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Y&R Recap – Nov 8 – Nov 12th

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Victor informs Meggie that the drugs she slipped him were fakes. Meggie tries to run, but is met at the door by Ronan, Heather and Murphy. Kay and Nina inform Victoria about Meggie’s twisted plan to trap Victor and kill him for his money. Victor realizes that Meggie is the one responsible for Nikki’s relapse. At the center, Nikki and Deacon begin to make love. Murphy confronts Meggie and informs her that she has at least two charges coming her way. Victor finds Nikki in Deacon’s arms. Victor attacks Deacon as Nikki informs him to leave Deacon alone since he is married to Meggie now.  Victor reveals the truth to Nikki about Meggie and her plan. Nikki is immediately regretful for what she has done. Victor is cold and shut down after seeing her with Deacon. Victoria stands in the doorway, having witnessed everything. Victor runs into Diane at the airport after she has missed her flight to New York and he offers to take her.

Diane informs Jack that he blew his chance to get to know Kyle when he let Phyllis attack her. Diane plans to go out of town to look for a job and Kyle wonders why he can’t stay with Jack while she is gone. Diane covers the real reason by saying that she already hired a babysitter. After Diane is gone, Kyle finds the article on RS.com about Diane and manages to ditch his babysitter. Kyle confronts Jack about the article on Diane. Jack calls Diane and informs her that nothing will come between him and Kyle. Nick and Phyllis see their final divorce decree. Phyllis inadvertently insults Sharon for finding her way back to Nick. Nick comes home to Sharon and Faith with dinner and informs Sharon about his divorce papers. In the middle of talking to Nina and Heather, Ronan abruptly excuses himself. Later, Heather sees Ronan take a pill and realizes there is something going in with him. At the magazine, Billy wants to do a story on Daisy, but Phyllis puts him off trying to protect Daniel. When Billy mentions doing something more on Diane, Phyllis informs him that there were further reaching repercussions than she anticipated. Diane calls to check on Kyle and he asks her to admit the truth about what Phyllis wrote. Kyle realizes that the things in the article are all true and he is wrecked. Kyle shows up at the magazine to talk to Billy. Kyle asks Billy to make Phyllis stop writing things about Diane. Phyllis tries to explain herself to Kyle and apologizes. Kyle acts out by tipping Phyllis’s coffee all over her computer. Jack arrives and informs Phyllis they should take a break. In New York, Diane runs into Victor. At Gloworm, Chloe helps distract Gloria, so that Kevin can talk to Jeff and find out why he is holding out on paying Hogan. They are interrupted when Adam shows up asking about the bartender job. Gloria hires him on the spot. Jeff informs Kevin that he doesn’t know what happened to the money. Later, Kevin and Jeff realize Gloria took the money to buy him gift.

Victoria informs Nick about Meggie. Victoria becomes furious with Nick when she learns that he knew Deacon was at the center. Nick and Victoria realize how far apart they are when Victoria informs him that Reed moved to D.C. with J.T. and he didn’t know. Sharon shows up at Gloworm and is shocked to see Adam behind the bar. She informs him that Nick’s divorce is final and they are trying to start over. Nick arrives at Gloworm and kisses Sharon. He insists on taking her home now to make love. Victoria worries that she and Reed will grow apart the way she has from the rest of her family. She suggests they go get Delia and spend the day with her for Billy’s sake. At home, Sharon and Nick finally make love.

