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Y&R’s Jason Thompson and Melissa Claire Egan Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’


Get your Emmy reels ready, Jason Thompson (Billy) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), with your riveting scenes from this week’s episodes of The Young and the Restless.

The drama continued this past Monday after the stunning cliffhanger the Friday prior, where Chelsea was getting ready to jump off the hotel roof as her depression over took her, and she felt ending her life was the only way to stop the voices in her head. Just as Chelsea is ready to step off the ledge, Billy appears. Now realizing he is in way over his head, when confronting someone who is in the middle of a suicide attempt, he does his best on the fly to save Chelsea.


Eventually, when Chelsea won’t get off the ledge, Billy climbs up on the ledge next to her. Chelsea wants to be alone.  She cries, “It hurts every single day when I wake up. I don’t want to wake up anymore.”  She goes on to say, “I’ve hurt so many people. I don’t think I deserve happiness. Maybe I’m just not meant for this world.”  Billy thanks her for sharing that with him, but suggests they get down from the ledge and they can just talk. He tries to assure Chelsea that there are people who love and care about her, but she disagrees. When the subject goes to her sons, Connor and Johnny, and how Victoria (Amelia Heinle) wanted her to stay away from Johnny, it affected her seismically. When Billy tells her to get down from the ledge, she kisses him and tells Billy he is a good man with tears in her eyes. However, she begins to jump anyway! Billy manages to grab her and pull her down from the ledge, and ultimately, saves her life.

Now with his coat around her to keep her warm, Billy promises Chelsea she will find her way out of the hell she finds herself in. Adam (Mark Grossman) finds them as Billy escorts Chelsea off the roof to get her inside, and to her hotel suite, without explaining anything to his enemy.

Once in Chelsea’s suite, Billy tells Chelsea he’s not leaving her alone. Chelsea is angry that he saved her from jumping, telling him that he had no right and he took that choice from her.  Billy tells her it’s not a choice she would have made two weeks ago or two weeks from now.  He was not going to allow her to do that to herself, or her sons.


Billy admits he doesn’t know how to handle any of this, and is not sure what exactly do, but he’s staying put.  Chelsea admits, “I keep hearing voices.”  She also talks about a previous kiss with Billy and how it was a mistake, and how Connor and Johnny are better off without her, stating, “The world is better off without me!” Billy asks her not to say that, as he is getting increasingly more lost and what to do for Chelsea and is desperate for some help.

When Chelsea admits she is worn out and needs to sleep, Billy helps her to her bed, and tucks her in. Then he, sits on the edge of the bed in tears and overwhelmed.  In a smart move, Billy contacts Sharon (Sharon Case), and tells her about Chelsea: “She wanted to end her life, Sharon”.  Billy hopes Sharon knows what to do because Chelsea’s feelings haven’t changed and she could try to end her life again.  Sharon tells Billy they need to get Chelsea into a mental health facility with professionals.

Once Sharon arrives at the suite, and in another emotional moment played to perfection by Thompson, Billy recalls the night his daughter Delia died, and how he held her in his arms before the ambulance arrived and how minutes seemed like hours.  He told Sharon, all he could do was hold Delia and tell her she would be OK, but he knew in his gut she wasn’t going to make it. Billy shares “I had the same feeling tonight”.  Feeling inadequate on how he tried to help Chelsea, Sharon says he handled it perfectly.  It was then Billy admits, he couldn’t save his daughter, but he won’t let the same thing happen to Chelsea.

When Chelsea stirs in the bed, she calls out for Billy. He tells her Sharon is with them now. Billy explains he called her as he needed some help on how to deal with this.  Stunningly, Sharon makes inroads with Chelsea assuring her that she is there to help her, expressing: “Trust me. And if you can’t trust me, trust Rey.  He saw the good in you and gave you another chance. Don’t throw that away.”  It is then that Chelsea agrees to let Sharon and Billy help her.


Next, they bring Chelsea to a mental health facility where Sharon meets the therapist Ms. Lawson. Despondent in the room, Billy gets Chelsea to snap out of it, when he asks her if she realizes what is happening.  She then panics realizing where she is.  Billy assures her she’s in a much better place than before.  Billy vows he will go through this with her, and be there when she needs him. Billy also assures her that Connor will be well taken care of, and she should concentrate on getting better so she can enjoy Thanksgiving with her son.

Once alone with the therapist, Chelsea doesn’t think she wanted to die, she just didn’t want to be out of pain. She admits she felt alone, unworthy, and that her presence was ruining other’s lives. In tears, Chelsea admits she needs help, and wants to get better, but she doesn’t know if that will even be possible.

While clearly this entire situation will bond Chelsea and Billy forever, it cannot be overstated how impactful this story was for anyone who has considered ending their life, is struggling with depression, or for those on the other side of it; thrust into a desperate situation they have never had experience with while knowing one wrong move, or one wrong word, could send the person over the edge.


