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OLTL Recap – July 11 – July 15th

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The man with Todd’s original face is about to make contact with Viki when he spies her with the other Todd. Natalie tells Jessica that she and Brody have become a couple. Jessica slaps Natalie in front of Viki. Viki alerts Jessica to the fact that Bree has witnessed the confrontation. Jessica leaves to see to her daughter, and Natalie leaves for the police station, where John is questioning Brody about the tape recorder, found on Gigi’s person at the time of her death and lately missing from the evidence room. Brody produces the tape recorder and covers the reason it is in his possession. The tape is played – but it’s blank. Natalie finds the tape recorder and remembers it as the item she and Marty fought over prior to her falling over the roof of the Angel Square Hotel. Natalie seems to be on the verge of remembering everything when John returns and Natalie’s memories of the incident disappear, but she questions John about the tape recorder. John suggests Natalie look to Brody for answers. Dorian threatens David with the gun Ionia sent. Dorian believes David was meant to use it to kill her. Their confrontation is cut short when they discover a body in the bushes – Agent Kent, dead. David assumes Dorian killed the man and calls the police. John and Brody arrive and quickly ascertain that Dorian could not have killed the man. Dorian gets back at David by alerting John and Brody to the gun and note. John and Brody don’t have enough evidence to arrest David, who is nonetheless sent packing by Dorian. Todd confides in Jack his secret knowledge that John doesn’t know Liam is his son. The secret they share draws the two closer. Todd assigns Jack the task of looking into Origami Cogs, the shadowy company that stole his satellite out from under him. Meanwhile, Echo overhears Rex plotting revenge against Todd and Jack by hurting Blair and Téa. Rex covers and diverts Echo by cluing her into his scheme to hit Todd in the wallet with a new subsidiary he’s created: Origami Cogs. Rex explains that the name of the company is an anagram for Gigi Morasco. Blair and Téa tell Starr about their disastrous attempt to share their grief over Gigi’s death with Rex. Starr warns Blair that Jack isn’t her only problem. Sam has been acting weird, too. The trio discuss Sam’s new imaginary friend, which seems innocuous enough to Téa – until she finds out the friend wears a conspicuous characteristic on his face: A scar.

The man with Todd’s original face sneaks into Todd’s office and tries to find out more about Todd, but he’s interrupted. He prepares to strike thinking Todd is coming in– and ends up hitting Jack instead. Todd comes in and the man with Todd’s original face hides. Todd thinks he knows who’s responsible for this. Bo probes Rex’s reasons for trading Gigi’s heart for Clint’s assets. Rex reveals his anger at everyone who covered up for Jack. Bo tries to get him to open up, but Rex shuts down and kicks Bo out. Rex, alone, allows his grief to surface. Natalie presses Brody about the tape recorder and John joins in. Brody gets defensive, which makes John suspicious. When Baz finds Starr looking at an old photo of herself and Todd, he questions her. She explains about Todd’s plastic surgery. He probes further and she reveals that she’s troubled about Sam’s imaginary friend who has “a line on his face.” Blair walks in on Dorian evicting David. When Dorian tells her what’s happened, she mentions the dead body found by the pool. Blair connects this to Sam and vows to talk to him about it. Viki and Todd try to figure out who broke the photo of him. David interrupts, blaming Viki for his problems with Dorian. Viki promises to help him find out who set him up.

Todd wants to make love to Tea but things are still tense regarding Jack. Tomas and Baz spar over music. Dani is distracted because of Nate and neither kid will eat the breakfast Tomas prepared. Tomas goes up to summon Tea for breakfast and sees Todd grab Tea angrily. He tells Todd to take his hands off Tea. Tea leaves them to argue, and the subject of their secret deal comes up. They both threaten that each has secrets that the other could expose. Baz overhears and later Tomas tells Tea that he has something to tell her about Todd. James and Starr have a romantic interlude by the pool. Baz tells Starr that there’s something up between her father and his. Nate blows off Dani on the phone when Rick finds him at the Buenos Dias and pressures him about being in the porno. Meanwhile Deanna is meeting her lawyer about getting info about her mother, but she still doesn’t have enough money. When Rick goes out to get a call, Nate tells Deanna that he told Dani he knows she knows that Matthew killed his father. Nate tells Rick he’ll do the porno but not Deanna. Rick may have leverage over Nate but not Deanna. Rick reveals he now owns the lawyer’s file on her mother. Bo and Nora are bereft that Matthew’s in the Philadelphia facility. Nora obsesses on figuring out who might have hurt Matthew. They realize the house hasn’t been cleaned since Matthew got hurt and they find a gum wrapper they can’t identify. We see Nate chewing the same gum. Destiny freaks out when Vivian mentions a teen pregnancy group she’s working with. Vivian gets twigged, while Shaun assumes she’s just upset because of Matthew. After Shaun leaves, Vivian gently prods and Destiny starts to sense nervously that Vivian’s guessing the truth. She runs to Dani and is about to confess the truth that she’s pregnant. Ford comes over with visitation papers. Jessica is hostile at first but warms up and asks him what he loved about Tess and they bond slightly.

