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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Jason Thompson Delivers ‘Power Performance Of The Week’ As Billy Falls Back Into Temptation

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Last week on The Young and the Restless, Summer (Hunter King) was really doing a number on Billy (Jason Thompson), and it’s unsettling to watch, because viewers know how difficult of a time Mr. Abbott has had fighting off his inner-demons, which in the past have cost him nearly everything.  That being said, Y&R has set the stage for a storyline that puts Jason Thompson front and center as temptation will be all around Billy.

Kicking things off, Thompson was fantastic in several scenes last week, which all rolled into the other setting up the beginning of Billy’s downfall.  First, Billy gets a visit from his brother Jack (Peter Bergman), who is telling his younger brother that he believes that he could be the bio-son of Phillip Chancellor II.  What Billy is trying to wrap his head around is what Jack is really up to.  An upset Billy says, “Phillip is dead, what direction do you see this going?” Jack says he needs to know, because he could inherit health concerns.  When Billy hears him say the word ‘inherit’, he recoils thinking this search for Jack’s father is a scheme to take over Chancellor Industries, in which his mother Jill (Jess Walton) owns.  Billy lowers the boom on Jack and throws him out of his office.  He does not want to hear another word.  Great work by Thompson.

Then, when Billy returns home, Summer snidely greets him with, “Bad day at the office, honey?” Billy says he is upset over Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) being out of town and misses her, and goes upstairs. Then, Summer makes a call, and all of a sudden a poker game is going down in the living room!  Billy eventually comes downstairs and sees this, is drawn to it, and he struggles not to join in, but ultimately does.

The next day, seeing all the beer bottles strewn around the room, and remembering that he gambled, he is sick about it.  Summer comes downstairs and he tells her this can never be mentioned to anyone.  Then, Billy goes into a monologue of huge importance, with questions asked by Summer along the way.

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Billy explains to her: “I’m a gambling addict.  I’d assume someone would have informed you of that by now.  There is no past tense.  I am still a gambling addict whether I am recovering or not.  It’s a lot like substance abuse, it messes with your brain with the same kind of composite patterns as a drug would.”

He goes on to talk about this addiction: “Every day revolved around the bets that I placed.  I couldn’t concentrate on anything  else, unless I knew how much I won, or how much I blew, and it didn’t matter how much I won, or how big it was, because I would only get the thrill, or the high, if it was bigger than the last time that I got my last payout.”

As to what made him stop, Billy says: “The sudden realization that I was losing everything good in my life … all the things that money couldn’t replace, like family, and friends, and love, or the last bit of respect, or dignity that I had. The obsession and the drive to feed the addiction, almost took my life.  I needed a brutal wake-up call, and I got it, and it worked, and if I hadn’t gotten clean when I did, I would be missing out on everything … Phyllis, my kids, being the CEO of my dad’s company, and yet, I still sat down at that table, and didn’t give a damn about it.”

He goes on to say, “I was already gambling by the time I sat down at that table.  By the time I touched the first card and the first chip, I was already willing to risk all of it just for the sweet taste of victory.”  Summer claims she understands, but that he is being much to hard on himself as it was just one game.  He asks her how she got into poker, and she tells him while she was in Belize.  He tells her there are better ways for her to challenge her mind.  Summer goes upstairs and as Phyllis is about to walk through the door, Billy sees a poker chip beneath his feet and has to hide it.

Looks like Summer is going to use Billy’s addiction against him to trash him life, and to either  … have him for herself, and/or destroy her mother’s happiness in the process.

Jason Thompson is our pick for the ‘Power Performance of the Week’ for his honest portrayal of a man knowing his addiction, understanding what has happened to him before because of it, yet still being pulled in the direction of the thrill of winning and excitement at all costs.  It will be heartbreaking to watch as this story progresses, but Thompson is setting himself as an early Emmy contender for next year.

So, what did you think of Jason’s performances in these key scenes?  What do you think about Summer’s machinations of Billy? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Alan
Alan

I have zero interest in gambling addiction storylines. I’ve never seen a good one and with the current writing team at Y&R I don’t think those odds are about the change any time soon.

Celia
Celia

Same here, Alan….no interest, whatsoever!!!! Especially because it is not Billy Miller—I’d care a bit more, in that case.
Jason Thompson has not won the title of ‘Billy Abbott’ for me….and, since it has not happened after all this time? It never will. The same goes for his counterpart, Gina.
Plus, I am soooo tired of reruns.

Christina
Christina

I feel like I’ve already seen this exact same story with Amelia Heinle and Billy Miller. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Jeanne
Jeanne

I don’t give a damn to Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle and I can’t wait to see this story played by an actor who knows what nuances are.

