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Y&R Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Jack wonders if Phyllis is starting to spin out of control after he witnesses the altercation between her and Deacon. As Nick and Sharon bring Summer and Faith back to the tack house and Summer asks if they are all going to live their together with Phyllis, Sharon helps Nick deflect Summer’s question as they work together as a family. At the coffeehouse, Abby tells Daniel that she is going to Gloworm to work on her image but Daniel refuses to go with her as long as Deacon is there but Abby knows she can convince him. After a little eyelash-batting and some not so subtle hints, Daniel finely gives in. Meanwhile, Tucker is stunned when Ashley tells him that she doesn’t want to see him anymore. Later, at Gloworm, Abby starts to strip for her adoring public in order to save Daniel from ripping Deacon apart. Nearby, Phyllis gets fired up as she tells Jack about seeing Nick with his blonde at Jimmy’s and that he is probably with Sharon right now. At the tack house, Phyllis is on the right track, as Sharon decides to take Nick’s offer to move back to the ranch as they slow seem to be becoming a family again. Billy watches Victoria as she rides the high off walking away from Newman and her father and she throws down the gauntlet, telling Billy that he needs to find something to make this feeling last. Later, Billy and Victoria end up in a tattoo parlor. Victoria ends up getting “Billy forever” tattooed on her back but before Billy’s “Victoria” can be finished their tattoo artist, Snake, has a heart attack and only finishes the “Victor.” Victor runs into Adam at the gym and Adam continues to push Victor’s buttons until Victor draws off and clocks him. Meanwhile, Tucker wonders what Ashley is afraid of between them but Ashley’s defensives go up and she tells him that she isn’t scared she just isn’t interested. Later, at Gloworm, Phyllis is served by Adam’s lawsuit and when Skye and Adam both show up at the club, Phyllis loses her cool and Jack has to talk her off the ledge, reminding her that she has Summer to think about. Meanwhile, Skye reminds Adam everything she has on him and that he better start being a little more grateful for everything she is doing, for starters, dropping the suit.

Tucker is furious with Ashley for what she is doing and demands that she admit that she feels what is going on between them but Ashley stands her ground, even when Tucker continues to push. Ashley tells Tucker to go home and eventually Tucker has no choice. Later, Tucker returns, unwilling to let Ashley shut him out and ends up throwing a patio chair through the window to make her listen and it works as she rushes to him and kisses him hard. Nick and Phyllis run into each other at the coffeehouse and just as they are having a moment of civility, Phyllis goes ballistic when she hears that Sharon and Faith are staying at the tack house with Nick. Meanwhile, Adam shows up at the ranch and although alarmed about how he got onto the property, Sharon immediately wonders what happened to his eye. Adam tells her not to worry about it and tries once again to convince her that she still wants to be with him just as Nick arrives home and finds Adam there. Adam leaves voluntarily but Nick is furious with Sharon for letting him in. Later, Phyllis works out her aggressions by having sex with Deacon in the loading dock of Gloworm. Billy nearly loses it when he realizes that he has Victor’s name in a heart on his back. Meanwhile, Victor offers Jack another partnership and a way to take down Adam, by investing in the Newman Fund. Later, Billy is about to carve his own arm off just to get Victor’s name off his body when Victoria decides he needs a distraction and sets about her task with a passionate kiss that heats up. Jack calls Skye to tell her that he is having his money wired into their hedge fund tomorrow and Skye is thrilled, setting Jack and Victor’s plan into motion. As Cane and Lily prepare for the twins’ Christening they realize what family really means. Meanwhile, Lauren wonders if she can just hand over half of Fenmores to Jill just because a judge orders her to. All the while, Jill has new executive photos taken, as she prepares to take her place at Fenmores. Later, Lauren decides that Michael is right and it is time to end this feud with Jill. Jill is thrilled to hear that Lauren is ready to sign the papers so quickly. Nina is disappointed when Paul tells her that although her son’s parents seemed like decent people he has no new leads for her on where he is now. Meanwhile, Ronan is furious with Chloe when she starts talking about his secret where anyone could hear her. Chance stops by to see Heather and Heather admits to him that Ronan was the one that took the drugs from her office and Chance goes ballistic saying that he is going with her to see Owen to take Ronan down. Heather, however, refuses to let him, covering her true reasons for not wanting him to come with her and saying that he is too emotional and promising that she will handle Owen herself. Nina begins to worry that the reason there is no trace of her other son is because he is dead. Meanwhile, Chloe can’t believe that Ronan doesn’t want to know his mother or his brother, no matter what his opinions of them are. Later, Chance runs into Chloe in the hallway outside Heather’s apartment and they end up on the topic of Ronan. Chance is bothered when Chloe doesn’t seem to think he is a dirty cop and wonders what she is getting at when she brings up his long lost brother. In Owen’s office, Heather tells him that Ronan took the drugs and is going to use them to track the drug ring which scares Owen, who is involved. Ronan shows up and blindsides Heather when he tells Owen that Heather has no idea what she is doing.

