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Y&R Recap – Nov 28 – Dec 2nd

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Tucker and Ashley are enjoying their honeymoon as they exchange gifts. Later, Ashley talks to Billy and is delighted that her brother is home with his family. Meanwhile, Victoria and Billy learn their divorce has been finalized. Nick happily greets Nikki as she returns to the Newman Ranch. Nick questions where she was the night Diane was murdered. After Nick leaves, Nikki tries to resist the urge, but ends up pouring herself a drink. After spending time with Kyle, Jack is shocked when a reporter informs him that Diane’s body is being exhumed. Adam warns Myrna/Patty that if Ronan figures out Victor was set up, Adam will point the finger at her. Later, Jack takes Kyle to meet Genevieve at the lakeside mansion. Myrna/Patty is furious when Genevieve gives Kyle the stray cat as a gift. At the police station, Ronan states that the vial contained a paralytic drug that can lead to death. He also says that Diane’s blood was found on the syringe in Victor’s safe. Victor adamantly insists that he has been set up. Meanwhile, Adam insists to Michael and Victoria that he will step in at Newman while Victor is away.

­Victor welcomes Nikki home with a warm embrace. Nikki and Victor share a passionate kiss and they head upstairs to make love. At the Abbott Mansion, Myrna/Patty sneaks in using her key and picks up the cat. She talks to the cat, stating that Diane got what she deserved. Later, Jack realizes that the cat is missing. Ashley and Tucker cut their honeymoon short because she’s worried about Billy. Meanwhile, at Restless Style, Billy asks Nick to sell the magazine back. Later, Victoria vents to Billy about seeing Adam in charge of Newman. Billy advises her to warn Victor about Adam. At Restless Style, Nick is annoyed by Phyllis’ ideas for stories about Billy and Victor. Jack and Ashley offer Billy a job at Jabot. Meanwhile, Nick informs Avery that he’s considering selling Restless Style to Billy. At the Newman Ranch, Victoria is happily surprised to see Nikki. Later, Tucker’s therapist is revealed to be Emily Peterson. Phyllis flirts with Ronan, trying to get information out of him about the murder case. He’s surprised when she informs him that Nikki is back in town.

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In Chicago, Tucker continues his therapy session with Emily. He admits that Ashley doesn’t know who his therapist is. Chloe questions Billy about why he didn’t inform Katherine about the way Victor k­ept him away from his family. Chloe asks Victoria to be the matron of honor at her wedding. Later, Billy surprises Victoria with a visit from Reed.  At Nikki’s AA meeting, Harmony gives testimony stating that her drug addiction caused her to fail as a mother. During a coffee break, Nikki offers support to Harmony. Deacon approaches Nikki, but she coldly rejects him. Victor asks Michael to investigate Nikki’s alibi at the rehab facility. Michael learns that a credit card was stolen from Nikki’s rehab and used to rent a car the night Diane died. Nikki visits Kay and is surprised when Harmony shows up. Later, Tucker arrives at the Chancellor Mansion with a peace offering to Kay, but is furious to see that Harmony is there.  At the coffeehouse, Deacon approaches Nikki and stuns her by saying that he saw her in Genoa City last summer. Ronan arrives to take Nikki to the police station for questioning.  Abby offers to be Devon’s business partner.

­Harmony stands up to Tucker as he demands to know why she’s back at Katherine’s house. Tucker lashes out at Katherine, accusing her of using Harmony to get to Devon. Meanwhile, Ashley presents Devon with a check from Abby to finance his new business. Later, Devon hands Kay a check, returning her initial investment in his record label. Ashley learns Emily is Tucker’s therapist. Meanwhile, Emily approaches Paul at the GCAC bar.  At Restless Style, Phyllis is working on a story about Diane’s murder case. Nick is furious that the article implies Nikki is a suspect. Angry at Phyllis’ lack of respect for family, he fires her. Later, Ronan advises Phyllis to get away and spend some time with Lucy.  At the station, Michael demands Ronan release Nikki. Nikki runs into Deacon, who offers to give her a ride. Later, Ronan discovers new evidence and prepares to get an arrest warrant for Nikki.  Deacon has taken Nikki back to the Newman Ranch, where she begins drinking. Deacon states that he saw Nikki in the park on the night of Diane’s murder. When Victor arrives, Deacon informs him that Nikki took off on the Newman grounds and is drunk. Victor finds Nikki and she becomes hysterical and declares that she killed Diane.

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­Emily provides some details about her life in order to convince Paul that she’s not Patty. Paul mentions that Patty is still missing from the mental institute.   Tucker admits to Ashley that he sought out Emily as his therapist. Tucker says he wants to bring Emily to Genoa City for a visit, which upsets Ashley. At the GCAC, Tucker informs Emily that he has to stop seeing her because of the problems it’s causing with Ashley. Nick confesses to Victoria that he may sell Restless Style back to Billy. Victoria suggests they start their own company. Later, Nick offers to sell Billy Restless Style. At the coffeehouse, Nick accuses Adam of setting Victor up for murder. Meanwhile, Nikki continues drinking as she recounts how she left rehab and went to the park the night of the murder. Nikki passes out in Victor’s arms. Ronan enters the Newman Stables and finds Victor who admits to the murder. After Adam verifies that Victor is the murderer, Victor is arrested.

