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Y&R Recap – April 19 – April 23rd

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J.T. shows up at Jimmy’s to tell Mac about the hearing and shocks both Mac and Billy when he informs them that he won because Victoria never showed up. Meanwhile, Nikki and Victor are worried sick about Victoria’s whereabouts just as they get a call from her at the police station and Victoria tells them that she has been arrested for Adam’s murder. Victor tells Nikki that he know she didn’t kill Adam. Later, a cop gives Jill information on Victoria’s arrest and arraignment. Jana and Lauren try to reach Ryder and get him to help them but Daisy arrives and threatens Ryder who immediately backs down. Meanwhile, Sarah admits to Patty that she isn’t Lauren. Sarah tells Patty who she is and Patty realizes that Sarah was her nurse at the cosmetic surgery center in South America. Sarah thanks Patty for the idea to transform herself into Lauren. Later, Ryder refuses to help Daisy separate Lauren and Jana. Owen and Chance discuss the forensic evidence in Adam’s case and it becomes pretty clear that Victoria couldn’t have murdered Adam. Meanwhile, as Nick and Phyllis come out of the shower, post-love making he gets a call from Nikki telling him about Victoria’s arrest. Later, Michael starts to attack Chance and Owen but is caught off guard when they tell him that they can tie Victoria to the murder weapon. Before Sarah and Patty can get further into their discussion, Jack arrives home wanting answers. Patty manages to convince Jack that she needs more time with “Lauren” but Jack remains anxious to talk to her. Alone, Sarah suggests that they keep up the doctor patient pretense in case they need to help each other down the line. Later, Sarah tells Patty that she needs her help with Michael but the two women end up butting heads instead. After talking to Phyllis, Jack realizes that Emily could be faking her pregnancy. Jill prints a story online about Victoria’s arrest and moments later Billy reads the news. He calls Jill who tells him that she is going to the arraignment to twitter it and Billy tries to stop her but she is too thrilled with herself. Meanwhile, Mac offers to take care of Reed while J.T goes to look for Victoria. Later, Billy arrives at the courtroom and tries to drag Jill out just as Victoria’s arraignment is beginning and D.A. objects to Victoria being out on bail. Jack admits to Phyllis that he isn’t sure he is in love with “Emily” anymore. Meanwhile, Jana and Lauren continue to encourage Ryder to stand up for himself as Daisy calls Sarah to tell her what is going on. When the judge rules that Victoria’s bail is to be denied, Billy blurts out that Victoria couldn’t have killed Adam because she was with him.

As Chloe is following Jill’s twitters of Victoria’s arraignment, Mac and Reed arrive and Chloe fills Mac in but they both await news of what Billy said to the judge to stop Jill’s twitter fest. Meanwhile, the court is in an uproar and the judge asks Victoria if Billy’s claim is true but Victoria denies everything. Later, Victoria is hauled off but not before she admits to Victor that what Billy said was actually the truth. Nearby, Nikki pleads with J.T. to back down where Reed is concerned for Victoria’s sake but he refuses and Nick promises that J.T. is in for the fight of his life. Outside the courtroom, Jill realizes that Billy and Victoria were sleeping together just as J.T. arrives and the two come face to face. J.T. tells Billy to back off before J.T. gets arrested too, for assault. Billy turns on Jill then and fires her.

Tucker shows Kay footage from his office of Adam opening the sealed bids of Jabot and blackmails Kay into signing control of Jabot back over to him. Kay calls Nikki to tell Victor about Tucker’s blackmail and learns about Victoria’s arrest. After hanging up, Kay approaches Neil and Ashley who are having dinner nearby and tells them that she is turning control of Jabot back over to Tucker. Ashley attacks Tucker, demanding to know what game he is playing and after they depart Neil assures her that he is will find out what is really going on between Kay and Tucker. While discussing pregnancy Chloe implies to Mac that she and J.T. may be more than just friends. Billy arrives at the station with the Newman’s but Chance refuses to let Billy see Victoria and he gives Billy a hard time after Billy gave him a false statement. J.T. goes to see Victoria and realizes that Billy’s confession was true and that Victoria is covering for someone and he immediately assumes its Victor. J.T. tells her that he is grateful that he was granted full custody because she made her choice when she chose to be let herself get arrested for her family rather than give her alibi and go home to her son. Later, Billy gets in to see Victoria but she is furious with him and throws his gesture hard back in his face so Billy tells her that go to someone else the next time she needs help. Nikki and Nick continue to believe that Billy’s outburst was a lie as Victor keeps quiet about Victoria’s confession. Meanwhile, J.T. arrives at the Chancellor mansion and clues both Mac and Chloe in on Billy’s tryst with Victoria. Later, Billy runs into Heather at Jimmy’s and propositions her. At the station, Michael shows the Newman’s the pen that Adam was killed with. Tucker agrees to stop dismantling Chancellor when Kay gives him back Jabot just as Jill arrives to hear the news and tells Kay what a slap in the face it will be to both the Newman’s and the Abbots to hear this. Later, Billy decides to pass on a night with Heather. Nearby, Jill tries to make her unemployment status work for her with Kay but Kay dismisses her.

