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ATWT Recap – April 19 -April 23rd

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Janet gets the news that her father has died.  She goes with Jack to see him in the morgue.  Dusty tries to explain but Janet doesn’t want to hear it right now.  Jack consoles her at EOD.  Craig is sorry he ever got involved with Rosanna again, because then maybe he and Carly would still be together and she’d have a man who could be totally committed to her.  They get massages.  At EOD, Carly goes to the police station to see Jack consoling Janet.  Gabriel and Craig are talking about fathers and sons and Gabriel burns his hand on the soldering iron.  Carly insists he go to the hospital, where Liberty is waiting to see her doctor with Faith and Parker (Janet has gone to hear about Rocco).  Surrounded by her friends, Liberty hears the good news that her cancer is in retreat.  Everyone’s thrilled, but Parker is jealous, or at least put off, when Liberty hugs Gabriel.  Gabriel shows them all his sports car and tosses Liberty the keys.  At EOD, she doesn’t want to go home right away.  Parker wants to stop having a card attached to his account, so he’s not tempted to irrationally spend money like Gabriel. Craig, who needs his card to continue withdrawing from the account, convinces him otherwise. Parker’s suspicious but goes. At Milltown, Parker finds Carly visibly affected that Jack’s spending all his time with Janet. Parker finds Liberty with Gabriel and even though Gabriel makes fun of him, Parker convinces Liberty to leave with him. He tells her Rocco’s died and they go to Metro so she can be with Janet and Teri. Janet’s thrilled to hear that Liberty no longer needs chemo. Teri gently urges Janet not to turn to Jack, who left her once, but to Dusty. Liberty agrees and texts Dusty to meet them at Fashions. Janet’s surprised to see Dusty but acknowledges that she overreacted. Dusty asks her to forgive him, but Janet can’t deal with stubborn men. Dusty’s heartbroken and asks Craig if he can spend some time with Johnny. Craig unsympathetically tells Dusty he’ll never be with Janet and Carly walks in on them about to fight. Carly accuses Craig of provoking Dusty, just so Janet will never take him back, and Jack will have to care for Janet, leaving Carly left behind for Craig. Craig doesn’t deny it. He tells Carly he’ll be there for her when she doesn’t get what she needs from Jack. Jack, much to Carly’s disappointment, will go to the funeral with Janet. Dusty and Carly sadly watch Jack and Janet leave. Craig returns to his room with Johnny only to find Gabriel moving in next door. Janet, Jack, Teri and Liberty arrive at the Ciccone house for Rocco’s wake and funeral. Eddie and Aunt Marie, Janet’s brother and Aunt, aren’t the most welcoming of guest. Jack defends Janet. Teri tries to help Liberty understand why their family is so judgmental and old-school. Liberty can’t take Aunt Marie’s insulting way of talking to her and she tells Gabriel and Parker as much when they call her. Carly and Parker consider going to the funeral to be with Jack and Liberty, but they talk each other out of it. Craig encourages Carly to focus on work, and pitches a perfume line for Monte Carlo. Carly goes to work on it. Craig calls Ellis, desperate to know how much money is left in Parker’s trust fund. An assistant in Ellis’ office informs Craig that Ellis has cleaned out his desk and disappeared. Craig’s pole-axed. Meanwhile, back at the Ciccone house, Gabriel arrives, much to Liberty’s surprise, and tells her he charted a plane to fly her home whenever she likes.

Emma sees Paul and Emily in Old Town shopping for Eliza and something triggers inside of her. She goes and checks Meg out of the hospital, but not before Meg’s doctor learns from Emily that Meg acted a strangely on her overnight at Fairwinds. Emily admits to Paul that she spoke to Meg’s doctor and he defends Meg. But when they return home, they discover that Emma and Meg have taken Eliza. They rush to Snyder Farm. Meg wanted to consult with Paul, but Emma stands firm and tells Paul that Eliza belongs with her mother. Paul and Emily take Eliza home since he has legal custody. Meg’s tries to reason with Emma, but Emma tells her that she should’ve defended Meg’s right to Eliza before.

