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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Billy Hits The Sheets With Summer As Philly and Shick Go Bust!

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On Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the CBS daytime drama stuck with its “A” storyline where Sharon lets Nick have it (and literally too, with that slap to the face) during her nuptials to the man she has always loved.  This all comes about because Sharon, who was late arriving to her own wedding, decided she would out Nick in front of his family and their friends for once again hooking up with Phyllis.

Once the truth come out, Billy and Phyllis who are attending the wedding are gut-punched.  Billy had just proposed to Phyllis.  Now he is devastated and Phyllis admits to him and everyone at the wedding that it is true … she slept with Nick, but it was one time.  After trying to get all the major participants in the reveal out of the church, the drama ramps up even more.

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The episode featured top-notch performances by Jason Thompson (Billy), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), Sharon Case (Sharon), and Joshua Morrow (Nick). In key scenes at the Abbott house, Billy kicks Phyllis to the curb, even though she tries to plead her case as to why the one night tryst with Nick went down.  He is not having any of it. After Phyllis is gone, he promises Jack (Peter Bergman) that he enter rehab tomorrow for his gambling addiction, but first he needs to clear his head.

Meanwhile back at Sharon’s, after Mariah (Camryn Grimes) and Noah (Robert Adamson) leave them to hash things out, its apparent that Sharon is not going to forgive Nick, or get back together with him.  She cries and pours her heart out that the fact that of all people Nick went and slept with Phyllis reminds her of all the pain that relationship cost her and them after Cassie died.  Ultimately, Nick packs his bags, just as an upset Faith (Alyia Alyn Lind) comes home. After their daughter runs upstairs, Nick tells Sharon before he leaves that he is not giving up on them being together.  Sharon says she loves Nick, but she does not want to be with him, and he has changed since the J.T. masquerade stunt, and forming his company, Dark Horse.

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Elsewhere, as Phyllis drinks out of tiny vodka bottles in what looks to be a hotel room, Summer (Hunter King) is now at the GCAC bar and Billy shows up. Summer asks why he called her and was surprised to hear from him. Billy says she was right, Phyllis is not the woman for him and now that he is no longer with her … he then feels up her legs and begins to seduce her.  The two take it to Summer’s place and hit the sheets, as we cut to Phyllis having a meltdown knowing in her heart that Billy may be having sex with her daughter.

Watch the gripping final moments below. Then let us know; what you thought of the performances and the episode? Are you glad all the couples busted up, or are you upset?  Do you think any time soon Philly or Shick will get back together? Comment below.

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Lew S.
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Lew S.

It was bound to come out. Question is who ends up with whom? Sharon/Rey (obviously), Phyllis/Nick or Jack, Billy/Summer (fling) or maybe back to Victoria? Hopefully, they don’t pair Victoria with Nate. I don’t feel the chemistry.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I think it sick for the writer’s to have a daughter sleep with her mom’s boy friend no matter what its sick and you have family betraying one another that a wrong thing to do the writer must not have any moral for your mind to think like that.need to have a example of how family should be theres plenty of drama without no family values

Bonnie fre
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Bonnie fre

Don’t pair summer with billy that would be sick what happened to the age difference on this show?

Harry
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Harry

Summer will become pregnant with Billy’s baby and Phyllis and Billy will reunite and raise the baby as their own. Grandma Phyllis will also play Mommy Phyllis and Summer will be off to the nunnery.

Bren
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Bren

I don’t feel nothing with Nate why is he there anyway.

Celia
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Celia

I agree, Lew….actually, I can’t see Nate with anyone. He is soooo blah!!
Something fishy is goung on with Ashley—-maybe it’s that Andre guy who is so chummy with Ashley? What’s going on between them? Very suspicious.
❤️

Mary SFIM
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Mary SFIM

I suspect the Andrew works for the lab that Jack had his DNA test done, and it will turn out Jack is John Abbott’s son– since ED is leaving Jack will be proven to be a real Abbott and will take over Jabot once again, kicking Ashley out for good, for lying to him.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Good to hear from you Celia! Your posts are always on point!

