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AMC Recap – July 11 – July 15th

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Jackson wants some answers from “Erica” before making love to her; he suggests she get professional help to deal with the kidnapping. Jane/Erica says working at the hospital is all the help she needs.  Jackson asks her to talk to him but she says needs time. Jackson admits to Greenlee that he doesn’t buy Erica’s excuse for her strange behavior and fears he’ll never get her back. Greenlee tells her dad to fight for the woman he loves. Greenlee says Erica didn’t go to the spa and they wonder where she went and with whom. Madison asks Greenlee is she’s going to give her idea another chance and Greenlee admits she likes her pitch and is impressed by Madison’s transformation. Angie tells David she doesn’t doubt his talent as a doctor. He says the first patient he ever lost was his father who committed suicide. Giving Angie back her vision means more to him than she realizes. Griffin admits to Kendall she’s the reason he came back to PV and kisses her. They agree to take things slow. Ryan fills Griffin in on their plan to stop David. Griffin now understands David’s paranoia. Ryan explains their concern regarding David and Griffin agrees to help them out. Kendall looks at a photo of her and Zach after Griffin kisses her goodnight and her love for him is still there. Amanda tells JR she has HPV and it can cause cancer. She gets upset when he makes the situation about him and Marissa. JR asks if she plans to tell Jake what happened and Amanda’s not sure. JR goes to get tested but Cara says there isn’t a test for males. Jake tells Angie he’s working on having another baby with Amanda and has planned a romantic dinner for them.  Amanda tells Jake she doesn’t deserve all this. Madison tells David his advice worked. Jane is jealous when she sees David with the “fierce” looking Madison. She tells David that she handled Jackson by saying hospital business is helping her recover so now they have an excuse to spend time together. Greenlee overhears the two making plans for their next meeting.

Kathy wakes Tad from his dream about Dixie to ask if Cara’s mad at him since he slept on the couch. Tad says he and Cara are taking a time out. Tad tells Cara he will keep her safe and stay married to her. She apologizes for using the word “grateful” because he means so much more to her. As Cara prepares Kathy for school, Kathy shows her a picture of her mom, Dixie. Tad looks at a picture of him and Cara and then one of Dixie. JR dreams about a wedding night with Marissa and when he awakes he shares it with her. Marissa questions if Bianca scripted that for him too. She wants to know how much Bianca helped him. Marissa says he used Bianca and Scott was right, he is as bad as Adam. She wonders if there’s anything else he’s keeping from her. Marissa admits to Scott she doesn’t blame Bianca or JR but herself for being scared and taking JR back. JR finds his cousin comforting Marissa and thinks it’s a classic Chandler move. Scott surprises him by saying that he’s not like Stuart and JR isn’t half as bad as Adam. Adam would be disappointed in JR and Scott rubs it in that JR doesn’t own the mansion and that he’s just a tenant. All the stress leads JR to go and buy a bottle of alcohol. He stares at it until AJ shows up and says he’s so happy he and Marissa are back together. JR dumps the booze in an urn. Amanda has a nightmare in which her family is all around her and JR enters, saying they are all diseased. Jake tries to calm her down when she wakes up. Amanda hurries out while Jake’s in the shower and he goes to the hospital looking for her. Opal sees Amanda at Krystal’s and Amanda admits she had a one night stand but doesn’t say with whom. At the hospital, Jake and Tad share their feelings about their respective relationships and Jake is glad that Tad is the kind of guy he wants Cara to be with. He hopes Tad doesn’t let his past keep him from appreciating what he has. Jake talks to Cara and says if Tad makes her happy then she should go for it. In talking to Opal, Tad realizes he wanted Cara’s gratitude but he never wanted that from Dixie. Alone in the park, Amanda’s hearing voices of Cara telling her she has an STD and Jake saying she’s having a bad dream. When Jake shows up she tells him she has an STD. Bianca drops off to Scott a picture Stuart had given to her. As he’s about to go and get Marissa, Bianca says they need their distance. She admits playing Cyrano for JR and Scott’s upset JR used her. Bianca says she did it because she thought she could bring out the best in him and Scott hopes Marissa has seen there is no good in JR. JR asks Bianca why she told Marissa she was behind everything. Bianca tells him to stop thinking he’s the answer to Marissa’s prayers and hopes when Marissa finds the right person she knows and trusts it. JR thinks Bianca’s referring to Scott. Marissa finds Bianca in the park and says she misses her and that her better judgment is telling her to run from JR. Marissa takes Bianca’s face in her hands and kisses her. Dixie tosses and turns as she starts to come out of her sleep all while saying Tad’s name.

