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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Ashley’s Revenge Plot On Jack Revealed; He Is John’s Son After All!

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How many of you saw this coming?  Did you think that Ashley would dupe her brother, Jack Abbott?  Well, if you caught how her plan was executed in her revenge-plot against him on Monday’s episode; you also saw brilliant performances by Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Peter Bergman (Jack).

As it turned out, after months and months of thinking that John Abbott was not his bio-dad and his continual search for who could likely be his father, Jack gets the bombshell of all bombshells.  He was never anyone else’s son!  Ashley hatched a secret plan to ensure she would stake a claim to the Abbott family company, Jabot and name, and for he daughter, Abby (Melissa Ordway).

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Once the truth is out in front of the family and co-workers, Jack asks to speak to Ashley in private and the showdown begins.  Ashley says she was completely justified in making it appear to Jack that John was not his biological father.  When he thinks Victor put her up to this, she revels in the fact that she did this all on her own.

Ashley confesses that it all dates back to last Christmas when Jack threw the blood Abbott clause in her face and made her feel like a fraud.  Ashley goes on to list the many ways he betrayed her and the family and made her feel less than because she was not John’s bio-daughter.  She screams out at Jack that she was sick and tired of being nice and wanted to be as cold and calculating as he was.  She goes on to say how she even duped Dina, who has Alzheimer’s, by planting the seed that Dina had another affair on John.

As viewers we see flashbacks through Ashley of how she pulled-off her plan.  Jack asks, “Who are you?”  He explodes at her that no wonder Dina couldn’t remember the name of his real father; because he didn’t exist!  Ashley even says she was sorry, but then glad, that Jack learned about the now faux-fact that John wasn’t his father in the movie screening of Dina’s documentary, and that she edited in Dina’s confession into the film.  Ashley then goes on to tell via flashback just how she paid off Andrew, the lab tech to handle the DNA results; where she switched her hair sample for Traci’s so it would not match Jack’s.

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All of this was done to ensure she would run Jabot.  Ashley tells him she was justified in wanting revenge and she wanted him to know what it felt like to not be a part of the family he grew-up in and that he loved so much.  Jack shouts at her that she is a cold monster, and then starts to take the name plate off  of Ashley’s office door.  He then (in a redux of the classic scene between Victor and Jack, where Jack throws the executive chair that sits behind the desk through a window) throws Ashley;s executive chair through the glass in the front of Ashley’s office into the reception area.  Ashley screams.

Kudos to the performances of Davidson and Bergman! These are tw0 Daytime Emmy-winning powerhouses who we will miss seeing together when Davidson finishes up her on-screen run on Y&R.

So, what did you think of the story twist? Glad Jack is truly John Abbott’s son? Shocked that Ashley pulled off this plot?  What did you think of Eileen and Peter’s performances? Comment below, but first watch the final minutes of Monday’s episode.

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am glad to see Jack’s paternity intact, and that the plot thread it tied in short order. Still, to see Ashley is the one behind the deception cuts deep and hurts. I know Jack and Ashley were competitive and Dina’s return set forth new rivalry, but I have a hared thinking Ashley would go this far. Perhaps it is a nod to history as I recall Ashley sort of losing her mind after her learning her paternity and an affair Victor in the 1980s.

Patrick
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Patrick

is she teetering off the edge ???? that would give some leeway.. between brother and sister. w/ her strong feelings about mom coming back to roost… and knowing “her” father not with; to lay it out. John abbott sr.. Jack and Ashley .. what else was their ???? so… this exit story leaves her and us REELING … knowing “just jack” gets his crest back in order and his back bone IN.. is all it’s worth. I don’t know.. it’s putting a knife in the back of Y&R that Eileen Davidson, Doug Davidson, and MUCH MORE to ride this out.… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

I thought all was wonderful – the story and the performances was great – so great I had to watch a few times on my DVR – still NOT ready to delete that episode yet because i will be reviewing that same episode tonight !!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Ann. It was a great episode, regardless of one’s feelings about who’s right or wrong. And it really gave Beth Maitland and Michael Mealor a chance to shine as well.