Tucker
Tucker

Really – is Billy Miller returning to “Y & R”???

Jeanne
Jeanne

The fact you truly think Billy Miller has nuances in his “acting” say all I need to know.

Tucker
Tucker

Right back you re Jason Thompson and his so-called “acting”.

Jeanne
Jeanne

LOL. I obviously hit a nerve.

Christina
Christina

Good for you! I’ve already seen this story more than once and find it repetitive and boring just like every other Mal Young storyline.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Jason Thompson did a wonderful job…I know a lot of people don’t care for Jason in the role of Billy but I think he is great in the role of Billy as he was with his role of Patrick on GH…I am liking the storyline between Billy and Summer but I hope he doesn’t fall victim of Summer’s scheme of trying to seduce him… I hope he fights the tempetation of sleeping with her for there is enough of that with everyone sleeping with one another…

Jeanne
Jeanne

The temptation of sleeping with Summer ?

Sorry but when has Billy ever shown any romantic or sexual interest in Summer ?

Kevin C
Kevin C

Jeanne, we know how soaps go and it’s just a matter of time with Summer prancing around the apartment with barrely nothing on…

Jeanne
Jeanne

I saw naked Summer trying to seduce Kyle. Just me ?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Jeanne, OMG, that’s all she’s been doing since her return, is seduce Billy! That’s her objective to get him between her and her mother. Billy won’t know what hit him!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

An addendum to reply to Jeanne. I think I meant to say that Summer’s objective is to come between her mom and Billy.Somehow my prev.comment sounds a little naughty,ha!
Oh,God, it all sounds bad!!

dmr
dmr

I like Jason Thompson and like him as Billy Abbott. I just don’t like this storyline and I don’t like Summer.

GramS
GramS

I’m in a group of over 10000 and the vast majority think Jason is doing as good or better than Miller. I’m looking forward to seeing his character dealing with the disease of gambling as this is his first crack at it. He hasn’t failed me in any of his interpretations of Billy Abbott.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

GramS,here’s another Gram that agrees with you. I also think Jason, as Patrick was held back from his full potential.He has shown his worth as Billy.Like any thoroughbred, once they took the bit, out of his mouth, he outran them all.Even, old Victor hasn’t called him Billy Boy,in quite a while.

Meg. Reddekopp
Meg. Reddekopp

He was great ,i do love Phyllis getting her karma,

bantilau
bantilau

How Billy gambling is Phyllis getting her karma ? SMH.

And why should Phyllis get her karma?
When will Sharon, Victoria, Nikki, Victoria, Nick or Jack “get their karma” ?

Timmm
Timmm

Look, I had high hopes of JT when he was hired to play Billy. For the most part, it hasn’t worked for me. He tends to talk with a deep voice, lacks chemistry with the major players and seems disinterested most days. And I think him and Phyllis are the worst, But anyway, yes, he was very good this week with jack and the gambling angle. He seemed interested. I hope it continues since it doesnt seem like Jason is going anywhere.

bantilau
bantilau

I strongly disagree.

Billy and Phyllis are amazing together, all they need is a writing to fit the actors’s talent.

I think he has great chemistry with Gina, Jess, Peter, Eileen, Beth, Michael and Melissa. His scenes with his kids are always cute.

Timmm
Timmm

I will agree that Jason is good with kids. His relationship with Emma at GH was great!

Sam
Sam

With Billy and Phyllis it’s all about the sex

bantilau
bantilau

No it’s not but I guess people see what they want to see.

Christina
Christina

Same. It was better but still not a fan. I watched Miller already do this story multiple times. Pass.

Momo
Momo

Summer had to know about Billy’s gambling addiction. I am not interested in seeing Billy get sucked back into gambling.

dmr
dmr

I have zero interest in this storyline. Summer’s return is awful. What a wretched character; and the acting is awkward and uncomfortable with no reason as to why she is so hateful and vindictive. No thank you.

Bev Baebaro
Bev Baebaro

I agree, not interested in the Summer character. I also agree that Mal Young is a disservice to Y&R. I do not care for his writing style at all. No happiness in any of the characters. Victor getting temp custody of Christian is disgusting and immoral. The only character I do like at the moment is Dina. That is a good storyline. Abby and Arturo, please give me a break. I could go on and on, so disappointed in the show right now. I have been watching since it began in 1973.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Hi Bev, I really had high hopes with Sally and Kay handling Y&R and a lot of people complained about them but I really think if given time Sally and Kay would of put Y&R back to what Bill Bell envision and wrote but unfortunatley the powers that be let them go…(WHO KNOWS what the real story is)…anyway I agree with you about Mal Young and I will say it again, Y&R doesn’t feel the same and hasn’t in years and I still LONG for the beautiful CLASSIC backgroun MUSIC back along with some great directing, production and writing.

boes
boes

Jason Thompson was fine in a supporting role on GH but he’s an epic fail as a lead on Y&R, no matter how long or how hard Mal Young tries to force the issue. He’s just not that good. And he and Phyllis are……let’s just leave it at awful and forced.

