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Y&R Recap – March 8 – March 12th

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Victor goes to Heather to make sure she plans to prosecute Adam. Heather, however, informs Victor that her hands are tied without evidence or a confession from Adam. Later, Victor meets with Jack to see if he cares more about beating Victor than he does about taking down Adam. Meanwhile, Heather goes to Adam to make sure he knows just how close the walls are to closing in on him. Jack and Ashley continue to wonder if Adam and Taylor stole Sharon’s baby if they should tell Sharon about their theory. Meanwhile, as Adam tries to convince Sharon to stay with him, things from the night of Sharon’s labor start to come back to her and she comes to same realization herself and asks Adam if her baby is still alive. Sharon pleads with Adam to tell her where Faith is but he chooses to save himself and Sharon realizes just how devious he truly is and leaves him. Later, Sharon tells Ashley about her theory and is stunned when Ashley immediately agrees with her and promises that they will find out what happened to Sharon’s baby. J.T. and Victoria agree to keep their divorce amicable. Later, the divorce proceedings get off to a rocky start. However, when J.T.’s lawyer starts to attack Victoria, J.T. immediately fires him and asks Victoria and Michael to reschedule for another time. Kevin continues to refuse to believe that Jana’s letter is real and Michael tries to play devil’s advocate but has to concede to Kevin’s point of view that Jana is too outspoken that Kevin wouldn’t know something this huge was wrong in their marriage. Meanwhile, Daisy snaps photos of Lauren and Paul’s kiss at Jimmy’s. Lauren brings Paul home and as they are reminiscing about the past, Paul is reminded of all the people is has let down. Lauren tries to make him feel better and before they know what is happening they fall into a kiss. Paul stops her, however, before things can get to far and realizes that Lauren is acting strange as she talks about Michael with no guilt or remorse for what they were about to do. Later, Lauren asks Michael to help Paul with Patty’s case, not mentioning anything that happened between them earlier. Jana tries to make a run for it when Daisy releases her in order for Jana to make a call to Kevin. As Kevin is trying to get Heather to help amp up the search for Jana, he gets a call from Jana herself. Jana is cold and disconnected as she tells him to stop looking for her and that their marriage is over. Kevin is devastated when he hangs up the phone. When Jana hangs up she tells Daisy that Kevin won’t give up no matter what she said, but Daisy tells her that she had better hope he does. Sharon and Ashley talk to the hospital, mental institution and morgue and learn that there is no file of Sharon giving birth or of a stillborn baby and Sharon realizes that her child is still alive. Meanwhile, Victor agrees to return Jabot back to Kay in order to secure Jack’s help in bringing down Adam. Jack tells Victor that he will do whatever it takes to make sure Adam gets what is coming to him.

Victor comes to see Sharon and Sharon tells him about her suspicions regarding Adam and her child. Victor tells her not to worry because he has a plan but he needs her help. Sharon agrees but asks that she be the one to tell Nick that their child is alive. Meanwhile, Heather approaches Rafe to talk to him about Adam wanting to know the real reasons behind all of his devious actions last summer. Later, Billy is furious when he learns that Adam was the one behind terrorizing Ashley, not Patty. Adam meets with a man named Richard Hightower at a fast food joint and Richard embraces Adam like a family member, thanking him profusely. As Adam and Richard are talking, Richard’s son comes in and Adam realizes that he can’t go through with whatever he had planned. Later, Adam returns to Sharon’s suite and finds himself completely alone. Victor goes to see Nick as he and Phyllis are leaving Victoria with the children on their way out for a date. He tells them that he confronted Adam and now he needs their help to bring Adam down. Meanwhile, Jack tells Ashley and Billy about his and Victor’s plan and although they are weary that Jack is teaming up with Victor they realize that Adam needs to be stopped. Billy offers to bring Rafe on board to help their legal cause as well. While trying to put the past behind them, Rafe and Heather both get calls from Billy and Phyllis asking them to meet them at the G.C.A.C. to discuss Adam and they realize something big is going on.

