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Y&R Recap – April 16 – 20th

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Billy rejects Phyllis’s story idea about who saved Chelsea. Meanwhile, Chelsea convinces Victoria that Adam really saved Baby John. Later, Billy and Victoria invite Adam to come see the baby. Meanwhile, when Phyllis and Nick discover the Inquisitor broke the news that Adam is the rescuer, Phyllis suspects Ricky. Nikki admits the kiss was her effort to stop Jack from marrying Genevieve. Later, Nikki and Victor discover they are both in Las Vegas. Nikki breaks off her relationship with Victor. Meanwhile, Jack informs Genevieve he can’t go through with the wedding. Thrilled to have finally made a deal for Beauty of Nature, Genevieve and Victor make love. Victor keeps his distance from Genevieve as he contemplates gaining Beauty of Nature, but losing Nikki. Meanwhile, Nikki and Jack, free of their complex relationships, find solace in each other.

Billy asks Phyllis to find out who leaked the Inquisitor story. Phyllis accuses Ricky of leaking the story, and fires him. Later, Phyllis questions Bev, the reporter from the Inquisitor, who reveals Ricky wasn’t her source. Later, Phyllis apologizes to Ricky and re-hires him at the magazine. After she leaves, Ricky thanks Bev for lying and kisses her. Chelsea informs Billy that she’s going to stay out of his and the baby’s lives as promised. Billy reveals he has set up a room for her at the GCAC. Meanwhile, Victoria is preparing for baby Johnny’s welcome home party when Adam arrives. He informs her that Victor sent Chelsea to seduce Billy in Myanmar. After inadvertently learning about Victoria’s party from Nick, Victor invites Genevieve to join him. Meanwhile, Nikki and Jack return home and express their happy surprise at their new-found relationship. They decide to keep things private for now. At the party, everyone is surprised when Victor arrives with Genevieve. Victor announces that he has re-acquired Beauty of Nature and places his arm around Genevieve, indicating they are now a couple. Nikki reacts with shock and reveals that she and Jack are together as well. Kay informs Abby that she’s stepping down from the Arts Council and she wants them to team up to plan the upcoming gala. Abby and Chloe immediately clash over ideas. Later, Kay compliments Chloe on how she has changed since Delia was born.

Sharon informs Adam that she’s impressed he rescued Chelsea and her baby. She apologizes for doubting him, but he admits she had every reason not to trust him. At baby John’s party, everyone reacts to the news that of the two new couples, Victor and Genevieve and Nikki and Jack. As the four exchange barbs, Jill and Abby fill in a surprised Tucker about the situation. Billy declares that the party is over and asks his guests to leave. Victoria informs Victor that she knows he hired Chelsea to seduce Billy in Myanmar. Jack, Nikki, Billy and Victoria lash out at Victor for trying to ruin Billy and Victoria’s marriage. Victoria orders her father to leave. Later, Abby arrives with Reed, which Billy has arranged as a surprise. Victoria is overjoyed as Reed meets his new little brother. Victor visits Adam and asks if he kept quiet about his heroism in order to play an angle. Adam reveals that he followed Victor’s advice to be the kind of man he can be proud of. Nick and Sharon are stunned and upset when Victor informs them that they will be reporting to Genevieve at Beauty of Nature. Later, Genevieve informs Nick and Sharon to restructure their entire campaign for Beauty of Nature. Tucker informs Sofia that they need to keep up the ruse a little longer, as he suspects the game for Beauty of Nature isn’t over.

Kevin shows Chloe and Delia around the house Kevin shared with Angelina. Chloe observes how much Delia likes the home and agrees to move in. Sofia becomes emotional as she explains to Tucker how much she hates lying to Neil. Neil enters and defends his wife to Tucker. After Tucker leaves, Neil offers his wife a job at Chancellor, but she confesses that she is secretly working for Tucker. At the coffeehouse, Harmony notices that Neil is upset and advises him to forgive the person he’s mad at. Kay is delighted when Tucker informs her that Devon’s hearing has returned. She reveals that she suspects the rift between Tucker and Sofia is fake. She states that although she doesn’t like that he deceived Neil, she applauds his business savvy. At Restless Style, Avery arrives and confronts Phyllis for giving away the copy of Black Beauty. Avery insists that George was a good father. Michael coaches Daniel before the hearing, advising him not to let Daisy provoke him. Daisy calls Daniel and states her desire for the two of them to raise Lucy together. Later, a furious Daisy informs Ricky to make sure she doesn’t lose custody.

At the Newman Stables, Victor and Nikki clash about their relationships with Jack and Genevieve. Later, as Victor tries to assist Nikki with a twisted ankle they feel their attraction for each other. At the studio, Cane, Lily, Harmony and Neil play Devon’s song. As Neil and Harmony dance, Lily notices the chemistry between them. When Cane and Lily leave, Neil and Harmony share a passionate kiss. Ricky promises Daisy that he’s about to put a plan in motion that will ensure she gets custody of Lucy. Meanwhile, Phyllis begs him to leave Lucy with her, but Daniel refuses because of the custody battle. At Crimson Lights, Ricky watches Daniel with Lucy. Suddenly, there is a loud distraction and Daniel realizes Lucy is missing. Daniel panics as he searches for his daughter. Meanwhile, Ricky sits in his parked car holding Lucy. Later, Ricky enters with Lucy, saying he found her in the parking lot. Daniel gratefully holds his daughter as Phyllis eyes Ricky suspiciously.

 

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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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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