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.
The walls are closing in on Ashland Locke. According to an online spoiler, he will soon be planning an escape. Poor Princess Victoria. Her heart is going to be broken yet again and, if Adam has his way, she is about to fall off her high horse. Adam hopes that he and Sally Spectra will be crowned the king and queen of Newman Enterprises. He wants them to become Genoa City's new power couple instead of Victoria and Ashland. I'm not so sure if that will happen. Victor calls the shots and I can't see him removing Victoria as CEO. He would never allow Sally Spectra to replace Nikki as COO,
I wonder what will happen to the Ashland character once his dirty deeds are exposed by Victor and Dr. Nate. He will have to go to prison or he will be killed off. So, will he be written off or will the writers find some way to keep Robert Newman on the show?
The Jack Abbott storyline has taken a twist. It turns out that Allie, played by Kelsey Wang, is Keemo's daughter, not Keemo's girlfriend or his wife, as I had thought she would be. That means that Jack has another grandchild. When Alli eventually comes to Genoa City, I'm certain that she'll catch Noah's eye, especially since he appears to have given up on Tessa. That storyline seems to have reached a dead end and it seems as if the writers have chosen to take Noah's character in another direction. I think Noah and Allie would suit each other, but since we're talking about a soap opera here, there will have to be some conflict. The writers have a lot of possibilities to work with.
One possibility is that Allie's mother could show up eventually.to stir things up. Is she the one who has been sending the text messages to Jack? We know that Keemo and Allie's mother divorced and that Allie's mother moved away. She and Allie are not close.
So far, I've been really enjoying the story revolving Jack and Allie. It has intrigue and mystery. It's the best storyline that Jack has had for a long time. An online spoiler reveals that "A deadly trap is set for Jack." I think his granddaughter is hiding something and that she is in some kind of trouble.
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Longtime Y&R viewer, CC in Etobicoke, Ontario, sent me the following email about the Newman/Ashland Locke storyline:
Well CC, you've covered a lot of ground. Thanks for your input.
I think that you've came up with an interesting alternate scenario for the Victoria and Ashland storyline. However, it doesn't seem to be happening that way. Ashland is turning out to be very wicked and Victoria is having difficulty believing that he would ever betray her so cruelly. It is Ashland who is deceiving her and she is really beginning to have doubts about him. As the evidence mounts against him, she will have to accept the truth. Nick has been gently trying to get her to see the light.
In an interview with Soap Central, Robert Newman, who plays Ashland, says that he is convinced that his character has true feelings for Victoria and that his love for her hasn't been faked in the least. He thinks that Ashland is "petrified" losing Victoria.
Yes, I agree that Victor Newman made a strategic mistake and that he should have waited until Michael Baldwin returned with the evidence against Ashland. He put Michael in grave danger and I don't blame Lauren for being extremely upset with him. It seems that The Big Man put his own wants and ambitions before Michael's safety. How callous of him! However, I think that Victor will win in the end, as he always does. He will bring down the Locke-ness Monster and Michael will return home safely.
The cat and dog fight over Newman Locke has already begun, and it's going to be nasty. Adam and Sally are waiting to pounce if Victoria falters, but Victor Newman will ultimately determine the outcome. You can be sure that Victor won't stay out of it. He never does. Victor is no hero, though. I think his most recent behaviour hasn't been much better than Ashland's. You asked what my followers think about a potential battle over control of Newman Locke. So, I have put the question to them in my readers' poll below.
Here are some thoughts from Y&R fan, Carly in Barrhaven, Ontario.
How do you like the new Ashland? I think he is playing the part well but I miss Richard Burgi. I am enjoying the storyline. As for the Jack Abbott storyline, I am tired of all the sadness, doom and gloom. Hopefully it will pick up with his newly discovered granddaughter Also, I am tired of the Chance storyline. Truly getting on my nerves. Devon is turning me off too. I like Sally Spectra with Adam. It adds some spice to the show.
I think the new Ashland is a good, experienced actor. He plays the part well, but I still prefer Richard Burgi.to Robert Newman. Although I will say, Carly, that I think Robert Newman is better suited to playing a more villainous Ashland.
I am confident that Jack Abbott's newly discovered granddaughter, Allie, will be a much-needed shot in the arm for Jack's storyline. The Abby/Chance//Devon storyline could also use a shot in the arm. It's moving much too slowly and viewers are losing interest.
Yes, I think pairing Sally with Adam has added some spice to the show. Sally is very unpopular with the residents of Genoa City and she often behaves terribly, but she's a lively character and she stirs things up. Lately, she's been doing a lot of spying and listening in on private conversations. She stood outside Adam's office door, eavesdropping on a conversation between Victor and Adam.
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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, April 2, 2022.