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Y&R Recap – Jan 11 – Jan 15th

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Michael informs Daniel that he is not off the hook yet because the DA wants to keep their options open even though they have the DNA. Daniel doesn’t want to sit and do nothing so Michael suggests they go talk to Ryder about the female. Kevin talks to Jana about being frustrated with the Ryder situation and that it may be time for Ryder to move out on his own. Daisy sees Ryder and he informs her that their mother must be in Genoa City and that he received a new text from her. Sharon, Ashley, and Adam approach the house and realize it is on fire and that Noah is inside. Adam finds Noah and Eden; Eden is unconscious from the smoke. Once Eden and Noah are out of the house Adam runs back in to the surprise of everyone. Adam emerges from the house with Fisher and then Ashley performs CPR on Eden saving her life. Nick and Phyllis are enjoying time at home when Nick gets a call to let him know Adam did not show up for a business meeting with Demetri and Nick will have to fill in for him. Nick leaves Adam a phone message reprimanding him for missing the meeting. Kevin tells Ryder that if he wants to make things right he will tell Michael what he knows. After some convincing Ryder admits the he heard Deacon talking about a woman. Amber tells Jana that she wants to go find Little D and is worried about how Daniel will react. Amber is also concerned about finding her mom, Tawny. She tells Jana and Daniel how tacky and bad she is. At the boutique, Lauren and Phyllis discuss how Lauren is handling the rodent situation. Lauren is skeptical that Sheila is somehow involved and Phyllis eases her mind that Sheila died in front of them and that is not a possibility. Eden and Noah are taken to the hospital and Ashley brings up that Noah, Sharon, and Adam should move into the ranch since Brad’s house is not in livable until it is fixed through insurance. Daisy confronts Ryder, that he confirmed that Deacon had discussed a woman as part of the plan. Daisy tries to scare Ryder into sticking to their mother’s plan and Ryder is very reluctant because he hates continuously hurting Kevin and his family Nicholas arrives at Sharon’s house and is grateful to Adam for saving Eden and Noah. The fire department reveals that the fire was started by some candles that caught a curtain on fire. Daisy reveals to Ryder that she was the one who set the fire.

Tucker compliments Jill on her work. Neil enters and tells Jill that the board loved her proposal but was not so sure a stock swap was the best option for the company right now. Neil suggests Tucker puts a call into the CEO and Tucker says he will try. Tucker makes the phone call to the CEO and tells Neil and Jill that the stock swap is a go, now all they have to do is go talk to Kay and make the finalizations. At the Chancellor mansion, Kay tells Esther and Murphy that she plans on having Jo-Jo take a DNA test to prove she is Kay’s daughter. At the hospital, Noah and Eden reveal that they were upstairs in his bedroom when the fire started. Phyllis, Nick, Michael, and Lauren show their disappointment and fear that the kids are acting without thinking of the consequences. Eden is positive that she blew out the candles before they went upstairs but Lauren is not so sure that she is telling the truth. Nick talks to Adam and tells him that he will never forget what Adam did to save Noah. Ashley approaches Sharon on the subject of them moving into the ranch and Sharon accepts At the Newman ranch, Adam realizes that he is now in over his head with both Ashley and Sharon in the same home with baby Faith. Sharon becomes enamored with the baby which further worries Adam. At the Chancellor’s.

Ryder is stunned to learn that Daisy was the one who set the fire. Daisy tries to show Ryder that Eden was making her mad and she had to retaliate. Ryder pulls out an old photo and asks Daisy if she thought it was funny what she did to the person in the photo. Daisy tries to defend herself by saying that this person was bullying Ryder and she took care of it. Jill, Esther, and Murphy formulate a plan to get Jo-Jo’s DNA by stealing her toothbrush or hair from her brush or some other means. Sharon finally tells Adam how much she loves him after they discuss how turbulent their short marriage has already been. Everything seems cheery until Ashley gets a call that Dr. Taylor is back in town and he plans on paying the baby a visit. After some convincing Kay decides that it is the best move if Chancellor makes the stock swap. Nick calls Sharon and asks to see her before she leaves the ranch just in time to miss Dr. Taylor arriving to see Ashley. Tucker and Jill decide to try and convince Cane to come back to Chancellor Industries. Meanwhile, Lily and Cane tell Malcolm that they are having and baby and Malcolm is thrilled that he is going to be a grandfather, although Neil reminds him that he was never a father. Alone with Adam, Dr. Taylor warns that he plans to tell Ashley and Sharon the truth. Adam manages to get Taylor to agree to meet him at Jimmy’s before he talks to Ashley.  At the tack house, Nick finally pushes Sharon too far when he accuses her of putting herself and Adam before Noah and she slaps him before leaving Nick alone, devastated by his words. Cane is stunned when he realizes that Jill and Tucker are offering him a job. Cane turns them down but after talking to Tucker agrees to think it over.  Adam tells Taylor that by telling the truth he will risk taking away Ashley’s sanity but Taylor sees through Adam. Adam and Taylor get into a physical argument outside Jimmy’s as Phyllis is walking by and she sees the end of the argument just as a car hits Dr. Taylor. As the driver is calling 911, Phyllis comes over and confronts Adam, demanding to know what they were fighting about. Billy meets with Rafe and asks him about his “relationship” with Adam and Rafe is torn as to whether or not to talk to Billy. Billy promises to protect Rafe’s anonymity if he talks to him about Adam and Rafe finally opens up about how devious Adam is.

