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Y&R Recap – Jan 18 – Jan 22nd

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Phyllis is surprised to see Nikki back in Genoa City and not pleased to learn that Victor came with her. Nick and Adam are stunned to see Victor. At Newman, Victor and Nick face off as Nick tells Victor Newman thrived under his control and the only mistake that was made was Victor’s choice to promote Adam. Victor makes it clear that he is taking back control of Newman Enterprises. Ashley and Sharon compare their stories about the night Faith was born and realize things were left out by Jack and Adam. Jack explains why he never told either Ashley or Sharon about the other’s time in the mental hospital as Billy arrives looking to talk to Ashley about Adam. Sharon leaves as Neil calls looking to talk to all the Abbotts. Kay refuses to believe that Tucker is her son and is hit hard with the enormity of what this means. Later, Kay comes home to Jill just as Nikki arrives and tells them both about Tucker’s take over of Chancellor and his claim that he is Kay’s son. Neil breaks the news to the Abbotts that Tucker McCall Unlimited is now controlling Chancellor Industries and thus Jabot. Later, Jack wonders if Jill was helping Tucker or if just got played for the world’s biggest fool. Meanwhile, Nikki is at a loss when she sees Jill walk out on Kay to go deal with something else, saying that she is helping Kay in her own way. Later, Nikki calls Victor to tell him about Tucker’s take-over and his claim that he is Kay’s son. Phyllis tells Nick that she went to Billy with information. She tells Nick that she isn’t so sure she is going to be able to handle Victor’s reappearance in Genoa City like she thought. Meanwhile, Adam tells Sharon about Victor’s response to their marriage and Sharon tells him that she feels that their marriage may have been a mistake as well.

Tucker tries to make J.T. understand that he did what he did but tried to keep J.T. out of it as much as possible. Tucker tells J.T. not to deny him a great opportunity as J.T. is walking out on him. Meanwhile, the Abbotts pull together to help save Jabot. Later, instead of reaching out to his wife, J.T. goes to Mac for advice. Jack tells Billy to hold off going after Tucker McCall in print because the man can’t know what’s coming until its too late. Meanwhile, Jill confronts Tucker about his lies and secrets. Sharon confronts Adam about the secrets he is continuing to keep from her. Neil comes back to the ranch to comfort Ashley and the two end up in a kiss. Victor offers Kay his full support to bring down Tucker McCall. Cane and Mac are still on a high from learning that she is carrying twins, Cane goes to give the good news to Kay and Jill as J.T. enters. J.T. tells Mac about Tucker’s bait and switch on Kay and Mac demands to know how he could let that happen. Meanwhile, Nikki, Michael and Victor offer Kay their full resources and support. Tucker makes it clear to Jill that he never needed to use her in order to get to Kay or Chancellor. However, Tucker tells her that although Jill may have wanted to be Kay’s daughter, Tucker has no desire to call Kay “mother” even if he is her son. Cane is gob-smacked when Kay tells him that he will now be working for Tucker McCall. Meanwhile, Tucker tells Jill about his life, but maintains that the takeover of Chancellor Industries was purely a business decision. Nikki arrives and is surprised to find Jill there.

