Friday, June 19, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Eye on the prize.


JR and Marissa’s sharing of their inner-most feelings, on Monday, June 22, gives way to a tender kiss that sends JR running by the end of the week. In the face of Amanda’s intensifying depression, Tad asks Liza to reconsider her plan to take the baby. An undeterred Liza grows concerned that Amanda will recognize the child after learning she actually held him. David invites Amanda to a memorial for their son and admits to her that he might have let her keep their little boy had he lived. Liza goes into action when it appears Amanda is going to reveal all at the service. Jake and Tad whisk Liza away to “give birth” but Amanda’s arrival on the scene puts their plan in jeopardy on Friday, June 26. Krystal reaches out to David, who makes a heartbreaking request of Amanda. Despite major reservations about the state of their relationship, Brot proposes to Taylor on Thursday, June 25. Taylor confides her true feelings to Tad. Brot and Taylor both accept that their relationship is over.

The Inside Story: The Odd Couples
Annie tells Aidan that she no longer needs him now that she has Adam. More smitten than ever with his house-arrest guest, Adam dismisses Erica’s warning to distance himself from the former Mrs. Lavery. Erica promises Ryan that Annie will not get her hands on Emma. Ryan tears into Liza for defending Annie. Annie seethes when Ryan tells her she’ll never take Emma from him. Ryan and Erica conspire against Adam and Annie on Tuesday, June 23. Erica gets the opening she’s looking for when Adam invites her and a guest to join him and Annie for dinner. On Wednesday, June 24, the petite diva arrives at the mansion with her dinner guest, Ryan. Annie can barely contain her rage as Erica pushes all of her buttons at dinner but manages to pretty much keep it together. Grateful for his support, Annie pulls Adam into a passionate kiss after Erica and Ryan leave. On Friday, June 26, Aidan gives Annie the means to remove her ankle monitor. It becomes clear that Aidan and Ryan are working together against Annie. Ryan looks on as Annie picks up a gun she finds in Adam’s desk draw.

A Closer Look: Behind Closed Doors
On Monday, June 22, remembering the feelings they once shared, Randi returns to talk to North after initially taking off. Randi explains to a smitten North that she didn’t run away with him when he asked her to years before because she felt she would have been his downfall. Randi tells an agitated North that she’s married and asks him to forget he ever met her. In their effort to get dirt on the new D.A., Kendall arranges a meeting with North, while Zach targets the D.A.’s wife at the casino. Zach hits a nerve with Madison when he brings up her marriage. Kendall, meanwhile, manages to find a crack in North’s cool and confident facade. Zach comes to believe the D.A. may have a history of violence. Kendall and Zach turn to Jesse for help on Wednesday, June 24. North wants Jesse to arrest Zach for his activities on the night of Stuart’s murder. Randi runs into North after Frankie pushes her away again. North confides in Randi that she was the only person who ever saw any good in him and asks her to go away with him on Thursday, June 25. Frankie spots Randi and North together.

All My Children News and Headlines:


  • Amanda wants the truth about her son, will her husband give it to her? (Soap Opera Weekly)
  • Randi threatens to tell all in an effort to put a stop to North’s agenda. (Soap Opera Weekly)

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

Friday, June 19, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Looking for trouble.


On Monday, June 22, Ethan begins to realize his partner’s feelings for their mark are a little too real. Rebecca and Nikolas make love. Nikolas reassures Rebecca that what he feels for her goes beyond who she looks like. Johnny and Olivia can’t keep their hands off each other on Tuesday, June 23. Ric and Andrea are revealed to be in an unholy alliance. Patrick and Robin confront the mayor after deducing that Brianna was murdered after going over her autopsy. The mayor insists that he would have never killed Brianna because he truly loved her. Robin and Patrick witness a volatile Andrea attacking Matt on Wednesday, June 24, accusing him of ruining her husband’s career. On Thursday, June 25, Ric is sure everything is going his way as he informs Andrea that the Drake men hired him to represent then in the malpractice case. Mac and Alexis are confronted with the suspicion that Brianna was murdered. Upon being arrested, on Friday, June 26, Mayor Floyd makes a shocking public announcement that leaves Alexis stunned and humiliated.

