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OLTL Recap: Friday, December 2, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, December 2, 2011.


Todd bribes Tracy, his assistant. John reminds Todd that Tomas had an alibi who can clear him of Victor’s murder — Tomas’s friend Calmar. Téa and Blair show up and John tells them all that Calmar has been found.

Meanwhile Téa bumps into Shaun on her way out of Vivian’s office and tells him about her pregnancy. He is happy for her, but notes her brother is now a suspect in Victor’s killing. Téa tries to dismiss but Shaun points out, he’s always been a little suspicious of Tomas since Victor’s first shooting.

Starr, also having seen the SUN, demands that Blair tell her what’s up with Tomas. Dani goes to Jack to find out what he knows about Tomas. Jack, for the first time, has a trace of doubt about Todd being the killer. Dani, also admits Tomas is a bit of a mystery. At EOD Dani goes to Starr and neither knows what to think about Tomas.

Shane tells Neela about how Jack is responsible for his mother’s death. Neela remembers how Jack is capable of doing bad things, and how he said something about how he couldn’t be responsible for hurting someone again on the day of the first.

Aubrey and Rex pull out of the kiss she impulsively planted on him. She admits she’s drawn to him but knows it’s inappropriate given he’s grieving for Gigi. They head to Dr. Fascinella’s office. Cutter and Stacy get a call that Dr. Fascinella is back and will see her.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Aubrey makes an admission to Rex.
  • Todd watches as Calmar is questioned.
  • Rick continues to blackmail Starr.

OLTL Recap: Thursday, December 1, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, December 1, 2011.


John’s side-tracked off Victor’s murder case by the investigation of the torching of Todd’s Sun office. He questions Brody about it. Brody admits to being afraid Vimal would tell John that Liam was his son, so he locked Vimal and Rama in the office. But he didn’t set the fire. As John is about to leave, he runs into Natalie. Brody’s asked to see Natalie. He tells her he still loves her but knows they can never be together after everything he did to her and her son. He hopes she finds some happiness with John.

Vimal and Rama are called to the police station. Vimal’s terrified that there will be reprisal for having kept Liam’s paternity a secret from John. But John instead is probing for more info about the Sun fire. Todd shows up to check on Blair but finds Jack instead. They get into it about Tomas being Victor’s killer. When Todd mentions the fire, Jack says something that tweaks Todd. Later on, while waiting to talk to John at the police station, Todd’s surprised when his Sun assistant shows up. Something she says tweaks Todd’s suspicions about the fire.

Shane reveals to Natalie that he won’t be happy until Jack is brought to justice for his part in Gigi’s death. When Shane goes to school, he meets Neela. She tells him she’s into Jack Manning. He shocks her by telling him Jack killed his mother. In Brazil, Rex awakens with a start, having had a nightmare about Gigi. In Brazil, Stacy wakes up gasping for air. Cutter comforts her. She points out that he’s not such a bad guy. Now that he’s no longer trying to sell her to Rex, he’s actually proven himself to be caring and sweet. They share a close moment.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Jack starts to warm up to Todd.
  • Shane tells Neela all about Jack.
  • Todd bribes his assistant Tracy.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 5 Edition

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( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of December 5, 2011.


Calmar admits that Tomas murdered Victor, however John remains suspicious. John shares his thoughts on the case with Bo. Blair persuades Todd to use The Sun to find Tomas. However, on Friday, December 7, Tomas contacts Blair and makes a shocking confession. Blair breaks down in front of Todd. Téa learns that John is looking at another suspect. Elsewhere in Llanview, Roxy pushes Natalie to get back together with John. And Starr and Dani try to get Rick to drop his lawsuit, however, Starr’s actions could come back to haunt her in the end.

The Inside Story: Bad Boys
Cutter and Rex each make shocking discoveries on Monday, December 5. Jack walks in on Shane pumping Neela for information. Later, Jack tells her his version of events, and asks her out on a date. On Tuesday, December 6, Aubrey and Rex visit Kim, who tries to cut a deal with them. Noelle tells Shane she has created a pie in Gigi’s memory. Starr can’t get Jack to open up to her. Roxy and Destiny fill Neela in on Jack’s misdeeds. Shane plots to use the newcomer to get justice for Gigi. Kim confesses all to Rex about Stacy on Wednesday, December 7. Afterward, Aubrey confronts Rama over her framing Kim for murder. In Texas, Stacy has a feeling of déjà vu. Neela tries to get a confession out of Jack. Rex tells Shane what he’s learned, and later kisses Aubrey and extends a special invitation to her. And on Friday, December 9, Rex and Shane arrive in Paris, Texas.

A Closer Look: S.O.S.
The residents of Llanview settle in to watch their favorite soap, “Fraternity Row.” Viki and Clint get nostalgic while watching the show, and end up in a kiss. However, the mood quickly sours when Clint mentions Kim. On Wednesday, December 7, Viki opens up to Noelle, who invites her go back to Paris, Texas with her and Moe for the annual Pie-Off. At the same time, Nigel receives an earful from Clint about his woman troubles. After learning “Fraternity Row” has been canceled, Roxy makes it her mission to save her soap, and seeks out Clint’s help. By Friday, December 9, Viki informs Clint she is leaving town, and the old flames argue over Kim. Clint pleas fall on deaf ears. And later, with Viki in Texas, Kim pays Clint a surprise visit.


