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OLTL Recap – March 7 – March 11th

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Tess has duped Natalie and takes the baby from her. Ford tells James he has a plan for Tess. While Tess gloats about her freedom, Ford reveals to Langston that he plans to commit Tess. Marty is about to tell John something important about the baby, but Viki interrupts. John goes to find Natalie and sees her with Brody and Liam and he walks off, hurt and angry. Marty is enigmatic about everything having worked out as she hoped. Starr and Langston reconnect. Starr admits she and James are together now. The two friends bond and remark over the reversal of their fortunes. Tea has knocked out Todd and tied him up to keep him from running after Dani and Nate. In a vulnerable moment Todd admits he’s scared of losing everyone he loves. Tomas makes a mysterious phone call about Todd. Blair has told Cristian about Tomas, and Cristian remembers him from his childhood. Tomas comes in and reveals he’s sticking around. Cristian tells Blair to stay cautious about Tomas because Cristian has thought something was sketchy about the way he left home and never came back.

Bo is stonewalled at the Moroccan prison but Rex surprisingly shows up and gains them access to David’s cell, which is empty. Despite his anger at Rex for having kept his knowledge of David’s incarceration secret, Bo grudgingly accepts his help when they receive a clue that will take them to another part of the world. Clint pumps Nora for information about Bo’s mysterious “business” trip. Nora doesn’t reveal the nature of Bo’s business, but she informs Clint that Matthew now knows Nora and Bo believe Clint killed Eddie Ford. Joey finds Nora and tells her about his father’s meeting with Eddie right before Nora’s kidnapping. Matthew tells Destiny about his parents’ belief that Clint killed Eddie. Aubrey and Cutter want to get their hands on Clint’s tape that would expose their scheme. Clint catches Aubrey snooping in his desk and tells her the tape is securely locked in his safe. Joey returns home and with Aubrey’s support breaks into Clint’s safe, but is caught in the act by Clint. Dorian tries to prove she’s over David by kissing Cutter. Gigi arrives at Rodi’s to find John drinking in the morning. When she defends Natalie’s actions and reveals she knew the truth about Natalie’s baby’s paternity, John fires her. Kelly finds John alone and suggests he find a way besides drinking to deal with his pain. The pair end up kissing once again.

Téa tells Tomas he’s free to return to Paris now that she has everything under control with Todd. Tomas declines, causing Téa to assume he’s staying for Blair. Téa warns Tomas to stay away from Blair. Blair warns Todd that she isn’t the only person who’ll be keeping a close eye on him. Todd threatens to have Tomas deported. Neither Blair nor Todd is keeping a close eye on Jack, who continues his reign of terror on Shane. Todd, Blair and Gigi are called to the school to address the situation when Shane and Jack trade accusations about some missing money. Gigi lets slip to Natalie that John fired her. John and Kelly nearly have another spontaneous rendezvous, but thoughts of Joey put a damper on things. Natalie once again walks in on the moment and escalates her war of words with Kelly. Natalie demands that John rehire Gigi. Clint catches Joey and Aubrey breaking into his safe. Joey is upfront with Clint about his suspicions that his father was involved with Eddie’s murder, and thinks the flash drive in the safe might prove his guilt. Aubrey knows better and works to stop Clint from showing Joey the contents of the drive. Joey and Kelly share another close moment before Natalie arrives and clues her brother in that she just caught Kelly with John.

James, despite having taken precautions to avoid Tess, has another uncomfortable encounter with her while he’s naked. Starr walks in on it. Ford moves forward with his plan to have Tess committed, but he discovers he’s completely broke and won’t be able to use a cent of Ryder’s trust without Tess’s consent. When the orderlies arrive to take her away, he’s in a tight spot. Starr, Langston and James happily assume Tess is on her way to St. Ann’s. Natalie breaks down over John with Brody. They grow closer but are upended when there’s something wrong with Liam. John doesn’t want to hear it when Tea tries to compare him and Natalie to her and Todd. Todd gloats over John’s misfortune. He asks John to investigate his brother-in-law, Tomas. Blair tells Tomas that Cristian warned her to stay away from him. Tomas admits Tea warned him to stay away from Blair.  Tomas asks Blair on a date. When Todd leaves Rodi’s, we see he’s a target for an unseen gunman. Viki and Tea corner Clint into agreeing to the deal they concocted as a way to get Ford to commit Tess.  Someone starts shooting at Todd. John and Todd are trapped together, and John shoots back. Gigi walks into the crossfire and John gets her to safety. Ford decides not to commit Tess. He turns down the offer from Viki, Clint and Tea. Langston waits with James and Starr, thinking Tess is being committed to St. Ann’s. After not hearing from Ford, Langston returns and finds Tess and Ford a united front. Dorian gives Charlie hell for cheating on Viki with Echo. She tells him he won’t tell Viki about it if he breaks off with Echo immediately. Echo brings a pizza to Rex and finds Gigi home instead. Gigi senses something’s up with Echo and Charlie and tries to warn her off. Gigi leaves Echo to pick up some books from Rodi’s, and Charlie arrives. He means to tell Echo it’s over, but they kiss. Viki finds Dorian waiting for Charlie and wonders why. Bo and Rex are still in Morocco, discouraged about finding David alive. Bo almost mends fences with Rex. Kahlid gives them a clue about David’s whereabouts. They believe he’s in St. Blaze’s with Alex Olanov.

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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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