Jovin
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Jovin

Where to begin?!?!?!?! CLASSIC soap!!!!! Who needs doppelgangers, and guns, and serial killers, and all the things that soaps AREN’T…..when you can watch this?? Explosive family drama that rolls in veteran cast members gets me every time. I am also officially convinced…Mal Young KNOWS exactly what he is doing!!! He has kept the classic look and feel of the show while modernizing it as well. The look of the show is GREAT! It’s a little hipper, a little fresher, a little …younger. Let’s not forget the title after all! And damn, Mal knows how to deliver the shockers! Nick posing… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

I couldnt have expessed my absolute delicious enjoyment of these past couple of episodes any better Jovin! Ofcourse there are holes in the story like even if Ashley felt justified in treating Jack this way she would never use Abby or want her involved etc,but regardless only a seasoned vet and extrodinary actress like Eileen could pull off this character 180. I truly felt sorry for her and she sold her revenge motivation 100%. I will miss her but am happy she got such a dramatic sendoff!! Further i d like to add among the top notch acting all around… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

Thanks Big D!! 🙂

Jovin
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Jovin

I totally forgot to mention Michael Mealor as Kyle! He has been impressing me since the naked Birthday Suit stunt! This show FINALLY has an actor with the chops to play Kyle as the leading man he always should have been! Abby and Kyle are the next Jack and Ashley!!

Harry
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Harry

Jovin, Michael Mealor is amazing. There is something really unique about this actor. He has the ability to listen to other actors when they deliver their lines while revealing something his own character is thinking. He manages to say something without talking.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Again, Harry, you said it better than I could. That ability you mentioned is rare and makes his performances something very special. Imagine being so relatively new and holding your own with Eric Braeden, Eileen Davidson, Peter Bergman, and Beth Maitland! No small feat!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Jovin, your words are pearls. Michael has grabbed hold of this character with a vengeance and has become one of the few reasons I keep tuning in. His acting choices are original, unexpected, always in character, and often thrilling. What a find this guy is! Not to mention..he’s as hot as they come. I look forward to what’s next for Kyle–and THAT’S something I’d never have expected.

Harry
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Harry

Great post, Jovin. Now unlike you, I am usually not good at guessing how a story line is going to pan out but I guessed Ashely had switched the DNA results and had sabotaged her mother’s documentary the day that episode aired. I said as much on Michael Fairman’s comment section during that time period. I think we can connect the dots to how Ashely was driven to this kind of insanity–it works and it’s not plot driven; it’s actually character driven. I’ve written about this extensively on the last Fairman Y&R blog, and I don’t want to repeat myself… Read more »

Richard Danner
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Richard Danner

I AGREE! A little patience goes a LONG way in terms of payoff! Mal Young is DELIVERING! The Abbott Family drama has been RIVETING and all of the motivation makes SENSE and is in character! Bravo,Y&R!

Bart
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Bart

Wow – your opinion is nothing short of long-winded and…LONG!!! Don’t know what show you’re watching in which you’re being entertained – IT SURELY ISN’T THIS MESS!! Your praise for Michael Mealor is weird unto itself – this kid can’t act and the only facial expression he is capable of making is that of constipation – like someone gave him an enema with a vacuum cleaner!! Your praise for Mal Young is hysterical, BTW – he has done everything in his power to make EVERY CHARACTER on “Y & R” nothing short of likable!! Then again, you find that entertaining.… Read more »

AVP
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AVP

As much as I love Peter Bergman and Eileen Davidson, I am not loving this storyline. It just doesn’t make much sense to me. Off topic, who thinks that Tessa is blackmailing the four ladies?

Jovin
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Jovin

WOW AVP!!!!!!! I am humbled by your inner Sherlock Holems!!!

AVP
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AVP

Jovin, I read another blogger’s response, and a few think it’s Tessa. I can’t take credit. I’m not that interested in the storyline, so I didn’t give it much thought. Makes sense though!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I thought so too, but can not figure out how she would know all the details of their little caper, including he burial site.

Harry
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Harry

Yawn, of course it’s Messa.

