Last column, I mentioned that I had returned from a trip south. What I didn't tell you was that, much like a soap character discovers a long-lost child, I discovered a step-godson that I had "forgotten" about. I morphed into an instant grandparent the moment he reminded me that I had promised him at twelve that he could live with me when he turned eighteen and finished high school.
So far, so good, since we returned home. He got a job right away. He cleans the bathroom and takes out the garbage in return for room and board. Not only did he have the advantage of growing up in a home with good parents before he got to me, I didn't have to parent his parents either! How did I get so lucky?
The best news of all is that after only two weeks, I've managed to addict him to The Young and the Restless! Now that I'm in my dotage, it's the perfect time to have a strong, strapping, handsome, intelligent young man in my life, if only to talk trash about my imaginary friends in Genoa City!
We were both on the edge of our seats, eager to find out what had happened to Adam last week, after we saw that hand wearing Adam's wedding ring, attached to a body lying in a hospital bed in a creepy room. It was obvious that Adam is alive and that Chelsea has every reason to feel haunted by the ghost of Adam present.
One fan asked about my ideas for a recast, At first no one popped out, but then I thought perhaps Greg Vaughan, who played Lucky on General Hospital and is now on Days of our Lives, or Brandon Barash, former Johnny on GH. Even better would be an established actor who is ready to settle down to a steady paycheck and has a "ghost of a chance" to wow us with his dazzling acting. I welcome your thoughts on Adam's replacement! But be quick. I heard it through the grapevine that Adam will be back on canvas very soon.
I was very sad to read that Elizabeth Hendrickson is leaving The Young and the Restless. Lots of you expressed the same feeling in your email. I wasn't a fan of Chloe's character or her character's very poor advice, but she made me laugh, and I cried with her and sympathized with her, not only when Chloe lost her child, but also when she took Connor. The actress is terrific, and I do hate to see her go, but she is at an age where career decisions are important, so I support Hendrickson's decision and wish her well.
I wonder what will happen to Kevin's character. His main aim lately has been to anchor Chloe. If Chloe is written off, will Kevin go with her, or will Chloe just drift to the background and be talked about as though she's still around, like an unseen, ghostly specter. That would be a good solution -- gone, but not forgotten -- and meanwhile, Kevin could get promoted to detective and become a crime fighter with all the spirited yet ineffective logic that is the long-standing hallmark of the Genoa City Police Department.
Speaking of ineffective detectives, both Paul and Dylan were equally perplexed by Ian's cryptic clue that there was something that neither of them knew. Since Paul's scenes are now juxtaposed with Dylan's scenes, Madame Zelda of Soapbusters fame has just informed me that there is a ghost of a chance that Dylan will find out that he is a son to both Nikki and Paul. (She says to remember that just before we found out that Dylan was Nikki's son, Nikki's scenes were juxtaposed with Dylan's scenes, too.) Talk about pulling Victor's chain! Can you imagine the fallout from that?
If another Soapbusters prediction from a fan is true*, that Sharon is Dylan's sister, then Paul could be Sharon's father too. That would be awesome and give Paul the adult family I've wished for him to have in Genoa City. But wait a minute, if all my wishes are true, why aren't I writing for this soap? Speaking of wishes, those of us rooting for a Sharon and Nick reunion just had one fulfilled.
Even though we know that it will be short-lived, it was great to see a mature version of the Sharon and Nick of old. It's true that the wait for Sharon's secret to become known has been excruciating, but since we know that making love on a soap is the kiss of death for happiness whenever anyone harbors an untold secret, then under Soapbusters rules, the paternity truth has to be revealed PDQ. And surely, eventually, even someone as dense as Nick has got to realize that Sharon is not hallucinating but seeing a real person.
I'm amazed that Nick could only hear Sharon's voice when he was lying in her bed after they made love. Fake Cassie said a lot of words and made noise, including opening and closing a door, before Nick managed to get down the stairs. He didn't hear the scuffle or the door shut, and he didn't feel the cold draft of air that must have filled the room. Nick just assumed that Sharon had had a hallucination and tripped. Later, in the cemetery, he didn't even look for fresh footprints in the snow. If he had, he would have spotted his undead daughter hiding three feet away.
