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Y&R Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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Victoria and Billy discuss Chloe’s disapproval of Jana. Kevin explains to Chloe he believes she is overreacting. Gloria agrees Jana is not to be trusted. On the stand, Spencer continues questioning Sharon. She sees Adam appear in the back of the courtroom. Jana enters a bank dressed in disguise, and attempts to get information about a large-sum wire transfer. Victoria confronts Jana about Chloe’s claims. Victor rejects Diane’s offer to spend the day with him, but insists he accompany her after getting a call about Kyle injuring his arm. Sharon and Adam reunite. He informs Vance and Sharon the memory card is missing from the camera. Adam wants to testify to what he saw on the video tape. Chloe insists to Billy that Delia needs to switch schools because she doesn’t trust Jana. The bank calls Billy to inform him that someone was inquiring about a wire transfer, so Billy realizes there’s only one thing he can do. Jack informs Victor that Adam is back from Thailand. Vance informs Sharon and Adam that the prosecution has called Adam to the stand.

­Adam takes the stand. As Gloria and Chloe are gossiping about Jana, Jana shows up, furious that Chloe tried to get her fired. With a plan in mind, Gloria manages to snag Jana’s apartment key. Lily reveals to Daniel, Jill and Colin that she’s going to a therapist. Malcolm informs Sofia they could be married by the end of the week, but Sofia relents. On the stand, Spencer mentions Adam’s disappearance to New Orleans the same night Skye fled to Hawaii, and accuses Adam of sending Sharon to kill Skye. Adam begins explaining the footage on the camera but is silenced by the judge. Chloe and Gloria sneak into Jana’s apartment, looking for clues to prove Jana is crazy. Soon after, Jana arrives home. Chloe finds something interesting before Billy catches her and Gloria scurrying away.  After her therapy session, Lily calls Malcolm, Neil and Sofia, insisting they can have their wedding at the church. Phyllis asks Malcolm to help with the memory card.

­Ashley, Tucker, and Abby visit a park near the Abbott mansion. Ashley tells Tucker that she thinks it would be a great location for the wedding. Jack arrives, telling them that Sharon’s trial does not look hopeful. Ashley and Abby express their concern for Faith’s well being, and insist Sharon is not a killer. Ashley and Tucker head to dinner at Gloworm. Abby tells them she has plans with Kent and will meet them later. Adam attempts to persuade Sharon that her escape from jail would be thoroughly planned and to trust him. Sharon rejects Adam’s offer, insisting she will not risk losing Faith. Sharon tells Adam that if she escapes, they will be living on the run and never be able to come back to Genoa City. Before Adam leaves, Sharon pleads with him to have faith in the jury’s decision and hope for the best possible outcome.

Malcolm and Phyllis are busy attempting to retrieve video footage from the erased memory cards. Phyllis thanks Malcolm for all his help. Malcolm tells Phyllis he really should be planning his wedding. Phyllis gets a call from Billy and must head to Restless Style’s office. Malcolm tells her he will drop the remaining memory cards off with a friend who works in forensics. Neil and Sofia are discussing the last minute arrangements for the wedding. Neil questions if Sofia is ready to marry Malcolm. Sofia is offended, telling Neil she is certainly ready and to not interfere. Malcolm enters and notices the tension between Sofia and Neil. When Neil leaves, Malcolm asks Sofia if she is taking out her frustrations on Neil because Malcolm has been preoccupied with helping Phyllis. Sofia assures Malcolm she is happy and excited to be his wife.

Victor and Michael are evaluating proposals from brokerage firms when Diane greets Kyle, who has just exited the game room. As Diane and Kyle are heading to play, they run into Nick and Summer. The kids go to play, leaving Diane and Nick alone. Nick insists Victor will not appreciate them talking. Victor points out Diane and Nick’s conversation to Michael, telling him Diane is reckless and cannot be trusted. Abby arrives to GCAC just as Victor and Michael are leaving. Irritated because Kent stood her up, Abby asks Victor to stay for a drink. Victor rejects her offer, telling her he has somewhere to be. Michael tells Abby not to give up on her relationship with Victor. Abby decides to join Ashley and Tucker at Gloworm. While getting a drink at the bar, Tucker offers Abby 50% over the share price for her Newman Enterprise stocks. Abby declines, telling Tucker she doesn’t do business with people she doesn’t trust. As Diane is waiting for Victor at Gloworm, Ashley and Tucker are being seated for dinner. Ashley stops to have a word with Diane. Ashley tells Diane that there is life after Victor, and explains how happy she is to be with Tucker.

Jana breaks down to Kevin about the stress Gloria and Chloe have caused. Gloria and Chloe discuss possible motives behind Jana’s fake pregnancy belly.  Michael and Lauren inform a furious Phyllis of Daisy’s escape in Canada. Victoria hands Lucy to Daniel and explains she needs a baby-sitter for a couple hours. He arrives at Restless Style with Lucy and Phyllis begins to interrogate him about Canada. Noah visits Sharon in jail. Victor reveals to Nick he hopes they can put aside their differences. Vance calls and informs them the jury has reached a verdict. Adam and Tucker make a deal regarding Adam’s stocks.  Chloe and Gloria reveal to Kevin the fake pregnancy belly just as the police arrive to arrest them for burglary.

­Sharon awaits the verdict, and contemplates Adam’s escape plan. Phyllis updates Jack about the memory cards before they enter the courtroom. When Sharon enters, Nick informs Adam he needs a minute alone with her. Tucker calls Michael to discuss business, and Michael gets another call from Victor. Kay and Nikki discuss Tucker’s attempt to take over Newman Enterprises. Kay suggests Nikki visit Victor, especially now that the fate of Sharon will soon be determined. The judge announces that Sharon is found guilty of first degree murder. Vance insists Sharon is feeling sick, and the judge orders the jail matron to escort her to the bathroom. While in the bathroom, Sharon puts her escape into motion. Tucker informs Michael that he has acquired Adam’s stocks and wants to buy more. Victor is outraged by Sharon’s verdict and insists Michael defend her if there’s an appeal. Noah informs Nick that he wants to head back to New York. Sharon continues her escape act in the bathroom just as Adam announces to reporters they intend to appeal. Phyllis gets a call from Malcolm’s friend who informs her he may have found something.

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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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