He’s FF material and has been for quite some time. And now, this nonsense with Summer? Another epic fail on Mal Young’s part.

Just look at the ratings and send Mr. Thompson either back to GH or the backburner.

Jeanne
Jeanne

Jason is on YR and isn’t going anywhere.
Are you seriously blaming the guy for the ratings ? SMH !
I don’t remember Amelia, Mishael, Peter, Eileen or Joshua bringing the ratings.

Jason on GH got three Emmy nominations in the LEAD CATEGORY.
It wasn’t a qupporting role.

Harry
Harry

Billy is making huge mistakes which will lead to his breakup with Phyllis. 1. He should have moved out of Summer’s apartment the moment she moved back in. 2. He should have come clean with Phyllis and tell her that her daughter is making a play for him. 3. He should tell Phyllis that he relapsed and gambled with Summer. Should of, should of, should of….. As soon as Billy and Summer agreed to keep his relapse a secret from Phyllis, they betrayed her. The next step will be Billy sleeping with his girlfriend’s daughter which wouldn’t be the first time he has crossed boundaries.
I don’t like this story line at all. Suffice to say, it’s just plain icky. Moreover, I liked Summer better when she was snowflake. Summer playing a bad ass is not working for me. It’s akin to watching Bambi play the Big Bad Wolf.
That said, I think Jason Thompson is a fabulous actor and he can pull this story off in a convincing manner.

PS. Is JT alive? Good Golly, I hope so. He had a heart condition so it may be that is why they didn’t feel a pulse. Please don’t let this be a red herring. I really didn’t like the idea of Nikki killing him and the rest of the women being accomplices.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Harry, agreed with all you said. Wouldn’t it be something if they found out that J.T has this heart condition ( right after Victor dies),and they give him Victor’s, which was previously Coleen’s. How ironic.

MeMe
MeMe

At first I had a hard time with Jason as Billy, but now I think he is great. I really hope he doesn’t fall into temptation either with gambling or Summer.
I could definitely do without Simmer, she sure came back a little spoiled bitch.

Diane
Diane

Never liked Summer before but hate this part she plays now.They brought her back not Adam
Hope she is short lived on there
Love Billy character don’t put him down the dark path again.
It’s nice to see someone change for the better on these soaps

A Blyth
A Blyth

I think Billy should give back CEO to Jack because he doesn’t now what he is doing.Victor Newman schuld stop being so mean. Ever since Kathryn Chancler leaft the show any moor a the writers don’t know what they doing because the show is not that good any Moore . please change the story

Jeanne
Jeanne

Billy knows exactly what he is doing at Jabot and he is doing well.

NMarieB
NMarieB

I don’t like where the storyline of Billy & Summer is going. I like how Billy storyline was going, him being CEO of Jabot Cosmetic. I like how mature & how he had worked hard to change his live. Summer on the other hand I’m not impressed with how much she changed & how much of a spoiled brat she has become. She needs a big reality check & really needs to grow up.

I think the writers should be focusing more on Victor’s character, he should get what he deserves. He has gotten away with too much & he needs to pay for his crimes. Nick needs to get his son back & have Victor loose everything he hold deer, from loosing his kids & grandkids. He’s a bully & had been for a long time. I hate how manipulative he has gotten by wrecking other people’s lives. He keeps saying that family is the most important thing in his life, but if he truly felt that way he wouldn’t be doing all the terrible things he has done & his still doing to the ones he says be loves.
Please do something about Victor’s storyline.

TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON
TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON

Sorry gang
Love Jason Thompson in this role.Granted, Billy Miller is great actor, but he needs to return fully to primetime. Like #Bull #BlueBloods, anything Shonda Rhimes is doing, hint

jaybird369
jaybird369

To me, this storyline turn is further proof that I STILL CANNOT STAND Summer!!!!!

N-E-X-T……….

k/kay
k/kay

I have no problem with Jason just please get rid of the white sneakers ! Ok

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Oh, I love his white sneakers, so cute! Can you imagine any of the other men, with them? Makes me laugh just picturing them.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think his performance was fine, but character wise, I can’t stand seeing him fall under that little bitch, Summer’s spell. Then again, as the saying goes about where “the apple falls”, maybe it serves him right. How many times does it take for some men to learn?

