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Y&R Recap – Nov 29 – Dec 3rd

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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In New Orleans, Nick and Michael search for Sharon by showing her photograph to innkeepers, bartenders, anyone on the street who may have seen her. They show Adam’s photo to a police officer and inform him that Adam is a suspect in a murder case. They enter Cornstalk and discover Sharon is staying there. Sharon wanders the streets of New Orleans not knowing Adam is quietly following her. She gets a psychic reading then follows a funeral procession to a cemetery, where she comes face to face with Adam. Phyllis calls Jack to inform him the article on Adam is approved and she is flying to New Orleans, so Jack offers to baby-sit her kids. Diane enters and demands to know why Jack was a no-show on Thanksgiving. Jack explains the hedge fund situation as well as being stuck at the police station. Diane angrily questions his parenting when Phyllis enters to hand Jack her kids’ things. Phyllis instructs Jack not to tell Nick where she is going, which Jack in turn, also instructs Diane. Diane apologizes to Jack and decides to go shopping so they can dine with Kyle as a family. Jack, hoping to have a dinner with his son, becomes frustrated with Diane.

Nikki attempts to apologize to Victor for her behavior but Victor is upset with her drinking, and the lack of faith she showed in their relationship. Nikki counters that she was sure Victor was married to Meggie. Victor reminds Nikki she slept with Deacon at the first sign of trouble. On the phone, he instructs the caller to gas up the get. Victor packs a suitcase and informs Nikki he will spend the holidays on a business trip. Nikki kisses his cheek and reminds him she will always love him, but he informs her that she has one month to move out. On the jet, Victor offers a drink to Skye, who is sitting across from him. At a coffee shop Nikki spots Deacon and they discuss his release from rehab. Deacon reveals to Nikki he hasn’t stopped thinking about her. In New Orleans, Phyllis shows a driver a photo of Adam but the driver has not seen him. She shows the driver a photo of Nick and he informs her that he has seen him. Phyllis instructs the driver to call her and only her if he sees Adam.

