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Y&R Recap – Sept 13 – Sept 17th

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After hearing her son pronounced dead, Nina attacks Ronan who doesn’t defend himself. Paul stops her as Owen tells Meeks to place Ronan under rest and Ronan is caught off guard. Owen and Meeks tell Ronan that he is going down for Chance’s murder because it is his word against theirs. Nearby, Chloe, Heather and Nina are devastated over the loss of a man they all loved. Nina confronts Ronan who tells her that he is her son and he has known the truth for years, just as Chris arrives and tries to explain herself to Nina but Nina doesn’t want to hear any of it.  At Billy and Victoria’s, Billy asks Michael to go to the police station with him but Michael, suspecting that Victor had a hand in Victoria’s arrest says he can’t so Vance steps up and offers Billy his services. Billy and Vance leave, and Nikki tells Nick to go to Victoria while she deals with Victor. At the police station, Vance tells Victoria, Billy and Nick that Victoria is the only defendant named in the charges. Victoria can’t believe that Victor would do this to her but Nick and Billy are certain. Later, as Victoria is sent off to have her mug shot taken, Chloe comes in crying and Billy doubly freaked out thinking something happened to Delia. Chloe tells him that Chance is dead and Billy is stunned. At Gloworm, Jack tells Ashley that Victor may have done them a huge favor when he had Victoria arrested and now they may be able to get their hands on Beauty of Nature. Meanwhile, Nikki is furious when she confronts Victor about having Victoria arrested. Victor tells Nikki that Victoria will thank him one day for stopping the wedding but Nikki stuns him when she tells him that his plan failed and Victoria and Billy made it through their vows after all. Later, Nikki tells Victor that he was wrong about what Billy feels for their daughter and goes on to say that no one in their family will ever make the mistake of trusting him ever again. Meanwhile, Nick stops by Gloworm to tell everyone about Chance. Heather confronts Ronan about what really happened at the warehouse but he asks her if he should have died for Chance, saying it was self-defense. He asks her if she would died for him and Heather answers yes. Meanwhile, Nina rushes into the Chancellor estate and everyone sees her state and Paul is forced to tell them that Chance died while trying to break up a drug deal. Phillip asks Paul to let her go to Nina as the rest of the family tries to digest the news. Christine arrives to talk to Nina but Nina refuses to see her. Billy supports Chloe until she decides to move off to talk to Owen who tells Heather he is prosecuting Ronan himself. Victoria arrives and asks what is going on and Billy tells her about Chance. They try to lighten the mood by closing their vows with a kiss. Meanwhile, Christine tries to explain her actions to Paul but he tells her that Nina needed the truth from her and now it is too late. Billy finally comes to confront Victor about what he is doing to hurt Victoria but Victor tells Billy that one day when Delia tells him that she has fallen in love with a man like Billy that he won’t do everything in his power to stop it. Victor promises to continue to come after Billy as long as Victoria remains his wife. After the events of the day, Nick and Phyllis manage to come to an understanding about their relationship and Summer.  As the dirty cops celebrate Chance’s demise, Owen isn’t as thrilled while Ronan is still around. Meanwhile, Nina finally confronts Chris about keeping Ronan’s secret but when she realizes that Chris can’t say anything fix her pain she tells Chris to leave and rushes to Paul for comfort. Chris is heartbroken for her friend and her part in causing her pain.

Cane and Lily have their hands full with the twins but when Jill calls Cane with the news about Chance’s death, Cane tells her that he will be right there. Meanwhile, Christine encourages Heather to be there to support Nina. As Nina tries to deal with Chance’s death, Phillip tells her that someone from the military is there to see her. Later, Cane arrives at the mansion to give his condolences and while they are talking, Phillip urges Cane to stay away from Australia for his family’s sake as much as his own. Abby calls Jack and starts to panic thinking about what Victor will do to her after sending Victoria to jail just for daring to get married. Meanwhile, Victor tells his banker that he wants Abby’s trust dismantled by the end of the day. Billy picks Victoria up at the police station and Victoria tells him that she needs to face Victor alone, even after Billy tells her about his confrontation with Victor last night. Later, Victor promises Victoria that he will make the charges go away as long as she agrees to end her marriage to Billy. Meanwhile, Abby literally has a panic attack while meeting with Jack about going up against Victor but Jack manages to calm her down and gets her to agree to continue with the lawsuit.

