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Y&R Recap – March 15 – March 19th

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Nick thanks Phyllis for giving him back his will to hope but she stops him, admitting that part of her wishes he didn’t know the truth. Nick tries to reassure Phyllis but she has seen it all before and she knows what is coming and has no one to blame but herself. Later, Nick promises Phyllis that they can make it through this because he needs her and she promises to stand by him. Sharon fears for Ashley, knowing that Faith has become her entire world and what the truth could do to her. Meanwhile, Ashley tells Billy that she will prove that Faith is hers that Victor will help her do it. At the cabin, Jack and Victor are immediately back at each other’s throat after Adam’s escape until they learn that a body is found down by the ravine. Later, Ashley continues to convince herself that Faith is hers and Jack fears that history is repeating itself. Sharon’s anger towards Adam overwhelms her and she ends up smashing a photo of him until she finds herself standing in front of Cassie. Meanwhile, Victoria tells J.T. everything that happened at the cabin and everything they learned and although shell shocked, J.T. is disgusted by the Newmans actions. Later, Sharon admits to Cassie that she is afraid that Adam was telling the truth and that Taylor was telling all lies. Cassie pushes Sharon to go see Faith and find out for herself if she believes in her heart if the baby is hers. Victor finds Adam’s body down by the ravine and he is barely alive as Victor starts CPR wondering if he should just leave Adam for dead. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Victoria that Victor is as dangerous as Adam and that he fears what could happen to Reed being exposed to him as he grows up. Later, Billy and Victoria bond as they realize how much their families are about to both lose and gain. Meanwhile, J.T. decides to go after full custody of Reed.

As Ashley recounts the night of her labor for Jack and Billy they start to realize that there are holes in the story. Moments later, Nick, Phyllis and Sharon arrive and ask to see Faith. Ashley allows them in, but makes it clear that they shouldn’t get ahead of themselves just yet as Sharon and Nick look at Faith with new eyes. Meanwhile, Heather meets Victor at the hospital and Victor allows her to take over custody of Adam because he can’t stand the sight of him. Later, Ashley decides it’s time for everyone to leave. Outside, Sharon tells Nick and Phyllis about her talk with Cassie and Nick promises Sharon that she will get to hold Faith forever if she turns out to be their child. Heather promises Adam that he is going to live so that she can nail his ass to the wall. Meanwhile, Ashley decides that she needs to take Faith and leave Genoa City as soon as possible.

Kevin accidentally finds the photos of Lauren and Paul in Michael’s briefcase while talking to Michael and Lauren at the coffeehouse. Later, Kevin confronts Lauren about the photos he found in the briefcase. Lauren tries to explain herself but Kevin refuses to lie to Michael and cover anything up for Lauren. Daniel becomes uneasy when he realizes that Lily is lying to Neil also about the fact that her chemo didn’t cure her cancer. Alone, Lily remains adamant that Daniel keeps her secret in order to protect Cane from himself. Later, Lily is tortured when she has to lie to Cane’s face about the test results and see just how happy he is for her. Billy runs into Victoria at the coffeehouse and they continue to have sparks until Victoria brings up Ashley and tells her that Ashley is trying to come to terms with the truth. They continue to bond when they agree that families do whatever it takes to protect each other, unlike J.T. Meanwhile, Ashley waits until Jack gives her some time to herself to make her move. At Jimmy’s, J.T. unloads about his problems with Victoria and the Newmans onto Mac. Mac tells him that everyone pays for their crimes sooner or later. Later, Jack realizes that Ashley has taken Faith and left. Billy and Victoria both get bad news, Victoria that J.T. is suing for full custody of Reed and Billy that Ashley and Faith are missing. Meanwhile, Ashley runs into Tucker in the airport and he offers to keep her company while her plane is delayed, which is the last thing she wants. Later, Tucker gives Ashley some much needed advice. Meanwhile, Billy, Jack and Neil try to look for Ashley without alerting the Newmans. Mac stops by to see Cane and Lily at the Immigration office and Daniel arrives to make one final plea to Lily to tell Cane the truth before it is too late. Later, Michael breaks the bad news to the group that Cane’s appeal was denied and Daniel pushes Lily to tell him the truth now. Victoria confronts J.T. about trying to take Reed from her and she tells him to go to hell. Victoria rips into J.T. and tells him that he had better be off the ranch by the time she gets back. Later, Michael tells Victoria that she can’t force J.T. off the ranch and if she wants to fight J.T. for custody she has to stay put to do it. Meanwhile, J.T. tells Mac that he isn’t going anywhere.

