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.
Chelsea has returned to Genoa City with a new husband, an older Southern gentleman named Calvin. Calvin didn't stay around long. He just dropped dead suddenly. Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin, I think. Did he really die of natural causes or was he murdered?
A point I'd like to make is that Chelsea is still legally married to Adam. She never divorced him. However, she's not guilty of bigamy because Adam was presumed dead. Also, Chelsea's relationship with Calvin was weird. When she was leaving Society with him, she looked back at Nick as if she were pleading for help. I wonder if she was forced to marry him for some reason.
Adam declared that he will stop at nothing to reunite himself with Chelsea and Connor. Could he be behind Calvin's untimely death?
I see big trouble ahead for Kyle and Lola, if they even manage to get married. Theo is throwing a bachelor party for Kyle and that could be disastrous given Theo's reckless ways.
I enjoyed the 4th of July carnival scenes. They were great summer fun.
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Here are come email comments from regular Y&R viewer, CC in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Eric Braeden does not seem to be well these days. He doesn't move much in any of his scenes, little getting up or sitting down. When he does walk, it appears to be very gingerly. Something tells me that the upcoming storyline about his participation in an experimental treatment trial may be a way to write in his upcoming real life treatment for whatever is ailing him. Given that he wrote about his athletic successes in his book, it wouldn't surprise me if the wear and tear on his body has caught up with him. Perhaps something like knee replacement is on the horizon for him.
It's a soap opera, so anything goes . . . but funny we didn't meet Lola's mother when Lola was on her death bed. She does not fit the image I had of a woman who was abandoned by her cheating husband to raise her three children on her own. Truthfully, Rey looks like he could be older than his mother.
Are Chelsea, her mother and her new husband, Calvin, involved in a new con game? She and Calvin are definitely not a love match. Nick is suspicious. Once Adam gets up to speed on this, maybe Nick and Adam will work together to blow it all up.
What are your thoughts on this?
Well, CC, I definitely agree with you that Eric Braeden hasn't look well lately, although he's appeared healthier in more recent episodes. His character is suffering from a rare blood disease and is not supposed to appear healthy. Eric is a good actor and I think he wants to give a realistic portrayal of Victor Newman's illness. Now that Victor has been undergoing treatment, he is supposed to look better.
Remember, though, that Eric is 78 years old. He is not as spry as he once was, he can still pound that punching bag.
Yes, Lola's mother, Celeste, should have been at her side when she had the liver transplant. I guess the writers somehow overlooked it and they never thought astute viewers like you would pick up on it.
I certainly agree that Eva LaRue looks too young to be Rae's mother. In the May 25, 2019 edition of Y&R Report (prior to Eva's first appearance on Y&R), here is what I wrote based on photos I had seen of her: "I wonder if they are going to use makeup to age Eva because she appears far too young to be the mother of Rey, Arturo and Lola - especially Rey. Maybe Celeste was just a teenager when she gave birth to her eldest. Eva was actually born on December 27, 1966, which makes her 52 years old. She doesn't look her age." I have since looked up the age of Jordi Vilasuso, who plays Rey. Jordi was born on June 15, 1981, which makes him 38 years old. That means he's only 14 years younger than the woman who portrays his mother. Was Celeste only 14 when she gave birth to Rae? I don't think so.
It's not just a matter of Eva's age, though. As you pointed out, CC, she doesn't fit the image of a woman who was abandoned by her cheating husband and raised three children on her own. Eva is a California model and looks like one. She doesn't resemble an impoverished Hispanic woman who struggled to support her family.and endured hard times. At least, that's the impression her children gave of her. You wouldn't expect her to be able to afford designer clothes.
Eva LaRue was enormously popular in her longtime role as Maria Santos on All My Children. Y&R seems to have miscast.her as Celeste. Yet, there may be an important reason why she was chosen for the role. Celeste finds Jack Abbott very attractive. There may be a romance in the offing for those two. Since Jack usually dates model types, Eva fits the image in that respect.
As for Calvin, I thought he was trouble with a capital T. However, he didn't stay around very long. He suddenly ended up dead. You are right that he and Chelsea were not a love match. In fact, Chelsea didn't seem to know him that well at all. She was surprised and shocked that he wanted to let Adam have custody of Connor. I also wonder about the whole setup because Chelsea's mother, Anita, was involved and Anita is a conwoman.
Gordon Thomson headed to Y&R
Canadian Gordon Thomson, who has a long history of appearing on soaps, has been cast as a new character on Y&R. He will play the role of Daryl Tulane, who has a connection to Chelsea. Gordon is probably best known his portrayal of Adam Carrington on Dynasty from 1982 to 1989. He also played Artistotle Bennedict White on Ryan's Hope in 1981, and Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara form 1990 to 1993. In 2000, he appeared as FBI Special Agent Hal Freeman on Passions. In 2009, he played the part of Walter on Days of Our Lives.
Jessica Collins hints that she may return to Y&R as Avery Bailey Clark
Jessica Collins has teased fans that she has reprised one of her most popular characters and will reveal the details soon. Naturally that has aroused speculation that she will return to Y&R as lawyer Avery Bailey Clark, the sister of Phyllis Summers. They way actors have returned to the show lately, that could very well happen. If it does happen, it will certainly affect the lives of Phyllis and Nick. Phyllis, now being played by Michelle Stafford again, has not mentioned her sister for a long time. Nick and Avery were once an item. They almost got married, but she didn't show up for the ceremony.
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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, July 20, 2019.