Daniel stops by to check on Lily and the twins and they end up chatting about Abby and Cane and how unexpectedly great life is right now. Later, Daniel tries to make Abby see that Victor won’t back down just because a member of his family could end getting hurt in the cross-fire between him and Jack. When Owen and a bunch of cops show up at the Chancellor Mansion with a search warrant Nina refuses to let them go through Chance’s things, blaming him for Chance’s death. Owen tells Nina and Chance’s family that he is investigating Chance’s involvement in the drug ring and he and cops move to Chance’s room. Christine arrives and although Paul doesn’t want to see her, Phillip embraces her. Nina and Jill are crushed and furious as they watch the police rip through Chance’s things so callously. Victoria refuses to leave the man she loves and Victor shows her a dossier on Billy’s past but Victoria tells him she knows all about it and that Victor is no longer welcome in her life or the life of her children. Later, Jill goes to see Victor and tells him that she has lost Chance and she doesn’t want to lose Billy too and asks him if he really wants to risk losing his daughter and his grandchild for good. After Jill leaves, Victor makes a call and says that he was responsible for the bribe, not Victoria. Meanwhile, Victoria and Billy happily get their wedding band tattoos. Phillip doesn’t blame Chris because he understands what a burden secrets can be but tells her that she can’t go back and change things either and she can’t bring Chance back. Meanwhile, Nina battles with what to do about Chance’s burial. Cane tells Lily about Phillip trying to stay strong for his family and asks her about avoiding going to Australia for a while but lies to Lily about the real reason. However, Lily and Cane are unaware that there is someone watching them. Later, Heather stops by to see Nina, Paul and Phillip that she was reinstated and that she asked to prosecute Ronan herself. Nina says that she hopes Ronan goes to prison for the rest of his life. Owen comes in and tells them that he may have found a link to Ronan and Chance and the drug ring and they are all outraged. Meanwhile, Christine confronts Ronan. Victor is stunned when his banker tells him that Vance has an injunction barring Victor from dismantling Abby’s trust. Meanwhile, Abby tells Jack that she wants out of the lawsuit.

While getting ready for Chance’s wake Victoria gets a shocking phone call from Vance. At the ranch, Victor tells Nikki that he called the D.O.J. and told that he was responsible for the Japanese bribe. Nikki hopes that it isn’t too late to reunite their family. Meanwhile, Abby tells Jack that she can’t go up against Victor because Jack can’t guarantee they will win and Victor is ruthless. Later, Meggie continues to try and spike Nikki’s drinks. In front of Tucker, Neil and Sofia have yet another argument about work just as Malcolm arrives. Tucker tells Neil and Sofia that he has a project in New Orleans that he would like them to work on together, although it is clear they don’t get along. After Tucker leaves, Malcolm tells Neil that if he has a problem with him to address it with Malcolm and not to use Sofia again. Later, Sofia asks Malcolm to let her fight her own battles. Later, Sofia asks Neil for some middle ground and a chance to find solutions to problems he finds in her work before he takes it Tucker. Neil agrees and wonders if they might even one day be friends. Kevin tries to comfort a distraught Chloe over Chance’s death, pushing her to go to his wake. Meanwhile, Nina and Jill have a moment of closeness as Jill praises the way Nina raised Chance. At Chance’s wake, Billy and Victoria are touched when Jill welcomes Victoria to the family graciously. Chloe arrives with Kevin and makes a beeline for Delia when she sees her with Billy and Victoria and Chloe chastises them, snatching Delia out of Billy’s arms. Billy wonders what is going on with Chloe but Victoria understands that Chloe doesn’t want Delia getting attached to another person or trying to replace Chance. Kevin tells Chloe to take a moment but it’s clear that Chloe is on the verge of losing it. Victor and Nikki arrive at the Chancellor estate and Victor pulls Victoria aside, expecting her to be grateful for him stepping up with the D.O.J. but Victoria tells him too little too late. However, Abby plays her cards perfectly with Victor when she tells him that she dropped the lawsuit and she hopes that they can work it out between them, which doesn’t make Jack the least bit happy. Later, Jack tells Tucker that they lost Abby in their fight for B of N and Tucker warns Jack that he will lose Jabot if he doesn’t deliver. Nearby, Nina thanks a numb Chloe for everything she brought into Chance’s life and Kay notices that Nikki is jonsing for a drink. Victoria and Billy are both surprised when Tucker offers Victoria a job with him a McCall Industries. As everyone toasts to Chance, Kay is struck by a dizzy spell and everyone hovers around her concerned. Meanwhile, Kevin keeps pushing Chloe to vent her angry, to grieve her loss but she tells Kevin to shove it and leaves. Later, Nikki nearly takes a drink back at the ranch, but instead asks Meggie for more iced tea, unaware that the iced tea is spiked anyway.

On the day of Chance’s funeral, Kevin is surprised by how “together” Chloe seems to be. Meanwhile, Nina remembers the first time she held Chance and breaks down as Paul holds her. Her grief turns to anger as she searches for answers. Downstairs, it means a lot to Kay when both Brock and Tucker show up to support her. Later, Christine and Ronan have a cryptic conversation. Meanwhile, Sgt. Goldman arrives to escort Nina and Phillip to the church but Nina isn’t ready to bury her son. J.T. is furious when he overhears Victoria and Billy talking about their baby. Billy tells them that Victor had the charges dropped against Victoria but J.T. warns that they will never be free of Victor. Ashley is thrilled when Abby tells her that she dropped the lawsuit against Victor but Jack, on the other hand, tries to make Abby see that she needs to take what is hers before it is too late.

