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OLTL Recap – Jan 2 – Jan 6th

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Bo and John arrive at Statesville where they learn the power went out at midnight, thanks to some sabotage from the inmates. The doors opened and the prisoners attacked the guards and escaped. The warden has never seen a perfectly executed escape like this, but fortunately they have the ringleader, Mitch Laurence, in custody. He set off the bomb to open the front gates, but it exploded in his face, hence the bandages.

Little do they know, Mitch is really at Llanfair where he immediately grabs Natalie, who tries to scream. Mitch, who is dressed as a prison guard, coos that it’s good to see his “wife.” Natalie says that Jared was her husband, but Mitch killed him! When Mitch sneers that Jared deserved to die, Natalie attacks him. Unfortunately, Mitch gets the upper hand and puts Natalie in a choke hold. He asks where Jessica is, but Natalie refuses to say. Mitch then wants to drag Natalie upstairs, but she pleads with him not to as she thinks of Liam. Mitch hears Liam crying and wants to see him. Clint calls out to Natalie and is horrified to find Mitch with Natalie. Clint orders Mitch to leave, but Mitch refuses. Not without Jessica! He pulls out a gun. Clint isn’t scared and wrestles with Mitch for the gun. Unfortunately Mitch knocks Clint unconscious.

At La Boulaie, Blair and Todd share a kiss outside on the patio. Blair is cold, despite the heat from that kiss, so Todd opens the door to the cabana. Let’s chat! Blair says it’s too soon for her to embark on another romance, but Todd urges her to forget about Tomas. 2012 is their year — or it could be if Blair lets it. He knows they belong together, so what is keeping them apart? Blair looks into Todd’s eyes; it’s him! She reminds him of all the times he destroyed their past relationships/marriages. Todd insists that he is different, so Blair makes Todd promise not hurt her again. Todd shakes his head; that’s not realistic! He can promise that he loves her and their children and will look after them. Isn’t that enough? Blair admits she loves Todd, but she can’t quite get involved with him yet. However, this isn’t a “no,” but a “maybe.” She gently kisses him and opens the door. Time to go!  Meanwhile Starr opens the door, expecting to see James, but finds a shivering Cole instead. Cole explains the chaos at the prison and how he escaped. All he could think about was seeing her and Hope! Cole knows Starr is with James not, but refuses to leave until he sees Hope. Starr thinks that is crazy, but Cole just wants five minutes with his daughter — five minutes when he can forget that he killed Elijah. Suddenly the door opens and Hope enters! As Cole cuddles with Hope, Starr demands that he leave and she will take him to the police station. Cole says he can’t go back and pulls out a letter from his presumed dead father. Cole tells Starr that Marty is now with Patrick — and he wants to join his parents! Starr points out that if Cole goes on the lam, he may never see Hope again. Desperate Cole begs Starr to hide him. Conflicted Starr glares at Cole, but covers for him when Blair and Todd enter. Starr convinces them to take Hope upstairs while she hides Cole in the cabana. She urges Cole to be careful and turns to go, but Cole grabs her hand.

Blair and Todd finish tucking Hope in. Blair urges Todd to go home and lets him kiss her before he leaves. She reminds him that she didn’t say “no” to them, but just can’t agree to anything tonight. Nora hears someone in her living room. She turns to come face to face with Troy McIver! He grins wickedly; he has missed her! Troy explains he got out for good behavior, which Nora doesn’t believe at all. She attempts to keep the panic out of her voice as she hugs Troy. However, he catches her trying to dial 9-1-1, so he pulls out his gun. Nora tries another tactic with Troy; she warns him that he has made things worse for himself and will get caught. Troy touches Nora’s face; escaping was the only way he would be able to see her again. He pleads with her to say that she loves him and only married Bo because she thought she couldn’t have him!  Back at Statesville the warden says they are still trying to identify the prisoners who escaped, especially the ones from Llanview. Unfortunately things are a little primitive; the system is down, thanks to the explosions. John is worried about Natalie and Liam as the warden returns with some of the names of the escapees: Cole Thornhart and Troy McIver! Upset Bo calls Nora to tell her that Troy is missing. He doesn’t miss the strange tone in her voice and asks her to tell him that she loves him if Troy is there. Nora complies, causing Bo to curse. Don’t let Troy take her anywhere! Bo takes some cops and races back home to save Nora.

