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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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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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