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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.

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.

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: 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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