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Lew….likewise!
❤️

Christina
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Christina

I’ve loathed Philly since their inception so I’m glad they’re effectively killed. Even if they get back together, they will always be trash. He revenge banged her kid. It’s unforgivable.

Bren
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Bren

Phyllis is better off without Billy he is a very weak child, Summer got into his head from the beginning with the gambling how could he ever think he could out smart Victor when he can’t even out wit that bimbo child wanna be tart. I’m speaking of the characters not the actors.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Was sad about Nick & Sharon, but I’ve never liked Phyllis with Billy and I despise Summer’s new “aggressive slut” persona. So whatever happens there is fine. But I will NOT accept Sharon with grubby user Rey. I want him GONE on the same train outta town with Shauna and Nate.

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen, Rey must not stay!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, my beautiful friend, Soaphound. Uh-ha—agree….but don’t forget Arturo and the little sister ( forgot her name) . What the heck? Rey and Sharon? Oh, Lordy Lord!! Poor Sharon. Let’s protest, Soaphound!! LOL. What has been my litany since nuPhilly came to town? Never did it for me. Gina is an impeccable actress, yet, I can’t see her in this role. Thompson? Well…..he does not spark the bad-boy-rascally Billy Miller. So upside-down; inside-out sexy. …..could forgive him anything. Summer? Like mother like daughter? Phyllis was never the role model. However ( and I am aware I am being unfair, judgmental… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes Celia, our Billy (Miller) has it all, though I still wish they’d let his hair grow out. The proof is in how great he is at playing a normal nice guy, just as great as playing the adorably flawed Billy Abbott. Oy, what a guy! Jeff Branson and Michelle Stafford? When those two met for trysts in Phyllis’ penthouse, I’ll bet it registered on the Richter scale!

boes
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boes

Pretty vile all around. Y&R is starting to feel like AMC in its death spriral. Billy Abbott as played by Jason Thompson has been utterly unbearable pretty much since he came out of his coma. This hate sex with Summer is a low point so disgusting I don’t see a way back for this character. Summer has been awful, terrible, ever since she returned, but for Billy to use her as a tool to hurt Phyllis and Nick is unforgivable. She’s a damaged, stupid young woman, raised by people with no boundaries or any sense of right and wrong but… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

I CONCUR 100%!!

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott was a HUGE miscast, IMO – he’s very grating and just not a good actor.

And yes – Mal-ignancy Young has tarnished “Y & R”!!

Jeanne
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Jeanne

Summer is an adult who has sexually harassed her mother’s boyfriend for months.

Are we supposed to forget that ?

Jeanne
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Jeanne

And Billy will survive.

The way Paul survived after he raped Christine. Or the way Sharon survived after she slept with her kids’ grandfather.

Heather
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Heather

Gross

Damien
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Damien

Once in a while y n r does some brilliant sequences like billy n summer hitting the sheets. …while phylis cries n regrets. However i wish there was more at play leading up , like maybe Victoria rejects billy when he needs her reliable comfort so in desperation he turns to his biggest fan Summer or maybe Summer catches Kyle with Lola sharing a moment so she reaches out to a vulnerable Billy. I wish the show dug deeper with the motivations besides the easy Summers a slut and Billys a horny screwup. Also speaking of compicated, the mariah, tessa… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

VILE & DISGUSTING – MAL YOUNG HAS GOT TO GO!!!!

Barbara Howard
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Barbara Howard

I think nick and sharon should separate.sharon did the right thing. Phillis should leave town. Billy should enter rehab NOW!summer should find someone her age.

Beverly
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Beverly

I just want Sharon and Nick together. I’m sick of the same thing happening over and over again.

Rick
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Rick

I think Sharon and Nick should get married.

Rick
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Rick

I think Sharon tell Nick the truth by jt. Also make sure you are great couple you should Sharon and nick married still

Rick
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Rick

I think Sharon and Nick sit down together and Sharon to tell the truth by JT to know house be also both have secrets.

