Saturday, June 19, 2021

Y&R Report (June 19, 2021): 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.

Hi fans,

As regular readers know, I have been writing this column for many years now.  The pandemic has been long and difficult, so I have decided to take a break for the summer.  I need to recharge my batteries and work on my second novel.  This column will return on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Don't forget to mark that date on your calendars.  Thanks for your continued support and readership.  It is much appreciated.  If you would like to contact me during the summer, I will respond to your emails.

So, Ashland Locke is dying and it appears that Princess Victoria Newman wants to gain control of his media empire.  Is Ashland really dying or is it just a ruse, a ploy to manipulate everyone and get what he's really after?  Why would he make that up that story about his dire medical condition and what would he have to gain from it?  Victoria has proposed a merger between Ashland's company and Newman Enterprises.  He has accepted her proposal.  Is this ruthless media baron so smitten with Victoria that he would readily agree to the merger.of their two companies?  Are the two playing games with each other?  Victoria doesn't have any romantic interest in Ashland, so she is definitely using him for her own advantage.  She admitted to Billy that she has a plan.  Ashland couldn't be that naive, could he?  Maybe it doesn't bother him because he's dying anyway and he wants to enjoy his final days with Victoria.  Another possibility is that Ashland will recover his health by some miracle cure.  He won't die and the whole dynamic of the situation will change.  

I haven't discounted the possibility that Tara will eventually marry Jack in order to remain at the Abbott mansion and lead an extravagant lifestyle.  However, that scenario does seem rather creepy, given that Jack is the grandfather of Tara's child.

As I've suspected, Little Miss Tara is not as sweet and innocent as she appears to be.  She's cold and calculating. She wants Summer out of the picture so she can enjoy a happy family life with Kyle and Harrison.  Tara wants it all, including the Abbott mansion.  It's been a while, but she's finally ripped off her mask.  Summer saw the real Tara for the first time when Tara threatened to keep Kyle away from Harrison if Summer did not accept the job with the fashion house in Italy.  

In some ways, Tara is a more formidable opponent for Summer. than Sallly Spectra.  Sally is openly aggressive and forthright.  Meanwhile, Tara is  soft-spoken and she has an angelic face.  She keeps her claws hidden.  As Summer discovered, Tara pounces unexpectedly,  She launches surprise attacks.

Both Tara and Sally have sharp claws and they are both very dangerous and determined.  Still, it's hard to believe Summer would have allowed herself to be intimidated so easily.  She could have found a way to alert Jack and Kyle to Sally and Tara's threats and manipulations.  At least she has called upon Phyllis for support.  Snowflake's mother is worldly and tough.  Phyllis has seen through Miss Tara from the beginning.  She has never trusted her.  When they lock horns, Phyllis will put her in her place.

I must say that it's still hard to believe that Tara would turn out to be a villain and that Ashland would become a much more sympathetic character.  I don't think Sally and Tara's plan will work.  I can't see Summer moving to sunny Italy and I haven't heard that Hunter King, who portrays Summer, is leaving the show.  So, what is going to happen?  Only the writers know for sure.  All we can do is keep on watching.  They've got us hooked.

Will Noah Newman return to Genoa City soon?  He has been mentioned a few times lately and Victor and Adam would like him to join their new company, Newman Media.  As Y&R fans know, Noah has been working in London, England.  When last seen, the character was still being portrayed by Robert Adamson.  If he returns wilto Genoa City, Noah willl have to become involved in a storyline.  Right now, I can't think of a storyline where he would fit in.  I'll have to give it some more thought.

Is Chance coning back?  Y&R continues to tease us bout his return.  Somebody seems to be watching Abby and spying on her.  My guess is that the stalker is the bad guy that Chance is pursuing.  I think Chance will show up and capture the bad guy, but that Mariah will fall and lose the baby in the upheaval.  Sad to say, but I can't see that baby being born and  I expect that Abby will be devastated, as she was when she had a miscarriage.  A new actor will begin playing the role of Chance.  Chance will do his best to comfort Abby, but she will be inconsolable for a long time.  Of course, this is all speculation, but it makes sense to me.

The writers are making a huge mistake with the Amanda storyline.  They are getting bogged down in the details of Sutton's  history.  There have been endless, repetitive conversations about people we've never seen.  The storyline would be much more interesting if it were more focused on the present with the interaction of Amanda's family.


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I recently chatted with longtime Y&R viewer, Helen in Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen doesn't believe that Ashland has mellowed so much that he is willing to forgive Victor for forcing him to sign a contract when he was having a heart attack.  Helen also had something to say about Moses Winters.  Moses has focused all his energy on becoming a doctor.  The teenager has seemed so certain about his  vocation.  Yet, when Dr, Nate had an allergic episode after eating crab meat, Moses became quite upset and wondered if his strong reaction meant that he was not cut out to be a doctor.  Devon tried to reassure him, but for the first time, Miles questioned whether he was meant for a career in medicine.  Helen pointed out that Moses paid a visit to Victor's office and sat behind the desk there.  Could it be, Helen asked, that Moses is destined for a business career like his father, Neil?


Richard Burgi (Ashland Locke)

Do you think Ashland Locke is rally dying, or is he making the whole story up?  Is he faking it to fool everybody.  What do you think, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Is Ashland Locke really dying?
Yes, Why would he make up a story like that? What would he have to gain from it?
No. He's faking it. I don't trust him.
I don't know.
Please Specify:

That's all for now.  Have a great summer and stay safe.  See you in September.  Enjoy the Daytime Emmys.  I am really looking forward to the show on Friday, June 25th. 

- Joanne

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