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OLTL Recap – Dec 19 – Dec 23rd

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Viki, Noelle, Moe, Rex and Shane all go to the diner for the pie-off, and everyone bonds over their memories of Gigi…while Cutter and “Stacy” wake up in each other’s arms. She later looks through the window of the Bon Jour to see her family and friends gathered in her honor, and is deeply moved. The judge of the pie contest is none other than Professor Delbert Fina, Jr., son of the famous time travel researcher who helped Gigi and Rex find each other when he was trapped in 1968.  Everyone goes to the airport to return to Llanview, but the plane is oversold.  One of them has to volunteer to take the next plane. Rex looks in the Professor’s book and sees an important message. “Stacy” meets Prof. Fina, confides she came to Paris, Texas, hoping to find something here, but she gave up. The Professor tells her his motto. When Cutter returns, Stacy is gone.  EOD, she comes face to face with Rex. Clint confides his dilemma in Natalie.  Natalie is of course on Viki’s side. Clint accuses her of being as stubborn as Viki. Natalie says Jessica helped her see she was being unreasonable about John, she wants to tell him she still loves him, but he’s been dodging her calls. She decides she’ll go talk to him in person. Kim comes to Clint to find out if he’s made up his mind, chosen between her and Viki.  Clint’s still uncertain.  Kim plants a big kiss on him just as Viki returns home. John’s at the hospital to take Tea home. She’s still pushing him about the Todd investigation, he reminds her to keep her stress levels down, let him handle it. She asks him about Natalie, calls him on evading talking about his relationship. Todd comes in on Tea and John talking about him, and he expresses sympathy to Tea over her scare with the baby. Tea, on edge, because she knows Todd’s guilty, loses it with him. Her hostility unsettles him. Shane calls Neela, reminds her he still needs Jack’s confession.  Neela’s surprised Jack’s working for Todd now. Todd makes progress getting his relationship with Jack on a better footing, treats him and Neela to a lavish lunch in his office. Neela/Jack grow closer. He kisses her, and by EOD, is about to unburden himself to her about a secret he’s been holding in for a long time as Neela’s tape recorder rolls.

Rex encounters “Stacy” and lets her have it about her plan to take Gigi’s place.  She swears she remembers nothing. He’s affected by having someone who’s a ringer for Gigi standing right in front of him – and this makes him even more furious.  Cutter interrupts.  At EOD, he’s about to do the right thing and tell them the truth about “Stacy.” After getting Neela’s reassurance that Jack can trust her, Jack spills the whole story about his part in Gigi’s death while Neela secretly tapes him.  He is genuinely sorry and breaks down. Shane finds Aubrey decorating his and Rex’s house for Christmas.  Aubrey’s disappointed to discover that Rex volunteered to get bumped from the flight home.  They have a heart-to-heart during which Aubrey assures Shane she isn’t trying to take Gigi’s place.  Shane reveals to her that he’s hoping to give Dad the best gift ever: justice for Gigi.  He tells her about his and Neela’s collaboration to get Jack to confess. Aubrey opens a box of Christmas decorations from Rex’s storage – and finds Gigi’s Christmas stocking. Viki walks in on Kim and Clint’s kiss.  She witnesses a second kiss, and then stumbles out only to run into entering David.  She asks him to get her out of there.  He takes her away and she pours out her story.  David insists she’s better off without Clint.  She’s genuinely hurt, really thought she and Clint had a chance.  He comforts her. Meanwhile, Clint tells Kim how he really feels.

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Cutter reveals the truth. Rex accuses him of still trying to con him, make money …and punches him out. “Stacy’s” concerned for Cutter, until she learns he’s wanted for murder in Kentucky.  Stacy’s horrified that Cutter has committed such a horrendous crime.  When Stacy expresses horror over Cutter’s crime, Rex says she’s no better. “Stacy” still doesn’t remember, but also believes she never could have done something so horrible.  If only she could go back in time… and remember.   Prof. Delbert Fina appears:  maybe he can help.  Aubrey, who now knows what Shane is up to vis a vis Jack. She warns Rama to keep an eye on Neela, while not breaking Shane’s confidence.   Aubrey admits she’s worried Rex might not make it home in time for them to spend Christmas together.  Aubrey waits for Rex, and at EOD, Cutter uses his one phone call to call her from police custody.  Todd sees Jack looking shaken (after confessing the truth about his role in Gigi’s death to Neela.)  Meanwhile, Shane calls Neela, really hopeful she got a confession out of Jack. Jack and Neela grow closer as he tells her how much it meant to him to be able to open up to her about the terrible thing he did to Gigi. Shane meets Neela later. Will she tell him the truth? Todd questions Jack about his relationship with Neela.  Jack closes him down, but is grateful when Todd gives him money to buy Neela a nice Christmas present. EOD, Jack and Todd take a baby step forward when Jack invites him to spend Christmas Eve with their family. Tea is upset that Todd’s worming his way into a closer relationship with Dani. Almost loses it again, but John pulls her back, reminding her she needs to avoid stress for the baby’s sake.  Nate and Dani grow closer.   John insists Tea keep her distance from Todd, he sees her at the breaking point, and they can’t afford to tip Todd off to their suspicions.  EOD, Dani tells Tea she wants to invite Todd to spend Christmas Eve with them.