Latonia Franklin
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Latonia Franklin

I really hate Sharon and Nick busted up! I don’t like the fact that you would have a scene worth a DAUGHTER HAVING SEX WITH HER MOTHER’S MANTHAT’S REALLY PATHETIC and OUTRAGEOUS! I WOULDN’T WASN’T MY GRANDCHILDREN TO EVER WATCH ANYTHING LIKE THAT, because THAT’S SO NOT OF GOD! MR. YOUNG, YOU COULDN’T GET ANY LOWER THAN THAT YOU’VE REALLY MADE A MESS OF THE STORIES, AS WE ALL GREW UP TO KNOW THEM!

Latonia Franklin
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Latonia Franklin

There was a time, when I didn’t know what was going to happen in the stories, and I looked forward to the very next episode, but now I right the very next scene in my head, while I’m watchingThat’s just how boring they are now

Wendy
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Wendy

I am so over Y/R! Will not be watching it anymore! How many times are they going to have Sharon and Nick at the altar, only for them not to get married.

Latonia Franklin
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Latonia Franklin

We see enough of the sick, pathetic, distasteful scenes in THE BOLD and the BEAUTIFUL

olemoneybags
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olemoneybags

Although I’m disappointed they didn’t end up together, Sharon Case delivered in her scenes – not just in her reveal at the church, but back at the ranch when she explained to Nick why they shouldn’t be together. Even though she didn’t come right out and say it, the subtext was that she wasn’t going to be like Nikki and “stand by her man” no matter what. I much prefer when they write Sharon with some backbone and determination. They’ve made her character almost unbearable to watch in recent years, so I hope the writers are correcting that course.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, everyone did a good job on Friday. My favorite part was after everyone left the church, Nikki and Victor sat there alone and and Victor just tilted his head as if to say, “Hmm.” The fallout? Phyllis dies in the hotel bed! I know its rough but her portrayer has ZERO likability and it frees up some cash. I dont mind Billy and Summer together [Bummer!] because he is a loser and she is a sour puss! I think she will get pregnant and leave town without telling anyone and reappear at some point with a new Abbott/Newman! Sharon… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

OMG! I don’t know about Summer and Billy. It seems a bit incestuous. It will certainly anger Phyllis and Nick.

I wanted Sharon and Nick to marry, to have their happily ever after. I feel bad for Faith.

I don’t want Sharon with Rey. I don’t want Rey with anyone because I want him to leave.

stevie g
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stevie g

Billy was married to Summer’s Aunt Victoria for quite some time. He is the father of her cousins, so isn’t this story a bit icky. She’s sleeping with someone she grew up knowing as an Uncle right? Did the new head writer not do his research?

Celia
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Celia

Hi, stevie g, Yes, quite disgusting….but, nothing new. That’s keeping with the soap opera-morality. Remember Victor and Sharon? Yuck…..what about General Hospital?—so many ‘trilogies’, albeit I was not watching when Sonny and Sam slept together—-Alexis is her mother….and on and on and on. No surprise for me. Everyone pretty much slept with everyone else…..I said this before: musical beds. Soaps!! it is what it is. I wish a pristine, chaste couple would fall from the sky to show us that dignity and a healthy sense of a moral code still exist,m but I accept the fact that we are in… Read more »

I buckle
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I buckle

No! Think it is excellent needs to have a good shake up every now and then ….. Nicholas and Phyllis need to become the new power couple in GC. Please come up with a better story line for Victoria!??

Sandy Youmans
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Sandy Youmans

Please calm down and get Sharon and Nick back together . Let Jack be happy once again knowing John is his Father! Get Rid of Ashley and Phylis and Ray I am 70 have watched since it started now Im assuming Summer is pregnant by Billy ! Omg

Renee Victoria
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Renee Victoria

I think Sharon is no saint she’s hiding a secret you always make Sharon so self righteous she does wrong

Michelle
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Michelle

Not phyllis w nick – back to Jack! Sharon and Nick hopefully mend it out for faith and Billy I don’t see w Victoria either.

Kardy
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Kardy

This is why I quit watchinhis this spring could see this coming and it turned my stomache. Daughter with mother’s man is just too sick for this veiwer.

Anna Ford
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Anna Ford

Billy sleeps with Summer to get back at Phyllis. Phyllis will never take Billy back now. Sharon will never trust Nick again.

phyllis
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phyllis

1st shick is so stupid. who thot that up. idiot mal.