Blair takes Sam to the police station in the hope she’ll be able to put to rest the issue of his imaginary friend. It’s her belief that Sam’s mysterious conversation partner is the unidentified man (Kent) who turned up dead on the grounds of La Boulaie. Sam confirms that he knows the dead man, but not that he is the imaginary friend. The dead man, in fact, tried to kill Sam. But Sam’s friend, the man with the line on his face, saved him. Elsewhere, Tomas forces Todd to apologize to Téa for his behavior. Todd and Tomas agree that they are at a stalemate and must continue with their tense truce. Baz tells Starr about the conversation he overheard between Todd and Tomas. Starr provides Baz with more information about his father, including his CIA connection. Baz is driven to learn more. The Mannings gather at Todd’s house to celebrate Sam’s birthday. However, the entertainment is late. He’s been detained by the man with Todd’s original face, who plans to infiltrate the party in a superhero costume. Rick has obtained information on Deanna’s mother but will only relinquish it in exchange for her performance in a porn. Nate and Deanna feel compelled to do as Rick asks. At Todd’s house, Dani tells Destiny that Nate knows Matthew killed Eddie, and also that he told Deanna. Dani assures Destiny that neither Nate nor Deanna will squeal. Destiny spots Nate and Deanna leaving the Buenos Dias and overhears their plan to rendezvous at the Minuteman.

Dressed as a superhero, the man with Todd’s original face infiltrates Sam’s birthday party, covertly interacting with Todd, Blair, Tea and their children as well as Tomas and Baz. Sam’s family plans to surprise him with a cake, but they discover Sam gone. Meanwhile, the man with Todd’s original face ushers Sam into a motel room, where Sam discovers the super hero is the line-faced man everyone else presumes to be his imaginary friend. Natalie delivers to John the results of the fingerprint analysis done on the dead body found by Dorian’s pool. The results yield an encrypted file, similar to the one the CIA had on Tomas as well as the one found in Todd’s possession. John puts together that all three men have some connection to pre-reconstructed Todd Manning. Destiny is forced to tell Dani that Nate lied about having to work a double shift and instead went off to a motel room with Deanna. At the motel, Rick starts to direct Nate and Deanna in their first porn scene, just as Dani shows up at the door. David forces Viki to make good on her promise to find out who’s been trying to destroy his relationship with Dorian. Viki realizes the perpetrator may be after Dorian, not David, and quickly comes up with Echo’s name. Meanwhile, unable to resist the temptation to gloat about Dorian’s failing relationship with David, tipsy Echo visits Dorian and overplays her hand, leading Dorian to come to the same conclusion that Echo has been setting up David. Viki agrees to join David while he tells Dorian about the Echo theory, but when they show up at the pool, they find evidence that Dorian was there, but no Dorian.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This entire week, Daytime Emmy winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) has been acting her heart out as viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful watched Steffy’s quick descent into drug addiction take complete hold of her, thanks in part to a “gift” from Vinny!

What the story has allowed the writers, Wood, and the daytime drama to do is play the beats of what may have felt swept under the rug – the devastation of Steffy having “Phoebe” (who was actually baby Beth) taken from her and returned to her biological mother, Hope (Annika Noelle)- and it was then Hope who also got the man Steffy loved, Liam (Scott Clifton), back in her life –  leaving Steffy feeling alone, abandoned, and vulnerable.

Throughout this week’s airshows, Steffy tried to hide and deny her pill-popping from Liam who found her passed out on the couch, unresponsive, and their daughter, Kelly, unattended to, which began the series of scenes pitting them against each other.  But where Jacqui hit the home run, and is certainly now a front-runner for the Lead Actress trophy come next year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys competition, was on Friday’s heartbreaking episode.

