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.
It can't be true! Victor Newman hasn't really breathed his last, has he? Did the invincible man meet his match in his own son? Stop right there! Don't worry, fans! Victor is not really dead. We have not seen the last of "The Moustache." Eric Braeden's character is far too popular for the writers to just kill him off. Y&R would not alienate its viewers by making such a move. As far as I know, Eric Braeden has not announced that he is retiring or leaving the show. I think Victor's "death" is part of a scheme cooked up between Dr. Nate, Nick and Victor himself. Dr. Nate probably figured out evil Adam's game from the results of Victor's blood test. They know he's tampered with Victor's medication in order to have his father incapacitated by the extra side effects.
Victor has been distrustful of Adam. He wants to protect himself and the rest of the family from his wayward son's diabolical attempt to bring down the Newman clan. Victor will likely show up in some hidden location watching Adam's every move like a hawk. He'll have the upper hand as long as Adam believes that his father has died. The reason I think Nick knows what's going on is that he warned Adam about what he would do if autopsy linked him to Victor's death.
We all know that this Adam plot has a lot of holes in it. Granted, this is a soap opera and it's not expected to be realistic, but have some respect for the intelligence of viewers. There is no way Phyllis could have hacked into Victor Newman's medical records in two seconds flat. Also, who was that woman who brought extra doses of Victor's medication to Adam? A rogue nurse? A rogue pharmacist? A rogue doctor? Supposedly, Adam payed her off handsomely, but how easy would it be to find a health professional who would take a risk like that?
Adam's reaction to Victor's supposed demise is puzzling. He hasn't exactly been as cool as a cucumber and he's not shouting with glee, but neither has he displayed a great deal of remorse or grief at his father's "death." He told Phyllis that he didn't intend to kill Victor, only to incapacitate him.. Isn't that bad enough? He must have realized that his actions could have led to the death of a vulnerable man with a blood disease.
Snowflake certainly had a fan in Zoe. The upstart young blonde was determined to be a social media star, "an influencer," just like her idol, Summer Newman. Perhaps Summer should have been flattered to be so admired. However, she just seemed annoyed whenever Zoe fawned over her. Her attitude toward Zoe was very condescending, while Zoe was not exactly thrilled that her idol constantly spurned her. Methinks that Snowflake Sr. underestimated the deviousness of Snowflake Jr.
Zoe is very cunning. She goes after what she wants and tries to stop anyone in her way, even her idol. That makes her dangerous! She demonstrated that by spiking the drinks at the Grand Phoenix party. Summer has never done something that wicked. Sharon and Devon could have died. Although Paul and Rae arrested Zoe, Clueless and Company did not get the goods on her. It was Phyllis who provided the evidence by recording an incriminating conversation with her. Zoe didn't seem too upset about going to jail. She was more concerned about her status on social media. That's probably the last we'll see of her, at least for now.
Since when did Chelsea and Lola become singers? We don't know, but there they were backing up Tessa when she sang opening of the Grand Phoenix Lounge. Chef Lola is amazingly talented, isn't she? Her career certainly fast. In almost no time flat, she's gone from running a food truck to being a gourmet chef. She's made it look easy, too.
I must say, the Y&R writers have a fixation on rising from the dead. In addition to all the characters they've resurrected, they have named a hotel after a phoenix, a mythical bird that rises from the ashes.
It's interesting that both Jack Abbott and Sharon left town town to find themselves and its no surprise that they ran into each other. Jack is taking a page from Victor's book. He's heading out on the road to figure out what's missing from his life. One answer is obvious for Jack. He needs to find the right woman. He doesn't have a very good record with relationships. Neither does Sharon, for that matter. However, the two had a heart-filled and friendly conversation about their failed relationships.
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I received an email from regular contributor CC in Etobicoke. Here's wat CC had to say.
Curious minds are wondering . . .
After Adam stole Dr Nate's iPad to get info on Victor's illness and treatment, and then was confronted by Nate, the whole thing was just dropped. No mention of him reporting it, replacing it etc. The powers that be must think the audience members are lame. On the other hand, perhaps it will be resurrected when Adan's actions to seek revenge on Victor come to the fore.
You are right on the money, CC, with your observation about Dr. Nate's tablet. I wondered about it too. We viewers are more perceptive than the writers think. We notice such inconsistencies.They should't underestimate our intelligence. However, as you say, the missing tablet may come to the fore later on. Still, I wouldn't necessarily count on that happening. Remember when it was revealed that J.T. Hellstrom was taking medication for a heart condition and he was seeing a cardiologist? I thought that might be further involved in the plot but it was never mentioned again.
Sometimes the writers just don't follow up on things, to their discredit. Sometimes unpopular storylines are dropped, but there is usually some kind of closure, even if it's brief. The incident with Dr. Nate's tablet is not the same as ending an unpopular storyline, such as Michael Baldwin's bout with cancer.
Longtime Y&R viewer, Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario. had some comments about the show. Fifi is not impressed with the storylne about Adam messing with Victor's medication. She told me that she doesn't enjoy watching it and fast forwards past those scenes. She fears that it will put similar ideas into the heads of mentally unstable people and impressionable youngsters. Fifi feels the same way about Zoe spiking the drinks at the Grand Phoenix party.
Melissa Claire Egan in Hallmark Christmas TV movie
Fans of Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) will be interested to know that she will starring in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas television movie. It is called Holiday for Heroes and is scheduled to air on November 8th.
Holiday for Heroes is the story of a woman who becomes pen pals with a soldier. They write to each other until they eventually meet in person.
Kate Linder (Esther) has role in true crime film
Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) has a role in a feature film and she won't be wearing a maid's uniform. Nor will she holding a duster. This time, Kate will appear in a burglary drama called Echo Boomers. The film is based on a true story about five unhappy post-graduates who deal with a unfair economy by robbing from the wealthy and giving to themselves. It stars Lesley Ann Warren, Oliver Cooper, Michael Shannon and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Echo Boomers will be released in 2020.
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That's all for now. Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, September 28, 2019. As the autumn leaves begin to fall in Genoa City, Wisconsin, we will watch the latest happenings on Y&R.