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OLTL Recap – Aug 2 – Aug 6th

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John and Kelly come close to uncovering the identity of Bennett Thompson to be Eli.  John questions Blair and instructs Kelly to lay off Eli. Jack does his best to stop Blair’s upcoming nuptials to Eli. Eli forces Hannah to swallow a bottle of pills. Kelly tells Blair she cannot marry Eli. Starr gets in touch with Cole and tells him about Téa’s condition as well as her plans to marry Todd. Tea refuses to marry Todd. Gigi accompanies Natalie on her trip to get an abortion.  Natalie wrestles with her decision to have an abortion. John is trying to hunt down evidence against Eli when Brody and Jessica arrive with the good news about their engagement. John reveals his mounting suspicions about Eli to Brody. Kelly tells Blair she thinks Eli is a murderer. Hannah passes out from the pills and Eli leaves her to die. Tea hallucinates that Todd is an impostor, but after some convincing realizes that is not the case. Worried about Hannah, Cole goes to see her. Dorian and David try to outdo each other with their insistence that they’ve found true love.

Natalie tells John she’s pregnant and asks him if they can keep it to themselves for a while. Kelly tells Blair she thinks Eli is Bennett Thompson and that he’s killed at least three people. Blair can’t believe Kelly thinks he’s a mass murder and thinks Kelly just can’t stand to see her happy. Ford brings James home to the apartment he’s rented for the two of them to share. Eli visits Ford to talk about Hannah. Ford tells James to stay away from Eli. Cole finds Hannah unconscious with the empty bottle of pills in her hand. The doctor tells him she’ll live because he found her in time. Langston says she saw another side of Ford, then found out he got tested for an STD and realized he hadn’t changed. David and Dorian continue prove to one another they don’t care about each other by double-dating with Wendy and Clint respectively. 

Cole returns home to Starr after his night-long vigil by Hannah’s bedside.  Starr expresses her concern that Hannah is still trying to get Cole back. Starr is surprised by a visit from James. Ford worries that James found out Nate is thier brother. Bo hires Inez as his assistant. Tea tells Greg about the disorientation she suffered right before she married Todd and confesses she’s had other similar episodes. Greg is sorry to report her health is declining more rapidly than he feared. Layla and Cristian return home from Maryland, grieving the loss of Evangeline. Todd learns about Evangeline’s death from Cristian. Ford shows a sensitive side of himself to Layla after learning of her sister’s death. Layla comes across a folder labeled with the name Bennett Thompson in Evangeline’s belongings.    Tea tells Todd and Danielle she has only weeks to live. She also informs them she wants them to all to say their goodbyes now while she still has her faculties and be sent to hospice alone. Layla decides to return to work, unaware that she holds a key piece of evidence that identifies Eli as Bennett Thompson. Blair confronts John with the information that Kelly told her about Eli and blasts John for pursuing an investigation founded on nothing. Eli learns that Hannah survived the pill overdose. Layla delivers the news to Blair and John that Evangeline died. John learns that Layla is in possession of Evangeline’s file on Bennett Thompson and Eli overhears.  Cristian is attacked by Eli.  Cole and Ford both agree that James should stay away from Starr.  James thinks Cole is the source of Starr’s unhappiness and asks Starr if he has a shot with her. James and Ford receive a visit from Inez and Nate.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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