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Y&R Recap – April 18 – April 22nd

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Jack is at the GCAC when Abby enters to meet Daniel, Ashley and Neil arrive, and Victoria, Billy and Lucy show up. Jack suddenly stumbles to the floor and informs everyone he got a call with the news of Sharon’s death. Nikki arrives at the Newman Ranch with news of Sharon. Nikki calls Victoria and instructs her to bring everyone to the Newman Ranch. Diane feels like an outsider as the whole family arrives. The sheriff leads Adam into the morgue and warns him that the body is badly burned. Adam confirms her identity. Jack arrives and takes his frustrations over Sharon’s death out on Victor. Daniel pulls Billy aside and they discuss Jana’s connection to Daisy’s baby. Victoria overhears part of the conversation and confronts Billy about it.

Phyllis and Nick awaken to find each other naked in bed and are soon entangled in each other again. Phyllis receives a call about Sharon’s death. Adam informs Doris he identified the body. Doris accuses him of stealing Sharon away from everyone that loved her. She reads Sharon’s letters and is shocked Adam didn’t realize they imply that she was going to commit suicide. Sharon falls asleep inside a barn, and is awakened by someone.  Adam meets Leslie and Neil, Spencer enters with two officers. He informs Adam he is under arrest for aiding and abetting Sharon’s escape. Nick and Noah visit Doris, and Nick gets a call from the police asking him to claim Sharon’s belongings. When they arrive at the police station, Adam is there. Nick informs him that he cannot be anywhere near the funeral.

Sharon is hesitant to trust Sam when he awakens her in his barn. A strange cry startles them both. Sam rushes inside and assists in the birth of a lamb. He explains he’s the towns’ veterinarian. Lily visits Cane’s grave and finds something strange. Suddenly a woman appears. While on their honeymoon, Malcolm and Sofia discover something exciting. Judi Dorsey introduces herself to Lily at Cane’s grave. Judi explains she feels like Cane needs to protect Lily from something.  ­Billy insists to Primrose they meet today. He informs Victoria he is pressing charges against Chloe and Gloria. When Victoria leaves, Billy insists Jana put an end to her search for Daisy’s baby.

Kevin informs Daniel that he is not giving up the search for Daisy’s baby. Abby suggests to Daniel that he come shoot her pilot of “The Naked Heiress” to clear his mind. Billy informs Chloe and Gloria he will not be pressing charges, but wants them to stop harassing Jana. Abby confesses to Victoria that she is becoming jealous of how often Daniel visits Lily. Daniel confides to Lily that he is fearful people will discover who Lucy really is. Jeff has returned from Las Vegas, and after an uncomfortable moment between Angelo and Heather, Jeff finally pays Angelo the money he owed. Primrose informs Billy that Jana was snooping through her files that contain codes of all the bank accounts and transactions made to her. Panicked, Billy arrives at the bank and takes a look at the surveillance camera. Lily visits Cane’s grave and notices a picture of Samantha. She pleads aloud to Cane for an explanation, and suddenly she hears a voice and sees someone.  ­Nick and Noah visit Doris to finalize the funeral arrangements. Nick and Victor discuss the funeral and agree that only close family should attend to avoid heavy media attention.

Sharon and Sam begin to bond. Nick, Victor, and Noah arrive at the church and find Adam talking with the minister. Noah and Nick instruct Adam to leave the church, and Victor warns him to stay away from his family and the funeral. Billy does his best to cover his tracks at the bank. Kevin and Jana discuss the bank account numbers she found in Primrose’s files. Lily and Cane stand face to face in the cemetery. He insists their meetings must be kept a secret. Lily asks about the photo of Samantha and Cane explains he doesn’t know who put it there. He leaves quickly as Jill and Colin approach. When Kevin gets up to fix the espresso machine, Daniel slips a magnet out of his bag and places it next to Kevin’s computer. The magnet erases the hard drive and all of Kevin’s files.  Victor promises Noah he will keep Adam away from Sharon’s funeral.

­Kevin contemplates Daniel sabotaging his computer, as Daniel and Abby arrive. Kevin wastes no time addressing the issue, and hits Daniel in the jaw. Agnes watches from behind a newspaper and follows Jana when she leaves. Sharon is busy cleaning barn when Sam enters. He offers for Sharon to stay awhile and help out around the farm. Adam arrives at Sharon’s place to find the locks changed. Outraged, he finds Victor and Diane on their way to the funeral and demands access to his things in Sharon’s house. Spencer appears and he and Victor reveal they know of Adam spreading his money around into multiple bank accounts throughout the world. Everyone has gathered at the church awaiting the start of Sharon’s funeral. A gorgeous bouquet arrives with a card signed “Love Always, Adam.” Nick crumbles the card and he and Noah throw the bouquet out the church window. Adam shows up at the entrance of the church but is stopped by Spencer and two officers, who explain there has been a restraining order placed on him by Victor.  Jana is watching Lucy when Agnes shows up. She writes her name and number on a piece of paper, and notices an outfit in the goodwill box sitting by the door. She explains to Jana she dressed the baby in it before Primrose took her. The funeral is coming to a close when suddenly the church bells begin to ring. Adam appears, slides down the rope into the sanctuary and makes an announcement.

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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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