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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.

Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Shares & Performs Emotional Tribute To Her Late Parents

It has been a challenging few years for former soap and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause, who is currently still in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy following Monday night’s competition on Dancing with the Stars.

Last night, Chrishell shared in the pre-dance package that she was performing a contemporary routine with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, in honor of both of her parents who died from lung cancer in July of 2020 and April 2019.

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Stause expressed: “They were really loving people. Some of my best memories are with my mom, dancing with her in the living room.  No one would be more excited about me being here and doing the show than her.” (referring to her mom who passed away this summer).  She continued on to say: “Right before I dance, I really feel her calm me, encourage me. That has been the most special thing I will take away from this show.  I know that my parents are with me. My mom’s name was Renee Stause, and my dad’s name was Jeff Stause. And this dance is for them.”

 

Dancing to “Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Chrishell and Gleb delivered the most emotional performance of the night.  And the judges took notice, as Carrie Ann Inaba said to Stause: “You poured your heart and soul into that dance.   Bruno added: “That was so emotionally engaging, so raw, so truthful, irresistible because you gave everything you have.”  While the three judges including Derek Hough also gave a rougher technical critique of her to improve upon next week, Chrishell and Gleb still scored all eights and 24 out of 30 overall.

At the end of the night, during the reveal of who was safe and who was in the bottom two, host Tyra Banks revealed that Chrishell and Gleb were safe.

Then, after combining the scores and fans’ votes, in the bottom two were Johnny Weir and Vernon Davis.  In a close decision, Derek chose to save Johnny, and Carrie Ann chose Vernon. So, it was up to Bruno to cast the deciding vote and he saved Johnny, sending Davis, the former NFL Pro football star, home.

Watch Chrishell’s emotional dance below.   Then let us know if you are rooting for Chrishell and what you thought of the very personal story she shared last night via the comment section below.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Jesse Metcalfe Eliminated, Chrishell Stause Gets A Surprise From NKOTB

Last night on  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, another soap opera alumni’s journey on the ballroom dance floor came to an end, when Jesse Metcalfe’s (Passions, Desperate Houswives and Dallas) ) and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were sent home by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

After combining the judges scores and fan voting at home, the other couple joining Jesse and Sharna in the bottom two were  Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd.  This season it is up to the judges to choose who stays and who goes when forced with picking between the two lowest scoring couples of the night.. Bruno chose Vernon, Carrie Ann followed and Derek also revealed he would have saved Davis or Metcalfe as well.

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With Metcalfe eliminated following last’s week’s departure of Ex-Another World’s Anne Heche, that leaves only Chrishell Stause still in the running vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy from the world of daytime drama.

 

Here’s a recap of what went down on the dance floor for Metcalfe, Stause and Davis last night.

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess – (Tango) – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Dancing to the classic by Tears for Fears, Metcalfe promised in the pre-package to loosen up and show a more human and vulnerable side to his dancing.  However, although there was a bit more coming from Jesse this outing, the judges criticized him for needing more technique than just performance. SCORE 19 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko (Cha-Cha)  – “The Right Stuff”

Revealing to all on the pre-package, Chrishell is a huge New Kids on the Block fan from back in her teens, and was stoked to dance to their song during the night’s 80’s competition,   However, during the performance, while Stause has shown improvement, this time the judges noted she seemed to slow down to much during the dance and also she needs to watch her footwork.  After Gleb and Chrishell danced, Tyra Banks had a surprise for Chrishell when the NKOTB sent in a viral video message to their biggest fan!  Stause was overjoyed.  SCORE 19 out of 30

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd –  (Tango) – “Living’ on a Prayer”

Performing to Bon Jovi’s classic “Living on a Prayer”, Davis donned some rocker dude long locks and hit the floor with Murgatroyd, but the former pro football star looked stiff moving around the ballroom.  Judge Bruno noted that his footwork was a bit flat.  However, Carrie Ann shared she liked the quality of movement he was showing them.  SCORE 21 out of 30

So after looking at the clips of their performances below, did the right person get sent home in Metcalfe vs. Davis?  Do you think Chrishell can hold out longer on the series through the next rounds of competition?  Let us know in the comments section. (Also check out the moment when NKOTB message to Stause is played during the broadcast.)

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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