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Y&R Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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Kay is pleasantly surprised to answer the door and find Christine standing in front of her. Meanwhile, Nina starts to feel insecure with Chris in town and Paul working on case for Victor in order to protect Nikki. Later, Kay wonders how Chris is dealing with Nina and Paul’s budding relationship and Chris tells her that she is fine with it but Kay knows better. Meanwhile, Paul senses some of Nina’s insecurities and tries to assuage her fears. As Nikki is stunned speechless, Meggie walks in and interrupts Victor’s proposal. Victor not so subtly tells Meggie to get lost so that he can finally get an answer from Nikki. Alone, Nikki tells Victor that she isn’t sure about the timing of his proposal and that she needs more time to consider. Later, Victor makes his position clear with Meggie that even though he owes her, he will protect his family from anyone. Chance tells Heather that he thinks that Ronan was responsible for planting the bug so that he could stay one step ahead of them at all times. Chance comes up with a plan to expose Ronan and tries to find a way to tell Chloe the truth about what happened with Heather. Meanwhile, Billy gives Chloe a hard time about living across the hall from Chance while he still a target but Chloe wonders why Billy can’t just be happy that she finally found a decent guy. Later, Heather and Chance pretend as though they didn’t find the bug as they call Billy and tell him that they have a story for him. Meanwhile, Ronan meets with Meeks and tells him that if they don’t get Chance off the case or demoted their entire case could blow up in their faces. As Paul and Michael are meeting about Meggie, Christine sneaks up and surprises Michael, who is thrilled to see her. Later, as Nina opens up to Kay about what it could mean having Chris back in town; Paul, Chris and Michael remember old times. Nina thinks back on her past with Chris and their bond just as Paul and Chris are remembering the love they had for one another. Nina tells Kay that she knows she can trust both Chris and Paul and she can let her insecurities get the best of her.

Nikki tells Kay about Victor’s proposal and Kay tells her that she thinks Nikki should have told Victor no. Kay tells her that what they have now works, why mess with that. Kay advises Nikki to follow her heart. Meanwhile, Victor sends Meggie out to Fenmores to get her own clothes as he plans something special for Nikki. Later, Victor surprises Nikki with a new foal and an elaborate speech, telling her that he never wants to live without her again. He asks her to marry him again, properly. After a moment, Nikki finally tells Victor she will marry him. Ronan shows up at the magazine and warns Billy not to print a word of Chance’s story and Billy wonders how Ronan knew that Chance wanted to give Billy the story. Chance shows up and asks the same question just as he arrests Ronan. Later, Meeks shows up and Ronan tells him that the reason he bugged the apartment was to keep Chance from going to the press. Meeks takes Ronan’s side and takes Chance off the case. Chance is furious as Ronan gives Chance a veiled threat, telling him he better keep his mouth shut of things could get worst for him on the home front. Heather doesn’t feel good about Ronan guarding her now but Chance assures her that he will be back once he deals with telling Chloe the truth.

Jack runs into Phyllis at the coffeehouse and wonders how she is coping with leaving Nick. She assures him that she is doing okay with it and focuses on Summer, Daniel on the other hand is another story. Meanwhile, Daniel meets with Abby and she tells him that she wants him to meet her producer, which Daniel has no interest in. When Kent arrives Abby dives right in, wanting to know when they start filming their first episode. Later, Phyllis is none to pleased about Daniel’s debut on the cover of Restless Style. Abby is beaten and furious when Kent tells her that there is no backer for the pilot and the “The Naked Heiress” is officially dead. Lauren is blindsided when she is served with legal papers at Fenmores. Lauren arrives at the Chancellor estate to confront Jill about suing her for half of Fenmores but Jill tells her that she has their father’s will and it should be a slam dunk case now. Later, just as Lauren and Jill are about to rip each other apart, Kay steps in. Kay tries to make Lauren and Jill see the where the other is coming from. Kay asks Jill to give Lauren some time to process what’s just happened to her. Kay and Neil wonder what is going on with Tucker when he sends Sofia Dupre to an important meeting in his place. Meanwhile, Tucker and Ashley decide to confront Victor directly about their suspicions that he is bribing a Japanese official in order to maintain his hold on Asian cosmetics market, knowing that they have no proof and it could backfire. Victor doesn’t even flinch at their accusation and warns Ashley about getting in Tucker’s way when he wants something and what could happen to her if she doesn’t play by his rules.  As their meeting gets underway and Neil is making his presentation, Sofia immediately rubs Neil the wrong way when she tells him that his points are way off the mark. Sofia tells them that Chancellor needs to update their image and Kay takes immediate offense. Sofia gives them her own report and asks them to keep an open mind but Neil has some questions. Later, Neil wonders why he hasn’t met Sofia before now and if it’s because she is here to do Tucker’s dirty work but Sofia assures him that Tucker is capable of that all on his own. Abby confronts her father but her anger gets the better of her and Victor tells her that she won’t see a dime of her trust fund until she grows up. Meanwhile, Phyllis learns about Abby and Daniel’s sex tape and goes ballistic. Daniel tries to calm her down by telling her that she will stay away from Abby but Phyllis is incensed, wanting to know what Daniel was thinking getting involved with a hot mess like Abby Newman.

