OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 30, 2009.


“Elephant in the Room”

Bo challenges Matthew to make good on his threat to tell Clint he saw Bo and Nora kissing. Rachel is astounded when Nora confides to her about kissing Bo. Rachel wonders if Nora’s hoping Clint calls off the wedding and asks her mother point blank if she still loves Bo. Bo’s uncomfortable watching Clint prepare for his wedding to Nora and later seeks advice from an unlikely source.

Jessica overreacts when Bree claims her new toy was given to her by her Daddy. Brody helps Jessica calm down; convincing her there must be a logical explanation to Bree’s story. Jessica spots someone on the grounds at Llanfair.

Cole convinces Asher that he wants to start dealing drugs.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Bo pays Lindsay a visit at Stateville.
  • Brody becomes concerned for Jessica’s state of mind.
  • Dorian and Blair hit the sauce.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 30, 2009.


Sam and Jason are stalled in their search for Michael and Kristina due to Spinelli having tinkered with Jason’s car. Kristina’s nagged by the fact she might have caused the accident but doesn’t mention anything to Michael. Sonny and Carly agree they’re both to blame for what’s happened to Michael. Claudia goes behind Sonny’s back and contacts an old acquaintance with ominous plans for Michael in mind.

In an effort to appease Carly, Jax arranges for Mac to inspect Alexis’ cars for signs of damage. Alexis makes a surprising confession.

Lulu helps Maxie derail Spinelli as he’s about to ask Mac for Maxie’s hand in marriage.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Alexis will do anything to protect Kristina.
  • Carly notices the spark between Sonny and Olivia.
  • Lucky and Ethan become unlikely allies.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Zach and Ryan orchestrate Kendall’s escape. Kendall has second thoughts about taking the boys away from Zach. Jake and Amanda’s plan might be over before it even begins.
  • Tuesday: Kendall shares a tearful goodbye with her sons. Adam makes Annie’s wish come true. Tad and Taylor spin a story to a suspicious Krystal.
  • Wednesday: Natalia accuses Jesse of not being on the up and up. Stuart’s ghost pays Kendall another visit. Marissa comes to a passed out JR’s aid.
  • Thursday: JR challenges Annie to admit that she really doesn’t love Adam. Zach begs the court for leniency for Kendall. Angie shares her suspicions about Jesse with Frankie.
  • Friday: Kendall learns her fate. Marissa is the unintended victim of Marian’s quest for revenge. Annie knows what JR’s really up to.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Michael and Kristina are headed south of the border. Olivia fights her feelings for Sonny. Jerry plans on using Michael as a pawn to get to Jason.
  • Tuesday: Sonny admits to Claudia he doesn’t know how he feels about her. Things go from bad to worse for Alexis. Dominic flirts with Lulu.
  • Wednesday: Sam’s one step closer to finding Michael and Kristina. Robin’s on a mission to clear Alexis’ name. Dominic is horrified to find Johnny and Olivia together.
  • Thursday: Jerry stays one step ahead of Sam. Michael and Kristina walk into danger. Diane warns Alexis that the cards are stacked against her.
  • Friday: Dominic is hiding a major secret. Sam’s in for a surprise when she finds Michael and Kristina. Spinelli finally has his say with Mac.

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

OLTL Alerts: Week of August 3 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 3, 2009.


  • Monday: Blair has a rather disturbing vision of the future for herself and Dorian.  Nora is tortured by her feelings for Bo.  Gigi nearly blows a gasket upon finding out that Stacy continues to call Rex’s loft home. 
  • Tuesday: Clint and Nora’s future rests in Bo’s uncertain hands.  Todd works to keep his women under control.  Stacy keels over following a confrontation with Gigi. 
  • Wednesday: Stacy’s vision of forming a happy family with Rex and the baby comes to an end when disaster strikes.  Todd continues to work to get back on Téa’s good side.  Nora must face the consequences of her decision regarding the Buchanan brothers.     
  • Thursday: Schuyler acts impulsively while with Gigi.  Cole is caught between a rock and a hard place.  Cristian observes an intimate moment between Kyle and Fish at the diner.   
  • Friday: John manages to prevent Cole from blowing his cover.  With Matthew’s hearing about to get underway, Téa gains leverage over Bo and Nora.  Crisitan informs Fish that he must tell Layla the truth.   