Bianca pulls back from the kiss and says she can’t do this; she doesn’t want to lose her best friend. Marissa’s hurt while Bianca thinks its better this way. Marissa tells Scott she just avoided making a huge mistake. Scott thinks she’s referring to JR and says he’s no good. Jake tells Amanda that he knows it must have been hard to hear from Cara that she has an STD and stresses that she must tell her former partners, including JR and David. Amanda admits she slept with JR after watching him and Cara in the tent. Jake blames JR for taking advantage of Amanda and blames himself for driving her to this after indulging in a fantasy of what he and Cara had. Jake says he doesn’t hate her but she feels a rift between them. Jake confides in Tad that Amanda slept with someone else but doesn’t say it was JR. Tad advises Jake to ask himself if he still wants this marriage. David finds JR just as he’s about to attend an AA meeting and Tad tells him to leave JR alone. Tad wonders what has JR on edge and all he’ll say is that Scott is undermining him as he tries to make things right with Marissa. JR’s staring at a drink on the bar and says he’s not bad enough to be Adam’s son but not good enough to be Dixie’s. Tad thinks if JR takes a drink he’s just confirming the voices in his head that are telling him he’s no good. Amanda finds JR and tells him she told Jake the truth and that he forgives her. She asks if he told Marissa about the STD and he says no. JR finds Marissa and asks her to admit there is something between her and Scott. She tells him it’s not Scott, its Bianca (Bianca overhears them talking). Bianca asks Kendall for some advice on love. Kendall admits she has feelings for Griffin and is upset that he’s put up a wall between them. As Dixie sleeps, she remembers holding JR as a baby and saying what big plans Adam had for him, but that he is her little boy too. She mutters in her sleep for Tad to save her baby.

JR thinks Marissa’s just trying to get back at him when she says she has feelings for Bianca and believes it’s just a front to cover that it’s really Scott she wants. Bianca and Marissa just stare at each other after Marissa’s declaration and JR thinks they’re playing games with him until Marissa says she’s falling in love. JR turns the tables and accuses Bianca of using Marissa to get back at him for what happened with Babe. Marissa tells JR she’s sorry; she wanted a new start and thought it could be with him. JR tells Marissa to get out, and alone, he takes a drink. Jane starts coming onto David and he pulls away, saying he has a meeting. Her mission is no longer to be the most famous woman, she just wants David, and if he doesn’t stay she will tell everyone she was blackmailed. David shoots back that Kendall could go to jail if the truth comes out but Jane doesn’t care about Erica’s family. In order to get Jane back under his spell David kisses her. As they begin to make love the fire alarm goes off and they go running out of the room only to find Greenlee. She questions how Erica could do this to her father and slaps David. David tells Jane she can blame what’s happened on the stress she’s been under. Griffin tells David they have a problem that Greenlee has started to remember. David thinks Ryan is getting too close. Opal tells Jackson she feels like she’s lost her best friend. Jackson’s tried to get Erica help but it hasn’t worked. Kendall asks Griffin what his deep, dark secret is and Griffin says he’s boring and has no secrets. She knows he’s holding something back and says he’s acting like Zach. Realizing what she’s said, Kendall fells bad that he came back to PV for her and she brought up Zach. Jane shows up at Kendall’s and finds Bianca, Opal, Jackson and Greenlee and they admit this is an intervention. Jane insists she isn’t drinking or popping pills but Kendall says it’s about something more dangerous, David.