Jrowe
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Jrowe

Why put Billy with summer. Isn’t he old enough to be her dad. She was a kid back I the day he was older why y’all do this

Applebaum
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Applebaum

Do you think Sharon and Nick will ever end up together. Would like a Jack Phyllis reunion.

Sam
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Sam

Sick sick sick. As if we didn’t know that Billy was going to hit the sheets with summer. DUH…old news.

Luise
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Luise

Wow that’s pretty harsh. A daughter hurting her mother by sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend. I can’t imagine doing that to my mother. That’s a lot of hate for her mother. How do you forgive yourself for that????

Legion
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Legion

Sad for sharon& nick sharon would have found out later though. Phyills & nick have a lot of chemistry they should be to

June Henderson
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June Henderson

I want Phyllis and Billy together

Harry
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Harry

I was so revolted that I almost stopped watching their love scene for the 12th time.
PS. I need some pearls to clutch.

Alan
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Alan

Billy sleeping with Summer may be the lowest point this show has sunk to in years…and the one it may not be able to come back from.

Celia
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Celia

As Lew said….sooner or later ‘it was bound to come out’.
No surprise…..none of it!!
Except; except; except Ashley’s secret. Did she switch Jack’s DNA test? That new (Asian) guy is iffy….hmmmmm. So mundane!! Yet, surprising from Ashley.
Is Jack John Abbott’s son, afterall? We were all holding on to that presumption.
This is soooo NOT Ashley…..if true? I’ll be floored!!
Yeah, I will……goody-two-shoes-Ashley? Prim and proper, Ashley? Nah—-Gran says, yah!! LOL.

Ron
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Ron

Hi Celia–
I agree with you about Ashley– I think she had her hands in the DNA test just to get rid of Jack. No one can trust Dina’s memory about Jack’s “inception.” She had lovers, but it doesn’t necessarily mean John isn’t Jack’s father. I think this revelation is what becomes her Y and R exit (at least temporarily.)

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Ron,
Thank you for seeing the sudden duplicitous nature which is so out of character for Ashley.
This transformation is not something I expected….. If Ashley must leave; why not give her a dignified exit?
I am not liking this development one bit, my friend.
❤️

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Hi Celia! Hope you and yours are well. First..the Asian office guy is kinda cute. Second…Ashley is, I fear, just as Kyle described. Her railroading of Traci got me suspicious and knowing Eileen is leaving (criminal!) only confirms it. She’s guilty of something MAJOR! Finally some good drama…without excess baggage like Nate, Rey, or Shauna.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Soaphound,
As I said to Ron, TPTB should have never written Ashley as a traitor……it simply does not go with the flow that is Ashley.
I hope I am wrong, and that there is a perfectly sensible explanation?
❤️

Harry
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Harry

Let’s not forget Ashely stoled Victor’s sperm to impregnate herself with Abby. Then she lied to Brad for years about Abby’s parentage. I had to laugh today when Tracy said,”Ashely would never do anything unethical.”

Celia
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Celia

I had forgotten about the Victor DNA stuff, Harry……I guess Ashley is as imperfect as any soap “operatress”. LOL.
I always believe you, Harry…..shame on those who didn’t/don’t, Double LOL?
You stuck to your guns, just as I am sticking to mine. Kiki is Nina’s daughter…….i have been reciting those words for a few years ( two, perhaps?)….. everyone thinks I’m nuts.
It’s okay, I’m used to it, Harry…..my sister just regaled me with a throw pillow which says, ” My family tree is full of nuts”…. story of my life.
Trust me, Harry, I am as sane as you!

Harry
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Harry

Celia, please do not do that to yourself. When I complain about someone or something driving me crazy, I am invariably confronted with the response,”Well, that’s a short drive for you.” Somehow, I think that is a much longer drive for you, Miss Celia.

Harry
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Harry

I like to think I am the sort who never says,”I told you so” but it’s so seldom that I am right, I feel that I must. I told you so!! I predicted right here in this forum several times, and many months ago that Ashely doctored the DNA test results. In fact, I guessed she had done this the day Dina’s disastrous documentary aired in which someone put in the footage of her tearfully confessing that Jack was the result of an extramarital affair. No one believed me. It was clear Ictor (Victor) and Vile (Kyle) didn’t do it… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Forgot to sens you my love, Harry…..here it is…
❤️

Harry
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Harry

Okay, but please know that during holiday affairs with family members, I wear a T-shirt which reads,”I don’t do hugs.”

