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OLTL Recap – June 20 – June 24th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Jessica’s horrified to learn that she doesn’t have custody of her own son. She’s forced to leave Ryder in Aubrey’s care a little longer when Brody informs her of the situation with Clint and she goes to the hospital. Aubrey learns that Jess came home to find Brody in bed with Natalie and commiserates with Brody since she, too, may be the victim of the bad timing of Jessica’s return. Indeed, Joey comes home and tells Aubrey they’re over for good now that Jessica has come home to take care of her son. Ford enlists James’ help to track down Tess. James suggests Tess was only using Ford to break her out of St. Ann’s, but Ford insists he and Tess are in love. Having checked everywhere else, Ford shows up at Llanfair where he comes face to face with Jessica. Blair follows Tomas to a New York hotel where he is supposedly meeting a man from an art gallery. Calmar catches Blair and warns her to go home or he’ll tell Tomas she was tailing him. Blair agrees, but doesn’t honor the agreement, sneaking back in time to hear Tomas’ raised voice and smashing glass from inside the room. Seeing Tomas storm off, Blair sneaks into the room and noses around but is caught a beautiful woman who tells Blair she’s Tomas’ wife. Starr and James meet at LU to register for a summer class they’ll be taking together. When James is called away by Ford, Starr has a phone conversation with Langston. Starr moves off to a hallway for privacy, leaving behind some items. When she returns, she finds an enigmatic young man listening to her iPod. The man with Todd’s original face shows Kent the wedding photo of him and Blair, says it’s what they’re looking for. Sam drops a tray of food, surprised by the situation. He killed Kent.  Sam asks if he is a bad man too and he replies that he’s not sure.

Natalie is caught in the middle of Clint and Rex’s war. Natalie and Viki confront Clint over his tactics. Todd and Téa defend Jack from John. Todd takes Jack home but John promises he’ll be seeing the kid real soon. Ford learns that Jessica has sent Tess packing and retaken control. Jessica makes it clear that she is not going anywhere, but he is – she wants no part of him and won’t stand for him to take part in Ryder’s life. Ford refuses to give up on Ryder or Tess. Blair is surprised to find out that Tomas isn’t visiting New York to meet with a gallery owner – he’s meeting with his wife, Yvette. Tomas arrives and admits this is true but quickly explains to Blair that he and Yvette have been over years, despite her refusal to sign divorce papers – a divorce he sought when he discovered her affair that landed her pregnant with her lover’s baby. Yvette turns Tomas’s world upside down when she tells him that her son is actually Tomas’s. Meanwhile, Starr meets a brash young newcomer with sophisticated taste in music. Starr takes issue when he monkeys around with her iPod, but grudgingly cops to some interest in his music. The young man introduces himself as Sebastian, but she can call him Baz – just as we’re learning that Yvette and Tomas’s son is named Sebastian, and missing from his NYC hotel room.

Tomas and Blair and Yvette have spent the night looking for Sebastian, who finally returns and admits he went to Llanview to check it out. Yvette tells Tomas he has to take Sebastian now if he wants her to sign the divorce papers, which Tomas does. Yvette leaves, first giving Blair another veiled warning about Tomas. Blair entices Sebastian to go stay with his father by promising access to the equipment at Capricorn, and he agrees. Starr tells James about the strange guy who disapproved of her music and put his own on her MP3 player. James insists he’s not jealous, even though Starr wants to hold on to the music. Tea gives Rex the bad news that she can’t find a way to marry him and Gigi at this point. Echo appears and they deal with the issue that Rex now knows Echo knew Charlie wasn’t Rex’s father. Todd and Jack argue over Jack’s behavior. They nearly come to blows after Jack pushes Todd’s buttons. Tea arrives and keeps Todd from slugging Jack. John gets the forensics report and he and Brody arrive and arrest Jack. Earlier, John notes Brody looks like hell and Brody tells him he’s moved into the Angel Square. John learns Jessica is back and is puzzled as to what’s up between Brody and her, but doesn’t pursue. Jessica and Natalie argue and Natalie finally lashes out at Jessica for abandoning Brody. Jessica points out she didn’t sleep with Natalie’s fiancé, although maybe she should change her ways. Dorian and David arrive from CA, fighting over an actress whose bra Dorian found in David’s dressing room. He appeases her but then an envelope arrives with incriminating sexy pictures of David and Ionia, the actress. Dorian has a fit but David explains the actress threw herself at him and he kicked her out. Dorian finally accepts the explanation but both wonder who took those pictures, and why. Meanwhile Echo thanks the messenger for delivering the pictures to Dorian.

