(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, October 31, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
It’s Jason and Sam’s last day in paradise – but what does Franco have planned?
Sonny plans a family dinner to celebrate Kristina’s going-away to Yale and invites Kate. Will Dante and Lulu make a public announcement at dinner tonight?
A mysterious clown hangs at the hospital – is Emma in danger when the Drakes arrive at the hospital?
Maxie waits patiently for Matt to remember her birthday, but Spinelli and Mac beat him to the punch. Meanwhile, Matt rushes to save Elizabeth.
Intent on re-hanging Laura’s portrait, Ethan arrives at Wyndemere to an open secret passageway door.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Diane breaks news of Brenda to Sonny.
- Johnny works out a deal with Steve for his father.
- Maxie is upset at Spinelli.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, October 31, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Todd drops by La Boulaie on the night of Halloween. Sam’s use of the nickname “Scarface” precipitates a talk in which he gets an earful about Todd and Victor. Sam invites Todd to come trick-or-treating with him and Blair. Todd takes a moment to psych himself up to declare his feelings for Blair.
Natalie and Brody’s engagement party continues, with Rex at the door greeting Cutter and Stacy (disguised in costumes). Tina finds the picture of Gigi on Rex’s mantle and identifies her to Cord as the woman she saw at Llanfair. Tina tries to shoehorn Cord in as Brody’s maid of honor. Natalie thanks Aubrey for her part in throwing the engagement party but threatens to break her legs should she make a move on Rex.
Stacy bumps into Shane. Aubrey spies Cutter and has a sneaking suspicion. Rex spots Shane talking to Stacy. Rex questions Shane about the woman he was talking to. Cutter hustles Stacy off to the stables, where he surmises that her connection to Shane is one of hate. Aubrey believes Cutter has returned with his floozy to fleece Rex. Rex arrives. Rex prepares to tear the mask off Stacy.
Ford and Jessica arrive with Bree to pay their respects to Brody and Natalie. Bree drops a piece of Clint’s mail outside the mansion. Left alone, Viki and Clint edge closer after reminiscing about their wedding but ultimately pull back from a fraught moment. Clint wonders what happened to the letter he was told arrived for him.
Rex finds Stacy’s mask, left behind outside the mansion.
Cord and Tina make love in the stables.
On the Next One Life to Live…
- Rex surprises Tina and Cord.
- Viki and Todd talk Blair and Clint.
- Stacy has second thoughts.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Revenge” is one of television’s biggest new hits and a critical darling. Unfortunately, we at Soap Opera Network have not been giving it the attention it so rightfully deserved, until now. As one of the only dramas ABC can cite as a success on its new primetime schedule, the network has put together a lengthy “catch up” montage for viewers who have yet to discover this little gem of a soap opera.
“Revenge” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on the ABC Television Network.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With “One Life to Live” nearing the end of its run on ABC Daytime, the list of returning former cast members is increasing. And, while the list is impressive, it is lacking one important ingredient for long-time fans of the soap.
With the exception of Judith Light, who is rumored to be making an appearance as Karen Wolek in the near future (which has yet to be officially confirmed), no one (character or actor) from the first two decades that “One Life to Live” was on the air are said to be on the list of possible returns (and no, Tina’s recent return doesn’t count). But this is hardly a new development. The same thing happened more than years ago when “OLTL” celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.
While this decision ignores nearly half of the show’s history and legacy, I can see where the writers are coming from in a sense. Aside from older, long-term fans who have watched the show since almost since its inception, and history buffs who like to research the early goings on in Llanview, the majority of today’s “One Life” fans likely have no connection to characters like Carla Gray, Steve Burke, or Elieen and Julie Dennison. Furthermore, several of the actors who played those characters back in the late 1960s and early and mid 1970s have since passed on. And, many of those characters would either no longer have any friends or family currently residing in Llanview or, if they did, no obvious reason to contact them now when they haven’t do so in twenty or thirty years anyway.
Even so, it would still be a nice way to honor the entire 43 year history of the show, and not just the last 23 years of it, especially considering that “One Life’s” early years were filled with storylines that were deemed rather controversial, ground-breaking, and unheard of it for its time, such as the light-skinned Carla Gray (whom the audience thought was white) kissing a black man. That kiss alone prompted an ABC affiliate in Texas to drop the show from its daytime schedule at one time. Or Cathy Craig, a young girl hooked on drugs, whose counseling sessions took place with real-life drug addicts in New York City’s Odyssey House. Even the soap’s original name “Between Heaven and Hell” was deemed too controversial by the show’s sponsors, prompting creator Agnes Nixon to compromise and go with a more traditional title.
That being said, I realize that the show’s last two decades have also had their fair share of controversial and socially relevant plots like the homophobia/AIDS storyline, Viki’s battle with breast cancer and enduring a heart transplant. But it was the success of those early storylines noted above the paved the way for the show to condition on with similar types of plots years later.
