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Y&R Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Lily brings Cane up to their room at the club and manages to get him to forget all his troubles for a night. As Chris and Spencer proceed with Sharon’s arrest, Sharon is forced to hand Faith over to Victor. Daniel makes a realization about the baby he is holding. Victor arrives with Faith and informs everyone that Sharon has been arrested for Skye’s murder. Victoria finally introduces him to his grandbaby, but Victor dismisses her. At the police station, Spencer and Christine have an important piece of evidence against Sharon. Sharon finds out she may not be able to make bail. Nick arrives and reveals his beliefs about her guilt. Nick is intent on confronting Victor about Sharon and Adam’s accusations but sees Faith and stops himself. ­Jill blurts out that Colin proposed, but everyone advises against it. Cane confronts Colin about Jill. Colin offers Jill a quick fix.  ­ Jack informs Diane of Sharon’s situation and that Victor is the reason behind it. Nick informs Noah the news of Sharon. Adam asks Jack to help Sharon. Phyllis confronts Sharon in jail. Noah visits Sharon and explains his beliefs about her and Adam. Nick confronts Victor about his part in Skye’s disappearance. Nick and Diane discuss his belief in Victor’s involvement. Noah informs Nick he is going to New York to make a record. Victor and Michael discuss the matter of Sharon’s bail.  ­Nick and Diane discuss their relationship’s current state, and come to a mutual decision about their future. Phyllis gets a call that Sharon is out on bail due to an anonymous benefactor, so she, Billy and Jack decide to publish the news immediately.

Billy gets a tip that someone has information for sale on Sharon’s arrest. He and Phyllis obtain the video that lead to Sharon’s arrest and decide to post it online. Adam has a proposition for Jack. Sharon stands up to Nick and insists she’ll continue fighting for Faith. Nick makes a heartfelt plea to Sharon to live without Adam. Nikki tries to reason with Victor. Victor is frustrated when he realizes that he has to start more lay offs due to the judge’s decision. Nikki admits to Deacon that she has really been battling her urge to drink, and things heat up. Victor and Diane come together for intimate moment.  ­Nikki wakes up in Deacon’s bed and realizes she keeps playing mind games with him. Diane and Victor are completely without regrets. Nikki is surprised to find Diane answering the door at the ranch. Diane and Victor make a decision about their “relationship.” Meggie calls Deacon and threatens to tell Nikki about their history.­ Victoria is a little thrown when Billy has a rather hostile reaction to their staff photographers when they offer to take a family photo and post it online. Daniel presents Kevin with a hypothetical about his daughter but Kevin wonders how much of it is really hypothetical. Victoria and Billy introduce Kevin to Lucy. Daniel decides he needs to know the truth about Lucy. Tucker puts Blake on the spot when he asks him to explain some discrepancies in “his” bio-diesel report. Tucker does some research on James Collier, and later Kevin helps him dig deeper. Sofia stops by to warn Cane that they need get on the same page. Lily asks Blake about Samantha. Cane thinks that it may be time to reveal the truth to Lily. She admits to Daniel that she may have already known Blake. Tucker informs Sofia that he knows everything, and makes a decision about Sofia and Cane. Lily arrives home but before she can tell Cane what she remembered, he explains that it’s time for the truth. ­Ashley confronts Sharon and Sharon learns the tape of her and Skye is on the Restless Style website. Leslie presents Phyllis with a cease and desist order for the footage. Leslie explains to Sharon some bad news regarding the video. Adam reveals to Jack that he tracked down something belonging to Skye, and is moving it into his possession.

Malcolm asks Neil to be his best man at his wedding. Sofia tries to fight Tucker on his decision. Cane admits to Lily that Blake came to town to blackmail him, and reveals to Lily some of his own past. Tucker realizes that Neil didn’t know anything about the situation with Sophia and Cane. Malcolm is furious at Cane and Sofia, and confronts Cane. Cane finally reveals to Lily the rest of the story about Blake’s blackmail, and Lily asks him to leave. Sofia explains to Neil why she chose to help Cane. Ashley and Tucker discuss Sofia, Adam and Sharon. Phyllis and Jack offer their help to Sharon and Adam. Jack and Adam decide to keep their “side project” a secret for now.

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General Hospital

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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