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OLTL Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Sam’s family realizes Sam’s missing from his birthday party. They discover a groggy unmasked super hero. Todd and Tomas put aside their differences and rough him up, demanding to know what he did with Sam. The super hero explains that he was knocked out and didn’t see who did it. Blair calls John who arrives with Natalie. They theorize that the man who took Sam must’ve been the same guy who killed Kent. For the first time Tomas hears about the murder – and that Sam identified his imaginary friend as Todd with his old face. Todd misses out on the info because the kidnapper calls and arranges to meet with him. Todd is forced to cover to Tea about the call and quickly leaves. Todd finds himself face-to-face with the man with Todd’s original face. Before Blair calls, John and Natalie get another clue to the puzzle of the man with Todd’s original face. While investigating Sam’s disappearance, he makes it clear to incredulous Natalie that that there could very well be two Todd Mannings. The man with Todd’s original face play pretends he and Sam are on a mission to protect themselves. He keeps Sam occupied with the gifts he stole from the party. Dani’s knocking on Rick’s motel room door just as Deanna and Nate are about to begin filming their sex scene. Rick gets rid of Dani. Nate and Deanna do as Rick asks. Rick promises to keep Nate’s secret about having hurt Matthew, and he gives Deanna the info she needs to find her mother. Nora tells Destiny about the possible evidence she and Bo found at their place which they think might lead them to the identity of the person who hurt Matthew. Destiny is about to tell Nora she’s pregnant when Dani interrupts. Rama finds Vimal to congratulate him on his new job. He is tempted to tell her about the secret Todd confided in him: that Liam is John’s son.

Todd and the man with Todd’s original face come face to face. The man with Todd’s original face demands answers. The man with Todd’s original face mentions Baker and Kent, and we see a moment of recognition in Todd, who wants him to let Sam go. The man with Todd’s original face pulls a gun on Todd and marches him out to go see what Tea and Blair and Viki have to say. Natalie and John question whether there could be two Todd Mannings. Natalie looks for forensic evidence, and later finds a hair on the real super hero that doesn’t match that on his head. John confronts Tomas about the encrypted file that turned up when the dead Kent’s prints were run. Tomas insists he knows nothing about it. Blair presses Tomas to say something if he knows something about Sam but insists he doesn’t. Jack finally reveals he was attacked in the office. Before John can react, Dani comes in and reveals she thought she heard Sam’s voice at the Minute Man. John and cops show up there but, there’s no sign of Sam – only part of the super hero costume, etc. Echo panics, having kidnapped Dorian without quite meaning to. Dorian’s escape attempt is foiled. Echo is almost about to do something desperate to get rid of but Sam, hearing Dorian’s scream, bursts in dressed as a super hero. Dorian is stunned to realize the super hero is Sam. Viki tries to keep David from going hysterical with worry over Dorian. Dani’s about to leave the BA when Deanna and Nate come in. Nate lies and says Deanna was meeting a lawyer about her mother. Dani apologizes and Nate feels guilty and hopes Dani never finds out about the porno they just made.

John, in search of Sam, bursts into the Minute Man Motel room. Sam isn’t there, but evidence of the man with Todd’s original face is. Meanwhile, at Todd’s house, the man with Todd’s original face, bent on coercing the truth about what he believes to be his stolen life, marches Todd at gunpoint right up to the door of his own house. But before he can reveal them to the family inside, they are set upon by Baker and one of his agents. The man with Todd’s original face accuses Todd of being Baker’s cohort. Todd clearly recognizes Baker, who plays dumb about their mysterious connection in front of the man with Todd’s original face. The man with Todd’s original face threatens to kill Todd but is thwarted by the arrival of a second agent. Baker takes the man with Todd’s original face into custody as Todd demands to know what is going on. Baker refuses to enlighten Todd, simply assuring him that he’ll never see the man with Todd’s original face again. Téa nearly catches Todd with Baker. Meanwhile, Blair continues to worry about Sam’s whereabouts. Baz questions Tomas about his connections to Todd and all the goings-on. On the docks, Baker shoots the man with Todd’s original face and rolls him into the water. Baker makes a call to his unidentified controller to say that the man with Todd’s original face is dead. John examines evidence left in the man with Todd’s original face’s room, including Kent’s ID and phone, as well as a computer, complete with its search history indicating an interest in Todd Manning. John locates Sam in another Minute Man room with Dorian and Echo. John returns with Sam, providing the family with a happy reunion. John informs the Mannings that Sam claims the man behind super hero mask is the man with the line on his face. Natalie enters and brings David and Viki up to speed on the situation with missing Sam. Her update is interrupted by Dorian’s arrival. She tells David and Viki of her kidnapping by Echo and subsequent rescue. David and Dorian clear the air and renew their love. Later, Natalie divulges to Viki the oddity surrounding the identity of Sam’s no-longer imaginary friend. Joey shows up at La Boulaie on a pretense; his true mission is to spend time with Kelly.