AVP
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AVP

I think “Messa” is running a con. I don’t think anyone is after her…and honestly, I don’t care either way! #YAWN

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know what you mean, AVP. Tessa never really clicked in any story (for me), despite Cait’s valiant efforts and great beauty. I will feel bad for the unlucky in love Mariah. Apparently she inherited her mother’s poor instincts for choosing partners.

Ron
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Ron

I do!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

OMG!!! What a send off for Eileen Davidson! With her icy delivery and Peter Bergman’s shock, disappointment and rage, in my opinion they were brilliant! I am going to miss her greatly and she deserves her previous emmy awards and the nomination that is to come next year, along with a nomination for Petet Bergman. Finally Mal Young, you shocked the hell out of me with this reveal. Hopefully, it will be the same with the J.T., murder case.

Patrick
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Patrick

Kudos to you: what a GREAT read. especially when it comes to Mal Young RIGHTING the WRONG …. this is Peter Bergman’ WORLD – The Abbott Clan forever and foremost his fight. dag… here go back the pillar of strength. renewed vigor by each and every individual that make up John Abbott Sr… empire. PLUS : this is also the way to go… leave so much animosity torn heart broke between two of the best older brother younger sister camaraderie allies beyond and just pure delight in their sparring with the outer world. SIGH ! I can take this as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

PS: Mr. Michael Fairman… can we please have a DATE on when: thee dynamic bar none; lady’ Eileen Davidson, last day is: ???? tearing up and stomach wrench …

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Patrick, great post as well! Y&R gives us more of this!

Rodd
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Rodd

Well done.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Something had to come out where Jack was a full blooded Abbott. There was no way anyone could rewrite history when the show has been on for this long. I have always known Ashley to be a strong woman but I never thought she had this kind of venom in her so that was a nice touch. I’m glad her scenes on the show packed the powerful punch they did because she will be leaving any moment now.

Keisha
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Keisha

Awesome show

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, it’s a plot device to accommodate Eileen’s leaving. Yes, I hated seeing Ashley painted with such a devious brush. But…what great acting and vintage drama, with a nod to Jack’s previous chair-crashing moment from years ago. One of Eileen’s best scenes in years with great support from Beth Maitland, underrated Michael Mealor, and the magnificent Peter Bergman.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Even though Peter has a few more years on him, he hefted that chair almost as good as when he threw Victor’s chair out, those many years ago.

Ron
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Ron

Thoroughly enjoyed how it all came together, filling in “missing” time flashbacks especially between Ashley and Dina. Although I suspected Ashley tampered with DNA and came to believe Jack was indeed John Abbott’s son, I never surmised Ashley manipulated her mother. Although Jack was livid with Ashley for doing this, decades ago Jack manipulated his own father when John had been seriously ill (something about John’s will.) Therefore, as much as I disliked Ashley’s behavior, she played fire with fire. I hope someone reminds Jack of what he did to his own father when his father wasn’t in complete control… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Ron, I fast forward through the Four Witches of Genoa City and have been doing so since they decided not to report the accidental killing of JT. It’s been a bore and the whole premise is predicated upon abject stupidity coming from the leader of the witches, Phyllis. Phyllis is anything but stupid but for her to demand that they not report the accidental killing of JT immediately and to cover it up was the epitome of stupidity. To make it even dumber, the other three dumb witches followed Phyllis’s idiotic idea. Nikki accidentally killed JT while defending her daughter… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Gina’s portrayal of Phyllis has not one once of sexual appeal to me. She is so mean ALL the time!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So true, Harry. The witches of Eastwick they ain’t. And I LOVE when Phyllis & Miss Nikki continually threaten Sharon as if she’ll come out the worst! It was deceitful Phyllis’ idea to lie, Miss Nikki committed the (justifiable) crime and J. T. was Victoria’s husband. Exactly how will Sharon have it worse?

Ron
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Ron

Welll said again, Harry. The 4 witches– A good laugh! It reminded me of MacBeth’s witches… and, I loved your earlier comparison of Ashley to Blanche DuBois (and “the kindess of strangers.”) What Y and R could use now is a little modernizing of King Lear.

