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.
Here are the latest happenings in Genoa City. Billy Boy Abbott has insomnia. What's that all about? Chelsea is falling for Rey and baby Dominic needed to have a bone marrow transplant. Of course, Daddy Devon was the perfect match for the transplant and Chance has finally agreed to get professional help.
Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) is back from Milan and she looks happier and more refreshed than she has in a long time (Maybe Michelle was just burnt out and she needed a break from the show, or maybe her portrayal of a burnt-out Phyllis was very convincing). She seems to have her old mojo back. I'm pleased that she is staying in Genoa City, but why is she still resisting a romantic involvement with Jack? I have a hard time believing she's afraid of them hurting each other again. That doesn't sound like Phyllis. When has she ever been so timid? She's an all-in alpha type.
Jack has been receiving mysterious text messages from someone telling him to go to Los Angeles. It appears that the message may be from his son Kermo, by his late Vietnamese wife, Luan. Here's some background to refresh your memory. Keemo was portrayed by Philip Moon from 1994 to 1996. The character was written out of the show back in 1996 when Keemo left town. So, Jack has rarely mentioned his son all these years and Keemo hasn't been seen on screen for about 26 years. Are they really going to bring him back? I wonder. It's all very mysterious and some people even think Patty Williams may the author of those text messages. However, Jack himself is hiding something. According to the online spoilers on Soap Central, "Jack confesses." I wonder if he has some romantic surprise for Phyllis, Could that be what he's up to?
What's with Chance? Why was he so reluctant to seek professional help for his post-traumatic stress syndrome and why is he so reluctant to open up to Abby. She had to practically beg him to confide in her. She and others had to push him to get help for his mental issues. He finally agreed to do so, as if he were forced into it. At least he only asked Dr. Sharon for a referral. It would have been ridiculous if he had asked her to treat him. At any rate, considering he way Chance has been behaving, he must be hiding more than mental stress.
Something is definitely brewing between Chelsea and Rey - at least where Chelsea is concerned. I don't think Chelsea would have any qualms about moving in on Rey. Rey on the other hand, seems more morally upright and decent. It's difficult to imagine him cheating on Sharon. However, Chelsea may dupe him. After all. her mother raised her to be a con woman. No matter how things play out with Rey and Chelsea, I can see Sharon and Nick back together eventually. It may take a while, but I think it will happen. Sharon and Nick are far more comfortable with each other than Sharon and Rey. That's why Rey throws some pretty dirty looks whenever he notices the closeness between his wife and her former husband. He is also jealous of the family ties between them and their children, Noah and Faith. When Sharon faces problems with Rey concerning her relationship with Nick (it's just a matter of time), she can't cry on Adam's shoulder any longer because he's too involved with Sally Spectra.
What is Victor up to? He's obviously trying to bring Ashland Locke down, in order to protect his Princess Victoria. He also wants control of all things Newman. That is a certainty. He can't stand the fact that the company he built is now called Newman/Locke. He wants to remove the name Locke. He much prefers its former name - Newman Enterprises.
I enjoyed the scene when Victor walked in on Sally and Adam just as they were about to kiss. Victor obviously knows that the two are having a romance. He definitely doesn't like Sally and he's not pleased that Adam has chosen her to be COO of Newman Media. Yet, he approved her choice as COO. Victor never does anything without a reason. For the time being, it suits his purposes to have Sally right where she is. The Big Man is definitely up to something. Adam and Sally should beware. and they should be discreet unless they are ready to go public, as Sally hopes will happen.
I also wonder why Ashand is so intent on hiring Dr. Nate to work for Newman/Locke. According to the spoilers, Victor is going to enlist Nate to "discredit Ashland." That's going to put the good doctor in a very tight spot and will test his loyalties.
I have to say that I enjoyed Traci's scene with Jack when he teased her about having a romance with her publisher in New York. Her response was very saucy and funny.
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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, March 5, 2020.