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” in black and white.

The recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Gates and the ensuing debate on racial relations in 21st century America, warrant a look at the present state of diversity in the make believe land of Llanview, Pennsylvania.

Looking back through the “My View of Llanview” archives from 2008, I came across my column from exactly one year ago today. It was in that edition that I first examined the color, or lack there of, on “One Life to Live.” I thought it appropriate to examine the progress (if any) the long-running daytime drama made in the year that followed.

As you may recall, at this point 52 weeks ago, “OLTL” could claim only one African American actress on its contract roster, and only a handful more on recurring status. Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) remained the soap’s token representative for people of color. In terms of other minorities, 2008 saw less than a half dozen actors of varying ethnicities, such as Latino and Middle Eastern, and even fewer appearing on the show on a recurring basis.

But that was then, and this is now. Thus far, 2009 appears to be a banner year for minorities, homosexuals, and mixed couples than its predecessor. With the additions of Daphnée Duplaix (Rachel Gannon) and Terrell Tilford (Greg Evans), “OLTL” now has three African-American actors on contract with the show, and placed in frontburner storylines. In addition, the black supporting cast as grown as well to include characters whose careers are as varied as bodyguards, doctors, lawyers, and drug counselors.

However, sticking points do remain. Although the presence of Markko Rivera’s parents Ernesto and Aurelia help maintain Llanview’s Latin flavor, both characters appear two-dimensional and stereotypical, as conservatives and devout Catholics who are not afraid to disinherit their only son should he go against their religious beliefs. While standing up for what you believe in is moral and admirable, and generates necessary conflict for the show, at the end of the day it must be remembered that your children are your children no matter what. Even when they misbehave and adhere to their own set of morals and beliefs as they search for their own identity, they are still our flesh and blood and worthy of forgiveness. However, I’m afraid that “One Life to Live” will continue to represent these two characters, particulary Ernesto, as stubborn and unwilling to change.

I feel that what “OLTL” needs to shake things up is a good race relations type of story. Something edgy that borders on the controversial, much like the Carla Grey storyline in the early years of the soap. But simply having a character pass themselves off as being white, or promoting an interracial relationship and/or marriage, is not as taboo in 2009 as it would have been back in 1968. Also “OLTL” needs to shy away from penning another white supremacy storyline, given the debacle that was the ‘One Pure People’ storyline of 2007, featuring ex-professional baseball player turned underwear model turned arsonist and bigot.

Instead, it needs something more intense and attention grabbing. Perhaps they could take a page from “All My Children,” which recently featured daytime’s first gay marriage. Maybe once Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish finally get back together, they could get married and attempt to raise a child. Homosexual couples in this country have a very difficult time in adopting children, which “One Life to Live” could explore.

In addition, “OLTL” could also delve into homelessness and the hardships the recent recession has placed on middle and lower class blue collar working people. I’m not talking about taking on roommates to help pay the rent or not being able to afford a college dorm roof after your parents have kicked you out of the house. Instead, I’m talking about being so hungry and desperate to feed your family that you would steal food, being forced to live out of your car because the bank repossessed your home, and losing your entire life savings because you lost your job. Those sorts of socially relevant storylines is what “OLTL” needs to tackle. Other avenues they could investigate could include depression, self-mutilation, suicide, transsexuals, firefighters, politicians, and religion. While I realize that may seem like a hedgepodge podge list of sorts, they are all topics that could potentially lead to some rather juicy and intriguing storylines. After all, this is a soap that has already tackled issues such as DID, sexual abuse, rape, heart attacks, and homosexuals throughout their history.

