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AMC Recap – April 11 – April 15th

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Bad karma seems to be all around Jackson & Erica but they decide to ignore it. After Asher smashes the computer of some guy hitting on Colby, he’s taken down to the station. With some “help” from Caleb the kids chose not to press charges against Asher. Asher figures out that even though Caleb wasn’t invited to the wedding he was planning on going down to St. Bart’s to tell Erica how he feels. Kendall explains about the drugs to Jesse and Griffin requests a lawyer. Griffin tells Kendall that he never trusted anyone with something so personal and realizes now that doing so was a mistake. Kendall opens up to Ricky and hopes he will be able to help her figure things out. Playing the part wonderfully, Ricky calms her down and says not to worry; it’s his personal mission to make sure she relaxes for Erica’s wedding. Griffin tells Jesse that whoever set him up has done a great job since he’s got everyone fooled.  Maya wants a job at the Chandler mansion. JR tells her that once she gets herself checked out (since she just passed out) he will hire her. Maya meets with Frankie and tells him that she recently gave birth but had to give the baby away. She gets a clean bill of health and JR says she can start the next morning. Asher denies to JR that he wanted Maya to get a job at the mansion so he could hook up with her. Iris comes down hard on Jesse and insists he treat Griffin like a normal suspect. Angie encourages Jesse not to quit his job. Jesse says he wants to stay home just a little longer, claiming he wants to be with his daughter and the woman he loves.   Jackson thanks Ricky for all his help and says he feels like Ricky’s already part of the family. Kendall encourages Erica to talk to Ricky when she notices her mother’s reservations about the wedding. Caleb leaves Erica a message, claiming he needs to talk to her and will be arriving shortly. Erica deletes Caleb’s message after only listening to it briefly and tells Jack she can’t wait for their big day.

In an effort to get his family back together, JR gives Marissa the chip from the AA meeting since he couldn’t have been sober without her and she tells him that Reese agreed to full custody. Krystal’s upset when Jackson tells her the wedding is still on and admits to Tad that she does have feelings for Jack. Marissa asks Krystal about the wedding location and invites her to travel down to St. Bart’s to share the good news with Bianca and enjoy themselves. Caleb declares his love and asks Erica to take a chance with him. Cara ignores Griffin’s request for her to stay away from the bail hearing because of the danger and insists she will stand by him. He then asks Tad to keep Cara away from helping find out who framed him because it’s dangerous and Tad agrees. The bail hearing doesn’t go well and Griffin continues to worry about Kendall. Ricky works to get Kendall’s mind off Griffin. Ricky admits to Jackson that he has feelings for Kendall. Ricky gets a call that Griffin’s bail was denied and tells the mysterious person on the other line to kill Griffin in his jail cell.  Caleb makes his case to Erica on why she should go with him, and then waits at the airport hoping she will show. A torn Erica remembers times between her and Caleb and her and Jackson. Erica arrives for the rehearsal and sees Jack at the altar but before she can do anything someone puts a cloth over her mouth and she passes out. No one sees what happened and when she doesn’t show Kendall and Bianca go off looking for her. Opal tells Jack she might not have showed up because of Caleb. The tension between Emma and Greenlee continues as Emma decides she no longer wants to go to the ocean now that she hears Greenlee is going too. Jack advises his daughter not to give up on Emma. Ricky tells Kendall that Griffin wouldn’t have been denied bail if there wasn’t a strong case against him and assures her that she wasn’t wrong for ratting him out. Tad questions Liza on the real reason she won’t help him with an appeal for Griffin. Griffin is stabbed in the back and Cara watches as he collapses. Bianca’s grateful Marissa came to St. Bart’s to tell her the good news about Reese. Marissa admits that she kissed JR but doesn’t want to have feelings for him.