Nick just assumed that Sharon's hallucination was so strong that Sharon could imagine a warm, living body. Sharon didn't help her case by blurting out that Cassie was alive. She should at least have considered a look-alike, but -- big sigh -- "It's only a soap!" Soapbusters to Nick: You know what they say about assuming!
I do agree with Madame Zelda that undead Cassie will prove to be dead Cassie's twin. The "twin a mother never knew she had" is a tried-and-true soap opera plot device, and I can accept it in this instance if it smoothes the path for Nick and Sharon. Once we finally get Summer's paternity and Phyllis' accident cleared up, I think that Nick can get past Sharon's actions and forgive her because of twin Cassie.
There is no doubt in my mind that Nick and Sharon make a great couple and are decent parents -- if you don't count bratty Faith, but she is a child who has had some terrible, though loving, parenting from her mentally unstable mother and her selfish father, who discounted his child's negative feelings toward his intended in his mad dash to wed. Whew, that was a mouthful! Sorry, I was temporarily overcome by the spirit of ghost rants past.
Several of you commented* that there is not a lot of chemistry between NuBilly and Victoria, and I agree, but not because I don't think Tom is doing a respectable job in the role. I think that it often takes time for an on-screen couple to develop a believable relationship, just like it does in real life. I don't expect to see instant chemistry between NuAdam and Chelsea either, but I do expect that actors of the caliber of both Tom and Heinle will find their way to each other and forge a believable bond. So far, the only instant heat I've seen was between Stitch and Ashley.* My face was so flushed after they met that I had to fan myself!
Even though, at present, it is hard to imagine Victoria with anyone but Billy, they've only been together for four years! Victoria has had four other marriages before Billy! He may be her true love, but reuniting old lovers and giving them a chance to romance each other again is always a thrill for us viewers. Look at the many times and the many ways that Victor and Nikki have parted and reunited. They were all fun. Yes, it's time for those two to settle down, but the young ones have a ways to go if they are going to be restless enough to beat Nikki's record of twelve weddings!
Twelve reminds me of the Seattle Seahawks, which reminds me of Michael Robinson's appearance as Chief of Sales for Newman-Chancellor in Seattle. Michael did a credible acting job, and I loved all the football references that they used in the dialogue. The Seahawks had an incredible season. I hate to see Golden Tate go, but he, like Billy Miller, wanted a better offer and did not get it. The Seahawks will probably lose some other valuable players, just like Y&R has lost valuable actors, but I have faith that the Seahawks management will replace those leaving with equal or superior players. I can only hope that Y&R does the same.
The management at Y&R could learn an important lesson from the Seahawks. Y&R has lost several key actors and needs to rebuild its cast. Just like football teams have to fill specific positions on the field, soap operas have to fill specific characters. For instance, you need a patriarch and matriarch; you need Hatfields and McCoys with several generations of family. And like a winning football team needs a superior game plan, a winning soap needs great storylines.
I don't think that the storylines are terrible right now, but I definitely think that Y&R should rethink its draft plan (new actors) and free agency (established actors, like Stafford, Miller, and Hendrickson). Phyllis needs to return to Genoa City ASAP, and Jack needs some romance. I'm tired of him moping around. Get Adam back and prove him innocent. Put Delia's ghost to rest.
Jack had me completely fooled when he had lunch with Kelly the other day. I really thought he was being compassionate, and perhaps moving past Phyllis, so I was surprised when he pulled out that big check. I was yelling at Kelly, "Take the money and run," and so was my godson, but she just tore up the check and huffed off. Genoa City must be one terrific town if you prefer living in a place where you have no friends, except a shrew, and nobody wants to know your name, rather than taking a big check and moving on.
Obviously, Kelly is not over Billy. I have to admit that Watros does the doe-eyed sad sack very well. One reader suggested* that when Kelly grabbed her stomach while she was talking to Jack, it was an indication that she was pregnant with Billy's baby. I think that makes perfect sense, and I wish I had thought of it!
