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OLTL Recap – March 15 – March 19th

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Allison stuns Mitch with the revelation that Schuyler is his son, thereby making Sierra Rose his grandchild after all as everyone believes Schuyler fathered the baby.  Allison’s forced to leave before she can explain how Mitch ended up fathering Schuyler.  Gigi questions Roxy after she inadvertently mentions once having a newborn ripped from her arms.  Roxy spins a story but eventually tells Gigi she gave birth to a son who died.  John reveals to an angry Marty that Natalie was the one who told him she’s pregnant.   Marty admits to John that she was confused about how she felt when she first learned she was pregnant and need time to sort out her feelings before telling him.  Marty tells John that she’s prepared to raise the child on her own but he surprises her by saying he wants to be a father.  Natalie can’t believe Clint married Kim.  Rex clashes with Schuyler over Sierra Rose.  Greg gives Oliver food for thought when he insists Schuyler isn’t fit to be a father.

Todd works to convince Jessica that it’s really him because she doesn’t recognize him with his new face.  Jessica’s incredulous when Todd reveals that Cristian and Blair used to be lovers and becomes emotional when she’s finally forced to accept the fact that Cristian has moved on.  Although Todd has no use for Cristian, he encourages Jessica to fight for him if she really wants him.  Dorian tries to persuade Kelly to stay in Llanview but she ultimately decides to return to London as planned.  Todd has something in store for Kelly.  Hannah’s feelings are hurt when Ford rudely gives her the brush-off.  Cole finds Hannah passed out in her dorm room.  Langston ditches class to hook up with Ford.  Markko’s on a collision course to discover Langston in a state of undress in Ford’s office.  Danielle continues to act out at school.  Destiny and Matthew sign up to audition for the musical Langston wrote Todd has his driver drag a livid Kelly to his office at The Sun where he tries to “gently persuade” her to accept his job offer.  As it finally hits her, Kelly accuses Todd of only wanting her to work with him as a way to get back at Blair.  Jessica reacts badly when she finds Blair and Cristian in a friendly embrace.  After Blair takes her leave, Cristian pulls the rug out from under Jessica by revealing some painful truths and tells her that he and Natalie were once married as were Jessica and Antonio.  Overwhelmed by all she’s learned, Jessica runs from the room in tears with Cristian in pursuit.  A guilt wracked Langston covers her reason for being in Ford’s office when Markko finds her there.  Markko finds a button that had been missing from Langston’s blouse in Ford’s office.  Starr’s in shock to discover that Langston used her and Cole’s story as the basis for her musical.  Bo congratulates John after learning he’s going to be a father but senses something else is on John’s mind.  Cristian follows a distraught Jessica to the school gym, where she remembers meeting him for the very first time.  After Jessica describes her and Cristian’s first kiss, it seems as though history might be about to repeat itself.  Todd takes great delight in watching Blair and Kelly’s catfight, knowing it will lead to him to getting what he wants.  Kelly signs a contract and accepts Todd’s job offer just to spite Blair.  Starr’s furious with Langston for using her and Cole’s lives as the basis for the musical she wrote but her anger eventually subsides and she ultimately allows Langston to move forward with the musical.  Cole sympathizes with Hannah, who makes him promise not to tell anyone she took too many pills.  After running out of beer at Foxy Roxy’s, Natalie, Nora, Roxy and Layla head to Rodi’s, where they find John, Bo, Brody and Fish.  John and Natalie end up at the bar alone together while the others start dancing.

Kelly’s flabbergasted when Todd tells her he’s going to make her honor the contract she signed.  Although forced to give in, Kelly makes it clear to Todd she’s no pushover.  Wanting to forget Todd, Blair jumps into bed with Eli but leaves in a huff when he says he wants their relationship to be more than just sex.  After an encounter with Jessica, Blair realizes she does want more with Eli but finds him with Tea when she returns to his room.  Jessica’s devastated when Cristian chooses Layla over her.  Tea informs Schuyler that Eli arranged for someone from Children’s Services to drop by for a home evaluation.  After disposing of the social worker, Allison arrives at Schuyler’s door.  Gigi proposes to Rex.

General Hospital

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 which 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 riveting work.

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 care of 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 a word.

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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