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OLTL Recap – July 4 – July 8th

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Brody comes close to telling Natalie that John is really Liam’s dad. But before he can do so, Natalie reveals that she told John that she and Brody were together now, that they’re going to be a family with their son. Brody keeps the secret to himself. Vimal is about to spill all to John when Todd interrupts. Vimal is still insistent, though, but John discovers that Ford has abducted Jessica. When he’s gone, Todd offers Vimal a job, and he also threatens him. When John returns, Vimal keeps quiet. Jessica and Ford come to an understanding. Jessica agrees to let him be a father to Ryder. When John arrives to rescue Jessica, she refuses to press charges against Ford. Aubrey and Rama don’t believe that Ford’s sexual prowess made the woman in his room scream that way. They call the police on Ford. Cutter shows up, having been ejected from the Palace. He and Aubrey have it out about Joey and Tess. Aubrey and Rama allow him to crash in their room. Rama misses Vimal.

Shane bursts in on Clint and Viki, blasting him for living while his mother has died. Rex takes him out, after agreeing with his son. Rex explains to Shane his purpose in trading Gigi’s heart for Clint’s money – he wants to get even with Jack and Todd. They prepare to move out of the carriage house and into Asa’s mansion. Meanwhile Jack balks at going to work for Todd, as he starts to feel genuine remorse over Gigi’s death. Blair confronts Todd about getting Jack off the hook and tells Jack he’ll never feel okay about this unless he admits the truth. Jack takes off in Todd’s car. Jack comes to talk to Shane, and they’re face to face. Bo visits Clint and Clint assumes Bo is there about his arrest for the crimes he confessed to. The men make significant eye contact about how Clint stands by his confession of killing Eddie, and Viki realizes Clint is covering for someone. She guesses that it’s Matthew (after Bo is gone) and warns him not to waste his new chance at life by going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Matthew struggles to tell Nora that it was Nate who hit him, but instead he has a seizure. The doctor tells Bo and Nora that there’s nothing he can do for him here. Nate tells Rick he may as well not bother blackmailing him and Deanna because Matthew is better and will eventually talk. Rick goes to the hospital and finds out that, in fact, Matthew is having a seizure and is not better. Dani comes upon Nate sharing this news with Deanna and hugging. They argue, leading to Nate blurting: why didn’t you tell me Matthew killed my father? Meanwhile Deanna runs into Rick and he tells her Matthew took a turn for the worst and she better do his porn film. James shares with Deanna his dislike of Baz, as Baz and Starr make music together. Baz is surprisingly good with Hope. James returns to Deanna, bummed that Baz has a way with Hope and he doesn’t, among other things. Dani confronts Destiny about the pregnancy test in her purse. Destiny makes light of it but Dani makes her promise to call if she decides to take it. Destiny takes the test.

Todd finds Jack at the Carriage House and pre-empts his confession to Rex and Shane about his responsibility for Gigi’s death. Todd covers with condolences and comments about Brad’s ostensible guilt. To everyone’s surprise, Rex welcomes the sympathy and suggests, for Gigi’s sake, that they bury the hatchet and move forward peaceably. After Todd and Jack leave, however, Rex tells Shane he was only pretending to let bygones be bygones in order to take Todd and Jack by surprise when he destroys them for what they did to his family. Nate and Dani argue about having kept secrets from each other – Dani’s that she knew Matthew had killed Eddie, and Nate’s that he knew Dani knew. Ultimately, they make up, though Nate keeps one more secret, that he was responsible for Matthew’s condition. Bo and Nora agree to send Matthew to an out-of-town rehab center specializing in traumatic brain injury. Destiny takes a pregnancy test and tells unconscious Matthew she’s pregnant. She’s frightened and confused and when Dani asks about the results, she lies and tells her the test was negative.

When Dorian checks on Clint’s condition, Viki blasts her for having left Clint untreated too long. Their friendship is strained, playing right into Echo’s plan to destroy Viki and Dorian. The other part of Echo’s plan is furthered when David gets a surprise poolside visit from Ionia who once again throws herself at him. Unbeknownst to David, Echo covertly snaps seemingly salacious photos. Dorian returns after Ionia leaves and David chooses not to tell her about the actress’s visit. Dorian finds out, however, when the photos hit the internet. Blair encounters Tomas and is unable to tell him the truth about Jack’s involvement in Gigi’s death. Tomas suspects she’s keeping a secret and she blasts him about all the secrets he’s keeping from her. Their passionate argument turns into to a passionate kiss.

