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OLTL Recap – Jan 18 – Jan 22nd

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After a chance encounter with Charlie at a roadside bar, Dorian suggests that he kill Mitch as a way to solve all their problems.  Viki’s relieved when Charlie returns home without having resorted to drinking.  Rex tells Bo how Mitch made a move against Stacy to try and get her baby.  Bo lets Rex know he can turn to him at any time if he ever needs anything.  Gigi picks up on the fact that something’s bothering Schuyler, who’s privately worried Kyle, might spill the beans about Rex not being the father of Stacy’s baby.  Kyle hates keeping Schuyler and Stacy’s secret about the baby.  Stacy tells Kim she’s afraid the truth about the baby will come out when she fails to give birth by Valentine’s Day because her actual due date isn’t until a month later.  While doing research on the internet, Kim learns about a drug called oxytocin that’s used to induce labor and decides to enlist Schuyler to help her and Stacy get their hands on some of it.  Natalie and Jessica are dismayed to find that Kim has moved into the mansion with Clint.  Tea and Danielle arrive at Rachel’s after returning from Tahiti.  Tea tells Rachel that Danielle learned Todd’s her father but doesn’t mention the fact that Ross is alive.  Meanwhile, Blair takes a sullen Todd to visit Starr on her birthday but nothing can get his mind off of missing Tea.  Tea goes to see Todd, who’s happily surprised by her return.  Tea reveals that Danielle knows the truth that Todd is her father.  Rachel’s evasive when Danielle questions her about Todd.  Once alone, Danielle decides to start doing some research on Todd online.  Schuyler balks when Kim asks him to get her oxytocin to induce Stacy’s early labor but she makes a strong argument as to why he should do so.  After learning that Fish slept with Stacy, Kyle considers the possibility that Fish could be the father of her baby.  Langston confides to Blair that she fantasized about Ford while having sex with Markko.  Matthew tries to make things right with Destiny.  Rex and Stacy meet with Eli to discuss guardianship of their baby should something happen to both of them.

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Todd’s taken by surprise when Tea tells him that Ross is alive and was the one responsible for convincing Danielle to return to Llanview.  Todd dreads the thought of having to explain his sordid past to Danielle.  Meanwhile, Danielle has already learned all about Todd’s misdeeds after researching him on the internet.  Matthew’s surprised to find Danielle at Rachel’s.  Danielle voices her despair to Matthew over the fact that Todd is her father.  Tea returns to Rachel’s only to find the apartment empty.  Fish is flabbergasted to think it’s possible he could be the father of Stacy’s baby.  Kyle and Fish confront Kim and Stacy threatening to go to Rex and Schuyler with their suspicions.  Kim and Stacy, however, force Fish and Kyle to keep quiet or risk them destroying Kyle’s medical career.  Fish and Kyle decide to bide their time and plan to have the baby’s DNA tested after it’s born.  After being put on the spot by Cristian and Layla, Markko’s forced to invite Ford to Starr and Langston’s party at Capricorn.  Langston, who can’t shake sexy thoughts of Ford, can barely hide her upset after learning he’s coming to her party.  Marty refuses to help Todd redeem himself in Danielle’s eyes.  Todd’s horrified when Tea alerts him to the fact that Danielle has already learned about his unsavory past via an internet search.  In an effort to help Danielle come to grips with Todd being her father, Matthew introduces her to Starr.  Jessica receives a letter from Mitch asking her to meet him on the docks alone.  After leaving Jessica under the watchful eye of a fellow cop, Brody decides to confront Mitch himself.  Nurse Charles sets her sights on Jessica.  Not wanting to let her know what he’s really up to, Charlie devastates Viki when he leads her to believe he’s drinking again when she follows him to the roadside bar where he’s meeting Dorian.  Charlie tells Dorian he’ll kill Mitch for her.

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Starr tries to give Danielle some insight into Todd.  Todd and Tea are anxious to find Danielle.  Todd wonders if it would be best if Tea just returned to Tahiti with Danielle but she assures him they’ll work together to explain things to their daughter.  Brody plays into Mitch’s hands when he confronts him on the docks.  John stops Brody from killing Mitch with his bare hands.  Brody’s desperate to get to Jessica but an arriving Lowell orders his men to detain him.  Lowell has John arrested after John stops the cops from going after Brody when he makes a run for it.  Jessica falls into Nurse Charles’ clutches.  Charlie and Dorian seal their pact.  Langston doesn’t resist Ford when he kisses her.

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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