The Inside Story: Apples &Trees
Jax restrains Michael after he comes perilously close to harming Carly. Carly is forced to agree with Jax’s assertion about Michael’s living arrangements. A shaken Michael apologizes to Morgan for his behavior before sneaking out. Jason warns Jax that Michael is not safe living with Sonny on Monday, June 22. Morgan gets snatched by Dominic, the only surviving sniper from the earlier ambush on Johnny and Jason. Michael and Carly take off into the woods in search of Morgan. Together, mother and son best Dominic after finding him and Morgan. Carly convinces a hurt Dominic to take off without hurting her or the kids. Sonny reassures Michael, who makes a startling decision. Michael turns to Johnny after angrily facing off with Jason about his future in the organization. Jason arrives on the scene just as Johnny tells Michael that he will not assist in getting him shot again. Michael rages at Jason when he makes it clear that he will never join the mob. On Thursday, June 25, Sonny and Michael get into it over Michael’s plans for the future. Michael accuses Sonny of not wanting him in the organization because he’s brain damaged. Sonny buys Michael a new sports car to offset his guilt. Carly asks a stunned Monica and Edward to take Michael in on Friday, June 26. Edward suggests that Jason make things easier for Michael by moving in as well.

On Tuesday, June 23, a wounded Dominic arrives at Sonny’s where he informs Claudia the hit went awry and begs for her help. A panicked Claudia hides Dominic in her bedroom when the penthouse suddenly becomes a busy hub. Kristina hides when Alexis arrives and ends up alone with Dominic on Wednesday, June 24. Alexis squares off with Claudia over Michael and Kristina. Kristina listens in as Sonny and Alexis argue about her. Claudia later finds Kristina and Dominic together.

General Hospital News and Headlines:


  • Alexis faces the music after her dirty little secret comes out. (Soap Opera Digest)
  • Claudia turns the tables on Jax when he attempts to blackmail her. (Soap Opera Digest)

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

OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 22 Edition

Friday, June 19, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — What becomes of the brokenhearted?


Viki is sympathetic and understanding of what Marty is going through. Realizing she has no one else to turn to, Marty seeks out John’s help on Friday, June 26. Her request is simple — help her and Cole disappear. After talking with Marty, John agrees to return to the LPD as Chief of Detectives, but with one condition. Elsewhere in Llanview, Clint informs Bo and Nora that he believes he has found someone that can help Matthew to walk again. Across town, Shaun discusses his brother, the surgeon, with Rachel. Destiny is fired from her job at the country club after making sure Justin and Becca get what’s coming to them on Tuesday, June 23. Dr. Greg Evans arrives in town, promising to work miracles with Matthew, much to little sister Destiny’s delight. Later, Nora believes Bo to be jealous that Clint was the one who found someone to help Matthew instead of him. Dorian makes progress in softening Aurelia’s feelings toward her son’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Moe, Charlie, and Shaun place a bug in Ernesto’s ear about Dorian’s true nature on Tuesday, June 23. Afterward, as the two concerned parents talk, Aurelia feels that Markko should be free to see Langston, however, Ernestso refuses to budge. Seeing that she still has work to do, Dorian vows to change Ernesto’s mind and get in Langston’s good graces again. Fish denies Cristian’s allegations that he has the hots for Layla, and later suggests that she apply for a receptionist job at the police station.

The Inside Story: Love and Marriage?
When Todd walks in just as Cole is proposing to Starr, they are both amazed by his reaction. Even after learning that Cole faces jail time, he still agrees to sign the consent form on Monday, June 22. However, the wheels in Todd’s head are already starting to turn. At the same time, Blair tries to convince Téa that the last thing she wants is to get back with Todd. Despite her lingering anger toward Todd for jeopardizing her career, Téa is nonetheless hurt when Todd agrees to relocate to La Boulaie with Blair and the boys. By Thursday, June 25, Téa models Todd’s behavior. Meanwhile, Todd makes Blair look bad when she is unsure about signing a consent form for her daughter to get married. Todd’s smugness is short-lived however, as Blair surprises him by signing the form on Friday, June 26. To make matters worse, Téa exposes Todd’s real agenda, forcing Starr to challenge her father to prove his love for her.

