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Y&R Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

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At the launch party, reporters begin to question Tucker about the new line’s marketability and overall potential, Tucker finds it hard to respond. Ashley seamlessly steps in to describe the ingredients and benefits of the new line’s products. A reporter claims to have come across a marriage certificate for Ashley and Tucker. Tucker puts his arm around Ashley and confirms their marriage. When Abby is asked about her feelings regarding the marriage, Abby acts as though she knew about the nuptials, adding that she is happy for them both. Billy arrives at the dive bar, finding Cane working behind the bar. Cane refuses to serve Billy, instead, they share stories of how they’ve lost the women and children they love. Victoria starts to open up to Victor about her and Billy’s turbulent relationship. Victor warns Victoria that Billy has a problem that only he can fix.

Victoria informs Jack, Jill, and Ashley that Billy was a total wreck when she saw him after Delia’s custody hearing and hasn’t heard from him since. Billy appears lifeless as he lays face down on the steering wheel of his wrecked vehicle.

­Diane runs into both Jack and Victor when she arrives at the Jabot launch party with Kyle. Diane harps on both Victor and Jack for making Kyle’s accomplishment into a contest between the two of them. Abby takes her anger out on Deacon. Diane learns from Deacon that Abby was in fact the one driving the night Tucker was hit. Unable to conceal the truth any longer, Abby confesses to Tucker about being behind the wheel the night of the accident. Tucker reveals he knew that she was driving. The doctor informs Jill, Ashley, and Jack that he is awaiting the results of Billy’s blood alcohol test. Billy insists he wasn’t drunk. Victoria confronts Chloe about taking Delia away from Billy. Chloe insists that Billy is spiraling down the same path she witnessed while they were together in New York. Victoria and Chloe are interrupted when Jack calls to inform Victoria of Billy’s accident. Sergeant Burke informs Jill and Jack that Billy was in fact sober at the time of the accident. Inside Billy’s hospital room, Victoria bears her soul to a seemingly unconscious Billy. When she’s gone, Billy opens his eyes to reveal that he was awake Sharon arrives in court for her sentencing. Sharon thanks Adam for fighting harder than anyone for her, unaware that Adam threw away the only evidence to free her.

Phyllis is surprised when Nick informs her he will not be attending the sentencing. Noah informs Eden that he was going to be there for Sharon, but she called and asked him not to attend to avoid the press. Nick and Phyllis both agree that they wish Adam hadn’t convinced Noah that he had proof of Sharon’s innocence. Phyllis informs Nick she’s going to find out exactly how close Adam came to exonerating Sharon. The judge takes the bench and announces that Sharon is sentenced to 30 years in prison with no chance of parole. Victor assures Sharon that he and Sam are going to appeal and find a way to prove her innocence. Adam listens in through the slightly ajar courtroom door. Adam is angry when Diane considers backing out of their plan to bring Victor down. Adam reveals his plan to frame Victor for Diane’s murder and sternly informs Diane that she will follow through with the plan. Diane asks Adam to transfer money to her so she can send Kyle away to keep him from Jack and Victor’s grasp. Adam agrees, but informs Diane that she needs to sign custody of Kyle over to Victor. Sharon calls Adam’s GCAC suite, but Diane answers the phone instead and neither woman recognizes the other’s voice. Phyllis reveals to Adam that she knows he got his hands on the evidence to prove Sharon’s innocence, demanding to know what he did with it.

­Jack warns Sam that Victor is not to be trusted and insists he should also watch out for Adam. Victor informs Nick that he and Sam will be helping Sharon with her appeal. Victor learns that Phyllis thinks Adam sabotaged the evidence to clear Sharon’s name. Phyllis confronts Adam about the memory card. Adam denies that there was any evidence to clear Sharon’s name. Phyllis informs Nick that Emmett, the forensics expert, clearly heard Sharon’s voice in the memory card. An emotional Sharon leaves a message for Adam with Diane whose voice she doesn’t recognize. Later, Sharon expresses her hurt to Adam about finding a woman in his room. He assures her that there’s nothing going on between them and admits that there is something left between him and Sharon. Sam informs Sharon that Adam is not a true friend. Nick urges Phyllis to get a statement from Emmett before starting her blog about Adam’s betrayal. When Phyllis’ blog goes viral, Leslie brings a copy of the blog to Sharon, who cannot believe Adam has been lying. Diane convinces Victor to become Kyle’s legal guardian by revealing that she is in fact double-crossing Adam. Once the documents are signed, Diane asks Adam to get Kyle out of town as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Jack has planned a getaway for himself and Kyle. Sam reveals to Adam that he sees him for the snake that he is.

­Ashley and Jack take Billy home from the hospital. Ashley announces she’s throwing Billy a birthday party. Ashley invites Victoria to Billy’s party, but Victoria turns down the invitation because she doesn’t want to give Billy false hope. Sam tries to convince Sharon that she should trust him and not Adam, expressing his suspicion regarding Adam’s claim to have lost the only evidence able to clear Sharon’s name. Adam is pleased when Diane reveals that Victor has signed the papers to grant him custody of Kyle. He informs Diane that the next step in their plan to frame Victor is fake Diane’s death. Adam hands Diane an envelope filled with all necessary identification to turn her and Kyle into ‘Jennifer and Timothy Bilton’. When Diane informs Kyle that they must leave Genoa City, he refuses. Sam confronts Adam about Phyllis’ blog, demanding to know where the memory card is that could clear Sharon’s name. Spencer offers Sharon a deal if she will help him get Adam. Sam pleads with Sharon to take Spencer’s deal and admit that Adam assisted with her escape. Sharon is speechless when Adam confesses his love for her and asks her to marry him.

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General Hospital

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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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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