That is the type of diversity that “One Life to Live” needs more of these days. In terms of racial and ethnic diversity the show appears to be building a solid foundation, however, it remains lacking in terms of social diversity. Perhaps the show will recognize that in the years to go, and gradually feature more of those types of storylines that mirror society.

“The most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters,” wrote Christopher Schemering in The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Creator Agnes Nixon’s original vision for “OLTL” was that it would be “built along the classic soap formula of a rich family and a poor family,” but that it would also feature “ethnic and socioeconomic diversity,” as she Nixon was “tired of the restraints imposed by the WASPy, noncontroversial nature of daytime drama,” according to Schemering.

“‘One Life to Live’ has always been at the cutting edge of daytime drama. From the day of its premiere in 1968, the show straddled social, ethnic, and racial boundaries to both popular and critical acclaim. Its focus on families — the blue-blooded Lords, the working-class Woleks, the Irish Catholic Rileys, and the Jewish Siegels — reflected America’s diversity as never before seen on daytime television. Today, after thirty years of awad-winning storytelling, these multifaceted dynasties continue to tackle real-life problems and to entertain generations of audiences,” wrote Gary Warner in his 1998 book ‘One Life to Live’: Thirty Years of Memories.

And “Agnes Nixon intended to title her new show ‘Between Heaven and Hell.’ Religion would be playing a role in the lives of varied characters, which included an Irish Catholic and a Jewish family. While the title captured the darker, edgier feel of late afternoon soaps like ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘The Edge of Night,’ sponsors found the title a bit to controversial. Nixon compromised with ‘One Life to Live,’ an ironic title given the fact that its signature storyline, Victoria Lord’s (then Gillian Spencer) multiple personality disorder, revolved around a woman literally leading a double life.

On July 15, 1968, ‘One Life to Live’ debuted on ABC in the 3:30 time slot, nestled between ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Dark Shadows.’ Agnes Nixon prided herself on the show’s ethnic and economic diversity. The four core families would be the blue collar and Polish Woleks, the Irish Catholic Rileys, the very upper-class Lords, and the Jewish Siegels. In an article that appeared in the New York Times shortly before the show debuted, Nixon emphasized the fact that the show would be featuring black actors in prominent storylines, a feat being done almost nowhere else on television. The character of Sadie Gray, an African-American (played by Tony winning Lillian Hayman), held down a prominent job, heading the housekeeping department in the hospital. As with the best of soap opera characters, references were made to some secret involving Sadie’s long absent daughter,” stated Gerry Waggett in The ‘One Life to Live’ 40th Anniversary Trivia Book, published in 2008.

As the preceding quotes indicate, “One Life to Live” is a soap rich in history and diversity. After decades of lagging behind their daytime counterparts in terms of racial and ethnic characters and storylines following its rather controversial start, it is certainly refreshing to see that the show is at least attempting to make some inroads in that particular area and trying to return to their roots.

If you missed my original column on “OLTL’s” colorless storytelling of 2008 and would like to read the article, click here.

In conclusion, I believe that “One Life to Live” is heading in the right direction. However, as the old saying goes “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get ran over if you just set there.” In order to remain relevant, “OLTL” will need to continue showcasing Llanview’s rich diversity and expand upon it. And they must stay true to Agnes Nixon’s original concept if they want to survive another 40 years. After all, that’s just good storytelling.

For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers in bold): Question #1: In 1998, which supposedly deceased villain was Dorian Lord’s guide during her trip to hell? a) Mitch Laurence, b) Marco Dane, c) Carlo Hesser, or d) Victor Lord. Question #2: In 2001, Max Holden interrupted Asa’s marriage to Gabrielle Medina, mistakenly believing that he was marrying which one of his many ex-wives? a) Alex, b) Blair, c) Becky Lee, or d) Delila. Question #3: How much money did Todd Manning promise to give his lawyer Téa Delgado is she married him in 1997? a) Half a million dollars, b) $1 million, c) $5 million, or d) $10 million. And Question #4: What political office was Kevin Buchanan elected to back in 2004? a) mayor of Llanview, b) lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, c) state senator, or d) district attorney.