A Closer Look: The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants
At Schuyler’s urging, Gigi puts the screws to Roxy. Although she doesn’t tell Gigi what she wants to know, Roxy continues to have a guilty conscience. The Manager of the Llanview Country Club kicks Rex and Stacy out just as they were about to get intimate. After being arrested, Bo steps in to help them. Later, Rex confides to Bo that, while his flesh may be weak, his heart still belongs to Gigi. On Tuesday, June 23, Natalie is livid when Gigi asks her and Jared to drop the charges against Kyle. Unable to reveal the truth, Gigi can only claim that it would benefit Shane. Natalie remains unfazed, even as Gigi points out that they were once friends. Schuyler, meanwhile, confronts a guilty Kyle, and later finds a nearly hysterical Gigi, convincing her to unburden herself to Natalie and Jared. Rex urges Shane not to be so disrespectful toward his mother, and later shares a heated exchange with Brody while at the gym on Wednesday, June 24. While taking Bree to her ballet class, Jessica encounters Stacy, who is now teaching the group. Natalie and Jared are sympathetic to Gigi and her plight. They agree to drop the charges against Kyle, but only if Gigi makes a full confession to Rex. Back at the ballet studio, Jessica taunts Stacy by revealing she knows what the bitch did to Gigi. Overwhelmed with emotion from Jessica’s verbal assault and Rex pulling away from her, Stacy suffers a nervous breakdown in front the class on Wednesday, June 24. Later, however, her ego is stroked when Rex puts the moves on her. After making love with Stacy on Thursday, June 25, Rex begins to have vague recollections of several comments she made the night she drugged his drink. Gigi arrives at Ultraviolet with the intention of confiding in Rex. Meanwhile, Natalie and Jared let Roxy in on the fact they know Kyle is blackmailing her, and demand to know the name of the real bone marrow donor. On Friday, June 26, Gigi convinces Rex as to the type of person Stacy really is. At the same time, Schuyler forces Stacy to accept reality. And Natalie and Jared confront Kyle.

One Life to Live News and Headlines


  • Undeterred, Stacy comes up with a new plan with regards to Rex. (Soap Opera Weekly)
  • Dorian continues her quest to repair her relationship with Langston. (National Enquirer)

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

Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of June 22 Edition

OLTL Recap: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 18, 2009.


“Hair of the Dogged”

Gigi realizes she can’t expose Stacy’s lies until she discovers who Shane’s bone marrow donor really is.  Gigi plans on cozying up to Kyle after Schuyler tells her he believes Kyle might know more than he’s saying.  A manipulative Stacy reminds Rex that Gigi has clearly moved on.  Rex sneaks him and Stacy into the country club and can’t help but be affected by the sight of her in a bikini.   

Blair’s arrival forces Todd to reveal the truth about his new living arrangement to Téa. 

Cole comes clean with Starr. 

Markko stands up to his father, who forbids him to see Langston while living under his roof.  Markko vows to come up with the money to move out of his parent’s house.  Langston demands that Dorian make things right with Markko’s parents. 

Layla picks up on the tension between Kyle and Fish.  Layla agrees to go out on a date with Fish.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Todd asks Téa to live with he and Blair.
  • Todd pays Starr and Hope a visit.
  • Cole makes a suprise announcement.

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 18, 2009.


David desperately wants to get to the hospital when he learns Krystal collapsed after their car accident. Krystal knows that David cares about her but resists the urge to get drawn back in by him.

JR proves to be a good friend to Marissa when she tells him she blames herself for the deaths of her adopted parents.

Kendall puts a stop to Zach and Ryan’s arguing after she and Zach bring Ian home from the hospital. Kendall tells Zach and Ryan she needs both of them to help keep her out of jail. Zach believes going after Henry North is the best way to protect Kendall.

Ryan has no intention of helping Liza build a case for Annie’s defense.

Taylor and Brot address the fact that their relationship isn’t what it used to be. Brot walks away unnoticed when he later sees Taylor sharing a laugh with Tad.

Taylor urges Randi to stay and fight for Frankie. Randi lets Frankie know she’s with him for the long haul. Frankie takes a major step when he allows Randi to feed him.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Adam goes to great lengths for Annie’s benefit.
  • Things aren’t as they appear where Aidan is concerned.
  • Zach and Kendall come up with a plan.

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 18, 2009.


Claudia takes steps to have Jason eliminated when he and Johnny attend a business meeting together. Olivia turns to Carly for help over Sonny’s growing anger about her involvement with Johnny.

