Y&R: Genoa City’s Gossiping Ghoul Girl

For months I’ve watched Jana Hawkes-Fisher (Emily O’Brien) turn from kooky, goth, mother-earth-in-waiting-girl to The Young and the Restless’ own version of General Hospital’s Amy Vining. The entire thing is a bit nauseating to say the least. I never got into Jana, I thought she was a bit of a throwaway character (still do in retrospect), and a bit of a scene filler. After she was revamped from a underworld disciple into an upstanding citizen, thanks to the brain tumor storyline, I tried to give her some leeway to shine and to breakout of the monotonous box that she was trapped in, to no avail.

Today, to put it mildly, I’m just fed up with her. All she seems to do these days is stick her nose into things that don’t concern her and cause tremendous fallout afterward. Will someone please shut that girl down? Now that she’s married, you’d think that she would try to settle it down. Isn’t that what marriage is suppose to do? In Jana’s case, all it seems to have done is spark the nosy gene.

I understand that Y&R’s trying to find something to do with Jana since she’s no longer a cold blooded psychopath. I get that, I really do. It just seems as though the show has fallen short of achieving its goal, which is saying something since I’ve been loving the show now that its cleaned up the mess that was Let down Latham. Nothing’s perfect in Y&R’s Xanadu however, can you please decide what the hell you want to do with Jana? Please, pretty please. Either Jana needs to be Beatnik Bessy or Chatty Cathy, just figure out which, and stick with it.

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    Amen, Jillian. What happened to all the stuff her and Kevin were supposed to do together, like motorcycle riding, having a place in England, and all the other plans she was making after they took the psycho tumor out of her head?

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    Despite the major improvement that we have now with Y&R, I have to agree that BOTH the characters of Jana and Kevin have been regulated to the background as go-to’s, lost all of their original edge and are just plain generic and boring. It is certainly not the acting because Greg Rikaart and Emily O’ Brien are very competent, great actors especially Greg who has had the good fortune to have had deeply rich original story and background that was explored seamlessly. For me, it was the last of the really great Y&R stories before LML came to town. This show is in dire need of people with more edge, where good and evil is not always so balanced. There are people who do crazy, criminal stuff but get away with it and then are redeemed. Phyllis, Kevin, Amber and Gloria are just a few. With the exception of Gloria, they have all turned to the good side with no looking back or temptation at all. Jana and Kevin definitely need and deserve a quality story line that is focused around them. The writers must give them some individual characteristics that are not just sugar and nice. After much though, I am still not sure what I would do them playing head writer. They are stuck in a rut as characters. I would like to know more about Jan’s backstory. All we know is that her father was her co-hort in the reliquary robbery. I think he was either arrested or killed in the underground tomb where they found the thing. Where does she come from? Who raised her? Even though she had a brain tumor to explain the Carmen Mesta murder, she was a willing participant in the scam with her dad that resulted in her locking Kevin and Colleen in a room that started to suffocate them. What was her relationship like with this father and where is her mom? Siblings? I guess that is where I would go. It would use the history, albeit a convoluted one, to create what could be a rich familial drama. I hate to see her real talent go unused and unnoticed.

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    I haven’t been able to tolerate Jana since before the whole brain tumor Carmen Mesta thing. That whole brain tumor excuse never worked for me! I’ve wanted her off my screen since.

    It will NEVER EVER make sense to me why Kevin and Collen still talk to this girl after she tried to kill them. Brain tumor or no, she still tried to kill them. Old Kevin wouldn’t have given Jana the time of day after that stunt she pulled even after the lame redemption Y&R came up with for her character. I hate how Jana has destroyed Kevin’s character, IMO. I miss evil Kevin…ALOT! I wish he would come back instead of this sad excuse for the character of Kevin I see on my screen everyday.

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    Yeah, where is “I’m an internet predator, who sleeps w/ underage girls and gave Lily VD Kevin?!” Although, if Colleen can forgive Kevin for attempting to kill her then she can forgive Jana. And who the heck is Kevin to hold a grudge against someone after all the crap he pulled! Karma can be a cruel mistress!

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    I just don’t know what could be done with Jana. She & Kevin are a perfect fit to me, but we need some excitement with them. Not heavy drama, but a little comedic action would do the trick. I can see them as the kooky, goofy couple that get into hilarious situations…

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