(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On July 4th, 2011, the United State of America will celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in which the United States officially declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Like on Memorial Day, to deflect bad ratings due to the thousands of people out enjoying the federal holiday, ABC Daytime has chosen to air encore presentations. This is despite the fact “All My Children” is going off the air on ABC in September, and “One Life to Live” is going off the air on ABC in January 2012. Fittingly, ABC Daytime will use this particular day of celebration better known as “Independence Day” to reflect back on some major ABC Daytime characters declaring themselves free from certain constraints.
The following is a list of the encore presentations chosen to air for “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” on Monday, July 4, 2011:
- “All My Children” will air an episode originally aired on November 11 2010. Passion builds between Ryan and Greenlee while on the run. Ryan and Greenlee admit their love for each other and share a passionate kiss. Ryan is able to con a guard into believing he is with the FBI, searching for a fugitive, Nick Pearson. In an effort to get over Ryan, Madison accepts a lunch date with Logan. Zach and Kendall deny knowing where Greenlee and Ryan are when Jesse questions them. Zach and Kendall go down memory lane and remember moments in the history of their relationship. Zach’s lawyer informs him that the deal is done and he’s out of the casino situation. Jesse walks in on Natalia and Brot arguing and they admit to him they’ve been on a few dates but agree it won’t be a problem when Jesse says he’ll have to transfer one of them. Natalia surprises Brot when she kisses him.
- “One Life to Live” will air an episode that originally aired on April 27, 2011. This special episode celebrated Erika Slezak’s 40th Anniversary on the soap. Joey and Natalie want to know if Viki is Niki as the fight for Ryder’s custody is decided. Ford and Tess don’t want Niki revealed. Niki takes the stand and says she’s giving up the fight for custody. Meanwhile, inside Viki’s mind, the struggle for dominance plays out between Jean and Viki. Viki wants Jean to release her but Jean tells her she’s only as strong as Viki herself. At one point Jean takes over in the courtroom and seems to advocate for Viki to take custody, but her effort fails. Viki passes out, overwhelmed and exhausted. Natalie and Joey panic and an ambulance is called. They summon Viki back, reminding her of her strength and importance. Jean convinces Niki that if Viki dies, so do they. Even Niki urges Viki not to give up without a fight. Ultimately Viki wakes up and she is Viki.
- “General Hospital” will air an episode that originally aired on April 28 2011. The Spencers, Nikolas, Sonny, Carly and Steve encircle Luke in a surprise intervention for his alcohol addiction. Through individual letters, flashbacks and loving pleas, they ask Luke to choose rehab or else live with the consequence of losing everyone in his life. Luke walks away from his friends and family, choosing the bottle.