Michael ditches his physical therapy and goes to Jake’s, where he gets into a fight with Kristina’s friend Kiefer. Kristina is alarmed when Kiefer punches Michael, sending him to the floor in a heap.

Nikolas decides he can no longer see Rebecca but has a change of heart after a talk with Monica.

Andrea Floyd, the Mayor’s wife, asks Patrick to settle the malpractice suit out of court in order to avoid any scandal. Actress Martha Byrne debuts as Andrea Floyd.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Michael takes his anger out on Carly.
  • Olivia worries that Sonny is purposely putting Johnny in danger.
  • Sonny and Claudia’s anger leads to passion.

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

OLTL Alerts: Week of June 22 Edition

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.


  • Monday: Todd is clearly up to no good.  Blair and Téa exchange heated words over the man they both love.  Roxy is cornered by Gigi, who demands the name of real bone marrow donor. 
  • Tuesday: Natalie tells Gigi to can the dramatics.  Dorian’s actions have consequences.  Layla isn’t moved by Crisitian’s comments about her relationship with Fish. 
  • Wednesday: Even more people are privy to the scheme when Gigi confesses all to Natalie and Jared.  Rex is ready to ‘get it on’ with Stacy.  Dorian is determined to fix things for Langston’s sake.  Clint proves that he is just full of surprises, although his latest appears to backfire.
  • Thursday: Stacy finally gets what she’s been dreaming of for so long.  Natalie and Jared are on to Roxy.  Todd is forced to watch his back as Téa prepares to enact her revenge. 
  • Friday: Gigi tells Rex what a manipulative little slut her sister really is.  Blair evens the playing field with Todd.  Marty needs John’s help for the millionth time. 

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.


  • Monday: Annie tosses Aidan aside in favor of Adam. Randi shares a past with Henry North. Erica and Ryan are determined to stop Annie in her tracks.
  • Tuesday: Zach and Kendall put their plan in motion. Erica and Ryan conspire against Adam and Annie. Amanda is overwhelmed by recent events.
  • Wednesday: Zach thinks he might have uncovered North’s weak spot. Frankie pushes his family away. Annie holds her own against Erica.
  • Thursday: Jake’s day goes from bad to worse. JR and Marissa end up sharing a kiss. Amanda reaches her breaking point.
  • Friday: Liza springs into action to keep her plan alive. Aidan is in cahoots with Ryan. Brot and Taylor call it quits.

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 22, 2009.


  • Monday: Carly and Jax reach a decision about Michael. Jason and Johnny fight for their lives. Morgan’s life is in danger.
  • Tuesday: Carly and Michael search for Morgan. Patrick and Robin set out to solve a murder mystery. Ric is up to no good.
  • Wednesday: Michael wants to follow in Sonny’s footsteps. Claudia scrambles to cover her tracks. Kristina comes face to face with a killer.
  • Thursday: Sonny clashes with Michael. Carly decides Michael isn’t safe with Sonny. Ric believes everything’s working out just the way he wants.
  • Friday: Jason faces a tough decision. Spinelli puts the brakes on romance with Maxie. Sonny goes overboard to gain Michael’s forgiveness.

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

My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Miracles can happen when you believe.

I knew there was a reason I was writing this edition of my column a few days later than usual. Well, not really, but the time was perfect nonetheless. It gives me a chance to discuss two of my biggest pet peeves with “One Life to Live” at the moment.

But before moving on to what grinds my gears about the show recently, I would like to take a moment to point out my new logo. Granted it’s nothing fancy, just something I threw together from one of those free websites that allows you to create simple logos for the technically challenged (such as myself). I decided to come up with my own after my ‘search’ for a new look for my column on the Soap Opera Network message boards fell flat. Not a single person offered up their own take on a new logo for my column (bummer). So I decided to go the DIY route. Let me know what you think of it. Again, it’s nothing fancy, and I may change it yet again by the next column, depending on my mood at the time.

Anyway, back to show itself. My first pet peeve with “OLTL” right now is the unnecessary canning of two-thirds of Llanview’s McBain family. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a member of the ‘I heart the McBains’ fan club, however, I did think it was a mistake to get rid of two decent characters when Llanview is overflowing with characters that need to be taken out by a serial killer. But Marcie and Michael were different. They actually had substance, and ties to the canvas. They were characters that fans recognized, and understood. Furthermore, neither ate up a tremendous amount of airtime, having been placed mostly on the back burner for the past year.