Harry
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Harry

Thank you Ron and Soaphound. Yes, Ron–they are the Weird Sisters. I fully expect Phyllis to conjure up a steaming potion which contains the “eye of newt and the toe of frog” and she will instruct the other three witches to drink it and it will absolve them. And Sharon, Victoria and Nikki would do so because they follow every idiotic command Phyllis makes.

Ron
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Ron

Well, I know you’re paying no attention to the story, but Friday’s photo of the Chancellor Park monument (sent by the blackmailer) did add a twist to the dull story. All along I felt it was Tessa. Now, I’m not so sure. Either JT unburied himself or one of the 4 witches is behind it; if so, I peg Sharon since all this started right after she got word of the Nick/Phyllis “love’s labour lost.” There was that MISSING TIME element of Sharon’s wedding, and I have wondered what she was doing and where she was– no one seems to… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

“were” juxtaposed.

su000
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su000

I knew, was right, so no surprise for me. I had said; when Victor entered the showing of Dina’s life that the switch was not him, not his style. I said it was a ”revenge” story and it was Kyle or Ashley, then later just Ashley as the sole master of the plot to get even with Jack. There was no way that the writers would make Jack not Johns son, that will never ever happen, I knew that lol. And, before Ashley leaves for wherever Jack and all will show her pity, she will not leave as a horrible… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I was not surprised either but I was very entertained. You know what Billy and Ashely have in common, su000? They are both guilty of what aboutism and their acts of revenge far exceed the initial crime they feel was directed against them. Ashely fails to mention, as she shrills over and over how Jack pushed her out of Jabot’s CEO seat, that he only used the Blood-Abbott clause because she was trying to have the board fire him as CEO. His crime? He was too busy taking care of his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. What Ashley did… Read more »

olemoneybags
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olemoneybags

The last two weeks of Y&R have been some of its absolute best thanks to this storyline, which is an incredibly rich, well written, and powerfully acted storyline that is worthy of the legacy Bill Bell left behind. This show has always been about characters, and class, and conflict, and the delicious payoff that the viewers are treated to when these elements all come to head. Bill Bell was the king of making viewers keep his secrets — oftentimes for years — and then spinning incredible tales from often long-forgotten nuggets of history. This entire arc has been an homage… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

This a well written and thoughtful response. Thanks for posting it. As a four-decade Y&R viewer, I know the Abbott history and agree with your insight. This plot is a “poster child” for what the writers should be doing: Using the history of the characters to drive the plots. Frankly, daytime serials have neither the time, money or resources to compete with other genres (movies or night-time shows) to craft compelling “action” plots. These decade-long shows, however, do have an advantage: Characters that viewers have watched for eons. Veteran viewers feel like they “know” the characters and can appreciate the… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Barb– you hit it on the head; I, too, felt betrayed by Dina’s remark, “John Abbott is not Jack’s father.” I may have jumped the gun with by disappointment in rewriting history, but the past few years we have seen multitudes of gaffes– longtime viewers (I, since episode 1) know these characters inside out. I also would love to know which writers ACTUALLY wrote the dialogue sequences between Jack and Ashley.They were powerfully written. And, I can’t say the same holds true for this morning’s episode at the Abbott home with Kyle’s little party (Mariah, Tessa and Lola… then add… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

WOAH….excellent dissertation… belongs in the soap annal… couldn’t agree more w/@Barbara ^^^ “This a well written and thoughtful response” it’s w/delight and heart tug.. all because of how beloved Eileen Davidson captivates and acts her arse off. March, 1982, this lade made her grand entrance… 36 years later !!!! I truly like @Harry post: perhaps this is our lady love swan song ala Streetcar named desire Blanche Dubois. which @Iakovos also hinted at. i’m not watching the show… my heart is full at all the posts lauding Eileen… thanks @Su000.. I will be watching thru October 29 Eileen Davidson :… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

What a brilliant post, CB. Nicely done. I enjoyed reading your observations. I do think what Ashely did to Jack was far more heinous than what Jack did to Ashely. She was trying to play a man’s game but went too far with the manipulation of Dina, the tampering of Dina’s documentary resulting in her public humiliation and the DNA tampering. I wish someone on Y&R would point out that Jack had his back against the wall when he pulled out that Jabot Blood Abbott clause. Ashely was trying to get him ousted from Jabot as CEO due to the… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I think Y&R has been on fire for months. And the new sets are hot! Was disappointed that Jack wasn’t John’s son and I only know John as a ghost. Great way to turn it around – I never saw that coming. And the ‘new’ flashbacks were also effective. Jack deserved it. He’s as mean spirited as Victor but not as successful. So righteous. Disappointed in Abby and Traci’s reaction and sorry Ashley leaves with the family against her. Great story otherwise!

