Saturday, July 4, 2015

Y&R Report (July 4, 2015): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

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.

Good for Nikki!  It's about time she stood up to Vile Victor.  I'm glad she refused to lie to protect him, unlike daddy's girl Victoria. Nikki has more integrity than her daughter. As for Princess Victoria, she even uttered Victor's dubious justification for all his evil deeds.  She actually told Nikki that she had to do everything it takes to protect her family.  Perhaps we should call her "Victor's Echo."

Poor Nikki!  No wonder she's having such a hard time to recover from her alcoholism.  Her family is so dysfunctional.  Even Nicholas, who claims he wants to part of his father's schemes, is trying to help Victor.  I thought Nick was trying to be his own man.  I thought wanted to keep his distance from his father's nefarious deeds.

Well, it's pretty obvious now why the writers have chosen to give Ashley Abbott health problems. The reason is to bring her closer to Dr. Stitch.  I think Stitch'em Up will continue to express his concern and A.A. will be unable to resist her attraction to him, despite the fact that he is her daughter's boyfriend.  I hope there is much more to the storyline than a mother and daughter in love with the same man.

Readers, I must say that the storylines are becoming more outlandish and convoluted than ever. Now, both Sharon and Sage are expecting the pitter patter of little feet.  I am trying to figure out how the two new babies will fit into the plot. However, we're talking about Y&R, so one or both of the babies may not survive. Also, did you notice that Sharon threw away her medication?

Now Adam/Gabriel has selected Abby Newman to be COO of Newman-Abbott, a large corporate conglomerate.  What experience does she have to qualify her for such a senior executive post? It's ridiculous.


I have a lot of viewer reaction to pass on to you.

CC from Etobicoke, Ontario has sent me some comments and opinions:

If only Gabriel/Adam's daydream where Jack spills all the beans were to come true, it would be a relief. Then life in GC could move on from that mess.

Is Marco dead or alive?
Will we ever know who the real killer is and the motive?

Yes, CC, it would be a relief if Gabriel's true identify were revealed.  It's taken far too long.

It appears that Marco is alive.  A soap website spoiler says that Jack and Marco will join forces to seek revenge against Victor.  Not only that, but the writers would want to capitalize on the dramatic effect of having the "two Jacks" meet.

I'm sure the real killer and motive will eventually be revealed.  However, I hope they don't drag the murder mystery out too long.  That's a mistake soaps tend to make.  I realize that they have to keep the story going for awhile, but if it goes on too long, it loses its impact and viewers lose interest.

Regular viewer, Fifi from Collingwood, complains that Y&R has become overly rough and violent. She says there have been too many shootings and vicious attacks.  The show is just not as much fun as it used to be.  There are not enough everyday life situations.  There is not enough humour.

I tend to agree with Fifi.  I would like to see some more laughter and lightheartedness on the show. There is too much tenseness.  I also think Y&R lacks real romance too. Where is the supercouple that viewers can cheer for?  What couple has real magic?  They are all deceiving each other and betraying each other. Who is working together and struggling to overcome difficulties together?

Carly from Barrhaven, Ontario emailed me with this comment;

The writers have taken Victor to new heights now by shooting Jack in cold blood, although he thought he was shooting Marco. 

I would also like to point out, Carly, that Victor was the one who brought a dangerous drug lord to Genoa City in the first place.  He was the one who endangered his family. The writers are making Victor more evil than he used to be. He doesn't seem to have a conscience anymore.


As of this writing, there are no new developments concerning the possibility of Billy Miller returning to Y&R as Billy Abbott.  I will keep you posted.

It won't be long before Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott Fenmore Atkinson) and Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson) return to Y&R.  Jess has tweeted "I'll be back in Genoa City soon."  In early June, she and her husband attended a wedding in England.

According to Soap Central, "Tristan Rogers returns as Colin Atkinson on July 29 (CBS), July 28 (Global TV in Canada).

Let's just hope that the Y&R writers can provide Jill and Colin with an improved storyline.  They deserve better than what they have had to work with.  That ludicrous music box storyline did not go over well, to say the least.

Below is a photo of Jess Walton at the River Cam in Cambridge, England.

Jess in England

Sofia Pernas, who portrays the mysterious Marissa, has an interesting background.  She was born in Fes, Morocco on July 31, 1989 to a Moroccan mother and a Galician father.  Galicia is in northwestern Spain, so that accounts for her Hispanic appearance.

Sofia eventually settled in Los Angeles and began a modelling career.  I wondered whether her accent was fake but I guess it's authentic, given her background.


Speaking of Marissa, would you like to see her with Noah?  He's still grieving over the loss of Courtney.  Will Marissa spell trouble for him?

Sofia Pernas (Marissa)

Robert Adamson (Noah Newman)

Do you think Noah and Marissa would make a good couple?

Yes, definitely. There's a spark there and they look good together.
No, Marissa is nothing but bad news. She will mess up his life and cause trouble for him.
No, he's still gieving over the loss of Courtney and it's not a good idea to get involved with someone on the rebound.
Maybe, if Marissa really cares about him.
I don't know.
Poll Maker

That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

- Joanne

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