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.
We haven't seen the last of Jeremy Stark. I'm glad because Diane Jenkins and her love-sick puppy, Jack Abbott, should not get away with what they've done. They are not above the law. They committed a crime by stealing Nikki's necklace and setting up Stark up to take the fall. Jeremy is a low-life criminal, but that doesn't excuse what Diane and Jellyfish Jack did. They are just as accountable under the law as Stark.
According to a teaser in Soap Opera Digest, Jeremy will get out of prison in the days ahead. Of course he will seek revenge and there will be more threats and intimidation. The difference this time is that The Big Man himself, Victor Newman will go head to head with Stark. Victor is going to be very busy trying to deal with Stark and also gaining control of Tucker McCall's company so that he can bring prodigal son Adam back in the fold.
Diane has a lot of nerve. She just waltzed into Jack's office and sat behind his desk with a smug smile, as if she owned Jabot. She behaved like the cat who caught the canary, the canary being Jack Abbott. She even had the unmitigated gall to ask Jack for a promotion. Diane is after Phyllis's former job. She claims she has the right qualifications and that she wants to become closer to the family.
How many times have we heard Diane say that she returned to Genoa City to reconnect with Kyle, the son she abandoned? However, her true motive has always been to marry Jack so that she will be the Abbott lady of the manor. She wants to be the Abbott version of Nikki Newman. I hope she never gets that ring on her finger. What a disaster that would be! Fortunately, I don't think it's ever going to happen because Jack and Diane are doomed. They think everything is great/ They think they've gotten rid of Jeremy Stark for good. Have they got a surprise coming for them!
Diane is unlikely to achieves her goal. Nikki and Ashley and Phyllis will wipe that Cheshire cat smile off her face. It's already starting to happen. When Ashley returned from Paris, she argued with with her foolish brother. over Diane. Jack threatened to kick her out of the Abbott house, but she protested that it was the family home. Jack offered to buy her out, but she strongly refused his offer.
Jack is so blinded by his feelings for Diane that he can't see what a manipulative woman she is. He puts her ahead of his sister. Jack and Ash usually get along so well. This is probably the biggest conflict they have ever had.
Wow! Phyllis must be the only TV character who has been fired from one job by a daughter (Summer) and another job by a son (Daniel). That could only happen to her. She never should have sold The Grand Phoenix. She really enjoyed running the hotel. She was really suited for the job.
Phyllis is no angel, but I really think her meddling is sincere in a very misguided way. She really believes she is helping her children. She doesn't understand that she is way out of bounds. I am not the biggest fan of Phyllis, but her heart is warmer than Diane's. Phyllis has done some terrible things in her past, but she doesn't pretend to be something she's not. Diane is a complete phony.
It's obvious that Princess Victoria Newman has her sights set on Nate Hastings. Of course, Dr. Elena thinks everything is going well in her relationship with Nate. She has no idea yet that Victoria is getting ready to pounce on her boyfriend. Victoria has already kissed Nate, and the two couldn't even talk about it. They ignored the elephant in the room. After the kiss, Nate was super sweet to Elena because he felt guilty. Meanwhile, Victoria flirts with Nate, drinks wine with him, and feeds his ego. You don't know it yet, Elena, but you will have plenty to worry about.
Could it be that Mariah and Tessa will adopt Sally's baby? That would be interesting because the baby will have royal Newman blood, so Victor would have to become involved in some way. It seems that every time Mariah and Tessa try to adopt a child, they are thwarted. Something or other stops it from happening. Meanwhile, Sally is not ready for motherhood. Nick sounds supportive now, but he may change his tune if Adam turns out to be the father.
Well, thanks to Phyllis, Heather and Lucy have returned to Genoa City. Did you know that Heather is the daughter of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) from his first marriage to April Stevens long ago? That makes Lucy the granddaughter of Paul, although not biologically.
Lucy is actually the offspring of Daniel Romalotti and a criminal named Daisy, who drugged Daniel and took advantage of him. It's interesting to note that Daisy is the daughter of Lauren's nemesis, the evil Sheila Carter, and Terrible Tom Fisher, Kevin's father who locked him in a closet. With those two as parents, it's not surprising that Daisy turned out the way she did.
Daisy became a fugitive and escaped to Canada. She was captured and jailed. When she later regained custody of Lucy, Daniel decided to marry her in order to keep the child safe. Daisy eventually overdosed on pills so that she could be admitted to a psychiatric hospital. She then disappeared again. Heather and Danial moved to Savannah, Georgia to raise Lucy together.
It's also interesting to note that Heather was once engaged to Adam Newman. They ended their relationship on bad terms. However, I wonder if if Heather's former relationship will Adam will be a factor now that she has returned.
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has a new look
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has a new hairstyle. She is wearing bangs. Her character (Chelsea) has a more confident outlook. She's much brighter and happier. By the way, I don't believe for one second that her dinner with Billy Abbott was not a date. Of course it was. They were just afraid to call it that.
Chelsea would be taking a risk by getting romantically involved with Billy Boy, given his track record with relationships, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Billy seems to have settled down somewhat, but he still can't seemed to find direction in his life. Who knows? Maybe they will be good for each other.
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Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) is back and he is front and centre in the storyline. It seems that his videogame project is much in demand in Genoa City. His family, Heather and Lucy, have arrived in GC and hie has just fired his meddling mother, Phyllis. Fans, are you pleased that he is back and that he is playing such a prominent role in the storyline right now? Respond to the poll below and let me know.
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That's all for now. We are into the February Sweeps and Valentine's Day is coming up. I'm also looking forward to Y&R's 50th anniversary celebrations in March. Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
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