As the year draws to a close, Genoa City things are humming right along. In whatever direction you peer, or at whatever family you aim your magnifying glass, there's an exciting plot twist looming on the horizon.
Over at Jabot, it's anybody's guess who will eventually be calling the shots on a day-to-day basis. Staid and upstanding stockholders expecting a typical meeting of old business and new never dreamed they'd have a ringside seat at an event with more chills and thrills than a three ring circus. Genoa City tongues will be wagging for weeks embellishing their tales of the Jabot takeover. But I bet none enjoyed the drama playing out before them more than father-daughter duo Brad and Colleen and a puffed with anticipatory pride, Jack Abbott. For the two men, revenge undoubtedly tasted sweeter than even the most decadent of delicacies as both have felt the sharp blade of Jill's dagger destroying their pride. With not a single hint she was about to go down in flesh-eating flames, Jill was at her boasting best, right and left hand fisted around a scepter bearing Chancellor and Jabot's logo. With Katherine out of the picture, the reins to both companies were firmly in Jill's hands and under her sole control and she was relishing the thought of triumphantly guiding both companies to record-breaking profits. But her victorious joy was short-lived as Gloria glided to her feet, one hand wielding a wickedly sharp needle which she used to burst Jill's balloon with a deafening bang. Unaware of all the sharks which had been trailing her for quite a while, Jill was completely blindsided when Gloria reached out and stole her thunder by announcing it was she, not Jill, who would henceforth be steering the Jabot luxury liner deep into the black.
But Gloria, too, was denied the chance to savor her success or to exult in the shell-shocked look on Jill's face before she too had her prize snatched right out of her claws, by Billy. But the fun was not over yet, and much to the surprise of all, including her still-smirking big brother, and to the sheer delight of at least Bradley Carlton, it was Ashley who had the final say and the last giggle when she strolled into the room and dropped the electrifying information that the only Abbott who would be running things answered to the name of Ashley.
It's too bad the Abbotts hadn't held a family meeting so the left hand would have been advised what the right was going to do. If they had, Billy might have been able to keep secret the fact that he had been scheming both behind his mother's back and right under her nose. And thus would have been spared the scorn his half-brother was so quick to heap upon him, labeling him Mommy's backstabber, and other brother's pawn. As for Jill, it was exactly what she deserved for being so determined to hog all the titles to herself with nothing but scraps for the sons she claims to so adore. Had she not been such a know-it-all, she might have paid more attention when her baby boy tried to warn her about Agreeing Lovers and their loose stock purchases, instead of pooh-poohing his information and practically telling him to go play with a toy and leave the serious business of running Jabot in her and Cane's capable hands.
But we all know, when it comes to Jabot, the games are only getting started. Because with a cast of characters containing the double-dealing Bardwells, Billy and Scheming Smilin' Jack, there are more villains than heros. The Bardwells, for the moment anyway, are taking all events in stride, for now resigned to the fact that neither will occupy the CEO seat. But that contentment surely won't last long. We are, after all, talking about Gloria, a woman who will never remain seated in anyone's back seat, even if her perch is in a chauffer-driven stretch limo, so it is likely only a matter of time before she starts scheming out a plan that will plop her posterior in the driver's seat. And since her schemes almost always involve throwing some hapless soul beneath the wheels of the nearest bus, only time will tell if the body will be that of her beloved, Jeffrey, or if once again Ashley will be the prey blinking blindly in the lights of an oncoming Gloria- made disaster. Jack will undoubtedly match her scheme for scheme, if he doesn't take Victor's place in Genoa City lockup, that is. And Billy, well, somehow I can't picture him tossing and turning regretfully at night over what he's done to Mommy and her Cane shaped shadow. Besides, he will probably be too busy trying to stay upright on the beam as he balances between plays understudy to his sister, while simultaneously keeping his brother convinced he's forwarding his ideas as his own.
And if Billy does find he has a few moments to spare, well, there's the whole who's the daddy to Chloe's wee one waiting out there in the wings. Speaking of that baby, rumor has it that a certain Genoa Citian will soon discover for certain who really fathered the little girl Chloe's lugging around in her rotund belly. The discovery of this information is, of course, exactly what all of us, especially Cane and Lily fans, have been waiting for. But, don't bother throwing your hats in the air in celebration because the same rumor indicates said discoverer is not even close to sharing the information with anyone it actually concerns.
On the Winters' family home front, things are looking dark indeed, and not just for Ana and her mommy in imagination only, Tyra. Actually, for Tyra, things are looking pretty positive. She might have temporarily lost hold of her daughter, but that doesn't mean her arms are empty. Because every time we turn around, she's filling them with the solid bulk of Neil. But lest I seem to be placing all the fault on Tyra's frail shoulder, let me just point out right now it's not just Tyra who's doing the grabbing. Much to Karen's growing chagrin and alarm, Neil is petting and pawing on Tyra for all he is worth too. And as I watched him, my disgust for him grew, and I wondered if I was the only fan repeatedly leaping to my feet, with the intention of reaching through the screen and snatching Neil's hands off her. Poor Karen, ignored and forgotten, heaving sigh after heavy sigh, as she watched from the sidelines her man revel in the role of comforter. By the way, I also found it odd that in spite of all her talk about family, for the most part Tyra seemed to have little interest in giving comfort to or receiving it from the nephew she originally came to Genoa City to seek out.
