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THE BACHELORETTE: Brayden is Finally Outta There!

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The final dust-up between Brayden and Charity, set the stage for ‘Bachelor Nation’ to get their answer.  Would Brayden make it all the way to the hometowns, or would he be shown to the limo and one way ticket off the show?  Monday’s night’s, July 17th episode of The Bachelorette, provided the answer.

This episode takes the men and Charity to the Pacific Northwest … Stevenson, Washington to be exact.  Now staying at a lodge, Brayden and the other guys have issues and Brayden has issues with ‘The Bachelorette.’

Brayden tells Xavier his concerns, after almost having his rose taken away at the end of last week’s drama. He confesses,”I think I’m in danger this week. She was pissed off at me, bro.” He then adds how Charity is always going to be ‘on’ playing the role of ‘The Bachelorette.’ He shares, “I just want you to stop being the Bachelorette for one minute and just be off with me.”  Not a bad sentiment, if you think about it. However, Brayden, you did sign up to be on a TV show … a reality-dating competition to be exact.

Later, on the group date, Brayden is in the mix. While all the other men and Charity are dressed for the chilly weather, Brayden decides to just have a button down shirt on, and shares that he might just take it off.  The young little girls from the Skamania Scouts named: Brinley, Kate, and Aria have arrived to help Charity decide who should get some one-on-one time with her.  But first, the guys have to go into the wilderness and come back with something to eat and show the girls what they came up with.

Aria asks Charity if Brayden or Joey is the smartest guy on the date. Under her breath, Charity shares, “Not Brayden.”  After the ‘edible food in the woods’ challenge, the guys are asked by the scouts, “Who would you eat to survive?”  Brayden is so disliked that almost all of them said they would eat Brayden!  In the last round of the group date, the scouts asked, “How do you want your journey to end?”  While the other men gave answers that sounded like getting down on one knee to propose to Charity, Brayden answered “To be content.” Not good.

Back at the lodge, Aaron and Brayden get into it.  Brayden confronts Aaron that, “You did me dirty! For no other reason, but I had a connection with Charity.”  (Aaron was the one who brought Brayden’s attitude to Charity’s attention, previously.)  When grilled by the men about what his goal is, Brayden says his goal is to have ‘a connection with a woman.”  That is not what Charity’s goal is.  She wants to be engaged at the end of this.  Charity shows up and pipes up, “Brayden, is there something that I don’t know? Or what is the problem?” Sean and Aaron are quick to jump in to say that “he’s not ready to get engaged!” Tanner throws fuel on the fire, adding, “There’s one person here that’s packed their bags more than twice.”  Charity is pissed and blindsided. Next, Charity wants to talk to Brayden, solo.

This is where we see if Brayden can sway Charity back to his side, but he tells her, “I have been down in the dumps since I got to Washington. I didn’t know what I did wrong. All of a sudden, you’re mad at me for something I thought we had already talked about. It honestly hurt!”  Charity admits she is very frustrated.  In a confessional, Charity shares: “I am not in a position to fix Brayden.  He is reminding me so much of my past relationship … playing victim, not taking accountability. That’s just not a road I want to go down.”

Eventually, Charity walks Brayden to the SUV and away he goes.  In the car, he realizes he ‘dug his own grave’.  At this point, was anyone really sure we would never see him again? Yup! Not so fast. Before the episode came to its conclusion, Brayden came back, storming back! He walked past the men, the camera crew and tried to find Charity.  He interrupts her conversation with John, who eventually storms off.

This leaves Brayden saying to Charity, why he is there in the first place. Brayden says, “It’s nothing that you did. That’s kind of why I wanted to come back today, to make sure that you knew there was nothing that you did wrong in this whole process.” In a great comeback, Charity says, “Oh! I know it wasn’t me.”  On that, Brayden begins to head out, but not before the men confront him and f-bombs go off. Brayden assures John that he didn’t mean to “cause drama’, but then he calls the guys “jackasses.” Eventually, he is taken away in a car and off the show.  Is it for good??????

So, what did you think of the Brayden drama? Was the guy just trying be as realistic as possible about getting to know someone fast on a reality-dating show, or is he just a prime A jerk, or both? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Dick Van Dyke as Days of our Lives’ Timothy Robicheaux Meets John Black’s Family

Dick Van Dyke’s guest star turn on Days of our Lives has been a huge win for the long-running soap opera. During his entire run, Van Dyke has brought so much heart to his scenes, even though the story may be often far-fetched. It’s a testament to this television icon, that even at 97-years-old, he still has the acting chops and that endearing quality that audiences have loved for decades.

Now on Days of our Lives, Van Dyke is playing Timothy Robicheaux and as it was revealed last week, Van Dyke wasn’t playing just any amnesiac war veteran mystery man, he is tied to a major Salem character!

As predicted, Van Dyke turned out to be playing the real biological father of John Black (Drake Hogestyn), and the man John has been searching for all his life.  Previously, John thought the evil Yo Ling was his bio-dad.

On Thursday’s episode, Timothy was going to meet members of his new family. So, John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) bring him home from the hospital, where “Tim” meets his granddaughter, Belle (Martha Madison) and grandson, Brady (Eric Martsolf).  Later, Paul (Christopher Sean) shows up, and so too does Paul’s boyfriend, Andrew (Colton Little).