J.T. assures Reed that he and Mac will be there for him while Mommy is away. Meanwhile, Nick admits that the pen was a present for him from Victoria. Tucker asks Ashley to trust him where Jabot is concerned but she tells him that he has made that impossible. Jack traps Patty into going to see Phyllis’s OB/GYN tonight to find out the truth about the baby. Later, Patty lets her emotions get the better of her in front of Jack but is saved by an urgent call from Ashley. Jack has to leave giving Patty a reason to tear out of the house herself. Nick refuses to let Victoria lose her son and throw away her life protecting him, as Victoria, Victor and Michael all try to stop him, Nick confesses to Owen and Chance that the pen was his. Meanwhile, Daniel offers to help Phyllis out with Summer when she can’t get a hold of Nick. Later, Nick and Victor tell Owen and Chance the truth about their struggle with Adam and how blood got on Nick’s jacket but Owen isn’t sure to believe their story after all the lies they have told. Jack is blown away when Neil and Ashley tell him that Kay is giving back control of Jabot to Tucker without a fight. Meanwhile, Patty stalks around the tack house as Phyllis is inside doing chores. Later, Jack calls Victor to tell him what is going on with Kay. Nearby, Kay reminds Tucker that no matter what part of his empire he takes away from her the only thing he can’t take away from her is her friends and family and that is something knows nothing about. Patty arrives to confront Phyllis and Phyllis gets a first hand look at exactly what Jack was talking about when he said how much “Emily” has changed. At the G.C.A.C., Murphy stands up to Tucker, to everyone’s surprise, and tells him to stop blaming Kay for his miserable life. Later, Phyllis tells Patty about the doubts Jack is having regarding marrying her and Patty suddenly decides to play the sympathy card and starts yelling about her pregnancy and takes off. Phyllis calls Jack after Emily is gone to tell him about their encounter. Kay tells Murphy about Tucker’s blackmail and Tucker tries to spoil her in order to take her mind off what she has given up. Ashley and Neil go home together and finally make love.

