OLTL Quick Peeks: Week of March 1 Edition

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Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Quick Peeks for the Week of March 1, 2010.


  • Monday: (Episode #10632) — Jessica suprises Cristian; Dorian receives horrible news. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday: (Episode #10633) — Schuyler’s actions anger Gigi; Adriana offers Rex some advice. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday: (Episode #10634) — Ford uses Langston to get what he wants; Marty urges Brody to give Jessica space. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday: (Episode #10635) — Kevin surprises Kelly; Clint and Kevin discuss their relationships. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday: (Episode #10636) — Someone is watching Jessica; Clint asks Kim to sign a pre-nup. (Rated: TVPG)

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My View of Llanview: February 28 Edition

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Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Time travel and memory loss storylines lead soaps down a slippery slope due to a little thing called SORAS.

During the February sweeps, “One Life to Live” featured Mitch Laurence giving his daughter Jessica Brennan electroshock therapy, effectively wiping out her memories of the past thirteen years of her life. Now thinking it is 1997 and that she is a senior in high school, Jessica is flabbergasted to discover just how much everything has changed since she was roaming the halls of Llanview High.

Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Not, not really….especially when you consider the fact that Llavniew has been infested with a plague in recent years and shows no signs of recovery. The name of the disease is Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, and hardly anyone in town seems to have built up an immunity to it.

Granted I understand that “One Life to Live” is by no means alone in infecting their characters with SORAS. In fact, the soap opera genre has been using the plot device for decades with varying results. And it is likely to continue to exist for as long as daytime dramas remain on the air.

However, “OLTL” is going one step further and highlighting their own inconsistences due to SORASing by incorporating them into “back in time” storyline. What do I mean by that? Well, here is an example. A few episodes back, Marty probed Jessica’s memory by asking her what (and who) she remembered. Disturbed by her answers, Marty then asked her what year she thought it was as the cameras panned out into the hallway where Viki, Clint, and Brody were discussing Jessica’s condition. Marty leaves the room and informs them that Jess doesn’t remember anything past her senior year of high school.

If they had stopped right there with it, the timeline would have been a little more workable. Without mentioning a specific year, the writers could have tinkered with the storyline details a little and fudged a few numbers in order to make this thing perhaps somewhat salvageable.

Then came the big mistake…..someone said that Jess had lost all her memories of the past thirteen years, making it 1997 in her foggy mind. Houston we have a problem. Now the SORASing comes back to bite the writers in the butt. And, as if that weren’t bad enough, Jessica tells Marty that she didn’t know she had a son. That’s strike one. Although the viewers know that 19-year-old Cole Thornhart was not on canvas back in 1997, and was a creation of the writer’s imagination in 2006. However, on the canvas, he “supposedly” existed back them. So, if we use the soap’s current timeline (as well as logic) here, that would make Cole about six years old in 1997. So wouldn’t Jessica remember her best friend’s six-year-old son? To add further insult to injury, Jessica wasn’t actually born until 1986 so, realistically, she would have only been about nine herself at the time….even though the writers had aged the character to the point that she went from diapers to adulthood in only nine years. See where I’m going with this?

SORASing is a necessary evil on soap operas. On the old hand it toys with history and continuity. But on the other hand it is important because it allows writers to speed up the aging process to create to more dramatic storylines. After all….it is not very beneficial to allow a soap character to age naturally from birth all the way through the cycle of life. But the kiss of death is dropping in specific dates and going back in time (whether it be time travel, memory loss, or rewriting the past). Not only does it insult the viewers, but it also creates plot holes large enough for a car to fall into. 

All of this seems lost on the powers that be at “One Life to Live,” however, because this isn’t the only SORASing storyline mess they have gotten themselves into at the moment. Of course I’m referring to Todd and Téa’s suddenly teenage daughter Danielle. Passing off a fifteen-year-old as the love child of a couple were last together only seven years ago (at the time) is ridiculous, especially when it had been repeatedly referenced on the show just weeks and months before the character was first introduced last year, that it had only been SEVEN years since Todd and Téa made love while stranded on the deserted island with Ross Rayburn.