Michael reminds Lauren that no amount of money can take away the fact that she is Fenmore’s, the legacy lives on in her. Meanwhile, Cane reminds Jill not to start out on the wrong foot with Lauren because this will be hard for her and if Jill wants to really become a family one-day she is going to need to respect that. Later, Lauren and Jill sign the paperwork handing Jill half of Fenmore’s and Jill remembers Cane’s advice as she tries to reach out to Lauren but Lauren isn’t ready to be Jill’s sister. Jill simply shrugs it off and leaves. However, Lauren needs to steady herself when Jill decides to have her new executive headshot mounted in every Fenmore’s. Nina fears that she may never know her son. Ronan tells Owen that the drugs didn’t come from the police evidence locker and Heather tries to figure out what game Ronan is playing, while Owen is silently relieved. Owen turns to Heather and fires her. Alone, Ronan tells her that he did her favor because now no one will be coming after her anymore and Heather realizes that he just lied to Owen. Heather draws off and slaps Ronan. Later, Chloe is stung when Heather arrives home wrecked and Chance instinctively comforts her without considering Chloe’s feelings. Malcolm tells Lily and Cane that he wants to be there for everything with the twins as they grow up because after nearly losing Lily he has realized how important the small things are. Jill offers Cane and Lily, Phillip’s old Christening gown for Charlie and they are deeply touched. Ronan gives Meeks the real drugs from the evidence locker and slyly tells Meeks that he knows he is involved in the drug ring. He tells Meeks that he wants in just as Chloe walks up, looking for a little revenge, inviting Ronan to lunch at her place. Meanwhile, Paul manages to get a hold of a small, old photo of Nina’s son but he is barely recognizable in it. Later, while Chloe brings Ronan back to her apartment, Heather and Chance end up in another passionate kiss after Heather admits her feelings for him.