At the garret, Troy wants to take Nora away, so Nora stalls. Let’s have some wine and talk about them! She sits on the couch. Troy leans down to kiss Nora on the neck as she suggests they eat something.  While they wait, they can make plans and celebrate.  She holds her breath as Troy contemplates her suggestion.  At Statesville John asks the warden: Is he sure that is Mitch Laurence lying in that bed? The warden insists that it is, but John’s spider senses tingle. He pulls the bandages back to reveal one of the guards! At Llanfair Mitch leans over an unconscious Clint and threatens to shoot him. Natalie stops him; she will do anything Mitch wants. Just don’t kill Clint. Mitch’s eyes light up. He grabs Natalie and kisses her. Later John bursts in to find Clint on the floor and no one else in sight. Clint lifts his head to whisper that Mitch has Natalie! The power returns and Viki heads downstairs. She is horrified to learn that Mitch has kidnapped Natalie. Then, Mitch and Natalie are in a church where Mitch has donned monk robes and has tied Natalie up. He calls Llanfair and puts Natalie on the phone. Natalie tries to tell John and her parents that she is in a church, but Mitch pulls the phone away and threatens to shoot her. Mitch then tells John that he will exchange Natalie for Jessica — or Natalie dies. They have one hour to make a decision. After Mitch hangs up, Clint demands to know what they are going to do as Jessica enters. She volunteers to give herself up. Naturally Viki and Clint protest, but Jessica remains firm.

Troy has taken Nora to a remote cabin. Troy assures her they are far from civilization and have everything they need for the rest of their lives. Nora struggles to stay calm as Troy shows off the rest of their new home. He reiterates his love for Nora and wants her to accept their new life together. Nora offers weak protests, but finally asks that Troy accept the fact that Nora loves Bo, not him. Naturally crazy Troy can’t; he intends to prove to Nora that she can love him again. Troy immediately pulls back a floorboard to reveal a duffel bag — and some syringes. Back at Bo’s garret, Bo gets an unexpected visitor: Lindsay Rappaport. She warns Bo that Troy is on the loose, but Bo thinks Troy sent her to distract him. She explains she saw Troy reading an electrician’s manual in the prison library, but became suspicious when he said he, Nora and Matthew will be a family again. Lindsay immediately tried to call Bo to warn him, but then the breakout happened. So she decided to warn Bo herself. Bo remains skeptical of Lindsay’s true intentions, but when he hears that Troy mentioned Matthew, Bo realizes he knows where Troy took Nora.

At La Boulaie, Cole stops Starr from leaving the cabana. He has something to say to her. Starr says it has to wait and runs out. She is startled to see James has returned — and Sam, who opened the door to him. Sam eavesdrops while James tells Starr about the Statesville prison break. James is convinced that Starr has heard from Cole, but Starr stonewalls him. The doorbell rings and it’s the authorities looking for Cole. They want to search the premises, including the cabana! Suspicious Sam heads to the cabana where he orders Cole to freeze using a toy gun. Cole is supposed to be in jail! Sam orders Cole back into the cabana where Cole tries to convince him to stay quiet about seeing him. However, John made Sam a “deputy” so Sam is sorry, but he has to arrest Cole. Outside the cops approach the cabana. They draw their guns and enter to find Sam, alone. They escort Sam to the main house as Cole hides behind a screen, relieved. After the cops leave, James turns to go, but not without reminding Starr that harboring a fugitive is against the law. Alone Starr begs Sam to keep Cole’s presence a secret, but naturally the little boy can’t help himself when James returns. Sam, who has been taught not to lie, admits that Starr is keeping a huge secret from James. Meanwhile Starr heads to the cabana to check on Cole. Emotional Cole blurts that he still loves Starr and kisses her!

Nora stares in horror as Troy holds up a syringe; this will help her forget Bo! Nora backs away. She doesn’t need that; Lindsay already gave that to her and it caused her to lose her memory! Troy gently guides Nora to the couch.  At Bo’s garret Bo tells Lindsay that he knows now where Troy took Nora: a remote shack on Llantano Mountain. Lindsay insists on tagging along. They arrive just as Troy is about to plunge the syringe into Nora’s arm. Bo has a plan and asks for Lindsay’s help. Just as Troy is about to inject Nora, Lindsay bursts in. Stop! Lindsay announces that Bo is dead; she killed him! Nora chokes back a sob as Bo creeps around to the other side of the cabin, ready to ambush Troy. Lindsay convinces Troy that he doesn’t need to drug Nora anymore. Troy lets his guard down long enough for Bo to clock him on the head! The men wrestle as Lindsay unties Nora. Bo gets the upper hand and punches Troy. Nora flies into his arms as Lindsay explains she lied about killing Bo to help them! Troy’s eyes flutter open as Lindsay says if Nora wants to thank her, she can give her a pardon. Troy grabs his gun as Nora and Lindsay throw themselves to the ground. Bo raises his gun and it’s a stand-off! We hear a shot.