In story, after Kelly was taken by Liam, Steffy has come to get her child back and take her home, while strung out.  Liam, Hope and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) try to reason with Steffy to let Kelly stay with them while she takes care of herself and then she can have Kelly back.  However, Steffy gets further agitated that she doesn’t need help or therapy; she just needs her daughter!

Steffy demands Hope get out of her way as she is going to get Kelly… but just then Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) enters.  Steffy pleads with her father to help her through her tears saying that Liam and Hope stole Kelly, and are keeping her in the cabin with Donna. Ridge is annoyed at first and wants an explanation. Brooke tells him there’s a lot going on he doesn’t realize.

Liam pipes up and tells Ridge that Steffy’s been abusing pain pills and he hopes he will listen to him and help Steffy now.  Ridge doesn’t think Steffy would lie about taking pills but Liam explains how he found the bottle of pills. Now cornered, Steffy breaks down and admits she took a few pills, because she has been in so much pain and going through such a difficult time since the accident, and even before that!  She also tells her father how the Logans are once again destroying the Forresters, and how he chose Brooke over Taylor, and how Liam left her for Hope.   Ridge says they will get her help, but Steffy is not interested, and won’t have it, and pulls a switchblade on the group demanding Kelly be returned to her.

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It is then Ridge asks her now that she has the blade out; what is her plan? What is her next step?  Realizing what she is doing, Steffy cries and drops the knife. But not before saying that she’ll never forgive Ridge or any of them for what they are doing to her.  She runs out, while Ridge goes after her, leaving Liam devastated.

This performance by Wood was so gut-wrenching that Michael Fairman TV names Jacqueline’s work the Power Performance of the Week.

Watch the final seven minutes of Friday’s episode of Wood’s tour de force performance.  Then let us know what you thought of Jacqueline in this week’s episodes on B&B via the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Has a Comeback, Kaitlyn Bristowe Overcomes Injury, One Couple Is Eliminated

On Tuesday evenings second night of competition in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, three former soap stars took to the ballroom dance floor in a night which also featured for the first time this season … the viewers vote counting for 50% of the total score, and one couple being sent home.

The “drama” of the episode was if former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ankle would be OK enough for her to dance her routine.  With her being placed at the end of the show and then “wowing” everyone – it was hard to know how bad the injury was, but, as she detailed on the show she did receive a cortisone shot before performing and changed shoes to help her get through.

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Meanwhile, Chrishell Stause, the former AMC, DAYS and Y&R star, currently on the reality hit, Selling Sunset, showed improvement, while ex- Passions, Desperate Housewives and Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe continued to bring the heat – although the judges want him to dance with less use of his facial expressions – and Daytime Emmy winner Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marley, AW)  continued to be having the time of her life from her performances.

Here’a what went down…

Kaitlyn Bristowe and partner Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot): Performing to Leann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and with the uncertainty of if she would dance at all, Bristowe, who wanted to be a dancer, got major kudos from the judges for her dramatic lines and moves fluidly through the dance floor and closed the night – combined total score of last week and this week 42 out of 60

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Anne Heche and partner Keo Mostepe (Foxtrot): Performing to One Republic’s “Counting Stars”,  Heche revealed this was one of her favorite songs, and she also revealed this dance was to honor her two sons.  Although the judges did not feel Heche delivered as strongly with this performance than in the season opener, Anne still looked like she was enjoying every second of being on the floor – combined total score 36 out of 60

Chrishell Stause and partner Gleb Savchenko (Rumba):  Stause showed her vulnerability including sharing a story from her childhood past.  Then then duo danced to “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman.  During the performance, Stause looked more fluid on the floor than the previous week and was praised for her improvement  – Combined total score 31 out of 60

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Jesse Metcalfe and partner Sharna Burgess (Foxtror): This duo performed to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and played up their chemistry on the floor. The critique from the judges had more to do with Jesse not looking so intense, and also his posture, but all told they did well – Combined score was 38 out of 60.

Now to the first elimination:  Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley were the celebrities in the bottom two.   It was up to the judges to decide which celebrity would be saved.  Bruno picked Charles, but Carrie Ann picked Carole, leaving Derek to cast the deciding vote … and he saved Carole.

So what did you think of how Chrishell, Anne and Jesse did on last night’s DWTS?  Did the right celeb get sent packing? What did you think of Kaitlyn’s dance and ankle injury? Comment below, but first check out their dances.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood deliver the Power Performance of the Week as Steffy’s drug addiction leads to a confrontation and intervention by her loved ones with dire consequences.  Here is the last seven minutes that featured Emmy-winner Wood at her best. Leave A Comment

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