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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.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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