GramS
GramS

Justin Hartley was NOT fired for groping anyone. WTH is the matter with you? In fact nobody was fired for groping HHK and both actors ( MM AND HHK)have said that did not happen. It was a rabid fan in Florida who started that rumor and fans who kept it going.

toni
toni

Well that is good to know…. what the hell is the matter with being polite? Storyline is still terrible.

GramS
GramS

I don’t feel polite when I see someone saying Justin Hartley was fired. He left the soap because he got a prime time job in This is Us. Check your facts.

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BIG BROTHER Recap: Bye Bye Bayleigh

Another week, another eviction! In what was an (yet again) explosive episode, the drama reached new heights this season.

After the veto meeting, Bayleigh was upset because she had been wrongfully accused of being the hacker. She knew she was the target, but she was more upset by the blindside set by Angela who had promised her safety.  It was an awkward confrontation between her and Tyler as Bayleigh told him she had trusted him. Tyler didn’t say much, but provoked her by reminding her she’s up on the block and he was going to vote her out.

Bayleigh wasn’t the only one feeling all of the emotions.  Her close friend, and ally Haleigh who was the actual hacker, felt guilty Bayleigh was getting the blame for all of this.  She thought Bayleigh’s eviction could be because of the moves she made to target Tyler.  She was debating keeping quiet to save her game or keep her morals by opening up about the situation.  She ultimately went with telling the truth – first up was Bayleigh.  You could tell Bayleigh was upset over the news, but she understood why Haleigh took the move.

Haleigh wanted to clear Bayleigh’s name, and possibly save her from going home, so she decided to throw a house meeting to confess her “Big Brother” sins.  As she called everyone into the living room, she told them she was the hacker while calling out Tyler’s game in the process.  This sparked an argument between Tyler and Bayleigh which led to an explosive confrontation.  You can watch part of it below.

When it came time to vote, Haleigh unfortunately wasn’t able to save Bayleigh, even by cancelling Tyler’s vote. S he was evicted 6 to 1.  It was then time for another HOH competition, and everyone was determined to control the next week.  However, after eight rounds of putting together mashed-up hashtags with the correct photo, Haleigh came out with the win! (filed by Jake Updegraff -Big Brother Correspondent)

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Who do you think she’ll nominate, and will the hacker hijack the nominations this week? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to tune-in on Sunday at 8/7c on CBS to find out what happens!

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THE BACHELORETTE Season Finale: So Many Tears, So Many Meltdowns

There were plenty of waterworks on the season finale of The Bachelorette, that by the end of it Becca, Garrett, and Blake’s tear ducts were probably all dried out.  Meanwhile, from the look of the audience during the live three-hour season finale, they needed plenty of hankies too, which we then would assume “Bachelor Nation” faithfuls were wiping their eyes throughout the last installment of Becca’s journey,

It began when Becca took Garrett to meet her family.  And once in deep conversations with Becca’s sister, uncle, and mother, the once more light-hearted Garrett let the tears flow thinking about how he has waited to love again after his disastrous first marriage, and that Becca is his everything … tears were flowing everywhere as he shared his true emotional side.

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However, when it was Blake’s turn to meet the family, he had a premonition that if he had followed he could have gotten out of the situation with some dignity.  But, Blake who professed he was so in love with Becca, got an important earful from her mother.  She asked, “How would you feel if she didn’t pick you, would you be okay?”  Next, Blake started to second-guess everything in his confessionals. “She’s gonna pick Garrett,” he muttered under his breath.

In between her final dates with the guys, and the moments with the family, Becca had her own meltdown where she knew she had to let one guy go, and that she felt like a “monster” for doing so, and even told her mother she never wanted to hurt anyone, as a tear streamed down her face.

Now as Becca is glammed up waiting for a proposal and to give out the final rose (set against the backdrop of Maldives and the Indian Ocean), it was revealed that Blake would be the first guy she would come to face-to-face with her, and we all know what that means … yup, he’s going home.

Sweating, Blake launches into his prepared proposal speech: “You’re the most sincere, honest, compassionate, goofy, funny, intelligent, truly genuinely beautiful person inside and out.  I’ve been waiting for this day and this moment for quite some time now.  Will you let me spend the rest of my life making you smile?”  Then he is crushed by what happens next.   Wait,” says Becca, who begins a muddled explanation of why she is not choosing him stating. “I think there’s a better fit for us out there.”