At Llanfair John agrees to let Jessica trade herself for Natalie. They leave as Viki and Clint watch anxiously. Ford bursts in to check on Jessica, worried that she took Ryder somewhere but he is too late. Viki and Clint tell him that Jessica went to exchange herself for Natalie. Later they turn on the TV to learn that Allison Perkins also escaped! Allison then shows up a Llanfair and points a gun at Viki and Clint as she orders Clint to put his phone down. She brags that she orchestrated the breakout at Statesville, not Mitch! Mitch would be nothing without her! Allison gloats about all the dirty deeds she has done for Mitch, including switching Viki’s daughters. You know, that it’s practically impossible for a woman to have twins fathered by two different men. Viki stares at her. Allison refuses to reveal what she knows. She says she came here to give them an “ending” and aims her gun at them. Viki turns to Clint and whispers that she loves him. Clint does the same as Viki closes her eyes. Shots ring out.  At the old church Natalie doesn’t believe that Jessica would sacrifice herself for Natalie, but Mitch says that Jessica will if she wants Natalie to live. Natalie tries to manipulate Mitch.  Mitch knows that Jessica split into another alter when he tried to rape her and says that the he will have another heir. Mitch gets a gleam in his eye as he approaches Natalie.  He thinks Natalie could be the mother of that heir! Mitch gets Natalie on the floor and is about to rape her when John enters, gun raised. Jessica follows close behind. She calls Mitch, “Father,” and asks him to let Natalie go. She goes to Mitch’s side, despite John and Natalie’s protests. Mitch throws Natalie to John as Jessica hesitantly takes Mitch’s hand and spits in his face! Angry Mitch raises his gun to shoot Jessica, but Ford appears out of nowhere to tackle Mitch! As Natalie and Jessica scream, John shoots!

At La Boulaie James wants to know what secret Starr and Sam are keeping from him. He convinces Sam to blab by saying Starr could get in big trouble. Sam asks James to check the cabana, but he didn’t hear it from him! Cole kisses Starr in Dorian’s cabana. Starr returns the kiss, which proves that some part of her still loves him! Starr breaks the kiss, claiming she can’t do this. She is with James! Cole tries to convince Starr to admit she still loves him when James bursts in. Angry James can’t believe that Starr lied to him! Starr explains she helped Cole because it was the right thing to do as Cole adds he wants to find his parents. James thinks they are both being foolish. When he mentions Hope, Cole realizes James is right. He has to leave and will contact her when it’s safe. Starr tearfully hugs Cole, not knowing when she or Hope will see him again. Sam plays with his toys in the living room when he gets a surprise visitor: Hannah O’Connor, the girl who tried to kill Starr and James because she was obsessed with Cole. Sam stands to scream for Starr, but Hannah clamps her hand over his mouth. She tells Sam that everything will be fine as long as he tells her where Starr is. Sam replies with a nice “take a hike” and bites Hannah’s finger! Hannah whips out her gun and grabs Sam as Todd enters. Todd orders Hannah to leave Sam alone, but Hannah threatens to shoot him unless Todd tells her where Starr is. Luckily Starr enters, flanked by Cole and James. Cole immediately appeals to Hannah’s heart. Now that they are both out, they can be together. He only came here to say good-bye to Hope. Hannah looks tempted and even releases Sam, but she knows Cole still loves Starr. Sam kicks Hannah as Hannah is about to shoot Starr! Cole stands in front of Starr and James as Hannah fires!