Michael pleads with Lauren not to let Daisy’s arrival back in town set her back. Lauren refuses to leave the apartment until they know what Daisy has planned. Abby visits Daisy in jail and Daisy swears she has no reason to lie about the paternity. Lauren explains to Phyllis what it is like living through being kidnapped. Phyllis promises her that they will get through it but first they have to get Daisy out of jail. Phyllis manages to convince Lauren to let Michael petition the court for Daisy’s release to a private hospital. Daniel is not happy to hear that Abby went to see Daisy and even that Abby believes her. At the police station, the cops find betting slips in the bag where Kevin had the money. Kevin and Chloe end up in the same holding cell as Daisy. At the hospital, Phyllis informs Daisy that her DNA test is tomorrow. Kevin asks Jeff to dip into his “rainy day” fund and save them before it is too late. Jeff returns later with a bag of money and gives it to Kevin, which Chloe notice and takes off after him. On their way to see Hogan, they are distracted when a cop pulls up behind them. When Chloe accidentally dumps the cash out of the bag, the cop asks them to step out of the car. Hogan confronts Jeff at Gloworm wanting to know where Kevin is with his money. Kevin informs Michael that he and Chloe were arrested. Michael feels horrible for leaving Lauren in a fragile state. In New York, Diane bathes in self-pity as she informs Victor about how Phyllis attacked her and that Kyle saw it. Diane picks up on Victor’s own heartache and wonders what brought him to New York. Later, Victor refuses to inform Diane about his family.

­Cane meets with Tucker and Sofia about James Collier. Tucker informs him that he will keep “Collier” on the bio-fuel project, but he wants to meet him. Later, while Cane tries to figure out a way to get “Collier” into town by tomorrow, Blake stops by to see Lily. Cane finds Blake holding one of the twins. Before he can freak out, Lily asks Blake to stay for lunch. Sofia worries about whether Cane will come through with “Collier”. Neil puts her fears to rest and asks her to dinner. Cane assures Blake that he will get his money, but he needs more time to take care of Tucker’s concerns.  Gloria learns that Kevin was arrested for being a bookie. Heather tries to offer Kevin a deal. Billy comes to see Chloe in jail and wants to know what he should inform Delia about why she there. Heather offers full immunity to Kevin and Chloe for information Hogan, but Kevin refuses to admit to anything. They have no evidence to hold them so Heather is forced to release Chloe and Kevin. Jana tries to assure Lauren that a jury will lock Daisy up. Lauren is sure that Daisy will use her baby to get out jail. Lauren becomes resolved to putting Daisy behind bars for a long time. Billy informs Victoria that Chloe swears her arrest is a big misunderstanding. Billy is determined to find out what really happened in order to protect Delia. Kevin goes to see Daisy and warns to her to stay away from the people he loves. Daisy informs him that she came back because of him. Jana hears Kevin promising to help Daisy, but takes it out of context. After Kevin is gone, Jana confronts Daisy. At Gloworm, Hogan is pleased to hear that Kevin kept his mouth shut. Later, Daisy manipulates Jana into helping her. ­Cane’s patience is test as he pulls an all-nighter to get the work done for Tucker that was meant for “Collier” and he accidentally snaps at Lily. Tucker is meeting Cane, Blake walks in and introduces himself as James Collier. Cane brings Lily flowers to apologize for being short with her earlier and finds Blake there. Blake promises to be in Cane’s life for awhile to make sure he stays on course. Tucker admits to Sofia that something seems off about Collier. Heather informs Paul that she is going to focus on putting Adam back in prison. Adam introduces himself to the new D.A. and offers Skye the chance to spill all his dirty little secrets. The D.A. informs Adam he has no plan to reopen his case. Heather is stunned when the new DA fires her.  Sharon asks Nick to move back in and Nick happily accepts.

As Nick is moving his things in, Sharon and Nick are reminded that they are back together in their home the way Cassie predicted for them. Adam sees Sharon and Nick through the window about to make love and he is devastated. At the ranch, Sharon is totally blindsided when Nick suddenly asks her to remarry him. When Diane’s credit card is declined at the club she begins to worry. Jack offers to pay Kyle’s tuition and Diane lets him. Diane even agrees to let Jack take Kyle for the weekend. Diane and Phyllis refrain from getting in an altercation. When Diane continues to push Phyllis’s button, Phyllis finally pushes back and Diane physically attacks her.  Jack jumps in to stop it and drags Diane onto the elevator. Diane tries to seduce Jack, but he tries to stop her. Diane hits the stop button on the elevator and pulls Jack into a kiss. Jack informs her that he didn’t feel anything and restarts the elevator. When she leaves, Jack notices Diane’s over due room bill on the ground.

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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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