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B&B Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

B&B Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

( — "The Bold and the Beautiful" Episode Recap  – Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Liam tells Bill that he wants to take Hope away somewhere before their lives change forever. Bill offered Liam use of his plane. Liam got excited. Bill told him that his life is going to change when the baby arrives, but his relationship with Hope doesn't have to. "You two have something special, you'll make it work." he said.

At home, Hope told Brooke that she hates how much she's beating herself up. Talk shifted over to the complications going on in Hope's life. They talked about Liam and Amber. Brooke told Hope that once the baby arries, Amber and her mother are going to be a constant in her life. Hope said she knew that and added that it's impossible for her to stop loving Liam. "When he is away from me, I feel like a part of me is missing." Hope said. Brooke said she wished the circumstances were different. Hope confided that there was a part of her that still wished the baby wasn't Liam's. She's still bitter about Amber slithering her way into their lives. "She pulled all the strings and now she's getting exactly what she wanted." she said. Liam stopped by. He told Hope that he wanted to fly away with her for a couple of days. Brooke encouraged her to go and said she'd be ok. Hope got excited and her and Liam left. Later, Oliver stopped by Brooke's house. Brooke told him that Hope wasn't home. Oliver told Brooke that he came to talk to her. He gave his condolences to her about Ridge. Oliver wondered how things were going with Hope and Liam. He said he wished she'd get over him. "I don't think that's going to happen." Brooke told him. Oliver said he feels that Hope deserves a better life then what she's going to have with Liam. He said he knows he can make her happy and asked Brooke to put in a good word for him.

On the plane, Hope wondered where her and Liam were headed. Liam said it was a secret. The pilot came out and told Liam they were working on a flight plan and that it would be a while before they land in Cabo San Lucas. Hope was excited. "This is a trip we are going to remember forever." she said. They kissed.

Later, Justin and Bill discussed business in Bill's office . Marcus stopped by. The men talked about Brooke leaving Forrester and starting a new foundation. They speculated and wondered what caused it all to happen. Talk shifted to Marcus and his time in Paris. Marcus talked about the hard work he did there and all the people he met. Bill joked about all the women he must've met in Paris and asked how hard it must've been to come back to LA. Marcus said there's a lot of good looking people in LA and said he's thinking about getting his own bachelor pad. Bill warned him to be careful who he lets follow him home. Justin asked Marcus once again about changing his last name. Marcus said he loves Eric, but knows Justin is his biological father. He noted how important blood relations are. This caused Bill to complain about Amber and Tawny again. "Blood ties are forever. Now my son is stuck with that tramp and her mother. God help him." Bill said.

Carl isn't sure whether the hair Amber gave him will be enough for another paternity test. Amber urged him to just get to work. Amber did nothing but panic as Carl began the test. She got more alarmed when he said he needed the babys DNA from the original test. "My future is riding on this!" she exclaimed. Amber followed Carl everywhere he went as he worked in the lab. Carl told her it was difficult to work with her hovering around him. Amber insisted on staying. Carl gave her a lab coat to wear. He told Amber he didn't understand her sudden urgency for another test. Amber explained that the baby could be Marcus Forrester's. Carl realized the clear implications this could cause. "Do you see what my problem is? That is why I have to find out what the results are before this baby is born!" Amber told him. Carl got back to work. Amber increasingly started to get more irritated and achey. Carl stopped to eat a sandwich. Amber got frustrated and told him to put it down. Suddenly, Amber's water broke!

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    B&B Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    B&B Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    ( — "The Bold and the Beautiful" Episode Recap  – Tuesday, June 14, 2011.


