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OLTL Recap – Nov 21 – Nov 25th

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Brody pulls a gun on Natalie and John, says no one is taking Liam from him.   John manages to convince Brody to put the gun down, promising all they want is to talk.  Brody expects Natalie and John to hate him, but neither can judge him.  EOD, emotional Brody says goodbye to Liam, places the baby back into Natalie’s arms. Todd surprises Tomas at the warehouse. Tomas was expecting Louie and the gun. Todd can’t let Tomas ruin his life by telling those he loves that he killed Victor. Todd reveals his plan to Tomas.  Blair has to admit to Starr that she and Tomas are together, reveals she went to Todd to find out if he still loves her, but in typical Todd fashion, he exploded.  Blair can’t live with the insanity any more, has chosen to be with a man who loves her.  Starr’s upset, protective of her father’s feelings, but ultimately wishes her mother happiness.  Tea admits to Dani that she’s pregnant. Dani reveals that she and Jack fought.  Jack’s still convinced Todd’s Victor’s killer.  Rex and Aubrey enter the Rio Dr’s office waiting area but Cutter and Stacy are gone.  Stacy’s run inside where she talks Cutter down from strangling Alex.  Rex and Aubrey are unable to get any information from the receptionist, but once they learn Dr. Fascinella is a plastic surgeon, they conclude it’s possible Cutter’s accomplice had her face altered to look like Gigi. It hits Rex that the Gigi sightings he’s had in Llanview weren’t his imagination, but they weren’t Gigi either. He wants to confront Cutter and his accomplice once and for all.  They come up with a plan. Cutter comes up with a plan that involves Alex.

Tomas has come to the meeting prepared for trouble.  But Todd is not alone.  Tomas tries to appeal to Todd’s guilt, and we indeed see the latter’s conflict.  Elsewhere, Blair seeks out Tomas but finds only Téa.  Téa tells Blair that Tomas has gone in search of Todd’s killer.  Téa makes it clear she’s aware Blair and Tomas have taken the next step in their relationship.  Téa is glad that Tomas is with someone who makes him so happy, but warns Blair not to hurt her brother.  Blair invites Téa to spend Thanksgiving with her family and calls Tomas to extend the same invitation. Aubrey tries to distract Fascinella’s receptionist, thus providing Rex the opportunity to get inside and confront Cutter and Stacy.  Cutter, though, has allied with Alex Olanov.  The receptionist catches Rex, who begs entry and is refused – just as Cutter comes out with a patient, her face wrapped in bandages.  Aubrey unwraps the bandages against Cutter’s objections.  Bo and Nora receive a visit from the newly re-elected Mayor Finn, who reminds them of her campaign promise and proceeds to fire Bo.  Nora defends Bo but Finn won’t be moved.  Nate and James alert Dani and Starr respectively to a rumor hitting the web: Are Nate and Starr having an affair?  Nate and Starr point out that the images in the web item are drawn from the video and realize that Rick must be behind the buzz.  Rick shows up at La Boulaie to revel in the surging publicity.  The kids do not see things the way he does and at EOD advance on him.

Although still unconscious, Matthew narrates the story of Thanksgiving, 2011. After their harrowing ordeal finding Liam, Natalie and John return to Llanfair with their son.  Clint and Viki are thrilled.  Meanwhile, Roxy tries to convince John to tell Natalie that he loves her.  Jessica and the kids have cheered Ford on in this year’s Turkey Trot.  They go to Llanfair where Natalie and her sister share an unexpected moment.  Brody is overwhelmed when Jessica shows up, giving him an emotional, meaningful vote of confidence.  After she leaves, he’s further touched when Roxy brings in Shane for a visit. Bo and Nora share turkey sandwiches at Matthew’s bedside. Viki witnesses Clint apologizing to Shane for treating him so shabbily.  At EOD, the exes share a wishbone.  Roxy tries to gloss over why Rex is in Brazil, but Shane has an idea that it has something to do with chasing Gigi’s ghost.  Someone dies.

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General Hospital

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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General Hospital

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

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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