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OLTL Recap – Feb 22 – 26th

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Schuyler knocks the wind out of Gigi when he announces he’s the father of Stacy’s baby as Sierra Rose is prepped for life-saving heart surgery.  Gigi is further stunned when Schuyler admits he’s known the truth for several months and never told her.  Rex has the difficult task of explaining the truth about the baby to Shane and later begins to open up to Bo about how he really feels.  Shane wonders if Rex and Gigi will get back together.  Kyle is dismayed over Fish’s reluctance to find out whether or not he’s Sierra Rose’s father because he believes the baby should be raised by a “normal couple” and not a gay man and his partner.  Jessica doesn’t recognize Natalie as being her sister but does pretend to know Bree so as not to traumatize the little girl.  Greg and Rachel reunite and make love.  Rachel and Greg are at odds over Schuyler’s possible involvement in stealing oxytocin from the hospital but agree to put the matter to rest.  With curiosity getting the best of her, Rachel looks through Schuyler’s backpack and finds the vial of oxytocin.

Schuyler’s under the delusion that nothing has to change between him and Gigi but she soon disabuses him of this notion after unleashing her anger.  Roxy encourages Rex to go to Gigi.  After learning that Tea has moved out, Blair resists Todd’s advances because she doesn’t want to fall back into old habits.  Fearing for Schuyler after finding the empty vial of oxytocin in his backpack, Rachel turns to Tea for legal advice.  Tea admits to Rachel that Schuyler could be in serious trouble if he induced Stacy’s early labor and something happens to the baby.  Clint rips into Kim when he hears her verbally abusing Nigel but softens when she tells him that Stacy drowned to death.  Matthew and Danielle’s make out session starts to build to something more but Matthew makes her see that her reasons for wanting to have sex aren’t the right ones.

Snoop Dogg gets caught up with his old friend Bo and invites him, Nora and Matthew to his concert. Jack and Danielle get off to a rocky start.  Danielle sees red when Todd instinctively forbids her to go to Snoop’s concert with Matthew.  Nora’s concerned about Matthew getting involved with Todd’s daughter but Bo tries to ease her worries.  Todd and Tea chaperone Danielle and Matthew’s outing at Capricorn.  Without mentioning Langston by name, Ford remains evasive when Cristian questions him about the girl he keeps thinking about.  Langston can’t get Ford off her mind and offers to babysit Hope to avoid going to Capricorn to see Snoop with Markko.  After learning Langston is home alone, Ford shows up at the apartment.  Greg’s parents snub Rachel but clearly adore Shaun’s date Vivian.  Snoop performs at Capricorn.

Brody desperately wants Jessica to remember him and shows her a DVD and photos of the happy times they shared but his efforts are in vain.  Jessica agrees to kiss Brody but even that doesn’t trigger her memory of him.  Gigi is grateful for Rex’s support as they wait for word on Sierra Rose.  Rachel believes Schuyler when he swears he didn’t use the oxytocin on Stacy.  Gigi finds Schuyler praying in the chapel and puts aside her emotions to let him know Sierra Rose is out of surgery.  Markko narrowly avoids catching Langston about to make love with Ford when he returns home unexpectedly.  Starr fights feelings of jealousy when she meets Hannah, Cole’s very attractive classmate.  John and Marty patch things up.  Natalie’s affected when she sees John kissing Marty.  Jessica calls Cristian and asks him to come see her.  Cristian would give Jessica a friendly kiss on the cheek but she pulls him into a far more passionate one.  Starr suspects Langston is hiding something but she denies it.  Langston confronts Ford after figuring out he came over the night before because he knew she was alone.  Ford plants a steamy kiss on Langston.  Blair cautions Dorian that her confidence that Mitch is no longer a threat may be premature.  Kelly and Adriana arrive at La Boulaie for Dorian’s gathering of the Cramer women.  Andrew arrives at Dorian’s saying he has bad news.  Roxy’s unsettled after visiting Mitch in prison.  Mitch gets a visit from one of his disciples.    

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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