Saturday, March 9, 2024

Y&R Report (March 9, 2024): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

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.

Hi fans, 
Oh my!  Jordan is pointing a gun at Victor Newman and Michael Baldwin.  Why is Victor meeting that dangerous woman in an isolated place?  Why did he drag Michael along with him, endangering his lawyer's life as well?  Victor seems confident in his plan to bring Jordan down.  Michael, on the other hand, appears scared out of his wits  Michael is such a lackey.  He runs to Victor's side whenever Victor summons him.  He never turns Victor down, even when Victor's requests threaten his life and limb.
Poor Seth was killed by wicked Aunt Jordan, as she pushed him in front of a speeding car.  That woman is as Nikki describes her, is "pure evil."  She is a murderer and an arsonist.  She set fire to a prison and now she has set fire to Victoria's house. By the way, where will Victoria live now that her home has burned down?  Will she move into the Newman ranch, or will she get a suite at the Athletic Club like so many other Genoa City residents?  
Jordan's reign of terror against the Newman family will soon be coming to an end.  Her encounter with Victor and Michael appears to be the final showdown.  Jordan will be returned to prison or she will most likely meet her death.  
What will be Cole Howard's fate?  Will J. Eddie Peck, the actor who portrays Cole, stay around?  That depends on whether there's a storyline for his character.  If the writers can't fit Cole into a storyline, he'll likely pack his bags and return to England.
I expect that Claire, played by Hayley Erin, will remain with the cast.  When she's fully recovered, she'll be integrated into a new storyline.  She will probably become involved with Kyle, or maybe even Chance.  Kyle Abbott has been in the background lately and he doesn't have a woman in his life since he parted ways with Summer and Audra.  Kyle is much more worldly than Claire and will likely break her heart, just as he has broken Lola's heart and Summer's heart in the past.  
Now that Summer and Chance are an item, things are going too well for them.  There needs to be conflict.  Claire added to the mix, would stir things up, though I think she's more likely to become involved with Kyle.  Something or someone else may create conflict for Summer and Chance, but not right away.  They will bask in their romance for a while.
Michelle Stafford can certainly put on a smirky smile.  When she enters a room as Phyllis, she grins as if she is proud of herself  and getting ready to stir things up.  Phyllis is almost always ready to cause trouble and she enjoys every minute of it.  Phyllis will always be Phyllis, and she's her own worst enemy.  She has a habit of looking for love in all the wrong places.  
What's up with this reconnection between Nick and Phyllis?  According to an online spoiler, "after his talk with Phyllis, Nick makes a bold move,"
Good news for Y&R fans.  The Young and the Restless has been renewed for four more years.  Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, said, "The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS."  
This four year renewal of Y&R means that the show will officially remain on the air until at least 2028, when the show will celebrate its 55th anniversary.  Y&R premiered on March 26, 1973.
I must commend Y&R for tackling the issue of children's mental health with Connor Newman, played by young Judah Mackey.  It's about time for some focus on that sensitive topic.  Y'&R performed a public service because dialogue about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is needed.  By the way, I found the actress who played Connor's psychiatrist, Dr. Alcott, to be very convincing.  Her name is Catherine Dyer and she certainly played the part well.

Judah Mackey

If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name. 

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I received an email from longtime Y&R fan, Carly in Ontario.

I have been watching Y & R & keep wondering why.  It's getting so ridiculous especially like you said Phyllis-Cricket-Danny acting like teenagers & the hype over Tucker, two beautiful intelligent women fighting over him.  My big toe has more personality than he does.

Well Carly, it seems that Cricket has smartened up, but Phyllis hasn't.  She is still the same conniving woman she's always been.  Contrary to what Danny thinks, Phyllis hasn't changed at all.  She'll probably continue to torment Cricket, even though Danny has finally made it perfectly clear that he wants to be with Cricket.  
As for Tucker, your description of him having less personality than your big toe is quite apt.  It is not only accurate, but highly amusing.  However, Tucker is not a well-written character.  His true motivations remain unclear.  It's difficult to know whether he actually means what he says. or if he's ever sincere about anything.  However, I think he's genuinely confounded by Ashley's strange behaviour.  She's sending him mixed messages.  Sometimes it's "I love you."  Other times it's "I love you not."

Brian Gaskell ends his run as Seth

Soap veteran Brian Gaskell's character became a victim of dastardly Aunt Jordan.  Brian has completed his temporary role as Nikki Newman's former AA sponsor.  He began his daytime career in 1995 as the teenage Bobby Warner on All My Children.  He subsequently portrayed Rafe Kovich on Port Charles from 2001 to 2003, Oscar Marone on The Bold and the Beautiful from 2003  to 2004, and Dylan Lewis on Guiding Light from 2007 to 2008.  

Christel Khalil (Lily) returns from maternity leave

It was revealed in the previews that Christel Khalil will be returning as Lily Winters this coming week.  Christel has also posted an Instagram message, captioning a photo of herself with Bryton James (Devon) and Eric Braeden (Victor).  The message reads "Back At It!"
It has been two months since the Lily departed to be with her daughter Mattie in Mattie's time of need.  In the meantime, Lily's boyfriend, Daniel, has rekindled his romance with Heather.  Lily is going to come home to a rude awakening.
In a June Instagram post, Christel revealed that she was pregnant with her second child, her first with fiancé Sam Restagno (She has a son, Michael Caden Hensley, from a previous marriage).  In another post, Christel shared the news that her new baby would be a boy.  The date of the baby's birth is still a mystery, perhaps for personal or private reasons.  

Joshua Morrow's home is up for sale

The Los Angeles home of Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) is on the market.  The actor is selling the 5,839 square foot home where he and his interior designer wife, Tobe Keeney, have raised their four children.  The asking price for the 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom multi-story home is $5.25 million.


Claire Grace (Haley Erin) is at a crossroads.  She's preparing to start a new life as a member of the Newman family and she is in the midst of a delicate recovery from mental trauma.  Claire enjoys spending time with children, so maybe working with kids will help her heal.  Is it too early for her to starting thinking of a romantic relationship?  What do you think, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Now that Claire is recovering, with whom do you think she should have a romantic relationship? free polls

That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Take care,


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