Saturday, March 16, 2019

Y&R Report (March 16, 2019): 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.   

Well, well, well!  The judge threw the book at Nikki, Victoria and Sharon - 30 hears for Nikki, ten years for Princess Victoria and three years for Sharon.  Those three received the harshest of sentences, while the fourth member of the unlikely quartet, Phyllis Summers, got off scot-free.  No wonder Phyllis is so unpopular.  She regards her self as the town pariah and she has admitted to  Kerry Johnson that she has few friends.  I wonder why?  (Phyllis seems to get along well with fellow troublemaker Mia.  They seem cut from the same cloth.  Maybe they'll form an unholy alliance, although there only loyalty is to themselves)..

We all know that those long prison sentences for Nikki, Victoria and Sharon can't stand.  Those three characters cannot remain in jail for all those years.  The only way they can all be freed is if J.T. turns up alive and J.T.'s got to be alive!  I am more convinced than ever that he's is still among the living and that he will reveal himself soon.  Thad Luckinbill, who portrays J.T. was spotted at the Y&R studio.  In addition. J.T. would be the most likely to be stalking the Newman family and setting up cameras to spy on them?  J.T. is a surveillance expert.  Remember too that  little Katie Newman Abbot's "imaginary friend" sang J.T.'s song to her.

Actually, tt doesn't seem as if Nikki, Victoria and Sharon are going to serve any prison time at all.  With Rey's assistance, Nick and Billy have hidden the three women at the Abbot cabin.  Nick is convinced that J.T. is alive and he and Billy and Rey want to lure him out of hiding.  Apparently, according to an online spoiler, Victors will come up with a plan to trap J.T.  Of course, Victor will be the hero.  Like the Road Runner, he never loses.  Give Nick Newman credit for being on the right track about J.T. being alive.  He's more astute than Rey.  In all this time, Rey has never come close to figuring that J.T. may still be alive.  Some detective!

Methinks Summer Newman is a little too conceited.  Our favourite Snowflake actually said that she could have any many she wanted, but that she chose Kyle.  What Summer doesn't truly realize is that she's not Kyle's first choice.  She was only able to get him to marry her because he wanted to save Lola's life.  Kyle may be grateful to her for saving Lola, but gratitude is not enough.  Not only that, but sooner or later, Summer will do something underhanded that will really anger Kyle.  Why?  Because she's the Snowflake and she's her mother's daughter.  

As Mariah predicted, Summer's hasty wedding to Kyle Abbot will blow up in her face.  That farce of a marriage is going to end up in disaster for all concerned.  Summer couldn't have made her liver donation with no strings attached.  She's not that selfless.  One thing for certain, the Snowflake will never let Kyle go to Lola.  She'll hold on to him as long as she can, by any means possible.  According the show's previews and some online spoilers, Lola will come out of surgery in better shape than Summer,  So, Kyle will have some a lot of sympathy for her, at least for a while.  I'm sure she'll recover, though, and return to her old tricks.

When is Nate going to get a storyline other than looking after patients in the hospital?  The writers are wasting his talents.  Maybe Josh Griffith, the new head writer will give Nate something more to do.  Speaking of Mr. Giffith, he has a big task ahead.  He'll have to bring closure to some storylines and begin new ones.  The first order of business is to wrap up the J.T. saga and to integrate the return of Paul Williams into that.  He'll also have to deal with the fate of Dina.  Former head writer Mal Young wanted to write an Alzheimer storyline because his mother died of the disease.  I think the only thing left is or Dina to pass away.  Marla Adams, who plays Dina, hasn't had any screen time for weeks.  What about Lily and Candy Cane and the twins?  They have been in the background for a while too.  I guess the next step is for Lily to be released from jail.  Also, what about Neil Winters, now that his portrayer, Kristoff St. John, has died tragically.  Neil is the patriarch of the Winters family and he has been a central character on the show until recently.  Will viewers accept another actor in the role or will it be better to write Neil out by having him leave Genoa City?

According to an online spoiler, Ana has a big secret.  Devon will follow his sister to a rundown hotel and he will be stunned at what she's been hiding.  Hmmmm.  She seems so sweet.

I have to give Lauralee Bell some praise for her performance as Christine "Cricket" Williams in the courtroom scenes.  I must say, the Cricketmeister has really grown as an actress since her Miss Junior Jabot days.


Alice Hunter to leave her role as Kerry Johnson

Alice Hunter has only portrayed Jabot chemist Kerry Johnson since last October, but she's already on her way out.  Alice posted the following on Twitter: "To all asking - yes, Kerry is taking an indefinite hiatus.  I LOVE the arc, even if I'm sad to leave.  The cast and crew gave her a goodbye party.

According to online reports, Alice is not bitter about being let go.  She hasn't taken it personally and hopes that Kerry will return in the future.  To be honest, I'm not a fan of the Kerry Johnson character.  She may be a super chemist, but I haven't been able to detect much chemistry between her and Jack Abbott.  I don't think Kerry has been popular with the fans either.  She's stylish and brainy, but doesn't have a warm personality.  She seems untrustworthy, insincere and only out for herself.

Where do her loyalties really lie?  Whom is she secretly working with?  The most obvious guess is Ashley Abbot, especially since Eileen Davidson will be returning for a two-episode visit soon.  She has ties to Ashley from their days in New York.  Kerry could also be working with the police, hoping to trap both Jack and Phyllis in illegal maneuvers.

The manner in which Kerry departs from the show should be very interesting.  I expect that she'll go out with a bang.


Sasha Calle (Lola Rosales)

Poor Lola!  She was attacked by Mia, who mistakenly thought she was Abby.  She lost consciousness and required a liver plant.  Now, she's going to discover that Kyle has married Summer.  She doesn't know what hit her.  What do you think she should do with regards to Kyle?  Respond to the poll below and let me know what you think.

What should Lola do about Kyle?

Lola should forget about Kyle, let Summer have him, and find someone else.
She should find out the real reason Kyle married Summer and fight for him.
She should bide her time and wait for the marriage to fall apart.
I don't know.
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That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  I'm looking forward to the end of March on the show, with the return of Paul and Ashley.  There will be big changes with a new head writer.

- Joanne

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