Meanwhile, John presents his evidence to Jack, Tea and Todd. David arrives to see visit his family. Deanna tries to calm him. Rick Powers, the porn movie maker, shows up and tells Deanna that he heard what Nate did to the commissioner’s son. He wants her to be in a movie in exchange for her silence. James and Ford rescue her and toss Rick out. Tomas intros Dani to Baz. Baz, eager to get away from Tomas, invites himself along to Nate’s graduation. Baz and Starr come face-to-face again. Blair tells Starr about Tomas’s son. Later, she calls Tomas to see how things are going with Sebastian. Tomas admits his son couldn’t get away from him fast enough. Blair shows up to comfort him, telling Tomas that his ex-wife said something that suggested Tomas was lying when he said he found that photo of Todd and Blair (from which he painted her portrait) at the flea market. The man with Todd Manning’s original face tries to put together this puzzle of the apparent Todd Manning’s life Clint expects to be prepped for surgery when he is informed him the surgery is off. Clint prepares his family for a final goodbye. Todd gets Brad’s father alone and makes the unemployed man an offer he can’t refuse. Nate is horrified by Deanna’s news that Rick knows about Nick’s responsibility for hurting Matt. He’s further horrified when he learns that Rick will keep silent about it if he and Deanna appear in one of his films. Dani is twigged by seeing Nick and Deanna with their heads together. The graduation ceremony begins, preempting further conversations. Starr is stunned to learn that Baz is Tomas’s son and will be staying in Llanview. James isn’t thrilled when he comes upon Starr and Baz discussing music and the possibility of collaborating on a song.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Trevor Donovan, Wayne Brady, Daniel Durant & Gabby Windey Impress Judges On ‘Elvis Night’

In the second episode of Dancing with the Stars new season exclusively on Disney+, it was ‘Elvis Night’ and the couples put on a show for the judges performing to songs by ‘The King of Rock and Roll.”

Before the stars and their pro partners hit the ballroom floor, hosts Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro, revealed that since dancer, Daniella Karagach tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday night.  Therefore, her celebrity partner Joseph Baena had to mask up through the evening and perform his planned routine with a temporarily replacement, Alexis Warr. As well, a few others in the cast who were noted to be in close proximity of Karagach, also wore masks during the live show and their performances.

Here’s a rundown of a few of the performances that wowed the judges for various reasons.

Trevor Donovan (ex-Days, 92010) and Emma Slater – The duo danced the Rumba to the Elvis Classic “Always on My Mind.” Donovan, who keeps letting us know in the pre-package that he is not comfortable as a dancer, did a complete 180 from opening night and delivered what the judges deemed a very sexy routine with Emma. The judges (Carrie Ann, Bruno, Len and Derek) were impressed by Trevor’s hip rotation, his arm extensions through the dance, and of course his abs! Derek Hough said it best in his feedback to Donovan following the routine, “Remember when you were scared of dance? You love dance.” Score: 30 out of 40

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Wayne Brady (ex-The Bold and the Beautiful, Let’s Make a Deal) and Witney Carson –  Dancing the Jive to “Burning Love”, Brady, who is great at impersonations anyway, brought some of the Elvis moves, facial expressions and ticks to the routine. In the pre-package, Wayne revealed he has trouble with one of his knees. The performance was highly-entertaining given the choreography and closed the show.  The judges told Wayne to pace himself and protect his knees, because he is a wonderful dancer and they want to see him make it through the entire season. Score: 30 out of 40