Chris and Ali arrive at WOAK, but Katie’s nowhere to be found. They realize they’ve been set up, when they’re called into the hospital. Chris and Ali are on a high after saving the life of a young patient. Chris impulsively tries to kiss Ali, but she pushes him off her and tells him she can’t jump into a relationship with him. Chris runs into Katie in Old Town and accidently dumps a smoothie on her. Chris fumbles to help her clean off her shirt and they joke about how this is the most action they’ve gotten in months. Chris takes off his shirt so Katie can have it, and Katie accidentally touches his bare chest. There’s a charged moment Katie’s quick to diffuse by strategizing about what Chris should do next with Alison. Vienna’s suspicious about Henry’s relationship with Katie and simultaneously decides she wants to wear a vintage wedding dress Barbara designed. At first Vienna goes to Katie, suspicious that they may have had a relationship while Vienna was out of town. Meanwhile, Henry tries to convince Barbara to turn down any offer Vienna may make for the dress. Barbara agrees it’s too weird, and mentions that Paul hurt her feelings today. Henry tells Barbara any man would be lucky to be loved by Barbara. Henry goes to Katie for help but Vienna’s there. Henry covers by telling Vienna he’s there to let her know Barbara can’t make the dress. Vienna goes to Barbara and Barbara agrees to sell her the dress. Vienna tells Barbara she’s planning on being pregnant with Henry’s child by the time they wed. Barbara’s shocked. Henry isn’t ready to marry Vienna yet.  She agrees to put it off, but is worried about it.

Molly and Holden make plans for a horseback ride/picnic.  But when Luke isn’t available for a foundation banquet, he recommends that Holden take his place.  Holden agrees, leaving Molly disappointed and babysitting.  Holden and Lily bond at the function, hear good things about Luke and the work he’s doing.  Molly hears from Silas and agrees to go to his LV room.  Molly leaves a note with Faith with Silas’ name and room #.  Holden gets this information and pulls Molly out of there, giving her what she wanted.  At EOD, Lily finds Ethan sick from something from Faith’s purse – gummy bears.  Faith doesn’t appreciate the lack of trust.  Lily looks at pictures of the banquet, especially one of her and Holden. Luke and Reid are in Texas.  Luke realizes Reid didn’t have much of a life in Dallas outside of his work.  So he looks up a place to have fun – a cowboy bar, complete with mechanical bull.  They each take a turn, but Luke sees that they missed the call Reid was waiting for, regarding his future in medicine.  Reid puts off calling them back, but finally does, hearing the good news, and kissing Luke.  He’d wanted to do that for a while, and then calls him “Luke.”

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

Last week, daytime drama offered up some stellar performances.  We had General Hospital’s Sydney Miykala (Trina) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus) being given some very emotional material and playing the heck out of it, and we had The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson in what was to be his third standalone episode during his run as Billy Abbott.  Scenes from his last standalone episode helped win Jason the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award at the Daytime Emmys this past June.

While there has been a very mixed-bag of reviews from fans of the writing of this standalone episode, one thing remains true –  that if given the ball, Thompson will bring the complexities needed to it, make it work, and in-turn make the audience feel the deep emotional pain within Billy.  And that was on full display in one key scene that locked up his Power Performance of the Week honors.

In the set-up, this time Billy is in the slammer contemplating his life while trying to rest and is hit with a series of dream/nightmare sequences in which he is emotionally tortured by many family members, enemies, and friends for his consistently being a screw-up, or so they like to say.  The one person in the episode who stands by Billy’s side is Lily (Christel Khalil).

During the episode, as Billy jumped from different locations within Genoa City, he grew more hopeless given his situation.  However, then he is visited by his late daughter Delia (Sophie Pollano) in the grown-up teenage version.  This is where Thompson broke hearts, playing guilt, loss, and despair.  He tells Delia if he could take one day back to do over again, it would be the night he left her alone for a few minutes to get ice-cream in the convenient store, and she wandered out in the street after her dog, only to be fatally hit by a car driven by Adam.  In this scene, it was Jason at his best, and surely a scene that should be used for his Emmy reel in 2021. What made it all the more notable is that Jason was not even playing the character of Billy back then, but you believed every heartbreaking second of his talk with his daughter about what Billy experienced the the night of her death and for years after.

Two other moments were also stand-outs in the episode.  When Victor (Eric Braeden) comes to see Billy behind bars and taunts him every which way to Sunday.  It was hard to know if that was real or imagined, but both Eric Braeden and Thompson chewed the scenery with that showdown.

Later in the episode, Billy is shocked to be transported to the police station to where his now teenage son, Johnny is in trouble with the law, and Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) is detaining and questioning him.  Billy realizes he has to fight for his freedom as he can’t leave his family in disarray, or let himself or Lily down again.

Billy Abbott continues to be an oh-so-flawed character, which gives Thompson opportunities to shine and play all the beats to perfection.

Share your thoughts on Jason’s performance and our choice for the Power Performance of the Week via the comment section below.

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