  • Viki encounters Charlie at the Bon Jour.
  • David returns home to Llanview.
  • Matthew and Destiny argue over the baby.
  • John helps Téa in a moment of need.
  • Roxy rallies her fellow “Fraternity Row” fans.

OLTL Alerts: Week of December 5 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of December 5, 2011.


  • Monday: Aubrey tells Rex a secret about Cutter. Todd is nervous when Calmar is brought in for questioning. Starr’s actions may come back to haunt her.
  • Tuesday: Cutter and Stacy visit someplace from Gigi’s past. Roxy learns her favorite soap has been canceled. Viki and Clint come together in a kiss.
  • Wednesday: Roxy resorts to drastic measures to save her show. Shane wants justice for his mother’s death. Noelle has a proposition for Viki.
  • Thursday: Shane is surprised by what Rex has to say. Bo leaves John with some food for thought. Shane wants Neela to do his dirty work.
  •  Friday: Clint is shocked to learn Viki is leaving Llanview. Someone unexpected stops by Llanfair. Tomas makes contact Blair.

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 30, 2011.


Viki digs into Todd’s feelings about Victor’s murder. Viki receives a call from John, who asks that Todd voluntarily go to police HQ to answer questions.

In the presence of Téa and Blair, John questions Todd. Todd claims he doesn’t know, tries subtly to point blame towards Tomas, while being as supportive of Blair as he can. EOD, he takes Blair home and they grow closer.

Viki/Clint hug, and share a fraught moment, but both back off.

Téa wonders if her brother could have killed her husband.

Roxy comes in on Clint and Natalie sharing a hug and some good news, assumes John finally told Natalie how he feels about her. Natalie surprises Roxy with her reaction. But Natalie, on a tear, goes to John and cancels that “relationship” talk they were supposed to have.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John asks Brody about the fire at The Sun.
  • Shane and Neela talk about Jack at school.
  • Rex and Stacy each awaken from nightmares.

GH Teasers: Week of November 28 Edition


( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 28, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12442): Sam attempts to quiet Jason down. Patrick and Robin get romantic. Lulu talks to Dante about his job. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12443): Lucky and Aiden visit Elizabeth. Lulu leans on Olivia and Steve. Shawn is called out by Carly. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12444): Jason and Sam spend some time with one another. Franco creates some graffiti. Mac encounters an upset Robin. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
  • Thursday (Episode #12445): Dante gets a new police partner. Spinelli takes to social networking websites. Mac asks Alexis to represent Robin and Maxie. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Friday (Episode #12446): Monica has an important question to ask Robin. Lucky is surprised what Elizabeth has to say. Sonny and Kate’s trip continues. (Rated: TVPG L)

OLTL Teasers: Week of November 28 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of November 28, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #11011): Natalie and John’s talk is interrupted by news of Tomas’ disappearance. A Llanview family receives an unexpected surprise. Phylicia and Vivian spar. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday (Episode #11012): Todd is there for Blair in her hour of need. Rick tries to blackmail Starr. Todd tells Viki that Tomas murdered their brother. (Rated: TVPG V)
  • Wednesday (Episode #11013): Viki is intrigued about Todd’s feelings about Victor’s death. Viki and Clint inch closer. Roxy tells Natalie how John feels about her. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #11014): Todd makes a discovery about Jack. Aubrey plants a kiss on Rex. Shane introduces himself to Neela. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #11015): Things aren’t always what they appear to be. Jack begins to see Todd in a new light. Shane fills Neela in on Jack’s misdeeds. (Rated: TVPG)

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 29, 2011.


John and Téa meet Natalie at the police station and she takes the gun for ballistics testing.

Meanwhile Blair is with Todd, who offers support for Tomas’ disappearance. Blair calls Téa to find out if there’s any news of Tomas and learns they may have found the murder weapon. Blair goes to the police station.

Meanwhile, Todd tells Viki that they have to consider the possibility that Tomas killed Victor.

Starr, James, Nate and Danielle got to see Rick, who’s in traction after a mishap when they advanced on him. He plays it up and relates his own version of what happened to him in which the kids were at fault for his injuries. However, they relate the real version, in which he tripped on one of Hope’s toys. Rick can still sue Starr for negligence and will, unless they agree to his demands.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John questions Todd.
  • Roxy spills a secret to Natalie.
  • Natalie calls off her talk with John.

OLTL Recap: Monday, November 28, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, November 28, 2011.


The Evans Family’s Thanksgiving dinner is thrown off the rails when Phylicia learns that Vivian doesn’t believe in marriage.

John and Natalie are about to discuss the status of their relationship but are interrupted by a panicked phone call from Blair. She tells John that Tomas has been missing. Meanwhile, Viki presses Todd on what is upsetting him.

