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THE BACHELORETTE ‘MEN TELL ALL’ : Luke P. Vs. Hannah And The Guys Showdown

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Monday’s night two-hour “Men Tell All” episode of The Bachelorette, was more dramatic then those in past seasons, due to all eyes on Luke Parker and what he will have to say about being eliminated, and after pulling out one last stunt to try to get back in the good graces of ‘The Bachelorette’, Hannah Brown.

Before the “Men Tell All” part of the night began, viewers and the studio audience watched how Luke came back to crash Hannah’s rose ceremony, where she was about to choose two of the three remaining men; who were still in the running for that final rose.

But alas, Luke showed up wanting to speak to Hannah and have some “clarity”.  She told him she had “clarity” and wanted nothing more to do with him. Then in the best moment of the season, Hannah moved the rose podium in front of Luke, so she could continue with the process with the other three guys: Tyler, Peter, and Jed.  Those suitors were beyond thrilled to learn that Hannah finally kicked Luke to the curb.  Luke even had the nerve to at first; show up and stand in line next to the three guys as if he was still in the reality-dating competition, when he was actually given the heave-ho the night earlier.

After the drama played out, the action picked up on the “Men Tell All’ episode where at first, host Chris Harrison had a one-on-one conversation with Luke about what happened during the season, and if he looked back at his actions and has any remorse or anything he would do differently.  Luke tried to choose his words carefully, but no matter what he said, he still came off as a jerk to ‘Bachelor Nation’.  Parker, who is deeply religious had a major issue if Hannah was having sex with the other contestants, leading her to tell him she had sex in a windmill with one of them.

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Luke expressed: “I look back at hometowns and she told my whole Sunday school group that sex in the fantasy suites wasn’t going to be something she was going to do. Even before that conversation at dinner in Greece, I explained what my desires were with sex and fantasy suites and she agreed and she said she was in the same boat and she shared the same desires to abstain from sex before marriage. vSo I was blindsided by the whole thing.”  Parker dug himself further into a hole when he added that he had projected his idea of a “perfect woman” on Brown, and he believed he was on a “rescue mission” to save her from the other men on the show.

When asked why he went back to talk to her with engagement ring at all with him, after being booted out to the rose ceremony, Parker added:  “I felt like she was making a mistake.  If you’re wondering, these feelings were real and I know they were real for her.  That’s why you see me say things like, ‘She has never told me she loves me, but I believe that she does.'”  This further rankled the ire of the studio audience!

When Parker faced the men who had been eliminated and was in the hot seat, Connor Saeli said that he respected Parker for dealing with the “firestorm” over his actions. However, he then followed it with a major “f–k you” to him  That seemed to echo the sentiments from several of the men who had run-ins with Luke during their time on the show this season.

Later, when Hannah came out to share her side of the story, Luke said to her:  “I really don’t have much to say, just the fact that I’m sorry that I made the whole process for you so difficult.  I just want you to know that I’m sorry for that.  I will say thank you.  You actually did teach me a lot as well about myself.  Scotland taught me how to self-reflect, and you taught me how important it is to self-reflect. I’m sorry for making it about me and being prideful at times and making the whole process difficult for you.”

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But Brown fired back: “I appreciate those words, but I feel like you still don’t understand what self-reflection means. You said that you learned from this, and I do hope that you did. But I think that there’s a lot of fruit that needs to be grown from you. You’re making everything about sex and it’s not.  I’m so over being slut-shamed and like like that makes me not a woman of faith.  I live my life and make mistakes and sin every single day … but that’s what grace is for.  And those fantasy suites, that’s not what they were about.  They were about having a relationship where I grew really close to the men and knowing their heart. It’s not just about the physical, and that’s where you’re getting it really, really wrong.”

Once alone with no Luke in the studio, Hannah finally revealed why she Luke around all the way till her final four men.  The Alabama beauty queen told Chris Harrison, “It was hard for me to understand at times.  I will never try to say that the feelings that I had for him weren’t real, because they were.”  She added that her attraction to Luke was the closest thing to love at first sight she had ever had in her life.  She noted she was scared by the prospect of being “The Bachelorette” at first.  And later in the episode, Hannah looked to camera and apologized to the American audience for dragging the viewers through her relationship with Luke, when she should have ended it sooner.

Tyler Cameron, who is still in the running on-air for Hannah’s heart came to the defense of Parker following the airing of last night’s episode took to Twitter to say: “I can’t help but have respect for anybody who goes on this show and puts themselves out there. You’re immediately placed on the chopping block for the world to come at you. I have made a lot of jokes about Luke, myself, and other cast members on this show. They were meant to be taken light heartedly and not seriously.”

So, what did you think of what went down between Luke P, Hannah, and the eliminated men on the episode of ‘The Bachelorette’ last night? Comment below.

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Luke is filled with words and phrases from his Christian teachings but he lacks a deep understanding of life. When he talks he says nothing that comes from Luke, a rambling of sorts that he thinks people want to hear. I think he is an empty man who has no idea of how to live and love. Thank god Hannah saw through him.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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