On the day of the Christening, Traci is extremely emotional when she meets the twins for the first time. Meanwhile, Sofia reminds Malcolm that he is very much a part of the Winters family and one day soon she will be too. Later, just as everyone is leaving for the church, Michael arrives to tell Cane that the I.C.E. has moved up his court case to today. Traci shows Michael the twins, reminds him what he is fighting for. Billy is none too thrilled with his new tattoo or the fact that Victoria is going to be spending more time at the ranch, even if it is for Reed’s benefit. Meanwhile, Reed and J.T. prepare for Mac’s arrival as Mac brings over her things for their first day living together. Later, Billy’s concern grows when he asks Victoria when she plans on telling J.T. that she is moving in with Billy and Victoria seems a bit dodgy about the topic. Meanwhile, Mac is thrown when J.T. tells her that he hasn’t told Victoria about their living arrangements yet.  As Chance and Heather are about to make love again, Heather notices a car outside and Chance recognizes it as Ronan’s and thinks he is spying on them again. Chance leaves Heather to try and flush Ronan out. Meanwhile, Chloe plans to use to her powers of seduction to get Ronan to open up and so she leaves to slip into something more comfortable. The moment she is gone, Ronan makes a cryptic phone call to Chris telling her that they were way off on who Ronan can trust. Ronan learns that Chance left and takes off after him, which Heather overhears. She calls Chance and tells him that Ronan just left but he was in the building with Chloe. Chance comes to Chloe’s apartment to tell her that Ronan is using her to get to him and Chloe tries to change his mind about Ronan but Chance shuts her down. Chloe calls him out on the fact that she should mean more to him that some civilian she is trying to keep safe and before Chance can defend himself Ronan returns and Chloe asks Chance to leave. Alone, Chloe and Ronan get into an argument about Chloe having to keep Ronan’s secret and Ronan turns it around on Chloe telling her that she is using him just as much as he is using her. Back at Heather’s, Chance and Heather are forced to face their attraction to one another. Ronan opens up to Chloe a little before leaving and Chloe decides to leave her engagement ring in an envelope outside Heather’s apartment but she hears Chance and Heather talking and decides to eavesdrop. She hears Chance give into his desire and start to make love to Heather and that is enough for Chloe. Billy and Mac wonder what is going on with their significant others when both Victoria and J.T. want to avoid telling the other about their new life changes. Billy tells Victoria that she doesn’t have to choose between being free and being with her son and he will be with her every step of the way. Meanwhile, J.T. assures Mac that he loves her and he will tell Victoria that he and Mac are living together today. Later, J.T. and Victoria immediately get into it when J.T. accidentally sees Victoria’s tattoo and Reed lets it slip that Mac moved in with them. When Neil and Sofia start to go at it at the Christening waiting on news about Cane, Sofia suggests it better that Neil go find out what is going on for himself before he goes out of his mind. Meanwhile, Michael tries to remain positive but admits to Lily and Cane that this is their last appeal, if they lose; Cane goes back to Australia for good. Later, Lily and Cane remain optimistic that they can beat the immigration problems after everything they have had to conquer this year. Later, everyone at the Christening waits with baited breath for news as Cane and Lily return and tell them that Michael won and Cane can stay. Lily and Cane explain that it was their story of survival that convinced the immigration officers to allow Cane to stay and the job that Sofia got him didn’t hurt. Nearby, J.T. and Victoria are still going at it and Billy reminds them that the christening is about to start and they need to put their animosity on hold. Moments later, Jill is furious when Lauren shows up to crash the christening. Cane steps in and stops Lauren and Jill from going at it, reminding them what today is about. As the ceremony begins, Cane and Lily address Traci and Devon and remind everyone why they chose these two extraordinary people to be their children’s godparents.  Lauren gives Lily and Cane a very generous gift for the twins and Cane and Lily are very touched but Jill ends up feeling up staged and left out. At Cane’s, Billy and Mac realize that they have become friends and wonder if one day Victoria and J.T. will find their way there too. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Victoria that her tattoo proves she is unstable but Victoria realizes that everything is place and she tells J.T. that she quit her job and moved off the ranch and in with Billy. J.T. is left speechless. Later, Lily tells Malcolm that although he may not be the babies’ grandfather on paper she still wants to be a big part of their lives and Malcolm is touched. Kay and Jill are stunned when Phillip shows up at Cane’s out of the blue. Cane is thrilled to see Phillip and introduce him to his children but something is off when Phillip isn’t overly thrilled about Cane’s new job as liaison for Chancellor in Canberra. Later, Phillip alerts Cane that if he comes back to Australia he will be in a lot of danger from the rustlers.

As Mac decides to leave, Lily reminds her that as soon as she is ready she and the twin will be waiting for her to be “Aunt Mac.” Mac asks Billy if he has heard from Victoria yet and Billy says no and they both hope that J.T. and Victoria are still alive. Meanwhile, Victoria tells J.T. that Billy is different and they are committed to one another and she is focused on making her life about Reed. J.T., however, doesn’t buy it and refuses to work out a new custody arrangement between them so Victoria tells him that she will see him in court. At Billy’s, Victoria tells him that she laid her cards on the table and she is going to fight him for custody. Billy wonders if she is having any second thoughts but Victoria assures him she isn’t. Later, Mac and J.T. make love for the first time.

