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OLTL Recap – Aug 22 – Aug 26th

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Jack catches Todd with Dorian’s safe open, and he slips the gun into his pocket. Todd takes the gun and leaves, ready to shoot Victor. Tea tells her husband that he’s still the man she loves. They go upstairs to make love.  Someone breaks into the house with the gun. Starr and Dani talk over the huge events in the Manning household and get into a fight about Todd vs Victor. They eventually make up. To Rex’s surprise the stripper at the Spotted Pony is Kim, going by the name of Gigi. Rex explains about Gigi’s death, etc., and that he’s seen Gigi and consulted a psychic who led him here. She tells Rex she can’t help him. He leaves – but first sees another vision of Gigi, who tells him not to give up on her. Kim then goes to a hospital room and tells an unseen person in the bed that Rex was in town. Ford and Jessica pull out of the kiss and Ford tries to apologize. Jessica suggests that since it’s so hard for him to deal with missing Tess, they shouldn’t see each other. He reluctantly agrees.

Joey and Kelly prepare to say goodbye to Llanview and move to London.  Aubrey returns her engagement ring and learns that Joey is leaving town with Kelly and wishes them the best.  Elsewhere, Kelly gives John the news of her imminent departure and urges him not to let his pride get in the way of a possible future with Natalie. Bo visits Asa’s grave on the anniversary of his death.  There he runs into Renee, and the two have a heart-to-heart about the state of the family and Bo’s feelings that he’s let them all down. Clint settles into life at Llanfair, but broods that house arrest prevents him from keeping up a tradition he’s begun since Asa’s death, which requires his presence at the mansion.  Clint compels Nigel to help him slip out and go to the mansion anyway, thus violating the terms of his sentencing.  Rex returns to Llanview.  Rex tells Natalie about his run-in with Kim.  Natalie extracts a promise from Rex that he’ll keep Kim’s whereabouts a secret especially from Clint.  Rex goes on to say that he saw Gigi again.  She urged him not to give up.  Natalie suggests that the meaning behind Gigi’s statement is that he shouldn’t give up on his life.   Kim visits the bedside of her mysterious friend and tells her about Rex’s surprise visit to The Spotted Pony.  Kim, made aware of Clint’s reversal of fortune, decides to risk the wrath of David, return to Llanview and take another shot at her ex-husband. Dorian’s career aspirations do not mesh with David’s but he chooses to sacrifice his career to stand by Dorian.  Dorian is rattled after a visit from John which sends Dorian on a mission to complete one last bit of business.  At EOD:  John comes face to face with Natalie. Viki, Joey and Kelly discover that Clint has disappeared. Rex asks Gigi for a sign that Natalie’s interpretation of her last message is correct; then Clint and Nigel arrive.  Kim arrives at La Boulaie to see David. A bedside photo of the person in the Kentucky hospital room implies her true identity.

Caught off guard by his father’s sudden visit, Rex is inclined to throw Clint out, but Clint explains he only wants to honor Asa.  Knowing the police will soon be following Clint, anyway, Rex relents and the father and son have a small bonding moment.  Having been alerted about Clint’s “escape,” Bo shows up, followed by Joey, Kelly, and Natalie.  Rex leaves them to share a toast to Asa’s memory.  Rex visits Gigi’s grave and admits that after his disappointing visit to Kentucky he may have to accept that she’s truly gone…but then he witnesses something that makes him think twice. Joey wonders if living under the same roof will rekindle Viki and Clint’s relationship. Determined to win Clint back, Kim implores David not to share with Clint the damning information he has on her.  David agrees and at EOD Kim comes face to face with her ex-husband Clint.  Brody makes a threat to keep his secret safe. Natalie returns the blank tape to John, who was affected by Kelly’s urging him to move forward with Natalie and asks about her meeting with Delphina.  Natalie tells him about the psychic’s claim that Todd knows what was on the tape.  The Cramer women of Llanview have a surprise farewell party for Dorian.

Victor arrives at The Sun where he disgustedly hurls his name plate (bearing the name Todd Manning) off of his desk. Brody enters to ask Victor to keep quiet about Liam being John’s son. Brody wants to keep his family together, but Victor is no longer sure he wants to keep this a secret. Even though Victor hates John, he knows the pain of not knowing who you really are. Look at him; his mother lied to him and now his whole world has been turned upside down. Brody threatens to take Victor down if Victor says anything as Victor’s secretary walks in. Victor refuses to reveal what he plans to do. Later Victor grabs his phone to call John while looking at a copy of Liam’s paternity test. At the police station John heeds Kelly’s advice and dances around the subject of getting back together with Natalie. Natalie returns Gigi’s tape and says Delphina couldn’t get a hit off of it, except that Victor may know something. Whatever is on that tape is about Liam. John summons the courage to tell Natalie that he still cares about her, but they are interrupted by a call from a realtor, who has an apartment ready for Natalie and Brody to look at. John wishes Natalie well and walks away. Later John becomes suspicious when Brody says he already asked Victor about Gigi’s tape and Victor knew nothing.

