found.  At EOD, Destiny goes to the Buenos Dias where she runs into Nate and is rocked when she sees him stuff a gum into his mouth – and it’s the same unusual brand whose wrapper Bo and Nora found. After pressure from Dani, Nate comes clean about his part in Matthew’s injury.  When he asks if she’s going to tell Bo and Nora, she makes him leave. Vivian tells Shaun Destiny could be pregnant. Destiny sees them leaving and hides so that she doesn’t have to deal with them – or the baby she’s carrying.

Viki, Joey and Kelly are present for support as Clint leaves his hospital bed to be arraigned on multiple charges, including the murder of Eddie Ford.  Separately, Bo and Nora rethink the decision they made to let Clint take the secret of Matthew’s guilt to his grave now that he’s going to live.  At EOD, Nora tells the judge she’s not prosecuting Clint for Eddie’s murder and is asked to explain why. David plans to screen “Vicker Man” for Bo and offers his Pa a stick of gum which Bo recognizes as the brand chewed by the person who must have attacked Matthew.  David tells him he got the gun from Nate Salinger. Nate confesses to Ford that he’s the one who caused Matthew’s condition.  At EOD, Dani tells Nate his secret is secure, but the teens are unaware of Bo’s discovery.  Dani tells Destiny about Nate’s role in Matthew’s collapse.  She confesses to Dani her own huge secret that she’s pregnant with Matthew’s child.  Meanwhile, Shaun and Vivian are planning to confront Destiny. Echo thanks Rex for his help in securing her release from jail.  Rex confesses that he almost took a drastic vengeful action but thought better of it, then confesses that he saw Gigi the previous night.  Echo understands why he’d conjure up Gigi’s image, but Rex insists she was real.  Later, when he’s alone, Rex sees Gigi again.  Dorian warns Echo that although she had the charges against her dropped, she plans to run her out of town.

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Téa confronts the man with Todd’s original face at his jail cell.  He insists that he is the true Todd Manning and presses his claim on that life – including paternity of Danielle.  Téa finds his memories of their tumultuous history difficult to ignore.  Blair is unable to answer Dorian’s questions when asked whether she believes the man with Todd’s original face over Todd.  Todd asserts his fatherhood over Dani when he throws Nate out of the house.  Téa asks Todd if he’s the real deal or a fake; Blair calls Tomas in need of answers; and the man with Todd’s original face has another visitor – Viki.  Nora does some fancy footwork when explaining to the judge why she’s dropping the murder charge against Clint.  The judge is forced to accept Nora’s statement that she and Bo have identified the real suspect, who happens to be out of their grasp in another jurisdiction.  Clint covers when asked why he confessed to the crime in the first place.  Clint does plead guilty for the other crimes with which he is charged.  The family is shocked when the judge refuses to send Clint back to the ICU, instead remanding him to police custody to await trial.  Elsewhere, Bo questions David about the gum he’s chewing.  David says he got it from Nate.  Bo realizes that Nate caused Matthew’s injury.  Nate, meanwhile, has won Dani’s assurance that he’ll keep his secret.  But there’s no guarantee their relationship will survive, especially if Todd has anything to say about it.  Nate is intercepted by Bo who ultimately confesses the truth. At EOD Bo goes to see Nora, who tells him about the culmination of the court proceeding.  Bo, in turn, tells Nora that he knows who hurt Matthew. Again, Rex sees Gigi, but she disappears before he can catch up to her.  Echo worries that Rex needs professional help.

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Viki’s stunned to see the man with Todd’s original face.  He emotionally pleads with her to believe he’s really her brother.  She’s confused and goes to John to find out more.  John has the DNA test results. Tea challenges Todd to tell her what’s going on.  He tells her what he knows, but Tea demands to know why Tomas said he isn’t Todd Manning.  Todd swears he doesn’t know.  He begs her to believe him.  Before she can answer, Jack enters and makes an emotional vow to his father.            Tomas tells Blair the story of his involvement with Baker and how he first came into contact with Todd.  But by the EOD, he’s forced to admit that he still doesn’t know which Todd Manning is the real one. Starr and Jack argue about the man with Todd’s original face vs. Todd.  At EOD, Starr appears at the jail cell. John questions Baker but is interrupted by the Feds.  They force him to spring Baker from custody.  He puts a tail on them.

Todd is unhappy to learn Starr isn’t sure if he’s the real Todd and grateful Jack is.  He’s worried that Tea isn’t totally convinced.  Tea reminds him there’s a DNA test.  Blair and Tomas arrive, to try to find out what happened after Tomas handed over the beaten Todd to Baker.  Todd resents having to match Tomas’s story, and he offers no details. Starr quizzes the man with Todd’s original face on family memories. She discounts his prowess because she thinks he read all that stuff in the Todd Manning biography.  He finds out that Starr has a baby and they have an emotional moment that leaves Starr very conflicted about whether he’s her real father. John tells Viki that they have the DNA results and can confirm who the real Todd is. Viki is emotional, wondering if she’s given her love to a fake.  Tea arrives and argues about the legitimacy of the DNA results. John rounds up everyone at Todd’s house and at EOD is about to open the results to answer the question: who is the real Todd? Shaun, Dani, Destiny and Vivian meet at Vivian’s office. The pregnancy is confirmed and Vivian warns she’ll have to make some decisions fast. Destiny considers her options and at the end of day has

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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