Even so, Chris Stack and Kathy Brier are two very talented actors that “One Life to Live” will soon regret sending off into the sunset. Mostly because their presence on the canvas will be missed. But also because of the endless stream of newbies and cardboard actors taking their place on the television screens of “One Life” fans. I guess this means even more screen time for characters like Stacy Morasco, John McBain, Starr Manning (Kristen, honey, I love ya — but you need to try just a little harder to really sell it to the viewer), and Cole Thornhart. Yea…just what we need. Where the hell are Viki, Clint, Nora, Bo, Dorian, and the rest of the vets when you need them? I guess ABC believes that they have trained us fans to prefer Stacy over Viki. Wrong. If Stacy were to go missing from Llanview tomorrow I would order a cake to celebrate. Maybe Gigi can just throw some holy water on her and get it over with.

At least fans can take some satisfaction in the fact that at least Marcie and Michael got there happy ending. I suppose that, much like the song immortalized by the Disney movie “The Prince of Epypt,” miracles really do happen ‘when you believe.’ I was so thrilled when I saw the pregnancy test setting on the table. Finally, they are getting the child they have longed for. What a fitting ending to their story. Hopefully, “OLTL” will wise up one day and bring Marcie and Michael back, along with their child. I wish both Chris Stack and Kathy Brier only the best.

My second pet peeve right now is the seemingly endless stream of musical guests. Okay, I admit, it was kinda fun when the show would have a big name musician perform once a year, but now they are booking musical acts every few months. Are they that desperate for more revenue and an increase in viewers? Maybe they could have Starr feeding Hope more Cheerios, or perhaps Carnation Instant Formula or Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup instead. Plugging real-life products on the show (and no, I’m not referring to Have-a-Seat Hemorrhoid Cream of the Toaster Tarts Todd fixed for Téa) would seem like a more logical way to boost show profits. It is also a great way to add some reality to a show, although it can easily be overdone. A little of this goes a long way.

But just take a look at the facts. Since New Year’s Eve alone, there have been five separate musicial artists/groups to appear on “OLTL,” including Lionel Richie’s upcoming performance. The others included “Puddle of Mudd,” “The Plain White T’s,” “Rachel Yamataga,” and “The Pussycat Dolls.” The list grows even more when you factor in those who performed last year, such as “Snoop Dogg.” Each of these guest appearances has done relatively little to boost the show’s already sagging ratings. Instead, it may actually to have the opposite affect if “OLTL” continues to overload its yearly music quota. Fans may simply start viewing it as a bad attempt at stunt casting and begin tuning out in droves. As ABC learned a few years ago the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?,” there is truth in the term claiming that ‘you can have too much of a good thing.’ When the expanded to show to about three or four nights a week, interest soon waned. And when that occurs, it can be difficult to lure those viewers back.

On a more personal level, the constant barrage of musical talents invading Llanview is beginning to take its toll on my nerves as well. As a reporter for SON, I find composing articles for musical guests to be the most tedious. Call me old-fashioned, but my favorite type of music is the old time rock ‘n roll of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. They don’t make music like anymore unfortunately. That’s not to say that I dislike all music of today’s generation, because I don’t. There is a select group of songs from this era that I can tolerate and, dare I say it, actually like. However, as a general rule, whenever I listen to music (which isn’t extremely often), I prefer the old stuff. That’s great, but it causes me problems when writing articles about a particular musician’s accomplishments, when I have never even heard of them before. Perhaps I’m just too old for my young age of 29, or maybe everyone else in soapland is a bigger music lover than me. Either way, it takes a great deal of patience and willpower as I work on those articles.