Adam swears to Sharon that he is not hiding anything else from her. Meanwhile, Victor arrives at the ranch in time to find Ashley and Neil together and Neil holding Faith. Victor and Neil prepare to go toe-to-toe when Victor accuses Neil of not doing everything he can help Katherine deal with the situation at Chancellor. Later, Adam and Sharon are interrupted when a gift is delivered from Lauren and Adam uses it as a way to help win over Sharon’s trust. While at Fenmore’s shopping, Adam can see that Sharon is still unsettled about his secrets so Adam makes a spectacle and begs Sharon’s forgiveness, which she gives him. Billy runs into Heather while looking to talk to Paul and asks her what she knows about Dr. Taylor. Billy turns on the charm and is surprised when it works and Heather agrees to help him, in more ways than one. Later, Billy and Heather end up in bed together. When Cane tells Kay that he is going to quit Chancellor she refuses to let Tucker win that way and convinces Cane to stay for now. Nearby, Mac calls Brock and tells him that Kay needs him. Meanwhile, before things can escalate between Neil and Victor, Abby arrives and is thrilled to see Victor so Neil slips out. Nikki makes it clear to Tucker that there is no trace of Kay in him and one day he will regret having taken Chancellor from “his mother.” Later, J.T. goes to Tucker for some answers on why Tucker hired him in the first place. At the Chancellor mansion, Kay admits that there may be a possibility that Tucker is her son. Paul brings the news that he tracked down the nurse who led him to Jo-Jo and she admitted that she was paid to lie and that she actually brought in a baby boy the night Kay gave birth. Meanwhile, J.T. agrees to continue to work for Tucker. Victor announces to Ashley, Sharon and Adam that he is taking back the ranch. Kay confronts Tucker and demands a DNA test. Eden brings Michael and Lauren a letter she received from her mom’s sister asking her to come to Paris in order to get to know her mother’s family. At the dive bar, Ryder continues to be torn between his brother and sister, as Kevin gives Ryder some money to help him survive. Chance gets the news that his suspension has been lifted with the stipulation that he stays away from the Riggs case and although relieved, Chance is still clearly troubled. Later, Chance tells Chloe that he wants to go to the station to look at the Riggs file and Chloe reminds him that he has more in his life to think about now than just himself. Chance agrees to let go of the Riggs case for Chloe and Delia’s sake just as Chloe gets a call from Murphy telling her that Kay needs them at the house immediately.

Amber begins to fear for Little D’s safety and wants to go look for him but Daniel thinks better of it. When Amber tells Daniel that she will bring him back to Genoa City with them Daniel lets her know that that changes everything. Daniel begins to think that Amber just wants to find Little D as a way to make an end run around Daniel not wanting to have children right now. Later, their argument gets out of hand when Amber starts to believe that Daniel regrets marrying her. Eden is caught off guard when Noah tells her that she should go to France. Meanwhile, Lauren’s headaches begin to get worse as she explains to Michael her outburst and that she believes it would be in Eden’s best interest to go to France for a while. Daisy can barely contain her smile when she hears that Eden may be leaving. Later, Noah misinterprets Eden’s hurt when he tries not to stand in the way of this great opportunity for her. Kevin, Billy and Mac arrive at the house and Mac and Murphy are surprised by the maturity the two boys show when they come together in their support of Kay. Murphy reminds them that they may not be Kay’s blood but they will always be her family. Later, Amber arrives ahead of Kay and everyone embraces her, which is exactly what Kay needed at a time like this. The lab tech arrives with Tucker close on his heels and Tucker sees that he is about to face a firing squad. Daniel runs into Daisy while looking for Amber and he sees that she is having trouble with her film camera. He offers to lend her one of his digitals and she manipulates the situation so she gets an invitation back to his apartment with him. Meanwhile, Abby tells Noah the real reason why Eden is hurt and Noah hopes it isn’t too late to change Eden’s mind about leaving. At Fenmore’s, Eden tells Michael and Lauren that she wants to go to Paris. Later, Amber and Daniel agree to take the situation with Little D one step at a time. Chance gets a call from a mysterious voice telling him that he is in danger and he covers with Chloe when she asks who it is. Inside, as they finish up the DNA tests, Mac surprises Kay when she shows Brock in and mother and son embrace.

As Patty continues to hide her medication and is slowly going through withdrawal, she fights with herself about taking some of her medication to help her get through it just as Paul arrives. Meanwhile, with Jack distracted because of Tucker and Jabot, Emily offers to postpone the wedding until things calm down. Later, Jack tells Emily that she is his top priority and he won’t let anything get in the way of their wedding. Paul begins to worry for Patty when she goes on a rant about her past with Jack. However, Patty catches herself and immediately pastes on her best “sane” smile for Paul. Victor tells Phyllis and Nick that he plans to move back to the ranch with Nikki. After seeing Victor with Summer, Phyllis agrees to come to dinner in order to help mend fences. Later, everyone is a little stunned when they arrived and realize their intimate dinner is actually a family reunion. J.T. arrives with Reed and he immediately gets into an argument with Victor when Victor realizes that J.T. is still working for Tucker. J.T. decides to leave with Reed rather be controlled by Victor one moment longer. As Emily and Jack are going over their check list for the wedding, Paul calls Emily and tells her about his visit with Patty and that he is worried. Later, Emily arrives at the hospital and Patty covers her anger. After talking to Patty for a few moments, Emily realizes that Patty has regressed back to the eighties again and decides to up her medication. Later, As Victor is addressing his family Jack arrives and Victor and Jack come face to face for the first time since Victor’s return. After Victor’s family has left, Victor sees Emily arrive and greet Jack with a kiss. Victor confronts the two and demands to know what is going on between them.

