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Y&R Recap – Oct 11 – Oct 15th

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Victor and Nikki inform Meggie that they plan to elope. Deacon catches Meggie spiking Nikki’s drink. Deacon calls Meggie out on her plan and wants in on it. Later, Deacon and Meggie plot to get between Nikki and Victor.  When Diane suggests that she and Kyle stay in the guesthouse, Phyllis nearly goes ballistic considering Diane’s history. Jack promises Phyllis that history won’t repeat itself.  Victor asks Victoria to help him find a way to make their family whole again. Victoria refuses to let Victor hurt her anymore. When Victor runs into Diane, he makes it clear that he and Nikki are getting married again. The doctor informs Kay and Billy that it looks like Murphy may never recover from the two heart attacks. Kay struggles with what to do with Murphy now that he is on life support. As Kay has seemingly made her decision to let Murphy go, he wakes up. Everyone is overjoyed by this turn of events they don’t see how scared Murphy is to see Meggie.

­Kay is relieved when Murphy suddenly wakes up, but her relief is short lived when Murphy can’t speak or move. The doctor arrives and examines Murphy, he informs Kay that Murphy is in a state of complete paralysis and will probably remain that way. John supports Kay as she tries to inform Murphy that she almost gave up on him. As Victor is visiting with Kay and Murphy, Murphy tries to signal frantically to Victor. Victor thinks that his presence is upsetting him, so he decides to leave.  Tucker informs Neil and Sofia that they are going ahead with the meeting without Kay. Sofia calls Neil out on his treatment of her. Neil apologizes to her realizing he was out of line. Later, Neil and Sofia work together to find a solution for their meeting.  Victoria becomes worried when Billy rushes off to the chapel to be alone. In the chapel, Billy is talking to John, revealing that he is being pushed to the edge, losing all the people he loves. Billy finally lets Victoria in about he’s feeling and she assures him that she isn’t going anywhere. At home, Billy promises Victoria that he is done running away and that is because of her. Victoria informs him that she is all in and fall together to make love. Nikki is about to order a drink she hears Diane’s voice behind her. Diane gives Nikki a hard time when she refuses to inform Nikki what she is doing in town. Diane brings out the claws on Nikki. When Diane leaves, Nikki orders a drink. Diane brings Kyle by to for a visit with Jack. Diane meets Tucker first the time. Meggie informs Victor about the missing alcohol. Victor starts to wonder if Nikki has been drinking. Nikki is stunned when Deacon sits next to at the bar and instead of stopping her from drinking, joins her.

­Nikki wakes up in Deacon’s hotel room with a serious hangover. Nikki lets her guard down with Deacon and slowly starts to trust him. Meggie informs Victor that Nikki goes to Gloworm to “visit friends”.  Deacon pushes Nikki to trust him by having her make a pact to get sober together and keep her secret. Victor asks Nikki if she has been drinking. Nikki assures Victor that she wasn’t drinking, but Victor decides to postpone the elopement.  Jeff is visited by Hogan, his boss in the gambling ring. Hogan threatens Jeff to get him his money. Meanwhile, Chloe is the third wheel on Alison and Kevin’s date. After Kevin’s phone keeps ringing, Chloe ends up reading a text from the gambling ring. They are in code so Chloe thinks they are from different women. She calls the number and Hogan answers.  Ashley arrives to see the Diane and Tucker together. Ashley decides to clue Tucker in on just how disruptive Diane has been to the lives of all the people in Genoa City. Later, Diane informs Kyle that they are staying in Genoa City.  Skye is furious when she tries to play nice with Adam and he rejects her. Jack shows Phyllis a device that will help tank the Newman Fund. Jack and Phyllis scheme to get into Adam’s room. Later, Skye catches Jack trying to break into their computer.  To stop Adam from seeing Jack, Phyllis kisses Adam passionately. When Adam and Phyllis enter the room, they find Jack and Skye in a compromising position. After Phyllis and Jack leave, Adam and Skye compare notes and wonder what Jack and Phyllis were up to. ­Jack and Victor have a covert meeting in order for Jack to pass on the information he gathered from Skye’s computer. Skye and Adam take a meeting with their investors. Jack backs them by writing them another check. This only makes Adam even more suspicious.  At Restless Style, Adam asks Phyllis if she is planning another article on him, but Phyllis doesn’t give anything away. Skye informs Jack that Adam doesn’t want her to take Jack’s money because he doesn’t trust him. Jack convinces her otherwise, but calls Victor to alert him that they may be running out of time. Victor arrives at the magazine to hear Adam threatening Phyllis. Tucker informs Phyllis he is considering offering Diane a job, which she thinks is a bad idea. Tucker runs into Victor and learns that Diane and Victor were once married. Tucker offers Diane a job and although she is intrigued she tries not to seem too interested. As she is leaving she runs into Victor and he offers her a job, as well.  J.T. taunts Mac and Reed with a surprise. J.T. surprises Reed with tickets to a Bucks game and Mac a new engagement ring.  Cane wants Lily to stay with Neil while he heads to Australia to deal with the men that are after him. Lily refuses split up their family. Cane runs into another cop who warns them about the storm. When Cane asks about the other cop, it becomes clear that the other cop was a fake. Lily sees someone outside the window and when Cane goes to check it out, he runs into Blake. Later, Blake warns Cane that if he turns him over to the police, he will alert the police Cane was once a part of the crew back in Australia.

­When J.T. can’t reach anyone at the cottage, he decides to drive to the cottage himself. Blake warns Cane that he will lose his family if the truth comes out about him, but he will keep Cane’s secret for five million dollars. When Cane unties Blake, he hits Cane over the head and leaving Cane unconscious on the floor. Lily hears an announcement that the storm has changed direction and has headed toward Genoa City. Cane finally stumbles back to the cottage and Lily sees that he is bleeding. On his way up to the cottage, J.T. gets into a car accident. As J.T. struggles to get out of his car he reaches down to open his door and gets electrocuted.  Tucker and Diane arrive back to Tucker’s apartment to finalize Diane’s contract. As they are going over the contracts, Diane flirts shamelessly with Tucker. Diane and Tucker are in the throws of passion when suddenly the window in Tucker’s apartment blows out due to the storm.  With the impending storm, everyone starts to converge on the Abbott mansion, including Abby, Daniel and Nick with Summer. As the power goes out at the Abbott mansion, everyone tries to make the best of it. Adam innocently bumps into Sharon and asks her to give him a ride to his meeting since this storm is getting bad. Nick learns from the barista at the coffeehouse that Sharon left awhile ago with Adam. Adam and Sharon end up at an old barn with Faith. Nick panics when he finds Sharon’s car overturned on the road. At the barn, Sharon leaves Faith to help Adam close the doors. When they get the doors closed, they realize the roof is about to collapse over Faith. Adam throws himself over her to protect her just as the debris comes down covering them.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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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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