Moving on, do you ever find yourself scratching your head as you watch a particular scene or character? I tend to do that quite a bit while watching “OLTL” actually. Like, for instance, why couldn’t the show have gotten a decent skull cap for Shane when he lost all his hair from chemo? It was painful, but yet hilarious, watching it move and occasionally curl up on the edges during many of his scenes. Furthermore, why does Cole Thornhart always seem to be wearing black socks (and dark colored shirts and pants for that matter)? Whether it is suit, dress shirt, t-shirt, or tank top, his shirts nearly always seems to be a dark color. And anytime his feet venture into a scene (such as when he was going through detox in Starr’s bedroom), he has on black socks. Sorry, but I notice that sort of thing…I’m a sock man. ha ha Also, why does one of Erika Slezak’s eyes always seem to be twitching? Why is Michael Easton almost always chewing gum whenever he appears on camera? Why does Jessica give all her dead babies the middle name ‘Victoria.’  Sure, it’s a tribute to her mother, but why do it twice?  We already had baby Megan Victoria, and now Chloe Victoria.  And least Bree’s middle name isn’t Victoria as well, ha ha.  And why does Trevor St. John sometimes use different accents while delivering his lines, and then smirk at the camera? Too many questions for my little brain to figure out.

As I have mentioned numerous times in this column, I have watched “One Life to Live” since childhood. I have seen a ton of storylines, actors, and characters come and go during that time, including each of the previous two gay-themed storylines. I find it amazing that this type of thing is considered major news considering the society that we live in. I hope to see the day that is a non-event, and just a normal part of life. Perhaps the day will come soon when a gay couple of a daytime soap is perfectly normal, and doesn’t make front page headlines around the country. While I myself am not gay, I see the move as part of the broader controversial, diversified concept that Agnes Nixon had in mind when she created “One Life to Live” more than 40 years ago. Isn’t the goal of many television programs and sitcoms to mirror reality. Viewers want to see people they can relate to. Therefore, it seems hard to fathom that Llanview is seemingly devoid of gays, minorities, and lower class working people (at least there are still a few token African-Americans still in town). Unlike the fictional Pennsylvania suburb, not everyone in life is a rich, white, snooty person.

I suppose one could argue that television’s primary objective is instead to entertain. Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean that diversity should be non-existent. Especially not with “OLTL,” a soap that was once described by Christopher Schemering in his book, The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, as “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.”

For that reason, I am anxious to see how the soap will handle their third attempt at a gay romance and story line. Maybe the third time will be a charm and “OLTL” will do a good job with it. However, I have seen many a promising plot on this show go flat, so the seeds of doubt continue to grow in the back of my mind; and I’m sure in many of yours as well.

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: Dorian Cramer had her sister Melinda institutionalized in 1974 for what reason? a) Melinda had tried to kill herself, b) Melinda tried to kill Dorian and her boyfriend Mark, c) Dorian was jealous of Mark’s interest in Melinda, or d) Melinda had become a heroin addict. Question #2: One year earlier, in 1973, Meredith Lord died of a cerebral hemorrhage. But what caused the injury that led to her death? Was it a) She was thrown from a horse, b) Niki Smith hit her over the head with a statue, c) She fell down a flight of stairs while arguing with her father, or d) She fell while escaping from criminals who had taken her hostage. Question #3: In 1984, the O’Neil sisters invaded Llanview. But which of the following was not one of the sisters? a) Alice, b) Joy, c) Connie, or d) Didi. And Question #4: What natural disaster hit Llanview just as Micheal McBain and Marcie Walsh were tying the knot in 2006? a) avalanche, b) tornado, c) earthquake, or d) flood.

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 2008, a drunken Rex Balsom performed a striptease just before what musical guest was set to perform at Ultra Violet? a) Snoop Dogg, b) Timbaland, c) The Plain White T’s, or d) Willie Nelson. Question #2: In 1991, for what purpose did Carlo Hesser drug Viki to bring out Niki Smith? a) to kill Asa Buchanan, b) to kill Viki’s daughter Megan, c) to convince Renee to marry him, or d) to burn down The Banner. Question #3: When did Tina discover the entrance to Victor Lord’s secret room back in 1985?  a) in the library at Llanfair, b) in the carriage house, c) in the basement of The Banner, or d) in his mausoleum. And Question #4: Back in 1977, how were Larry Wolek and Karen Wolek related before they got married? a) they were cousins, b) Karen was Larry’s stepmother, c) Karen had been Larry’s sister-in-law, or d) Nor relation. The last names were mere coincidence. I’ll have the answers in the June 30th 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 you enjoyed reading my “OLTL” thoughts and ramblings, and that you will join me again in two weeks for more of the same. Keep the feedback coming; I love hearing from fellow fans. Enjoy your summer!

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: June 15 Edition