After his fight with Victor, J.T. decides to call Victoria and tell her about everything that happened with Tucker and Kay and his decision to continue working for Tucker. Victoria isn’t happy and tells him she isn’t sure when she will be coming home. Meanwhile, Phyllis and Nick discuss the events of the evening and Phyllis is impressed by the way J.T. handled himself with Victor. Nick becomes determined to first make Victor see the truth about Adam. At the main house, Adam tells Sharon that he is finally starting to feel like Victor is accepting him. Victor and Jack draw a line in the sand when Victor learns that Jack and Emily are engaged. Ashley comes to Jack and the two siblings stand together to hold Jabot up. Meanwhile, Victor and Tucker finally come face to face. Later, as Ashley and Jack work to reassure the employees of Jabot, they receive a memo from Tucker that unsettles them. Ashley tells Jack that Victor intends to fight her for the ranch. Eden, Michael and Lauren say goodbye as Eden prepares to leave for Paris. Later, Noah and Daisy arrive just as Eden is about to leave. Noah gets a chance to tell Eden how much he truly loves her and the two part ways on a good note. Once Eden is gone, Daisy offers to be there for Noah but Noah can’t be around friends at the moment and leaves. Lily, Cane and Mac gather their families in order to deliver the news that they are having twins. Everyone is thrilled about Lily and Cane’s news and Kay wishes that she could be celebrating the possibility that she may have a son rather battling with him. Later, Malcolm drops a bomb of his own when he informs everyone that he is engaged and that his fiancé is moving to Genoa City to live with him. Neil and Cane refuse to reach to Malcolm and congratulate him on his big news. Mac runs into J.T. at the coffeehouse and tells him that she is carrying twins. He is floored for her and admires what she is doing for Lily and Cane. Later, Brock confronts Mac with his concerns about the surrogacy. Victor and Tucker draw a line in the sand where Kay and Chancellor Industries are concerned. Later, Jill comes by to talk to Kay and hears her tell Nikki that she wishes Nikki would have been her daughter. Moments later, the DNA results arrive and Kay learns the truth about Tucker. Victor tries to get Tucker to sell him his share in Chancellor Industries but Tucker refuses and so Victor ends their little dance and leaves. Lily tells Malcolm that Neil is so angry because Malcolm is asking for too much too soon and Malcolm promises to make things right with Neil. Later, both Neil and Malcolm take a step towards each other and apologize for not trying hard to make an effort. Jill goes to Tucker to find out why he is attacking Kay the way he is and in the end they end up in a passionate kiss. Nikki and Ashley have a confrontation when Nikki enters the ranch uninvited on Noah’s behalf. Ashley asks Nikki for her keys to the ranch back and Nikki refuses to give them to her saying that Victor will decide when Nikki returns her keys. Meanwhile, Victor goes to see Jack about Tucker and two make a truce in order to take down Tucker for Kay’s sake. Later, Kay is devastated when she brings the DNA results to Tucker’s apartment only to find Jill and Tucker in bed together. Eden arrives in Paris to meet her aunt and they are both puzzled when they realize that neither was the first to make contact. Eden wonders who wrote to her if it wasn’t her aunt. Meanwhile, Daisy continues to replace herself into Eden’s life where Michael and Lauren are concerned.

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‘The Talk’ Returns as Sheryl Underwood Shares the ‘Trauma’ She Feels Over Incident That Led to Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

CBS’ afternoon series The Talk finally returned to the air, following the departure of Sharon Osbourne and the tense moments that went down on the March 10th episode between her and Sheryl Underwood.

Monday afternoon, co-hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba along with diversity and inclusion expert, Donald E. Grant, were on the episode.  Grant, served as the moderator as the women discussed what happened when Osbourne came at Underwood when defending Piers Morgan’s remarks about Meghan Markle, eventually prompting an extended internal investigation by CBS.