Jason Thompson played all the beats so realistically that you could feel Billy’s struggle, and yet his willingness to see this through with Chelsea however it would turn out.  Melissa Claire Egan took viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as all of Chelsea’s raw pain was exposed and tapped into someone who felt they had nothing left to live for.  The writing of this story arc was also effective, and we can only hope Y&R stays on track and sees this important story on mental health through.

For these very effective scenes, Michael Fairman TV names Jason Thompson and Melissa Claire Egan’s work The Power Performances of the Week.

So, what did you think of the Billy and Chelsea scenes? What did you think of Jason and Melissa’s work? Do you think Billy and Chelsea will wind up in a relationship together, when Chelsea gets out of her depression and deals with what’s been troubling her … or do you want Billy to remain with Lily (Christel Khalil)? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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No thanks. That’s a horrible message to send. She also raped him but let’s just forget about that to push this nonsense RME.


No. Great scenes and actors but not into them as a pairing at all. The rape history is ugly. Prefer him with Victoria or Lily.

I think making Chelsea a couple with the person she wanted and rejected her only after she threatened suicide sends a very dangerous message about getting your heart’s desire so no, I hope they pair Billy with Sharon instead.

The idea of them as a couple disgusts me but I liked the acting.

Stunning work from both and a happy surprise for me since I’ve never cared for Jason Thompson’s version of Billy. But he REALLY delivered here and made the story even more poignant. Lily and Billy never worked for me; there’s more chemistry in a bath mat. So, I’m game for a friendship with Chelsea but she’s got a ways to go before falling in love (or into bed) with anyone.

Feeling lost and at your final limit isn’t nonsense. Not everyone can push their way through. No, I don’t like Chelsea and Billy as a couple and I hope they allow Chelsea to get past this and find a purpose.

I was all set not to watch this story. But while I didn’t like the subject matter ended up watching anyway. It was extremely well done by Jason (Billy) and Melissa.(Chelsea). But add me to the list that doesn’t want to see them together. In fact I can’t recommend Chelsea to anyone I’ve seen so far. Liked Billy with Lilly when they actually worked together as a team, before the merger. Hope they recapture those feelings.

MCE is amazing – I’ve always known she could deliver having first seen her on AMC when she and Billy Miller were brother and sister and had terrific scenes. Hard as this subject is, it is a great showcase for her talent. It’s also great to see Jason T. deliver and have something to get his teeth into. He has not had a story that show his talent for a long time.

That said, I don’t know why all these posts refer to the possibility of a pairing between these two. Billy is being an amazing friend to Chelsea and I can see this being a bond between them as the article states. Why do we always have to go to romantic pairing talk; men and women can be great friends for heavens sake and hopefully this will remain a real friendship.

Perfectly stated! I 100% agree with you JenW

I would be open to a Chelsea and Billy pairing 2.0

Jason and Melissa both deserve an Emmy for their performances and I would love to see Billy and Chelsea get together on the show .He and Lilly have no chemistry and she is too superficial .


THE GOLDEN BACHELOR Finale: Gerry Makes His Choice Breaking One Woman’s Heart and Getting Ready to Marry His New Love in a TV Special

Just when you think The Golden Bachelor has come to an end, think again! The look at love through the lens of seniors attempting to open their hearts later in life has been a ratings winner for ABC. The series has touched many and has given hope to others, even though, this is, after all, a reality show!

On Thursday night, it all came down to which woman would Gerry choose after bringing both Theresa and Leslie to meet his daughters and granddaughters, all in an effort to get their thoughts on each of the finalists.

Host Jesse Palmer teased during the live finale watch party –  in front of a studio audience – and at home on the east and central time zones – that the show will have, “an ending that’s going to shock you to your core. It really is that emotional.”  Was it the actual ending that was emotional, Jesse … or, was it before the conclusion when Gerry tore Leslie’s heart to pieces?

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After seemingly becoming more confused after both women meet with his family, and receiving their feedback which was very positive for both Theresa and Leslie, Gerry said he felt the weight of this decision more than ever, and in this moment.

Things go south and give viewers a clue of what is to come, when he gives Leslie a hug, before they go their separate ways, but gave Theresa an “I love you.”

Leslie can sense that something is off. Later in her room, Gerry visits her and says, “Thanks for everything you’ve done for me and I hope I’ve done the same for you.”  What?  To make things worse, Leslie tells him how happy he makes her. Gerry’s response is only, “thanks for that.”  Followed by “Be happy. I think it’s time for me to go.” Gerry exits as the in-studio audience is devastated for Leslie.