The man with Todd’s original face skulks around Llanfair, nearly making contact with Viki.  At EOD Viki is on the verge of catching him. John questions Vimal about the statement he pulled back from making last night, but Vimal again bites his tongue. Vimal is let go – for now – but with a tail, thanks to John. As a result, John learns that Vimal has gone to work for Todd. Meanwhile, Brody continues to fret about his knowledge that Liam is not his son – and Marty’s taped confession that could out it all. Later, John enlists Brody in a new project: Bringing down Todd, once and for all. Brody signs on. John needs to iron out a few details, chief among them a piece of missing evidence from the investigation into Gigi’s death signed out by Brody: The tape recorder. Jack starts work at the Sun but is distracted by Gigi-related news. Todd tries to keep Jack focused but is taken aback to learn a business plan was undone by the intervention of another company, Origami Cogs. Vimal arrives before Todd can delve deeper into this mystery. Vimal tells Todd about his run-in with John. After sending Jack away Todd demands details from Vimal. Jack returns as Todd and Vimal are discussing a secret Todd is keeping from John. Jack asks Todd about this secret. Blair confronts Téa about her role in Jack’s “exoneration.” Téa and Blair blame themselves for Jack’s behavior, but Todd, too. Together they decide to pay Rex and Shane their respects, but are chilled by the welcome they get. Rex and Shane prepare to receive friends and family at their new home, Asa’s mansion, where they’ll remember Gigi. Roxy is stunned and dismayed to learn of the deal that gave Gigi’s heart to Clint, and Clint’s fortune to Rex. Roxy is further appalled that Rex has fired Nigel.

Echo also takes note of the ruthless shift in Rex but ultimately gives him a pass. Rex intends to make Todd and Jack pay by doing to them what they did to him and Rex: By depriving them of their wife and mother, Téa and Blair. Dorian and David continue to spar over his alleged infidelity with Ionia. Dorian refuses to accompany David while he gives his condolences to Rex and Shane. Left alone, Dorian signs for a package addressed to David, assumed to be from Ionia. At the mansion, David, Viki, Jessica and Natalie visit Rex and Shane. Natalie invites Jessica to talk about Brody later at Llanfair. Echo listens in and revels as David relates to Viki the turn for the worse his marriage has taken. David seeks an ally in Viki, but she is on the outs with Dorian. David returns home only to be confronted by Dorian, wielding the contents of the package: A gun. At Llanfair, Natalie tells Jessica that she and Brody have gotten together.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Quinn Walks Out on Carter Leaving Him Devastated

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful featured a stand-out performance by Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) as after Carter professed his love for Quinn (Rena Sofer) and asked her to run away with him, only she put on the brakes!

Quinn tells him that she loves her husband, Eric (John McCook), and is going back to him and can’t run away with him, although that prospect sounds enticing. She goes on to say that she has built a life for herself with Eric and she is not willing to give it up.

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Carter is devastated.  He believed what they had was so special that they could get through anything – mind you, the two have been having an affair (OK’s by Eric at this point, because of his ED), and she is a married woman.

Following their heart-to-heart, Quinn walks out on Carter determined to make her marriage work.  Meanwhile, Katie (Heather Tom), who had just told Bill, (Don Diamont) she won’t give their relationship another chance, heads to Carter’s to give him a piece of her mind on his fling with Quinn, and how he could do that to Eric!

Following her tirade, she gets quite the surprise, when Carter admits to Katie that he loves Quinn.  Katie is stopped in her tracks.  We fade to black.

Many have been suspecting that Katie and Carter will actually become the next couple on B&B.   Do you think the two will begin a relationship? What did you think of Lawrence Saint-Victor’s performance in the episode? Are you rooting for Quinn to come back to Carter? Let us know via the comment section, but first check out a pivotal scene between Heather Tom and Saint-Victor from the episode below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.

 

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With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

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Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

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