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OLTL Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Todd and Tea are hugely relieved to learn that Danielle is safe at Starr’s apartment.  Danielle agrees to talk to Tea but refuses to have anything to do with Todd, who’s left devastated by her rejection.  Tea tries to explain her feelings for Todd to Danielle.  Danielle convinces Tea to let her stay at Starr’s for a while.  Starr advises Todd to give Danielle the time and space she needs.  Blair lets Ford know she’s wise to his game after catching him kissing Langston.  Natalie’s therapy session with Marty soon dissolves into a heated conversation about John.  Brody and Viki panic when they suspect one of Mitch’s minions has kidnapped Jessica.  Meanwhile, John is powerless to do anything to help find Jessica as he’s being held at the police station by Lowell.  Natalie vows to help John escape from jail.  Kim sets out to seduce Clint and is well on her way of doing so when Nora interrupts them with the news of Jessica’s kidnapping.  Stacy, meanwhile, is frustrated when her attempt to get closer to Rex comes to a screeching halt when Bo arrives to break the news about Jessica.  Gigi’s moved when Schuyler surprises her with a romantic dinner but their evening is cut short as well when Rex informs them Jessica is missing.  Rex and Gigi decide to send Shane to the Buchanan ranch in Texas with Bo and Nora for his own safety.  Viki and Clint take Bo’s advice and decide to send Bree to the ranch as well.  Gigi and Rex share an emotional goodbye with Shane.  Stacy is desperate for Schuyler to get her the oxytocin she needs to induce early labor.  Rachel and Greg are forced to put their romantic interlude on hold.

Brody gets a potential lead on Jessica’s whereabouts after having the letter Mitch sent her analyzed at the lab.  Jessica finds herself Mitch’s captive in his hideout and is horrified to realize he plans on taking Stacy’s baby.  Jessica is further sickened when Mitch explains she’s going to mother Stacy’s baby as her own, claiming the baby is the “chosen one.”  Charlie vows to kill Mitch after learning he had Jessica kidnapped.  Charlie comes face to face with Viki when he returns to Llanfair.  Schuyler passes the point of no return when he forges a requisition form and gets the oxytocin for Stacy.  Brody assures Natalie that he and John already have a plan in place to break John out of jail.  Marty admits to Dr. Levin she’s concerned that John and Natalie could get back together.  Stacy insists to Fish that he isn’t the father of her baby when he questions her again. Jessica, still fighting the influence of the sedatives Mitch has injected her with, reels as Mitch outlines his plans for her and Stacy’s unborn baby.  Before once again succumbing to the drugs, Jessica insists she’ll never forget her family or do Mitch’s bidding but he’s not going to take no for an answer. Schuyler forces Stacy to name him as the baby’s guardian should anything happen to her and insists on administering the oxytocin himself when she fakes going into labor.  Dorian comes up with an idea on how to get to Mitch after an encounter with Rex.  Charlie tries to reach out to Viki but the moment is ruined when he suddenly leaves to secretly meet with Dorian. John and Brody embark on their risky mission to break John out of jail but it appears as though their plan may have taken an unexpected turn.  Mitch has no reservations about resorting to heinous measures to get what he wants from Jessica.  Dorian tells Charlie they’re going to use Stacy to get to Mitch.  Danielle continues to refuse to have anything to do with Todd.  Tea goes to see Danielle and tells her she’s made arrangements to enroll her at Llanview High.  Stacy fakes going into labor after making some headway with Rex when she wonders if there’s any chance there could ever be anything more between them.            

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Michael at a Crossroads; What Did You Think of Christian LeBlanc’s 30th Anniversary Episode?

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it three-time Daytime Emmy winner Christian LeBlanc’s (Michael Baldwin) 30th anniversary show.

In the story, after winning a high-profile case, Michael meets up with his wife, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) at Society to celebrate the court victory, only he ponders if he should quit while he is ahead and go out on top with a great winning-streak or change course in his life and do something else. Michael is at crossroads which sets the tone for characters and loved ones to weigh-in on what they think he should do, give him some advice, and he even gets a job offer within the hour.

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The episode was at its absolute best when it went to flashbacks of Michael’s story through the years as it touched upon his dynamic with other key members of his family and Genoa City.  It was there we were reminded, and at times, grabbed for the hankies, of some of the emotional moments of Michael’s past all played brilliantly by LeBlanc.