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And so, begins Blake’s tear-filled meltdown.  He says, “How could I be so wrong?”  Then Becca tries to explain to him why she is choosing Garrett, but that only kicked a guy when he was down.  She explains for the longest time she really thought she would choose him, but that it prevented her from seeing any other potential guys and what they had to offer.  That made everything worse.  Blake walks off sobbing repeatedly into a towel, while Becca is crying and having trouble breathing. Then, in a hankie-inducing moment, Blake says to the camera: “I can’t believe I have to go through all this alone.”

Next up, Garrett proposes to Becca, she accepts, and finally gets to tell him how much she loves him. Throughout the competition, the comparison to her late father, was one of the driving forces to her decision to pick Garrett.

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As revealed in a very uncomfortable moment in front of the live studio audience, Becca and Blake saw each other for the first time since his rejection on the series.  He wanted some answers from her, to which one of them stood out.  Becca noted that Blake had a penchant to get more in his head when issues come up, and it made her worry about how he would handle a serious situation; like a sick family member or child.  She added, “That’s when I just started to question the longevity of it.” (meaning their relationship).  Blake just wished her all the happiness, but never really asked her a follow-up question to that answer.

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At the end when Becca and Garrett appeared for the first time as a couple on the live finale, the question of if the couple has faced any challenges and issues by host, Chris Harrison, which led to the discussion of Garrett’s social media activity that was part of a firestorm early on in the season when he showed a history of liking Instagram posts by politicians and pundits that mock Parkland high school students, liberal women, trans people and undocumented immigrants. Garrett and Becca said he know he made a mistake and is growing as person and left it at that.

So, what did you think of the season finale of The Bachelorette?  Did Becca choose the right guy? Comment below.

 

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BIG BROTHER: The Biggest Blindside Of The Season … So Far

As we go into tonight’s episode of Big Brother, let’s catch up as where things left off on this past Thursday night, which gave viewers one explosive episode … and it was all live! With Brett and Rachel both up on the block, it was time for Level 6 to lose another member in their alliance.

As we saw in Wednesday’s episode, Rachel’s paranoia caused her alliance to question the loyalty she had for them. It seemed as if it would be an easy week for her considering Scottie, Haleigh, Faysal, and Rockstar were all voting to save her. All they needed were five votes, and they were sure that Angela, (Rachel’s BFF in the house), would vote to keep her. However, we saw her and the rest of the Level 6 members consider the idea of voting to keep Brett, the stronger competitor of the two, in the game. They just needed both JC and Sam’s vote to ensure Rachel was sent packing.

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Tyler continued to play both sides of the house as he pledged to Bayleigh that he will keep his commitment to her and vote to evict Brett. It was to America, in the diary room, that he told the truth; saying he would keep Bayleigh around until he flushed out her power app. Brett started to work on both Tyler and JC mentioning that an all-girl alliance rumor is floating around, and if true, could dominate all the men in the house since they’re outnumbered. Later, Tyler filled in Brett on Bayleigh’s power, and how it could affect their game.

When it was time for the live eviction, both houseguests gave their final plea, but it wasn’t until Brett said his that the drama unfolded. He made up a lie that Rachel was a ringleader of the female alliance, and he had told her about Bayleigh’s power app that could change the nominations next week. Rachel was seen in complete shock … shaking her head and mouthing that she did not say that. Host, Julie Chen told houseguests they can now cast their votes for the house. One by one they entered the diary room to anonymously vote out either; Brett or Rachel.

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The votes poured in, and unfortunately for Rachel, her time in the “Big Brother” came to an end. Julie revealed to Rachel that she had been evicted by a vote of 5 to 4. It was clear by her reaction that she had no idea this was coming. Immediately, she stormed out of the house on the verge of what looked like an emotional breakdown. During her exit interview, Julie revealed that her alliance, including Angela, voted to evict her. Stunned, disappointed, and visibly saddened, she was shown goodbye messages from the houseguests. The most explosive one came from her thought-to-be-BFF that really took Rachel off-guard. In the video message, Angela said, “Just a few bullet points to go over here. You talked yourself onto the block, you lied to my face and your stories don’t make sense. Our Final 2 deal is about as irrelevant as you were in week two.” The last statement referring to the time Rachel got the “least trending” in the second week of the season, based off of America’s favorites. It was clear this friendship is over and out!

With another power up for grabs, you can tell the houseguests were thirsty to win the HOT. This time they had to play a true or false competition. Contestants were eliminated each round if they guessed incorrectly. It eventually came down to Angela and Rockstar, but in the sudden death question, Angela came out with the win. With Level 6 safe, it looks like it’s time for The Hive to lose another member. (Filed by Jake Updegraf – Big Brother Correspondent)

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Who are you hoping Angela nominates? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tune-in tonight at 8/7c on CBS to see how it all shakes out.

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