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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.

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.

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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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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