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AMC Recap – Jan 4- Jan 8th

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Hayley and Mateo make a grand entrance via helicopter as Adam and Annie are preparing to renew their wedding vows.  Hayley announces that she’s back to tape a special episode of “Wave” because Pine Valley has been declared the “Best Town in America.”  Ryan gives Hayley the heads up that a lot has changed since she left.  Hayley clearly dislikes Annie and is thrown to realize something’s going on between Ryan and Erica.  David explains to Greenlee why he let everyone, including Ryan; believe she died in the accident.  David gives Greenlee the sobering news that she needs surgery to repair the damage to her spine so that she might be able to walk again but warns that the operation could kill her.  Not wanting Ryan to go through the pain of possibly losing her again, Greenlee debates whether or not she should call him.  Madison comes through for Jesse and his family when she blackmails James into pleading guilty.  Angie reaches out to Madison.  Many familiar faces, including Brooke, Maria, Greg, and Nina, take part in Hayley’s special episode of “Wave” celebrating Pine Valley.  The town’s leading citizens, such as Erica and Adam et al, share their stories and reminisce about living in Pine Valley as they’re interviewed for the segments Hayley has titled “My Home,” “Love and Marriage,” “Family Friendly,” “Loss,” “Saying Goodbye to Pine Valley,” and “Hope.”  As Hayley’s show comes to a close, everyone speaks from the heart about life in their beloved hometown Greenlee has a happy dream in which she’s reunited with her loved ones but wakes up before she gets to the part about Ryan.  Greenlee relates her dream to David, who cautions her that a lot has changed back at home.  Erica and Ryan are both nervous about what they said regarding love and relationships while being interviewed by Hayley but their fears are soon put to rest when they realize they both want the same thing.  Things heat up after Ryan pulls Erica into a passionate kiss.  Liza informs Tad that David has issued a restraining order against them preventing them from returning to the bar in Gloucester.  Try as she might, Liza can’t stay angry with Tad, who ends up kissing her.  Amanda gets angry over Jake’s continued attacks on David and warns him it had better stop.  Angie remains supportive of Madison.

Opal barges in on Ryan and Erica, effectively ruining the mood just as things are heating up between them.  Ryan leaves but can’t take his mind off Erica, who’s also consumed by thoughts of him.  Ryan surprises Erica when he returns and they make love for the first time.  David doesn’t shatter Greenlee’s fantasy that everything is just as she remembers with the people she loves.  Amanda gives Jake an ultimatum, saying he needs to back off David or they’re through.  Jake, however, remains determined to find out what David is really doing up in Gloucester.  David lies to Amanda, telling her he’s going to Malaysia for treatment but is really headed to Gloucester for Greenlee’s surgery.  Amanda tells Jake she thinks David is going away to die.  Bailey turns to Liza for help after Damon gets arrested.  Bailey admits to Liza that she’s missed her.  Tad’s there for Liza when she’s forced to say goodbye to Stuart all over again. Opal barges in on Ryan and Erica, effectively ruining the mood just as things are heating up between them.  Ryan leaves but can’t take his mind off Erica, who’s also consumed by thoughts of him.  Ryan surprises Erica when he returns and they make love for the first time.  David doesn’t shatter Greenlee’s fantasy that everything is just as she remembers with the people she loves.  Amanda gives Jake an ultimatum, saying he needs to back off David or they’re through.  Jake, however, remains determined to find out what David is really doing up in Gloucester.  David lies to Amanda, telling her he’s going to Malaysia for treatment but is really headed to Gloucester for Greenlee’s surgery.  Amanda tells Jake she thinks David is going away to die.  Bailey turns to Liza for help after Damon gets arrested.  Bailey admits to Liza that she’s missed her.  Tad’s there for Liza when she’s forced to say goodbye to Stuart all over again. Liza comes through for Ryan when she gets Adam’s corrupt judge to remove himself from presiding over Emma’s custody hearing.  Annie fears she lost all chances of winning custody but Adam urges her to be confident that things will work out.  Ryan and Annie each give their heartfelt testimony in front of the judge.  Marissa gives JR a dose of tough love when he wants to put off starting another round of chemotherapy.  JR admits to Marissa that he’s scared.  Colby plans on keeping a close eye on Annie.  Ryan and Erica mutually agree to keep their burgeoning romance a secret.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Thomas Gets Creepy As The Hope Mannequin Talks To Him

Leave it to the good folks over at The Bold and the Beautiful to incorporate a play on their headline-grabbing mannequin use during Covid-19.  B&B was the first American television show back in production during the pandemic, and its executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, told the media how they were using mannequins in several scenes in place of real actors when it comes to some intimate moments between characters.  Since the time, the show has also brought in real-life partners of their cast members when needed for a make-out scene, etc.

And that brings us to Thursday’s shocking reveal on the CBS daytime drama series, when Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), who seemed to be a more centered-version of himself of late, takes home with him the Hope for the Future shipment and opens the box.  He is for a surprise when inside the box is a lifelike mannequin of Hope  (Annika Noelle).  And from there, things spiral out of control, as viewers learned Thomas’ obsession with Hope is alive and well.