And while the subtle inside jokes the writers have occasionally snuck to the dialogue lately are at the very least a nod to the viewers that they understand their frustration, they only serve to make the show look more stupid than it has already become lately. While I did get a snicker watching Jack tell Danielle that he was expecting her to be his younger sister (and about eight-years-old), the scene left me shaking my head. There is very little on this show that actually makes sense right now. And this storyline is definitely not one of them.

Getting back to Jessica for a moment, it should be interesting to see just exactly how much artistic license the writers will take with storyline, and just how true they attempt to stay to exactly what (and who) was going on with the show back in 1997. Depending on exactly what when in that year they go back to, Jessica should remember only the following characters: Viki, Clint, Bo, Nora, Renee, Nigel, Dorian, Blair, Carlotta, Marty, Todd (which should interesting if they remember that he looks different than the last time she saw him), Kelly, David, Cristian, Tea, Rachel, Addie, and Mitch (please remind me if I am forgetting anyone here). For a refresher on the storylines from that year, click here.

I keep hoping that “One Life to Live” will start to pull itself up from its bootstraps and give me something positive to write about again. But so far it has only continued to disappoint. Perhaps the Ides of March will usher in some changes for Llanview. In the meantime, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

What bugs you about “One Life to Live” these days? Be sure and drop me a line…I would love to hear from you, and I just might use your comments in an upcoming column.

Congrats to “Judy Moss” for correctly guessing the identity of last time’s mystery character. The answer was Dallas Jones, who was portrayed by Loyita Chapel, the wife of Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan). And their son Tanner Woods appeared at the end of the 1968 storyline (2008) in a few scenes as a young Bo. Perhaps I’m making these things too easy, ha ha.

In case you missed the clues, here they are: This woman began dating one of the Buchanan boys “across the big pond” more than a decade ago. She returned to Llanview with him shortly thereafter when he was about to become a grandfather and his “Pa” is about to marry a woman for the second time. Six years later she returns to town again when the Buchanan heir came back to help his ex-wife deal with a major issue that arose with their child. They broke up when she blamed his problems on his former spouse, and promptly headed back to London. Two years later, she came back to Llanview again, only to find her old boyfriend dating someone unexpected.

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 a mystery character from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

This conman father appeared on the canvas briefly nearly a generation ago, along with his daughter, who would eventually become romantically linked to a suave man that would a decade later pretend to be the son of someone else. When we first met them, the daughter’s old flame was visiting her native country with his new girlfriend. Eventually the woman’s crooked father, who was a drug lord, was murdered, and the girlfriend of his daughter’s former beau was presumed dead following a terrible fall.

So who is this mystery woman from the past? I’ll have the answer in the March 15th edition of “My View of Llanview.” Extra credit will be given if you tell me the identities of the man’s daughter, her ex-boyfriend, and his new squeeze. Until then make your best guesses and give me your feedback on the column. Also don’t forget to tell me what bugs you about the show these days. I love hearing from fellow “OLTL” fans. 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 March 15th. Kelly is angered by Todd’s latest actions. An infant is in danger once again. Has someone lost the woman he loves forever? Two people want a certain young lady to remain in Llanview. A woman fights for the man she once loved. And two forbidden lovers can’t seem to get enough of each other.

Well that’s concludes yet another edition of the column. I hope everyone is staying safe and warm. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner, although I am more than ready for summer at this point. Thanks for reading. Take care!

And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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OLTL Recap: Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010 6:20 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, February 26, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY “Coming Around Again”…

Jessica calls Cristian and asks him to come see her. Cristian would give Jessica a friendly kiss on the cheek but she pulls him into a far more passionate one.

Starr suspects Langston is hiding something but she denies it. Langston confronts Ford after figuring out he came over the night before because he knew she was alone. Ford plants a steamy kiss on Langston.

Blair cautions Dorian that her confidence that Mitch is no longer a threat may be premature. Kelly and Adriana arrive at La Boulaie for Dorian’s gathering of the Cramer women. Andrew arrives at Dorian’s saying he has bad news.

Roxy’s unsettled after visiting Mitch in prison. Mitch gets a visit from one of his disciples.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Dorian is positive Mitch is at fault.
  • Jessica wants Cristian.
  • Langston gives in to Ford.

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Friday, February 26, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, February 26, 2010.