Timmm
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Timmm

Peter and Eileen have their Emmy reel! I know that is often said but these two FINALLY got to sink their teeth into some good dialogue!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Amen, Timmm. They had the best scenes in years and tore into them with a fury! We’ve all said it before: daytime actors are the BEST on television…and exceed most movie stars as well.

Richard Danner
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Richard Danner

I am with Ashley on this one. Jack has ALWAYS made her feel like less of an Abbott and like it was his way or no way and she typically goes along and stays in her lane. I loved her standing up for herself and playing dirty! He CONSTANTLY threw her being Brent Davis’ daughter in her face. She is an Abbott also. Period.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I agree with you 100% Richard…I love Eileen Davidson and she will be missed.

su000
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su000

Ashely will be saved ..
there will be a pity patty for Ashley and all will end well before she leaves and she will be given her Abbott status as Johns daughter, no doubt of that.
She will be handed her Abbott status..
it will end in a big family hug ..

su000
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su000

The Blood Abbott clause, it should be kept.
A bad divorce could put Jabot in outside hands, too risky.
The blood Abbott is the Only safe-guard for the family’s empire.

su000
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su000

To all that have been asking–
Eileen Davidson/Ashley’s last day is-
Monday Oct 29th ..

Bart
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Bart

In the hands of a truly creative Head Writer/EP, this would have been a GREAT story – instead, this was nothing short of desperation and grasping at straws!!

Mal Young has eviscerated Bill Bell’s legacy show with nothing more than plot-driven GARBAGE!!! Not on the same level of garbage of Chuck “The Hack” Pratt when he maligned this show with doppelgangers, silly fires, a plane crash and who can forget Chloe & her blowdart gun???

#FIREMALYOUNG

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Guess I am what one might call a “lite” viewer, although a long-time viewer; thus having some standing. The DNA thing was so obsequious, to me, it had to be Victor. The Ashley twist was great writing. As a “lite” viewer did the writers provide the little hints that, retrospectively, become appreciated? Perhaps the family bloodline clause was enough; I am not sure. All don’t recall the past years! The reckoning scenes were truly real and astounding. KUDO’s to both actors and to the writers. My recall goes back to when Ashley discovered John was not her father, and to… Read more »

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

I’ve been a fan of Mal Young since his days at EastEnders, and personally, I’m really enjoying the stamp that he’s put on Y&R. I’m not really a long-term fan … started watching when Tristan Rogers started as Colin, but the performances of Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman and Jeanne Cooper kept me there even when Colin left the canvas. I love the new rooftop set, and am always happy to see them use it. I like the way Young is introducing blue-collar characters. I’m not at all part of the “hate Nate” movement … I like this character and am… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Because Ashley would have told Jack (at Christmas) about his true identity – I give her a pass on this one. After years of Jack crapping on Ashley, and Ashley always being the bigger person and forgiving her brother, I give her a pass on this one. The writing on this was awesome. Ashley, though not perfect, carries herself with class – but again – because she is a human being – and because she normally don’t act in this way – I give her a pass. Karma is real and Jack got a taste of his own medicine. When… Read more »

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‘The Talk’ Returns as Sheryl Underwood Shares the ‘Trauma’ She Feels Over Incident That Led to Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

CBS’ afternoon series The Talk finally returned to the air, following the departure of Sharon Osbourne and the tense moments that went down on the March 10th episode between her and Sheryl Underwood.

Monday afternoon, co-hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba along with diversity and inclusion expert, Donald E. Grant, were on the episode.  Grant, served as the moderator as the women discussed what happened when Osbourne came at Underwood when defending Piers Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle, eventually prompting an extended internal investigation by CBS.

