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.
Have you been enjoying all Y&R's 50th anniversary celebrations? I certainly have. It's great to see all the former cast members again - Mamie (Veronica Redd) and Leanna Love (Barbara Crampton) arrived in Genoa City this week. Next week brings Nina (Tricia Cast), Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and Gina Roma (Patty Weaver) Danny's s sister. I especially enjoyed Mamie's encounter with Jill Abbott, her old nemesis.
There's one person whose absence is glaring. That person is Doug Davidson, who played Paul Williams for 40 years. I don't expect Doug to ever appear on Y&R again after he was treated so shabbily. I really can't blame him. I haven't forgotten about him, though, and his appearance would have been the icing on the cake for the show's 50th anniversary.
Paul's wife, the one and only "Cricketmeister", also known as Christine Williams (Lauralee Beell), attended the Genoa City Bicentennial gala alone. When asked where her hubbly was, she explained that he was in Portugal. Head writer Josh Griffith must have some connection to Portugal, as Daniel Romalotti's ex, Heather, and his daughter, Lucy, were over there, too.
Cricket also revealed that she is planning to return to her former job as district attorney. Does that mean that Lauralee Bell will be appearing on the show more often?
At any rate, the masquerade gala has been a lot of fun. I can't wait to see what happens next. I've also watched The Talk all this week as it saluted Y&R's 50th anniversary.
As usual for a Genoa City grand event, the masquerade has been filled with suspense and intrigue. What exactly are Phyllis and Jeremy Stark up to? I can't wait to see what happens as the gala continues. Stark has Kyle's phone, so Diane can't contact him. He also took Diane's engagement ring from Jack's pocket. Nosey gossip queen Leanna Love is trying to find a story, and she will certainly find it. She has followed Diane to a room at the Genoa City Athletic Club. What fate awaits Diane there, we will soon find out. However, I doubt that Jack and Diane will ever formerly announce their engagement and I doubt that they will ever get married. Jack Abbott is in La-La Land.
Chance did not attend the gala, but if the police are called on the scene, he will probably show up. He hasn't been shown much lately. I thought that the writers were going to pair him up with Sharon, but now I have my doubts. If that were the case, Chance and Sharon would likely have attended the masquerade together (I wonder how Abby would have felt about that?). Instead, Sharon (Sharon Case) went to the event with Adam (Mark Grossman), who is her real-life boyfriend. However, Chance's mother, Nina, will appear on the show this coming week, so he will probably have a scene with her.
My my, Nate Hastings is a busy boy, with three women after him. Victoria, of course, does not hide her intentions where Nate is concerned. She is absolutely brazen. I don't think Nate and Elena's relationship can survive this turmoil. The dark horse in the race for Nate may be the devious Audra Charles. She has been hoping that Victoria will break up Nate and Elena. Then she will only have Victoria to contend with in her quest to win the Nate sweepstakes.
It appears that Devon and Lily will finally mend fences. Good. I'm pleased that their feud is over. Tucker McCall's behaviour is really weird. He has been looking so bored and disinterested at the gala. Now that Devon and Lily have reconciled, Devon doesn't need to buy Tucker's company. So, who will Tucker sell it to? Will Victor get his hands on McCall Unlimited so that he can appoint Adam to run it? Victoria will certainly try to thwart him because she doesn't want Adam involved, and she has her own ideas about acquiring the company.
Has anybody seen Noah and Allie? Where are they?
Some Y&R characters have not appeared onscreen for a while. Rory Gibson, who plays Noah Newman hasn't been seen shown for weeks. The same can be said for Noah's girlfriend, Allie Nguyen (Kelsey Wang). It seems they will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The show is focusing on its 50th anniversary celebrations and the storyline about the Genoa City's masquerade ball is the priority right now.
Late last year, Soap Opera News reported that Rory and Kelsey had been dropped from contract status to recurring status. Noah and Allie are a happy couple and there hasn't been much of a storyline for them since they overcame the threat posed by Noah's ex-girlfriend, Audra Charles (Zuleyka Silver).
Kelsey Wang has dealt with recurring status before, when she portrayed Daisy on General Hospital (GH). She didn't like it at all. "They only used me once a month, so I was auditioning for other stuff," she told Soap Opera Digest last September.
In Rory's last appearance on the show, he had a conversation with his father, Nick, about his feelings for Allie, and Nick's relationship with Sally Sepectra (Courtney Hope). In the scene, Rory unveiled a new hairstyle.. You can view his new look in the photo on the left below.
Another character who has not been shown onscreen for a while is Harrison. In fact, he hasn't been shown much since he had his long blond locks shorn.
Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti) proposes to longtime love on The Talk
Michael Gtaziadei (Daniel Romalotti) asked his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Carey, to marry him during an episode of The Talk celebrating Y&R's 50th anniversary. Lauren was in the studio audience when Michael called her on stage after mentioning that she had celebrated a birthday that week. He then got down on his knees and asked her to marry him. She said yes.
The couple has been together for a decade and they are the parents of twin sons, Oliver Bear and Arlo Wilde, who were born in August of 2021.
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The feud between Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) and Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters) seems to be reaching a climax. Both women are desperate and determined. It will be interesting to see what happens. I tend to think something will happen to Diane (Susan Walters) because Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) is more likely to remain on the show. What do you think, fans? Will Diane die for real this time, or will she leave town? Reply to the poll below and let me know
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