Greenlee suspects something is going on between David and Erica. David admits to Greenlee that he teamed up with Erica to try and take Fusion from her. David insists to Greenlee they they’ll work together to double-cross Erica, which she overhears. Erica is anxious to find Gayle. Jake and Ryan think they can use Gayle to destroy David and track her down as she’s about to leave town. Ryan shows up at Erica’s door when Gayle reveals Erica’s the one who brought her to town in the first place. Jake has Gayle hidden away in the turret room and is surprised when Greenlee shows up.

Annie’s jealous of the easy rapport between Brooke and Adam.

Everyone’s vastly disappointed when Miguel fails to show up in Pine Valley. JR’s condition takes a turn for the worse.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Ryan convinces Erica to team up with him to destroy David.
  • Jake fears Greenlee’s going to discover Gayle.
  • Annie learns whether or not a match for JR.

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GH Recap: Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, February 26, 2010.


Alexis joins Diane in defending Sonny. Jason, along with Sam and Spinelli, devises an elaborate and risky plan to get Sonny out of the country if his bail is revoked. Claire grills Dante on the witness stand. The judge returns to the courtroom prepared to announce Sonny’s fate. Luke’s ready to stop Lucky from interfering when he realizes Lucky would certainly try to stop Jason from helping Sonny escape. Patrick and Robin clash over her continued defense of Sonny.

Johnny tries to convince Ethan to partner with him in his mob endeavors and go up against Sonny.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Sonny learns his fate.
  • Jax warns Sonny not to ask Carly to lie for him.
  • Elizabeth tells Nikolas they can’t be together.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of March 1 Edition

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Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A period of mourning.


Langston and Ford make love. Later, after Langston tells her that she cheated on Markko, Blair sets out to expose Ford. Claiming she wants to have sex with him, Blair invites Ford over on Tuesday, March 2. Her plan backfires however, when Ford pretends to be insulted when Langston accuses him of trying to hook up with Blair. Later, Langston ends up in Ford’s bedroom when she goes to apologize. Elsewhere in Llanview, Hannah visits Cole so they can study together, and is surprised to learn that he lives with Starr and that they have a baby together. Natalie downplays her feelings for John. Kelly encounters Todd at St. James, where he decides to make a large donation to the church to try and redeem himself to Danielle. Kelly warns him, however, that you can’t buy forgiveness. Todd and Téa are summoned to Llanview High by the school principal on Wednesday, March 3, when their daughter is accused of cheating. Danielle, impressed to watch Todd stand up for her, refuses to allow Matthew to take the fall for her, and admits to stealing test answers. Todd makes a rather large donation to the school to get his daughter out of trouble.

The Inside Story: First Love

Jessica confesses to Cristian that seeing him makes her feel like they are still high school sweethearts on Monday, March 1. Cristian tries to convince her that things have changed and that he has moved on. Although she understands that she should be happy for him, Jessica admits that she’s not. On Tuesday, March 2, Jessica sneaks out of the hospital to visit Cristian, who is surprised to find his former girlfriend on his doorstep. After telling him that she feels cheated out of everything she was looking forward to back when she was eighteen, Jessica is angered to learn that Cristian and Layla are shacking up on Wednesday, March 3. Meanwhile, Marty urges Brody to give Jessica as much time and space as she needs. Nora puts Dorian in the hot seat when she threatens to press charges against her. Charlie begs Viki for a second chance. By Friday, March 5, someone is spying on Jessica, Natalie, and Viki outside Llanfair. And Cristian is floored when Jessica shows up in his classroom and announces that she is now one of his students. Across town, Andrew and Cassie break the news to the Cramer clan that Melinda passed away after suffering a heart attack in her sleep. Dorian is certain that Mitch is somehow to blame for her sister’s death. Blair calls a truce with Kelly, and begins to comfort her grieving cousin. Meanwhile, one of Mitch’s disciples visits him in prison with news of Melinda’s passing and receives further instructions from the former cult leader on Monday, March 1. Kevin returns to Llanview to be with Kelly after learning of her mother’s sudden death. And Mitch is ambiguous when Dorian asks if their debt has been settled.