Ashley makes a promise to Sharon to do everything she can to help her get her child back to her. Meanwhile, Billy and Phyllis plead with Heather and Rafe for their help in making Adam pay for his crimes, no matter what. At the Abbott cabin, Sharon drops the bomb on Nick that she believes their child is still alive. Later, Victor promises that he won’t fail to protect his family from Adam again. Meanwhile, Victoria and Billy run into each other and as they are talking Billy tells Victoria about the time he saw Adam at the funeral home and they wonder where that fits into the puzzle. Sharon calls Adam to come to the cabin and she and Nick lay in wait for him to get the truth. Meanwhile, after talking to Rafe, Heather decides to help the Newmans and the Abbotts in their plan against Adam. Later, Adam arrives at the cabin to face Sharon. He pleads with her, telling her that he can change if only she will she will stay with him. Nearby, Nick sends a text to someone unseen. As Phyllis’s cell vibrates and learns that Adam is at the cabin and tells Victoria, who signals Billy and the plan is set into motion. Victor, set in shadows, at the Abbott cabin, looks at an old photo of him an Adam. As Adam continues to plead with Sharon, she tells him she is sorry just as someone clocks him over the head and falls into the snow unconscious.

As Chance works on a hit and run case, Amber and Chloe decide to go visit Cane in Immigration detention before he is deported. Meanwhile, Lily worries about what could happen to Cane if he is deported back to Australia. At Immigration, Jill and Kay promise to look out for Lily for Cane and to stick together as family until he comes back. Kay has to leave to meet Tucker and while they are alone, Cane admits to Jill that Lily gets her PET scan results today and if the results aren’t good he won’t leave the country, no matter what. As Lauren remembers her night with Paul, Daisy slips more liquid ecstasy into her drink. Michael enters and tells her that it is time they figure out what is causing all her strange symptoms. Daisy brings Lauren her coffee but Lauren decides against it and she and Michael leave as Daisy looks at the photos of her and Paul at Jimmy’s. Later, Lauren and Paul are uneasy when she and Michael meet with Paul to tell him that Michael had the court revisit “Emily’s” decision to have Patty’s committed indefinitely. As Cane and Jill say goodbye, Amber and Chloe arrive and playfully offer to do what they can to help Cane. Meanwhile, Kay meets with Tucker, who tells her he would like to make her his partner in Chancellor Industries and Kay can’t help but wonder if it’s a trick. Later, Lily overhears Jill telling Neil that Cane plans to escape if Lily’s test results come back negatively. After Lily leaves to see Cane, Jill tells Neil about her expose on Tucker and Neil wonder if her motives are as noble as Jill claims they are. Kay asks Tucker for control of her company back and wonders if things between have changed enough that he is willing to give her back what was always rightfully hers. Later, Tucker gives in and allows Kay to buy back enough stock of Chancellor to gain controlling interest. Kay embraces her son for the first time, just as Jill enters with the newest issue of Restless Style to see the hug. Alone, Lauren tells Paul that there is something really wrong with her and she doesn’t know why she acted the way she did the other night. Later, Daisy slips the photo of Lauren and Paul among Michael’s things. Meanwhile, Paul promises Lauren that he won’t say a word to Michael about what happened. As Amber and Chloe are working on their plan to help keep Cane in the country by baking him the world’s most disgusting cupcakes in order to make him sick, Chance arrives to talk to Chloe. She sees how distressed he is by this case and she decides that he needs to go home. Meanwhile, Lily opens up to Daniel about her fear of losing Cane and what he may do if her test results come back negative. Moments later, Cane calls her and, not wanting to worry him, Lily promises that her results will be positive. Later, after her cupcake plan fails, Amber tries to get Michael’s help but he tells her that Cane’s case doesn’t look good. At home, Chloe pleads with Chance to back off the Riggs case for Delia’s sake as well as her own, stating that she is falling in love with him. Chance agrees and finally tells Chloe that he loves her, who in turn tells Chance the same. Later, just as Chloe and Chance are about to make love, Chance stops it, wanting their first time to be perfect. Lily gets the results of her PET scan and they aren’t good. She calls Cane and lies to him, knowing that he would do something drastic in order to stay with her otherwise. After hanging up, Daniel wonders why she lied and she tells him that she needs his help in keeping her secret and he agrees. Meanwhile, Tucker is furious as he finishes his deal with Kay and sees the article in Restless Style, wondering if Kay has just played him.

