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ATWT Recap – Jan 11- Jan 15th

Julie Pinson, Meredith Hagner

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Jack and Carly are hiding in the closet, trying to ignore their closeness, while Bridget and Hayden are in the room outside.  Carly denies she brought Jack on the trip to seduce him.  After they’re almost caught, they find Sage’s CD and bring it to her.  It’s her turn to perform but she gets stage fright and admits she lied about wanting to be Little Miss Snowflake in order to get Carly and Jack back together to realize that they still love each other.  Carly and Jack deny it.  Sage sings “Never Surrender” and it is a warm, close moment for them.  Sage goes to look for Parker and Liberty while Jack and Carly go to pack.  They agree they have to convince Sage they’re not getting back together, though they don’t seem convinced themselves.  They’re about to kiss when Janet arrives.  She tells Jack she’s ready to fight for their marriage. Parker and Liberty go on a hike through the woods and a couple of immature teenagers make them realize they’ve both had to grow up fast.  They have a leaf fight and then she cries because she misses her dad.  They agree they’ll miss each other when Liberty goes to college, and then realize they’re lost.  Trying to cross a ravine, Parker hurts his leg.  At first he tells Liberty he’s okay, but it’s bleeding, and he has to stop walking.  They find a cave where they can spend the night and Parker passes out.  Liberty takes care of Parker in the cave.  She finds some wood and makes a crutch for Parker.  At the hotel, Jack and Carly are worried, as is Janet.  Sage wonders if it’s her fault, but they assure her it isn’t.  Janet goes off and calls Dusty, who calms her down, but then also shows up in Michigan with resources.  Jack shakes his hand, which Janet notices.  Liberty and Parker get to the hotel and Parker’s looked at by the EMTs.  Parker is released from the hospital.  His brace and wheelchair make his injury look more serious than it is, a hairline fracture.  But he gets home and is happy to have felt like a family for a moment.  It gets out that Parker had been in on Sage’s plan to get Jack and Carly together.  Liberty is still at the hospital.  Dusty brings food for her and she appreciates it.  Her doctor notices a bruise and runs some tests.  It turns out that Liberty is very sick and must be kept at the hospital.  Parker tries to come to Liberty’s rescue, and sneak her out of the hospital, but Jack and Carly are onto him and follow him. Jack tells Liberty she should stay and Liberty accuses Jack of being an inconsistent father figure to her and an inconsistent husband to her mother. Jack apologizes and he shares that he too saw Brad’s spirit on Christmas. Liberty lets up on Jack slightly. She tells Parker to go home. Later, Carly catches Jack moving out. Their goodbye turns into a real kiss.  Janet and Dusty learn from Dr. Presserman that Liberty has leukemia. Janet prays in the chapel as Dusty comforts her. He assures her this isn’t divine retribution for their affair. Dusty gives Janet the strength to break the news to Liberty.

Clarissa tries to convince Simon to complete the real estate scam but Simon knows he’ll have to disappear and he doesn’t want to leave Oakdale.  Katie sees the two of them together but denies to Henry that it upsets her.  Clarissa tempts Simon with a large “tip” and he takes it, but then goes to see Katie and tells her he wants to take her out to dinner.  Katie suggests he ask Clarissa instead.  Simon tells her he isn’t involved with Clarissa and turned her down so he can stay.  Katie says she’s not ready, but he says he’ll wait, and then kisses her.  Henry flirts with Clarissa and tells her he can take Simon’s place in their scam.  Katie pulls back after Simon’s kiss.  Her life is so busy right now and she’s not sure if Simon’s ready for it.  Simon says a home life would be appealing to him now.  Katie then gets a visit from Pam, the real estate agent, wondering if Katie’s still thinking of selling.  Pam makes sure the ghost is gone, and then gives Katie her card.  Simon comes back and Katie admits that she already has feelings for him.  Katie’s incredulous when Simon admits he’s okay with that and is prepared to stay.  Henry assures Clarissa he can fill in for Simon.  Henry goes on about Katie, all her best qualities, and Clarissa picks up on the fact that this isn’t just about Simon.  Katie goes to Oakdale Now to start taping a segment for her new show about being a single mom. Everyone treats her gingerly, and while Katie insists she’s up for it she breaks down while taping and runs into Simon’s willing arms. Kim tells her to take all the time she needs. Simon comforts her but they’re interrupted by a phone call from Henry. Simon realizes Henry’s attempt to take Simon’s place in Clarissa’s scam has gone awry. Katie agrees to help Simon rescue Henry. They go and convince Mr. Lee, the man about to be swindled, that they’re FBI agents and they quickly escort Clarissa and Henry out of the Lounge. Katie, Simon and Henry are all proud of their work, but Clarissa’s furious the scam she put years of work into is now dead in the water. Clarissa tells Simon he’s pathetic for wanting to settle down in a boring town for a boring blonde. When Henry’s gone, Katie tells Simon to leave town. She’s sure he’ll be bored of her soon, like Clarissa said. Simon tells Katie he loves her, but he’ll leave if she wants him too. Katie tells him he should leave Oakdale, but she’ll come with him. Simon’s stunned.  Katie and Simon are set to leave. They tell Henry goodbye.  Margo, however, convinces Katie to postpone their departure.  Margo and Henry decide to pull out all the stops at Katie’s going away party to make her decide to stay.

Susan and Paul wonder if Mick’s injections caused Emily to become comatose. Mick will bring a sample of the substance in. Susan yells at Paul for allowing Emily to become Mick’s guinea pig, and then she yells at Alison for failing to tell her about her upcoming nuptials. Alison’s repentant, and Susan forgives her. Ali goes to the on-call room where Mick finds her. He tries to comfort her but he leaves quickly when he feels a headache coming on. Barbara discovers Mick’s responsible for Emily’s condition. Lily learns that Holden and Molly are an item, while Holden learns Lily isn’t pregnant. They both insult each other’s choice in significant others. Lily tells Damian she’s ready to go away with him. Meg has the doctor’s convinced she’s on the mend. She calls Damian to let him know she’ll be out soon. Damian arrives at Deerbrook and Sharkey tells him Meg hasn’t been taking her medications. Damian riles Meg up, and she throws her mattress at him, exposing all the hidden meds she’s claimed to have taken. Damian leaves, assured Meg will continue to be locked up for a while longer.

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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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