Whoever thought sitting around in a jail cell might be boring and uneventful apparently hasn't done any soft time in Genoa City, a town world renowned for its coincidental occurrences. How convenient for Frank the forger to not only go and get his silly self arrested in a get rich quick scheme when he'd already collected an impressive pile of pretty pennies from Jack's coffers. But that was only the beginning of the coincidences. Frank then managed to find himself entertaining a visitor at the same time Victor was. When his visit had concluded, the inattentive guard left Frank plenty of time to foolishly pick up a toothpick and begin to pick and poke at Victor. And the beast who slumbers very near the surface of Victor was immediately awakened, and one furious voiced threat later Frank was screaming in a near falsetto for the guard to save him, while practically pouring himself through the bars just in case the guard was too slow to save him. Like every man, save Jack, before him, it took about as long as it takes a man to blink an eye for Frank's bravado to crumble and soon he was groveling at Victor's feet, volunteering everything he knew about Adam, Jack and the forged diary. It seems guys like Victor have all the luck.
One thing I will say about Frank, however, though he may not be the brightest bulb in the three-way lamp, and he may be no guts nor glory, he was smart enough to see that Jack was the brains and Adam was the boob who was going to be left holding the burlap bag. That may be Adam's only hope of remaining in Genoa City with a chance to wiggle his way back into Vic's grudging good graces.
Speaking of Jack, when he starts digging a hole, he certainly plunges that gold-tipped shovel deep, doesn't he? Proving he's a man who thinks on his feet, he was quick with that tale that he's hooked on lying on his back. That Jack. He'll never tell the truth when a transparent lie comes out first. But even more unbelievable than that tall sex addict tale was Jack's willingness to vacate him own premises because Sharon told him to. Too bad Phyllis didn't tell the whole truth when she was trying to convince Jack to link arms with her to keep Sharon from getting through them to Nick. Otherwise, when those croc tears started coursing down her sad little face because of Jack's secrets and lies, he could have thrown a few barbs of his own. Like, just when were you planning to tell me about that Paris liplock with Nick?
Considerably more adept at playing the role of an insatiable sex addict, Phyllis knows exactly what empties her youthful boy toy's mind, and she pulled out all the stops and bared so much flesh, they were obliged to do all their embracing standing up for fear even the slightest dip would show more than was decent for daytime. By the way, in my next life, God, can I have a bod just like that? Just thought I'd send that wish heavenward. But back to the story. Every time Nick got ready to entertain a coherent thought, Phyllis whipped off that robe and invited him to another session. And when they weren't sampling each other, Phyllis was ordering food every five minutes to satisfy any other appetite he might have. Still, Nick must be getting sharper as he ages, because every time Phyllis let him catch his breath, he used it to ask her what was really going on. I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before he finds out most, if not all of it. Poor Phyllis. Plotting out this big all night big seduction scene and she couldn't even enjoy it, too busy doing everything she could to wreck Sharon's life.
What I want to know is, why do people in the soaps never ask any questions? If it were you, wouldn't you wonder who the heck sent the information and what they had to gain by doing so? Anyway, I know I won't be the only fan laughing until tears roll unchecked down my cheeks when all Phyllis' manipulations come back to bite her hard on her shapely derriere. And you know it's going to because Sharon might weep just a bit on Brad's broad shoulders, but I'm guessing that using him in place of a Puffs is about all she's going to be doing with him. Just shows her growing desperation that Phyllis would do anything to hasten the end of Sharon's marriage, even endanger her own. After all, Sharon hasn't been turning to Brad during any of her Jack difficulty, so why would Phyllis assume she's going to suddenly get a hankering for a helping of Brad now. Nope, my guess is she's only going to want to pour out her distress into Nick willing to listen ears.
Even though I'm already looking forward to her reclaiming her rightful place in Genoa City society, it's been nothing but fun watching Katherine live Marge's life. So, is co-worker Pearl just a common thief, or is she on her way to an appraiser with Katherine's pilfered ring? Either way I guess it doesn't matter. Because now that Nikki and Esther have reported it stolen, it's only a matter of time before some sharp eyed shop owner alerts authorities the ring has been spotted so the backtracking can begin. It would be nice if someone like Amber or Esther could be the one to discover their Katherine in the rough first, though, since they seem to be the two who miss her most.
And lastly, talk about being stuck between an unyielding rock and an almost equally immovable hard surface. Which is pretty much where Ashley is going to be residing for the next little while. Must feel like déjà vu to once again be the woman in the middle of her lover and her brother.
Well, the year might have begun with a bit of a whimper, but it certainly seems it's going to bow out with a big bang. The rumors in cyberspace are plentiful and have me practically salivating in anticipation of what is to come this month and beyond. Things like Brad being the resident rumored to make a stunning exit. And Nikki and Jack (yes, that's what I said) rekindling their romance. Other things too about Gloria with a blade in her back for a change, perhaps being wielded by her disillusioned Mr. Is an arrest finally in her future? And if it is, will it be for the tainted cream or something to do with Lowell. And speaking of Lowell, there are murmurs that he may not be quite the noble man Michael is determined to think him. And what's this I hear about a crossover visit from B&B? Will Daniel have some competition for Amber's affection? Or will Victor have a rival for Ashley's ever-enduring love? I guess in time, we will see which is truth and which has been fabricated.
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