    Brooke looked at herself in the mirror and thought about all the insults people have thrown at her. Hope came downstairs and asked if she was ok. Brooke said that everything Taylor and Stephanie have said about her over the years are true. "I have no morals, no decency, no integrity." she said. Hope told her she was wrong and that she didn't want to listen to this. "I know it hurts to realize the kind of mother that you have but it's the truth, and you have to face it. So do I." Brooke said. Hope said she couldn't understand. Brooke told her that she needed to do something positive with her life. Hope wondered how leaving Forrester and divorcing Ridge was positive. "What else can I do with my life? I'm not a good mother, I'm not a good wife, I am a bad influence. I'm a bad person." Brooke said. Hope continued to be in disbelief and confided that she still isn't convinced something happened with Thomas. She noted how James had doubts about it as well. Brooke insisted that Thomas wouldn't lie. Hope begged her mother not to give up on Ridge. Brooke stressed that she has to do this to find peace for herself. Hope wondered what happened to Brooke and said she was not being herself. "Mom, this is not who you are. You are a fighter." she said. Brooke said she fought for all the wrong reasons. She told Hope to never be like her and to learn from the mistakes she's made.

    Nick visited Stephanie in her office. Stephanie told him that Brooke took her completely by surprise at the meeting she held. Nick said he's still not interested in Stephanie's proposition for him to pursue Brooke. He said she needs Ridge because they'll always be in love. Just then, Stephanie had a small cough attack. When it was over, she said she was fine. Taylor came in and told Nick about the foundation Brooke started. Nick demanded to know what really caused this all to happen. Stephanie and Taylor disagreed on Brooke's intentions. Taylor thinks this is just apart of another one of Brooke strategies, while Stephanie thinks she's being genuine and heartfelt. Nick left. Taylor and Stephanie continued to talk about Brooke.

    Liam and Bill talked in Bill's office. Liam admitted he was distracted because he's about to have a child with a woman he doesn't like or trust. Bill told Liam that Amber and Tawny were nothing but a couple of grifters. Liam told his father that Justin will represent him and protect all of his rights. Bill was impressed with how Liam was taking charge. "That's my boy." he told him. Liam worried about how hard this is all going to be for Hope and said he wanted to something special with Hope before things get complicated. Bill approved. Liam said that he had an idea.

    Amber's doorbell rang. It was Carl. Amber told him that she needs another paternity test. Carl said that he's done enough and complained about how he hasn't been paid enough for it. "You promised me a cut of some big bucks and all I've gotten is some cheap champagne and chocolates." he said. Amber told him there might be a slight glitch in her plans. She begged him to help her. Carl gave in and said he needed a DNA sample from the guy (Marcus). Amber called Marcus and told him that she needed to see him. Marcus wondered why they couldn't talk over the phone. Amber said it needed to happen in person. Later, Marcus came by and said that he knew what this was all about – she's lonely and wanted to be with him again. Amber lied and said that was true. She played along with him and weaseled her way into plucking a hair from his head. Marcus said this didn't feel right. Amber told Marcus that he's a really sweet guy and friend to her but she needs to think about her baby now. She told him that maybe it was best he leave now. After he left, she examined the hair she plucked from his head.

    Later, Carl kicked an employee out of the lab so he could be alone. Amber, in panic mode, arrived at the lab and gave Carl the pluck of Marcus's hair. "Just get me the answer, ok? I need to know before the baby comes!".

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      B&B Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

      B&B Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

      ( — "The Bold and the Beautiful" Episode Recap  – Monday, June 13, 2011.


      Brooke told Stephanie that she wants her to be proud of her. She continued to try and convince Steph to accept the new foundation being in her name. "I'm determined to change and be as much like you as possible." she said. Stephanie remained hesitant and said she couldn't do it. She told Brooke that she's incapable of change.