Hope you enjoyed those questions, and that they didn’t prove too difficult for you. Now time for this week’s trivia challenge: Question #1: In 2000, Nora Hanen was presumed dead following what type disaster? a) car crash, b) train explosion, c) plane crash, or d) boating accident. Question #2: For what reason was Todd Manning pardoned for his crimes in 1994? a) Blair Cramer seduced the governor into pardoning him, b) Larry Wolek discovered a brain tumor that made Todd not criminally responsible for his crimes, c) Todd rescued Marty Saybrooke, CJ Roberts, and Jessica Buchanan from a car accident, or d) Todd agreed to testify against mob boss Carlo Hesser. Question #3: What caused Clint Buchanan to go blind in 1987? a) He was shot in the head, b) He developed a brain tumor, c) A bomb exploded in his face, or d) He was trapped in a chemical fire at The Banner. And Question #4: Which South American country did Jenny Wolek flee to, in order to work at a convent? a) San Alicia, b) San Bernardo, c) San Carlos, or d) San Daivo. I’ll have the answers in the August 15th edition of the column. But if you are stumped and can’t wait, you may want to consult a copy of The ‘One Life to Live’ 40th Anniversary Trivia Book by Gerry Waggett. Just a suggestion…. but one you might find useful (except when trying to figure out first question, which I came up with myself. However the answer to it can be found elsewhere in this column).

That concludes yet another installment of “My View of Llanview.” Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, and that the kiddies are all ready to go back to school very soon. Thanks for reading, and please join me again on August 15th for more thoughts and opinions on Llanview.

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

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: My View of Llanview: July 30 Edition

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 29, 2009.


A guilt ridden Kendall frustrates Zach by continuing to insist she shot Stuart. Ryan confronts Zach with his newfound suspicions after visiting Annie. Kendall tells Ryan she killed Stuart and confirms that Zach set Annie up to take the fall for her. Annie points the finger at Zach when Marissa questions her. Marissa starts to have her doubts about Annie’s guilt. Liza tells Marissa that their job is to make sure Kendall goes free and not to try and get Annie off the hook regardless of whether or not she’s innocent. JR can’t believe that Scott would defend Annie. Annie accuses Jesse of being in cahoots with Zach to crucify her. Jesse quickly shuts Natalia down when she investigates the shooting and points out many discrepancies in the case against Annie.

Jake warns Amanda she can’t keep running to Taylor’s to see Trevor or else David might get suspicious.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Zach is certain of Kendall’s innocence.
  • Annie finds an unlikely ally in Jack.
  • Erica insists to Ryan they’re doing the right thing.

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

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 29, 2009.


“In the Family Way”

Rex lets out all his anger over the fact Gigi felt she had no other option but to lie to him, despite how noble her intentions were. Gigi takes full responsibility for everything that’s happened between her and Rex, even his sleeping with Stacy. Rex and Gigi vow to never let anything come between them again. Stacy takes another blood test to prove to Rex, Gigi and Schuyler she really is pregnant and expects Rex to be there for her and their baby.

Armed with the knowledge of their kiss, Matthew tries to blackmail Bo and Nora into signing the consent form for his surgery, threatening to spill the beans to Clint if they don’t. 

Téa tells Todd she won’t be used as a pawn in his games with Blair and returns the key he gave her. Todd asks Téa to be his date for Viki’s wedding in an attempt to prove he can be the kind of man she wants.

Marty worries for Cole’s safety as she helps him move into the apartment John rented as part of their undercover operation. Marty tells John she wants to move forward with him. Cole contacts Asher to get the ball rolling on his and John’s drug sting.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Bo challenges Matthew to make good on this threat.
  • Jessica overreacts to Bree’s new toy from ‘Daddy.’
  • Nora shocks Rachel with news of her kiss with Bo.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

GH Recap: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 29, 2009.


