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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

The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their work as an ensemble.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly any words.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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