Phyllis calls Nick to tell him about the accident as Adam is giving his statement to the police. Nick hangs up and tells Ashley that Dr. Taylor was hit by a car just as Sharon arrives to hear. Later, Phyllis questions about his involvement with Dr. Taylor and Adam tries to shift the focus to divert Phyllis’s attention. At the ranch, at Nick leaves to go to Phyllis, Ashley tells Sharon about Adam’s connection to Dr. Taylor and Sharon admits that she knows Taylor herself. Esther catches Jo-Jo trying to sell off all of Katherine’s priceless antiques to complete strangers. Meanwhile, Jill and Tucker discuss where their relationship is going just as Kay and Neil arrive for a meeting with Jill to finalize everything regarding the take over of Cell Tron. Later, Jo-Jo bolts from the house when Esther tells her that they have already done the DNA test and the results should be there any time.  Phyllis tells Nick what she saw at Jimmy’s and Nick tells her that they need to find out the truth in order to get Adam out of Newman Enterprises for good. Meanwhile, Sharon tells Ashley that Dr. Taylor was the one who delivered Faith just as she breaks down and has to leave the room. At Jimmy’s, Billy is blown away, when Rafe accidentally admits to him that he slept with Adam. Later, Adam continues to lie through his teeth to Nick and Phyllis, pleading innocence. Phyllis decides to go to the hospital to talk to Dr. Taylor as Sharon calls Adam to check in. While they are talking, Adam realizes that Sharon is at the hospital looking for Taylor and Sharon learns that Taylor didn’t survive which means they will never truly know the truth. Billy and Rafe start putting the pieces together and realize just how big Adam’s secret truly is for him to go to such extremes to hide it. Later, Billy goes to Nick and gives him a chance to comment on his story but Nick refuses. Jo-Jo brings Mac’s music box to Jimmy’s and Mac lets her know that someone special gave to her and she’d better leave it when she goes. Jo-Jo opens the box as Tucker arrives and sits down next to Jo-Jo. Meanwhile, Kay, Jill and Neil toast to Tucker’s arrival in their lives. Back at Jimmy’s, Jo-Jo tells Tucker that “they” are going to know the truth soon because the DNA test is coming. At the hospital, Phyllis tells Sharon everything she saw and Adam’s story that Dr. Taylor was drunk when he ran into the street. Phyllis asks Taylor’s doctor about his blood-alcohol level and the doctor tells her that it was very low.

Sharon confronts Adam about what she learned at the hospital the night before. Kay tells Jill and Murphy that the DNA tests come in today and either she will be saying goodbye to Jo-Jo or finding a way to forge a relationship with her. After Kay leaves, Tucker stops by with a surprise for Jill and finds her dealing with Kay’s new spawn latest antics. Later, Tucker gives Jill a gorgeous jeweled necklace just as the DNA results arrive. Billy meets with Heather and tries to get her to open up about Adam’s manipulations. However, Heather turns down Billy’s charms. Meanwhile, Adam tells Ashley the same story he told Sharon to lay the groundwork with the women in his life. Sharon confronts Nick at Newman about his interrogation of Adam and demands that if he wants them to have a civil relationship he needs to back off Adam. Sharon leaves and Nick admits to Phyllis that he wants to see Adam exposed for the fraud that he is. Later, Nick manages to get Adam to sweat when he tells Adam about the expose and all the dirty little secrets Billy is writing about in Restless Style. Meanwhile, Phyllis offers to help Billy with his story on Adam.

Neil, Kay and J.T. wait at the stockholders meeting for all the shareholders to arrive and are stunned when Tucker arrives and announces that he is sole owner of Cell Tron and has no intention of selling back his stock in Chancellor. Kay realizes that that means he now controls all of Chancellor Industries. Later, Jill tells Jo-Jo that she is not Kay’s daughter and Jo-Jo admits that she knew it all along. Tucker admits to Kay that he is her son. The doctor tells Lily, Cane and Mac that they are having twins. Ashley and Sharon realize that they were both at the mental hospital on the same night and Dr. Taylor delivered both of their babies. Meanwhile, Phyllis tells Billy about Adam’s fight with Dr. Taylor and he promises to keep her name out of it. Later, Adam and Nick come to blows just as Victor arrives and demands to know what is going on.

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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