­Sharon stares at Adam, who grabs her and passionately kisses her. After a moment Sharon pulls away and insists she’s trying to figure out what to do. Adam reveals that he loves her. They leave the cemetery, take a walk, and dine together. Afterwards they make love. Nick continues searching for Sharon. Jack baby-sits Summer and Faith, and they have dinner with Kyle and Diane. After the girls have gone to bed, Kyle goes into the media room, and Jack confesses to Diane that he is worried about Skye. He believes Victor is responsible. Diane offers to stay to help with the girls in the morning, but Jack insists he’ll be fine. On the jet, Skye admits she was duped by Victor and Jack’s partnership. Victor insists Skye will get used to “being dead” again, and offers to help her if she needs it. Skye remembers that she once listened to Victor when he offered her help, just after her fund crashed and she’d found Adam’s empty drawers. Skye realizes she will have to live by Victor’s rules, but Victor reminds her she will be well cared for as long as she stays “dead.” He informs Skye the jet will make multiple stops in order to make it difficult for anyone to ever track her. The jet lands and Victor informs Skye there will be an artist waiting for her to transform her look, and that this will be the last time she will ever see anyone she knows. Michael spots Phyllis at the hotel and she immediately pleads with him not to inform Nick. Phyllis reveals that she wants to follow the story and suggests Sharon and Adam may be having an affair. Michael disagrees and asks if this is about exploiting Nick’s love life. Phyllis swears it is about Adam. Nick enters the hotel, furious to see Phyllis there. Nick accuses Phyllis of being a bad parent for leaving their kids to follow a story, and accuses her of just wanting to see Sharon get hurt. Michael calls a cab for Phyllis and begs her to go home to their girls. Phyllis relents and heads home. Just then a police officer enters and informs Nick and Michael that Adam used an ATM just up the street from the Cornstalk. ­After hanging up on a call with Michael, it’s revealed that Phyllis is in New Orleans. Michael and Nick search Sharon’s hotel room for clues. In bed, Adam kisses Sharon and they make love. Nick is furious with Michael for suggesting Sharon may have met up with Adam for a romantic getaway.  Adam takes Sharon to the footbridge in the park. Adam pours his heart out to Sharon. Sharon has a flashback to moment with her and Nick and informs Adam she can’t be with him. When Sharon kisses Adam on the cheek to say goodbye, Nick and Michael appear. Sharon learns the US Marshall’s are on their way to arrest Adam for Skye’s murder. Sharon denies coming to meet up with Adam and says it’s a coincidence. When Nick reveals they’re over, Phyllis comes out of hiding. Phyllis informs him that Sharon couldn’t let go of Adam. Deacon begins to reveal his feelings for Nikki, but she informs him she needs time to figure things out. Kay informs Deacon she thinks he’s despicable for using Nikki. Later, Jack informs Nikki that Sharon is missing. Jill finds Lauren working in the store and is surprised to learn that her vacation was cancelled. Jill is upset that Lauren blew her off over Thanksgiving. Lauren accuses Jill of trying to take over the company. Lauren visits Daisy in jail and accuses her of having a sick plan. She informs Daisy that she will do whatever she can to keep her in jail. Phyllis calls Billy and informs inform that Adam has been apprehended. When Phyllis arrives at the magazine to give Billy the story, she catches Billy and Victoria making out. Phyllis leaves to write the story and Victoria enters in her lingerie. Noah learns that Adam followed Sharon to New Orleans and they are both being held for questioning. At the station, Sharon realizes that she is being considered an accomplice. Adam declines a lawyer because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Nick vents to Jack about after their long search for Sharon they found her hanging out with Adam. Jack warns Nick about trying to save Sharon from Adam. Abby arrives at the police station because she didn’t want Noah to be alone. Ronan questions Adam about his turbulent relationship with Skye. Abby tries to distract Noah from the thoughts of his mother being in jail. Sharon is shaken when she hears the threats Adam made to Skye. Michael suggests that Adam didn’t go to New Orleans for Sharon, but to escape the law. Ronan lets Sharon go, but insists she stay in town. Abby asks Noah why he thinks Sharon didn’t run from Adam. They joke about being the only normal ones in their families. Adam pleads with Sharon to believe his innocence. ­Michael and Lauren wait for the hearing to being on Phyllis’ petition to take in Daisy. The judge immediately denies Phyllis’ petition and forcing Daisy to stay in jail. Kevin hopes Daisy staying in jail will convince her to let him adopt her baby. Daniel warns Kevin to stay out of the situation with Daisy. Daniel confronts Phyllis about Daisy and demands she stop trying to help. Leslie informs Lauren and Michael that Daisy was taken to the hospital. Leslie insists that if Lauren visits Daisy again, they will take legal action. Daisy borrows Leslie’s phone and asks Daniel to come to the hospital because something is wrong with the baby. Phyllis learns due to Daisy’s hospitalization they may have a second shot with the judge. They learn Daisy has placenta previa and will need a blood transfusion. Due to Daisy’s bed rest, the judge releases Daisy into Phyllis’ care. Lauren warns Phyllis that Daisy will cause destruction in her life. Hogan shows up at Gloworm threatening Kevin and Chloe. Kevin gives him the money out of the register to shut him up. Hogan offers him a job, but he declines. When Kevin learns how expensive the adoption will be he re-considers Hogan’s offer.

Jack confronts Adam about Skye’s murder. Adam insists Skye is faking her death. Nick pushes Sharon to open up to him and she blurts out she slept with Adam. She assures Nick she wants a life with him, Noah, and Faith. Adam asks Heather for her help, but she declines stating that she now works for Michael. Ronan informs Adam he received evidence from his computer of how to dispose of a body. Adam insists its part of the set up. Later, while Ronan is talking to Heather, he collapses. Sharon arrives at the interrogation room confessing to Adam she believes his innocence.

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 in their scenes that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out out 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.

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-giving 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 moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alixia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying many 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 trouble past that was acting at its best, 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 being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week? Comment 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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