Ashley meets with Jack to get his help brainstorming ideas on how to get Beauty of Nature away from Victor. Jack tells her to call Tucker because he has a proposition for him. Jack offers to get BofN for Tucker in exchange for becoming co-CEO with Ashley of Jabot and Tucker takes him up on the offer. Daniel tells Phyllis that there is more to Abby than people think. Meanwhile, Victor tells Ashley that Abby’s reality show is off the table. Jack meets with Abby and Abby tells him that although it will devastate her, she is going to sell Brad’s house in order to pay for her show. Jack, however, tells her that there may be another way. Later, Phyllis considers going back to work at Jabot. Meanwhile, Jack tells Abby that she can use her Newman stock in order to leverage the power she needs to get what she wants. Things with Jill and Lauren go from bad to worse when Lauren tells Jill that she will never accept her as her sister because her father never accepted her as his daughter. Sofia surprises Malcolm at the magazine office and he is thrilled to have his fiancé in town. Neil on the other hand isn’t happy to hear from Tucker that Sofia is going to be handling more of Tucker’s work at Chancellor from now on.

Victoria is taken aback when Victor tells her about his visit from Tucker and Ashley and inquires about her trip to Japan. Meanwhile, Jack tells Abby that she should be second only to Victor in terms of how much power she should have at Newman now and although grateful for the information, Abby tells Jack she isn’t interested in being his puppet the way Colleen was. Later, Jack antes up with Abby and tells her that he wants something from Victor and so does she and that they should form a partnership. Abby agrees as long as she gets cash immediately. At Restless Style, Daniel confronts Billy about lying to Abby about the cover and Billy wonders why it matters to Daniel and what Abby means to him. It becomes clear to Daniel that Billy is yanking his chain just as Nikki shows up wanting to know what Billy’s intentions are for Victoria. As Malcolm and Sofia are getting reacquainted Tucker calls and asks to meet with both of them now. After a roll in the hay, Sofia tries to get Malcolm up to meet Tucker but he is less than enthusiastic. Sofia promises to make sure that Malcolm won’t have any more family conflicts with Neil but Malcolm isn’t so sure she can keep that promise where Tucker is concerned. Later, Tucker asks Sofia to relocate to Genoa City in order to handle things with Jack Abbott. Meanwhile, Jack tells Abby that they need to take their time but Abby isn’t interested in patience. As Adam and Skye are in the middle getting The Newman Fund up and running, Nick stops by to find out just what kind of con they are running. Nick threatens to sick the S.E.C. on them but Adam and Skye don’t even flinch, telling Nick that they have nothing to hide with the Newman Fund. Victoria is stung when Victor tells her that he expects better from her while they are discussing the way she handled things in Japan and Victoria tells him that next time he can handle his own dirty work. Meanwhile, Billy is open and honest with Nikki about his feelings for Victoria and about the conflict it causes running Restless Style and Nikki is genuinely impressed. Later, after her fight with Victor, Victoria seeks solace from Nikki. Victoria tells her mother that she thinks it may be time to move on from Newman since her father doesn’t believe that she is competent to do her job. Victoria immediately goes on the defensive when Nikki tells her about her talk with Billy, assuming the worst. Abby proposes to Victor that she come to work at Newman and they produce “The Naked Heiress” together. When Victor says no to the idea Abby tells him he doesn’t have a choice, since she is the second largest stockholder. Victor tells her that as majority stockholder he has the say over any project and he will not allow this. Abby throws a fit and storms out of the ranch. Later, Abby comes to Daniel for a little understanding and as she is explaining to him just why “The Naked Heiress” is so important to her Daniel finally sees a whole new side to Abby. He kisses her and things heat up. Post-sex, they are talking about Abby’s horse and Abby gets an idea. Just as Malcolm and Sofia are discussing her relocation, Jack arrives to see Tucker. Jack is wary when he realizes that he will be dealing with Sofia but quickly impressed by her sass and business sense. Billy convinces Victoria to go to dinner with her family but Victoria won’t go without him and Billy agrees. Adam and Skye gloat as they realize that their investment is doubling in size and what it will do to Victor and Nick. Later, Billy and Victoria arrive at the club but Billy tells her that he is going to let her go to dinner alone but not without a kiss. Victoria joins her family and Nikki and Victor announce their engagement just as Abby rides into the club naked on her horse.