Chance and Owen drop the charges against Victoria only to turn around and charge Nick with Adam’s murder. Meanwhile, Phyllis calls to check when “Emily” signed into the ranch. She is caught off guard to learn that she never did and wonders how she got onto the ranch without anyone seeing her. Victor calls moments later to tell her about Nick’s arrest. Later, Jack arrives home and Patty tells him that she lost the baby and Jack confronts her with the truth that she was never actually pregnant. Paul brings Heather to visit Emily, who barely registers who Heather is, but asks if Jack has figured out the truth yet. Meanwhile, Jack refuses to believe anymore of Patty’s lies, even as she tells a story of going to see Phyllis and Phyllis causing her miscarriage. Later, Patty tells Jack that she has a condition from childhood that made it difficult for her to conceive in the first place and that Phyllis is the one he should be blaming for interfering in their marriage. Jack isn’t sure if he can trust her and decides to take a walk. Michael stops by Gloria and Jeff’s to check on Fen and wonders what is going on with “Lauren” when he hears from Gloria that she hasn’t checked in Fen once all day. Meanwhile, Sarah works to familiarize herself with Lauren’s life. At the zoo, Jana’s headaches continue to get worse and Lauren tries to ease the pain by telling Jana to think back on time in her life that was happy as Jana remembers her wedding at the ashram. Later, Sarah buys an extravagant sports car in Lauren’s name. Emily asks Heather to help prove that she isn’t Patty. Emily gives Heather a cup she has been drinking out of and asks her to test the DNA. Later, Jack asks Paul to help him track down Emily’s younger brother. Meanwhile, Patty goes to see Emily and asks her to be her doctor again. Emily becomes concerned when Patty tells her that it may be time to teach Jack a lesson. Michael is not at all thrilled when Sarah tells him that she bought him a sports car to make up for the things she has done lately. Meanwhile, Jana and Lauren reminisce on the love they share with Michael and Kevin as Jana decides to try and make a psychic connection with Kevin by meditating on the word “zoo.” At the penthouse, Kevin, Gloria and Jeff use the Ouija board to try and find a clue to where Jana is and it spells out the word “zoo.” Later, Sarah tries to smooth things over with Michael but before she can she is thwarted by Fen wanting to spend time with her. As she is reading a book to Fen, a spider runs across the book and Sarah kills it, traumatizing Fen and Michael realizes that there is something truly off about his wife. Sarah realizes that she needs to get Michael on her side so she allows Lauren to call Michael herself. Meanwhile, Gloria tells Kevin that the clue is because Fen wanted Jeff to take him to the zoo and Kevin is disheartened once again. Later, while on the phone, Lauren tries to subtly tell Michael that he is being tricked. After Sarah and Daisy leave, Lauren tells Ryder that if he tells Michael the truth she will take care of him for the rest of his life. All alone, Jana tells Lauren that there is something really wrong with her head. Ryder and Daisy go to the coffeehouse but Daisy drags him out reminding him about their restraining orders just as Kevin gets a glimpse of Ryder. Meanwhile, Michael tells Sarah that he is moving in with Gloria because Fen doesn’t even feel safe around her anymore. Patty tries not to panic when Jack tells her that he called Emily’s brother and he is coming to town to visit.

Sharon arrives at the police station and Sharon and Phyllis are immediately at each other’s throats over Nick’s arrest. Meanwhile, Michael asks Nick for the whole truth regarding Adam the night of the explosion. Nick tells Michael everything that happened with Adam that night as Phyllis, Sharon and Victor look back on their own actions with regret. Later, Chance questions Sharon about how Nick’s jacket got out of tack house in the first place. Jack refuses to let Patty lie to him anymore, every chance he gives her to prove to him that she is telling him the truth about the baby she rejects. Jack hopes that seeing Jamie will help “Emily” get back to her old self but Patty refuses to stick around which only irritates Jack further. Later, Patty goes to see Emily for information on her brother. As Jana’s condition worsens, Sarah refuses to help her making it clear that Jana is expendable. Sarah taunts Lauren, telling her that everything is perfect at home with Michael and Lauren but when they are alone, Jana reminds Lauren that everything Sarah is saying is a lie and they need to find a way to escape. Later, Sarah grows impatient when Patty doesn’t show up for their meeting. Meanwhile, Emily tells Patty that Jamie is very refined, intellectual type that graduated with honors from school. However, when Jamie arrives at the Abbott mansion, it becomes quite clear that Emily is setting Patty up. Victor and Michael confront Owen, trying to rattle him to get him to drop the case against Nick but Owen walks away unfazed and Victor wonders just as confident Michael truly is that he can win. Meanwhile, Sharon and Phyllis visit Nick and the tension is palpable as Nick asks the two women to leave his case to Michael and take care of his children instead. As Jack starts to get to know Jamie to begins to wonder what kind of crazy family he married into. Meanwhile, Sarah suggests that Patty stay on her meds for both of their sakes. Lauren and Jana find a pile of old leaves and paper and decide to start a fire with a battery that Jana finds nearby, hoping it will catch someone’s attention nearby. Later, Jana manages to get a fire started and both Lauren and Jana pray someone will see and come looking for them. When Nick’s bail is denied Phyllis lets all her angered towards Sharon loose, blaming her for Adam and Nick’s situation. Later, Sarah asks Patty to help her kill Michael and Phyllis in order to get them out of the way to achieve their ultimate goals. Meanwhile, Victor announces that he is guilty of Adam’s murder in front of room full of witnesses.

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 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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