Adam calls Sharon at Sam’s home in New Mexico and informs her that Victor has confessed to the murder. Sharon makes plans to take a flight back to Genoa City. Meanwhile, Nikki wakes up from underneath a pile of hay and wonders where Victor has gone.

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THIS IS US: Randall Dismantled As Sterling K. Brown Delivers Masterful Performance

In yet another riveting performance by Sterling K. Brown, the highly-touted episode that aired on Tuesday’s night’s This Is Us, had his character of Randall in the spotlight again, as the first of the Big Three trilogy this season.  Next week, look for the installment to center on Justin Hartley’s Kevin.However, last night on the episode aptly titled, “Hello of a Week: Part One”, viewers followed what happened next to Randall following his return home after the stress of flying across the country to get a diagnosis for his ailing mother’s memory lapses (while keeping it from his siblings), and then winding up facing an intruder in the Pearson family home.After Randall offers the intruder money, the guy runs out of the home.

Next, the police come, and Randall installs surveillance cameras and security alarms throughout the house, which ends up being a continued tipping point in his mental state as he obsesses over keeping his family and his home safe, especially when the cops tells him that it is common for a thief to return,. It appears later in the episode he did when Beth’s earrings and Randall’s cufflinks are MIA.

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Throughout the episode, flashbacks to Randall’s childhood showed little Randall, unable to sleep and afraid of monsters, who then asks his dad, Jack to stay with him through the night.  Jack sleeps on the floor, but when Jack eventually gets up to go to his own bed, he tells Randall who comes running after him, “to be brave: and that he needs him to be the easiest child to care for since Kate and Kevin are handfuls.

This laid the foundation for how Randall deals with others, by not letting them know his inner most feelings.   The writers juxtapose Randall’s dreams throughout where he feels he can’t get out whether it be screaming through a locked window at his mother to get out of the storm, or watching some creepy guy touch Beth and he screams so loud, but you can’t hear him,

In addition, in flashbacks, we see how a college-aged Randall needing college-aged Beth to spend countless nights with him. At one point he tells her, “I just feel so helpless, like I have no control over anything,” especially following the death of his father Jack.  Beth says she can understand. She had bad dreams after her father passed away, but after she talked to a therapist she began to feel better.  In a key moment, Randall agrees to attend an grief group with her, but that plan goes awry when on the day they were heading to the grief counseling group, Randall’s family has an emergency and he could not go.

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The theme of Randall seeking counseling surfaced later in the episode after Randall was struggling to hold it together as City Councilman at the Town Hall, which did not go unnoticed by Beth or by Malik’s dad, Darnell.

The next day, he tells Randall that he himself needed therapy and suggest he do that to.  Randall says all he needs is his runs around the city to help him clear his head.  But that takes another drastic turn when Randall comes upon a woman being beaten and proceeds to pounce on the aggressor.  Next, Randall with messed up arm from landing punches on the guy, ends up being touted as a hero for saving the woman’s life.  He is not comfortable with that and he begins to lose his grip.

In the culmination of the episode, locking himself in the bathroom in his home, Randall begins to cry and phones Kevin.  Thank God his brother answered, as he seems to be the only person Randall feels he can talk to, and has, through his life.  At the time of the call, Kevin is in bed with what looks to potentially be Sophie, because he was heading back to Pittsburgh for a funeral of one of her parents.  But is it Sophie, or another woman?

During their call, Randall begs Kevin just to talk, and to please  distract him. Kevin promises his brother, “I’m the guy that’s gonna get you through this,”   Will Kevin ultimately help Randall, or will what happens next become the huge rift that we know exists between the brothers in the flash-forward viewers learned about episodes ago?

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This Is Us executive producers, Issac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger weighed-in on revisiting Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks with Entertaintment Weekly. This is something that was hot on all of our minds, because over the past year, a couple of the writers in our room had had people break into their homes when they were home,” shared Issac Aptaker.  “People would come in and we would see the impact that it has on you when someone invades your space like that — the aftermath and the fallout. So, as we were looking at what Randall’s season would look like, and what would be potentially the breaking point for him with all that’s been brewing this year, it was at the front of all of our minds at how upsetting something like that can be.”

“We’ve seen that Randall is someone that is so in touch with his feelings emotionally, and he is so willing to talk about everything, but there does seem to be this block with him when it comes to therapy, where he just does not want to engage,” says Elizabeth Berger. “That really fascinated all of us and got us thinking, “What’s that about? And how do we get him to a point where he has his back against the wall and has to move past coping mechanisms and keeping things just below the surface and finally deal with them?” And this felt like a really compelling way to go about that.”

When all was said and done, Sterling K. Brown delivered a nuanced and masterful performance as viewers watched Randall slowly but surely, struggling to cope with all the pressure, and horrific events that happened to him one after the other, as Randall’s anxiety and panic attacks were about to reach epic proportions.

So, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Sterling’s performance? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

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Kudos to the actors in these scenes.  Watch them below.

Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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