You Decide: Should Lauren Get to Know Jill as a Sister?




 
Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) didn’t have to shell out for pyrotechnics this Fourth of July, because the fireworks were in full effect courtesy of the ever-embattled Jill (Jess Walton) and spitfire Lauren (Tracey Bregman). Last week on The Young and the Restless, the sirens discovered that they had far more in common than their business acumen and love of powerful men, as a DNA test confirmed that they are half-sisters.

While Jill embraced the idea of having a biological sibling and wanted to bond immediately, Lauren did not reciprocate the warm and fuzzy feelings. The redhead told Jill in no uncertain terms that she intended to keep her father’s memory, and only child status, firmly in tact and had no interest in a close relationship. Jill, who has always craved a sense of belonging, responded to Lauren’s rejection by legally taking the Fenmore name and investigating her rights to the family fortune. Given Jill’s reputation, and considering that Lauren used to be quite the mean girl back in the gap, both have good reason for their respective attitudes. You decide: Should Lauren show Jill a little sisterly love?
 

Yes. Lauren should drop the ice queen routine and accept Jill as her sister.
52% (356 votes)
No. Lauren should keep it strictly casual with Jill before she gets bitten!
48% (335 votes)
Total votes: 691

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WTF? I haven't watched a full episode of Y&R in over five years, but why do they keep moving Jill's paternity around every other year? First Kay is her mother and now Lauren is her sister?

I thought OLTL was wrong to change Rexx from being Roxie and Mitch's spawn.

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I hate how this re-write makes Liz Foster looks like a liar now.  She's the one who told Jill about Neil Fenmore being her bio-dad.  Apparently, Liz knew this all Jill's life.

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Jill is doing a bit more than investigating her options. After one conversation immediately after finding out their half sisters and getting a cold but honest reaction from Lauren, Jill hired an attorney, legally changed her name to Fenmore, went off on Lauren being of the manor born and getting all of daddy's love and obviously is in the process of suing Lauren as her lawyer told Michael he would be seeing him in court.

Sounds to me like Jill is more interested in embracing Lauren's money that Lauren herself because putting all this in motion one week after they found out they were sisters is pretty tacky. Plus, Lauren never told Jill she was going to keep her only child status. She told Jill she already had a family and didn't see Jill as her sister. Who would mere minutes after getting this kind of news? I know I sure wouldn't.

Lauren would be pretty foolish to accept Jill now considering Jill gave Lauren all of one 15 minute conversation to accept her before going for the jugular.

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Okay, this is very contrived. It would have been better if Jill was Gloria's sister, then it would have been fun watching Jill try and bond with someone she hates and her rival for Jeffrey's affection.

But hey, at least it gives two of Y&r's Emmy winners screen time and gives Jill some "fight" time. I am going to forget a Kay being Jill's Mother, that was a story so much better on paper than screen.

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The society is facing problems with such laws. This has to go legal and it’s needed to be sorted at the earlier.
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I don't really think Jill wants to know Lauren as a sister, so I vote "no". Lauren should stay as far away from this money grubber as possible. Instantly, Jill has been all about what's "rightfully hers". For a few moments, I believed it was about family, then suddenly her character shifted gears. Had Jill been sincere in her quest for a family, I don't think she would have gone this route. And what a slap in the face to the Fosters to change her name this quickly.

And I totally agree with Carstendog. This IS totally contrived.

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Okay, I'm going to play devil's advocate here.  Jill wanted too much too fast, true, but Lauren was a total bish about it.  She kept emphasizing that she and her dad were close and she had no interest in getting to know Jill as more than an acquaintance.  I remember her mentioning several times that she was an only child.  Remember how angry Jill got whenever Kay showed favor to Nikki or regret that she was her daughter.

I don't think that Jill is after the family's money so much as she's trying to forcibly take the legitmacy that Lauren is denying her.  A lot of your personhood is tied up in having a connection to others, and it threatens your identity when you're not acknowledged.  Jill's gut reaction to rejection is doing something hurtful.  She's trying to throw herself in Lauren's face until she accepts her as her sister.  Her approach is all wrong, but Lauren wasn't exactly careful with Jill's feelings, either. 

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I'm going to have to say no, whats the point? Was there even ANY buildup to this at all? I would much prefer to see Jill mixed up with a good Jabot storyline with Jack/Ashley Victor and Billy. Jess is a great actress and lord knows this show needs a dominating female, I'm tired of her running around scheming and begging for affection.