Morgan shows Jason the email he got from Michael saying he’s left town. Jason keeps the news about Michael from Carly so as not to upset her. Sam and Jason team up to find Michael and Kristina. Alexis blames Michael for getting Kristina in trouble and has Mac issue an APB on him. Alexis spills the truth about Michael and Kristina to Jax and Carly.

Maxie shares her Spinelli dilemma with Lulu. Lulu admonishes Maxie to be honest with Spinelli. Maxie dreads the idea of telling Mac about Spinelli’s proposal. Maxie panics when she sees Spinelli making a beeline towards Mac.

Edward keeps Nikolas away from Rebecca. Rebecca rebuffs Ethan when he says he wants another chance with her. Nikolas arrives at the police station after Edward and Rebecca are arrested while on a drive due to Michael having switched the license plates from his car with Edward’s.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia hatches a plan for revenge.
  • Alexis makes a surpring confession.
  • Kristina refuses to leave Michael.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:50 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The former “Gossip Girl” splashes down in Llanview on Friday, August 14th, just in time to assist her best friend Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt) in cooking up her latest scheme.

With her first airdate finally announced by “One Life to Live,” fans can look for the younger Morasco sister’s BFF, Kimberly (Kim) Andrews, to take a break from her lucrative pole dancing career in Las Vegas to move to Llanview to make things just that much sluttier for the residents of the fictional Pennsylvania town.

After filling her best bud in on the details of what became of her once delicate situation and explaining how the truth must stay buried, Kim offers Stacy a simple solution to her problem. But one question remains…sending the stripper sisters off looking for a sucker they can lure into their trap to ensure that Ms. Morasco gets what she wants, rather than what she deserves.

Best known for portraying Penelope Shafai on the hit CW primetime drama “Gossip Girl,” “OLTL” marks the first soap role for Setton. Her character, which was originally named Summer, will interact with Stacy, Rex, and Gigi, as well as a few other characters in Llanview. It is a contract role.

In other news…

Kevin O’Rourke reprises his recurring role of Llanview Mayor Stan Lowell on Wednesday, August 12th when he butts heads with a few of the town’s leading ladies on the Llanview Hospital Board of Directors. To make matters worse for the commander-in-chief, John McBain begins to grow suspicious of the public offical with questionable integrity.

Lea DeLaria appears again as Madame Delphina on Wednesday, August 20th, when the physic issues an ominous warning to one particular Llanview widow.

Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers Buchanan on Monday, August 10th with an interesting proposition for each of the two women in his life. But will they agree to his terms, or will he be forced to try to persuade his newfound family to agree to his point-of-view?

An already spooked Jessica Brenan mistakenly accuses Ford, one of David’s new associates, for being the person stalking her and rattling her nerves. Meanwhile the real culprit remains at large. While the identity of the actor cast in the minor role of Ford is unknown, look for him to accompany Mr. Vickers back to town. For more insight into the role of Ford, click here to read SON‘s report on the original audition script for the character.

Kearra Giovanni returns as Dr. Vivian Wright, the co-worker and occasional date of wondersurgeon Greg Evans on Thursday, August 13th. From the way it sounds, this is one lady doc who is good at detecting chemistry…and we’re not talking test tubes and Bunsen burners.

Matt Walton first airs as hotshot lawyer Elijah Clarke on Friday, August 7th. Even though he will be brought to town by the Buchanans, the overconfident attorney will soon become involved with Téa Delgado and all those in her orbit.

Look for more dayplayer in upcoming episodes, including Thursday and Friday, September 10th and 11th.

For a couple of other small upcoming casting notes, click here to get caught up.

And a once popular character (whose original portrayer is now on another soap), may or may not appear in flashback form (in terms of scenes from a past “One Life” episode) in a certain episode airing next month, when a mysterious package is believer to a pair of equally mystified recipients.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: Llanview ‘Gossip’: Amanda Setton Makes ‘OLTL’ Debut