Todd covers, says that Blair chose Tomas over him. Natalie overhears this and is suspicious. John ends up at Téa’s house to search Tomas’ room. At EOD, John finds the gun that killed Victor…

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Todd lends Blair his support.
  • Rick threatens to sue Starr.
  • Todd and Viki discuss Tomas.

My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” gets ‘canceled’ for the second time in seven months as Prospect Park breaks the hearts of the show’s loyal fanbase.

What a roller coaster ride of emotions for “OLTL” fans in the past month. First the show tapes its final episode for its television run on Friday, November 18 in preparation for its move online with Prospect Park, only to be told five days later via a press release that the upstart production company was scrapping plans to transition “One Life” and its sister soap “All My Children” to the Internet due to a lack of funding.

This was an especially hard pill for many “One Life to Live” viewers to swallow, given that the news came only four months after it was announced that Prospect Park had licensed the rights to “OLTL” and “AMC” from ABC after the network unceremoniously axed the soaps in April after 43 and 41 years on the air, respectively.

Further adding salt to the wounds of ticked off fans was that the announcement to dump “One Life to Live” came only weeks after it was revealed that the company had decided to focus solely on the soap while keeping “All My Children” on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Add to this the fact that Prospect Park had reached agreements in the past few months with 13 “OLTL” cast members, along with the show’s head writer and executive producer to continue the show after it left ABC.

Talk about a feeling of déjà vu. My first reaction to the news about Prospect Park dumping “OLTL” was “not again.” Only recently had I begun to work my way out of the five stages of grief over the loss of my favorite soap opera, which I have grown up watching since I was a little kid. I had nearly come to terms with the cancelation and was coping with the fact that although the soap wouldn’t continue that my “Life” (no pun intended) would go on. Then came the news that Prospect Park was swooping in to save the day. After being skeptical at first, I slowly became lulled into a false sense of security, excited about “OLTL” getting another chance. I was thrilled at the possibility of still being able to see characters like Viki and Blair, who have become like a part of my family over the years. I was intrigued that the thought of actually setting down in front of my computer on a regular basis to watch “OLTL” and other shows. And most of all I was optimistic that the show would thrive online and continue to enjoy its current level of success (so to speak).

Then the rugged was pulled out from me…again. Going through the emotions again, I still hold out a small glimmer of hope that another miracle will take place, saving my favorite soap once more. However, this time around I am also becoming more rational in my understanding that “One Life to Live,” like all other things in life, must eventually come to an end. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how much we hope they will. Just like losing a beloved family member, pet, or possession, we have to learn when and how to let go of something that we have loved and cherished for so very long. And, while it may be painful, time will eventually heal those wounds.

“One Life to Live” may be “only a television show” but to myself and millions of other fans out there, it has and always will hold a special place in our hearts. The characters are like family, and Llanview is like our second hometown. Throughout the years, we have laughed, cried, hurt, and mourned alongside the residents of the fictional Philadelphia suburb. We rallied around Viki when she had breast cancer, encouraged the Cramer girls as they tried to stay sane in a family with a history of mental illness, sympathized with Shane when he was being bullied, and learned about intolerance as Llanview was torn apart over homosexuality. We cried when Megan died, became depressed when Asa passed on, and smiled when each baby was born. We became Llanview and Llanview became us. So, while to many it may be only a TV show, to us it is part of the family. That’s why the 2:00 pm ET hour (1:00 pm for me) will never be the same.

And, like family, “OLTL” fans need to come together to celebrate the show’s long history, and allow it to bow out gracefully and not needlessly suffer through frivolous lawsuits, ineffective boycotts, threats of violence, and harassing letters, phone calls, and e-mails to ABC, Prospect Park, and others. Let’s show everyone what soap fans are really like and give “One Life to Live” a proper sendoff like Viki and the rest of Llanview deserve. That is the least we can do for four decades of memories. Sure we’re angry, but those types of things will get you nowhere. And at the end of the day, it will all be for naught as “OLTL” will still be canceled.

Let’s make these last seven weeks that “One Life to Live” is on the air the highest rated the show has seen in years and show ABC that they were wrong in canceling it and Prospect Park wrong in thinking that there aren’t people out there willing to help fund its continuation online. That is the least we can do for “One Life” for all that it has given us. I know that’s what I’m going to do anyway. And I hope you will do the same.

As with the show itself, my “One Life to Live” reporting duties here at Soap Opera Network will also soon be coming to an end, which includes this column. Barring any last minute changes, look for the final edition of “My View of Llanview” on January 30, just over two weeks after “OLTL” airs its final ABC episode. Thank you to all my faithful readers over the years, who have endured all my incessant ramblings and opinions. It has been one hell of a ride to say the least.

Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. So I’m going to give you a second chance. Here are the questions again: 1. What role on “OLTL” did Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “AMC”) once audition for? Before taking over the character of Cristian Vega, what small role did David Fumero play? 3. What did Jerry verDorn wear to his audition for the role of Clint Buchanan that disappeared before his first episode aired?  I’ll have the answers in the December 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. One man is forced to make a tough choice. Someone sees things from a whole new prospective. More than one secret is revealed. And one Llanview family spends Christmas with someone unexpected.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe and warm.

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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