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Good grief, I’m chuckling at all the clutching of pearls. A woman sleeping with her mom’s boyfriend is not exactly something new or shocking in daytime soaps. (And if you’re worried about younger members of your family seeing such scenes, why are you letting them watch at all? Nearly every storyline on a soap features some action that is morally reprehensible.) I remember, what 20 years ago, or 25, on “Guiding Light” when Blake (then the fabulous Sherry Stringfield) seduced her mom Holly’s boyfriend — who was also scandalously older than her. It wasn’t a new story then — but… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I don’t think it’s the fact that Summer slept with Billy but the lack of motivation or character development that makes this feel like a logical next step in the story.

Harry
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Harry

Remember when Tadd the Cadd from AMC slept with Marion Colby, the mother of his girlfriend, Liza? Back then, Tadd the Cadd wore leather pants and was Marion’s boy toy. She actually paid him for his, ahem, services. But this was the 80s–we seem to be a lot more uptight these days.

Celia
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Celia

Leather pants? No way!! …..There’s something to be said about guys in leather pants—just thinking about it makes me break into peals of laughter, Harry. Do you have a pair?
I like leather skirts with the slit up the front of the left leg…. LOL….but pants? Even on a woman; yuck!!
I am going to try to pull a scene from Tad ( or is it Thad?) the Cad’s “pants of leather” days….
❤️

Harry
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Harry

Celia, it was the 80s–you weren’t even a glint in your Daddy’s eye. There’s something a bit paradoxical about the 80s. They were innocent times but at the same time they were more progressive times. I don’t know quite how to explain it.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

That’s a perfect way to describe the 80s!

Shay
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Shay

@Harry….You really have perfectly summed up the divine dichotomy that was the ‘80’s! When I reminisce about that fabulous decade, the thing that most stands out in my mind is the vibrant, joyous, incredible freedom it encompassed, whilst, first and foremost, celebrating the individual and their right of expression…whether in fashion, music, popular culture, speech…whatever! It truly was “vive la difference!” And that is precisely what made it so immensely naughty and fun, even in the generally more conservative times in which we lived. Today it’s all about forced sameness and repression …being told what we can say, think, feel… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

The Tad/Marion plot made sense because Tad came back to Pine Valley as a schemer and conniver and character driven writing made the story make sense. Y&R seemed to just assume viewers would fill in motivation for Dumber lusting after her mother’s boyfriend (and former uncle) and cut to the chase as it were.

There have been several daytime storylines with this theme (GL’s Holly and Blake; RH’s Rae and Kimberly; AMC’s Liza and Marion) but those stories were playing out slowly with clear motivation and character development. Everything starts with good writing,

AVP
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AVP

Off-topic, but is Ashley’s “exit” storyline boring or what? I keep tuning in, and it’s the same story about Jabot…not sure why they would put her in-charge at Jabot or pair her with Neil when she will be exiting the canvas soon.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, AVP, TPTB are turning Ashley into a shrew. She has done something very dispicable by ’employing’ Andrew to tamper with Jack’s DNA test……I mean, why introduce this guy, who is the IT person at the Lab? The clandestine meetings point in one direction only. …..Ashley did something underhanded. My grandmother said that Phyllis did work at a DNA Lab in NYC when she first came to Genoa City. Their ‘accidental’ meeting was no accident…. Now, this Andrew guy is a definite giveaway. The only question is: which DNA test was altered? Jack/Phillip Chancellor;? Jack/Victor ?, or Jack/John Abbot? I… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Celia, I haven’t watched for a few days, not sure I want to now-STUPID! & if I have to hear the term “Blood Abbott Clause” one more time…