As Chance works on a hit and run case, Amber and Chloe decide to go visit Cane in Immigration detention before he is deported. Meanwhile, Lily worries about what could happen to Cane if he is deported back to Australia. At Immigration, Jill and Kay promise to look out for Lily for Cane and to stick together as family until he comes back. Kay has to leave to meet Tucker and while they are alone, Cane admits to Jill that Lily gets her PET scan results today and if the results aren’t good he won’t leave the country, no matter what. As Lauren remembers her night with Paul, Daisy slips more liquid ecstasy into her drink. Michael enters and tells her that it is time they figure out what is causing all her strange symptoms. Daisy brings Lauren her coffee but Lauren decides against it and she and Michael leave as Daisy looks at the photos of her and Paul at Jimmy’s. Later, Lauren and Paul are uneasy when she and Michael meet with Paul to tell him that Michael had the court revisit “Emily’s” decision to have Patty’s committed indefinitely. As Cane and Jill say goodbye, Amber and Chloe arrive and playfully offer to do what they can to help Cane. Meanwhile, Kay meets with Tucker, who tells her he would like to make her his partner in Chancellor Industries and Kay can’t help but wonder if it’s a trick. Later, Lily overhears Jill telling Neil that Cane plans to escape if Lily’s test results come back negatively. After Lily leaves to see Cane, Jill tells Neil about her expose on Tucker and Neil wonder if her motives are as noble as Jill claims they are. Kay asks Tucker for control of her company back and wonders if things between have changed enough that he is willing to give her back what was always rightfully hers. Later, Tucker gives in and allows Kay to buy back enough stock of Chancellor to gain controlling interest. Kay embraces her son for the first time, just as Jill enters with the newest issue of Restless Style to see the hug. Alone, Lauren tells Paul that there is something really wrong with her and she doesn’t know why she acted the way she did the other night. Later, Daisy slips the photo of Lauren and Paul among Michael’s things. Meanwhile, Paul promises Lauren that he won’t say a word to Michael about what happened. As Amber and Chloe are working on their plan to help keep Cane in the country by baking him the world’s most disgusting cupcakes in order to make him sick, Chance arrives to talk to Chloe. She sees how distressed he is by this case and she decides that he needs to go home. Meanwhile, Lily opens up to Daniel about her fear of losing Cane and what he may do if her test results come back negative. Moments later, Cane calls her and, not wanting to worry him, Lily promises that her results will be positive. Later, after her cupcake plan fails, Amber tries to get Michael’s help but he tells her that Cane’s case doesn’t look good. At home, Chloe pleads with Chance to back off the Riggs case for Delia’s sake as well as her own, stating that she is falling in love with him. Chance agrees and finally tells Chloe that he loves her, who in turn tells Chance the same. Later, just as Chloe and Chance are about to make love, Chance stops it, wanting their first time to be perfect. Lily gets the results of her PET scan and they aren’t good. She calls Cane and lies to him, knowing that he would do something drastic in order to stay with her otherwise. After hanging up, Daniel wonders why she lied and she tells him that she needs his help in keeping her secret and he agrees. Meanwhile, Tucker is furious as he finishes his deal with Kay and sees the article in Restless Style, wondering if Kay has just played him. Nick and Billy prepare to take on their roles in this battle as everyone is polled and Adam is found unanimously guilty. He pleads with Sharon on last time for her mercy but Nick has had enough and Victor and Jack wonder if they should stop him as Adam promises that he will help Sharon find her child if she is out there. In that moment, Phyllis arrives with the truth. Phyllis tells them about the letter Taylor dictated and gives it to Ashley. Ashley tentatively reads the letter and freaks out, not believing it. As Victor reads the letter to the group, Adam jumps on it, hoping to ally himself with Ashley, promising her that she knows what happened the night he delivered Faith. However, it all comes crashing down when Ashley remembers falling down the stairs, and finally realizes that it was Adam impersonating Sabrina. Ashley recounts that night for everyone as they all slow come to the conclusion that Taylor was telling the truth and Nick and Sharon finally settle on the truth that Ashley must have their daughter. Sharon nearly faints from the enormity of their realization and Nick rushes to her side, as Ashley collapses to the floor. Phyllis slips out of the cabin, unseen and Victoria helps her get away, knowing how difficult it must have been for her to tell the truth. Victor, seeing Ashley’s pain, attacks Adam, wanting the truth once and for all but Adam continues to play the victim. Later, Nick realizes Phyllis is gone and is caught off guard when Victoria tells him that she had to leave. Meanwhile, Phyllis curses herself for pushing to figure out what Adam was up to knowing now what it could end up costing her. Ashley’s denial continues as she refuses to entertain the thought that Faith could be Sharon and Nick’s child as Victor prepares himself to lose not just one but two children. Nikki offers to let Sharon stay with her and Victor while she and Nick try to sort things out in regards to Faith. As Sharon is leaving, Adam tries one last time to reach out to her but Sharon completely shuts him out and Victor promises to deal with him. Later, Nick comes home and Phyllis steals herself for what he has to tell her. Both Ashley and Sharon remained convinced that Faith is their child. At the cabin, Adam begins to panic and while Victor and Jack aren’t aware Adam grabs the fire poker and manages to get out the door and into the woods as the men go after him.

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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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