      Someone rang Amber's doorbell. Amber held onto her belly and said "Please, please, please baby, let that be your daddy." She opened the door and it was Marcus. Amber let him in and he filled her in on how things went in Paris. He told her about all the hot models he saw. Amber noted how she was sitting around as big as a house while he was living it up with hot models. "Well, I just so happen to think that pregnant women are sexy as hell." Marcus told her. "Really? Don't go getting any ideas." Amber replied. Later, Marcus talked about how much fun they've had together. Amber agreed. Marcus told her that he thinks Liam will be a good father to her child. Amber agreed but seemed distant. Marcus asked if she was ok. Amber told him that she wished Liam felt more for her like he does Hope. "But he's not going to ever, especially now." she said. Marcus assured her that Liam is a stand up guy and won't walk away from her and the baby. "He wouldn't turn his back on this kid anymore than I would." he said. Marcus admitted that he was relieved when the paternity test proved the baby was Liam's. He kissed her on the forehead and then left. Amber thought to herself about Marcus. "Marcus and me. It can't be. No way…"

      Eric and Ridge talked about Brooke's new determination to change her life. Taylor wasn't buying it and said it will change nothing. Ridge stepped out. Stephanie joined Eric and Taylor and expressed that she didn't think Brooke's plans were part of another scheme. Taylor couldn't believe that Stephanie actually thinks Brooke is being sincere. Eric told Stephanie that Brooke sees her as a woman of princinple and wants to be more like her. Stephanie said that she isn't some kind of saint. She went off into a corner and whispered to herself "What's done is done and I did what I believe is the right thing."

      Ridge visited Brooke and told her how much he admired her for what she's doing but wondered if she's being to extreme. Brooke said she knows she's destroyed their family but wants to fix it. Ridge told her she took a step in the right direction by reaching out to his mother. He asked her if she was sure about leaving Forrester Creations. Brooke talked about all the battles she and Stephanie had in that office. "I always fought how she saw me because anything else would be admitting what she said is true–about being a predator, a slut from the valley. And it turns out, she was right. What happened on that island proves it." said Brooke. Brooke wished she could undo the damage she inflicted on Thomas. She said she wished she had listened to Stephanie sooner. "I could have spared Thomas. I could have spared us." she said. Brooke said goodbye to Ridge and he hugged her. "I'll always love you, Logan. Always." he said. Brooked stepped out into the hallway where Eric, Taylor, and Stephanie stood. She headed for the elevator and Stephanie followed her. Brooke told her they could talk about the foundation later. "I'm not taking no for answer." she said. "I just hope that some day I can look at you and say the Brooke Logan you once knew is no more." Stephanie felt guilty as she watched the elevator doors close in on Brooke.





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        B&B Recap: Friday, June 10, 2011

        B&B Recap: Friday, June 10, 2011

        ( — "The Bold and the Beautiful" Episode Recap — Friday, June 10, 2011.


        At Forrester Creations, Brooke's meeting began. Taylor complained that she didn't think Thomas should be at the meeting. Eric wondered what was going on. Stephanie said she didn't have time for any of this and said she was leaving. Brooke told her to stay because she's the one she wanted to see most of all. She said she had something to tell everyone in the room. Just then, Pam interrupted the meeting to give Brooke something that had just arrived for her. Brooke thanked Eric for always being on her side but said he was wrong to always do so. "All of those things that I did, these foul things that I was accused of, I think they're partly true. And I only deceived you because I was deceiving myself. I'm sorry." Brooke told him. Brooke said she wanted to change her life and that she asked all of them here so that she could explain to them how. Eric turned to Thomas and demanded he fess up to whatever he knew. Ridge told his father to back off. Eric refused and continued to defend Brooke and demand answers. Brooke told Eric to stop. "I did what they said I would do. Please, don't defend me, I can't take it anymore." she pleaded. "What who said you would do?" Eric replied. "I think she means me." said Taylor. "And what is it that she's done that you said she would do?" said Eric. "Your Grandson." replied Taylor. Eric was stunned and walked over to Brooke. Brooke told him she was hallucinogenic and not herself when it happened. She told him that she has no recollection of it even happening. Eric wondered how she knew then. Brooke told him that Thomas remembered it happening. "You were right all along Taylor, and you to Stephanie." said Brooke. She said she knew she was a sexual predator.