Harry
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Harry

Celia, I hate to disagree with you but Ashely has always been a bit of a shrew. Now, she’s just an older shrew. I love the character and the actress but she’s never been a really good person. Her daddy called her “my beauty” and she developed a sense of entitlement derived from being Daddy’s Little Girl. When Tracy struggled with an eating disorder, depression and a horrible case of insecurity, big sister ignored her–so did Daddy. Indeed. When Brad the pool boy started to fall for Tracy, Ashley tried to talk him out of it and cruelly cited her… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

When you’re right, you’re right, Harry…..my Gran said the same as you; that is, Ashley shows an impeccable facade of the affable, loving, dignified human being, sister, mother, professional and friend. I guess I do not know her as well as you and others, albeit I’ve been watching since I was in diapers…..I suppose that by the time I began to take serious interest, I liked what I saw…..as I did with Original Phyllis—-I am a very visual girl—not always a good thing—I’m learning, in my old age, my friend…..I’m learning. What ‘shiny’ things we see are not always awash… Read more »

Corinne
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Corinne

I think its horrible that someone that age and Billy is a lot older and its physilli daughter

Mary SFIM
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Mary SFIM

I have for the most part stopped watching, but once in a while catch a show, and I caught this one. All I can say is I thought they had destroyed the character Billy when he slept with his brother’s wife– now Billy is sleeping with his girlfriends’s daughter, his kid’s cousin– his ex wife’s niece— this has completely trashed his character. And Jason T looked so uncomfortable in those scenes– you can tell they were barely kissing- a lot stage kissing, where it looks like you’re kissing but not– but even if this was a good idea for a… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

YES! The storyline was rushed and did not make any sense. There was no real reason as to why Summer came back hating her mother. There was no build-up. What ruined it for me, happened in the beginning, the gambling “party” that Summer threw, trying to entice Billy back to gambling. It was just lame! I really dislike the character (Summer).

Momo
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Momo

So is their couple name “Silly”?

Mary SFIM
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Mary SFIM

or Bummer– Silly Bummer– sums up the story line nicely

dmr
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dmr

YES! So stupid, and Summer is so desperate and pathetic!

Celia
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Celia

Aha…..like it, Momo.❤️

Harry
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Harry

Or Bummer.

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Billy sleeping with Summer is like Fred Mac Murray sleeping with one of the Brady Bunch girls. Creepy!

Harry
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Harry

or with one of My Three Sons.

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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THE BACHELORETTE Season Finale: Zac Puts A Ring On It As Tayshia Gets Her Man

The pandemic version of the hit reality-dating series franchise, The Bachelorette, had a few major twists.  First, that in the middle of the season the lead ‘Bachelorette’ had to be switched out, when Clare Crawley found love early with Dale Moss and exited the show.

Enter Tayshia Adams, who then started her own journey with the men who were still part of Clare’s season and a few others brought in to add to the mix.

The entire production had to be quarantined and shot in one location in Palm Springs, California.  Even the hometown dates were in Palm Springs as family members from the men still in the competition were brought there.  So with limited locales, the season was not always big and splashy, but in the end, and on the second night of the two-night season finale, you could not have asked for a sweeter ending and proposal between Zac Clark and Tayshia.

So how did Tayshia and Zac end up together?  Here’s a brief rundown from last night’s two-hour season finale:

With Ben back in the mix and asking for a second chance, (after he could not tell Tayshia the last time that he loved her, he did so now), she invites him to the rose ceremony, where Ivan and Zac, who were the two last men standing, were in for a shock.

At the ceremony, Tayshia asks to talk to Ivan privately. She takes him aside and tells him she has concerns over religion from their overnight date, so much so that she does not think they can go any further and she sends him home.  That means, Tayshia gives her two roses to her finalists: Zac and Ben,

On her last date with Zac prior to the final rose ceremony, Tayshia is not herself when the couple go to a dance class together.  Her anxiety is getting the best of her and it was hard to tell if she was just not feeling Zac anymore, as she is now for Ben, or if she is just getting jitters over the whole process. Later, away from the dancing, Zac and Tayshia have a heart-to-heart, where she is worried what happens if something changes between them, (since she was previously divorced, as was he) and that he does not want her anymore?  Zac said calmly, “No matter what, I’m not going anywhere.”  That helped put Tayshia’s mind at ease, somewhat!