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It is Andrew who suggests that they take a family photo, which he is happy to snap.  Throughout it all, it was heartwarming to see Van Dyke’s portrayal of a man who has lived most of his life all alone finally being reconnected to the family he lost.  There was even a moment where Timothy becomes overwhelmed with tears, and still a moment that followed between John and Timothy, where John asks him if it’s OK that he calls him “Dad!” Cue the hankies!

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If next year, Van Dyke submits himself for a Daytime Emmy in the Guest Star category, he has to be a lock!

So, what did you think of the scenes where Timothy meets Belle, Brady, Paul and Andrew, and gets to know his son, John Black just a little bit better? Has Dick Van Dyke’s performance been bringing you to tears? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Victor Kiriakis is Laid To Rest in Tribute to John Aniston: What Did You Think of the Memorial Service?

This week, on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera laid the character of Victor Kiriakis to rest, ten months after his portrayer, TV icon, John Aniston passed away.

In the final send-off, Victor’s loved ones gather for an informal funeral service just outside the Kiriakis mausoleum. Justin (Wally Kurth) reveals that Victor will be interned next to his beloved daughter, Isabella.

Several returns for this emotional occasion made this extra touching for DAYS viewers. In fact, a few of the actors that did return to the show, asked to be a part of the memorial, because of their love and respect for their time sharing scenes with Aniston. Those included: Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) and Jen Lilley (Theresa). In addition, John-Paul Lavoisier reprised his role as Victor’s son, Phillip Kiriakis, and Zach Tinker was back as Sonny Kiriakis.


We have to say, it was Tinker, Melvin, and Lavoisier’s portrayed remembrances during the service that truly tugged at the heartstrings. Each of their characters shared a bit of Victor’s history and his familial ties, ultimately revealing the devastating heartbreak they felt with his loss.

Then, there was Suzanne Rogers (Maggie). Currently celebrating her 50th anniversary with the show, Rogers effectively depicted the pain of a grieving widow who lost her other half.  When Sonny addressed Maggie at the funeral, and the love his uncle Victor had for ‘sweet’ Maggie, it made many a longtime viewer reach for the hankies.


Other characters who spoke or attended the memorial service included: Kate (Lauren Koslow), Alex (Robert Scott Wilson), Xander (Paul Telfer), Brady (Eric Martsolf), Rex (Kyle Lowder), Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle) and others. In fact, it was Justin, who captured a bit of the essence of his uncle Victor, when he shared to the guests, “I will miss that meddling.”


Following the service, there had to be one unwanted arrival, right? After the Kiriakis family returns to Victor’s mansion who should saunter in? That’s right! Vivian Alamain, played by the deliciously wicked, Louise Sorel.

So, what did you think about Days of our Lives’ memorial service for Victor Kiriakis, that concluded with a montage of memorable moments in the life of Victor as played by John Aniston with his co-stars? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  In case you missed it, check out You Tube’s Michael Fairman recent interview with Suzanne Rogers, where she discussed: losing her on-screen partner, John Aniston, Victor’s death, and what may come next for Maggie, and more.

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Dick Van Dyke and Drake Hogestyn Deliver Heart-Tugging Scenes as Days of our Lives’ Father and Son are Reunited

On Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Dick Van Dyke reminded us all why he is a national treasure. At 97-years-old, he can still pull off great performances, and now he can add his role on Days of our Lives to that list.

Van Dyke had never appeared on a soap opera, previously, but due to his friendship with Drake Hogestyn (John), this once and a lifetime guest-star turn has turned into quite the memorable one.

For DAYS fans who guessed that Van Dyke’s ‘mystery man’ would turn out to be John Black’s biological father, you were correct!  In story, it now turns out the real Timothy Robicheaux is Van Dyke’s amnesiac war veteran, who formerly was being called, “Joseph Bell.”


With so many twists and turns in the life of John Black, and so many confusing stories through the years, it is revealed through a series of flashbacks that during the Korean war and while in combat, Joseph Bell’s dog tags were switched by a soldier who left him there to die.  This key piece of intel is told by Bell while sitting with Marlena in her office, along with John.  Later, John reveals a pair of dog tags around his neck, and that Bell’s real name is Timothy Robicheaux. John says “All this time, you’ve been searching for your son. Sir, your search is over.”

Marlena (Deidre Hall) tells Timothy he was lost in the VA system after he was severely wounded in the war. John didn’t know much about his upbringing, except he was born on a rural farm, and Timothy came from a farm.

As his memory is further triggered, Timothy remembers his wife’s name was Maude and she had their baby after he was lost in the war.  Timothy feels sorry for the hard life John has had to live. John informs his father that Maude died a few years ago.


With all the sorrow and the pain, they have endured in their lifetimes, John and Timothy are just so happy they have found each other, at long last. In an emotional moment, John shares all the versions of himself and identities he has had along the way, but credits Marlena and Timothy for him being the man he is today.  This is followed, by yet, another touching moment when Timothy and John hug for the first time as father and son. Timothy vows that they will never lose each other again.

Through these scenes, Van Dyke played the beats of the story so convincingly, and made us feel for this man who finally finds the son he has longed for over years.  While this brought yet another change to John Black’s history and back-story, it is a welcome one. Finally, John gets a decent man for a dad, not the evil Yo Ling, when all is said and done.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Dick Van Dyke and Drake Hogestyn as father and son, who find each other after decades of being apart? Let us know in the comment section, but first check out next week’s promo for DAYS where Timothy meets the rest of his family including his grandson, Paul Narita (Christopher Sean).

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