At the church, as everyone is arriving, Chloe walks in with Kevin and sees a distraught Heather and Chloe immediately goes on the attack. Paul and Kay step in to break up the fight and Kevin is forced to take Chloe outside. Phillip, Kay and Jill give very touching eulogies as they reminisce about the kind of man Chance was. Sgt. Goldman presents Nina with Chance’s American flag and Chance is given the proper Military service. As everyone is leaving and passing the casket they drop a rose. Nina is horrified when she sees that not only did Christine come to the funeral but Ronan is out of jail and she showed up as well. As everyone starts attacking Chris for bringing Ronan, Chris stops them, saying that she released him and Ronan flashes his F.B.I. and orders the other F.B.I. agents to arrest Owen, Meeks and the other dirty cops. Ronan tells them that Chance was wearing a wire and they have plenty of evidence on them to send them all to prison. Everyone else stands there shocked by this twist of fate. At the Chancellor estate, Tucker asks Neil if he worked things out with Malcolm and Sofia and Neil assures him that it won’t interfere with business again. Meanwhile, Nikki asks Victoria to try and reach out to Victor but Victoria refuses and when Jack approaches Nikki decides to leave. Jack asks Victoria if she has made any decisions about Tucker’s job offer with Jabot and Victoria tells him that she is still undecided. Nina is furious with Christine for turning her son’s funeral into a circus but Chris tries to explain, saying that this is what Chance wanted. Nina, however, isn’t interested in listening and she tells Chris to get away from Chance’s casket. Meanwhile, Kay suddenly collapses at the mansion when Tucker is asking her about her health.

In the chaos at the church, Chris tries to explain herself to the awaiting mob but Paul intervenes for Nina and Phillip and asks Chris to do what she has to but leave as soon as possible. Outside, Ronan asks Heather and Chloe to hear him out. Nearby, Jill gets a call from Murphy and tells Brock they need to get to the hospital because Kay collapsed. Ronan tells Chloe and Heather that this is what Chance wanted and he tried to protect Chance but in the end he failed. When it’s obvious that neither woman is going to forgive his actions he leaves. Chloe bites Heather’s head off when she tries to glorify Chance’s death. Later, Chris pleads with Paul and Nina to hear her out because there are things they need to know. At the hospital, Murphy and Nikki are relieved when Kay wakes up and is seemingly her old self but Murphy refuses to take any chances and won’t let Tucker in to see her when Murphy believes Tucker was arguing with her before she collapsed. Later, Nikki sits by a sleeping Kay and asks her to stay with them, telling her that she is struggling with her sobriety and she needs her best friend and sponsor now more than ever. Jill and Brock arrive and Jill is shaken to the core after everything she has lost recently. Heather confronts Owen at the police station and Owen tries to convince her that Ronan is lying but Heather won’t buy another word out of his mouth. Meanwhile, Kevin helps Chloe realize that everything Ronan did was for the case and that he may actually be a good guy. However, in the end, Chloe will always see him the man who killed Chance. Kay asks for some time alone with Murphy and when they finally get it she tells them they need to put her affairs in order, just in case. Kay asks Murphy to make sure that if it ever came down to it, he would never leave her on machines to prolong her life but Murphy is uncomfortable with the idea of pulling the plug and losing her. Meanwhile, Brock tells Tucker that he isn’t going to see Kay and Tucker doesn’t like the idea of being left out in the cold. Later, Jill and Nikki get into an argument over their competiveness regarding Kay and Nikki makes a thoughtless remark about Chance’s death and is immediately ashamed of herself and decides to leave. After agreeing to meet with Christine, Nina and Phillip are taken to a deserted road and Nina becomes impatient when it looks like Chris isn’t showing up. Phillip however sees car lights pull up and they brace themselves for whatever Chris has to tell them. Nina is none too happy, however, when Ronan is there with Chris but Nina and Phillip are blindsided when Chance steps out of the car with them. Meanwhile, Heather continues to beat herself up over trusting Owen. Later, Heather is caught off guard when Attorney General arrives and appoints her the interim District Attorney and Heather and Paul decide their first point of business is taking down Owen. Nina is overcome with relief that Chance is alive but is crushed again when they tell her that Chance is going into witness protection and this may be the last time she ever sees him. Nikki arrives home and goes straight to the liquor cabinet and decides to finally take a drink. Meanwhile, Kay’s doctor tells her that she can go home soon since she merely collapsed from dehydration and exhaustion.

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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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