John’s reading of Vimal’s letter telling him he’s Liam’s father is pre-empted when Rex arrives demanding Echo’s release from jail. With so much evidence against her, John refuses and Rex reminds him he let Jack Manning go free despite having killed Gigi. John is concerned about the lengths to which Rex will go for revenge, having figured out Origami Cogs, the company that scooped Todd, is an anagram for Gigi Morasco. Rex tries to go over John’s head and appeals to Bo for Echo’s release, despite the fact that Echo’s kidnap victim was Bo’s son’s wife. Bo is asked to choose between Rex, who he has treated as a son, and his own biological son David. Upset by seeing Brody, Natalie and Liam as a happy little family, Jessica suggests Natalie move out of Llanfair and in with Brody at the Angel Sq. Hotel, then bitterly warns Brody that Natalie still loves John and would be with him if Liam were his. After Brody leaves, the sisters’ fight escalates until it’s broken up by Ford. Ford comforts Jessica and when he asks her to join him and Ryder during his scheduled visit, she accepts. When John is away from his desk, Brody accidentally finds Vimal’s letter. Shaken to learn that someone else knows the truth that he’s not Liam’s father, he takes the letter seeks out Vimal. Meanwhile, John is troubled when the papers on his desk seem to have been rearranged. Vimal’s parents arrive from India and look forward to seeing their pregnant daughter-in-law. Panicking, Vimal asks Rama to pretend they’re still happily married. Kelly and Joey wake up together but their bliss is interrupted by Dorian, who has been happily reunited with David and invites them to the gala premiere of his movie. She later meets up with David and the happy couple extend the same invitation to Bo and Nora. Although not invited to the gala premiere, Cutter and Aubrey have plans to attend.

The man with Todd’s original face awakens to find a homeless man has fished him out of the water. He was spared by a bullet-proof vest he had the foresight to don before meeting with Todd. The homeless man is a sometime informant and convinces the man with Todd’s original face to call John McBain. John and the man with Todd’s original face come face-to-face. After John expresses concern that someone has messed with the papers on his desk, John and Natalie go over new evidence. When the DNA analysis of the hair Natalie found comes back as Todd’s, they wonder what it means. John’s informant line rings with an intriguing call from the man with Todd’s original face who id’s himself only as the super hero. John goes to meet him. Brody tries strong-arming Vimal into promising to keep the secret about Liam. When that doesn’t work, Brody pleads on an emotional level, which Vimal understands. Vimal, however, is noncommittal. He promises only to think about it. Brody returns to Natalie who asks if he tampered with anything on John’s desk. Brody lies, says he didn’t, but he is clearly troubled – and worried Vimal might tell the truth about Liam. Todd and Blair fete Sam with a day of his own in which they have to do whatever he wants them to do. He gets his dad riled up when he talks glowingly of the man with Todd’s original face. While everyone gets ready for Sam’s special lunch at the Buenos Dias Cafe, Todd probes about the man with Todd’s original face, but Sam has few answers. Starr overhears Todd swearing to Sam that no matter what happens, Todd loves him. Starr asks him about it and about the man Sam claims has Dad’s old face. Todd’s evasive, telling her how much he loves her. Todd tells the family to go to lunch without him. Todd meets with Baker, demanding to know who the man with Todd’s original face is. Tea witnesses more tension between Baz and Tomas. Tomas abruptly leaves. Tea questions Baz who throws it back at her, asking about Tomas and Todd. Meanwhile, Tomas meets with Baker and we learn more about their relationship. Tea vows to toss Tomas out of the house unless he tells her what he’s hiding. Starr got the sense that her father was afraid of something. Rex warns Dorian that if she doesn’t drop the charges against Echo, Rex will get Clint to press charges against Dorian for attempted murder. Dorian’s troubled by the new, ruthless Rex. Rex seethes when he encounters Jack and his family celebrating Sam’s big rescue of Dorian.

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their work as an ensemble.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly any words.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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