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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Loved Ones Learn Of Hilary’s Death; Camryn Grimes Breaks Hearts As Mariah Hosts GC Buzz

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In another tear-jerker episode on Monday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the story picks up with an effective prologue where calls come into the various characters’ cell phones as they learn that Hilary (Mishaal Morgan) passed away in Devon’s (Bryton James) arms.

Mariah (Camryn Grimes) awakes in the morning and goes downstairs, dials her phone, then looks mortified.  Neil (Kristoff St. John) comes to work at Hamilton-Winters finds an envelope with his name on it on the desk, and begins to read it, but a call comes in and he runs out.  Jack (Peter Bergman) is at the GCAC dining room, reads something on his tablet and becomes upset.  Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) comes downstairs at her place and gets ready to have her morning coffee and sees her phone and then breaks down in tears.  Each of these beats was played with no audio which enhanced the dramatic impact.

In a conversation with Sharon, a grief-stricken Mariah says she needs to do something big for Hilary.  Later, Neil gets to the hospital and finds a devastated Devon leaning against a wall and hugs him close. After Devon comes home to the penthouse, he does not want to stay citing he has business to tend to.  However, he first sits Shauna (Camryn Hamm) down and tells her that Hilary died.

Mariah shows up to Neil’s and asks if she could host GC Buzz in an honor of Hilary today.  Neil informs her that he got a resignation from Tessa.  Mariah says she had to quit because she had a last-minute opportunity (hiding the fact that Tessa is going undercover to find her sister, Crystal).

At the Dive Bar before Mariah’s live show, Sharon (Sharon Case) shows up and confronts Mariah as to why she had found a one-way ticket with her name on it and her bags packed.  Mariah explains she was planning on leaving town secretly with Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), but changed her mind after realizing how important her family in Genoa City is to her.

When the show begins, Mariah overcome and choking back tears, reports to the viewing audience that Hilary passed away, as she looks at Hilary’s empty host chair and remembers her endless jabs and biting, sarcastic humor.  She goes on to talk about Hilary’s generosity and how in the end she married the man she loves.  Devon, who had previously said he would not tune-in to the episode, is seen sobbing and is moved by Mariah’s words.   Mariah ends her episode in a heart-tugging way by saying that Hilary would want them to keep on buzzing.  She then signs off.  Neil is there for Devon as his the young man breaks down in his arms.

Following GC Buzz, Mariah is stunned when Tessa shows up.  She reveals she changed her train ticket to roundtrip.  She will not choose between Crystal and Mariah, and will be back to resume her relationship with Mariah soon.  The young women hug.

This episode featured a touching performance by Daytime Emmy-winner Camryn Grimes; who played all the emotions from grief to love, and soldiering on in the face of heartbreaking adversity and sadness.

So, what did you think of Monday’s episode of Y&R? The opening prologue of the show? Mariah’s GC Buzz Tribute episode? Tessa returning to tell Mariah she will be back for her? Comment below.

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Timmm
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Timmm

Cam was great! She is on another level. BUT, tear-jerker? Here is my problem. I hated Hillary and so did most of the town! Why all the sudden are people losing themselves over this slippery salamander? She screwed just about everyone in town on her show and F’d with Neil and Little Devon! FAKE FILLIS was friends with her for FIVE minutes and now she acts like she lost a sister! Jack really was the only one who should have been affected. He really did have a friendship with Hill. Mariah did a nice job on the BUZZ set. She… Read more »

Gloria
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Gloria

I wish Kevin will come back in the show he’ll make a good host with Mariah you are so right Timmm. Hey do anybody knows that song that Tessa was singing when she was hugging Mariah at the end I love it

Pjc
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Pjc

Sadly, I didn’t cry. I didn’t care. Every time in her 5 or 6 years in GC, Hilary acted mean then nice then mean and she always expected to accepted the moment she opted to be nice again. Her death while Charlie and Lily walked around healthy after the accident (Charlie wasn’t even in a seat belt) was pretty less impactful because Hilary had no visible injuries, etc. And I hate that yet another child died for no reason on the show. ADD TO THIS, Shauna’s parents should be there for her now! She is 16 and, sure, her brother… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Actually Charlie was in a seat belt. I went back to the clip on cbs.com b/c I didn’t think he was in one either. The clip where HC gets t-boned by the bus shows that he was wearing it.

Momo
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Momo

Yes, Shauna still living with Devon does not ring true. Maybe her brother is in family counseling. If so, Shauna needs to be there too. And I also don’t think she should be with Devon, but maybe he’s Daddy Warbucks now. 😉 I guess if no one calls CPS then it’s okay. And the aunt apparently wasn’t all the caring so she’s probably glad to get her out of the house. I know I would be.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

It was yet another powerful episode. Wish stuff like this happened every day on all the shows.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I too was unmoved, because like others I believe Hilary’s character was so unlikable that this sudden rewrite of history is a bit much. It also bothers me that the actress was given this amazing send off story, while someone like ED, was ushered out quickly without so much as a teary goodbye. Granted ED, comes and goes from the show, but still Ashley is shipped off to Germany, while Hilary ( a minor character in show’s history) becomes the town’s saint — and I am one day ahead in Canada, so I got to see the funeral, and there… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Camryn is FANTASTIC ‼️

Michelle
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Michelle

I loved Hillary
She playes a good vilianess
I will miss her.

Acs
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Acs

Not moved…I have since stopped watching the show since this lesbian scene came into play…

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

What an odd comment, Acs. Soaps are at their best when they represent all aspects of the world.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Acs’s comment is not odd at all. We all have our opinions and preferences of what we’d rather see. I could do without some aspects, but I would rather just use my FF button, and watch the parts that interest me, than spite myself, by not watching at all. I record them all daily, and watch the SLs that interest me, and ignore the others.

Steve
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Steve

Nicely worded sonnior— it’s 2018, and people cannot live in a cocoon anymore. No more closets.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

ACS, you will be missing a lot of shows then. Except for B&B, all three soaps have same sex relationships.

Celia
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Celia

That is the most bigoted comment….WOW!! Here I was, catching up with posts, and this is what I read?
People cannot help who they are!! It is not a choice.
Homosexuality is part of society and we would live a much healthier-stress-free-life if our hearts are more accepting.
As sonnorsolita said, all aspects of life SHOULD be represented.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I would rather a gay relationship based in reality than back-from-the-dead tales, dopplegangers, dubious parentages, and plastic-surgery makeovers.

Heather Cardinale
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Heather Cardinale

I don’t like that Hilary was killed off. She was a great character & had wow chemistry with Devon. Not happy!!!
Don’t care about Tessa as her character is boring!!!
She should have gone, not Hilary.
Very disappointed

Nazlee
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Nazlee

Tessa has no life in the show , she is useless.
The lesbian roll does not suit them at all and it is disgusting.
That Shauna looks like a trouble maker she is a bitch.

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

Camryn steps in as one of the very top actors in the show. I think the gathering of the team, regardless of previous relationships with Hilary, was personal as well as professional. That is a minor inconsistency in this program.

I want Camryn to move up in the cast. Tessa was not key. Mariah should have a wide scope for her character; don’t tie her down one way or the other. Right now she seems the only solid person around; although Sharon is moving up. An entire crazy troupe is difficult to watch without parameters.

Lee Wright
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Lee Wright

I want Hillary back on the show. I miss Hillary. She is such an exciting character.

Lee Wright
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Lee Wright

Please figure out a way to bring Hillary back. Hillary is such an exciting character. I miss Hillary on the show.

Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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