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Y&R Recap – July 8 – July 12th

18. Victor Gets Colleen's heart - The Young and the Restless

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Sharon tells Jack about how she looks back at old pictures, and it’s like she’s still trapped in a time when Cassie was alive, and she was married to Nick.  Lauren asks Michael if he is going to file for divorce now that their 30-day trial period is up. Michael tells her that he’s committed to making their marriage work. Michael tears up the divorce papers, and leads Lauren into the bedroom. Fen comes to see Carmine with the hopes of scoring some drugs. Carmine turns Fen down and calls Lauren to warn her, but she hits the ‘ignore’ button on her phone. Carmine finds Fen passed out in the alley with a bag of white powder next to him.

Kyle admits to Abby that he shouldn’t have ended things with Summer, but doesn’t think calling her is a good idea. Abby thinks Kyle should tell Jack about the kiss he shared with Phyllis. When Jack overhears Kyle arguing with Abby. Kyle is forced to come clean about the kiss. Courtney tells Kyle that Summer will come home if he tells her that he’s sorry. Courtney calls Summer to let her know that her parents are in Chicago looking for her. Phyllis and Nick look for Summer at a modeling agency in Chicago. Summer sends Phyllis and Nick a text informing them that she is heading back to Genoa City. Phyllis goes home and tells Jack that she needs to tell him something. Later, Nick finds Summer/ Chelsea is surprised to learn that Anita and Jeff are coming over to have dinner with her and Dylan. Anita is shocked at where Chelsea and Dylan live. Dylan hopes that Anita and Jeff can be happy for them. Later, Dylan brings up the connection between Chelsea and her mother. Meanwhile, Jeff wants the truth out of Anita about whose baby Chelsea is carrying.

When Michael and Lauren rush to Fen’s hospital room, Michael accuses Carmine of giving Fen the drugs. Carmine says he saved Fen’s life. The doctor informs them that Fen’s condition is critical, and that they should talk to him, because familiar voices are helpful. Michael asks Fen how this happened.

Phyllis comes clean and tells Jack that she kissed Kyle to break him and Summer apart because Summer is Jack’s daughter. When Jack blasts Phyllis for keeping this from him, she tells him she didn’t know until Nick told her. Meanwhile, Summer accuses Nick of lying in order to keep her away from Kyle. Nick assures her it’s true.  He is not her father, Jack is.  Nick wants to take Summer home and she tells him that she doesn’t have a home or a family.

Kevin thanks Paul for his new job. Michael demands Carmine be locked up for trying to kill his son. Paul agrees to start investigating. Lauren sees Carmine outside Fen’s hospital room and blames him for putting Fen in the hospital. Carmine insists he had nothing to do with it. Paul takes Carmine down to the station for questioning. Later, Michael asks if Fen is sure Carmine gave him the drugs.

Victor questions Adam about his love life. Later, Adam warns Melanie not to underestimate Victor. Victor gets Melanie to admit that she has been working with Adam. When Melanie offers to continue to work for Adam, he tells her that she failed at her task and is of no use to him.  Leslie reads Neil one of Rose’s letters to Gus begging him not to cut her off. Neil learns that Rose died in a hospital in Evanston in 2007.

Nikki explains to Victoria that Billy needs his family and that she should give him another chance. Victor comes home and tells Nikki about a fundraiser he wants to have for MS research. Meanwhile, Chloe talks to Billy about his addiction and says that she is on his side.

Stitch encourages Dylan to tell Chelsea about his time in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Chelsea asks Avery if Dylan ever talked about the war. Avery tells Chelsea that Dylan’s entire unit was killed and he was presumed dead.  Phyllis tells Summer that they need to go home. Summer tells Phyllis that she doesn’t belong to anyone anymore. Phyllis promises Summer that she will be there for her every step of the way. Meanwhile, Nick tells Victor that Summer is not his biological daughter. Victor concludes that Summer is Jack’s daughter and gets upset that Summer is an Abbott.

Neil sees Jill at On The Blvd, and invites her to have dinner with him. Lily greets them, and then goes to sit with Cane and Hilary while they go over contracts. Meanwhile, Neil receives a new message from the mystery blogger and recalls being in a bar in Evanston in 2007.   Abby shows up at Noah and Tyler’s apartment. Tyler says he needs a break from old habits and surprises Abby with a kiss. Dylan tells Chelsea about his time in Afghanistan. Sharon brings Faith home and they have dinner with Nick. Faith wishes she could have her family together all of the time. Nick finally tells Sharon that Summer is not his daughter. Sharon tells him that he isn’t alone, and she will help him through this.

Phyllis tells Nick that he can’t fix this in one night, and needs to take a step back. Meanwhile, Traci tells Jack that there’s still time for him to be a father to Summer. Later, Jack admits to Phyllis that he is tempted to fall off the wagon. Nick shows up to see Jack.  Kyle asks for Billy’s help in turning the restaurant into a romantic night for Summer. Billy hands him the keys and tells him to lock up when he’s done.  Summer gets a text from Kyle saying they need to talk. Summer walks into the romantic set up Kyle has created. Kyle explains that he wants to start over where they had their first date. Summer bursts into tears and tells Kyle they cannot ever date, because they are brother and sister!

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I have watched Y and R for most of my life,(my Mom watched). That being said, it’s refreshing to see & read what is going on on my favorite daytime soap. My DVR & Wi-Fi was down so I wasn’t able to watch. I just wanted you to know that I often read your tweets, to find out info on my guilty pleasure. Y and R is always evolving and entertaining. When I was in elementary school I played the the opening theme song for my piano recital in front of the entire school! I still remember when I told… Read more »

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Juicy, I can’t wait until this plays out. Keep me guessing. I Love It. 🙂

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Since I first watched the amazing episode of when Victor and Nicki got married back in the 80’s i was hooked! I love the story lines this show keeps everyone watching and on their toes to see what happens next.

Keep Up the good Work Y&R Writers.

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 we 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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