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Y&R Recap – Nov 21 – Nov 25th

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At the wedding reception, Abby suggests to Devon that they both should lighten up on Tucker. Abby makes plans to head to Los Angeles to fill in for Ashley at some important meetings. At the Chancellor Mansion, Chloe informs Kevin that Phyllis wants to do a story about their wedding in Restless Style, focusing on how Kevin saved Delia. Kevin confesses to Chloe that he wasn’t the donor. In the New York hotel, Victoria and Billy are in a bed together and Billy admits he was dressed as Santa on Halloween. He also reveals that he was the real bone marrow donor. He informs her that he made a deal with Victor to get out of the Myanmar jail. Neil questions Harmony about her intentions. Kay is surprised when Harmony informs her that Devon was at Tucker’s wedding. Kay invites Harmony to stay with her a while longer. Later, Sofia accepts Neil’s marriage proposal. Jack and Genevieve are discussing their plans to spend Thanksgiving together when Jill arrives. Jill informs them that Billy is alive. Myrna/Patty approaches an annoyed Adam in the Newman parking lot and asks for his help keeping Jack away from Genevieve. Adam threatens to call the police and turn her in for Diane’s murder. However, Myrna/Patty retorts that she has evidence that Adam against Adam.

­Lily greets Cane as he returns from his trip. She informs him that she doesn’t want him to be alone on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, as Sofia and Neil prepare for their guests to arrive, Neil appears to be having second thoughts about their engagement. Harmony informs Devon that she will be spending the holiday at Kay’s home. Devon accuses Harmony of trying to team up with Kay to pressure him. As the family prepares for their meal, Neil announces that he and Sofia are engaged. Devon receives a call from Angelo, who demands that he come over to Gloworm immediately. At Gloworm, Gloria, Michael, and Lauren are concerned to hear that Kevin had a fight with Chloe. Michael realizes that Kevin revealed the truth to Chloe. Angelina is flirting with Kevin when Chloe arrives and orders her to get away from her man. Chloe pulls Kevin into a kiss. Later, Devon plays the piano as Angelina sings poorly. At the lakeside mansion, Myrna/Patty finishes up preparations for Jack and Genevieve’s intimate Thanksgiving dinner. It’s revealed that Jack and Genevieve have been drugged by Myrna/Patty. Victoria and Billy wake up in their New York hotel room and make plans to head to Genoa City. Victoria says she plans to confront Victor. Billy surprises her by asking her to go easy on her father. He admits that there was a girl in Myanmar. On the plane ride home, Billy and Victoria happily decide to live together again. Delia is delighted when Billy enters the Chancellor living room and scoops her up in his arms.

Billy is thrilled to be back with Delia for Thanksgiving. After Delia goes to take a nap, Jill and Kay demand to know all the details about where he’s been. Billy evades the question, saying he’s sorry for all that he’s done. Billy tries to stop Victoria from going to confront Victor, but she insists. Adam arrives at the Lakeside Mansion, having been called there by Myrna/Patty. He’s dismayed to see that she’s drugged Jack and Genevieve, who are still passed out. She demands that he help her break them up, or she’ll tell the police what he did the night Diane was murdered. However, Adam calls her bluff and tells her to go ahead. He orders her to leave town right away or she’ll be back in the sanitarium. Myrna/Patty enters the Newman Offices disguised as a cleaning woman. She places a leather folder in Adam’s desk. Phyllis and Ronan realize that neither of them has plans for Thanksgiving, and decide to spend it together. However, Ronan receives an “anonymous” call from Myrna/Patty, saying that the murder weapon in Diane’s case is at Newman Enterprises. Ronan apologizes to Phyllis and heads out. Jack and Genevieve wake up, assuming they fell asleep because of the wine. Later, Genevieve is sitting alone when a cat walks in. Jack arrives at Billy’s house and demands to know why he stayed away from his family. Billy says that he’ll give him an explanation soon, but right now he just wants to enjoy being home.

Victoria confronts Victor, furious that he kept Billy away from Delia. Victor replies that Victoria doesn’t know the whole story about what Billy did in Myanmar. Victoria retorts that she knows about the woman. She tells Victor that she’s resigning from Newman. Phyllis is at the prison with Lucy, having just visited Daisy, when she runs into Avery. A guard enters and tells them that the prison is on lockdown. Avery comments to Phyllis that she’s spent many Thanksgivings in prison visiting their father, which Phyllis has never done. Phyllis angrily insists that their father was guilty of his crimes and demands to know if Avery still thinks he was innocent, and Avery quietly admits that she thinks he was guilty. When the lockdown ends, Avery takes off. Adam approaches Myrna/Patty, annoyed that she hasn’t left town. He slyly tells her that he switched the leather folder from his office to Victor’s safe. Ronan arrives with a team of police officers to search Newman Enterprises. Later, he confronts Victor in his office, stating that he found a syringe and a vial in Victor’s safe. Nikki arrives home at the Newman Ranch.

 

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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 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 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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