Inside Bo’s office Bo calls Matthew to tell him he loves him, even though the doctors say there hasn’t been any change in his condition. David arrives to tell his pa that he will be going away for a few months. Bo is proud of David for achieving his acting dream and hugs his son.   Clint is pleased to see Kim, who is also happy to see her old cowboy. Kim says she had to see him as Clint reveals he knows Kim didn’t cheat on him. What did David have on Kim that made her leave? Kim avoids the question by asking about Clint’s health. Clint reveals he has missed her and had people looking for her. Where has she been and why did she come back? Kim seems ready to tell Clint the truth when Natalie enters. Natalie grabs Kim and physically throws her out.

Dorian is surprised to see Viki at the mayor’s office. Viki admits she heard Dorian was heading to Washington, D.C., so she wanted to say good-bye. However, Dorian has some choice words for Viki, namely why did she let Clint serve his prison sentence in her home? Doesn’t Viki care that Clint had David sent away and almost killed him? Viki defends her decision; Clint is the father of her children. She can’t turn her back on him. Dorian closes the door to continue her argument. Viki finally has had enough and tries to leave, but discovers the door is locked — from the outside. She turns to Dorian and the women laugh as they realize they are once again trapped together without any phones or a way to contact the outside world. Viki and Dorian realize once again they are both best friends and enemies. Dorian refuses to call them frenemies; that is not what they are! Dorian says Viki will be bored without her. Viki replies Dorian will get into so much trouble without her looking after her. Viki calls Dorian a friend and says she loves her in a very odd way. Dorian tears up; she hates that Viki got to be the bigger person first! (Aw.) They admit they will miss each other and toast to each other as we are treated to a montage of Viki and Dorian’s greatest moments. David bursts in and tells Dorian to step away from his BFF! Viki shares one last good-bye with Dorian and hugs David. Viki wipes the tears from her eyes as Dorian and David go to grab their limo.

At the cemetery Rex shows Gigi’s tombstone to Natalie. Her date of death has been scratched off! Natalie thinks some vandals did it, but Rex is convinced it is a sign from Gigi. She is trying to tell him that she is alive! Natalie gently tells Rex that she saw Jared after his death, but it was just a dream. Still, if Rex needs to believe Gigi is alive, she will support him. Rex insists Gigi is not a product of his over-active imagination. He is positive she is alive somewhere and is determined to bring her home. He and Shane need her! Victor is trying to work at The Sun when Todd barges in. Todd tries to kick his brother out, but Victor refuses. This is still his newspaper! Todd argues that it is HIS newspaper. In fact everything Victor has belongs to Todd. Victor taunts Todd; if he wants everything back, he is going to have to kill him. Todd touches the gun hidden in his pocket and assures Victor that can be arranged. Tea arrives at La Boulaie to compare notes about the two Todd’s with Blair. Both are shocked by the turn of events, but soon they are bickering when Tea reveals she still loves Victor and thinks Victor deserves to continue to live the life he has been living. Blair argues that it’s Todd’s life and Victor needs to step aside. Their argument is cut short when Bo calls to say there is a skirmish at The Sun.

Bo arrives at The Sun just in time to stop Todd from pointing his gun at Victor. He orders Todd to leave since he has yet to prove legally that The Sun — and everything else — belongs to him. Blair and Tea arrive. Blair takes Todd back home while Victor asks Tea if there is a way to make Todd legally go away. Tea isn’t sure, but warns Victor that Todd won’t stop until he gets everything back. Victor growls if Todd wants a war, then he will get one! Meanwhile Blair works to calm Todd down, who is furious with Victor. Blair assures Todd that she will get him an excellent lawyer, but Todd mumbles to himself that he doesn’t need one when he has a gun.

Rex arrives to Bo’s office to ask him to exhume Gigi’s body. He needs to know if she is in there or not! Bo advises against this, saying Shane wouldn’t want this, but Rex argues that if Gigi is alive, then he needs to bring her home to Shane! Brody arrives at the Buchanan mansion where Shane tells him that he needs his help. He wants to make Victor and Jack pay for Gigi’s death. Shane thinks Jack’s guilt is a sure indictor that he was responsible for Gigi’s death and wants Brody to help him set up a sting to make Jack confess. Brody admonishes Shane, saying Gigi didn’t raise him to seek revenge. He is confident Victor and Jack will get what is coming to them eventually. Kim arrives at the cemetery where she kneels in front of Gigi’s grave and touches the scratched out date of death. A groundskeeper notices her and thinks it’s a pity that Gigi died so young. Kim scampers away when she hears Bo and Rex arrive. Under Bo’s direction, a crew digs up Gigi’s coffin. Bo hesitates and asks Rex if he wants to see Gigi’s body. Rex insists that he does and is hit when he sees Gigi’s dead body. Unfortunately Shane arrives and is appalled by what he sees. Why would Dad do this? Rex apologizes and resolves to put the whole “I think Gigi is alive” behind him. After they leave, Kim comes out of hiding. She takes some roses from Asa’s grave and puts them on Gigi’s, saying they are better off here.

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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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