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OLTL Recap – March 14 – March 18th

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Todd’s gunshot wound may prove to be fatal. Tea, Dani, and Viki rally around him. John is forced to work with Brody to investigate the shooting. The shooter has gotten away, but blood at the scene of the crime indicates he’s been wounded. Tomas privately tends to a wound. Natalie and Brody are relieved that Liam’s crisis turned out to be nothing of consequence. Natalie’s concerned when she hears that John’s been involved in a shooting, and John is concerned when he learns that Liam was treated at the hospital. Langston is upset to discover that Ford intends to stay married to Tess and breaks up with him. Dorian warns Viki to include Charlie more in her life or she might lose him to Echo. Viki gets word of Todd’s shooting. Despite their attraction, Charlie tells Echo he can’t leave Viki. He returns home and tells Dorian it’s over between him and Echo, but after Dorian leaves, Charlie visits Echo again and tells her he doesn’t want it to be over. Echo and Charlie prepare to enter into an affair and they seal the deal with a kiss – witnessed by Tess. Todd hovers between life and death. James and Starr’s romantic moment is broken by news of Todd’s shooting. Todd’s loved ones gather to see him off as he’s taken into surgery. Tomas conceals his injury from Blair, then tells her about Todd’s shooting. Clint obliges Alex Olanov to help him cover his tracks regarding David. Nigel has a heart-to-heart with Clint about the direction his life has taken.

Kelly finds John at Rodi’s, continuing his downward spiral. Brody arrives with an update for John about the investigation into Todd’s shooting. The fissure in Brody and John’s relationship widens, and the two nearly come to blows. Kelly intervenes and sends Brody home before cajoling John to get his act together. Kelly gets through to John. Viki has a heart-to-heart with Natalie about her feelings for John and her future with Brody. Blair, Starr and James keep vigil for Todd, previously wheeled into surgery. Blair nearly catches Tomas tending to his own shooting-related wound. James supports Starr during Todd’s hour of crisis. Blair contacts Jack and informs him of Todd’s shooting. Viki and Jack arrive to join the family as they wait for news of Todd’s condition. Shane continues to hide the truth about his troubles at school from Gigi. Shane falls for it when Jack invites him over to La Boulaie under the pretense of burying the hatchet. At La Boulaie, Jack and company plan to sexually humiliate Shane. Jack scuttles the plan when he gets word of Todd’s shooting. Shane returns home and lies to Gigi about the nature of his absence.

All interested parties ready for the hearing to determine custody of Ryder. Tess tries to make herself as conservative as possible while Ford tries in vain to get through to Langston. Langston cries on Dorian’s shoulder. Dorian advises her to find a more suitable man. Dorian tries to take her own advice by inviting Cutter over. Cutter and Aubrey discuss getting Clint off the BE board and getting their mitts on the corporate money. Rama goes to Asa’s to speak to Aubrey but finds Joey home alone. Rama threatens to expose Aubrey for who she really is but Aubrey returns home in time to give Rama something to shut her up; namely, a room in Asa’s mansion. Nora is forced to tell Viki what she and Bo believe to be true about Clint’s crimes. Viki and Clint must nonetheless form a unified front for Ryder’s behalf. No one escapes unscathed in the vicious fight for custody of Ryder. But when the judge is about to reveal his decision, Bo and Rex enter and arrest Clint. Todd hovers between life and death while Tea, Blair, Dani, Starr and his two sons work to coax him back to consciousness. Tea despairs, but Blair gives her the impetus to pick herself up and command Todd to wake up. Dorian makes it clear to David that she’s moving on. David goes nuts and begs Bo to get him back to Llanview. He discovers that Rex is Clint’s son. Cutter arrives to help Dorian eradicate David from her life. A final posting on David’s MyFace page (courtesy of Clint) leads Dorian into kinky sex with the willing Cutter. When Dorian is an extremely compromising position, she has a surprising guest.

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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