On Llantano Mountain Troy grabs his gun to fire at Bo, but Bo proves to be the quicker shot. He hits Troy’s hand, knocking the gun to the ground. Nora runs into Bo’s arms, relieved that he is alive. While Bo ties Troy up, Lindsay tells Nora how she helped Bo track them down. Humbled Nora can’t believe that Lindsay would risk her freedom to help her. Lindsay sighs; she owes Nora, remember? Still, that doesn’t stop Lindsay from asking what will happen to her next. Nora believes Lindsay has changed. She tells Lindsay that she forgives her; can Lindsay do the same? Unfortunately, Nora can’t overlook Lindsay’s original sentence, but her testimony combined with Bo’s should be able to get Lindsay an early parole. Bo gives Lindsay the keys to Troy’s car. He trusts her to drive Troy’s car back to town, which stuns Lindsay. Later Bo collapses and Nora sees that he has been shot! She screams for Lindsay, but she is gone. Nora tries to staunch Bo’s wound, but stops when she realizes that Troy is a doctor. She begs him to help Bo, adding she will do anything as long as he saves Bo. Ever crazy, Troy says that Bo has to die so that they can be together. Nora freaks out. She is so sorry, but she doesn’t love Troy. She loves Bo; she can’t live without him! Moved, Troy looks into Nora’s eyes. He asks Nora to untie him — and to trust him.

At Llanfair, Viki tells Clint she loves him and closes her eyes as Allison pulls the trigger. A vase explodes behind her, both scaring and confusing Clint and Viki. Allison cackles; she reminds them that she swapped Natalie and Jessica so that Mitch’s daughter (Jessica) could grow up in the lap of luxury while Natalie grew up in a trailer park. Or so Mitch thinks! Being the good disciple that she was, Allison had to sometimes resort to making Mitch believe certain things in order to keep him calm — sometimes those things weren’t true. With a flourish, Allison announces that both Jessica and Natalie are Clint’s daughters. She fixed the DNA tests! Clint and Viki can’t believe it. They think this is yet another one of Allison’s manipulations. Allison makes them sit as she reveals that Dr. Walter Balsom told her that Viki was having twins. Both of whom were fathered by Clint. So when Mitch entered to get the babies, Allison lied. She told him one of the girls was his. Viki can barely dare to believe as Clint continues to express his doubt. Angry Allison fires her gun — and hits Viki’s side! At the church Mitch and Ford continue to fight for control of the gun. John tries to intervene, but Mitch fires upward, causing a heavy chandelier to fall on Ford! Horrified Jessica rushes to Ford’s side, but Mitch jabs a gun into her ribs. Natalie helps Jessica move the chandelier off of Ford as John calls for an ambulance. Mitch grabs Natalie, saying he will allow Ford to get help as long as Natalie comes with him! As paramedics whisk Ford away, Mitch tells John that he intends to make Natalie his wife again. Together they can start a new family — and religion. Natalie looks at John, her eyes begging him to shoot Mitch. As soon as she nods her consent, John fires his gun.

At La Boulaie; Hannah shoots Starr, but Cole leaps in front her, taking a bullet to his shoulder. Todd tackles Hannah as Starr rushes to Cole’s side. Blair finally hears the commotion and goes to get the car to take Cole to the hospital. As Starr weeps over Cole, James holds Hannah at gun point. Hannah cries, upset over Cole, but Starr punches her. Blair returns to help Cole into the car as James notes how close Starr and Cole still are. With Todd and James’ help, Cole is taken to the hospital as Starr points a gun at Hannah. Todd returns to handle Hannah, allowing Starr to go to the hospital with Cole. Alone Hannah asks for some ice for her chin, but Todd threatens to kill her. She wouldn’t be the first person! He reveals that he killed Irene, who still haunts him about the other thing that he has done. Todd smirks; oh what the hell. He’ll tell Hannah because she is certifiable! Before Todd can confess, cops arrive to apprehend Hannah.

At the hospital Cole is rushed into the ER while Blair and Starr watch anxiously. Starr tells Blair how Cole ended up at La Boulaie and got shot by Hannah. They head to the chapel to pray where Starr sobs that Cole could die. Blair gently urges Starr to pray. Starr kneels and what comes out is a song: “One Life to Live.” As we hear Starr’s poignant ballad, we see Nora untie Troy and Troy tend to Bo’s wounds while Nora hovers. At Llanfair we see Allison skip joyfully away as Clint struggles to call 9-1-1. Unfortunately, his heart gives out and he collapses beside his beloved Viki. James arrives at the hospital where he sees Jessica with an unconscious Ford. Blair struggles to hold back her tears as she watches Starr pray. Todd arrives to comfort her. John fires his gun and Mitch falls to the ground. Natalie rushes into his arms and John kisses her passionately.

 

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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