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To make things worse and official, after crying in the stairwell, Gerry comes back to Leslie’s room and they have it out. “I’ve kind of made a decision about how I want to go about this. I have fallen in love with Theresa, and that’s the direction I’m going to take.”  Leslie is blindsided: “So everything you told me the other night was a complete and total lie?” In the best moment of the series, when Gerry attempts to tell Leslie how to feel, she tells him she’ll feel however the f**k she wants to.

Next, the producers try to show us that Gerry has a heart, by including footage of him anguishing over hurting Leslie, and even an awkward hug-it-out moment with Jesse Palmer as comfort.

Now back to the live studio audience, and Leslie is there to address what happened, and as you might expect she was still crushed and hurt, because the hardest thing for viewers to watch was how candid she was about how she never felt she had the right man, a good man, and always lost at love. Gerry comes to the stage, and the two are cordial, but she has not forgiven him, nor should she.

As Gerry’s journey continues on the big screen, it’s the big day.  Theresa professes her love for him at their engagement ceremony.  Both Gerry and Theresa lost their spouses to illness after more than 40 years of marriage, so it makes sense that they would wind up together.  Gerry gets down on one knee, something Theresa shared never happened in her first engagement to her beloved ex-husband and hands her the final very special golden rose.

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When Gerry and Theresa are together for the first time as engaged in front of the live studio audience, it is announced that their wedding is fast-tracked! And the ceremony will air on ABC on January 4th (8pm ET/7PM CT) in a special event entitled The Golden Wedding, and the duo are getting a trip to Italy to boot!

So, what do you think? Did Gerry pick the right woman? Were you gutted for Leslie? What do you think of the marriage happening so soon? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.


She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.


Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?


In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.


So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Aunt Jordan Escapes Through a Vent

Wednesday’s November 29th episode of The Young and the Restless, served to set-up story for months to come and revealed its ultimate purpose for fans of the long-running daytime drama series.

In the end, the takeaway was: Aunt Jordan (Colleen Zenk) lives to see another day and will come back to terrorize the Newmans (Giving viewers Sheila Carter-vibes, who gets away with everything), Claire (Hayley Erin) is left unraveled and misguided, which upon investigation could lead her to be forgiven by Victoria (Amelia Heinle), Cole (J. Eddie Peck) and the rest of the family and eventually welcomed into the family as “Eve”, and puts Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott), the way many viewers like to see her … battling the bottle.

To get to those points, here’s what went down: After Jordan slashed Nick (Joshua Morrow) with a knife, and he tumbles down the stairs, he is bleeding out and Cole and Victoria try to help him through being poisoned along with Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nick.


Upstairs, Victor who had found Nikki, sees Jordan with a bloody knife.  He shouts at her to put the knife down. Jordan fires back, “Put the knife down? You’re giving me orders, Victor Newman, after what you did to my sister?!” Victor argues that her sister tried to kill Nikki!

Going on about Claire and raising her, Jordan seethes “I loved her. I gave her guidance. I gave her purpose.” Victor says, “You turned that girl into a monster.” Jordan gloats as the poison is taking effect and Victor will die shortly.

Downstairs, Claire is shocked and panicked. Victoria pleads with her to help them. Claire laments how this, “wasn’t supposed to be this way,” and how her goal was to hurt them emotionally as she waited 20 years for Victoria to admit how she left her as a child and never looked backed. Claire did all this with Aunt Jordan to hear Victoria say that she’s sorry.


Victoria says that she is sorry. She is sorry for the lies Jordan told her and the ways she was raised with so much hate. A gut-wrenched Victoria says, that she and Cole loved their baby, and when she died they were devastated.

Victor makes his move on Jordan as he and Nikki escape the upstairs bedroom and lock Jordan in it.  Victoria cries when Victor brings Nikki downstairs. Claire asks where her Aunt Jordan is.  And in the line of the episode, Victor says, “Who cares about that bitch!” Victoria pleads with Claire to turn this situation around for herself, and to save everyone, and she will help her. Cole promises that as well.

Claire walks to the drawer containing their phone, and pulls out vials containing the antidotes to the poison they drank. Nick struggles to get to his phone and calls 911.


A confused Cole ask Victoria if their baby Eve is dead. She confirms, “Our baby, Eve, is dead.”  Claire just sits and cries. Eventually, the paramedics arrive where they handcuff Claire. When the Newmans ask if the cops located Aunt Jordan, they tell them they searched the house and she is nowhere to be found.

As Claire’s is being led out by the cops, she says she doesn’t really know who she is anymore and, “I’m sorry.”  Victor says she’s nuts likes her aunt. As everyone is being led out of the house, the camera pans up to an air vent revealing Aunt Jordan’s eye glaring and watching. We fade to black.

So, what did you think of this episode? Will Claire be confirmed to be Eve? Will Jordan devise another plot to destroy the Newmans given we know Colleen Zenk is still taping at Y&R? Will Nikki drink herself into a stupor very shortly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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