As Phyllis continued to linger in a coma, Victor attempted to skirt around the doctor's policy to secure her family's permission for her experimental treatment. And so it goes, as this storyline plodded along for another week with no end in sight. However, there is hope, down the road, for an eventual reawakening (for Phyllis and for this storyline, which has also been in a deep sleep) because we did finally see part of Phyllis' vibrant red hair on the top of her head. Does Phyllis' appearance mean we can finally welcome Gina Tognoni to The Young and the Restless family?
We can only hope that Phyllis will be back soon, since her character has been very much missed on this show. She has always been a force to be reckoned with, and she can certainly be counted on to shake things up. After witnessing Ms. Tognoni bring her own style to the character of Dinah Marlowe on Guiding Light, I am looking forward to seeing what she will do with this very feisty and conniving lady. While she may not be the same Phyllis that Michelle Stafford presented, Gina Tognoni can still offer a new and interesting layer of Phyllis that has yet to be seen.
Speaking of Michelle Stafford, I have just returned from the 2014 General Hospital Fan Club event and I had a blast. All of the soap stars were so gracious and appreciative, and it warmed my heart to see how much they love and respect their fans. It was enlightening to learn that soap actors do actually listen to the viewers and that their jobs actually depend of whether their characters can click with the fans. If the fans don't approve of the characters paired up as a couple, the duo could very well be split up and may or may not be paired up with another in the future. Soaps are the only entertainment media where the spectators have that much influence on the writing and on the future of the characters.
Ms. Stafford wore a slinky, black dress and black pumps, and she looked magnificent. Her elegance in clothes matched her grace in manner, and she was all smiles as she posed and chatted with her people. When I told her that my mother and I both loved her as Phyllis on Y&R and as Nina on GH. Michelle Stafford was very personable, and I heard later that she stayed to the very end -- for the very last person who wanted her picture and autograph. What a class act!
At this same event, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our very own Kelly on Y&R, Cady McClain, was present to sit at Jon Lindstrom's, her husband, table to autograph her new book, Murdering My Youth. The happy couple posed for pictures with all their fans, and they both signed various items we had brought.
Since this was our first trip to Los Angeles, my husband and I did all of the "touristy" things. There are more encounters to discuss, but I'll post that in a separate article so that we can on track by talking about The Young and the Restless.
Okay, now it's time to get back to reality -- by writing about the past week of a soap. That's rather ironic, if you think about it. Okay, my visual is off of Michael Easton now…where was I? Oh yes, that Kevin is a nitwit, right? He's supposed to be somewhat of a shrewd guy who can steal a doctor's badge to access confidential information off a hospital website, but he can't remember to somehow sneak the badge back onto the doctor's person immediately after he is done? That is crazy! The Kevin I know and love is smarter and craftier than that. I am almost embarrassed for him. I think Michael was too. Michael even tagged him as the Robin Hood of the Internet, committing felonious acts for the greater good. Felonious acts are still crimes, Kevin.
Thankfully, Christine had better things to do than to throw Kevin into the clink, so Kevin began his quest to demolish the wrong on the police force that would be known as Harding. "Fish" even created his own battle cry (with help from Mariah): "Though my enemy is filled with self-righteousness, he will not prevail on that fateful day when I take up arms against injustice." Kevin even declared that good would triumph over evil. I am guessing that "good" would be Kevin and that "evil" was Harding. Michael should be worried about him.
Cane finally got sick and tired of all the drama that Lily brought every time Hilary was around. It's about time! Cane realized that Lily's antics could only cause her father harm -- but of course, Cane also knew that Devon and Hilary had feelings for each other. There is just no way this will end well. At least, Devon attempted to move on through a date with Abby on the rooftop deck at the Athletic Club. Alas, both of their hearts still belonged to another, so it more than likely won't go past being friends. And won't they make terrific friends?!
Seriously, the biggest threat to Neil's happiness is not Lily's immature ways, it's Devon's lusting over Neil's wife. The pull between Hilary and Devon had become too strong for them to fight, and they didn't seem to be making much of an effort to fight it anyway. Since Neil is his father, Devon should realize that Hilary is totally off-limits. There is such a thing as loyalty, and even Devon's suggestion of a meeting with Hilary at a secluded bar is the ultimate act of betrayal. Wouldn't it be better if Devon left town rather than to steal away the love of his father's wife?
At the bar, Hilary and Devon didn't seem to feel too guilty as they decided that Hilary should tell Neil right away. Please, being honest with Neil was the very least they could do. So, while Devon and Hilary were discussing their new life together, Neil showed Cane the surprise he had for Hilary -- a brand new house with a faulty fuse box. Little did Neil know that he had a few surprises in store himself!
But back to the house…shouldn't Hilary have been able to participate in picking out her own house? Most women want to play a part in selecting the home that she may spend the rest of her life in and where she will raise her family. But Neil chose the house on his own. Apparently, Cane's temporary fix-it job did not stick because the power went out a second time. Neil opened the fuse box, sparks ignited (unlike the ones that flew between Devon and Hilary), and Neil was knocked unconscious on the floor. What do you want to bet that this will delay Hilary's announcement and the lovebirds' new beginning?
Once Lauren adjusted to the idea of being an empty-nester, she shared with Michael her ideas of romantic travels to Venice, where they could ride in a gondola; enjoy pasta, wine, and each other; and stroll in the moonlight followed by a night of passion and love. After Lauren left to sample the newest lingerie that had arrived at her shop, Michael fell asleep in the bed. Michael, are you crazy? Wasn't this the way Carmine crept into your love life before? Don't neglect Lauren again and make her feel unwanted. You just got your life back with your true love, Michael. Don't blow it!
Whew! Michael realized that very thing when he awoke the next morning and stressed that he had the "conduct unbecoming of a hot, sexy couple, wildly in love and ready to show it." He swore that he would never neglect Lauren again. Bravo, Michael! Hopefully, that means that you have learned your lesson of creating the opening that let Carmine weasel his way into your marriage the last time. Lauren loves her husband, and we enjoy watching the two of them being lovey-dovey again. I sure hope it lasts for a while.
Doesn't Nick seem to be smiling and laughing these days, since he has reunited with Sharon? While Billy has gotten more serious, since being portrayed by Burgess Jenkins, Nick has become more cheerful and humorous. But Mariah has a man in her sights, and that guy appears to be Mr. Nicholas Newman. In my opinion, that would be a little creepy, though, especially for Nick. I mean, Mariah still very much resembles Nick's late daughter, Cassie, as everyone constantly reminds her. Nick even made Mariah cover up when she was modeling the new dress that Sharon had bought her -- of course. If Mariah had any sense, she would see that Nick couldn't possibly fall for her due to her resemblance to Cassie.
Besides, if Mariah insisted on pursuing Nick, that would be a betrayal to the only person who actually cares for her. Sharon has given the young redheaded minx every chance in the world to have a fresh, new start. And this is the way Mariah repays her? Tacky. Nick kept warning Sharon not to get too attached, but I don't think that was ever a realistic possibility. Sharon wants so much to love the girl that looks like her daughter that she seems to blind herself to Mariah's misdeeds. Sharon had better open up her eyes pretty quickly though.
I can't say I blame Nick for googling Helen Copeland's name. I would want to learn more about the girl and her family, also, if I were in his shoes. And I will bet that they are very nice shoes too. Y&R fan Jeanna remarks:
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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