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Rex and “Stacy” are rapt and emotional as Delbert shows them what really happened on the night Gigi supposedly died.  Neela still has misgivings as Shane plays the tape of Jack confessing his part in Gigi’s death.  Shane’s hit hard all over again, but when it’s over, he realizes that this tape could put Jack in jail.  Neela tries to convince him not to call the cops, but Shane wants Jack punished!  He calls John, and John arrives. Shane plays the tape for him.  John goes.  Neela, feeling bad, needs to get home.  Shane calls his father. While Tea urges John to straighten things out with Natalie, Dani calls Starr, saying her mother could use some cheering up. Blair, Starr, Jack and Sam arrive.  They toast to Victor and to the baby of his Tea’s having. When Blair and her family leave, Dani finds a cache of gifts Victor had left for them. Todd makes it clear that he was going to visit his family whether Jack had invited him or not.  Sam is waiting for Santa to arrive the way he did last year. Blair explains the Echo DiSavoy-as-Santa incident to Todd. While Viki tells Natalie that she found Clint kissing Kim, Clint tells Jess he sent Kim away because he loves Viki. Finally, they admit their true feelings for one another. John arrives with a gift for Liam.  Natalie is about to talk to him about their relationship.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Needs Fatherly Advice From Tony As Ryan Carnes and Brad Maule Deliver Tender Scenes

Friday’s highly-touted episode of ABC;s General Hospital featured the return of Brad Maule in the role of Dr. Tony Jones, the adoptive father of Lucas(Ryan Carnes) and former husband to Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).

It has been years since fan favorite Maule graced the GH screens, but the writers found a way to conjure him up in Lucas’ mind as Lucas is in a pivotal moment in his life; his bio-dad Julian Jerome (William deVry) is blackmailing his husband, Brad (Parry Shen), and Brad is keeping secrets from Lucas.  All spell bad news to Lucas for raising his son, Wiley.  But as GH fans know, Wiley is not the baby that Lucas thinks he is raising with Brad- he is actually raising Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) child, which Brad knows!

So, needing some clarity and visiting his adoptive dad’s gravesite, Lucas sees the vision of Tony, and the former father and son have a heart to heart.  Tony tells Lucas how raising him as  little boy gave him the strength and courage to go on through the hard times, and how to be their for his little boy.  Lucas is just emotionally overwrought and so burdened by the lies those who say that they supposedly love him have been telling.

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At the same time, Julian is searching for Lucas, and happens upon Bobbie at the hospital. She really does not like Julian and the two land at the GH hospital wall where plaques of the beloved doctors and nurses who have passed away are seen.  Bobbie knows Julian could never be the kind of father, Tony was to Lucas.  Julian says he can never replace Tony, but he is Lucas’ father and wants to somehow do right by him.

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Later alone, Bobbie talks to Tony’s photo and we see a heartfelt moment where Tony touches Bobbie’s hand and touches her on the cheek. Something Bobbie feels as she remembers this once great love of hers. At the end of the episode Julian finds Lucas at Tony’s gravesite. What will their confrontation bring?

Kudos to Ryan Carnes, who was the emotional heart of this episode and who made us feel every moment of Lucas’s anguish. And … how wonderful to see Brad Maule again!

So, what did you think of Tony’s visit to Lucas and Bobbie on Friday’s GH? Comment below. But first watch some key scenes between them.

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Days Of Our Lives

Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Checks Into Shadybrook, While Laura Is Unconvinced That Nikolas Is Alive

For months now, viewers have seen the downward spiral of Ava Jerome (Maura West).  It began following the death of her daughter Kiki, and realizing the man she fell in love with was not her therapist, Dr Kevin Collins, but none other than his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) – the man that murdered her daughter.

Trying to get back on her feet has been difficult for Ava.  She finally found some purpose in going back to work at the art gallery she loved so much.  Along the way, she has been sipping one too many martinis.  So, if you add all that up, and if you are other denizens in Port Charles, you might think that when Ava professes she saw the real Nikolas Mikhail Stavrosovich Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) in the flesh, when the man supposedly died a few years ago, then she has really lost it!

Thing is – Ava did see Nikolas, and he is back in Port Charles, alive and well, only know else knows except for Hayden  (Rebecca Budig) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which we learned at the end of Friday’s episode.

Earlier, after Ava passed out seeing Nikolas, she comes too, and he is not at the gallery anymore.  She panics and looks everywhere for him. Ava is convinced there has to be security camera footage of him in the gallery.  Nikolas’ mother, Laura (Genie Francis) happens to head over to see Ava to discuss Helena’s portrait, which has been the key to the codicil mystery, which is now at Ava’s gallery,

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When Laura arrives, she finds Ava with drink in hand, and professing to her that Laura’s first-born son Nikolas is alive and he was just here at the gallery! As she tries to produce the physical evidence to show Laura, it’s not there.   Ava questions her sanity after Laura suggests she really needs professional help; something Laura knows a thing or two about

What happens next is shocking:  Julian (William deVry) is called and he meets Ava and Laura at Shadybrook sanitarium.  Viewers watch as Ava takes off all of her jewelry and her high heels. She hugs Julian and Laura before leaving them behind to get the help she “needs”.

Kudos to Genie Francis and Maura West, who’s unlikely on-screen friendship as Laura and Ava has been a delight to watch; especially when these two powerhouse actresses share two-person scenes together.

Watching Francis’ facial expression when Laura entertains for a moment that her son could be alive and then feels sorrow was masterful, as was West when as Ava she leans on Laura realizing she is in a worse way than she even imagined.  Will Ava get out of Shadybrook soon?  Will Laura get to feel joy that her son is truly alive and in Port Charles? Stay tuned.

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What did you think of the performances of Genie and Maura? What do you think will happen next for Ava and Laura in this story? Comment below.

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