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OLTL Recap – June 20 – June 24th

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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.

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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.

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Needs Fatherly Advice From Tony As Ryan Carnes and Brad Maule Deliver Tender Scenes

Friday’s highly-touted episode of ABC;s General Hospital featured the return of Brad Maule in the role of Dr. Tony Jones, the adoptive father of Lucas(Ryan Carnes) and former husband to Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).

It has been years since fan favorite Maule graced the GH screens, but the writers found a way to conjure him up in Lucas’ mind as Lucas is in a pivotal moment in his life; his bio-dad Julian Jerome (William deVry) is blackmailing his husband, Brad (Parry Shen), and Brad is keeping secrets from Lucas.  All spell bad news to Lucas for raising his son, Wiley.  But as GH fans know, Wiley is not the baby that Lucas thinks he is raising with Brad- he is actually raising Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) child, which Brad knows!

So, needing some clarity and visiting his adoptive dad’s gravesite, Lucas sees the vision of Tony, and the former father and son have a heart to heart.  Tony tells Lucas how raising him as  little boy gave him the strength and courage to go on through the hard times, and how to be their for his little boy.  Lucas is just emotionally overwrought and so burdened by the lies those who say that they supposedly love him have been telling.

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At the same time, Julian is searching for Lucas, and happens upon Bobbie at the hospital. She really does not like Julian and the two land at the GH hospital wall where plaques of the beloved doctors and nurses who have passed away are seen.  Bobbie knows Julian could never be the kind of father, Tony was to Lucas.  Julian says he can never replace Tony, but he is Lucas’ father and wants to somehow do right by him.

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Later alone, Bobbie talks to Tony’s photo and we see a heartfelt moment where Tony touches Bobbie’s hand and touches her on the cheek. Something Bobbie feels as she remembers this once great love of hers. At the end of the episode Julian finds Lucas at Tony’s gravesite. What will their confrontation bring?

Kudos to Ryan Carnes, who was the emotional heart of this episode and who made us feel every moment of Lucas’s anguish. And … how wonderful to see Brad Maule again!

So, what did you think of Tony’s visit to Lucas and Bobbie on Friday’s GH? Comment below. But first watch some key scenes between them.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Checks Into Shadybrook, While Laura Is Unconvinced That Nikolas Is Alive

For months now, viewers have seen the downward spiral of Ava Jerome (Maura West).  It began following the death of her daughter Kiki, and realizing the man she fell in love with was not her therapist, Dr Kevin Collins, but none other than his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) – the man that murdered her daughter.

Trying to get back on her feet has been difficult for Ava.  She finally found some purpose in going back to work at the art gallery she loved so much.  Along the way, she has been sipping one too many martinis.  So, if you add all that up, and if you are other denizens in Port Charles, you might think that when Ava professes she saw the real Nikolas Mikhail Stavrosovich Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) in the flesh, when the man supposedly died a few years ago, then she has really lost it!

Thing is – Ava did see Nikolas, and he is back in Port Charles, alive and well, only know else knows except for Hayden  (Rebecca Budig) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which we learned at the end of Friday’s episode.

Earlier, after Ava passed out seeing Nikolas, she comes too, and he is not at the gallery anymore.  She panics and looks everywhere for him. Ava is convinced there has to be security camera footage of him in the gallery.  Nikolas’ mother, Laura (Genie Francis) happens to head over to see Ava to discuss Helena’s portrait, which has been the key to the codicil mystery, which is now at Ava’s gallery,

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When Laura arrives, she finds Ava with drink in hand, and professing to her that Laura’s first-born son Nikolas is alive and he was just here at the gallery! As she tries to produce the physical evidence to show Laura, it’s not there.   Ava questions her sanity after Laura suggests she really needs professional help; something Laura knows a thing or two about

What happens next is shocking:  Julian (William deVry) is called and he meets Ava and Laura at Shadybrook sanitarium.  Viewers watch as Ava takes off all of her jewelry and her high heels. She hugs Julian and Laura before leaving them behind to get the help she “needs”.

Kudos to Genie Francis and Maura West, who’s unlikely on-screen friendship as Laura and Ava has been a delight to watch; especially when these two powerhouse actresses share two-person scenes together.

Watching Francis’ facial expression when Laura entertains for a moment that her son could be alive and then feels sorrow was masterful, as was West when as Ava she leans on Laura realizing she is in a worse way than she even imagined.  Will Ava get out of Shadybrook soon?  Will Laura get to feel joy that her son is truly alive and in Port Charles? Stay tuned.

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What did you think of the performances of Genie and Maura? What do you think will happen next for Ava and Laura in this story? Comment below.

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