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OLTL Recap – Oct 10 – Oct 14th

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Tea enters on Blair and Todd about to kiss. Tea tells Blair that Tomas pled guilty and that Starr didn’t get bailed out. Todd wonders if he should turn himself in. Tea gets emotional, remembers being with Victor last time she was at the cabin.  Her telling Todd about how possessive Victor was with his kids brings up the Jack/Gigi situation. Suddenly realizes there was someone else who wanted to kill Victor as much as Todd did. Starr presses Jack to admit he was lying about Todd’s guilt.  Blair comes in and apologizes to Tomas for sending him after Todd. Tomas evades, tells Blair to concentrate on helping Starr.   Blair urges Tomas to change his guilty plea and leaves. Jack goes to Victor’s grave and Delphina sees him, noting that he’s got a guilty conscience about something. Blair arrives. Kim tells her friend that she has to shake down Roxy and Echo to get Clint’s money back. Echo tells Roxy not to worry because the police think Todd murdered Victor.  Kim walks in on them. She tells them she’s turning in the gun, they’re out of time. Rex goes to the cemetery to talk to Gigi about what the “Don’t give up” note means.  Delphina shows up and Rex asks her to talk to Gigi to explain the note.  Rex pleads with Delphina to send him back in time to before Gigi died so he can keep her from dying. In Kentucky, Kim talks to her friend in the hospital and there is a shocking revelation.

Rex catches Echo and Roxy scheming together. Echo hides the gun in the foyer before retreating to the living room. Unnoticed, Shane finds the gun and flashes back to the night of the murder. In the living room, Rex gets Echo and Roxy to admit that they think he killed Victor. At the cemetery, Blair admits to Jack that she doesn’t believe the story he told the police. Blair pleads with Jack to consider that his false testimony will deny Victor justice and haunt Jack for the rest of his life. After she leaves, Shane approaches Jack with the gun in hand.  Tea and Todd, holed up in Viki’s cabin, begin to toss around the idea that Rex could be the person who killed Victor. Todd worries that if revenge is what motivated Rex, then Jack is still in danger. Tea calls Bo and strong-arms him into questioning Rex. Meanwhile, at Capricorn, Aubrey discovers that Rex’s gun was never dropped off to the police. Aubrey chastises Cutter and vows that they are done for good. Cutter storms out. At EOD, Aubrey finds Bo and tells him she has information about Victor’s murder…Kim assures her friend that everything will be fine now that Rex has signed over his company. At EOD, Cutter arrives with a plan of his own.

Shane confronts Jack in the cemetery, accusing Jack of lying about having seen Todd Manning knock him out at the scene of the murder.  Shane demands that Jack admit what he did to Gigi.  He threatens to shoot him dead if he doesn’t. Rex is still insisting that he didn’t kill Victor, even as Echo finds out the gun is missing.  They panic, fearing that Shane was the one who killed Victor.  When Bo arrives, Rex’s instinct is to protect his son.  Cutter has a plan to get Clint’s money back for himself.  When Kim refuses, he threatens to reveal her secret. Bo gets an earful from Aubrey about Cutter’s failure to turn in the gun.  She reveals that it belonged to Rex.  Bo tries to keep his emotions in check when he goes to talk to Rex.  Viki arrives home to Clint who reveals that he and Cord had a little tiff about Tina.  He mentions that Cord threw Clint’s relationship with Viki in his face.  Viki asks him about Kim.  Clint tells her that he hasn’t seen her since she asked for his help with her sick friend.  He sent Rex to investigate, but it was a dead end.  Viki wonders if he’s disappointed that Kim seems to have vanished again.  He prods Viki about whether she’s ready to date again. 

Shane has Jack at gunpoint.  Shane tells Bo and Rex his story. Meanwhile, Vimal suggests to Shaun that the police have a suspect in their midst.  Elsewhere, Blair visits Téa at the cabin and learns that Todd is on the mend.  Blair tells Téa that Jack as much as admitted his story that Todd killed Victor is false, but he refuses to say so to the police.  Kim confesses everything to Cutter.  By EOD Kim hands over the document that controls Clint’s fortune.  Cutter hopes to use it to wrangle control of the Buchanan riches.  Elsewhere, Aubrey tells Rama and that she and Cutter broke up.  In the process, Rama learns that Kim has surfaced.  Rama intends to get back the money Kim stole from her.  Jessica encounters John, but will she tell him the truth that Liam may be his son.

Tea lies to Dani about her whereabouts. He wonders if the cops are investigating Rex as Victor’s murderer but Tea doesn’t know; only that Starr caught Jack in a lie.  Meanwhile Blair is with Bo, having heard from Jack that Shane pulled a gun on him. Todd decides it’s time to turn himself in, and Tea agrees.  They have emotional scenes about her need for justice for Victor.  Meanwhile Blair wants Bo to press charges on Shane.  Tea comes to Bo and says Todd will turn himself in. But they’re going to need something in return. Dani is skipping school and lies to her mother.  She’s leaving then house when she runs into Nate and shares with him how worried she is re Starr.  Nate again apologizes to Dani for his porn endeavor. Rama has arranged to meet Cutter at the Spotted Pony and threatens to have him arrested. Kim goes to work and finds Rama waiting for her. Echo is about to tell Rex she forged his signature but Shane interrupts.  Rex and Shane have emotional scenes in which Rex questions why Shane never told Rex what he did to Jack, and that he thought Rex had killed Victor. They resolve not to keep things from each other, and to stop chasing a ghost. And the person in the hospital bed wakes up.

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  1. Jan

    October 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    i want john to kick brodie ass

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General Hospital

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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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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