The Young and the Restless was certainly flying high at the Daytime Emmy awards ceremony, soaring on the wings of excellence with the glittery, golden statuette of the lady holding up a globe in her hands. And Y&R sure seemed to have the world of daytime drama in its grasp, not to mention many of the awards given out for outstanding achievement. Not only did Y&R win the coveted award for outstanding drama and writing, but three Y&R actors snagged bragging rights as well.
I cheered out loud when Amelia Heinle, dressed in a flowing orange gown adorned with colorful flowers, accepted her award for outstanding supporting actress in what she called her most fulfilling role. She thanked Billy Miller and paid tribute to her sister who was battling cancer as she remarked that her win was unexpected. It may have been unexpected to Ms. Heinle, but it sure wasn't to me. I predicted that Amelia Heinle would get the award. She truly deserved to win, in my opinion.
I have been fortunate to be a member of Soap Central's Daytime Emmy Awards predictions panel for the past four years, and I had my best year yet with six correct predictions out of eight categories. (I only missed for outstanding lead actress and supporting actor.) Once Amelia Heinle gave me goose bumps (I refuse to call them "goosies," as Jennifer Lopez does) for her performances during Delia's hit-and-run storyline, I felt with all my heart that she would win. She was awesome. It was just a matter of her selecting the right episode to submit. Mission accomplished.
Hunter Haley King looked very grown-up in her sparkly silver and black evening attire as she was handed her outstanding younger actress trophy. Ms. King thanked Peter Bergman, who plays Jack Abbott, and so did Billy Miller when he received his award for outstanding lead actor. Peter Bergman must be a wonderful actor to work with. Billy Miller also thanked Amelia Heinle for their great work together, and I can't say that I blame him. Both Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle submitted the same episode for their remarkable acting, and they again proved to have the winning chemistry that we had loved them for. I missed Billy Miller all over again.
My favorite evening gown of the Y&R ladies for the night went to Sharon Case, who shimmered in her gorgeous formal attire when she and Camryn Grimes presented the award for writing to the Y&R team. I thought that Sharon's dress was elegant and complimented her well. Camryn was also lovely in her violet dress. Their hair was simply styled, and their jewelry gave each the right touch. Both ladies absolutely did Y&R justice in grace and class.
Yes, almost the entire night seemed to belong to Y&R as the Jeanne Cooper Tribute also won in a new category called the Special Class Specials. And even actor/humorist Mo Rocca, who once played Milton, the accountant "crushing" on Nikki Newman in a Y&R episode, presented the award for outstanding talk show shortly after he greeted Melody Scott Thomas in the audience. Touches of Y&R were everywhere, and the soap proved that it was simply the best in 2014 daytime drama. Cheers and bravo!
However, the online telecast left soap fans befuddled and outraged, most notably the red carpet interviews. Done by four "social media experts," these young ladies proved to be unknowledgeable and unprofessional. Their worst offense came when, after drooling over General Hospital's Ryan Paevey (Nathan), one cried out, "We're going to get you away from us before we rape you." This was horrendous and not the least bit funny. It's no wonder certain stars warned their fellow actors to stay away from the red carpet interviews.
Many fans vowed that they would not watch the ceremony next year if this quartet were to return, and a fan suggested on tvline.com, "There was one good thing about this show and that was that Dan Kroll came in there and reminded us why Soap Central is one of the best sites out there. Maybe he should be hosting this thing." Another fan also voted for Dan to host the interviews, and so do I. Dan is knowledgeable and would show the proper respect the soap stars deserve. He would ask the right questions to get fun facts that would entertain the actors and fans alike. And we have proof of this, thanks to Dan's Daytime Emmy Post-Show Wrap Up on soapcentral.com.
The ceremony itself was also less than stellar with confusion about who would accept the awards, with the f-word being flung around and with a couple of acceptance speeches that dragged on and on. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that the clip of the episode from Days of our Lives played for Chandler Massey was actually a clip of the current Will, played by Guy Wilson, when Will married Sonny. As he accepted his award, good sport Chandler laughed about the fantastic clip they had just shown of him. The best reason to watch the ceremony was to see these remarkable actors win their awards. That, indeed, made the ceremony, with its many flaws, worthwhile.
Now, on to our regularly scheduled program... Nikki finally revealed to Paul and an overhearing Dylan that Dylan was indeed Paul's son. What I found funny was that not only did it take Nikki an eternity to put two and two together and figure it out but also that she had not wanted to tell Dylan because he was already going through so much. What? You would think that Dylan would jump for joy to learn that Ian was not his father. It would seem to me that the news would help Dylan deal with any hardships he faced. After he learned the truth, Dylan didn't seem too outraged or upset or mad or anything. His one thought was to save Paul's life, which he insisted upon doing.
Once Michael verified that Dylan was within his legal rights to have the surgery, Dylan tried to schedule it with Dr. Barton Shelby, who vehemently refused to operate. In a matter of seconds -- almost so fast, your head would spin -- Leslie's new husband-doctor changed his mind, and Dylan was ready to play the hero. And no amount of begging and pleading from Nikki and Avery would change his mind. Wow, like father, like son. Dylan really is Paul's son.