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I TOTALLY admit that the writers shot themselves in the foot AGAIN by having Lauren and Jill be sisters. The "big reveal", and everything that has happened subsequently, has been contrived and boring. Jill and Lauren have barely ANY spark onscreen, in my opinion, even though I am trying to be open-minded. I would MUCH rather have seen Nikki and Jill be sisters (even if it did result in breaking up Billy and Victoria, even though I do like them as a couple!) or Gloria and Jill being sisters. The writers nowadays wouldn't know a good story if it bit them in the ass!! And I agree that the writers should have STOPPED playing "ring around the parents" with Jill a long time ago. They should have stopped this foolishness by having Jill and Katherine be mother and daughter. That was one of Lynn Latham's ridiculous plot twists that I actually LIKED. Now, with Neil Fenmore not around to play the fallout of his "lost daughter" and Liz Foster in her grave, what's the point?? Where's the real payoff??? This storyline is proving to be a washout and a waste of the talents of both Tracey Bregman and Jess Walton (who is one of my favorite Y&R actresses EVER!!)

I STILL patiently await the day that Maria Bell gets her walking papers. She had potential early on, but has proven herself to be a horrible writer with no REAL imagination or idea what the general viewing audience wants to see!!! A limitation that has shown itself in SPADES over the past year!!!!

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Once again Alstonboy you hit the nail right on the head with your posting. I have watched Y and R forever and I just find it so hard to even imagine Neil Fenmore being Jill's dad. When he was on Y and R between 83 and 86 he was 39 to 43 or so years old and is now 66 and with Jill being 61 it is just unconceiveable to me, for him to be her dad. He was and is still a nice looking gentleman and way too young to have fathered Jill. If he been portrayed by someone like John Abbotts age it might have been feasible for me to believe and to top it all off, if they have to push this crap on us, they should not expect Lauren to immediately like Jill as a sister and taken it a bit slower. MAB needs to go. She just gets worse and worse and it is a shame to see her ruin such a great show.

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Ok, who ever came up with this god awful storyline should be taken out back and given some lashes. Its such a contrived story that I am glad I am not watching these days. I am waiting to see when Y&R will do something for me to come back and spend an hour of my life watching.

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yojoromo4469 wrote:
Once again Alstonboy you hit the nail right on the head with your posting. I have watched Y and R forever and I just find it so hard to even imagine Neil Fenmore being Jill's dad. When he was on Y and R between 83 and 86 he was 39 to 43 or so years old and is now 66 and with Jill being 61 it is just unconceiveable to me, for him to be her dad. He was and is still a nice looking gentleman and way too young to have fathered Jill. If he been portrayed by someone like John Abbotts age it might have been feasible for me to believe and to top it all off, if they have to push this crap on us, they should not expect Lauren to immediately like Jill as a sister and taken it a bit slower. MAB needs to go. She just gets worse and worse and it is a shame to see her ruin such a great show.

Thanks, Yojoromo---
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met wrote:
Ok, who ever came up with this god awful storyline should be taken out back and given some lashes. Its such a contrived story that I am glad I am not watching these days. I am waiting to see when Y&R will do something for me to come back and spend an hour of my life watching.

I hope you have a good book handy and a backup show to watch, because it doesn't look like Ma Bell is going anywhere anytime soon!!! Wink Wink

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Oh, brother. It looks like EVERYONE on this show will eventually be related to each other.

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I'm going with the sister thing in the hopes it brings both these women back into the Genoa City business world. Both actresses out at their best with a little bitchiness in them.

I always thought Jill would succeed Katherine at CI. A Cruella de Vil type dressed in black, always a thorn in Victor's side. It would add so much to the show to have an evil women executive in the mix. Jess Walton is at her best making "smart" trouble. Leave the whiny stuff to Abby.

Adding Lauren to the mix? Maybe after their battle they could team up? It would be nice to see some power women in GC. It seems all the women are just wives and mothers. Those who do work are no longer in control. Right now Genoa City seems like a Mad Men set in 2010 and it doesn't work.

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There's absolutely no story jeopardy in Jill and Lauren being sisters. The Fenmore "dynasty" has been reduced to a one-room boutique where the CEO of the chain herself picks out people's panties. Why not make Jill have turned out to be Nikki's sister? I would have rolled my eyes at that ( I hate that she isn't a Foster), but at least Nikki and Jill have a long history of bad blood. Even Gloria would have been better. This is just another in a long line of Maria Arena Bell pissing on trees.
 