        Brooke went on with the meeting and discussed the things she would be keeping. "I'm going to keep the house and the children's trust funds, there'll be a penalty but the 401k will pay for our living expenses. The rest I'm putting into a private foundation." she said. Ridge couldn't believe it. Taylor accused her of grandstanding. "I'm not grandstanding, it's a way to get my self-respect back. And there's no better way than helping others who are struggling with their lives. That's what I'm going to do, that gives me purpose." said Brooke. Ridge wondered what the private foundation was. Brooke said her lawyer made it very simple and asked her what she wanted to name the foundation. "I told him I wanted to name it after someone who most inspired me." she said. Brooke then held up a document, and at the top it said "STEPHANIE FORRESTER FOUNDATION". Brooke said she had never felt more useful than when she was helping Stephanie on the streets working at the shelter. Stephanie was resistant and didn't want to have any part of it. She suggested Brooke just write a check and be done with it. Thomas standed up for Brooke for wanting to do a good thing. He voiced how ashamed he was of his Grandmother and then left. Brooke asked for some alone time with Stephanie. Before everyone left, Eric noted to Stephanie that she wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Brooke. Before Ridge left he told Brooke that she did nothing wrong.

        Once alone, Brooke apologized for all the pain she caused. Stephanie said that people don't change and that they both have to live with the consequences. Brooke asked Stephanie if she'd accept the position as president of the new foundation. Stephanie refused and said she doesn't want her name attached to it. Brooke begged Stephanie to have it in her heart to let her use her name for this foundation. "Please Stephanie, just give me this one last thing."

        In another room, Eric asked Ridge and Taylor if what really happened was true. They told him it was. Eric said it was hurtful to be the last to know. "Well, it appears that you and I have something in common that I never would have wished on you." Eric told Ridge.

        Over at Jackie M, Nick informed Jackie, Owen, and Whip that Brooke and Ridge had broken up. Whip said deep down he was hoping that he and Taylor would get back together but now realizes that's no longer possible. Jackie wondered why Stephanie chose to confide that news to Nick specifically. "If you know enough to ask the question, then you already know the answer, Mother." Nick replied. Whip was clueless and wondered what they were talking about. Owen simply said Brooke's name. Jackie told Nick that she always knew he wasn't completely over Brooke. "The harder we tried to make things work, the more they didn't so we stopped trying. Things seem to work out fine now." he said. "Have no expectations and let life take it's course."

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          B&B Recap: Thursday, June 9, 2011

          B&B Recap: Thursday, June 9, 2011

          ( — "The Bold and the Beautiful" Episode Recap — Thursday, June 9, 2011.


          At Forrester Creations, Brooke cryptically discussed something with her lawyer over the phone.

          Ridge and Taylor got ready to go to a meeting Brooke set up. They wondered what it was going to be about. Ridge noted that Eric still doesn't know about Brooke & Thomas sleeping together. Taylor wondered if he'd find out today. "I hope not" said Ridge. Taylor told Ridge that their son needs help. Ridge admitted he hasn't been there for him lately because he felt betrayed by both him and Brooke. "The longer you stay silent, the only choice he has is to feel that void with guilt and sooner or later this could really overwhelm him, I really think you need to reach out to him," Taylor pleaded.

          Thomas and Stephanie talked in Ridge's office. Stephanie told Thomas she didn't want him at the meeting. Thomas voiced his concerns to her about Hope starting to catch on to his lie. Stephanie encouraged him to keep the lie going and reminded him of all he has to gain from this. "Tom, your family is about to be put back together again and you are right here positioned to take control of this company." Stephanie left Thomas sitting in Ridge's chair, which she said he looked good in.