A Closer Look: Baby Blues

As they continue to set vigil for Sierra Rose, Gigi is thankful for Rex’s support. When he stops by the loft for a change of clothes, Rex is surprised to find Adriana waiting for him on Tuesday, March 2. Despite her hatred of Gigi, Adriana urges Rex to patch things up with the woman he loves, because she truly believes they were meant to be together. Schuyler confesses to Gigi that he stole the oxytocin from the hospital, but swears he never used it on Stacy. Still angry, however, Gigi vows to Rex that she will never let Schuyler anywhere near the baby. Meanwhile Schuyler tears into Kim, going as far as blaming her for Stacy’s demise. By Wednesday, March 3, Gigi is deeply touched when Rex gives her the Sierra and Rose dolls that he found in Stacy’s closet. Caught up in the moment of childhood nostalgia, she tells Rex that she wants to raise her sister’s baby. At the same time, Kim has a vision of Stacy, who asks her to be a mother to Sierra Rose. Clint turns the tables on Kevin when he questions his father about his relationship with Kim, by asking him where things stand with him and Kelly. After being caught off-guard by Kevin’s marriage proposal, Kelly thinks they both need to move on with their lives. On Thursday, March 4, Kim confides in Clint that she wants to marry him because she feels that being Mrs. Clint Buchanan would make her look for respectable in the eyes of the court. Eli advises Rex and Gigi that they must go after Schuyler with everything they’ve got if they are to have a chance and winning custody of Sierra Rose. Téa counsels Schuyler as he is about to face the Llanview Hospital ethics committee. Kim informs Kyle and Fish that she plans on marrying Clint and raising Stacy’s baby. Kyle, meanwhile, cannot believe that Fish is fine with the thought of Kim raising a baby that might be his, and presents him with the DNA test he had conducted. Clint wants Kim to sign a pre-nup.

One Life to Live News and Headlines:


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AMC PreVUE: Week of March 1 Edition

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Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The game of survivor.


Greenlee attempts to call a cease-fire with Erica after another particularly bitter exchange. Angie refuses to give in to David’s latest blackmail attempt. David spies Frankie popping a pain pill. Damon reaches out to Colby. Tad realizes how dire Damon’s situation is on Tuesday, March 2. Seeing a lot of himself in Damon, Tad makes the young man an offer. Damon is an easy fit in the Martin household. On Friday, March 5, Liza remains wary of Damon’s fit with her daughter. Krystal reaches out to Tad.

The Inside Story: Win, Lose or Draw
David and Greenlee plot to take down Erica. Erica and Ryan team up to destroy David. Erica, Liza and Ryan put the pressure on Gayle who can’t quite let go of her attachment to David on Tuesday, March 2. Gayle spills that David bribed a coroner to assist him with his deception about Greenlee’s death but claims to not know the name of the person. David works his magic upon making contact with Gayle. On Wednesday, March 3, Ryan greets a surprised David when the doc arrives to pick up Gayle at the address she provided. Gayle makes a decision after commiserating with Amanda. Jake, Ryan, Gayle, Erica set their plan against David into motion on Thursday, March 4. An unhinged Gayle pulls a gun on Erica after David refuses to give into their threats and sign a formal confession. Gayle shoots Erica! David gives Gayle what she wants but soon realizes he was duped. Greenlee faces off with Ryan after helping David escape. Erica finds an unhappy David waiting for her in her home.

A Closer Look: Dreams & Nightmares
Annie learns she is a partial bone marrow match for JR but keeps the news to herself. JR flips out when he sees Annie standing over his hospital bed on Monday, March 1. Annie seethes as she witnesses the bond between Adam and Brooke. On Wednesday, March 3, realizing she stands to reap more personal gain from saving the life of her husband’s son, Annie finally tells a thrilled Adam that she just may be the answer to his prayers. Dixie’s spirit appears at a dying JR’s bedside. Knowing JR would refuse anything from Annie, Mr. and Mrs. Chandler cook up a plan for Annie to donate anonymously. JR is content as can be as he spends time with Dixie and Stuart in heaven. Brooke’s potential threat to her place continues to leave Annie restless. Annie loses it during the harvesting procedure. Dixie urges JR to fight to live on Friday, March 5.

All My Children News and Headlines:


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GH PreVUE: Week of March 1 Edition

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Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Seperation anxiety.