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Gabby Windey (The Bachelotette) and Val Chmerkovskiy – The dance duo took to the floor to perform a classic Viennese Waltz to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” During the pre-package, Windey, who is also a former Denver Broncos cheerleader, felt she was ‘lost in space” doing so many twirls, but she clearly got it all under control and with Val by her side, her new fiancé Eric Schwer in the house. Val and Gabby delivered a stellar performance.  The ending of the routine was punctuated by Windey walking over to Schwer, who entered the edge of the dance floor, to give him a smooch. Score: 32 out of 40

Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart – Taking on Elvis’ “King Creole”, this dance duo performed the Jive.  It is amazing to witness from the pre-package to the actual performance, how Britt communicates with Daniel, who is deaf, and how Durant is able to feel the vibrations, watch Stewart’s face and inhabit a character so well, without barely any missteps. The most noticeable, and the most difficult challenge posed to Durant, is dancing in the side-by-side sections where precision/synch is always favored upon by the judges. In the DWTS audience were Durant’s CODA co-stars, Oscar Winners Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, rooting hm on. It was an impressive performance! Of note: how much did we love Durant’s two moms showing up in rehearsal and dancing some moves from the routing with him! Score: 29 out of 40

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WWE SMACKDOWN: Roman Reigns Officially Makes Sami Zayn ‘Honorary Uce’ In Heart-Stopping Moment

Talk about your soap opera and great performances!  Last Friday’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown on Fox featured what could go down as a classic opening segment involving The Head of the Table/WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns and tag-along member of the ‘Bloodline’, Sami Zayn.

With the entire Bloodline in the ring and present (The Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, Reigns and honorary member, Zayn) it set the stage for a potentially dangerous situation for Zayn.  Even though Sami is a heel, the fans were in Zayn’s corner for this every step of the away, if you just listened to the pop from the crowd.

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First, Reigns demanded for Solo Sikoa to acknowledge him, since the youngest members of the Usos is the new enforcer of the Bloodline. Solo did just that in short order, and as the group was preparing to make their ring exit, Zayn stopped The Bloodline as he wanted his chance to acknowledge Reigns as his Tribal Chief, too.  That prompted Reigns to question Zayn as to why he was up in their business and wearing the ‘Bloodline’ t-shirt.

Suddenly, it became apparent that Zayn was going to be set-up to be the victim of a beatdown by the family. The moments were so tense that you honestly could not have guessed which way this was going to go – but things were looking bleak for Sami.

Reigns verbally assaulted Zayn for hanging around and wearing ‘The Bloodline’s’ shirt. Roman ordered Zayn to take off the shirt as Zayn’s enemy number one, Jey Uso, demanded the same thing of him.  Next, Uso ripped the t-shirt off Zayn and the audience was scared for Sami.  However, Reigns instead presented Zayn with a new t-shirt making him officially an “Honorary Uce”.  For those who wondered, “uce” is the Samoan slang term for “brother”.  Touched and relieved, Zayn celebrated the moment with Jimmy Uso, Sikoa and then, even hugging Reigns, while Jey Uso looked on mad-as-all-get-out.

The story arc was played brilliantly by Reigns who can play disingenuous like nobody’s business, and Zayn, who can play drama and comedy as the “Bloodline” wannabe.

There are several story angles that could stem from this – one being the obvious – a feud between Jey Uso and Zayn- plus, just how long Sami will be included in the Bloodline, before it all goes south on him.

You can watch the segment below, and then a hilarious video posted on Twitter by Zane on Sunday to Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This.”

So, did you think the Bloodline was going to turn on Sami? What did you think of Zayn and Reigns work in the opening segment of WWE Friday Night Smackdown? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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