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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 BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: What Did You Think of Steffy and Finn’s Highly-Anticipated Reunion?

On Monday and Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finally was reunited with her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan).

As the story goes, Steffy has fallen into a deep depression and took off to Monaco.  Set against the backdrop of Monte Carlo, a very much alive Finn searches for her. After some false starts, they see each other for the first time outside a cathedral.  What followed was sweeping epic music, hugs, kisses, and tears as Steffy was trying to comprehend that the man she saw Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) shoot a bullet through never actually died.

Now, where the story gets a bit glossed over is when they get back to the hotel. Finn explains that he wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for his mom, Li (Naomi Matsuda).  Steffy wonders if Li knew Finn was alive, why wouldn’t she tell her?  Finn tells Steffy that Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) found them and things went down hill from there, but doesn’t get into any grisly details. When Steffy has some questions, Finn just wants to relish the moment, and promises he will never be apart from her ever again.

Next, Taylor (Krista Allen) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive with the children, Kelly and Hayes, and the Finnegan/Forrester clan are back together again, against all odds, complete with epic music and slo-motion.

Throughout this story arc, kudos has to go to Tanner Novlan. Without his emotional performances and the viewers investing in Finn’s freedom from the hands of Sheila, this would not have played the same.

So, what did you think of the Sinn reunion?  Do you think it holds up with the other classic B&B couple reunions? Did it fall flat in the explanation from Finn to Steffy of where he has been all this time, or do you think the key points were on-point and you were reaching for the hankies, anyways? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch the final scene from Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Finn and Li are Reunited

On Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, the CBS daytime drama moved the story forward in a major way.

While Finn (Tanner Novlan) was trying to outwit Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), he tells his bio-mom that she can’t keep him prisoner anymore and that he is going to walk out of this situation, and get back to his wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and his son, Hayes.

Elsewhere, Li (Naomi Matsuda) has finally been able to put more than two words together, and tells both Liam (Scott Clifton) and Bill (Don Diamont) that Finn is alive.  She even details how she signed her son’s death certificate, and secretly whisked him away to a safe place to nurse him back to health and keep him away from Sheila.  Li also recounts to the Spencer men, how Sheila found her with Finn, and how she ultimately lost control of her car and landed in a fiery crash into the water.  Bill puts two and two together, as does Liam, and they realize Li is telling the truth.  Next, Bill asks Li if she knows where Finn and Sheila are, and off they go to save Finn.

Later, Finn has taken out all of his IV’s and such, and begins to walk out of his room and towards the front door, as Sheila watches in desperation. Just then, Bill bursts through the door and sees for himself – Sheila and Finn.  Next, Bill steps out of the way and Li is at the door.  Li and Finn are overcome with emotion as Li runs to her son, and says “Finn! Thank God! Oh my God!” At the same time, Li shoots daggers at Sheila, who begins to hyperventilate.

The loving mother and son are finally reunited, but what will happen next?  All we know is that we watched a hankie-inducing moment in the story played to the hilt by Tanner Novlan and Naomi Matsuda.

Watch the final moments from today’s B&B below.

Now weigh-in: What did you think of the performances of Tanner Novlan, Kimberlin Brown, and Naomi Matsuda? Let us know in the comment section.

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