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AMC Recap – March 22 – March 26th

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JR’s anger towards Annie rises when she insists she’s his bone marrow donor.  Scott calls Adam, who comes to the hospital and confirms Annie’s story.  Alone with Colby, JR tells her he has a plan to get rid of Annie.  Back at the mansion, Brooke tries to talk some sense into Annie as she points out that Annie is her own worst enemy.  Feeling like everyone is always against her, Annie starts packing a suitcase when Adam asks her why she told JR the truth.  Damon becomes defensive when Angie questions him about the bottle of pills that went missing from the meds cart and makes a big show of emptying his pockets to prove he didn’t steal them.  Angie gives Damon the benefit of the doubt but once she’s gone, Damon reveals he did indeed steal the drugs and pops a pill.  Liza asks Tad point blank if he’s breaking up with her and doesn’t like the answer she gets.  Hurt over the breakup, Liza throws Tad’s past in his face.  Liza drowns her sorrows at Confusion where she ends up being charmed by Damon.  Tad sees Liza and Damon together at the bar.  Jesse puts his plan in motion.  David sees a news report on TV saying that Greenlee’s been arrested. Tad hits the roof when he sees Damon drinking with Liza at Confusion and drags him home.  Angie suspects Damon’s on drugs and he admits it’s true.  Tad’s in no mood to forgive Liza, accusing her of being as vindictive as ever by using his son to go after him.  Tad gives Damon a dose of tough love.  Jesse has Greenlee arrested hoping to lure David out of hiding but Jack quickly gets her released.  Greenlee’s surprised to find David waiting for her at Fusion.  David tells Greenlee he’s going to turn himself in to take the heat off her but she refuses to allow him to do so.  Greenlee has David carried back to Adam’s hidden inside a crate.  Brot suggests Natalie go undercover posing as a model for Fusion to get closer to Greenlee.  JR plans on killing Annie with kindness and surprises Marissa when he tells her they’ll be moving into the mansion once he’s released from the hospital.  Adam’s exasperated by Annie’s feelings of insecurity and paranoia.

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Annie vents her frustrations over Brooke’s presence in Adam’s life to Liza.  Adam and Annie’s romantic interlude doesn’t go as planned.  Annie seethes when she spots Adam and Brooke in what appears to be an intimate moment.  Adam refuses to allow David to keep hiding out at the mansion.  David admits to Greenlee it’s time he stopped running.  Upset over the thought of losing him, Greenlee wants David to find a way to fight back.  After making his escape from the tunnels, David encounters Liza and suggests they work together.  Natalia’s not happy when Jesse goes along with Brot’s suggestion that she pose as a model at Fusion in an effort to cozy up to Greenlee.  Jesse “fires” Natalia from the police force to make their ruse seem more believable.  Madison’s clearly attracted to Ryan.  Randi warns Ryan to be careful where Madison’s concerned but he doesn’t think there’s anything to worry about.  After encountering Madison later at the casino, however, Ryan begins to wonder about what Randi said.

Adam’s patience wears thin when Annie continues to make everything about her.  Colby overhears Annie leaving a message for Liza telling her to move forward with drawing up divorce papers just in case she needs them.  JR readily goes along with Brooke’s idea of using his ordeal as the basis for an article in Tempo as he privately sees it as a way to further his plot against Annie.  Erica steals Amanda out from under Greenlee during the model auditions for Greenlee’s new Fusion campaign.  While hiding at Liza’s, David learns that Damon is Tad’s son.  After Tad leaves, Liza agrees to represent David and says the first thing he needs to do is turn himself in.  Jack tells Erica he’s decided to stay in Pine Valley JR works to convince Annie he’s had a change of heart about her while being interviewed by Brooke for the Tempo article she’s working on.  Using Annie’s phone, Colby leaves a text message for Liza telling her to send Adam the divorce papers.  Annie knows Colby is up to something.  David balks at Liza’s defense strategy.  Greenlee figures out that David’s at Liza’s and shows up there unaware that Ryan is right on her heels.  Amanda signs the contract to be Erica’s new model at Fusion.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

It was Jason Thompson’s (Billy) time to have a standalone episode on The Young and the Restless and this past Tuesday, Thompson shined in a performance that took an emotional toll on his character of Billy Abbott and for many in the viewing audience.  The last time we saw Thompson given anything near this; was actually his first episode on The Young and the Restless when Billy was hovering between life and death and as he confronted his family, they did not hear what he was saying to them.