How interesting would it be for several of these characters who were last seen in Llanview twenty-five, thirty, or even thirty-five years ago to suddenly walk back into town? Even if Viki is the only person some of them recognize, what a nice nod to those long-time fans and to the show’s history that would be. It would also be a treat for newer viewers to finally see a character they may have only heard or read about suddenly onscreen interacting with Llanview residents we are more familiar with. I know it would be me, having been born more than a decade after “One Life to Live” aired its first episode, and I’m sure it would be for many others as well.
That’s not to say that I won’t enjoy seeing Gabrielle Medina, Lindsay Rappaport, or Alex Olanov returning once more, or that I haven’t like seeing Tina and Cord back in Llanview again. These were some of the characters I grew up with over the years. But is would certainly be interesting to see some of those I didn’t grow up coming back as well. With Tina, Viki, and Todd all together again, imagine if we got to see their other siblings Meredith and Tony again (even if only in spirit form) for instance. Sadly however, I’m sure that “OLTL” likely won’t even mention the names of many of these older characters in the final months. But even if they don’t much of those first twenty years of Llanview will live on through the “OLTL” anniversary books, Youtube videos, and old photographs. And that is better than nothing for a show that has been a part of my life for more than a quarter of a century now. However, I will be really ticked off if the show doesn’t ask Michael Storm to appear a final time as Dr. Larry Wolek. Just sayin’.
Moving on, congratulations to”Kelly” and “CBRVA83,” both of whom (for the most part) correctly guessed the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. In case you missed the clues, here there are again with the answers: 1. What was the name of the episode of “Kate & Allie” that Frankie Faison (Richard Evans) appeared on, and what character did he play? Answer: “The Bad Seed;” a detective. 2. What legendary television star does Melissa Archer (Natalie) consider to be her role model? Anwer: Lucille Ball 3. What U.S. city does Florencia Lozano (Téa) say that she wouldn’t like to live in? Answer: Los Angeles.
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. 1. What small role did Peter Bartlett (Nigel) play in the film “Meet the Parents?” 2. To which magazine has Andrea Evans (Tina) served as a contributor? 3. What former “Andy Griffith Show” actor did Barbara Rhoades (Irene) co-star with in a 1968 Western, and what was the name of the movie? I’ll have the answers in the November 15 edition of My View of Llanview.
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. Will a wedding go off without a hitch? Someone is discovered passed out. One man’s past catches up with him. And wedding bells ring, but it may or may not be who you think.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Have a safe and ghoulish Halloween and don’t eat too much candy.
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – - A look at what’s happening on “The Bold and the Beautiful” during the week of October 31, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Thomas reaches out to Hope as she tries to get her life back together. Ridge continues to wonder if Eric and Jackie are having an affair. Taylor listens to Thorne as he makes a heartbreaking declaration about his life. Steffy confesses the truth to Liam. Jackie grills Nick about his lunch with Brooke and later lets it slip to Owen that she spent time with another man. Amber reacquaints herself with Rick.
- Monday, October 31 - Eric remembers the good and bad times he’s shared with Stephanie over the years; Taylor interrupts Thorne and Amber to give Thorne an unexpected surprise.
- Tuesday, November 1 - Marcus lovingly hints to Dayzee what their future might hold; Brooke and Taylor finally find something to agree upon.
- Wednesday, November 2 - Dayzee and Marcus take their relationship to the next level; Eric turns to Jackie for comfort after having a devastating encounter with Stephanie.
- Thursday, November 3 - Thomas brings news to Hope as the Logan women attempt to console her heart; Jackie eavesdrops as Ridge ferociously confronts Eric about Stephanie.
- Friday, November 4 - Ridge urges Brooke not to interfere in Steffy’s marriage; Steffy seeks her mother’s love and guidance and admits she’s keeping a terrible secret.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, October 28, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Cutter works hard to convince Kim’s friend to go to Rex’s party. She bucks against the idea of going in costume. Covering his own mercenary plans, he tries to reasons with her. When she emerges in costume, she looks beautiful. Cutter’s blown away. At EOD, Rex is face-to-face with her. Rex, Shane and Aubrey prepare for the party. Rex fixes Aubrey’s costume and they are both surprised by the tiny spark they feel.
Roxy tells John about how Natalie overheard him at Roxy’s on the night he said he didn’t love her. Michael also advises John to tell Natalie. As Brody and Natalie prepare for their engagement party, Natalie’s troubled by Roxy’s hints at a secret about John. Brody’s guilty when Natalie presents Liam in a baby seal outfit since his father’s a Navy SEAL. They go to drop Liam off with Clint who inadvertently furthers Brody’s guilt. At the party, Shane has poignant words about Gigi.