Next, she has made a decision to tell Ben, it’s over between them.  She sits him down and tells him she has stronger feelings for Zac.  Ben shares, “I was excited to be back, I was really hopeful that we would be together.  When you love somebody, you want them to be happy.”  So with that, he realizes it’s time to pack it up, sharing with the cameras that he believed their lives would have been so good together.

Zac is choosing an emerald diamond to give Tayshia from Neil Lane (of course, at this juncture, he has no idea that Ben has been sent home).  Then, we see both Zac and Tayshia getting ready for the big proposal day.  Will she accept Zac’s proposal … doubts swirling through her head and all?

As the final rose ceremony began, Zac delivered a heart-tugging speech which included: “The first conversation we ever had by our fountain, we talked about how everything happens for a reason. I came here because I was supposed to meet you, I came here because I was supposed to fall in love with you. Nothing has ever felt so right in my entire life. I love you, Tayshia. We spoke of the importance of loyalty, and I will always be loyal to you.”

Tayshia finally and fully let her guard down and shared to Zac; “I know that I told you that I love you, but it’s more than that. It’s this wild, wild love that I’ve tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly made me believe that there doesn’t have to be flaws, and that I deserve love with a man who won’t run away. I love you, Zac Clark.”

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As Tayshia is sobbing as Zac gets down on one knee, she says “Yes” to his proposal, and to make it official she gives Zac the final rose which he accepts. Next, they ride off into the sunset in a symbolic cardboard taxi to New York City where Zac lives.

On Wednesday, Tayshia and Zac made their first TV appearance together since their engagement four months ago.  They told Good Morning America that they were looking forward to dating and taking it one step at a time, and that Tayshia will be bi-coastal for now, but spending time on the east coast with Zac over the holidays.

So, happy that Tayshia chose Zac? Share you thoughts on this unpredictable season and last night’s episode via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, daytime drama offered up some stellar performances.  We had General Hospital’s Sydney Miykala (Trina) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus) being given some very emotional material and playing the heck out of it, and we had The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson in what was to be his third standalone episode during his run as Billy Abbott.  Scenes from his last standalone episode helped win Jason the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award at the Daytime Emmys this past June.

While there has been a very mixed-bag of reviews from fans of the writing of this standalone episode, one thing remains true –  that if given the ball, Thompson will bring the complexities needed to it, make it work, and in-turn make the audience feel the deep emotional pain within Billy.  And that was on full display in one key scene that locked up his Power Performance of the Week honors.

In the set-up, this time Billy is in the slammer contemplating his life while trying to rest and is hit with a series of dream/nightmare sequences in which he is emotionally tortured by many family members, enemies, and friends for his consistently being a screw-up, or so they like to say.  The one person in the episode who stands by Billy’s side is Lily (Christel Khalil).

During the episode, as Billy jumped from different locations within Genoa City, he grew more hopeless given his situation.  However, then he is visited by his late daughter Delia (Sophie Pollano) in the grown-up teenage version.  This is where Thompson broke hearts, playing guilt, loss, and despair.  He tells Delia if he could take one day back to do over again, it would be the night he left her alone for a few minutes to get ice-cream in the convenient store, and she wandered out in the street after her dog, only to be fatally hit by a car driven by Adam.  In this scene, it was Jason at his best, and surely a scene that should be used for his Emmy reel in 2021. What made it all the more notable is that Jason was not even playing the character of Billy back then, but you believed every heartbreaking second of his talk with his daughter about what Billy experienced the the night of her death and for years after.

Two other moments were also stand-outs in the episode.  When Victor (Eric Braeden) comes to see Billy behind bars and taunts him every which way to Sunday.  It was hard to know if that was real or imagined, but both Eric Braeden and Thompson chewed the scenery with that showdown.

Later in the episode, Billy is shocked to be transported to the police station to where his now teenage son, Johnny is in trouble with the law, and Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) is detaining and questioning him.  Billy realizes he has to fight for his freedom as he can’t leave his family in disarray, or let himself or Lily down again.

Billy Abbott continues to be an oh-so-flawed character, which gives Thompson opportunities to shine and play all the beats to perfection.

Share your thoughts on Jason’s performance and our choice for the Power Performance of the Week via the comment section below.

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