Now in September of 2019, Billy has been overcome with grief over the death of his daughter Delia and getting revenge against Adam (Mark Grossman) that he developed an alternate personality who is the tough guy who would do things Billy in his right mind could never set out to do.

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In the episode, Billy (who is still in a cabin) admits to Victoria that what Chloe said about him is true . He lured Adam to the route where Delia died and tried to kill him.  Billy reveals that there is a whole other Billy who takes over, who wants to punish people, and does some very bad things.  Victoria urges Billy to confront that part of himself.  Since he has not eaten in several days, she leaves him behind at the cabin to go bring him back some food.  And thus ,the standalone episode begins to really kick-off.

Alone, Billy closes his eyes and in tears, sees a more grown up version and vision of Delia.  But she is not happy with him.  While she says she understands why he went after Adam the first time after her death, she does not understand why years later he is still trying to kill him.  Delia explains that going to heaven is beautiful; but he will never be reunited with her if he continues to have malice in his heart and soul.  Billy is devastated that his beloved daughter, who he grieves so much for, is disappointed in him. But then, so too is Jack!

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Next, Billy envisions Jack (Peter Bergman) in the cabin with him, and Jack really hits Billy below the belt and tells him what a miserable failure he is and calls him “weak”.  We then see the character switch and the gum-chewing alter ego pushed to the brink and so that Billy fights back.  Jack continues to barrage Billy and then Billy shouts, “Screw you, Jack!”  Billy thinks Jack’s jealous of him. Jack hollers, “Who are you!? Pick one and be done with it.”  It was a difficult to scene to watch, because Billy while battling his demons, he is hearing such terrible things inside himself from those he loved; like his older brother.

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Then, comes his mother, Jill (Jess Walton)! All of a sudden she appears and is also extremely hard on Billy, and she tells her son that Victoria can do better than him, and that as a partner for Victoria he is an absolute dismal failure.  Jill really kicks him by saying that he always ends up back in the gutter with a mountain to climb.

All of a sudden, an evil Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) emerges in front of Billy.  She really plays up his addiction to gambling, entices him to a poker game and he loses, which further sends Billy spiraling.  He becomes more agitated as she laughs in his face.  Next, Adam appears shouting at Billy, “What is going on in your skull?”  Billy replies, “I’m not a monster.” Adam says, “Neither am I.”  Then, viewers see Adam strangling Billy, but then it is revealed that Billy is being strangled by the alternate version of himself in a fight for power and control.

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Just then, Victoria (Amelia Heinle) returns as Billy battles with himself and remembers those who just ‘visited’ him.  Billy comes up with the inner strength to throw off the alter and not give in.  Finally, Billy punches him and the alternate Billy sort of melts away. Billy confesses to Victoria he doesn’t want that part of himself to ever return, and if there is anything good left in him it is because of her.

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Throughout the hour, Jason Thompson illustrated once again why he is one of the finest actors in the genre, delivering an extremely complex performance and taking the gut-punches thrown at him by the other actors through their characters while taking the audience along with him and Billy’s inner struggle.  Whether you like the storyline, or not, you cannot take away from what Thompson did through his work in a performance that could have easily been just as powerful in a stage play in a theatre, as it was on TV.

What did you think of Jason’s ‘Power Performance of the Week”? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Grand Hotel

GRAND HOTEL Finale: How Sky Died, Paternity Game-Changer, And Another Mystery Begins

ABC’s Grand Hotel ended its season with several plot twists that kept the hour soapy drama in a fast and furious pace to give viewers the answers they had been waiting for, and if the show was picked-up, a cliffhanger with multiple suspects who could be responsible for this new crime.

If you have not watched the finale and intend to, do not read any further, spoilers contained herein:

Danny is finally revealed to Santiago and Gigi to be the brother of the deceased Sky.  Alicia decides to help Danny figure out what happened to his sister on the night she died in the hurricane.  Through flashbacks, we learn that Sky discovered the suicide note that Beatriz had written inside a closet full of jewelry while on a date with Yoli.  Sky used the Intel in it to blackmail Gigi, but Gigi says she does not have access to that kind of cash.   The letter contains the damaging proof that Mrs P and Santiago had a child together, Jason.  Santiago did not know.  To make matters even worse in current time, Santiago just made Gigi’s daughters: Carolina and Yoli part of his new will.