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On today’s episode, Sheryl Underwood shared: “I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon, because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow. I didn’t want to be perceived as that ‘angry Black woman’, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”

Elaine Welteroth added, “When you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace.  As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.  There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”

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She later added, “I just want to acknowledge you, Sheryl, on air for how you handled the situation. I think it’s important for people to really know the strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. And I think for me, I was just really entering that conversation with the hope of finding a common ground and I didn’t feel like I was heard.”

In addition, Underwood wanted to go on record stating that while she had received text messages from Osbourne, she hadn’t replied to them because she wasn’t sure she was supposed to during during an internal investigation. Osbourne had said that she sent texts to Underwood and had apologized for her actions.

Sheryl shared: “I have never been through something like this. I didn’t know whether you were supposed to communicate or not communicate.  I have not spoken to Sharon, I haven’t had a phone call from her, ” However, Underwood expressed that if a friend were to come up to her and greet her nicely, she would do that same, “When you’re friends with someone, you stay friends,” she said.

So, what did you think about the sentiments shared by Sheryl and Elaine during The Talk? Was this episode helpful in shining a lot on racism, and successful in dealing with what transpired on March 10th with Sharon Osbourne? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Don Diamont & Scott Clifton Shine In Father/Son Scenes; As Bill Watches Liam’s Meltdown Over the Accident that Killed Vinny

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, emotional two-person scenes were the order of the day featuring three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Scott Clifton (who may nab a nominations next year for this story) and longtime soap vet, Don Diamont.

In story, Dollar Bill has done everything to protect his son by covering up all the evidence in his attempt to save Liam from surely a murder sentence and going to prison.

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Bill’s theory: if anyone were to find out that Liam was driving Bill’s car when suddenly out of nowhere came Vinny (Joe LoCicero) – who Liam hates – and he hit him with the car and fatally killed the guy, they would think he had intent and motive. (However, to us there has to be more to the story! Did Vinny just randomly happen to be on the road that Liam and Bill were driving on and walking across it?)

At Bill’s place, Liam is agonizing as he keeps flashing back to the accident.  When Bill comes in from a morning jog, Liam is astonished that his father was out jogging, when they are in deep hot water for covering up their now hit and run.  Bill gets angry and tells him he actually went to see if there are were any cameras near the accident and he is happy to report there were none, so Liam is in the clear.  Therefore, Liam needs to keep his mouth shut and let this go and move on with his life and reuniting with Hope (Annika Noelle).

Not able to live with the cover-up, the lies, and what he did, Liam is insisting he has to go to the police, but Bill shouts: “You are not going to the police!” Liam goes on to his own subplot theory that they can say he hit an animal and then turn themselves in. Bill keeps firing back at his son, that he cannot do anything of the sort. He has done everything to protect his son in this mess and Liam could screw that all up with one wrong move.  Bill says, “All you have to do is…” and Liam fires back, “Pretend it never happened.”

It is then that Bill tells Liam that killing Vinny will haunt him whether he’s behind bars or a free man, and that he should opt for the latter.  Now unraveling, Liam’s convinced the police will figure out their cover-up. Just then, Bill pulls out a news report on his phone about the hit-and-run that has no leads and no ID of the body.  He assures his son there will never be any leads because he took care of everything.

Just then, Hope texts Liam wondering where he is for their lunch date.  Bill tells Liam to text her back saying something came up, he is in no condition to see anyone till he pulls himself together.  Liam texts back that he can’t make it.  When Hope texts back in response, “I hope you’re okay,” that sets up the end of the episode where Liam begins to hyperventilate and cannot catch his breathe, and is frightened and grief-stricken, and horrified at what he has done.  Bill comes to his aid and tells him he will not let anything happen to his son, and to dig deep to put this accident behind him.  Bill expresses that if Liam can’t do it himself, to lean on him.

However, Vinny was just ID’d in the hospital morgue by Finn (Tanner Novlan), so there’s that!

Kudos to both Scott Clifton and Don Diamont for the riveting scenes between father and son within the episode.

So, what did you think of Scott and Don’s performance? How will Bill and Liam be able to continue to cover-up the hit and run of Vinny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, watch the final moments from the episode below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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