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OLTL Recap – March 28 – April 1st

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David and Dorian get married. Rex obtains proof that Clint was at the scene of Eddie’s murder. Clint tries to wheedle information out of Rama. Bo arrests Clint for Eddie’s murder. Jessica reemerges and is stunned to find out what Tess has been up to in her place. Jessica wants her son back. Blair and Cristian have a memorable run in with Kassandra Kavanaugh (as played by Kourtney Kardashian). Phyllis Rose (as played by Wendy Williams) covers the story for “Access Llanview”. Jessica, having returned, is with Brody, demanding that Ford let her see her baby. He finally relents, and Jessica has an emotional reunion with Ryder. But when Brody and Jessica attempt to leave with their son, Ford, desperate to keep his baby, reminds her that Brody slept with Natalie, and that Brody has his own son. He plays up the fact that Brody hasn’t come to see Ryder, has instead been playing house with Natalie and Liam. Jessica succumbs to Tess again. Natalie is devastated to find out that Bo’s arrested her father for Eddie Ford’s murder. John comforts her, but reveals that he knew Clint was under investigation and never told Natalie. Devastated Brody enters from having lost Jessica again. He and Natalie end up in each other’s arms – which John sees. Blair gives John the photo Tomas had of her and Todd. She confesses that she was uneasy when she found Tomas alone with comatose Todd. Dani tells her about Shane’s asthma attack and her suspicion that Jack was somehow involved. Blair doesn’t believe her. Jack is about to confess something to his dad when Starr and James walk. When Starr mentions Dani, Jack has some choice words about his half-sister – and about James. Deanna, believing James and Starr are couple with a child, prepares to leave town. But the porn producer charms her into staying. James is hit hard when he gets a friend request from Deanna.

Everyone reacts to the news that Clint was arrested for killing Eddie. Marty shows up to Natalie and Brody, and Natalie is enraged to hear John vouched for her release from St. Ann’s. John and Kelly have spent the night and they realize that what they have isn’t actually a relationship but way of soothing their wounds. Natalie storms in and confronts John about helping Marty. Tess notices James’s MyFace friend request from Deanna which he is ignoring. Abel the porn producer tries to lure Deanna in, but instead she goes to see James. However James is dealing with the baby and Tess answers the door, letting Deanna believe the baby is James’s (with Starr). Tess doesn’t tell James that Deanna was there. Starr and Langston are at the BDC and Langston admits, she misses Ford although she’s not sorry they broke up. Ford comes in and they have a brief wistful moment before Ford leaves. Starr helps James with his job search and sees the friend request from Deanna. Deanna returns to Abel, dejected and broke, and he tells her he can make her a star. Ford tells Tess the judge has made a decision about Ryder’s custody. Joey berates Cutter for running off with Jess. Cutter and Aubrey spar about his interest in Tess and her commitment to Joey. Aubrey works overtime to convince Joey he needs to trust her.

First Viki, then Bo visit Clint in his cell. Bo urges him to plead guilty at his arraignment and save his family trouble. Clint warns cryptically that if he goes down, it’s Bo’s family that will be in trouble. Nora tries to piece together what happened when she went to the Minute Man the night of Eddie’s murder Viki has Clint’s name withdrawn from her bid for custody of Ryder and tells the judge she and her family can raise the baby until Jessica’s return. Tess remains confident that she and Ford will get custody when the court discovers that Viki and Charlie aren’t the perfect happy married couple. Tess sends Viki the picture of Charlie and Echo kissing. Charlie tells Echo he needs to support Viki in her bid for custody of Ryder. Echo wonders what will happen if Jessica never comes back. After making a statement in support of Viki at the custody hearing, Charlie returns to Echo and has something to tell her. James admits to Starr that he once dated Deanna. He’s stunned to learn that Starr remembered seeing Deanna at the Buenos Dias earlier. Deanna is tempted by an offer to star in an “adult” film. Shane is humiliated by Jack and his buddies. Rex learns from Echo that Shane has been bullied for months and hacks into Shane’s MyFace page to discover Jack is his chief tormentor. Rex confronts Jack.

Nora is trying to recover her memory of the night Eddie was murdered and faints. Bo and Clint find her. Clint warns both her and Clint not to press charges. When they pressure him for answers to his riddles, he shocks them with the identity of the real killer. Viki reels over the photo of Echo and Charlie kissing. Viki goes in search of Charlie and finds him in bed with Echo. Rex laces into Jack who denies bullying Shane. Starr asks Jack about what she glimpsed earlier in the gym – naked Shane. Jack tries to talk his way out of it, but Rex and Gigi aren’t buying it. Jack succumbs to peer pressure and consents for the video of naked Shane to go out on MyFace. Humiliated Shane plays hooky. When Rex and Gigi return home after discovering Shane isn’t in school, they find a cryptic note from their son. James finds Deanna as she’s about to shoot the porno movie. She’s grateful he showed up when he did. She asks him about his new baby. James is confused, until he realizes she’s talking about Ryder. He tells her Ryder isn’t his child. Relieved and misunderstanding, she kisses him and he isn’t available to answer Starr’s call.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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All My Children

ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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