Thomas just can’t believe how life-like the mannequin of Hope is – saying to himself, “No wonder they use it for the Hope for the Future line.”  But then  after he takes the mannequin out of the box, it starts talking to him … in Hope’s voice, begging him to allow her to stay there with him and not put her back in the boX saying, .Please don’t lock me up in that box again.   I’ve been away from you too long… I know you want to be with me too.”  Then, Thomas who is having a very hard time between reality and this apparent hallucination shouts: “You’re not real!” What’s wrong with me?”

 

Perhaps Liam said it best earlier in the episode when Hope was speaking about Thomas to him, when he uttered.“I get creeped out just thinking about Thomas.”

Watch some of the Hope-mannequin action with Thomas below. Then weigh-in, what do you think of this plot twist? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Shares & Performs Emotional Tribute To Her Late Parents

It has been a challenging few years for former soap and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause, who is currently still in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy following Monday night’s competition on Dancing with the Stars.

Last night, Chrishell shared in the pre-dance package that she was performing a contemporary routine with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, in honor of both of her parents who died from lung cancer in July of 2020 and April 2019.

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Stause expressed: “They were really loving people. Some of my best memories are with my mom, dancing with her in the living room.  No one would be more excited about me being here and doing the show than her.” (referring to her mom who passed away this summer).  She continued on to say: “Right before I dance, I really feel her calm me, encourage me. That has been the most special thing I will take away from this show.  I know that my parents are with me. My mom’s name was Renee Stause, and my dad’s name was Jeff Stause. And this dance is for them.”

 

Dancing to “Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Chrishell and Gleb delivered the most emotional performance of the night.  And the judges took notice, as Carrie Ann Inaba said to Stause: “You poured your heart and soul into that dance.   Bruno added: “That was so emotionally engaging, so raw, so truthful, irresistible because you gave everything you have.”  While the three judges including Derek Hough also gave a rougher technical critique of her to improve upon next week, Chrishell and Gleb still scored all eights and 24 out of 30 overall.

At the end of the night, during the reveal of who was safe and who was in the bottom two, host Tyra Banks revealed that Chrishell and Gleb were safe.

Then, after combining the scores and fans’ votes, in the bottom two were Johnny Weir and Vernon Davis.  In a close decision, Derek chose to save Johnny, and Carrie Ann chose Vernon. So, it was up to Bruno to cast the deciding vote and he saved Johnny, sending Davis, the former NFL Pro football star, home.

Watch Chrishell’s emotional dance below.   Then let us know if you are rooting for Chrishell and what you thought of the very personal story she shared last night via the comment section below.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Jesse Metcalfe Eliminated, Chrishell Stause Gets A Surprise From NKOTB

Last night on  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, another soap opera alumni’s journey on the ballroom dance floor came to an end, when Jesse Metcalfe’s (Passions, Desperate Houswives and Dallas) ) and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were sent home by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

After combining the judges scores and fan voting at home, the other couple joining Jesse and Sharna in the bottom two were  Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd.  This season it is up to the judges to choose who stays and who goes when forced with picking between the two lowest scoring couples of the night.. Bruno chose Vernon, Carrie Ann followed and Derek also revealed he would have saved Davis or Metcalfe as well.

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With Metcalfe eliminated following last’s week’s departure of Ex-Another World’s Anne Heche, that leaves only Chrishell Stause still in the running vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy from the world of daytime drama.

 

Here’s a recap of what went down on the dance floor for Metcalfe, Stause and Davis last night.

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess – (Tango) – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Dancing to the classic by Tears for Fears, Metcalfe promised in the pre-package to loosen up and show a more human and vulnerable side to his dancing.  However, although there was a bit more coming from Jesse this outing, the judges criticized him for needing more technique than just performance. SCORE 19 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko (Cha-Cha)  – “The Right Stuff”

Revealing to all on the pre-package, Chrishell is a huge New Kids on the Block fan from back in her teens, and was stoked to dance to their song during the night’s 80’s competition,   However, during the performance, while Stause has shown improvement, this time the judges noted she seemed to slow down to much during the dance and also she needs to watch her footwork.  After Gleb and Chrishell danced, Tyra Banks had a surprise for Chrishell when the NKOTB sent in a viral video message to their biggest fan!  Stause was overjoyed.  SCORE 19 out of 30

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd –  (Tango) – “Living’ on a Prayer”

Performing to Bon Jovi’s classic “Living on a Prayer”, Davis donned some rocker dude long locks and hit the floor with Murgatroyd, but the former pro football star looked stiff moving around the ballroom.  Judge Bruno noted that his footwork was a bit flat.  However, Carrie Ann shared she liked the quality of movement he was showing them.  SCORE 21 out of 30

So after looking at the clips of their performances below, did the right person get sent home in Metcalfe vs. Davis?  Do you think Chrishell can hold out longer on the series through the next rounds of competition?  Let us know in the comments section. (Also check out the moment when NKOTB message to Stause is played during the broadcast.)

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