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OLTL Recap – Jan 4 – Jan 8th

OLTL recap Jan 4

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Mitch informs Dorian he has one more task for her to carry out to seal Bo’s fate.  Dorian makes a shocking accusation against Bo after receiving a mysterious envelope from Mitch.  Gigi and Schuyler’s joy over waking up in each other’s arms is cut short by Shane’s unexpected arrival.  Shane accuses Gigi of having left him and Rex just to be with Schuyler and is clearly unhappy with the situation.  Gigi tells Schuyler she refuses to allow Shane to dictate who she chooses to be with and she chooses to be with him.  Rex arrives at the cabin.  Brody warns Charlie he’s not going to continue keeping the secret that he’s drinking again.  Charlie later confesses to Viki that he’s fallen off the wagon and admits he doesn’t think he can stop drinking.  Kyle and Fish are blissfully happy waking up in bed together.  Roxy’s uncomfortable when Kyle tries to question her about Mitch. Armed with letter opener used to stab Mitch, Dorian accuses Bo evidence tampering and demands he turn in his badge.  Natalie comes to Bo’s defense, admitting she stabbed Mitch.  John, however, steps forward to protect Natalie and Bo and takes full responsibility.  Wanting to take the heat off John and Natalie, Bo tells Dorian he’ll step down as Commissioner.  Gigi’s forced to confess to Rex that she slept with Schuyler.  Rex leaves the cabin hurt and angry when Gigi admits she wants to be with Schuyler.  Tea tells Todd that although she loves him, she’s resigned to stay away from him for Danielle’s sake.  Todd surprises Tea when he tells her he still loves her, too.  Todd understands when Tea explains why she’s leaving town with Danielle but both wish things could have worked out differently.  Todd pulls Tea into a passionate kiss.  Matthew and Danielle confide in each other and end up in a kiss of their own.  Blair lightheartedly suggests that she and Eli should get together and kisses him. Todd and Tea find it hard to say goodbye and make love.  Todd and Tea pray they’ll be able to be a family with Danielle one day and hope they’ll both be patient enough to wait for that day to come.  Blair and Eli, trying to forget about Todd and Tea, respectfully, have rambunctious sex in his hotel room.

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Eli suggests to Blair that they can continue to just have sex with no strings attached when she tells him she doesn’t want a relationship.  Matthew and Danielle share a tender kiss after they both admit they’ve never kissed anyone before.  Starr accuses Langston of obsessing about Ford.  Ford rubs Markko the wrong way.  Ford begins to flirt with Layla until Cristian makes his presence known.  After clearing the air, Cristian and Ford start to strike up a friendship.  Layla and Cristian realize they are officially boyfriend and girlfriend.  Shaun and Destiny lament their sorry loves lives. Dorian knows there’s going to be consequences when she carries out Mitch’s latest demand, which is naming former mayor Stanley Lowell as Bo’s replacement.  Outraged, Starr, Blair, Langston and Addie walk out on Dorian.  Marty calls John on his habit of trying to rescue people whether they want it or not.  Charlie fights the temptation to drink.  Viki takes Charlie to Jared’s grave, where they find Natalie in tears.  Charlie and Natalie come together in their grief.  Nurse Charles menaces Stacy with a drug filled syringe when Stacy tells her she has no intention of giving Mitch her baby.  Mitch arrives at the loft and doesn’t like what he sees.  Eli strongly advises Rex not to fight Gigi for full custody of Shane. Blair, Starr, Langston, Addie, Sam and Jack arrive on Todd’s doorstep and tell him what happened at Dorian’s.  Todd laments to Blair he fears he’s never going to get the chance to know his daughter.  Tea arrives in Tahiti with Danielle.  Todd longs for Tea and vice versa.  Dorian unburdens herself to the ghost of Mel Hayes, who warns the fight with Mitch is just beginning.  Stacy is terrified of Mitch.  Rex arrives just as Mitch and Nurse Charles are forcing Stacy to leave with them.  Rex warns Mitch to stay away from his family.  Gigi can’t believe Rex spoke to Eli about fighting for custody of Shane.  Gigi and Rex decide that Gigi should move back into the carriage house to live with Shane.  Rex, however, insists that Schuyler never spend the night when Shane is at home.      

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Reminds Us All Why He is One-of-a-Kind in Memorable Flashback-Driven 30th Anniversary Episode

Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless featured the highly-touted and highly-anticipated 30th anniversary show for Peter Bergman.  For three decades, and with three Daytime Emmys for his work, Bergman has made Jack Abbott one of soap operas all-time classic characters.

And, if anybody needed a reminder, or a refresher course of just how good Peter Bergman has been in this role, you needed to look no further than the tremendous flashbacks the producers of the series pulled to punctuated Jack Abbott’s life story since Bergman’s arrival on the scene, replacing Terry Lester in the pivotal role.

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What was great about this standalone episode, celebrating a milestone for one of their legacy cast members, was that it did not show the same ole’ same ole’ clips that often can be standard fare in soapland.  Instead, viewers were treated to some of the more heartbreaking moments for Jack, i.e. when he tells Nikki that their son who had died saved another child’s life, and that he got to hold the baby.  Then there was the gut-punch when Jack realizes Phyllis has been sleeping with none other than Nick Newman, and he feels the fool and that she played him.  There is the moment when Jack tells his dying father John, that he will look after the family now, and there is even boardroom corporate drama that back in the day was so exciting to see.  How great were Jess Walton and Bergman together back then as Jill and Jack? And then there is the rivalry of soap rivalries between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott played to the hilt by Eric Braeden and Bergman, respectively.

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Watching Bergman’s work in flashbacks would be enough on its own. Now add to that the real-time mature version of Jack, who has realized his many failings and how he would do anything to be CEO of Jabot, including duping his sister, Ashley with the Blood-Abbott clause and more, and you’ve got soap gold.  You definitely needed some hankies for this episode, especially watching the reactions of Bergman acting mostly by himself when going in and out of the flashbacks.  We have often said, no male actor can cry quite like Peter Bergman, and move you to tears.  And in this episode, he did that several times over.

How fitting that Jack was sitting around with his siblings: Traci, Billy, and Ashley as well as his mother, Dina, his son, Kyle and his niece Abby, that brought the episode to its conclusion looking back at the life and times of the Abbott family through Traci’s manuscript that Jack helped write.

In the end, Jack celebrates what being an Abbott means, and remembers those who have passed, and looks forward to new members of the clan to come.

What were your thoughts on Peter Bergman’s Y&R 30th anniversary episode, his performance and those retro-clips? Let us know in the comment section below.   And for more on Bergman’s 30th anniversary make sure to read his interview with Michael Fairman TV here.

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