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OLTL Recap – Feb 8 – Feb 12th

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Mitch explains to a docile Jessica that they will create a child together.  Mitch drugs Jessica when she struggles against him and prepares to carry out his twisted plan.  In her weakened state after the explosion, Natalie hallucinates that John is Jared.  John goes along with a delusional Natalie to give her the will to live.  In her delirium, Natalie asks John to kiss her and he complies thinking it’s what she needs to stay strong.  Rex just misses spotting Stacy, who has fallen unconscious in the deep snow.  Schuyler’s desperate to make his way to Gigi but is rendered unconscious by a falling branch.  Dorian tries to defend her actions when Mel appears before her.  Mel’s words get through to Dorian, who sets out to stop Charlie before he becomes a murderer.  Clint, Viki and Marty try not to fear the worst when Fish alerts them to fact he found the wreckage of John, Natalie and Brody’s car Gigi manages to get Stacy back to the cabin after finding her in the snow.  Gigi begins to question whether or not Rex is the father of Stacy’s baby after Stacy slips up while trying to explain everything that’s happened.  Meanwhile, Rex comes to Schuyler’s aid.  Rex badgers Schuyler about why Stacy would name him the baby’s guardian until Schuyler reaches his breaking point and reveals Rex isn’t the baby’s father, he is.  Brody bursts into the cabin just as Mitch is about to carry out his diabolical plan.  Nurse Charles attacks Brody after he gets the upper hand on Mitch but Fish arrives in time to come to Brody’s rescue.  Jessica doesn’t recognize Brody.  Roxy confronts Kim, who threatens to ruin Kyle’s medical career if she tells anyone Rex isn’t the father of Stacy’s baby.  While a delirious Natalie reminisces about Jared, John remembers special moments he shared with Natalie Brody’s horrified to realize that Mitch has subjected Jessica to electroshock treatments which have wiped out her memory.  Mitch taunts Brody with the fact that Jessica will never remember him.  Charlie makes his way to Mitch’s hideout intent on killing him.  Dorian arrives just as Charlie is about to shoot Mitch.  Schuyler convinces Rex that Rex isn’t the father of Stacy’s baby.  As all the lies are revealed, an enraged Rex physically attacks Schuyler.  While stranded at the cabin, Gigi prepares to deliver Stacy’s baby when she really does go into labor.  Greg tells Rachel that there’s evidence indicating Schuyler stole oxytocin from the hospital.  Destiny lets Matthew know she’s okay with them just being friends.  Danielle and Destiny strike up a friendship.

Dorian’s sudden arrival at Mitch’s hideout causes the gunshot Charlie fires to go wild which results in tragedy for an unintended victim.  As Natalie’s head begins to clear, she realizes she imagined John was Jared in her delirium and she kissed him.  John admits he still feels something for Natalie.

Gigi coaches Stacy through her labor and she delivers a baby girl, which they name Sierra Rose in honor of a special memory they both share from their childhood.  Gigi becomes alarmed when she notices Sierra Rose could be in distress.  Fish stops Rex from choking the life out of Schuyler.  Rex is anxious to tell Gigi all about Schuyler and Stacy’s duplicity.  Dorian wants to put an end to Mitch’s threats once and for all.  Marty and Kim slip out to look for Stacy and John on their own.

Gigi braves the elements to get help for Sierra Rose.  With the baby bundled up in her arms, Gigi finds herself in the middle of a snow covered frozen lake with the ice beginning to crack beneath her.  John and Natalie decide they should forget they ever mentioned still having feelings for one another but their actions belie their words.  Marty arrives in time to see John kissing Natalie.  Mitch ominously warns Dorian that one of her girls is already doomed.  In Paris, Adriana is surprised to run into Kelly.  A handsome stranger sends Kelly and Adriana glasses of champagne as they get caught up while sitting at a café.  Brody reluctantly tells Viki and Clint what Mitch was about to do to Jessica.  Greg informs Viki, Clint and Brody that Jessica’s condition is critical.

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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