Billy is surprised when Victoria suddenly bursts into tears after waking up in the trailer after her first morning living there. Victoria tells him that the trailer is too small for Reed and all of her things and Billy spontaneously suggests that they buy a house together. Victoria is shocked but out of the blue decides it is the best idea. Later, Billy and Victoria are skeptical when their realtor turns out to be none other than Gloria. Nikki is thrilled to have Meggie’s help with all her work but something Meggie says rubs Victor the wrong way. Meanwhile, Tucker wonders to Ashley if Jack will come through for them with Victor and Beauty of Nature. Later, Kay offers to let Nikki and Victor to get married at the Chancellor mansion and Nikki happily accepts. At the ranch, Michael and Victor meet with Adam and Vance and Victor offers Adam a settlement of nothing. Victor tells Adam he won’t be getting a dime from him. Jack arrives at Jabot and walks in on Ashley and Tucker amidst a passionate kiss. Ashley hurries off to a meeting and Jack tells Tucker that he isn’t sharing anything he has on acquiring Beauty of Nature until he has contract in writing making him Co-CEO of Jabot. Skye is not thrilled when Adam tells her that he is meeting with Victor and Michael today to discuss a settlement but he has no plans to let this suit go. Meanwhile, Jack stops by Victor’s office to tell Michael and Victor that he has had the Abbott’s separated from the Newman in Adam’s suit and Victor takes it rather well. After Jack leaves Victor tells Michael that Jack is going to be kicking himself after he finds out that they have an ace up their sleeve. Later, Adam is stunned when Skye ends up being Victor’s secret weapon. Tucker agrees to Jack’s terms and signs the contracts and Jack tells Tucker that he has a secret weapon, someone close to Victor that has agreed to help them. Meanwhile, Abby tries to con some money out of Ashley by playing the “good little daughter” but Ashley sees right through her so Abby goes back to Jack for help. Later, Jack explains to Tucker his plan to use Abby’s trust to make Victor’s empire bleed. The two agree that when it comes to business what Ashley doesn’t know won’t hurt her. As they begin to plan the wedding, Nikki tells Meggie and Kay that this will be the last time she and Victor say “til death do us part.” Meanwhile, Skye tells Adam that if he doesn’t drop the lawsuit she will testify for Newmans against him and Adam is furious. When Vance realizes that Adam perjured himself on the stand he tells Victor and Michael that they will drop the suit against the Newmans. Victor tells Michael that Jack just screwed himself by severing the suits. Later, Ashley is thrilled to hear that Tucker hired Jack a Co-CEO effective immediately but both she and Jack are blindsided when they get the news that Adam dropped the suit against the Newmans.

Gloria ends up showing Victoria and Billy a house straight out of “Father knows Best” and despite themselves Billy and Victoria end up falling in love with it. After very little conversation, Billy tells Gloria that they will take the house and both Gloria and Victoria are thrilled. While Meggie, Kay and Nikki are planning Nikki’s wedding to Victor, Meggie goes to the bar to get drinks and asks the bartender to spike Nikki’s ginger ale with a little vodka. Later, Victor joins them just as Nikki starts to drink from her liquor tainted ginger ale.

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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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THE BACHELORETTE Season Finale: Zac Puts A Ring On It As Tayshia Gets Her Man

The pandemic version of the hit reality-dating series franchise, The Bachelorette, had a few major twists.  First, that in the middle of the season the lead ‘Bachelorette’ had to be switched out, when Clare Crawley found love early with Dale Moss and exited the show.

Enter Tayshia Adams, who then started her own journey with the men who were still part of Clare’s season and a few others brought in to add to the mix.

The entire production had to be quarantined and shot in one location in Palm Springs, California.  Even the hometown dates were in Palm Springs as family members from the men still in the competition were brought there.  So with limited locales, the season was not always big and splashy, but in the end, and on the second night of the two-night season finale, you could not have asked for a sweeter ending and proposal between Zac Clark and Tayshia.

So how did Tayshia and Zac end up together?  Here’s a brief rundown from last night’s two-hour season finale:

With Ben back in the mix and asking for a second chance, (after he could not tell Tayshia the last time that he loved her, he did so now), she invites him to the rose ceremony, where Ivan and Zac, who were the two last men standing, were in for a shock.

At the ceremony, Tayshia asks to talk to Ivan privately. She takes him aside and tells him she has concerns over religion from their overnight date, so much so that she does not think they can go any further and she sends him home.  That means, Tayshia gives her two roses to her finalists: Zac and Ben,

On her last date with Zac prior to the final rose ceremony, Tayshia is not herself when the couple go to a dance class together.  Her anxiety is getting the best of her and it was hard to tell if she was just not feeling Zac anymore, as she is now for Ben, or if she is just getting jitters over the whole process. Later, away from the dancing, Zac and Tayshia have a heart-to-heart, where she is worried what happens if something changes between them, (since she was previously divorced, as was he) and that he does not want her anymore?  Zac said calmly, “No matter what, I’m not going anywhere.”  That helped put Tayshia’s mind at ease, somewhat!

