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Y&R Recap- Dec 28 – Jan 1st

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Chance runs into Ashley and Traci at the coffeehouse while trying to sober Billy up and the women offer to take over for Chance. Ashley and Traci try to get Billy to go to Jack’s with them but Billy refuses and starts to drunken dial Mac. Meanwhile, Jack surprises Emily with his full on Santa outfit. Later, Jack is stunned at the timing as he is telling Emily that he wished his family were with him for the holiday, Ashley and Traci arrive to share it with them. Kay is stunned by Jill’s gift but all is forgotten for a moment when Nikki arrives and Kay greets her warmly. When Kay returns to her gift, Jill is pleased and proud that Kay is so deeply touched by her gift. However, the group reacts, including Tucker, when Kay decides she doesn’t want to know who her daughter truly is. Phyllis asks Nick where Adam is going with the Newman jet on Christmas but Nick is less than willing to give her an answer. Phyllis pushes and Nick is forced to admit that Adam took Sharon to Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, in Lake Tahoe, Sharon and Adam meet their Justice of the Peace and prepare to get married. Later, Sharon and Adam exchange vows and rings as they become Mr. and Mrs. Victor Newman Jr.  Just as the enormity of what they have done is hitting Sharon, the pilot comes over the P.A. to tell them that they have to make an emergency landing. Meanwhile, Nick learns the Newman jet has hit a storm and goes out to find it. Later, as the plane plummets, Adam writes “your baby is alive” on a piece of paper for Sharon just as the plane is about to crash.

As Mac brings a drunken Billy home, he kisses her before passing out. Daisy goes to the coffeehouse to tell Ryder the story that she told Eden about why she was hugging him about the boutique and when Ryder starts complaining Daisy reminds him that she is his sister and he needs to back her up. Later, Eden and Noah are shocked to find that Daisy returned to Michael and Lauren’s all on her own. . Nick calls Phyllis to tell her that traffic control lost contact with the Newman jet last night and Phyllis realizes what that means for Sharon and Adam. As Nick hangs up the phone, the FAA tells him that the plane may have crashed. Meanwhile, as Adam holds an injured Sharon, he remembers the events of last night and tells her how sorry he is. Phyllis goes to Michael and Lauren’s to wait for Noah to tell him about Sharon and she ends up spilling everything to them about Sharon and Nick. Later, Nick arrives at crash site and finds the pilot who tells them Sharon needs a doctor. Meanwhile, Adam panics as Sharon falls unconscious. At the hospital, Lily learns she got an infection from a hangnail. When Mac enters the room and the women’s eyes meet they realize how serious the situation is and they are overcome with emotion.

Nick calls Phyllis to talk to Noah and updates him about Sharon just as she is being wheeled into the hospital with Adam by her side. Later, Nick and Adam are hugely relieved to learn that Sharon only has a mild concussion. Nick moves off to call Noah as Adam goes into see Sharon. Before he can find out how much she remembers about the crash and his note, an FAA agent comes in to question them. Lily opens to Mac about the depth of her fears that she won’t be here to raise her child and Mac reminds her about all the living and dying she has seen and pushes Lily to remember all the reasons she has to continue to fight. Outside, Neil and Cane lean on each other for support. Later, Neil, Cane and Lily are stunned speechless when Malcolm walks into Lily’s room. Phyllis voices her frustration to Michael and Lauren that Nick is always running to Sharon’s rescue. Meanwhile, Adam is relieved when Sharon’s doesn’t remember his note about the baby. Nick enters the room and Sharon is stunned to see him. Nick is thrown for a loop when he tries to push Adam out of his conversation with Sharon and Sharon tells him that she and Adam got married.

As midnight of New Year’s Eve approaches Chance and Chloe share an intimate kiss and salute to the New Year; at the coffeehouse Victoria decides to leave since J.T. has to work anyways; Jack breaks the news of his engagement to Traci and Steve over the phone; and Billy leaves the dive bar, drunk and miserable. Billy sits drunk on the curb tossing his snow globe from Delia up into the air. As the clock strikes midnight the snow globe breaks and Billy finds himself in an alternate reality of Genoa City. John appears to speak to Billy and tells him that he will be his New Year’s date tonight. John first takes Billy to the Magazine Office to try to show him the awards the magazine has won for ad sales rather then journalistic integrity. Billy is not fazed by this and is excited to be prosperous. Their next stop is to Lily and Cane’s for a birthday party that takes place about 7 years in the future. Billy realizes that Mac has her own child and is married but not to Billy. Lily and Cane also have their own child from Mac. Billy is not pleased with how this future is starting to turn out. Billy tries to plead with Chloe to forgive him but realizes that she can’t hear him. Billy and John flash to the exterior of the dive bar where Billy sees himself slumped over the airbag of a crashed car and realizes he will die if he continues on his current course in life. Billy wakes up from his dream and finds himself still on the curb, drunk. Victoria arrives and helps him up.

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 Of Our Lives

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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