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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.

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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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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