JR asks Maya to lock the door after she catches him taking a drink. Tad shows up and he instructs Maya to get rid of the alcohol. Mookie finds her in the parlor and wants to know what’s going on and he grabs her by the wrist and asks why she’s hiding stuff for JR. JR tells Tad he doesn’t need to be checked on but Tad says he promised Dixie he’d take care of him. Tad admits that his relationship with Dixie may have been the best one he’ll ever have. JR fesses up to having just one drink and says that Marissa’s a lesbian. Jesse expresses his fears to Brot that if Angie gets her sight back she will realize Lucy is not theirs. In need of another job now that Mookie is working at the Chandler Mansion, Maya asks Frankie if his parents still need a babysitter. Frankie realizes her boyfriend must be the father of the baby she gave up. David tells Angie her stem cells are accepting the treatment and she thanks David and says he may have saved more lives than he’s destroyed. David says he didn’t save the people he loved the most. Angie tries to get him to open up but a phone call ends their conversation. Jane’s offended when Greenlee says David has her acting strange, not like herself. Jane says that she has changed since the kidnapping and maybe Jackson just doesn’t like it. Greenlee warns Jane that David will use her. Bianca and Kendall wonder why their mother hasn’t been there for them lately and Jane says they are grown women. Jane tells Opal that she’s sick of being her Gal-Pal. Kendall thinks “Erica” is sick. Just as Jane is telling everyone she loves David, he shows up. Jackson’s shocked by her confession and the fact that Greenlee knew about the two and disgusted, he leaves. Greenlee can’t believe she used to defend David and says there is no good in him. David makes his own announcement and gets down on one knee and proposes. Erica tells Ben she has to be honest about herself when writing her new book. She feels guilty for blaming her mother for her father’s absence. Confiding in Ben, Erica says she always wanted a loving father and talks about how she was raped which resulted in Kendall’s birth when she was only 14 years old. Erica says she thinks the reason so married so many men was because she was looking for a father figure. As Erica’s spilling her feelings she and Ben are startled by a knocking sound on the other side of the wall. A groggy Dixie reaches up for the star she drew on the wall and bangs on it, saying she has to get home.

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You wrote, “Marissa finds Bianca in the park and says… that her better judgment is telling her to run from JR. ” Marissa only said that her better judgment was telling her to run, and I’m pretty sure she meant run from Bianca and her feelings for Bianca. Hence Marissa’s statement that she would now “do the opposite” of what her better judgment was telling her to do, which leads her to kiss Bianca rather than run.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This entire week, Daytime Emmy winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) has been acting her heart out as viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful watched Steffy’s quick descent into drug addiction take complete hold of her, thanks in part to a “gift” from Vinny!

What the story has allowed the writers, Wood, and the daytime drama to do is play the beats of what may have felt swept under the rug – the devastation of Steffy having “Phoebe” (who was actually baby Beth) taken from her and returned to her biological mother, Hope (Annika Noelle)- and it was then Hope who also got the man Steffy loved, Liam (Scott Clifton), back in her life –  leaving Steffy feeling alone, abandoned, and vulnerable.

Throughout this week’s airshows, Steffy tried to hide and deny her pill-popping from Liam who found her passed out on the couch, unresponsive, and their daughter, Kelly, unattended to, which began the series of scenes pitting them against each other.  But where Jacqui hit the home run, and is certainly now a front-runner for the Lead Actress trophy come next year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys competition, was on Friday’s heartbreaking episode.

In story, after Kelly was taken by Liam, Steffy has come to get her child back and take her home, while strung out.  Liam, Hope and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) try to reason with Steffy to let Kelly stay with them while she takes care of herself and then she can have Kelly back.  However, Steffy gets further agitated that she doesn’t need help or therapy; she just needs her daughter!

Steffy demands Hope get out of her way as she is going to get Kelly… but just then Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) enters.  Steffy pleads with her father to help her through her tears saying that Liam and Hope stole Kelly, and are keeping her in the cabin with Donna. Ridge is annoyed at first and wants an explanation. Brooke tells him there’s a lot going on he doesn’t realize.