On Monday, March 1, a disruptive Carly takes a public stand against Jax at Sonny’s hearing. Jax and Carly’s anger erupts into passion after Carly has the Metro Court cleared out. Carly and Jax can’t get past their differences. On Tuesday, March 2, Lisa is not pleased when she takes notice of the change in Patrick’s behavior after Robin interrupts their good time. Dante and Lulu run into multiple problems as they attempt to consummate their relationship. Diane and Alexis muddle through their first day of work together. Claire puts the pressure on Dante. Sonny’s temper flares when he finds Dante questioning Michael on Friday, March 5. Kiefer begs Kristina to take him back. Jason is forced to ponder the possibility that Franco is still very much a part of his life and the lives of his loved ones.

The Inside Story: Male Bonding
Jason warns Johnny and Ethan that there will be consequences to pay if they make another move against Sonny. Luke finds himself in a bind when Jason asks him to rein Ethan in on Tuesday, March 2. Lucky questions Dante’s ability to do his job. Johnny makes plans to cripple Sonny’s organization by setting fire to the office where all of Sonny’s business records are kept. Johnny runs into trouble. Lucky warns Jason to let him handle the situation after realizing Johnny was the masked man he went chasing after outside of Bernie’s office. On Thursday, March 4, Lucky finds an interesting way to let Johnny know he has his number. Ronnie tells Dante and Lucky that they’ve all been assigned to a special task force to put an end to organized crime in Port Charles. Lucky takes action to protect Ethan from himself. Jason sends Johnny a clear warning on Friday, March 5.

A Closer Look: All By Myself
Nikolas brings Cameron and Jake to visit a thrilled Elizabeth. Once alone, Elizabeth makes it clear to Nikolas that they have no future even if the child she is carrying is his on Monday, March 1; Lucky later tells Elizabeth the same fact holds true about their future. Despite both Nikolas and Lucky’s resistance, Elizabeth decides to have the paternity test taken the following day. On Wednesday, March 3, the trio are unaware that Helena is keeping a watchful eye as they get tested. Elizabeth is adamant in her desire to raise her children alone. Alexis confronts Elizabeth with a gesture from Nikolas. Nikolas confronts Elizabeth after learning she refused to accept the trust fund he set up for her baby. Helena is up to her old tricks on Friday, March 5.

General Hospital News and Headlines:


  • Michael’s loved ones work overtime to protect the determined young man from himself. (Soap Opera Digest)

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OLTL Recap: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, February 25, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY “Unfaithfully Yours”…

Brody desperately wants Jessica to remember him and shows her a DVD and photos of the happy times they shared but his efforts are in vain. Jessica agrees to kiss Brody but even that doesn’t trigger her memory of him.

Gigi is grateful for Rex’s support as they wait for word on Sierra Rose. Rachel believes Schuyler when he swears he didn’t use the oxytocin on Stacy. Gigi finds Schuyler praying in the chapel and puts aside her emotions to let him know Sierra Rose is out of surgery.

Markko narrowly avoids catching Langston about to make love with Ford when he returns home unexpectedly. Starr fights feelings of jealousy when she meets Hannah, Cole’s very attractive classmate.

John and Marty patch things up. Natalie’s affected when she sees John kissing Marty.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Jessica puts the moves on Cristian.
  • Kelly and Adriana return to Llanview.
  • Andrew has bad news for Dorian.

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AMC Recap: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, February 25, 2010.


Damon apologizes to Liza for committing the burglaries and lying to her. Liza promises to stand by Damon at his trial for Stuart’s sake.

JR’s family celebrates the fact a donor has been found. Adam explains that he had a one night stand many years ago that resulted in the woman having a son but she didn’t tell him and when he finally did learn what happened, the woman didn’t want Adam to have any contact with the boy. Adam anticipates the arrival of Miguel, his son and JR’s half-brother.

Erica clashes with Greenlee when she interrupts her and David’s wedding. Greenlee warns Erica she’ll never get her hands on Fusion. Jack is unsuccessful in getting Greenlee to call off the wedding. Erica reminds David of their deal. David and Greenlee are pronounced husband and wife. Gayle slips away from Erica.

Adam’s inclined to name Brooke Editor-in-Chief at Tempo and considers having Annie work with her.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Erica learns David’s planning on double-crossing her.
  • Jake and Ryan form a plan to take David down.
  • JR’s condition takes a turn for the worse.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.