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.
As the Big Weddng draws near, rebellious daughter, Mariah, has agreed to be a bridesmaid. That girl really has an attitude! I realize that she hasn't had an easy life and that she was deceived by slippery Ian Ward, the man she regarded as a father figure. I can even understand why she doesn't want to be beholden to the wealthy Newmans and how she is tired of hearing everyone sing the praises of Cassie. After all, who would want to be constantly compared to a deceased twin sister? Having said all that, however, Nick and Sharon have treated Mariah well. They have tried to give her the family she's never had. Yet she has been particularly resentful toward Sharon. It doesn't really make sense because Sharon has given her wayward daughter more than a fair shake. Mariah keeps complaining about the things Sharon said to her before kicking her out of the house. She seems to have conveniently forgotten that Sharon caught her red-handed in an attempt to seduce NIck. At the time, Sharon didn't even know that Mariah was her biological daughter. Mariah also accuses Sharon of abandoning her, even though Sharon was a fightened 16-year-old who didn't even know she had given birth to twins. The second child, Mariah, was hidden from her.
As far as I'm concerned, Maria is an ingrate and she is behaving like a brat. She is treating Sharon unfairly. However, the conflict between her and Sharon creates drama.
The whole storyline about Phyllis escaping from the hospital is too unbelievable - even for a soap. It's amazing how clear her faculties are after being in a coma for so long. She's no longer groggy or disoriented. She certainly had no problem remembering where the key to the Abbott home was hidden, and she entered the mansion so easily. Speaking of the new Phyllis (Gina Tognoni), I have to say that she should have redder hair. Red hair is part of Phyllis' identity.
The writers have created a sense of foreboding about Nick and Sharon's upcoming nuptials. Faith even declared, "This wedding is jinxed," when Nick caught a glimpse of Sharon's wedding dress. With Sharon's secret hanging like a dark cloud over the couple, the wedding appears to be doomed - or is that just what the writers want you to think.
One thing is for certain, the wedding, if it happens, will be filled with plenty of drama and intrigue. Frankly, I'm really looking forward to it and I hope that the writers do not disappoint. This is their chance to really engage the viewers and keep us on the edge of our seats.
It looks as if Clueless Paul Williams is about to make another tragic mistake, this time with son Dylan. So what else is new? Aided and abetted by wife Christine (also know as the Cricketmeister) hapless Chief Williams is about to find himself in a similar situation with Dylan as he was with his other son, Ricky.
As Chelsea pointed out, Princess Victoria Newman can't have it both ways. She was the one who chose to divorce Billy Boy Abbott. Now she's spying on him and Chelsea. She's also jealous of Stitch and Abby. Talk about having your cake and eating it too . . . Although she is disillusioned with both Dr. Stitch and Billy, The Princess would be better off knowing which one is the father of her baby.
Not that I'm defending Billy Boy. He's always exercised poor judgment and displayed a lack of discipline. I'd describe him as the quintessential lovable jerk (more lovable when Billy Miller played the role). Although Chelsea seems quite taken with him at the moment, I wonder how Adam's return will affect their relationship.
By the way, who knew that sweet, little Connor would turn out to be such a dangerous hellraiser? The Princess doesn't want him around Johnny for fear that big, bad Connor will bite his half-brother. She even attributed his behaviour to having Adam as a father.
Well, Ashley's back in town, and she's making quite an impact. She doesn't mince words and she isn't one for false modesty. She told brother Jack that things are more fun when she's around, and she's right. It won't be long before the former Dr. Stitch thinks so too, but where will that leave poor, unhappy Victoria? Will the Princess be left out in the cold?
It's hard to figure Hilary out. She dreams of being with Devon. Yet when Neil offered to give her a divorce, she steadfastly refused. Remember, though, that a soap needs conflict. Neil has to catch Hilary and Devon together.
Here is another realty check from Patsy from Sarasota, Florida.
I am perplexed that neither Sharon nor Nick noticed that Victor stole a champagne glass. I would certainly notice if I served three glasses but only ended up with two after my guest departed. Just how roomy are Victors suit pockets if he can shove a plastic bagged flute glass AND a hair brush into them.? Not as if he is wearing a safari jacket!
Right on, Patsy! I guess the writers hope we won't notice.
Kelly Sullivan, who played Connie Falconeri on General Hospital, will have a recurring role on The Young and the Restless. Sullivan will play a new character named Sage Warner.
Sullivan will first appear on-screen on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 on CBS and on October 27, 2014 on Global TV in Canada. She described her "Sage" character to Soap Opera Digest as "intelligent, competent, discreet, and reserved" woman. Sage, she said, "will do anything for those she loves."
|Kelly Sullivan as Connie Falconeri|
Well, Y&R fans, if you are dissatisfied with the current storylines, take heart! Change is coming! The show has hired a new head writer. His name is Charles Pratt, Jr. and he has a great deal of experience. He has been the head writer for many soaps including All My Children (2008-2009), General Hospital (2002-2006), Santa Barbara (1984-1990) and Sunset Beach. He has also worked on such prime time series as Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Melrose Place. Pratt received three Daytime Emmys for his contribution to General Hospital. The bad new for those who are not fans of Jill Farren Phelps is she will remain on as executive producer of Y&R.
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