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OLTL Recap – Feb 15 – Feb 19th

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While holding Sierra Rose, Gigi falls through the ice but manages to keep the baby out of the freezing water.  Miraculously, Gigi is able to pass the baby to Fish.  Rex and Schuyler work together to rescue Gigi from the icy water.  Rex looks on as Schuyler starts to give Gigi mouth to mouth resuscitation.  Meanwhile, Kim finds Stacy in the cabin.  Kim leaves Stacy for a moment only to find her gone when she returns.  Dorian panics when Mitch ominously warns her that one of her girls is doomed.  Meanwhile, in Paris, Kelly and Adriana accept champagne from a handsome stranger in a café.  Kelly ignores Dorian’s warning that they’re in danger when she calls.  Adriana leaves with Emile, the mysterious stranger, as Kelly gets a call from Cassie alerting her to the fact that Dorian’s claim could very well be true.  Charlie shocks Viki when he confesses that he’s the one who shot Jessica while intending to kill Mitch.  Mitch informs Viki that Charlie and Dorian were working together.  After putting the pieces together, Viki comes face to face with Dorian.  Marty doesn’t hide her anger when she finds John and Natalie locked in a kiss. Schuyler breathes life back into Gigi just as Stacy sees them, along with Rex, Fish and the baby in the distance.  In her attempt to reach the group, Stacy falls through the ice into the freezing water.  Schuyler and Gigi leave to take Sierra Rose to the hospital while Rex and Fish work valiantly to try and rescue Stacy.  Rex dives into the water when Stacy goes under but his efforts to save her are in vain.  Viki unleashes her anger on Dorian, accusing her of complicity in Jessica’s shooting.  Dorian comes clean with Viki but claims she had to act to save her girls from Mitch.  Dorian fires Lowell but Viki makes it clear that doesn’t let her off the hook for all she’s done.  Blair arrives at Cole and Starr’s to get Starr and Hope off Cassie’s warning.  Meanwhile, Langston lets herself into Ford’s office without realizing he’s sleeping there.  Ford and Langston end up in a steamy kiss before Langston gets summoned home.  Dorian arrives to tell Blair, Starr and Langston everything.

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Blair, Starr and Langston are inclined to forgive Dorian after hearing her story about Mitch’s threats but are mortified to learn how she manipulated Charlie.  Dorian hires Eli to represent her and Charlie.  Dorian apologizes to Charlie but he maintains he’s responsible for the tragic events.  Mitch continues to taunt Dorian and Charlie even as he’s led off to prison.  A frantic Kelly enlists David’s help to track down Adriana, fearing she could be in danger after having left the café with Emile.  After pulling a fast one at the café, David and Kelly get their hands on Emile’s credit card receipt in their effort to find Adriana.  Natalie encourages John to try and make things right with Marty.  Brody questions Marty about the effects of electroshock therapy.  A guilty Langston confesses to Blair that she kissed Ford again.  Cristian warns Ford about getting involved with a student.

Kim’s overwhelmed with grief when Rex tells her that Stacy drowned.  Rex unleashes his anger on Kim.  Gigi’s affected as she stands vigil by Sierra Rose, who’s been placed in NICU.  Schuyler breaks the news about Stacy to Gigi.  Greg gives Clint, Viki and Brody good news about Jessica.  Brody tells Clint and Viki about the electroshock therapy Mitch subjected Jessica to.  Viki and Clint are relieved when Jessica knows who they are.  Jessica doesn’t recognize Brody.  Charlie apologizes to Clint for hurting Jessica.  Viki resists the urge to call Charlie back as he walks away.  David and Kelly get more than they bargained for when they finally find Adriana. Gigi and Schuyler learn that Sierra Rose has a congenital heart defect and will need surgery.  Kyle wonders if Fish wants to find out whether or not he’s the baby’s father.  Schuyler announces he’s the baby’s father when parental consent is needed for her surgery.  Kim lashes out at Rex for the way he treated Stacy when she was alive.  Standing by the lake’s edge, Kim says an emotional goodbye to Stacy.  On the way back to Llanview, Bo gently breaks the news about Stacy to Shane.  Marty shares her diagnosis with Viki, Clint and Brody after examining Jessica.  John tries to straighten things out with Marty.

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General Hospital

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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