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OLTL Recap – Nov 28 – Dec 2nd

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The Evans Family’s Thanksgiving dinner is thrown off the rails when Phylicia learns that Vivian doesn’t believe in marriage. John and Natalie are about to discuss the status of their relationship but are interrupted by a panicked phone call from Blair. She tells John that Tomas has been missing. Meanwhile, Viki presses Todd on what is upsetting him. Todd covers, says that Blair chose Tomas over him. Natalie overhears this and is suspicious. John ends up at Tea’s house to search Tomas’s room. At EOD, John finds the gun that killed Victor. Matthew, who has flat-lined, ends up being revived and comes out of his six month coma. Destiny walks in to the hospital to find Matthew awake! Bo and Nora are happy, but want Matthew to take it easy, so they lie to Matthew about Destiny being pregnant.

John and Tea meet Natalie at the police station and she takes the gun for ballistics testing. Meanwhile Blair is with Todd, who offers support for Tomas’s disappearance. Blair calls Tea to find out if there’s any news of Tomas and learns they may have found the murder weapon. Blair goes to the police station. Meanwhile, Todd tells Viki that they have to consider the possibility that Tomas killed Victor. Starr, James, Nate and Danielle got to see Rick, who’s in traction after a mishap when they advanced on him.  He plays it up and relates his own version of what happened to him in which the kids were at fault for his injuries. However, they relate the real version, in which he tripped on one of Hope’s toys. Rick can still sue Starr for negligence and will, unless they agree to his demands. Destiny and Nora finally admit to Matthew that Destiny is pregnant with his child.

Viki digs into Todd’s feelings about Victor’s murder.  Viki receives a call from John, who asks that Todd voluntarily go to police HQ to answer questions.  In the presence of Tea and Blair, John questions Todd.   Todd claims he doesn’t know, tries subtly to point blame towards Tomas, while being as supportive of Blair as he can.  EOD, he takes Blair home and they grow closer.  Viki/Clint hug, and share a fraught moment, but both back off. Tea wonders if her brother could have killed her husband. Roxy comes in on Clint and Natalie sharing a hug and some good news, assumes John finally told Natalie how he feels about her.  Natalie surprises Roxy with her reaction.  But Natalie, on a tear, goes to John and cancels that “relationship” talk they were supposed to have.

John’s side-tracked off Victor’s murder case by the investigation of the torching of Todd’s Sun office.  He questions Brody about it.  Brody admits to being afraid Vimal would tell John that Liam was his son, so he locked Vimal and Rama in the office.  But he didn’t set the fire.  As John is about to leave, he runs into Natalie. Brody’s asked to see Natalie.  He tells her he still loves her but knows they can never be together after everything he did to her and her son.  He hopes she finds some happiness with John.

Vimal and Rama are called to the police station.  Vimal’s terrified that there will be reprisal for having kept Liam’s paternity a secret from John.  But John instead is probing for more info about the Sun fire.  Todd shows up to check on Blair but finds Jack instead.  They get into it about Tomas being Victor’s killer.  When Todd mentions the fire, Jack says something that tweaks Todd.  Later on, while waiting to talk to John at the police station, Todd’s surprised when his Sun assistant shows up.  Something she says tweaks Todd’s suspicions about the fire.  Shane reveals to Natalie that he won’t be happy until Jack is brought to justice for his part in Gigi’s death. When Shane goes to school, he meets Neela.  She tells him she’s into Jack Manning.  He shocks her by telling him Jack killed his mother. In Brazil, Rex awakens with a start, having had a nightmare about Gigi. In Brazil, Stacy wakes up gasping for air. Cutter comforts her.    She points out that he’s not such a bad guy.  Now that he’s no longer trying to sell her to Rex, he’s actually proven himself to be caring and sweet.  They share a close moment.           

Todd bribes Tracy, his assistant. John reminds Todd that Tomas had an alibi who can clear him of Victor’s murder — Tomas’s friend Calmar.  Tea and Blair show up and John tells them all that Calmar has been found. Meanwhile Tea bumps into Shaun on her way out of Vivian’s office and tells him about her pregnancy. He is happy for her, but notes her brother is now a suspect in Victor’s killing.  Tea tries to dismiss but Shaun points out, he’s always been a little suspicious of Tomas since Victor’s first shooting. Starr, also having seen the SUN, demands that Blair tell her what’s up with Tomas. Dani goes to Jack to find out what he knows about Tomas. Jack, for the first time, has a trace of doubt about Todd being the killer. Dani, also admits Tomas is a bit of a mystery. At EOD Dani goes to Starr and neither knows what to think about Tomas. Shane tells Neela about how Jack is responsible for his mother’s death. Neela remembers how Jack is capable of doing bad things, and how he said something about how he couldn’t be responsible for hurting someone again on the day of the first.  Aubrey and Rex pull out of the kiss she impulsively planted on him. She admits she’s drawn to him but knows it’s inappropriate given he’s grieving for Gigi. They head to Dr. Fascinella’s office. Cutter and Stacy get a call that Dr. Fascinella is back and will see her.

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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 that 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 work as an ensemble.

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 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 any words.

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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