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THE BACHELORETTE: Charity Lawson and Joey Graziadei Break ‘Longest Kiss’ Record; While Adrian & Brayden Make the Rose Ceremony Cut

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This is becoming very predictable ‘Bachelor Nation’ and it’s even becoming more predictable on how the producers will edit each episode to try to concoct drama, and have the rose ceremony come down to the ‘Bachelorette’ picking which one of the last few standing will receive a rose, when they both happen to be the two at the epicenter of the night’s drama.  How convenient! But that is just what happened on Monday night’s second episode of Charity Lawson’s season in the central role of ABC’s reality-dating competition series.

Only speaking here of the ‘highlights’, and not the ‘lowlights’, the episode will be remembered as the ‘record-breaker’.  That being, that Charity Lawson along with contestant Joey Graziadei (not related, that we know of, to Y&R’s Michael Graziadei), broke the ‘Bachelor Longest Kiss’ record, clocking in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds.  As per usual, ‘the kiss’ really upset the other guys, who were wishing they were the ones making out like a bandit with Charity.

Later, in a surprise one-on-one date, Joey decides to take this time to give Charity the whole back-story of his parents, which was odd how he sprung it on her.  He then proceeds to give the details which included that they are divorced … “however, he always felt love from both of them.”  Then, in a ‘trying-too-hard’ to be a bombshell moment, Joey reveals: “My parents broke up actually because my dad came out. So, my dad, when I was about in kindergarten, came out as gay.” He adds “It’s amazing to see the love they still have for each other. It taught me how important love is. It’s made me now a more loving and accepting person.”

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Throughout Joey’s entire speech, Charity just feels plastic in her reactions and her movements.  So, with her typical ‘Bachelor Nation’ words such as being ‘vulnerable’, ‘open’, or ‘thank you for being comfortable enough to share that with me’, or anything like those, Charity gives a date rose to Joey, so he is set, for now.  No need to worry about being thrown out at the rose ceremony.

Meanwhile, you all remember Brayden, right? The guy that got the first impression rose on night one from Charity, but has this major attitude, swagger, earrings and scarves? Well, he was getting on the wrong side of the guys in the Bachelor house, yet again, with his comments.  At one point in the episode, he tells the confessional, his bags are packed and he is going to leave for good, if he doesn’t get the right answers he needs from Charity. We think the guy is very possessive, what da ya think?


Later, he tells Charity he was “thrown for a loop” by the kissing contest which Joey won. “I had a lot of doubt about your character to some degree.  When I heard what happened, I felt so bad for those guys.” He then adds, “I felt like I was lied to in that moment when I heard what happened. And I was just like, ‘How can I be here?’ I’m going to be honest with you: I was ready to run away.” Charity doesn’t know what to say back to him. She finally expresses, “It makes me sad to hear that I was frustrating you.” What was frustrating was being a viewer actually watching this!

Then, there is Adrian who uses his time with Charity to mention that a lot of the men (Brayden ah-hem) are merely using their appearance on the series as a “Spring Break” to have fun etc.  Adrian clearly was signaling ye olde, “who is here for the right reasons” lines we have heard over and over every season. While she appreciates his candor, Charity tries to get more specifics from him.  First, Adrian says there is a general “lack of emotional intelligence,” from the guys.  He goes on to say, “Brayden, he was kind of invalidating Josh’s feelings.” Looking kinda upset, Charity wants more of an explanation, so Adrian offers up that while Josh said he still had a good time on the date, Brayden called the whole record-breaking kissing contest “classless” and “disrespectful.”

Charity ponders, and says ‘Classless?” She thinks that’s odd after her recent exchange with Brayden. Later, Adrian and Brayden continue bickering with one another.

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At the rose ceremony, with just a few roses left to give out, she gives one to Adrian, and lastly to Brayden.  And to top off the evening, Brayden makes a toast to those men remaining and Charity with, “Thank you for choosing me and thank you for allowing me to stay here and connect with you more.”  I, mean, C’mon!

So, what did you think of the second episode of Charity Lawson’s season as The Bachelorette? Why do you think Brayden is still getting roses? Is she truly digging him? Are the producers forcing her to keep him to make things interesting, because otherwise this would be a dud season? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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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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