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OLTL Recap – April 18- April 22nd

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Phyllis Rose drops her bombshell and shows Tess’s photo of Charlie and Echo kissing. Natalie’s aghast, telling her mother that she’s sure it’s been photo-shopped, but Viki sets her straight. When she reveals that Tess sent her the same photo and likely leaked it to Phyllis, Natalie gets mad and goes to confront Tess. But Tess arrives at Llanfair instead, telling Viki to give up her fight for Ryder’s custody. Tess accuses Viki of being a failure in marriage and in motherhood. She hammers at Viki until Viki is writhing in some sort of private struggle. Tess thinks she’s having a heart attack until Viki reveals that she’s Niki Smith. Bo and Clint have it out about Matthew. Bo laces into him for everything he’s done, swearing Clint will get what’s coming to him. Clint keels over from a heart attack. Nora levels with Matthew about the fact that he murdered someone, asking if he can live with what he’s done.  Matthew reveals the depth of his guilt.  Nora asks if he wants to confess and be punished for his crime. Dorian’s horrified to learn of Echo and Charlie’s affair and that they’re in love. She accuses Echo of having known all along that Charlie wasn’t Rex’s father. Ford feels terrible that Tess unleashed the photo of Viki and Charlie, expressing sympathy for Viki. Tess sets him straight about Viki, explaining that she’s the reason Tess exists. Her alter, Niki, sat in bars and left Jess alone with an abusive man. Jess created Tess to protect herself. Ford tries to comfort her, but she pulls away. Natalie arrives and gives Ford a piece of her mind for teaming up with Tess.

Blair and Tea discuss John’s suspicion of Tomas. Tea fiercely defends her brother while Blair remains uncertain about Tomas. Tea expresses relief that Blair isn’t dating Tomas. Taking this as a challenge, Blair makes a date with Tea’s brother, privately revealing she can use the opportunity to find out if he’s hiding something. Tomas confronts John about questioning Tea and Blair about him. John probes for information and later reveals he has covertly obtained Tomas’ fingerprints. When he runs the prints through the system, he finds a match, but discovers any information about their owner is classified. Starr admits to James she’s uncomfortable about his ex-girlfriend staying with him. She makes Deanna an offer she can’t refuse – her own room at La Boulaie. Tess’s haranguing has brought out Niki Smith. The two alters strike a deal to assure Tess custody of Ryder. Dorian finds Clint in the throes of a heart attack but refuses to help him unless he tells her the truth about whether or not Echo knew all along that he, and not Charlie, was Rex’s father. Believing her secret is safe, Echo enjoys time with Charlie. Gigi accepts Rex’s wedding proposal.

Niki is nearly found out when she and Tess are happened on by Natalie. Tess provides Niki with a cover story for her shocking appearance; later, the two reset their plan to hijack the judge’s decision regarding Ryder’s custody. Dorian alerts Clint’s household to his heart attack. Joey and Dorian accompany Clint to the hospital. Natalie gets word of Clint’s heart attack from Joey. Niki (as Viki) declines to go with Natalie to the hospital, using Liam as an excuse. Dorian is on the verge of telling Joey about Aubrey and Cutter’s relationship when Natalie arrives, explaining that Viki stayed behind. Dorian makes a beeline for Viki. Dorian arrives at Llanfair to find Niki, exasperated at having to keep up her ruse as Viki. Dorian delivers the information she exacted from Clint, that Echo always knew the truth about Rex’s paternity. Niki reacts as appropriately as she can and Dorian is left wondering why Viki isn’t as angry as she expected her to be. Aubrey is left behind at the mansion with Rama, who wonders how Clint’s condition might affect their future. Aubrey confesses to Rama how Tess is now caught up in their scheme, and that she has taken an interest in Cutter. Rama wonders if Aubrey has a similarly genuine interest in Joey. At Capricorn, Kelly lets Cutter know that she knows the truth about him and Aubrey – but plans to do nothing with it. Tess arrives and invites Cutter to a dance. Cristian and Kelly look on angrily but can do nothing about it and previously Cutter told them how his plan to spend more time with Tess (in the “hope” she’ll give way to Jessica) has received Joey’s blessing. Rama and Cristian have another friendly cross. James gets the impression that Ford is softening on Tess. Ford learns of Deanna’s arrival in town. Starr shows Deanna to her new digs in Langston’s old room. Starr pumps Deanna for information about her relationship with James.

Marty hears John making plans with Kelly. Marty pays a visit to Kelly and suggests she could break up Kelly and John the same way she broke up Natalie and John. Kelly alerts John to Marty’s discomfiting visit and he goes to talk to Dr. Buhari about her, but instead he runs into Natalie. Marty tells Dr. Buhari that Liam is John’s baby, not Brody’s. Brody brings Liam to the hospital to comfort Natalie. Tomas pays a visit to Todd and is going to do something to him with a syringe when Dani and Nate interrupt him. They find the dropped syringe which the nurse says is not the kind used at the hospital. Nate thinks Tomas dropped it and Shaun advises them to tell the police. Tomas makes a mysterious phone call saying he was alone with Todd but unable to finish the job. Blair makes Jack work at Capricorn over his vacation. She steps out and two thugs come in and rough him up, warning him to stay away from Shane. Tomas enters just in time and fights off the thugs, which Blair sees. Gigi and Rex take Shane for a therapy session and Gigi is upset that she can’t be in on Shane’s sessions or know what he’s telling the doctor. Blair leaves Jack at the hospital briefly, and Shane and Jack are face to face. Rex hears about Clint’s heart attack and acts uninterested (to Natalie’s dismay). But later when he tells Gigi about it, we see he’s rocked. Bo learns of Clint’s heart attack from Brody.

John is deeply affected when he holds Liam while Natalie follows up on the syringe Nate and Dani discovered in Todd’s room. Marty confesses to Dr. Buhari that Liam is, in fact, John’s baby with Natalie and that she switched the results. Dr. Buhari is troubled by this information and we wonder if she’ll tell John when he comes to see her. Natalie and Marty come face to face. Blair and Kelly wonder why Todd is hiding a file with a picture of himself pre-reconstruction. Blair tells Kelly that Tomas has his own file on pre-reconstructed Todd. After Blair leaves, Kelly tries to decode Todd’s file. Tomas is surprised by Calmar’s arrival. Calmar regrets having encouraged Tomas to come to Llanview. Tomas alludes to having a job to finish. Blair arrives to find the men discussing her. Jack encounters Shane for the first time since his suicide attempt and accuses him of having his father hire thugs to beat him up. Shane is upset with his parents for having told anyone about his having tried to kill himself, and Rex uses this as an opportunity to bridge a gap with his son. Gigi returns to Dr. Buhari’s office to retrieve Shane’s backpack and is curious when she sees a tape of Shane’s private psychiatric session. Jack demands that the police arrest Rex for having had him assaulted.

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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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