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AMC Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Annie warns JR that she isn’t going anywhere.  JR’s on the verge of confessing everything to Marissa in order to beat Annie to the punch but he’s stopped by Colby’s arrival.  Annie thinks she’s in the clear when she learns from Marissa that Adam left town with Brooke indefinitely.  Colby’s upset with JR for the trouble he’s caused but realizes he never set out to intentionally hurt their family.  David tells Greenlee that he loves her and covers his disappointment when she can’t say the same.  Liza finds David drinking alone in the park and quickly figures out what’s gotten him so upset.  David curses Ryan and later spies on him at the casino.  Amanda’s unnerved when she receives another message from her obsessed fan.  Ryan offers Madison some advice as she prepares for her first shift as a cocktail waitress at the casino.  Greenlee lays down that law to Madison, telling her she can’t work at the casino and still keep her job at Fusion.

Marissa’s speechless to learn Adam is divorcing Annie on grounds of infidelity when Liza arrives at the mansion to serve Annie with divorce papers.  Scott, however, jumps in to prevent Marissa from learning the truth by claiming Adam thought he was having an affair with Annie.  JR and Scott realize they’re going to be stuck with Annie for a while.  Amanda’s overjoyed when Jake gives her a new wedding ring to replace the one she lost but is later freaked out when the original is delivered to Fusion with a creepy note from Amanda Fan.  Colby and Damon continue to connect.  Liza’s not pleased when she witnesses Damon kissing Colby.  Jesse walks into the station to find Brot in a heated confrontation with a fellow cop who plastered Natalia’s nude pictures from her Fusion photo shoot all around the office.  Jesse’s furious with Natalia for posing “au natural” but Angie warns him he’d better ease up on his daughter.  Brot punches the cop who posted Natalia’s photos all over the station. Tad receives a text message presumably from Hillary asking to meet with him but when he arrives at her hotel room, he finds Paul Miller, Damon’s father, instead.  Tad tries to get through to Paul, who doesn’t take kindly to his advice.  After Tad takes him home to see Damon, Paul makes a disparaging remark when he finds Damon making out with Colby.  Annie warns JR that she’s not going anywhere and even implies she might try to go after securing the mansion for herself in the divorce.    Marissa starts to suspect she’s not getting the full story about Adam and Annie’s breakup.  JR worries that Marissa will end up being hurt by all the dysfunction in his family but she assures him their love is strong enough to get them through anything.  Annie spies on JR and Marissa making love.  Jake and Amanda tell Jesse about Amanda’s obsessed stalker and the three of them plan a sting operation to lure the person out at fan club meeting at Fusion.  Angie fears that David and Liza are up to something.  Jesse suspends Brot after he punches out a fellow officer.  Brot shuts down when Natalia tries to reach out to him.

Tad’s heartsick over Paul’s treatment of Damon.  Tad discovers that Colby and Damon have taken off when he goes back inside the house after finishing things with Paul.  Liza tears into Damon when she finds him and Colby together in the park and sees a couple of cans of beer Colby had taken from Tad’s that they didn’t even drink.  Damon overhears Liza telling Colby that Tad is his father.  Jack plays it cool when Erica insists they can’t pursue an intimate relationship.  David realizes that Madison lied to Greenlee about quitting her job at the casino and plans on using it to his advantage.  Ryan secretly comes to Madison’s rescue when he discovers she’s on the verge of being evicted for not paying her rent.  Amanda’s stalker is keeping a close eye on her. Amanda believes her stalker no longer poses a threat but Jake insists on having Natalia guard her.  Natalia is later seen unconscious in the closet as the stalker approaches Amanda.  Tad tells JR the truth about Damon.  JR admits he’s keeping a secret from Marissa that’s related to why Adam really left Annie.  Tad cautions JR that secrets have a way of coming out.  Damon angrily confronts Liza, who insists she’s telling the truth about Tad being his father.  Tad and Damon come face to face.  David digs for dirt on Madison and gets quite an earful while eavesdropping on her and Randi.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as we know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

Photo: JPI

It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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