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THE BACHELORETTE: A Tale Of Two Ambulances, Awkward Spa Date & Songwriting Your Feelings

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On week 3 of The Bachelorette, plenty of broken bones were the order of the episode, and some pretty uncomfortable moments for the contestants, and the audience watching at home.

In this installment, we start with a group date where Becca has invited several of the fellas to join her. Becca has a spa day in mind … and so what’s a girl to do?  Have some of your infamous ‘Bachelor ‘contestants you competed against for Arie’s heart hanging out with you.  One of which is Tia.  Yup, Tia!  The girl that apparently dated this season’s ‘Bachelorette’ contestant, Colton, who is causing so much ‘inner-conflict” for Becca, because of this bit of intel.

So now, the stage was set! Colton, who is taking part on the group date sees Tia, in the most uncomfortable and forced, awkward situation of the episode.  Colton hugs it out with Tia.  Then, Tia and Becca sit down to discuss Tia’s relationship with Colton.  Both Tia and Becca believe it is quite possible Colton signed on to be a contestant on this season, hoping Tia would be The Bachelorette. Tia assures Becca, that the relationship did not get serious and it was long-distance.

Side note: the most embarrassing moment of the season lands on Becca, when she can’t remember the name of one of the guys she chose for this group date.  It’s Jason, Becca! Jason!

Later, within a quick blip, looks like Becca’s fears have melted away when she and Colton talk it out at the cocktail party that night.  In fact, she gives him the group date rose.  But also at ‘said’ cocktail party: David is getting more annoyed with Jordan.  It comes to a boiling point when male model Jordan brags he has almost 4,000 Tinder matches! David goes straight to Becca to tell her that this dude is not on the up and up and not here for the right reasons.  She uses the information, and turns it on Jordan with a high-five for reaching the Tinder 4K mark! Jordan calls David, “A bitch”.

Next, the producers have been teasing all through the episode that it is Jordan who causes bodily harm to David .. but guess what?  Not the case. Damnit!  Ambulances and the paramedics are called to the  contestants house, where David is wheeled out with blood all over the floor and clothes in his room. Chris Harrison comes to tell Becca what happened.  It turns out David fell out of his bunk bed and crashed to the floor face first.  Becca feels bad, and calls David.  He says he will be back soon after getting fixed up in the hospital.

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The week’s one-on-one date went to Chris, who goes to the Capitol Records building with Becca, and land in a studio where, none other than  Richard Marx is supposedly recording.  Marx has a songwriting challenge for both Becca and Chris – to write down some song lyrics based on how they feel about each other.  How is that possible when they have barely spent any time together? Chris begins to clam up and struggle with the assignment.  It looks like he cannot put a thought to pen and paper.  Viewers learn Chris was abandoned by his father at a young age, and that Chris tried to reconnect with his dad a few years ago by writing him a letter, in which the father never replied, or reached back to him.  Chris feels if he shares his feelings he will get hurt. Somehow, just somehow, when you think he had nothing written to share to Becca and Richard, he comes up with solid romantic lyrics. Whoa, it was touch and go there!

Later, the two have an intimate dinner where Chris opened up about his past with his dad to Becca.  She feels sad about his past, and gives him a rose.  Marx, shows up out of nowhere in another large room serenading the couple as they dance and makeout to “Right Here Waiting.”

On the second group date, ten of the men take to a football field for some drills and a scrimmage in front of a bunch of  “extras’ err, “audience’.  Clay, an NFL player, was the standout in “The Becca Bowl.”  In fact, Becca was very turned on by his athletic prowess juxtaposed against his mild demeanor.  Just then, bad news struck.  Clay hurt his wrist in a play in the end zone.  He is then also taken out by ambulance! At the afterparty, while Blake fumes that he is getting jealous of not spending any one on one time with Becca, Clay re-emerges with his arm in a sling.  Becca is thrilled to see him and awards him the group date rose, rattling the other guys.

The next day, just before the rose ceremony, Clay admits he needs surgery to repair his wrist in time for football season.  He says he is having an internal struggle of what to do because of his family and his career, but totally digging Becca.  Ultimately, he decides to leave the show, return the group rose, and tell Becca the truth.  She is left in tears as Clay drives off in the limo.

In one of the big teasers for next week’s episode, David returns following smashing his face, and the producers blurred out his face in the preview making it seem like some disfigurement is on the way.  But is it really?

So, what did you think about the shenanigans on this week’s episode of The Bachelorette? Who do you think is the frontrunner for Becca’s heart now? Who do you think will be sent home at next week’s rose ceremony? Comment below.

Days Of Our Lives

GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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Days Of Our Lives

Kassie DePaiva Back as Eve on DAYS; What Did You Think of the Shocking Reveal?

If you caught Wednesdays’s episode of Days of our Lives, you know that Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) captor was revealed.  After many theories by fans on social media since Ben and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) wedding literally blew up in their faces, with Ben being kidnapped, it all came down to this moment.

Then, in a great entrance; soap veteran Kassie DePaiva made a return to the NBC soap opera as Eve Donovan, the woman behind the kidnapping.

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It all goes down in a warehouse (somewhere yet to be determined to the audience)  where we see Ben strapped to a chair and man dressed in black coming into the room where he is being held introducing himself as Vincent played by actor Michael Teh.

Vincent tells Ben he blew up his wedding and was paid to do so by his employer.   The henchmen also notes that said employer is also the same person who sent the other wedding gift- that was the one that Ben thought Clyde (James Read) to be behind.

Ben wants to be released but Vincent takes a baton and strikes Ben’s leg as he yelps in pain, and then, lo and behold, from the doorway we hear, “That’s enough Vincent.”

Just then, Eve says she will ‘take it from here’ as Ben watches her in shock.  What will Eve’s next move be?  Has she snapped?  Is this payback for what Ben did for murdering her daughter, Paige?  Is Eve working with someone else for money as well to harm Ben and Ciara?

DePaiva tweeted on her return: “I’m baacckk!@nbcdays watch out Ben!”

Share your thoughts and theories on the return of Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan on DAYS; Did you think she was behind the bomb? Let us know  via the comment section below.   

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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