It's a known Soapbusters axiom that unprotected sex and one-night, adulterous, stands always result in pregnancy, especially if the wife of the male cheater has tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant, and/or not being able to conceive a child together is the one dark spot in their marriage. If it's a female cheater, she gets pregnant, and her husband is infertile.
Kelly and Stitch* had a revealing moment when she called him a murderer. I went back and reviewed recaps of when Kelly met Billy. She told Billy that if she had bought Sam a basketball hoop instead of a bicycle, her son would still be alive. She didn't actually say how Sam died. Later when she found out that Stitch's wife, Jenna, was divorcing him, she said that she had not meant to reveal the truth to Stitch's wife; it had "slipped" out. She added that Jenna was going to find out sooner or later.
I can think of some explanations; either Stitch was responsible for the injury that killed Sam, or he was the doctor who could not save Sam. But why would he have Sam's birthday in his calendar, and why are Stitch and Kelly so familiar with each other? I suppose it's also possible that they are Sam's parents, but Stitch doesn't seem like a man who has lost a child. Maybe they are siblings*, and it was Stitch who failed to keep careful watch of Sam. Hopefully all will be revealed next week or sometime before I'm way past old and gray.
I don't know what evil spirit has invaded Lily's brain, but she has certainly been exhibiting an exaggerated sense of her own importance*. Despite needing Jabot more than Jabot needs the Athletic Club, Lily insulted Hilary and went above both Neil and Hilary's heads directly to Jack because Lily thinks that she is more important to the project than Hilary is. I'm guessing that Lily is in for a very rude awakening. If I know anything about the corporate world, and I do, Lily is about to find out that she's the peckee, not the pecker, in this pecking order.
I don't understand how someone who is that conceited and self-centered can possibly be either a good mother or a good wife. If she didn't have that "smokin' hot body," would Cane kick her and her shrewish behavior to the curb? Lily needs to cut Hilary some slack and get over herself. Everyone else has.
I've never warmed to the Ashbys. The whole family could leave town, and I wouldn't even wave goodbye, but Hilary is growing on me. That girl can act; she's pretty, and she wears clothes beautifully -- okay, okay, I've admitted many times that I'm shallow about things like that! Both she and Sharon wore black underneath blinding white tops that looked stunning. I loved imagining that I could look as good in those outfits as either one of them and not soil the outfit with food, drink, or ballpoint pen -- Yes, I am delusional, but I am loving it!
Hilary makes me have warm feelings for Devon (in a big sis way), or maybe, I'm just like Esmerelda, and he's only interesting because he's got tons of money I'd like to help spend. Nope, don't think so. In my opinion, a Devon/Hilary pairing would be interesting even if he were poor. Devon would still be an annoying dweeb in need of a good woman, but I love those kind of romantic stories.
I got over my crush on Neil really fast when readers pointed out* that Neil is a serial "marry-er," and I had fallen for his spiel. They reminded me that Neil would dump me like a hot rock as soon as another damsel in distress appeared. Luckily I returned to my senses and saw the man behind the marriage curtain.
My latest crush is Colin, or "Bad Boy-o Scorpio" as I like to call him. If Colin is telling the truth about his love for Jill, she could do a lot worse. Maybe Colin can give up his murdering, thieving ways and settle down with her. Let's hope he's not behind the Bonaventure mess. I think that Ian Ward should be the brains of that operation because, ultimately, Victor will have to take Ian down in order to retain his "top dog" status. Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of Colin until my fickle nature finds another seasoned hunk to adore.
Finally, am I the only person who finds it odd that Sharon's former shrink was discussing Sharon's confidential information in a public place, with someone who was not Sharon's doctor, while Victor eavesdropped? I'm not very impressed with Leslie or Avery, either, after Avery spilled the beans to Leslie about Dylan's parentage -- in the same coffee shop -- and then Leslie took it upon herself to tell Nikki what to do. What part of confidential* don't these people understand? If I ever say that I'm going to see a psychiatrist on a confidential matter, will someone please tell me to get my head examined?