Lauren finally breaks through to Kevin, who tells her that he believes that she isn’t cheating on Michael. Kevin tells her that he found the photos sealed in Michael’s briefcase and that someone wants to make trouble for them and Lauren realizes that she has to be the one to tell Michael the truth. Meanwhile, Lily finally admits to Cane that her PET scan results weren’t good and Cane is crushed. Ashley arrives home with Faith after getting a ride from Tucker and her brothers aren’t thrilled when they see them together but they are more relieved that Ashley is back.

As Nick and Sharon begin to hope for the best, Sharon wonders how Phyllis is taking the news. Meanwhile, Phyllis admits to Malcolm that she believes that Nick and Sharon learning the truth about Faith could be the beginning of the end for her marriage. Malcolm, however, helps Phyllis sees how self-pitying she is being and Phyllis decides to go home to her husband. At Brad’s, Ashley remains rational but continues to believe that there is no way that Adam could have had anything to do with the baby switch. Jack reminds that she needs to make a decision about the DNA test at some point for everyone’s sake. As Patty is starting to have a meltdown worrying about where Jack is, she is confronted by one of Emily’s new patients. Patty tries to help Emily’s patient but knowing the right thing to say or do, she nearly goes off the deep end. Patty tells Lynn, her patient, that she believes it would be best that she find a new therapist and she leaves just as she runs into Jack. Later, before Jack can fill Patty in she gets a call from Emily’s boss at the hospital and she has to continue to put on her charade as Jack decides he needs to get back to Ashley.

Kay has a moment of compassion for Jill when she sees that Jill is about to breakdown over loses Cane. Meanwhile, Lily pleads with Cane to get on the plane and go back to Australia because she needs him. Later, Neil, Lily and Malcolm all say their goodbyes to Cane and Cane asks Neil to look out for Lily. Meanwhile, Jill tries frantically to help Cane and both Jill and Kay realize that blood doesn’t matter as Kay admits to Jill that she still thinks of Jill as her daughter. Victor delivers Adam Sharon’s annulment papers and Adam tells Victor to just let him die. Victor refuses to let Adam continue to play the victim and try to convince anyone that he that he is mentally ill. Meanwhile, Sharon thanks Phyllis for giving her back her future although Phyllis struggles with what it could mean for her own. Later, Victor comes by to see Faith and the revelation of everything that has happened finally hits him as he holds the baby close, which alarms Ashley as she watches him. Victor is finally able to get Ashley to acknowledge that there is a chance that Faith isn’t their child. Adam makes a final plea to Heather, trying to manipulate her one last time but Heather sees through him and tells him to go to hell. Meanwhile, Sharon gets a call just as she is leaving the tack house from Ashley asking her and Nick to come to Brad’s and Phyllis advises them not to anticipate the worse just yet. Later, at the Abbott cabin, Phyllis remembers past events with Nick and Sharon as she pulls down the plaque she and Nick put up in honor of Faith Cassidy. At Brad’s, Ashley tells the group that she is willing to let Nick and Sharon run a DNA test. As Lily tries hard to keep it together, Cane pretends to have lost his wedding ring and uses it as a distraction in order to flea Immigration custody. At the hospital, Heather introduces Adam to his court appointed psychiatrist, “Emily.” Meanwhile, as Phyllis is driving back from the cabin, she hits a patch of black ice and skids off the road.

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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