Dylan did indeed save Paul's life, but as Nikki pointed out to Avery, Paul had given the gift of life to Dylan. So, I guess they are even-Steven, right? Both were on the road to recovery, although Paul would always need to be aware of any sign of rejection from his transplanted liver. After the doctor informed Christine that Paul would need to avoid stress, she demanded that Nikki not tell him the truth about Dylan. So, does that mean that Christine intends for Paul to never learn that Dylan is his son? Paul will always need to avoid stress. What kind of nonsense is that?
Thankfully, Dylan took matters into his own hands and told Paul himself. Unfortunately, Paul got confused and thought that Dylan was Ricky. As I watched Doug Davidson's anguished performance when he cried again about having to shoot his son, I thought that it could possibly be his next submission for the Daytimes Emmys. It was very moving and heartfelt. Michael and Lauren remembered that it was the anniversary of Ricky's death. Talk about stress -- Paul's sorrow was certainly causing that as his alarm on his cardiac monitor sounded throughout the room. Coincidentally, Dylan's beeped loudly at the same time. Can Paul and Dylan possibly survive? Oh, the suspense!
Leslie was unconcerned about whether her new hubby performed the surgeries or not, as she had problems of her own. It seemed that Ian didn't take too kindly to Leslie revealing information to Nikki that was given in confidence, due to the attorney/client privilege. Ian noted, "If we don't pay for our mistakes, Leslie, how will we ever learn from them?" Ian should know all about that because he has paid for so many of his own mistakes. Yeah, right.
Ian reported Leslie for her breach to the bar association so that Leslie could go on her own journey of self-discovery. What a champ! He also indicated that something he knew would prove more valuable than anyone even imagined. Does that mean that Ian has yet another secret? I guess he would need another reason to stick around. Ah-ha! His secret may have to do with Mariah, since he obviously knew her before they both arrived in town. That must be it.
Ian believed that Mariah deserved more than just having a nomadic existence and that she needed to remember the ultimate goal -- whatever that was. If Ian's secret concerns Mariah, it won't remain a secret for long with Victor on the trail. Victor overheard their conversation and warned her that she was playing with fire by crossing him. Boy, Mariah should be shaking in her shoes, but Victor's warnings never seem to faze her. She must be one tough cookie.
But apparently, Ian's secret about Mariah was really not that earth-shattering, if that was even the valuable information he was referring to. Nick learned that because Mariah's mother would come and go, Ian was the closest thing she had to a family. But there must be more to it than that, and Victor thought so, too, since he convinced Nick to work with him to find out more about the feisty girl. Watch out, Mariah. Victor is still on the warpath.
But if Sharon had her way, Mariah would stay put. Nick agreed to hire Mariah back at the Underground with conditions. She had to give up a portion of each paycheck to Sharon. Mariah had to make a truce with Noah while they worked together. Nick would trust Mariah with the cash register. ("Oh, no," Mariah pleaded, "Please not that!" Just kidding.) Finally, she would have to leave Genoa City once Sharon was paid back. Oh, wait…there was one more: Mariah couldn't take advantage of the loving and nurturing Sharon. I don't know, Mariah. That's just harsh.
Sharon invited Mariah to the family dinner, where the girl even made amends with Noah. See, she was already working on the second condition for her continued employment. Mariah mentioned to Sharon that there had been a man that she could look up to and confide in when she was growing up. When Sharon asked Nick about it later, Nick lied and said Mariah had never mentioned it to him. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Nick! When will you learn that lies only hurt a relationship and will only cause your loved one to lose trust in you? And why lie about this anyway? Nick then snooped in Mariah's purse and found John Darwin's business card with the message, "You and your mom can always come home." Where is Mariah's mom and what was her relationship with Ian? I'm on pins and needles.
Victoria informed Billy that she could no longer trust him after his sneaking off to Australia on the pretense of a business trip. When he pointed out that Jenna had dragged her kid halfway across the world to get Max away from Stitch, Victoria reminded Billy that she had also lost custody of Reed. Oops. I think Billy must have forgotten that little detail. Since marriage was supposed to be all about trust, respect and honesty, Victoria decided it was time to head to divorce court with Leslie by her side. Welcome Burgess Jenkins as the new Billy Abbott. Here's an interesting observation from Y&R fan Lynne G.:
Thanksgiving is going to be quite a special occasion for The Young and the Restless' Neil (Kristoff St. John), because his son, Moses, is coming home for the holidays.
The CBS soap has cast young actor Dax Randall in the role, which is set to begin airing on Tuesday, November 22.
Sadly, those hoping for a full family reunion may be disappointed: Moses' mom, Sofia (Julia Pace Mitchell) won't be joining in on the Thanksgiving appearance.
Reps for Y&R haven't dished on how long Randall's Moses will be sticking around in Genoa City, but for Neil's sake, we're hoping he'll at least stay through Christmas.
Check out a reel of the tiny tot's work below, and then let us know what you think about Y&R bringing Moses home for Thanksgiving.
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