It seems that Mrs. P and Gigi kept the secret of Jason’s paternity and did not want to come out.  Helen put the hotel on lockdown, leaving Sky trapped and having to go through the only available exit to get out of the hotel, which led her into the night and the hurricane.  There, Gigi confronts her at gunpoint. However, there is a scuffle, and lo and behold, Mrs. P husband’s, Malcolm steps out of the shadows after overhearing that his wife had an fling and child with Santiago and clubbed Sky in the back causing her death.

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After Gigi admitted to Santiago, while he was trying to push Danny over the hotel balcony, that she did not kill Sky, Gigi eventually reveals who it was, leading Danny and Alicia to later head to the hospital where Malcolm is dying.  Alicia confronts Mrs. P about her lies and how she hid Jason’s paternity from him and Santiago.  Meanwhile, Danny decides not to tell Malcolm’s family that he killed his sister, because as Danny says, “the universe had already found another way to punish him” – and with that – a few moments later, Malcolm dies.

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Now that Santiago had learned that he is the bio-dad of Jason, he won’t forgive Gigi, who clearly does not want Jason getting more of the pie than her daughters if Santiago were to have the opportunity to adjust his will.  Meanwhile, Santiago has finally blackmailed Mateo out of his job at the hotel, but Mateo does not want the evidence on the flash drive Santiago has in his possession to come out of the deed that he has done.  Mrs P. also gets into a very intense phone conversation with Santiago and they agree to meet downstairs at the hotel.

However, as Santiago walks through the dark halls, out of the shadows gun shots are fired, and he is left bleeding out on the floor.  Did Gigi, Mateo, Helen or even someone else shoot him?  Maybe Carolina and Yoli’s father is the culprit, who is said to be returning home after finding out his daughters are now in Santiago’s will and who has no love lost for the guy!

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In other stories, Javi was seduced by an older woman who turned out to be an alcoholic and Ingrid’s mother, a pissed Ingrid then hooks up with Mateo.  And  finally, as Danny goes to the ocean to say goodbye to his sister Sky by throwing her lighter into the sea, Alicia asks, what he is going to do next?  He says, he will return home to Chicago, but at that point the two of them share a passionate kiss.

Throughout the episode, the emotional heart of it was played to perfection by Lincoln Younes as Danny, who as the brother trying to avenge his sister’s death, played all the beats of his story arc.

So, what did you think of the Grand Hotel finale? What did you think of who was revealed to have killed Sky? Who do you think shot Santiago? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Thomas Goes Over A Cliff! If He Survives, Will They Redeem Him?

Now here’s a ‘cliff’-hanger moment for a Friday soap, that brought with it what could be a game-changing moment, certainly for the relationship of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye), and what looks like for Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson).  For months, Thomas had become more obsessed and unhinged over keeping Hope (Annika Noelle) from her child Beth and away from the man she truly loves, Liam (Scott Clifton).

Many of Thomas’ acts have been truly despicable.  But now after a wake-up call conversation with his son, Douglas, and an attempt to set things right with Hope, who wants nothing to do with him, things take a turn when at Steffy’s,  Hope screams at Thomas to stay away from her. He tries to explain he just wants to talk to her, but she wants nothing to do with him.

We then see Brooke making it to the house, and seeing the ensuing argument,  She fears the worse and becomes in-between her daughter and her stepson, as Ridgeis also heading to the house to make sure nothing happens between Thomas and Hope.

But then, in a push/pull moment, Thomas goes over the cliff.  Brooke is mortified. And from the promo for next week’s B&B, Thomas is unconscious and might not make it, as Ridge sits by his bedside.

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So, what is this twist all about? Either, Thomas choreographed the fall to gain sympathy and knew exactly what he was doing, or it was an accident, that might look like an attempted murder for now, and that will cause trouble between Brooke and Ridge, but also, and perhaps through testing in the hospital it might reveal, Thomas had a brain tumor causing him to act erratically?  Or, could it be that on Friday’s episode Thomas truly had a quick come-to-Jesus moment and had already realized the horrors of his way and was truly trying to set things right?  Or, could someone sneak into hospital room and snuff him out with a pillow? Many theories!

Now watch below the final moments when Thomas takes a major tumble and next week’s promo for B&B.  Then, weigh-in: What do you think the show will do with the character of Thomas now? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott

The Young and the Restless

Airdates: 9-17-2019

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