Saturday, June 1, 2024

Y&R Report (June 1, 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, 

Well, I've never liked Brussels Sprouts, but after watching Victor Newman torturing Aunt Jordan with them, I dislike them even more.  It seems as if we have finally seen the last of that deranged woman.  She's supposedly in a maximum security prison.  If she escapes from there, Y&R will lose all credibility.  To be honest, Victor's behaviour hasn't been much better than Jordan's.  His lies and deceit about Jordan are going to catch up with him.

Jack Abbott is such a fool and I don't blame Diane for being so upset.  He is really putting his concern for Nikki ahead of his marriage.  Nikki has been to rehab.  She could always have another relapse. but does her sponsor have to be Jack?  

For Ashley Abbott, all  roads lead to Paris.  Ashley, Traci and Dr, Alan, as well as Tucker and Audra, are ready for a showdown in the City of Lights.  Unfortunately, Y&R is not filming on location in Paris because of the expense.  It seems, however, that we're finally going to find out what set off Ashley's mental meltdown.  I suspect that Alan has a twin brother, perhaps an evil twin brother, who traumatized Ashley.  It was likely Alan's brother who walked by Tucker and didn't show any signs of recognizing him.  

Alan claimed he was in Florence on the night Ashley started to have her breakdown.  Ashley remembered being in a bar drinking wine with Alan.  Alan denied ever being in that bar.  Either Alan has a twin or he is a liar who has played some role in Ashley's breakdown.  The good doctor knows more than he's letting on.  He's definitely hiding something.

Summer has decided the benefit of the doubt to two women she hasn't trusted, and still doesn't really trust.  She has finally agreed to allow her cousin Claire to be Harrison's nanny, even though she remains nervous about leaving the boy alone with Claire.  As for Claire, now that she's been hired as Harrison's nanny, she'll be spending more time at the Abbott home, which means more time with Kyle  I expect her to fall hard for him, which is gong to cause major complications for her.

Summer has also mended fences with Sally Spectra.  She has agreed to hire Sally to fill in for Chelsea at Marchetti.  Chelsea is on a leave of absence to deal with her son Connor's issues  By the way, I have no idea where this Connor story is going.  It seems to be heading toward a dead end.  I don't see how Connor  can suddenly overcome his  obsessive-compulsive behaviour and come home.  Are Chelsea and Adam just going to keep visiting him and fretting over his condition?  

Victor Newman has fired Michael Baldwin.  That is the best thing for Michael.  He is a good lawyer and he doesn't need to be Victor's lackey.  He doesn't need to come running whenever Victor summons him.  


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I received an email from longtime Y&R fan, Carly in Barhaven, Ontario.  Carly wrote the following:

As for Y&R, I watch it for pure enjoyment to take away the problems of life and the world.  But the storylines are either dumber than dumb or stupider than stupid.  Nikki and her alcoholism. Jordan a killer, Connor suffering from OCD and now Ashley with multiple personality disorder.  This is not entertainment.  I think that the writers are all suffering from depression and it's coming out in the storylines.  I do like Ashley's psychologist friend a whole lot more Tucker.

I have to agree with you, Carly, about the storylines.  As I've pointed out before in this column, the show needs to lighten up.  It is in need of some fun and humour to balance all the tension and the mental issues.  The storylines are much too depressing and I think head writer Josh Griffith should be aware of this.  

By the way, Carly, I also like Ashley's friend, Alan, a whole lot more than Tucker.


Are Sharon and Nick's family set to return?

Reylynn Carter (Faith Newman)

As many viewers have noticed, Sharon's character has been in the background for a while.  She's not involved in any storyline.  She's only been seen infrequently, handing  our advice about Conor and Ashley's mental health problems.  However, there are indications that things are about to change.  It seems that new pictures have emerged of Sharon and Nick and their daughters on the set of Y&R.  Reylynn Caster, who plays Faith Newman, is seen in the photos, along with Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and  Cait Fairbank (Tessa).  Conspicuously absent is Nick and Sharon's son, Noah, who is off somewhere in Europe.

In the photo, the family is posing in Sharon's living room, and appears dressed for a happy event.  Something is definitely brewing.  We'll soon find out what it is.  I hope this is a signal that Y&R is going to lighten up a bit.  How about some summer barbeques and swimming parties?


Head writer Josh Griffith

As regular readers know, I have been critical of the way Y&R is being written.  The storylines seem to be going around in circles.  The plots are convoluted.  There is very little comic relief and lightheartedness.   There is no escapism for viewers.  Fans, do you you feel the same way?  In the past year, do you think the show's writing has improved or gotten worse?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

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This is a reminder that the 51st Annual Daytime Emmys will take place on Friday, June 7, 2024 on CBS.  Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and her husband, daytime television  producer Edward J. Scott, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony in Los Angeles.  The couple has a combined service of more than 90 years in daytime television.

That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, June 15, 2024, after which I will be taking a summer break.  

Take care,


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