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B&B Recap – Nov 29 – Dec 3rd

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With both Brooke and Taylor taking a different side about Thomas, Stephanie finds herself squarely in the middle and with a definite opinion. Stephanie agrees with Taylor that there is no denying Brooke’s scandalous behavior at Forrester Creations, and with the Forrester family, but also feels it’s not realistic to forbid Thomas from being in contact with his father’s wife. Taylor feels betrayed that Stephanie is taking Brooke’s side and after Brooke leaves, expresses to her friend that she feels she’s lost so much from Stephanie to Brooke. Stephanie apologizes to Taylor and reassures her that she’s not losing her friendship. Angry, Taylor let’s Stephanie know that it’s not “if” Brooke will go after her son, but “when”. Stephanie is left speechless when Taylor goes on an obsessive rant about Thomas needing protection from Brooke. Amber attempts to comfort Oliver when he arrives home early from his photo shoot with Hope. After learning how Liam barged in and took a willing Hope away, Amber offers Oliver a sympathetic ear and a bit of advice. Liam takes Hope to a secluded area on the beach where he speaks to her candidly about her relationship with Oliver and how the death of his mother has changed him. Hope and Liam share a steamy kiss. Taylor leaves Stephanie and heads to Ridge’s office to talk to him about the situation. When she enters, she becomes convinced that her worst fear has become a reality, when she sees Thomas in a steamy embrace with Brooke.  Taylor is relieved to find out she is mistaken and that the blonde girl Thomas is kissing is really “Summer.” Thomas demands an explanation for his mother’s behavior. When she admits she thought it was Brooke, Thomas promises her that will never happen. Thomas assures Taylor that he doesn’t resent her for giving her shares of the company to Steffy and explains that Brooke is helping to make everything okay because she is helping him to work his way up the ladder the old fashioned way, with hard work. Taylor agrees to stop fighting Brooke and Thomas’ partnership and the Taboo line. Stephen, Donna and Katie meet with Brooke for lunch. The Logan family discuss Donna and Stephen’s recent trip to Paris and Donna admits that she still misses Eric.  Stephen broaches the topic of his continuing relationship with Pam and asks his daughters to let bygones by bygones and to move forward. Stephen, Donna and Katie are skeptical when Brooke reveals that Stephanie’s cancer has changed her perspective on life. They query her about the kiss with Thomas. They are shocked when Brooke tells them that Stephanie supports her in this because it has created quite a buzz for the Taboo line. Brooke continues to defend Thomas and convinces her family that the publicity the kiss generated is good for business.  Katie comments on how good Brooke and Thomas look together. Brooke looks at pictures of Thomas and tells her sisters she sees Ridge in his son.

Amber and Oliver panic when Aggie arrives unannounced. Amber hides on the patio and listens as Aggie tells Oliver not to give up on Hope and begins to malign Amber.  When Aggie goes to shut the patio door, she sees Amber in hiding. Amber shows herself and gives Aggie attitude for what she said about her. Oliver tries to continue to cover to his sister, but Amber reveals the truth; that she and Oliver are living together.  Oliver comes to Amber’s defense when Aggie demands that he get rid of Amber immediately. Oliver becomes affected when Aggie asks how living with Amber will improve his chances of reuniting with Hope. Aggie leaves and Amber begins to pack. Oliver reminds her that she doesn’t need to defend herself anymore. Amber flirts with Oliver and tells him that while she wouldn’t steal the Forrester designs again, she would definitely still make the moves on him. Although Oliver assures her that he doesn’t see her like Aggie does, Amber is still disappointed when he tells her that she does need to leave. While Aggie goes to see Hope to beg her to give Oliver one more chance, Amber begs Oliver not to throw her out of his house. Amber gets seductive with Oliver and he becomes tempted by her offer. Hope attempts to get Aggie to understand that she and Oliver will always be friends but that she is with Liam now. Taylor explains to Ridge about her case of mistaken identity with Thomas and his model friend. She admits to her ex-husband that he is the only person who truly understands her. Taylor expresses her relief that she and Thomas were finally able to have an honest conversation and promises Ridge that she will try and trust Brooke. Taylor is beside herself when Ridge admits to her that if her fears would have been correct, and there were truly more between Brooke and Thomas than just the fashion line, his marriage would have been over. He goes on to say that if his marriage to Brooke fell apart he would return to her. Whip stands by unnoticed, but has heard part of his wife’s conversation with her ex-husband.

Ridge and Brooke make love and then discuss Stephanie, Taylor and Thomas. Ridge is surprised when Brooke tells him that Stephanie sided with her today over Taylor. Brooke and Ridge look at photos and remark how happy they are to be together and growing old. Brooke pledges to Ridge to never let anything happen again. Taylor is joyful at Ridge’s admission to her and calls Stephanie over to tell her all about it. As Taylor recounts to Stephanie her conversation with Ridge, Stephanie becomes concerned that Taylor may have misconstrued Ridge’s words and that Taylor may be holding out hope for a future with him. Taylor is positive that Brooke will let Ridge down and have another indiscretion. Stephanie expresses that she hopes that Brooke has changed, especially given all of the time that they have spent together lately. Stephanie thinks Taylor is still in love with Ridge. Amber tells Oliver she admires him and has learned so much for him. Oliver doesn’t allow Amber to berate herself for all of the mistakes she has made in the past. She wholeheartedly apologizes to him for all the messes she has gotten him into. Oliver surprises Amber and gives her a key to the apartment above the garage. She is genuinely moved, and tells him that he is more amazing than she realized and she hopes Hope knows how incredible he is. Aggie arrives to visit Oliver and is pleased that Amber is not there.  She tells her brother of her visit to Hope and urges him to go to her and tell her that he loves her.  Hope is surprised to see Amber at Forrester Creations. Hope lets Amber have it when she reveals she was hoping to see Rick to get a job. She accuses Amber of being a manipulator who enjoys hurting people. Amber is genuine when she tells Hope her true thoughts about Oliver and is pleased with herself when she plants a seed of doubt about Liam.

Bill and Justin are investigating the Liam limousine situation. Justin has uncovered information from the limousine company. Bill is angry and wants answers. When he finds out that Oliver was behind the stunt, he vows revenge. Amber and Hope continue to talk about Hope’s love life. Amber continues to persuade Hope that Liam is just like his father and she should not give up on Oliver.  Hope doesn’t want to listen but she doesn’t want to leave, either.  Liam visits Oliver at home and demands he stop making moves on his girl. Oliver reminds Liam that he works with Hope and that him taking her out of a photo shoot was unacceptable. The two argue over the Hope/Oliver kiss and who kissed who. The argument escalates and each man is convinced he is the right one for Hope.  Amber arrives home and starts to come through the patio door but Oliver waves her away. She sees Liam and hides on the patio. Hope thanks Ridge and Brooke for everything they have done for her. Her parents ask Hope why she seems blue and she admits that it is because of Oliver and Liam. They advise her to always put herself first when it comes to Liam and to make her intentions clear with Oliver, even if it may hurt him. Hope explains that it is not as simple as that, that she is still torn between the two of them. They are interrupted by a call from Liam who tells Hope he wants to see her tonight; that he has made plans and that she will be his top priority.

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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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