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
I hope that you've enjoyed watching the wedding in Tuscany. I've certainly had fun watching it.. Although here were some disruptions and tense moments, Billy Boy and Jesse Gaines failed to stop the ceremony. Ashland and Victoria are legally married, whether Billy Abbott likes it or not, and he doesn't like it. Lily noticed the painful look on Billy's face while his former wife and Locke recited their vows. Billy is still pining away for Victoria, no matter how much he denies it. Jealousy and his lingering feelings for Victoria were his real motivations for trying to stop the wedding. His argument that he had to protect Victoria and the children from Ashland was just an excuse. Meanwhile, Jesse's motives were much different than Billy's. Once he received money, Jesse's only concern was getting revenge on Ashland. His fondest desire was to humiliate Ashland for any real or perceived wrongs against him.
It was certainly a treat for longtime viewers of the show to see concert pianist Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) at the nuptials. I also have to say that the wedding dress that Sally Spectra designed was stunning. Sally's methods are very dubious, but she certainly deserves an "A" for effort. and an "A" for determination. Unfortunately, she also deserves an "F" for conduct. Lauren Fenmore has every right to be furious with her former employee. Sally' is certainly going to have so do some explaining when when she gets home to Genoa City.
Sally many also find herself dealing with romantic complications. She has set her sights on Adam Newman. At the moment, Adam seems rather receptive to her. In the previews, they shared a kiss. Remember, though, that the two are in Italy, far away from the two other women in Adam's life. Sharon and Chelsea are still very much in the picture. Adam's connection to them is still very powerful. Sally is one determined lady. She doesn't give up easily and she will continue in her pursuit of Victor Newman's younger son. Nevertheless, there may be another romantic entanglement for the fiery redhead in the form of Noah Newman.
Rory Gibson, has taken over the role of Noah from Robert Adamson. By the way, did you notice that there was no announcement saying, "The role of Noah Newman is now being played by . . . Rory Gibson?"
It's not in the least surprising that Noah has been talking about returning to Genoa City. Y&R didn't cast someone to play Noah for a couple of episodes at his Aunt Victoria's wedding. Not only is Noah going to come home to GC, but he'll likely join Newman Media. That means that he'll be working side by side with Sally Spectra. There may be a romance is the offing for those two, even though Noah has only heard people bad-mouth Sally. The Newmans and Sharon strongly dislike Sally, so a coupling between Noah and Sally would create a great deal of friction and a lot of conflict.
Another possibility is that Tessa will turn to Noah if her relationship with Mariah goes on the rocks. They were in a lot of scenes together and Tessa has been confiding in him.
It also appears that Nick and Phyllis's relationship is on the rocks. There's a lot of tension between them and they don't seem happy at all. Nick is hard-headed and Phyllis is bold and sassy. They are not on the same page right now. Phyllis is far more comfortable with Jack. She can confide in him in a way that she can't with Nick.
Nick has always had poor judgement when it comes to relationships. He should have shown up at the ceremony with Phyllis on his arm. As for Phyllis, she didn't do herself any favours by denigrating Nick's family. Nick often criticizes his father and Adam, but he doesn't like to hear such criticism about them from Phyllis.
Phyllis did get Nick to admit that he had to let Victoria lead her own life. To his credit he admitted that he was wrong about that. Still, I wonder if deep down, Nick really wants to be the white knight to rescue his sister. At least he showed some disciple by listening to Adam and not trying to stop the wedding.
Lily and Billy were faced with a moral dilemma. Jesse sent Billy a video with all the evidence he needs to nail Ashland Locke. He and Lilly could published the information and made a big splash before someone else got hold of it. Instead, Billy took the high road and apparently deleted it But did he really delete it? Could he not retrieve the video if decides to do so? Could he not have made another copy in case he changes his mind? If that's the case, then Ashland's not out of the woods yet.
According to online spoilers, Abby is about to receive some devastating news from Christine "The Cricketmeister" Williams. It's obviously news about Chance. He's either missing in action, his mission has been extended or he has been injured or killed. Take your pick, but please give us some definite information about Chance. Is he ever coming back?
Here are some final comments on the soap wedding of the year. I wonder where Victoria and Ashland go from here. Is he going to die and leave Victoria a widow? Richard Burgi, who plays Ashland, is very popular. Many fans will be disappointed if they kill him off. Since we're talking about a soap here, the newlyweds are bound to face adversity because there has to be conflict.
I received some comments from viewers who wondered what had happened to Johnny and Katie. They were supposed to have come to Tuscany with Lily. Well, on Friday's show on Global, it was mentioned that the children were there and that they were playing with Harrison. Harrison was part of the ceremony as the ring bearer. However, Johnny and Katie did not witness their mother's wedding. Your guess is as good as mine as to the reason for this. Maybe they can't have too many children on the set because of COVID regulations.
Here are some other email comments I received about the wedding.
From Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario:
Weighing in on the big wedding episode: I loved Nikki's elegance. She looked beautiful. Phyllis looked dishevelled. I did not care for her dress, nor did I like her hairdo. Sally and Summer looked nice. I did not like Elena's dress. In fact, I hate the way she dresses and cannot stand her hairstyle.
I sure hope that Phyllis and Jack don't get together again and I don't like the way they have made Jack's character so pathetic. I do hope Sally and Adam hook up. And I love my Victor too.
Well Carly I have to agree with you about the dresses and hairstyle. However, I have to disagree with you about Jack and Phyllis. I think they are more suited to each other than Phyllis and Nick.
From Fifi in Collingwood, Ontario
I have been loving all the Y&R fashions in the past while. Everyone had a beautiful outfit and I particularly liked Phyllis's, Sally's and Summer's. In my opinion, Melody Thomas Scott always steals the show with her grace and elegance. Billy looked like the maitre d' at the palazzo with his tuxedo, but Ashland's grey look matched his hair and he looked great. Eric Braeden seems to be in fine form again at 80. For a while, he was sitting down in a lot of scenes but seemed pretty spry in his scenes at the wedding. He was very Victor when he walked in on Adam and Nick with Ashland's enemy, Jesse. It looks like Sally and Adam are hooking up, which will cause great distress for Sharon. Noah and Tessa are going to get together as well as Phyllis and Jack. Since we all seem to like Ashhand, I hope he stays on the show.
I also think Melody Thomas Scott looked elegant. I didn't like Billy's tuxedo either. With that red trim, he certainly did look like a maitre d'. I would like to see Ashland (Richard Burgi) remain on the show, but he's going to need a miracle cure (which should be no problem on a soap). Yes, Eric Braeden did look stronger and healthier. His speech at the wedding was really good.
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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, October 30, 2021.