          Brooke stopped by shortly after and told Thomas they needed to talk. She asked him if he remembered anything else from the island. "Have you?" Thomas said. "No. And I'm beginning to think I won't," she replied. Brooke told him that she's not calling him a liar, but wondered if what he thought happened could've been part of another hallucination. "I know what you're asking me to say, Brooke, but I just can't." Thomas said. Brooke said he was right and then talk shifted over to the meeting. Brooke said that she wanted him to be there. Thomas said Stephanie doesn't. "She doesn't know what I'm going to do," replied Brooke. Thomas wondered what that was. "The only thing I have left to do," Brooke told him. She then told Thomas that she doesn't like the person she's become.

          Dayzee and Marcus met up with each other. Marcus asked how things were going between her and Thomas. Dayzee told him that lately Thomas has changed and things just haven't been the same since shortly after he got back from the island. "I just think somethings happened and he's really dealing with something heavy." she said. Marcus listened as she voiced her concerns over Thomas's behavior lately. Dayzee told him not to tell Thomas they were talking about him.

          At the Jackie M offices, Owen and Jackie were all over each other as usual. Stephanie stopped by and asked if they knew where Nick was. Just then, Nick came into the room and greeted Stephanie. "Uh oh don't tell me you need a job?" Nick said jokingly. "Actually, I'm here looking for a little insurance" Stephanie replied. Owen and Jackie left the room. "You come here for insurance so if history repeats itself, you're here to talk to me about Brooke," said Nick. Stephanie told him that Brooke and Ridge's marriage was over. Nick couldn't believe it. Stephanie told Nick that Brooke is going to be alone and that she'll need a friend. "Can't you be that friend for her?" she told him. Nick demanded to know what happened between Ridge and Brooke. Stephanie said that wasn't important. "The point is she's available," she said. After that, Stephanie left to go to Brooke's meeting.

          Eric joined Thomas and Brooke in Ridge's office. Ridge and Taylor arrived soon after. Taylor was surprised to see Thomas there. Ridge told Brooke that he doesn't think Thomas should be involved in this. "I think you'll want to hear what I have to say. You all wil," Brooke said. Stephanie arrived and stated "Now that were all here, let the crocodile tears flow."

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            AMC Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

            ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

            IT HAPPENED TODAY…

            Colby is excited that things in her life, like her vlog and her relationship with Asher are going well. Asher offers some advice on expanding her brand and Colby is happy he’s taking an interest in her business. Liza asks Colby for a fresh start but she’s not ready to forgive her just yet.

            Maya is happy that Colby talks to her like she is more than just the hired help. Colby notices a bruise on Maya’s arm and wants to be a friend and help.

            Not knowing Bianca was the one to give JR the music box, an excited Marissa shows it to Bianca and says it shows he’s changed. Noticing how Bianca’s affected by this Marissa suggests a girls night out to take her mind off things. Bianca hides her feelings and listens to JR’s plans for a special night with Marissa. Although she wants to go out with Marissa tonight Bianca gives JR the same advice Marissa gave her earlier and says he should ask her out. He takes her advice & Marissa breaks her plans with Bianca to accept.

            Tad’s hair turns orange after he allows Opal to dye it. He shows Cara and admits he did it for her, hoping to get rid of his gray hair. Cara sneaks away from the tent before Jake can find her out there. Jake tells Amanda he wants to make love to her but he’s not comfortable in the tent, as it has too many ghosts. After overhearing Jake and Cara, Amanda and asks Cara if she modeled the tent after the one she and Jake had in Darfur. Jake admits to Tad he hasn’t told Amanda about what happened with him and Cara. Tad thinks he shouldn’t tell her especially since they were able to catch themselves. Amanda is convinced Jake and Cara are hiding something from her.

            On the Next All My Children…

            • Jake tells Angie he is trying to rekindle his relationship with Amanda by planning a trip.
            • Past regrets are revealed.
            • Bianca apologizes to Krystal.


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              GH Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

              GH Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

              ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Despite events, everyone wants to celebrate after graduation, but Michael is nowhere to be found. Alexis tries to make a lesson out of Michael’s behavior, but Carly defends her son. Sonny threatens Mayor Floyd for Michael’s diploma. Michael and Jason have a heart to heart, and he agrees to work legitimately over the summer as a longshoreman at the coffee warehouse. Kristina hopes for a kiss, Michael and Jason join the party, and Dante breaks the news that his parole is over.

