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OLTL Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Blair’s surprised when Tomas seems to know her. He confirms that he painted her portrait from a photo. Starr’s thrown when her father encourages her to be with James. Todd surprises her by telling her that he can’t stand seeing her unhappy and lonely. Clint quickly figures out Inez is wearing a wire, trying to get him to implicate himself in Eddie’s murder.  Nora confronts Clint and shakes him up. Bo and Nora are determined to link Eddie’s gun to Clint. Cristian is shocked to discover Layla slept with Steffen and they have a bittersweet parting. Matthew and Destiny connect. Blair’s thrown when Tomas produces a photo of her and Todd at their 1995 wedding which he found by chance. Tomas suggests she can embark on a new adventure to find even greater happiness. Blair returns the painting to Tomas and leaves with the photo. Todd and Tea put together an album of photos from their wedding and come across photos from Todd and Blair’s gold balloon wedding, but there’s an empty space where one photo should have been. Dorian tells Kelly about Ford’s experience with Aubrey. Rather than confront Joey again, Kelly decides to go after inside information about Aubrey by dating Cutter. Aubrey suggests to Cutter that being Mrs. Joey Buchanan will make it easier for her to get Joey’s cash. Cutter’s concerned that Aubrey’s interest in Joey is getting personal. Joey tells Aubrey he can help Cutter get a job at BE. Dorian and Viki remain determined to get Echo out of their hair. Echo, meanwhile, has posted on MyFace a photo of Dorian incognita at the AA meeting, suggesting the Mayor has something to hide. Echo warns Dorian there will be greater ramifications if Dorian continues to go after her. Dorian privately vows to find out if Echo has been lying about Rex’s paternity. Rex and Gigi get a letter from Shane’s school alerting them to his skipping classes. Shane gets an unpleasant MyFace message from a classmate. Adriana comforts Cristian after his breakup with Layla.

Clint offers Joey two options – either Aubrey signs a pre-nuptial agreement or Joey will be disowned. Aubrey runs into an old friend, Rama, and gets her to confide what Vimal did for Clint. Bo and John put their heads together to nail Clint realizing that whoever killed Eddie has the $50,000 Clint supplied the boys.  Kelly is busted snooping in Cutter’s room while she thought he was taking a shower. Ford and James suffer a reversal of fortune when Clint has Ford fired and James’s grant revoked. Ford goes to John and Bo to tell them the truth, but Clint has arranged for the dean to make Ford look guilty in the Eddie murder. Natalie and Jessica get down to the business of naming their sons but unknowingly pick the same name. Aubrey confronts Clint about his having disinherited Joey. She leaves him with the threat that she’ll blow up his DNA-switching activities if he does. Joey tells Cutter there won’t be a job for him at BE because he’s been disinherited. Cutter freaks but Aubrey assures him it will be all right because she’s got something on Clint.  Bo questions Ford about the $50,000 found in his office, and he believes Ford when he swears he didn’t kill Eddie. Ford reveals Clint gave him the money and beat him up. Bo confronts Clint about Ford, the beating and the money. Viki tells Echo and Charlie that she doesn’t want Echo at the christening. Dorian tells Rex she wants to hire him as a PI, to investigate Clint. After lots of hesitation she finally admits she thinks Clint switched the DNA test and that Clint is Rex’s father. Michelle tries to convince Starr to come to the Valentines dance too. Jessica and Brody ask Joey and Kelly to be their baby’s godparents. John and Natalie ask Gigi and Rex to be their baby’s godparents. The christening goes well until Aubrey steps forward to address the crowd. Earlier, Aubrey and Cutter review their options now that Clint has disowned Joey. Aubrey reveals that she’s blackmailing Clint, demanding he revoke the prenup and re-inherit Joey or she’ll tell what she knows about his DNA-switching. When Clint fails to take the bait, Aubrey makes the dramatic decision to expose Clint’s manipulations. Kelly and Cutter make a dinner date. Todd returns the photo album to Blair, who finds the empty space for the wedding picture that somehow turned up in Paris. Blair tells Todd about the mysterious artist who painted her portrait from the photo. Tomas is given Blair’s address and contemplates a trip.  Affected by Dorian’s suspicions, Rex weighs the pros and cons of having another DNA test to determine who his father is.  Echo seizes on the opportunity to be close to Charlie. Echo discovers the cyberbullying messages on Shane’s MyFace page.

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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