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OLTL Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Pretending she’s been arrested for breaking into Eli’s room, Kelly tries to get Ford to help her prove Eli’s a killer. Kelly tries to convince Ford the best way to protect James is to put Eli in jail. John and Kelly get an arrest warrant for Eli. Preparations continue for the double wedding of David & Dorian and Eli & Blair. David tells Viki that her plan with Charlie did help get him back with Dorian. Eli tells Blair he doesn’t want a double wedding and wants them to have their own wedding somewhere else.  Blair promised Tea she’d look after Dani and can’t leave, but Eli convinces her. Blair tells Dorian they each should have their own wedding and Dorian agrees. Shaun tells Dani he can’t help her find Tea because she doesn’t want to be found. Cole warns James to stay away from Starr. 

Brody joins John as he bursts into Eli’s cabana and finds it empty. The cops try to figure out where Eli has gone as they fear for Blair’s safety. Dorian and David’s wedding comes to a halt. Shaun is abducted by an unseen assailant. James texts Starr flirtatious messages which Starr answers with angry ones, insisting that he stop pursuing her. Still months away from being able to have DNA tests for their babies, Jessica and Natalie continue to put their faith in the odds of Brody and John being their fathers. Todd ties up Shaun after abducting him.  He tells Shaun he discovered that he was the one who helped Tea get to a hospice in an unknown location. Shaun agrees to take Todd and Dani to see Tea. Tea changes her mind and wants Todd and Dani to be with her when she dies. Blair and Eli arrive in Tahiti where they intend to get married. John reveals to Kelly and Ford that Eli eluded them. Dorian reads David’s note to Viki, telling her that he can’t commit to her. David’s dragged to a cell in a Moroccan prison. Ford tries to sway Langston back to him.

John sends Brody and Natalie to search the country club cabanas for evidence of Eli’s ultimate destination. Natalie has an awkward run-in with Marty, who has been called to John’s office with Cole to hear the news that Eli was responsible for her fall and Hannah’s suicide attempt. John tells Marty that Natalie is pregnant. Cole visits Hannah and its clear they have feelings for each other. Jessica seeks Ford’s medical history to ensure the safety of her unborn baby. Starr and Langston collect Dorian from the country club and return to La Boulaie. Starr and Langston have a heart-to-heart about the boy that threatens to be coming between them. Ford, annoyed over James’s continued insistence on seeing Langston – tells his brother he needs to start coughing up rent. David is visited in his Moroccan prison by Clint. Clint has arranged for David’s imprisonment as revenge for David’s involvement in the end of Clint’s marriage to Kim.  Blair grows increasingly concerned about the length of time she’s been away from Dani and wants to return to Llanview immediately. While Eli works to keep Blair in Tahiti, Blair discovers his gun in a drawer. Ross is devastated by the news of Tea’s imminent death. Blair hesitates to say “I do” to Eli in the wedding ceremony. Rex and Kelly come to the conclusion that Eli might have taken Blair to Tahiti. Todd and Dani fly to the location of the hospice, but they are too late. Greg informs them that Tea died during the night. Destiny buries her grudge against Nate for having stolen Dani from her friend Matt and gets Darren to join with her in offering Nate support. Layla realizes that “Bennett Thompson” was the one who urged her mother to remove Evangeline from life support.

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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