As Cord insists that he and Tina are taking things slowly, Tina shows up in Viki’s old wedding dress as her costume for the party. Viki later suggests that Tina not try so hard. Tina suggests that Viki try harder with Clint. Viki protests, for all she knows Clint’s still holding a torch for ex-wife, Kimberly Andrews.
Viki offers to stay home with Clint instead of attending Natalie and Brody’s party. A letter arrives for Clint from Kim. Tina makes a surprising discovery when she arrives at the party.
On the Next One Life to Live…
- Viki and Clint recall their past.
- Cord and Tina are alone in the stables.
- Sam invites Todd trick-or-treating.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, October 28, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Jason and Sam discuss his relationship with Carly as Carly charges at Shawn, pissed. We realize Franco is still watching even as Carly and Shawn leave Hawaii.
Lucky arrives in Ireland but is warned away from visiting the church Siobhan wrote about in her letter. Soon, we see a mysterious woman facing Lucky.
Lulu confides in Ethan with her fears about Dante. Will Lulu break of her secret engagement to Dante?
Tracy is stunned when Luke talks about the future.
What starts as brotherly love at the hospital turns sour when Dante questions Michael about the warehouse incident.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Kate thinks about her past with Sonny.
- Sonny plans a family dinner.
- Kristina questions her future.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When “One Life” fans last saw Charlie Banks (Brian Kerwin) earlier this year, he was leaving town in disgrace after his love affair with Echo DiSavoy (Kim Zimmer) was exposed, ending his marriage to Viki Lord (Erika Slezak). However that isn’t stopping him from creeping his way back into Llanview.
The November 8 print editions of both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly are reporting that Kerwin, who last aired on May 11 after nearly four years on the show, will be returning to the show later this year. While it is unclear what brings Charlie back to Llanview, Kerwin’s scenes are expected to air sometime in December.
In other news…
It looks like Brody (Mark Lawson) may be about to have a little more family joining him in Llanview, as there are reports that Kate Miller will be reprising her role as Brody’s sister Nadine Lovett for a couple of episodes later this fall. Nadine was last seen in 2009 when she was forced to hold her brother hostage under the direction of an unknown man, who turned out to be Mitch Laurence (Roscoe Born).
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of October 31, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Cord and Tina give in to temptation on Monday, October 31. Rex gets more than he bargained for at the Buchanan stables. Cord confides in Clint, and thinks his father still has eyes for Viki. Tina thinks Cord should be Brody’s best man. Natalie nearly overhears Roxy talking to John on Thursday, November 3. Tina tells Natalie how she almost married the wrong man once. Roxy confides in Tina about John. Natalie tells Tina she’s sorry. On Friday, November 4, John sees Natalie in her wedding dress while Brody has a few choice words for John. Elsewhere in Llanview, Nora eases Destiny’s fears about being a single mother. And Ford appears to be falling in love with Jessica.
The Inside Story: Happy Halloween
Sam asks Todd to go trick-or-treating with him and Blair on Monday, October 31. Todd considers confessing his feelings to Blair. Viki and Todd grill one another about Blair and Clint. Blair tells Starr she’s torn between Tomas and Todd. Tomas vows to use his CIA training to find Victor’s murderer. On Wednesday, November 2, the judge in the case makes a shocking decision regarding Victor’s will. Blair and Tomas argue over Todd. Nora isn’t convinced Todd is innocent. Jack is enraged to find Todd at The Sun on Thursday, November 3. Later he encounters Vimal’s little sister Neela. Dani is concerned about her mother’s health. Téa encourages Dani to get to know Todd. On Friday, November 4, Todd encounters Louie and offers to make a deal with him. Téa worries she may be pregnant. And Neela follows Jack, while Rama and Vimal search for the missing girl.
A Closer Look: A Case of Mistaken Identity?
Cutter and Stacy show up in costume at Natalie and Brody’s party on Monday, October 31. Tina identifies the woman she saw at Llanfair. Natalie leaves Aubrey with a warning. Shane unknowingly bumps into Stacy. Cutter whisks his lady friend away. Rex attempts to uncover the identity of Kim’s friend. Bree inadvertently misplaces something of Clint’s. On Tuesday, November 1, Aubrey and Rex inch closer. Stacy makes an admission about Rex. Rex arrives at the Minuteman Motel. Nigel has important news for Clint, who contemplates continuing his search for Kim. Cutter puts the next phase of his plan in motion. Stacy hides from Rex, who gives the unknown woman an earful on Thursday, November 3. Cutter confides in Rama. And Stacy has second thoughts about helping Cutter.
OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7, 2011
- Natalie and Jessica’s relationship takes another hit.
- A fire breaks out at The Sun.
- Todd watches Tomas and Blair kiss.
- Bo and Nora brush up on their dancing skills.
- Shaun is surprised by Vivian’s views on marriage.