              Brenda and Diane argue over the idea of Sonny legally adopting Alec.

              Jason and Sam discuss if they would ever be able to let their children go.

              On the Next General Hospital…

              • Siobhan and Maxie discuss Aiden’s paternity secret.
              • Lucky sets fire to the Spencer home, only to realize Siobhan is inside.


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                'AMC' Busts 3 Fan Favorite Villainesses Out of Lock Up

                ( — On the week of July 25, look for Jennifer Bassey, Kate Collins and Melissa Claire Egan to reprise their naughty chick roles on “All My Children.” According to TV Guide’s Michael Logan, the sanity-challenged Marian, Janet and Annie will help break Dixie (Cady McClain) out of Oak Haven – Pine Valley’s long-standing psychiatric facility. Great humor will give way to great warmth when all of the aforementioned escapees are reunited with their loved ones.

                Bassey played Marian Colby on “All My Children” from 1983 to 1985. In 1995, she returned to the soap for a long-running recurring stint in the role of one of Pine Valley’s best troublemakers. She was upped to contract in 1998. In 2003, Bassey was taken off contract but remained on the show on recurring status until she last aired in August 2009. The talented actress earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Supporting Actress category in 1999. Following her husband Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) murder in 2009, Marian flipped her lid in a packed courtroom corridor and ended up shooting Marissa Chandler (then played by Brittany Allen) while targeting Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew). Marian is the mother of Liza Colby (Jamie Luner), in the 1980s Marian infamously took her daughter’s boyfriend Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) to bed, and the step-mother of Scott Chandler (Daniel Cosgrove).

                Collins played anti-heroine Natalie Marlowe on “All My Children” from 1985 to 1992. In 1991, Collins debuted in the role of Janet Green, Natalie’s bitter sister. Natalie was killed off in the summer of 1993 after an unsuccessful run by actress Melody Anderson. Soap veteran Robin Mattson took Natalie’s mentally ill sister on the road to sanity when she took over the role of Janet in 1994 to much acclaim. Mattson remained in the role until 2000. Collins returned to the ABC soap for stints as Janet from November 2005 to March 2006, from February 2007 to December 2007 and for a short run in early 2010. In the hands of Collins, Janet has always been “from another Planet.” Amanda Dillon Martin (Chrishell Stause) is the product of Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd) and Janet’s bedroom romp while Ms. Green was impersonating her otherwise holed-up sister, Natalie. Janet’s murder victims include Dixie’s brother, Will Cortlandt, and Amanda’s father. During one of Janet’s returns following the death of Dixie in early 2007, Pine Valley’s favorite loon hinted that Dixie was alive. Will the dots be connected this July? Stay Tuned.

                Two-time Daytime Emmy nominee Egan debuted in the role of Annie Novak in July 2006. Annie started out as a good girl but took a dark turn with the arrival of her sociopath brother Richie Novak (Billy Miller) and the return of “the real” Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). Both arrivals threatened her marriage to white-knight Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison). In 2008, Head-Writer Charles Pratt Jr. saved Egan from what appeared to be building to an immediate early exit by embracing Annie’s brewing insanity. Annie’s lukewarm reception turned hot as Egan, too, embraced her now sanity-challenged character. Annie went on to marry Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Scott Chandler (then played by Adam Mayfield). Both marriages were destroyed due to Annie’s inability to stay away from Dixie’s son, JR Chandler (Jacob Young). Never far from mentally unstable, Annie completely lost her mind again in March 2011 in part due to JR’s shenanigans. Emma Lavery is Annie’s daughter with Ryan. Annie’s murder victims include her own brother Richie and Dixie’s half-sister, Di Henry.

