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Red carpet arrivals. (TOLN/Hulu)

Ouch. (TOLN/Hulu)

"AMC" Rundown for August 6:

The gala finally arrived, setting the stage for plenty of well-heeled drama next week. Sometimes the setup is half the fun, especially with Opal running color commentary and Billy Clyde hiding out in the bushes like some kind of crazed fan. But we’re more than ready to see some relationships advance, so here’s hoping the party propels some serious drama into Pine Valley.

And here we were operating under the illusion that Chandler Media was an actual operation somewhere in town, but now all of the sudden it is revealed to only be separated from the mansion by a curtain. Weird. Not sure it was necessary to even show that for the sake of the party. And what was all that hubbub last week with JR working from home vs. the office then? This shouldn’t have been a letdown, but it was. It just seemed like a shortcut.

And speaking of disillusionment, AJ is really going to have a rude awakening once he finds out what JR has been up to. After years of struggling with how he feels about his father, AJ has slowly been letting him back in. Now he’s defending JR to David Hayward which will come back to bite his pride if and when JR explodes. Not to mention how Cara will react when she finds out he’s been shooting up steroids and snagging sheets from her prescription pad. She has trusted JR with an incredible secret that affects many lives, so she should be pretty let down.

Anders past.
Finally we got to see a little bit more about what makes Anders tick, but very little. There’s a woman, regret, and a sad death. Dixie loves nothing more than an emotionally battered project and he is certainly on her list for sure. Him and Celia after she fell into Dixie's arms during her latest horrific vision. She is just the right person to help Celia delve into her mysterious past.

Meanwhile, why is Dixie fighting to keep Cassandra in the hospital for her recovery now that she is physically ready to leave? Wouldn’t it be better to be around her family and life than laying in a hospital bed? Makes no sense.

Zach and Lea.
These two need to speed it up or stop it altogether. Their pause in action has only diminished the heat between them, not built the sizzle. Heather noticed how hot Zach was at the gala – smart girl.

Also needing to get on with it are Miranda and AJ. Heather was particularly annoying this week with her social media obsession and over-the-top enthusiasm. If she can’t see how AJ moons after Miranda she just isn’t paying attention.

Colby vs. Celia.
Celia finally grew a pair and told Colby how it was. Props to her because Colby is the queen of cut downs and she definitely gave as good as she got. And Pete is still oblivious about this rivalry for some reason. For such a smart guy with all his tech stuff, he is a real idiot when it comes to women. On top of that, he makes no effort to brush off Colby’s advances when they are in front of Celia, and for that, shame on him. Still, Colby was a bit desperate having David bid on Pete for her during the auction. The real mystery is who did the bidding on Pete for Celia. It would be out-of-character for her generous benefactor to pay for her to go out with Pete, but who else could it be? Vote below on who you think placed the $10,000 phone bid, or let us know in the comments below if you have another idea.

Playing with fire.
Cara and JR are playing fast and loose with such a big secret, reading bedtime stories to Oliver during a big party where David is at. Also entering dangerous waters are Brooke and Dimitri. A slow burn is building and Adam is not going to like this one bit. And who exactly was David talking about when he says his heart is somewhere else – Angie or Cara?

Keeping it classy.
Opal was a natural on the red carpet, filling everyone in on the needed dirty details with her charming southern spin. Everyone looked incredible, but a special shout out to JR’s coiffed hair. Wow.

Read’s All My Children Recaps: Part 1 and 2 for more about Dr. Ander’s emotional breakdown, the start of the gala and the tension between Miranda and AJ.

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- Hollie Deese