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On today’s episode, Sheryl Underwood shared: “I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon, because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow. I didn’t want to be perceived as that ‘angry Black woman’, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”

Elaine Welteroth added, “When you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace.  As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.  There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”

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She later added, “I just want to acknowledge you, Sheryl, on air for how you handled the situation. I think it’s important for people to really know the strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. And I think for me, I was just really entering that conversation with the hope of finding a common ground and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

In addition, Underwood wanted to go on record stating that while she had received text messages from Osbourne, she hadn’t replied to them because she wasn’t sure she was supposed to during during an internal investigation. Osbourne had said that she sent texts to Underwood and had apologized for her actions.

Sheryl shared: “I have never been through something like this. I didn’t know whether you were supposed to communicate or not communicate.  I have not spoken to Sharon, I haven’t had a phone call from her, ” However, Underwood expressed that if a friend were to come up to her and greet her nicely, she would do that same, “When you’re friends with someone, you stay friends,” she said.

So, what did you think about the sentiments shared by Sheryl and Elaine during The Talk? Was this episode helpful in shining a lot on racism, and successful in dealing with what transpired on March 10th with Sharon Osbourne? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Don Diamont & Scott Clifton Shine In Father/Son Scenes; As Bill Watches Liam’s Meltdown Over the Accident that Killed Vinny

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, emotional two-person scenes were the order of the day featuring three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (who may nab a nominations next year for this story) and longtime soap vet, Don Diamont.

In story, Dollar Bill has done everything to protect his son by covering up all the evidence in his attempt to save Liam from surely a murder sentence and going to prison.

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Bill’s theory: if anyone were to find out that Liam was driving Bill’s car when suddenly out of nowhere came Vinny (Joe LoCicero) – who Liam hates – and he hit him with the car and fatally killed the guy, they would think he had intent and motive. (However, to us there has to be more to the story! Did Vinny just randomly happen to be on the road that Liam and Bill were driving on and walking across it?)

At Bill’s place, Liam is agonizing as he keeps flashing back to the accident.  When Bill comes in from a morning jog, Liam is astonished that his father was out jogging, when they are in deep hot water for covering up their now hit and run.  Bill gets angry and tells him he actually went to see if there are were any cameras near the accident and he is happy to report there were none, so Liam is in the clear.  Therefore, Liam needs to keep his mouth shut and let this go and move on with his life and reuniting with Hope (Annika Noelle).

Not able to live with the cover-up, the lies, and what he did, Liam is insisting he has to go to the police, but Bill shouts: “You are not going to the police!” Liam goes on to his own subplot theory that they can say he hit an animal and then turn themselves in. Bill keeps firing back at his son, that he cannot do anything of the sort. He has done everything to protect his son in this mess and Liam could screw that all up with one wrong move.  Bill says, “All you have to do is…” and Liam fires back, “Pretend it never happened.”

It is then that Bill tells Liam that killing Vinny will haunt him whether he’s behind bars or a free man, and that he should opt for the latter.  Now unraveling, Liam’s convinced the police will figure out their cover-up. Just then, Bill pulls out a news report on his phone about the hit-and-run that has no leads and no ID of the body.  He assures his son there will never be any leads because he took care of everything.

Just then, Hope texts Liam wondering where he is for their lunch date.  Bill tells Liam to text her back saying something came up, he is in no condition to see anyone till he pulls himself together.  Liam texts back that he can’t make it.  When Hope texts back in response, “I hope you’re okay,” that sets up the end of the episode where Liam begins to hyperventilate and cannot catch his breathe, and is frightened and grief-stricken, and horrified at what he has done.  Bill comes to his aid and tells him he will not let anything happen to his son, and to dig deep to put this accident behind him.  Bill expresses that if Liam can’t do it himself, to lean on him.

However, Vinny was just ID’d in the hospital morgue by Finn (Tanner Novlan), so there’s that!

Kudos to both Scott Clifton and Don Diamont for the riveting scenes between father and son within the episode.

So, what did you think of Scott and Don’s performance? How will Bill and Liam be able to continue to cover-up the hit and run of Vinny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, watch the final moments from the episode below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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