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Y&R Recap – Nov 21 – Nov 25th

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At the wedding reception, Abby suggests to Devon that they both should lighten up on Tucker. Abby makes plans to head to Los Angeles to fill in for Ashley at some important meetings. At the Chancellor Mansion, Chloe informs Kevin that Phyllis wants to do a story about their wedding in Restless Style, focusing on how Kevin saved Delia. Kevin confesses to Chloe that he wasn’t the donor. In the New York hotel, Victoria and Billy are in a bed together and Billy admits he was dressed as Santa on Halloween. He also reveals that he was the real bone marrow donor. He informs her that he made a deal with Victor to get out of the Myanmar jail. Neil questions Harmony about her intentions. Kay is surprised when Harmony informs her that Devon was at Tucker’s wedding. Kay invites Harmony to stay with her a while longer. Later, Sofia accepts Neil’s marriage proposal. Jack and Genevieve are discussing their plans to spend Thanksgiving together when Jill arrives. Jill informs them that Billy is alive. Myrna/Patty approaches an annoyed Adam in the Newman parking lot and asks for his help keeping Jack away from Genevieve. Adam threatens to call the police and turn her in for Diane’s murder. However, Myrna/Patty retorts that she has evidence that Adam against Adam.

­Lily greets Cane as he returns from his trip. She informs him that she doesn’t want him to be alone on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, as Sofia and Neil prepare for their guests to arrive, Neil appears to be having second thoughts about their engagement. Harmony informs Devon that she will be spending the holiday at Kay’s home. Devon accuses Harmony of trying to team up with Kay to pressure him. As the family prepares for their meal, Neil announces that he and Sofia are engaged. Devon receives a call from Angelo, who demands that he come over to Gloworm immediately. At Gloworm, Gloria, Michael, and Lauren are concerned to hear that Kevin had a fight with Chloe. Michael realizes that Kevin revealed the truth to Chloe. Angelina is flirting with Kevin when Chloe arrives and orders her to get away from her man. Chloe pulls Kevin into a kiss. Later, Devon plays the piano as Angelina sings poorly. At the lakeside mansion, Myrna/Patty finishes up preparations for Jack and Genevieve’s intimate Thanksgiving dinner. It’s revealed that Jack and Genevieve have been drugged by Myrna/Patty. Victoria and Billy wake up in their New York hotel room and make plans to head to Genoa City. Victoria says she plans to confront Victor. Billy surprises her by asking her to go easy on her father. He admits that there was a girl in Myanmar. On the plane ride home, Billy and Victoria happily decide to live together again. Delia is delighted when Billy enters the Chancellor living room and scoops her up in his arms.

Billy is thrilled to be back with Delia for Thanksgiving. After Delia goes to take a nap, Jill and Kay demand to know all the details about where he’s been. Billy evades the question, saying he’s sorry for all that he’s done. Billy tries to stop Victoria from going to confront Victor, but she insists. Adam arrives at the Lakeside Mansion, having been called there by Myrna/Patty. He’s dismayed to see that she’s drugged Jack and Genevieve, who are still passed out. She demands that he help her break them up, or she’ll tell the police what he did the night Diane was murdered. However, Adam calls her bluff and tells her to go ahead. He orders her to leave town right away or she’ll be back in the sanitarium. Myrna/Patty enters the Newman Offices disguised as a cleaning woman. She places a leather folder in Adam’s desk. Phyllis and Ronan realize that neither of them has plans for Thanksgiving, and decide to spend it together. However, Ronan receives an “anonymous” call from Myrna/Patty, saying that the murder weapon in Diane’s case is at Newman Enterprises. Ronan apologizes to Phyllis and heads out. Jack and Genevieve wake up, assuming they fell asleep because of the wine. Later, Genevieve is sitting alone when a cat walks in. Jack arrives at Billy’s house and demands to know why he stayed away from his family. Billy says that he’ll give him an explanation soon, but right now he just wants to enjoy being home.

Victoria confronts Victor, furious that he kept Billy away from Delia. Victor replies that Victoria doesn’t know the whole story about what Billy did in Myanmar. Victoria retorts that she knows about the woman. She tells Victor that she’s resigning from Newman. Phyllis is at the prison with Lucy, having just visited Daisy, when she runs into Avery. A guard enters and tells them that the prison is on lockdown. Avery comments to Phyllis that she’s spent many Thanksgivings in prison visiting their father, which Phyllis has never done. Phyllis angrily insists that their father was guilty of his crimes and demands to know if Avery still thinks he was innocent, and Avery quietly admits that she thinks he was guilty. When the lockdown ends, Avery takes off. Adam approaches Myrna/Patty, annoyed that she hasn’t left town. He slyly tells her that he switched the leather folder from his office to Victor’s safe. Ronan arrives with a team of police officers to search Newman Enterprises. Later, he confronts Victor in his office, stating that he found a syringe and a vial in Victor’s safe. Nikki arrives home at the Newman Ranch.

 

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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 which 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 riveting work.

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 care of 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 a word.

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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