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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: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Quinn Walks Out on Carter Leaving Him Devastated

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful featured a stand-out performance by Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) as after Carter professed his love for Quinn (Rena Sofer) and asked her to run away with him, only she put on the brakes!

Quinn tells him that she loves her husband, Eric (John McCook), and is going back to him and can’t run away with him, although that prospect sounds enticing. She goes on to say that she has built a life for herself with Eric and she is not willing to give it up.

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Carter is devastated.  He believed what they had was so special that they could get through anything – mind you, the two have been having an affair (OK’s by Eric at this point, because of his ED), and she is a married woman.

Following their heart-to-heart, Quinn walks out on Carter determined to make her marriage work.  Meanwhile, Katie (Heather Tom), who had just told Bill, (Don Diamont) she won’t give their relationship another chance, heads to Carter’s to give him a piece of her mind on his fling with Quinn, and how he could do that to Eric!

Following her tirade, she gets quite the surprise, when Carter admits to Katie that he loves Quinn.  Katie is stopped in her tracks.  We fade to black.

Many have been suspecting that Katie and Carter will actually become the next couple on B&B.   Do you think the two will begin a relationship? What did you think of Lawrence Saint-Victor’s performance in the episode? Are you rooting for Quinn to come back to Carter? Let us know via the comment section, but first check out a pivotal scene between Heather Tom and Saint-Victor from the episode below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.

 

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With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

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Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

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