                Speaking of the woman that sends these three lovely ladies out on the lamb, Dixie Cooney Martin – look for the next substantial development in her return story to take place on July 1. It has not been revealed whether Bassey, Collins and Egan are slated to return for a limited amount of episodes, like Josh Duhamel and Eva LaRue, or for an extended run, like McClain and Thorsten Kaye. “All My Children” concludes taping on Friday, September 2 and last airs on the first day of Fall 2011, Friday, September 23.

                Update (6/15/11 at 4: 15 PM EST): Earlier today, the Administrator of Melissa Claire Egan’s official website clarified the length of her return trip to Pine Valley. Egan is slated to return for three episodes.

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                  My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

                  My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

                  ( — Must see TV? More like must miss TV.

                  The more I watch “One Life to Live” these days, the more I am convinced that the show itself is bi-polar. From week to week and even day to day this show goes from entertaining to choppy and idiotic. It seems to have more ups and downs than a roller coaster. And lately, it has been on a serious downturn.

                  Take Tuesday’s (June 14) episode for example. As much as the thought of Tess and Ford dressed in nun habits making out in a padded cell at a mental hospital excites me (only it really doesn’t), it is exactly what is wrong with this show right now. The Ford invasion of Llanview continues, even with the show winding down in mere months. Time would be much better spent focusing on the core characters and long-time veterans that have basically carried the show for decades. This mushy, nauseating love story of a man-whore and a bitchy, one-note alternate personality was a disaster even before it began, not to mention the fact that it will likely end the same way Tess’ last relationship with. Remember that one? When Tess fell in love with Nash, only to have Jessica regain control and fall for him as well? It’s sad when writers steal ideas from others shows, but it is even worse when they start repeating themselves with nearly identical storylines over and over again. Yeah, I know that this time there is a baby involved….well last time there was a kid mixed up in it too, when Jessica was going to adopt Antonio’s little girl Jamie. Concept-wise, it’s pretty much the same thing.

                  As bad as they are, however, Ford and Tess are not the only reason why this show is stagnant at the moment. This Jack bullying Shane storyline is boring me to tears right now. And no, I’m not upset that Gigi is locked in a basement room where she is slowly succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. I just flat out do not care for the character, or for that idiot Rex. John-Paul Lavoisier really needs to work on fighting the urge to make stupid faces while on camera. Just sayin’. Getting back to Jack, I might be more invested in this storyline if Andrew Trischitta would project his character’s emotions and motivations more. He’s playing Jack like a one-note thug, who appears to have no real reason for picking on Shane. Yeah, I know that he makes fun of him because he has asthma, but what made him decide to target Shane in the first place, out of all of his classmates? That’s what they should be focusing on. Andrew’s delivery just comes across to flat in his scenes with Shane, as well as his cohort Brad, to make things even remotely interesting for me…although I do like it that Shane is fighting back now and standing up for himself.

                  Speaking of interesting, what the hell was the point of bringing Patrick back to life only to show the back of his head in a couple of scenes as part of Marty’s seemingly hastily written exit from Llanview? And placing him in the same “facility” as the man with Todd’s old face? What was up with that? Even by “One Life” standards, none of that makes any sense…imagine that. As I have mentioned before, Ron Carlivati apparently loves these little plot twists that go nowhere. And yes, I realize that the show was aggressively trying to lure Thorsten Kaye back as Patrick to usher his reel and real-life wife off the show, and had to make alternate arrangements when negotiations fell through, but come on, they could have easily done a much better job than this. It’s just the latest in a seemingly endless series of plotholes.

