Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS. I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet. Read at your own risk. If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.
I was certainly surprised when the Cassie look-alike was revealed to be Mariah. If Y&R's intention was to surprise, the show certainly succeeded in that respect. Yet. one important question remains unanswered. Why do Cassie and Mariah resemble each other so much? I still think they will turn out to be identical twins and that Sharon is actually Mariah's mother. A viewer, Fifi from Collingwood, Ontario, suggested to me that Ian Ward somehow took Mariah away from Sharon and gained control of her. Sharon, of course, had no knowledge that she had given birth to two babies. She always believed that Cassie was her only daughter. This would explain Mariah's connection to the conniving Ian Ward.
Speaking of that snake-in-the-grass, I have to say I've been quite impressed by actor Ray Wise's performance in the role. His portrayal is truly frightening. When Ian walks into a room, I can feel a chill go down my spine. Kudos to Ray Wise for some excellent acting. Just look at the expression on his face in the photo below. It's priceless!
I have never been a fan of the Chloe character and I was not disappointed to learn that Elizabeth Hendrickson, her portrayer, has decided to bid farewell to Y&R. As far as I'm concerned, Chloe can not leave town fast enough. Her latest antics have been disgusting and her determination to recreate Delia by having another child with Billy is absolutely nauseating. As for Billy Boy, he was quite reckless to put himself in a situation where Chloe was almost able to take advantage of him. He's very fortunate that he fell into a deep sleep. I only hope that Elizabeth Hendrickson is not replaced by a new actress and that Chloe is mercifully written out of the show.
Billy Boy's estranged wife, Princess Victoria, seems quite discombobulated these days. I've never seen her so confused and indecisive. So now we have the "Who's the Daddy?" scenario. Is it Billy or Dr. Stich'em up? Does the Princess really think she can keep her pregnancy a secret? Chelsea and Stitch already know. Somehow, I think Billy will be the last one to find out.
A big UGH to the affair between Neil and Hilary. I can't stand the way Neil has been acting. He's been behaving like an overaged teenager. I hope he is discovered soon. Is everyone so dense that they can't figure out what's going on? How long can they keep this a secret from Devon and Lily?
Although I really like the chemistry between Jill and the Australian Cary Grant, the writers have made this storyline drag on far too long. The music box mystery should have been solved much sooner. Most viewers don't even care about it now. The writers really need to tie up the loose ends.
We've seen it all!
Tyler and Mariah must have been a real Bonnie and Clyde couple back in their L.A. days!
Plus, it is a good thing Nick is not evil like his father or he might kill Victor especially after he finds out that Victor is urging Sharon to put the brakes on rekindled relationship with Nick.
Well, CC, I have to admit I was quite surprised when the Cassie impersonator turned out to be Mariah. I didn't see that coming at all. Camryn Grimes, who plays the fake Cassie, doesn't look tough enough to be any kind of a criminal, never mind part of a Bonnie and Clyde couple with Tyler. That's why I never associated the Cassie look-alike with Mariah.
Victor will never stop interfering in the lives of his children. He always has an excuse and he always claims he will be proven right. His latest excuse is that he has to take control in order to protect his family.
So why did Michelle leave Y&R? What's the story? Well, in an online interview, Michelle stated that she didn't just leave the show to do The Stafford Project. She declared that she left the show for many reasons some too personal and private to ever reveal publicly. However, Michelle feels that after all these years, she has taken the Phyllis character far enough. She wants new challenges. I can understand that but I think there is much more to the story. There is something rotten in Genoa City or why would so many actors be choosing to leave the show?