Next, she has made a decision to tell Ben, it’s over between them.  She sits him down and tells him she has stronger feelings for Zac.  Ben shares, “I was excited to be back, I was really hopeful that we would be together.  When you love somebody, you want them to be happy.”  So with that, he realizes it’s time to pack it up, sharing with the cameras that he believed their lives would have been so good together.

Zac is choosing an emerald diamond to give Tayshia from Neil Lane (of course, at this juncture, he has no idea that Ben has been sent home).  Then, we see both Zac and Tayshia getting ready for the big proposal day.  Will she accept Zac’s proposal … doubts swirling through her head and all?

As the final rose ceremony began, Zac delivered a heart-tugging speech which included: “The first conversation we ever had by our fountain, we talked about how everything happens for a reason. I came here because I was supposed to meet you, I came here because I was supposed to fall in love with you. Nothing has ever felt so right in my entire life. I love you, Tayshia. We spoke of the importance of loyalty, and I will always be loyal to you.”

Tayshia finally and fully let her guard down and shared to Zac; “I know that I told you that I love you, but it’s more than that. It’s this wild, wild love that I’ve tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly made me believe that there doesn’t have to be flaws, and that I deserve love with a man who won’t run away. I love you, Zac Clark.”

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As Tayshia is sobbing as Zac gets down on one knee, she says “Yes” to his proposal, and to make it official she gives Zac the final rose which he accepts. Next, they ride off into the sunset in a symbolic cardboard taxi to New York City where Zac lives.

On Wednesday, Tayshia and Zac made their first TV appearance together since their engagement four months ago.  They told Good Morning America that they were looking forward to dating and taking it one step at a time, and that Tayshia will be bi-coastal for now, but spending time on the east coast with Zac over the holidays.

So, happy that Tayshia chose Zac? Share you thoughts on this unpredictable season and last night’s episode via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, daytime drama offered up some stellar performances.  We had General Hospital’s Sydney Miykala (Trina) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus) being given some very emotional material and playing the heck out of it, and we had The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson in what was to be his third standalone episode during his run as Billy Abbott.  Scenes from his last standalone episode helped win Jason the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award at the Daytime Emmys this past June.

While there has been a very mixed-bag of reviews from fans of the writing of this standalone episode, one thing remains true –  that if given the ball, Thompson will bring the complexities needed to it, make it work, and in-turn make the audience feel the deep emotional pain within Billy.  And that was on full display in one key scene that locked up his Power Performance of the Week honors.

In the set-up, this time Billy is in the slammer contemplating his life while trying to rest and is hit with a series of dream/nightmare sequences in which he is emotionally tortured by many family members, enemies, and friends for his consistently being a screw-up, or so they like to say.  The one person in the episode who stands by Billy’s side is Lily (Christel Khalil).

During the episode, as Billy jumped from different locations within Genoa City, he grew more hopeless given his situation.  However, then he is visited by his late daughter Delia (Sophie Pollano) in the grown-up teenage version.  This is where Thompson broke hearts, playing guilt, loss, and despair.  He tells Delia if he could take one day back to do over again, it would be the night he left her alone for a few minutes to get ice-cream in the convenient store, and she wandered out in the street after her dog, only to be fatally hit by a car driven by Adam.  In this scene, it was Jason at his best, and surely a scene that should be used for his Emmy reel in 2021. What made it all the more notable is that Jason was not even playing the character of Billy back then, but you believed every heartbreaking second of his talk with his daughter about what Billy experienced the the night of her death and for years after.

Two other moments were also stand-outs in the episode.  When Victor (Eric Braeden) comes to see Billy behind bars and taunts him every which way to Sunday.  It was hard to know if that was real or imagined, but both Eric Braeden and Thompson chewed the scenery with that showdown.

Later in the episode, Billy is shocked to be transported to the police station to where his now teenage son, Johnny is in trouble with the law, and Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) is detaining and questioning him.  Billy realizes he has to fight for his freedom as he can’t leave his family in disarray, or let himself or Lily down again.

Billy Abbott continues to be an oh-so-flawed character, which gives Thompson opportunities to shine and play all the beats to perfection.

Share your thoughts on Jason’s performance and our choice for the Power Performance of the Week via the comment section below.

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