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Jamey, you beat me to the punch!

The question that is uppermost in my mind is this: Exactly how rich and powerful are Lauren and the Fenmore trust supposed to be if all we ever see her doing is folding negligees and picking out panties?

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Jamey et al, you guys are so right about there not being any real drama in Jill and Lauren being sisters.  This writing is like bad lovemaking where some inexperienced person fumbes around, very clumsily and purposely trying to hit your spots.  The ONLY way TPTB can actually salvage this thing is if they bring the two ladies together and make them business moguls. With Jill's smarts, I bet she can pull Lauren out of her Vikki's  Secret knock-off shop and into the big leagues.  Maybe they can tie in with Jabot and Tucker.  Fenmore's going corporate would be good tension for Likey.  I'm so tired of seeing Lauren dressing mannequins and breaking mirrors behind Sheila.

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No one is even giving the story line a chance to work itself out before you are already saying it is stupid. I should have known. MAB could have had Nicki and Jill be sisters and then you would have said it was contrived. Geesh! Watch and see where it goes. It's worse than a hen house in here at times.

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Richalan, I seem to recall people predicting this turn of events four to six weeks ago and saying that it would be stupid...we hens are nothing if not consistent...LOL

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Neil Fenmore's age aside, (I mean Phyllis and Daniel look like they are about 10 years apart in age. It is especially wierd when Nick Phylis and Daniel are in the room together) I am not sure exactly why Jill and Lauren being related will add to the show. They are established characters, whose characters don't really have anything to do with eachother. I am sure this will be a situation where it will be important for exactly one story line. I am also SURE it will involve Fenmore (the child). He will need a liver, kidney, blood, something or other transfusion, transplant that only Jill or one of her offspring can provide. Which will force Lauren to soften her attitude toward Jill. She will then give in and accept Jill as a Fenmore. The money will give Jill the affluence she has lost and she won't have to sit around crying about money anymore.

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This storyline is just more confirmation for me personally, that I was right to stop watching Y&R.

Many fans will accept this piss poor storyline, because not many people remember James Storm's portrayal of Neil Fenmore, or even when he was Bill Spencer on B&B. But he ALWAYS looked like he could've been a LOVE INTEREST of Jill's, whether the role was being played by Deborah Adair, Brenda Dickson or Jess Walton. Back during Neil Fenmore's day, the only men that looked old enough on the show, to be Jill's 'father', would have been John Abbott, Victor's friend Douglas and Carl Williams.

So just who is Jill's real mother then? Was it that woman that John Abbott remembered from highschool? The very old woman named Charlotte that was the lush? Is that who Neil supposedly slept with to conceive Jill?

This show is a joke, not worthy of a razzie, much less an Emmy. Next year at this time, we will find out that Jill is not a Fenmore but either Victor's child or worse, Lily's real mother that she had with Neil Winters!

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Chocolate-Mama wrote:

Next year at this time, we will find out that Jill is not a Fenmore but either Victor's child or worse, Lily's real mother that she had with Neil Winters!

LOL!!! Jill being Victor's sister would be FAR more interesting and juicy than Jill being Lauren's sister. I would be TOTALLY willing to overlook the fact that they slept together back in the early 90s. Hell, this is just like when Katherine was looking for her long lost child, and I was hoping it would be Esther, Nikki, Gloria or some INTERESTING twist like that, but they made Tucker McCall her son, and now they RARELY even share scenes together. I predict that they are gonna systematically water down Tucker's character, making him another emasculated male for the women of Genoa City to walk over at will or suck the life out of.

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Marland Fan, hey, why not have everyone on the show be related? MAB is learning from the best when it comes to that garbage.......B&B

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There are many things to hate about Y&R right now...most notably the pacing, dialogue, and the disconnection among characters/storylines, but I'm completely hooked on the Jill/Lauren dynamic.

Is it a perfect, organic storyline, Whitney? Hell-to-the-No! It often requires the suspension of disbelief, but I'm willing to stick with it due to the brilliance of Jess Walton's acting. Trotting Nikki out to stick her nose in the air and butt into Jill's business at the picnic works for me too...MTS plays a great be-yotch! Plus I'm happy to see Tracey Bregman's Lauren get something to do after being a lady in a cage...all in all, this is a good thing people, and it's one of the best things happening on Y&R right now!!

