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
Tara Locke is nicely ensconced in the Abbott mansion, isn't she? She really enjoys living there and she is certainly in no hurry to move anywhere else. Her husband, Ashland, is ruthless and controlling, but methinks Little Miss Tara has an agenda of her own. It seems as if she's still sweet on Kyle Abbott, despite her expressions of regret about how her actions are causing so much grief for Summer. However, I think Tara may wind up in a marriage of convenience with Jack. Here's why: Now that Ashland knows about Harrison's true paternity, he's angry and vindictive. Despite his ruthless business reputation, Locke truly loves Harrison. He will do everything in his power to win custody of the little boy from Tara. He's already changed the grounds of the divorce suit to adultery. The custody battle is going to be bitter and nasty, especially since Ashland feels so betrayed.
Tara seems to like older, wealthy men, and Jack Abbott certainly fits the bill. As for Jack, he would certainly marry Tara in order to protect Harrison and Tara from Ashland. He would love to have his sweet little grandson around him all the time? They could be one happy family and Tara could be the Lady of the Abbott Manor. Kyle would certainly approve that setup. It would get him off the hook with Tara and he would be free to marry Snowflake, who feels left out. Not only that, but his biological son would be living in the the Abbott home and Kyle would be able to see him as often as he wanted. Everyone would be happy, except Ashland; but what about the welfare of an innocent three-year-old?
Unfortunately, the biggest loser in this divorce and child custody battle will be Harrison. The adults profess to love the child and they want to protect him. Instead, they are confusing poor Harrison by putting him in the middle of their tug-of-war. He's far too young to understand what's happening. Now, he's been told he has a father and a daddy. It's all too much for the child. The adults in Harrison's life could write a manual on how to mess up a little kid.
Meanwhile, Princess Victoria Newman also has her own agenda. Much to her mother Nikki's disapproval, she's decided to cozy up to Ashland Locke. It's not that Victoria has any romantic feelings for powerful media mogul. She is still hooked on Billy Boy Abbott. Victoria hasn't fooled anybody by bringing a plant to Billy and Lily and wishing them well. Yet she sees some personal and business advantage in being on friendly terms with Ashland. To put it bluntly, she intends to use Locke. Loke is not stupid and he will know that Victoria is just using him. However, he will probably use her for his ow purposes too. Maybe it won't matter to him. He will just enjoy the attention of a woman who just happens to be Victor Newman's daughter and the CEO of Newamn Enterprises.
According to an online spoiler, Elena is going to have some competition in her quest to win Dr. Nate's heart - when she's not daydreaming about Devon. At first, I thought the good doctor was bonding with Lola, but it doesn't seem that way now, especially since Genoa City's favourite chef is in Miami for the time being. Now I think Nate's new love interest will be Amanda's half-sister, Imani Benedict.(Leigh-Ann Rose). There seemed to be a spark when Imani was introduced to Nate recently.
Kudos to Y&R for its wonderful tribute to Kristoff St. John and his character, Neil Winters. The episode was very tastefully done and it captured the very essence of Neil, his love for jazz music, his habits and his hangouts.
Y&R's Daytime Emmy Nominations
The 48th Annual Daytime Emmys will soon be upon us. They air on Friday, June 25 on CBS. Don't forget to mark that date on your calendars.
Here is a list of Daytime Emmy nominations for Y&R.
Mellissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron) and Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) have both been nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Alyvia Alyn Lind (ex-Faith Newman) has been nominated for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series.
Y&R has been nominated for Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program.
The little boy who plays Harrison Locke on Y&R
Kellen Enriquez, the blond, curly-haired tyke who plays 3-year-old Harrison Locke on Y&R, is already making his mark. Kellen is a newcomer to soaps and not much information is available about him at this time. He is believed to be about four years old. It is thought that he was born in 2017. All I know that anyone could overdose on his cuteness.
Jess Walton (Jill) announces some terrible news
Jess Walton, who plays Jill on the Y&R, recently revealed some devastating news on social media. Her husband John's cancer has returned. John James and Jess married in 1980 and have two children together. John is an author and an expert in grief conselling. He founded the Grief Recovery Institute, which provides training for grief specialists worldwide.
John had successful surgery for a malignant tumour on his neck and he was deemed cancer-free.. Unfortunately, his situation has changed and Jess has asked for the thoughts and prayers of her fans.
Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL
I have listed Y&R's nominees for a Daytime Emmy. Now I want to know what you think, fans. Who deserves the Emmy most? Respond to the poll below and let me know.
NOTE TO READERS
That's all for now. Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, June 19, 2021.