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OLTL Recap – Jan 11- Jan 15th

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Lowell is forced to dismiss the charges against John when Jessica, Brody, Marty and Cole all confess to having stabbed Mitch.  Furious that Nora outmaneuvered him, Lowell fires John.  Meanwhile, Natalie tells Viki and Charlie that she’s the one who tried to kill Mitch.  Everyone’s relieved when John delivers the news that no one will ever be prosecuted for stabbing Mitch.  Bo and John recruit Brody to be their inside man in the police department as they work to bring down Mitch and Dorian.  Mitch reminds Dorian that he’s the one calling the shots.  Dorian’s wheels start turning when Charlie reveals he once tried to kill Mitch in a drunken rage.  Stacy tells Kim about her ordeal with Mitch and Nurse Charles which resulted in Rex deciding to move back to the loft.  Kim understands when Stacy asks her to move out and soon finagles an invitation from Clint to stay at Asa’s mansion.  Todd’s temper flares when Cole asks Starr to move in with him.  In Tahiti, Ross reveals himself to Danielle once she’s alone.  Blair and Eli throw caution to the wind and start to get physical on Lowell’s desk. Todd adamantly refuses to allow Starr to move in with Cole but Blair convinces him they have no choice but to let her go or risk alienating her altogether.  Starr says and emotional goodbye to her parents as she and Hope leave with Cole. Markko asks Langston to move in with him.  Starr, Cole, Markko and Langston are surprised by their new living arrangement.  Tea’s shocked to find Ross with Danielle.  Ross is devastated to learn that Danielle tried to kill Todd.  Staggered over the fact Danielle almost killed her own father, Ross reveals the truth and tells her she’s Todd’s daughter.  Nora threatens to sell Asa’s mansion when Clint tries to sue her for millions of dollars in damages in their divorce settlement.  Kim convinces Clint to back down and drop his suit against Nora in exchange for keeping the mansion.  David confronts Kim.  Matthew misses Danielle.

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Danielle refuses to accept that Todd is her father.  Ross and Tea, however, tell Danielle the entire story of how she was conceived and why Tea kept the truth from her.  Ross tries to convince Danielle that she needs to return to Llanview to get to know Todd.  Tea and Danielle strike a deal in which Tea won’t rat Ross out to the authorities if Danielle leaves with her.  Mitch tells Todd he can solve all his problems with Starr, implying he’d eliminate Cole permanently if Todd were to push Jessica in his direction.  Realizing just how sick and twisted Mitch really is, Todd sends him packing.  Mitch warns Todd he made the wrong decision in not accepting his offer.  David’s plan to expose Kim’s duplicity backfires when Clint applauds Kim for having his best interests at heart.  After giving David the boot, Clint tells Kim he knows what she’s really up to.  Jessica tries to be nicer to Stacy after Rex tells that Mitch is out to get her baby.  Langston and Markko wonder if it’s really going to be possible for them share an apartment with Starr, Cole and Hope.  Ford accepts Fish, Layla and Cristian’s offer to move in with them. Rex tells Gigi he’s moved in with Stacy because of Mitch’s threats.  Schuyler confronts Stacy after learning Mitch went after her and the baby.  Kyle walks in on Stacy and Schuyler’s argument just in time to hear that Schuyler, not Rex, is the father of Stacy’s baby.  Blair gives Dorian the cold shoulder when she drops by but does tell her that Langston moved in with Markko.  Langston and Markko realize they can’t share an apartment with Starr, Cole and Hope.  Langston has a chance encounter with Ford while searching for an apartment.  Markko catches Ford and Langston in close proximity.  Blair can’t seem to get enough of Eli.  David wants to sue Ford for a cut of the royalties he’s getting from an internet version of their failed reality show.  Kyle and Ford have an awkward introduction.

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Dorian’s left shaken after an encounter with John, who figures out that Mitch is threatening Dorian’s family.  John warns Dorian that she’ll always be under Mitch’s thumb if she doesn’t turn on him. Stacy and Schuyler try to convince themselves that Kyle won’t tell anyone that Rex isn’t the father of Stacy’s baby.  Fish tells Kyle he accepted Rex’s offer of a job moonlighting to protect Stacy and his baby from Mitch.  Mitch torments Viki, Charlie, Natalie and Jessica at the Buenos Dias Café.  Viki worries about Charlie’s state of mind when he storms off alone.  David’s hopes for a fortune in internet royalties go up in smoke.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Reminds Us All Why He is One-of-a-Kind in Memorable Flashback-Driven 30th Anniversary Episode

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured the highly-touted and highly-anticipated 30th anniversary show for Peter Bergman.  For three decades, and with three Daytime Emmys for his work, Bergman has made Jack Abbott one of soap operas all-time classic characters.

And, if anybody needed a reminder, or a refresher course of just how good Peter Bergman has been in this role, you needed to look no further than the tremendous flashbacks the producers of the series pulled to punctuated Jack Abbott’s life story since Bergman’s arrival on the scene, replacing Terry Lester in the pivotal role.

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What was great about this standalone episode, celebrating a milestone for one of their legacy cast members, was that it did not show the same ole’ same ole’ clips that often can be standard fare in soapland.  Instead, viewers were treated to some of the more heartbreaking moments for Jack, i.e. when he tells Nikki that their son who had died saved another child’s life, and that he got to hold the baby.  Then there was the gut-punch when Jack realizes Phyllis has been sleeping with none other than Nick Newman, and he feels the fool and that she played him.  There is the moment when Jack tells his dying father John, that he will look after the family now, and there is even boardroom corporate drama that back in the day was so exciting to see.  How great were Jess Walton and Bergman together back then as Jill and Jack? And then there is the rivalry of soap rivalries between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott played to the hilt by Eric Braeden and Bergman, respectively.

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Watching Bergman’s work in flashbacks would be enough on its own. Now add to that the real-time mature version of Jack, who has realized his many failings and how he would do anything to be CEO of Jabot, including duping his sister, Ashley with the Blood-Abbott clause and more, and you’ve got soap gold.  You definitely needed some hankies for this episode, especially watching the reactions of Bergman acting mostly by himself when going in and out of the flashbacks.  We have often said, no male actor can cry quite like Peter Bergman, and move you to tears.  And in this episode, he did that several times over.

How fitting that Jack was sitting around with his siblings: Traci, Billy, and Ashley as well as his mother, Dina, his son, Kyle and his niece Abby, that brought the episode to its conclusion looking back at the life and times of the Abbott family through Traci’s manuscript that Jack helped write.

In the end, Jack celebrates what being an Abbott means, and remembers those who have passed, and looks forward to new members of the clan to come.

What were your thoughts on Peter Bergman’s Y&R 30th anniversary episode, his performance and those retro-clips? Let us know in the comment section below.   And for more on Bergman’s 30th anniversary make sure to read his interview with Michael Fairman TV here.

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