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Y&R Recap – June 20 – June 24th

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Daniel gets swarmed by Abby, Kevin and Chloe, who have been anxiously awaiting news about the custody hearing. Daniel agrees when everyone exclaims none of this would’ve happened if it wasn’t for Phyllis. Victoria visits the ranch after hearing allegations that Victor is dead, and runs into Nick. She cries about the judges’ ruling, and Nick informs her Victor is fine. He also adds that Victor’s death rumor was spread on purpose. Victor learns that someone besides Adam made off like a bandit during the Newman stock slide. Billy and Rafe discuss Victoria, and Lucy’s adoption. When Victoria arrives home, Billy does what he thinks is best.  Nick shows Phyllis how to calm Lucy down. Summer isn’t happy that Lucy is living with them. Phyllis admits she worries about her family and the conflict over Lucy. Kay admits to Tucker that she may be making decisions that he would not agree with. Abby makes a heartfelt confession to him and asks for forgiveness. Katherine finds Jack and announces her decision about the future of Jabot. Victoria finds solace in Victor while Billy drowns his sorrows at the bar. Chloe reveals to Victoria that she had a change of heart about fighting for custody of Delia. Kevin surprises Billy when he admits he is on Billy’s side.

Piper’s father Lee enters the barn, and as Piper introduces him to Sharon, he pulls back his suit coat, revealing a Federal Marshall badge. Sharon’s change in demeanor does not go unnoticed. Adam informs Diane that her actions have made him appear much less guilty and have made her look very suspicious. She is confronted by an SEC official, who notifies her that she is under investigation. Michael and Victor meet with an SEC official, who informs them that Adam used Diane rather wisely, and is unsure he will be able to incriminate him. Adam and Victor have a heated confrontation. Victoria tries to remain upbeat for Reed when she learns that JT and Mac had another son. Chloe finds Billy and explains she is thinking about dropping her petition for full custody of Delia. However, seeing him in his self-destructive state changes her mind.

After biding Piper and Lee good-bye Sam brings up the topic of Lee to Sharon. She rushes away and suddenly screams on her way out of the barn.  ­Tension builds when Sharon refuses to allow Sam to take her to the hospital after having stepped on a pitchfork. Adam gloats about the impending IPO outcome to a financial reporter. Nick confronts him for exploiting Sharon once again. Colin is wheeled to be x-rayed when Genevieve and Cane arrive at his empty hospital room. Cane feels ill thinking about how his and Genevieve’s actions have caused so much pain. Kay finds Jill at the bar alone and tries to console her. Noah catches Nick and Adam feuding. Adam smugly asks how Sharon’s house is suiting Noah. Sofia confesses the truth to Malcolm. Genevieve approaches Neil and Lily, but Jill appears and demands Genevieve back off. Shock ensues as Colin arrives, and Cane looks on, unnoticed. ­Everyone is stunned to see Colin arrive. He announces that the charges against him have been dropped, as Cane reveals himself and reluctantly admits Colin speaks the truth. Malcolm will not accept Sofia’s insistence that he is the man she truly loves. Sofia reveals to a shocked Neil that Malcolm knows everything, and that her baby could be his. Victor arrives to comfort a lonely Victoria, and she realizes she must let Lucy go. He suddenly asks her shocking question. Jack is helping Billy unpack in his trailer when Chloe arrives with Delia. She insists she had hoped Billy would’ve cleaned up his act. Jack finds a Daily Racing Form, but Billy denies that he has been gambling. Lily and Daniel meet to help one another momentarily forget about the drama in their lives. At the bar, Billy is approached by a pretty blonde. A furious Malcolm and Neil have a heated confrontation.

Diane informs Adam that because she’s under investigation, she demands twice the amount they had negotiated or she’ll expose him. Adam assures her that there is yet another plan to make both of them rich. Victoria gets no response when she tries Billy’s cell. At the bar, he flirts with a blonde, who insists he let her give him a ride home. Victor arrives at the jail where Abby and Ashley discuss the night Tucker was hit. Spencer informs Ashley that because Diane is under investigation, her testimony regarding the accident has lost its credibility. Abby finally admits the truth to Victor. At his bedside, Ashley takes Tucker’s hand and he suddenly begins to move. Kay makes Jack’s position official. Despite Victor’s protests Abby is ready to make her confession public. Blondie enters Billy’s trailer, and things look suspicious when someone catches them. Victor delivers subpoenas to both Adam and Diane. He informs them that the D.A and SEC have concluded suspicious behavior on the day of the IPO.

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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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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