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Alstonboy, how can a story be a washout when it has barely started, and I would say that this poll proves that it is a story that splits their audience. Sure Jill is a bit too old to be Neil Fenmore's daughter, but what kind of drama do you get from having Jill be sisters with Nikki or even Gloria for that matter? These women don't like each other and never will, even if they were sisters. And considering that Nikki and Jill have been Kay's "two daughters" for years they have in effect been like sisters battling for Kay's love. And Gloria and Jill? What story would that bring? The two sisters seeing who could bed Jeffrey? They are too similar and Jill couldn't get anything out of Gloria since she also grew up poor.

Jill has been tied to Lauren because Lauren is the only one Jill can get money and the social status Jill so desires from because she grew up rich and inherited much of her money from her father. This issue is very emotional for people. What is family? What makes a family? Is it blood? Is it love? Is it both? If a child is given up what responsibility do the birth parents have? If the child given up wants a relationship with the biolical family should they oblige? Should the given up child be owed anything? Is it right for the adopted child to turn her back on the family that loved and raised her? Should the chosen child pay for the sins of the father? Is it right to force your way into a family?

All kinds of very real issues that effects so many of us or people we care about. I have two friends who found out late in life who their biological parents were. If written well, this has the opportunity to be a very character driven story. Is either Lauren and Jill being written out of character at this point? I don't think so. And I think they need to actually write for this story before anyone should write it off. And one day a week is not enough. I am sure it would not kill the show to show Adam and the Newmans three days a week to allow for stories like this to get more play.

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Jamey et al, you guys are so right about there not being any real drama in Jill and Lauren being sisters.  This writing is like bad lovemaking where some inexperienced person fumbes around, very clumsily and purposely trying to hit your spots.  The ONLY way TPTB can actually salvage this thing is if they bring the two ladies together and make them business moguls. With Jill's smarts, I bet she can pull Lauren out of her Vikki's  Secret knock-off shop and into the big leagues.  Maybe they can tie in with Jabot and Tucker.  Fenmore's going corporate would be good tension for Likey.  I'm so tired of seeing Lauren dressing mannequins and breaking mirrors behind Sheila.

Lauren is just as smart as Jill and just as business savvy. She has been running Fenmores for 25 years and was involved in the fashion industry while on B&B.

I doubt Lauren would have hired a bartender to run Jabot just because he was her son. Fenmores is corporate. The largest chain of department stores in the midwest and a major buyer for Forrestors, Jabot and the Newman cosmetic line. It has just been seen as the boutique for money years. They explained it away as Lauren wanting to use the boutique as her pet project to keep her hands in on the ground level, but the truth is it has been treated more like Chancellors where it is quite successful but you don't see it run hands on.

I wouldn't mind Lauren and Jill working together at some point, but Lauren does not need Jill to make her corporate. Lauren was thick into the whole Clear Springs project with both Jack and Nikki.

Besides, I don't see many business storylines being written for anybody nowadays.

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[quote=bunting]Alstonboy, how can a story be a washout when it has barely started, and I would say that this poll proves that it is a story that splits their audience. Sure Jill is a bit too old to be Neil Fenmore's daughter, but what kind of drama do you get from having Jill be sisters with Nikki or even Gloria for that matter? These women don't like each other and never will, even if they were sisters. And considering that Nikki and Jill have been Kay's "two daughters" for years they have in effect been like sisters battling for Kay's love. And Gloria and Jill? What story would that bring? The two sisters seeing who could bed Jeffrey? They are too similar and Jill couldn't get anything out of Gloria since she also grew up poor.

Bunting--

You clearly have a more optimistic and positive viewpoint of this story than I do. I find it to be BORING and uninspired, even though it has just started. Sure, I may end up eating crow, but I seriously doubt it. Lauren and Jill just don't "pop" for me. There is very little chemistry thus far between these two characters. At least watching Nikki and Jill spar or Nikki and Gloria spar would hold my interest, and there is always story that can be built from conflict.

It would have been nice to see if Gloria and Jill could have overcome their hate for each other and become sisters, but ultimately, I would have been secretly hoping for them to remain adversaries.

And seeing the fireworks that would have gone off from Jill being Nikki's sister would have been EQUALLY as astronomical--especially since their kids married each other. No, I am not necessarily condoning incest, but it makes good TV. Incest creates conflict, conflict creates tension, tension creates good soap opera.

I am simply bored crapless by this story. That was what I meant when I referred to it as a "washout."

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Alstonboy as usual, has it down correctly and I agree with him.