                  But it’s not all bad. There are bright spots in the dark pit that is Llanview. Matthew’s storyline is heartbreaking, especially with regards to Bo and Nora. They are consumed by grief and each handling the situation a little differently. Bo, knowing how it feels to lose a child, is trying to be somewhat realistic, realizing that his son could save someone else’s life. And Nora is in denial that her son’s condition is as bad as the doctors say that it is, refusing to give up and holding on whatever little glimmer of hope she can find. Grief can be a very powerful emotion, especially with regards to the loss of a child. Although I have never experienced that level of trauma first hand, I can only imagine how very, very difficult it must be for parents to let go of a child, especially when that child was perfectly healthy throughout their life before being sudden stricken with a potentially fatal medical issue. Along the same lines, I also like the idea of Destiny being possibly being pregnant with Matthew’s baby. I think it adds a nice twist to the storyline, but it gives Destiny an actual storyline, instead of just dispensing advice. And I also am enjoying Viki’s conversations with Bo and Nora over the pain of losing a child. After all, Viki had one to die (Megan) and another (Jessica) who is, in a way, gone as well, with Tess in control for months now. Although I would love to see the writers just throw in a random Viki/Bo kiss just as a nod to long-time fans who have always wondered why the two were never linked romantically over the years.

                  Moving on, congratulations to “oltlfan83,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was former former “Blue’s Clues” star Donovan Patton, who was one of the thugs that roughed up Nick Chavez, who then used the situation to his advantage, by trying to break up Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish.

                  In case you missed the clues, here they are:

                  Here’s your clue….this aspiring actor found a more mature audience when he appeared in Llanview in 2009 as a thug.

                  Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

                  This accomplished jazz singer and pianist stopped by Llanview back in the ’70s, when she sang at someone’s wedding.

                  So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the June 30th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the names of the characters getting married, and which half of the happy couple she was related to on onscreen. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

                  Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of July 4th. Secrets place one relationship in turmoil. Someone is out for revenge. An unlikely pair reach an understanding. And a life or death choice is made.

                  Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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                    After weeks of reported firings, hirings and rumors, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is breaking its silence. In a press release issued to Soap Opera Network, the program has outlined a series of changes that will be reflected on screen beginning in September that includes highlighting romance and the faces of beloved characters once more. Behind the scenes changes include the hiring of “Passions” scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas and naming Noel Maxam and Greg Meng as Co-Executive Producers. The duo replace Gary Tomlin, who was fired last week. The behind the scenes changes are effective immediately.

                    “It’s time to make a more positive, romantic, and intriguing show driven by the power of heroic love. I’m very excited about the new adventure we are about to take which is based on the show that my parents created 45 years ago,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer and owner of the daytime drama series.

                    “‘Days of our Lives’” initiated a strong direction of change by appointing a new head writing team consisting of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. The successful writing duo plan to change the direction of the show as they tell contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the ‘DAYS’ history of family, romance, and intrigue,” the press release stated. According to McPherson and Thomas, “New fans will find many reasons to stay, and longtime fans will find many reasons to return.”

                    The big changes taking place this fall begins with a grand event, which was expected as McPherson recently tweeted “The excitement is building! Huge party with many surprises the week of 9/26! You are all invited! We promise you won’t be disappointed!”

                    “The new writing team has already generated much excitement with the compelling stories they have written, and we plan to translate those stories to the screen with a refreshed look,” said Meng, who for over ten years has served as Executive in Charge of Production for the drama series. Before joining “DAYS,” Maxam for his part had a long and successful run at CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” He began his daytime career with the drama series in 1997 as an Associate Director. He served in this position until 2002, but directed a number of episodes since 1999 until his departure in September 2007 to join “DAYS.” He was named Supervising Producer in late 2008. Both “Y&R” and “DAYS” are co-produced by Sony Pictures Television.

                    “I am confident these changes will bring back excitement and anticipation to our family of fans as they tune in each day to see what happens,” Corday promised. “You won’t want to miss a single episode of the new ‘DAYS’ ahead!

                    As previously reported, actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez), head writer Dena Higley and co-executive producer Gary Tomlin are OUT!  It has been reported that Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) are IN! Rumored to be joining them in the coming months are Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton), Bryan Datillo (Lucas Horton), Christie Clark (Carrie Brady Reed) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed). Reps for Datillo and Muldoon issued a “no comment.”

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