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Y&R did dance around the controversial relationship between Michael and Christine (Lauralee Bell), but did touch upon it via a clip of Michael’s heinous vendetta against a younger Christine with him determined to break down a wall, literally, and attack her, and, as longtime viewers know, Michael wound up shot by Paul who saved Christine  The dialog brought up: how Michael was consumed with revenge, how he hit rock bottom, and that his prison time ended up being life-saving and life-changing, and how, in the end, Christine did help him reclaim his legal career, and that they were able to put the past behind them.

Next, Victor (Eric Braeden) shows up at the bar and winds up sitting with Lauren and Michael, and while Victor and Michael recall their often- contentious professional relationship in flashbacks, Victor offers Michael a job to work at Newman Media; leaving Michael to ponder the offer.

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Then, Lauren called the Baldwin/Fisher clan to show up. So together, Gloria (Judith Chapman), Kevin (Greg Rikaart), and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) lend moral support to Michael during his decision process. It is there that some of the best flashbacks in the episode occur:  One, where Gloria wants the chance to be a mother to her boys, another, where Michael sits by Kevin’s hospital bedside lamenting on how he could have been a better brother and that he left him behind, and then another where Kevin tells Michael how important he is to him and that they repaired their relationship.

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After the trio leave, it’s just Lauren and Michael, where the two recall moments in their relationship and in the end, Michael knows what he wants to do – spend more time with Lauren.

Watch the final moments of Christian’s anniversary episode below, followed by our most recent interview with LeBlanc and his dear friend and Y&R co-star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis).

Now let us know, what did you think of Christian’s 30th anniversary episode of Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: A Shocked Brooke Exclaims: “Oh, My God! I Was Drinking Last Night!”

Score one for Sheila (Kimberlin Brown)! On Monday’s continuance of the New Year’s episode of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, a hungover Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) wakes up next to Deacon (Sean Kanan) in her bed, just as Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) is finally able to make it home to his wife.

Horrified that she is next to Deacon and with a pounding headache, Brooke jumps up and realizes she had been drinking… booze! The stunning realization makes her flash back to the night before where she now recalls doing vodka shots, horsing around with Deacon and kissing him.

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Deacon assures her that he was gentleman and nothing happened between them. As she hears Ridge pull up to the house, and now downstairs with Deacon, she begs him to leave ASAP and to never come back.  He slips out the back.   Ridge comes in to the house thrilled to see Brooke who is literally coming apart at the seams.

Next, Deacon goes to the infamous bar where he met up with Sheila in the first place.  He tries some non-alcoholic champagne. Sheila is there, but lurks. She then goes to the bar to pry about what happened on New Year’s Eve with Brooke.  Deacon is not giving up any intel to her.  However, Sheila figures out Brooke’s life must have imploded, if Deacon was testing the champagne.  In addition, via a flashback, viewers saw just how Sheila switched the labels on the champagne bottles to set this whole plot against Brooke in motion. Very clever, Sheila!

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Back at the house. Ridge knows something is off with Brooke.  While he holds her, she cries.  When Ridge goes upstairs, Brooke begins to sob as she heads back to where all the alcohol is while staring at the Vodka, wondering what triggered her to drink again.  It was a great performance by Katherine Kelly Lang.

Now the question is, will Brooke just keep drinking? Will she get into AA stat? Share your thoughts on the episode and what you think will happen next in the comment section below. But first, check out the final moments of Monday’s B&B.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Tells Laura that Luke is “Gone”. What Will Her Next Sentence Be?

Is Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) literally dead-dead? That’s the question on viewers minds after the shocking ending of Monday’s first episode of the new year of General Hospital.

In the key scene at the end of Monday’s show, Tracy, played by Jane Elliot, makes a surprise visit to Laura’s (Genie Francis) just as the clock is about to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve in Port Charles.

When Laura, who is with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), opens the front door, she sees Tracy standing there.  An emotional Tracy tells Laura,”It’s Luke. He’s gone.”  Laura is gut-punched.  We fade to black.  The audience is stunned that, first, GH kept under wraps the return of Elliot, but second, that they truly would kill off the iconic character of Luke Spencer.

Since the airing of the episode, fans and viewers of the ABC soap, have been trying to figure out if this is a fake out, and Tracy will continue her explanation on tomorrow’s episode and reveal that, perhaps, Luke has disappeared?

Geary had previously made it clear he would not return to the GH.  So, could this be a story-driven point and the show is really saying buh-bye to Luke? Is this tied to what Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy) wants to get out of the mind of Drew Cain (Cameron Mathison), after Victor’s rather threatening and revealing conversation with Peter (Wes Ramsey), who has unfortunately awakened from his coma?  Stay tuned!

Now, weigh-in: what do you think Tracy’s next sentence will be to Laura? What do you think has happened to Luke? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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