At Jimmy’s, just as Nina is getting ready for some time alone with Paul in walks Chris. Meanwhile, Heather tells Ronan that she doesn’t trust him and she is going to do everything she can to get Chance reinstated. Chance shows up at the dive bar and briefly says hello to Chris and Nina before he tries to get into it with three guards from the prison about who tipped them off about the warrant but they won’t tell him a thing. Later, Nina, Paul and Chris remember the child that was stolen from Nina and admits that she wishes she knew that he was okay. At the club, mayhem ensues as the Newmans are stunned by Abby’s naked entrance and Daniel films the entire thing nearby. Victor gets up to cover Abby up but she tells him that she is trying to sell her horse and doesn’t want to be covered as Victor tries to stop Daniel from filming. Later, as Victor is trying to straighten things out with the police and keep Abby out of the media, Abby steps in and says that she doesn’t want that but Victor takes Daniel’s camera and smashes it making it very clear that what she wants doesn’t matter. At the coffeehouse, Kevin tells Chloe that he is afraid Ryder is gone for good and that could mean he will lose Crimson Lights. Kevin tracks down Ryder’s phone at the G.C.A.C. but when he calls Jana is disappointed to learn that her phone has been disconnected. Chance and Ronan clash when Ronan tells Chance to back off his investigation. Meanwhile, Paul offers to help Nina try to find the son that was lost to her years ago. At the station, Chance tells Heather that he is going to continue to try and keep an eye on them because he doesn’t trust Ronan. He makes it clear to Heather it’s because he is her friend nothing more and that he has to tell Chloe the truth now. Abby is finally arrested when she refuses to listen to Victor and go home quietly. At the jail, Abby expects jail to be a walk in the park but Daniel sets her straight and worries for her that she is in for a rude awakening. Meanwhile, Victor and Nikki are hurt but Victoria and Nick’s lack of enthusiasm over their engagement but Victor assures them that he is in this relationship forever. Later, Abby is a deer in the headlights for her mug shot after she learns she won’t be arraigned until Monday. Daniel promises her that she will be okay and he will visit her.

Kevin and Chloe go to the club to find out more about Jana and Ryder and learn from the club’s manager that Ryder and Jana left together without paying their bill. Later, the manager shows Kevin and Chloe pictures of Jana and Ryder leaving their room with suitcases, kissing and Kevin realizes that if the police don’t find them he will lose everything. At the coffeehouse, Chloe doesn’t realize that when Chance shows up he is there to protect Heather rather than to see her. When Chance rebuffs her romantic advances once again, however, Chloe asks Chance what is going on with him. Meanwhile, as Chris, Nina and Paul are discussing Nina’s child, Chris leaves abruptly which Nina and Paul notice and wonder if there is more going on with Chris than they realized. Later, Chris calls Ronan at the coffeehouse and tells him that Nina and Paul are looking for him. Ronan tells her that she needs to stop them now. Moments later, officers arrive to arrest Chance for drug possession. Adam tells Skye that he is meeting with Vance and that since Patty confessed to Hightower’s murder to he is feeling a lot more confident. Meanwhile, Patty has a nightmare of the night of Hightower’s murder and wakes up in a cold sweat whispering to herself that she didn’t do it. Paul arrives to visit Patty and realizes that she is in distress over Hightower’s murder. Paul calls Emily to come and help Patty try to figure things out. Jack however, is not too pleased when Emily agrees to go to the hospital to help Patty. At the station, Chloe and Nina wait for word on Chance as Ronan, Heather and Chris arrive and Chris is astonished to see how grownup Heather is. As Chloe and Nina are catching Chris up, Chloe tells Nina that before the arrest Chance was acting strangely. In the interrogation room, Chance points the finger at Ronan as the one who set him up and planted the drugs in his car. As Chance tries to defend himself to Owen and Sid, Ronan exposes his affair with Heather to them. Later, Sid suspends Chance without pay for this behavior with Heather until I.A.B. can clear him. At the hospital, after talking to Patty, Emily tells Paul that it is clear that her confession is more questionable than ever and she is calling the D.A. Meanwhile, Vance assures Adam and Skye that Adam will be a free man soon but Jack tells them not to get ahead of themselves. Chance takes off from the station without a word to Nina or Chloe and Heather tells them that Ronan hung Chance out to dry. Nina turns on Ronan and attacks him and as Chris stands by watching Nina attack her own son she finally steps in, telling her to stop. Paul arrives before more can be said and Heather and Nina fill him in. Paul tells Ronan that he won’t allow him to be alone with his daughter and Nina vows not to stop until Ronan is thrown off the force. Later, as Chloe is telling Chance that they can get through anything together as long as they communicate and Chance is about to tell her the truth about Heather, Nina barrels in, interrupting. Adam eavesdrops on Emily and Owen’s conversation as Emily tells Owen that Patty’s confession is no longer solid and that he should meet with her. Upstairs, Adam tells Skye that he needs to do something to stop Patty from recanting her confession. Meanwhile, Emily tells Jack that she is going to continue to treat Patty and Jack’s concern continues to grow. Later, Adam tells Skye that while he goes to see Patty she is going to be his alibi. Chris witnesses an altercation between Paul and Ronan over his treatment of Heather. Heather says that she is calling Owen and having Ronan reassigned but Chris steps in and tells Heather to stop. Meanwhile, the moment of truth finally happens when Chance and Chloe are alone and Chance tells her that he slept with Heather. Later, Chris tells Paul and Heather that Ronan is working undercover against some dangerous people. Chris tells them that she came back to town in order to protect Heather.

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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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