Jack thinks Erica was captured and goes off to look for her. Both Kendall and Bianca defend their mother and know she wouldn’t run off without a reason. When arriving at Krystal’s, Jackson sees Caleb who claims he doesn’t know where Erica is since he assumed she didn’t chose him when she didn’t show up at the airport. Kendall and Greenlee argue over the situation with their parents. Ricky consoles Kendall when she confides that maybe Greenlee was right that she gave up on Greenlee when she returned to town, maybe she’s doing the same thing to Griffin. Upon learning that Erica is not with Caleb, Kendall worries that the casino owners might have something to do with her disappearance. Kendall makes the decision to go back to PV to talk to Griffin after learning he was stabbed. Ricky will go with her while Bianca plans to stay behind in case Erica shows up. As Greenlee talks to Ryan about Erica being an evil stepmother, Emma claims now she knows how she feels. Erica is being held against her will and demands to know who kidnapped her. As Jake and Cara work to help Griffin, Amanda notices the closeness between them. Amanda shares her frustration about Jake and Cara with Tad and while he denies her paranoia, it’s obvious he’s a little bit unnerved as well. Amanda tells Jake the Castillo’s might get him into trouble.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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THE BACHELORETTE Season Finale: Zac Puts A Ring On It As Tayshia Gets Her Man

The pandemic version of the hit reality-dating series franchise, The Bachelorette, had a few major twists.  First, that in the middle of the season the lead ‘Bachelorette’ had to be switched out, when Clare Crawley found love early with Dale Moss and exited the show.

Enter Tayshia Adams, who then started her own journey with the men who were still part of Clare’s season and a few others brought in to add to the mix.

The entire production had to be quarantined and shot in one location in Palm Springs, California.  Even the hometown dates were in Palm Springs as family members from the men still in the competition were brought there.  So with limited locales, the season was not always big and splashy, but in the end, and on the second night of the two-night season finale, you could not have asked for a sweeter ending and proposal between Zac Clark and Tayshia.

So how did Tayshia and Zac end up together?  Here’s a brief rundown from last night’s two-hour season finale:

With Ben back in the mix and asking for a second chance, (after he could not tell Tayshia the last time that he loved her, he did so now), she invites him to the rose ceremony, where Ivan and Zac, who were the two last men standing, were in for a shock.

At the ceremony, Tayshia asks to talk to Ivan privately. She takes him aside and tells him she has concerns over religion from their overnight date, so much so that she does not think they can go any further and she sends him home.  That means, Tayshia gives her two roses to her finalists: Zac and Ben,

On her last date with Zac prior to the final rose ceremony, Tayshia is not herself when the couple go to a dance class together.  Her anxiety is getting the best of her and it was hard to tell if she was just not feeling Zac anymore, as she is now for Ben, or if she is just getting jitters over the whole process. Later, away from the dancing, Zac and Tayshia have a heart-to-heart, where she is worried what happens if something changes between them, (since she was previously divorced, as was he) and that he does not want her anymore?  Zac said calmly, “No matter what, I’m not going anywhere.”  That helped put Tayshia’s mind at ease, somewhat!

Next, she has made a decision to tell Ben, it’s over between them.  She sits him down and tells him she has stronger feelings for Zac.  Ben shares, “I was excited to be back, I was really hopeful that we would be together.  When you love somebody, you want them to be happy.”  So with that, he realizes it’s time to pack it up, sharing with the cameras that he believed their lives would have been so good together.

Zac is choosing an emerald diamond to give Tayshia from Neil Lane (of course, at this juncture, he has no idea that Ben has been sent home).  Then, we see both Zac and Tayshia getting ready for the big proposal day.  Will she accept Zac’s proposal … doubts swirling through her head and all?

As the final rose ceremony began, Zac delivered a heart-tugging speech which included: “The first conversation we ever had by our fountain, we talked about how everything happens for a reason. I came here because I was supposed to meet you, I came here because I was supposed to fall in love with you. Nothing has ever felt so right in my entire life. I love you, Tayshia. We spoke of the importance of loyalty, and I will always be loyal to you.”

Tayshia finally and fully let her guard down and shared to Zac; “I know that I told you that I love you, but it’s more than that. It’s this wild, wild love that I’ve tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly made me believe that there doesn’t have to be flaws, and that I deserve love with a man who won’t run away. I love you, Zac Clark.”

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As Tayshia is sobbing as Zac gets down on one knee, she says “Yes” to his proposal, and to make it official she gives Zac the final rose which he accepts. Next, they ride off into the sunset in a symbolic cardboard taxi to New York City where Zac lives.

On Wednesday, Tayshia and Zac made their first TV appearance together since their engagement four months ago.  They told Good Morning America that they were looking forward to dating and taking it one step at a time, and that Tayshia will be bi-coastal for now, but spending time on the east coast with Zac over the holidays.

So, happy that Tayshia chose Zac? Share you thoughts on this unpredictable season and last night’s episode via the comment section below.

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