Liam pipes up and tells Ridge that Steffy’s been abusing pain pills and he hopes he will listen to him and help Steffy now.  Ridge doesn’t think Steffy would lie about taking pills but Liam explains how he found the bottle of pills. Now cornered, Steffy breaks down and admits she took a few pills, because she has been in so much pain and going through such a difficult time since the accident, and even before that!  She also tells her father how the Logans are once again destroying the Forresters, and how he chose Brooke over Taylor, and how Liam left her for Hope.   Ridge says they will get her help, but Steffy is not interested, and won’t have it, and pulls a switchblade on the group demanding Kelly be returned to her.

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It is then Ridge asks her now that she has the blade out; what is her plan? What is her next step?  Realizing what she is doing, Steffy cries and drops the knife. But not before saying that she’ll never forgive Ridge or any of them for what they are doing to her.  She runs out, while Ridge goes after her, leaving Liam devastated.

This performance by Wood was so gut-wrenching that Michael Fairman TV names Jacqueline’s work the Power Performance of the Week.

Watch the final seven minutes of Friday’s episode of Wood’s tour de force performance.  Then let us know what you thought of Jacqueline in this week’s episodes on B&B via the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Has a Comeback, Kaitlyn Bristowe Overcomes Injury, One Couple Is Eliminated

On Tuesday evenings second night of competition in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, three former soap stars took to the ballroom dance floor in a night which also featured for the first time this season … the viewers vote counting for 50% of the total score, and one couple being sent home.

The “drama” of the episode was if former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ankle would be OK enough for her to dance her routine.  With her being placed at the end of the show and then “wowing” everyone – it was hard to know how bad the injury was, but, as she detailed on the show she did receive a cortisone shot before performing and changed shoes to help her get through.

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Meanwhile, Chrishell Stause, the former AMC, DAYS and Y&R star, currently on the reality hit, Selling Sunset, showed improvement, while ex- Passions, Desperate Housewives and Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe continued to bring the heat – although the judges want him to dance with less use of his facial expressions – and Daytime Emmy winner Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marley, AW)  continued to be having the time of her life from her performances.

Here’a what went down…

Kaitlyn Bristowe and partner Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot): Performing to Leann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and with the uncertainty of if she would dance at all, Bristowe, who wanted to be a dancer, got major kudos from the judges for her dramatic lines and moves fluidly through the dance floor and closed the night – combined total score of last week and this week 42 out of 60

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Anne Heche and partner Keo Mostepe (Foxtrot): Performing to One Republic’s “Counting Stars”,  Heche revealed this was one of her favorite songs, and she also revealed this dance was to honor her two sons.  Although the judges did not feel Heche delivered as strongly with this performance than in the season opener, Anne still looked like she was enjoying every second of being on the floor – combined total score 36 out of 60

Chrishell Stause and partner Gleb Savchenko (Rumba):  Stause showed her vulnerability including sharing a story from her childhood past.  Then then duo danced to “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman.  During the performance, Stause looked more fluid on the floor than the previous week and was praised for her improvement  – Combined total score 31 out of 60

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Jesse Metcalfe and partner Sharna Burgess (Foxtror): This duo performed to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and played up their chemistry on the floor. The critique from the judges had more to do with Jesse not looking so intense, and also his posture, but all told they did well – Combined score was 38 out of 60.

Now to the first elimination:  Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley were the celebrities in the bottom two.   It was up to the judges to decide which celebrity would be saved.  Bruno picked Charles, but Carrie Ann picked Carole, leaving Derek to cast the deciding vote … and he saved Carole.

So what did you think of how Chrishell, Anne and Jesse did on last night’s DWTS?  Did the right celeb get sent packing? What did you think of Kaitlyn’s dance and ankle injury? Comment below, but first check out their dances.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood deliver the Power Performance of the Week as Steffy’s drug addiction leads to a confrontation and intervention by her loved ones with dire consequences.  Here is the last seven minutes that featured Emmy-winner Wood at her best. Leave A Comment

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