Why I Wish My Invitation to Jack Abbott’s Birthday Party on The Young and the Restless Had Been Lost in The Mail





I could use so many classic literary titles and/or phrases to begin this post about what went wrong Monday on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless, as opposed to everything sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, did right. It Was The Best of Soaps, It Was The Worst of Soaps — A Tale of Two Bell Sudsers.


While Brad Bell and Co. (Major kudos to script writer Adam Dusevoir!) paid off months of scandalous storytelling, involving the latest, illicit affair of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) on Monday, Y&R had a party of its own. While both the late Bill Bell and even Edward Albee would have been impressed by the B&B shindig, someone forgot to bring more than just the cake in Genoa City.

No, not literally. Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) was presented a nice, chocolate, prop confection at the party honoring his birth. However, if he was searching for even so much as a morsel of a plausible, character driven story beat to munch on as an appetizer, he would have died of starvation at his own feting.

While a clueless Traci (Beth Maitland) busied herself with planning her big brother's party, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford)—one of the most methodical, calculating femme fatales in soap opera history—decided to plant a kiss on Jack's son in plain sight of the boy's Sperm Swap Cousin. Phyllis is going through all of these Jack, Janet and Chrissy shenanigans, you see, because she doesn't want her daughter hurt by the revelation that Jack is her biological father.

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  1. Profile photo of goyankees
    goyankees

    OMG, I totally agree with everything stated above.

    I thought about Marcy Rylan (or whatever the New Name she’s calling herself now) during last night’s ENTIRE episode. She’s missed, and I have no clue why CBS ever dismissed her in the first place. Nope, can’t blame her for making the move … Monday’s Y&R was just bad. :-( Not a great Kick off for the TV Guide Network airing….

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    hey mon

    Jamey, you are the man!

    I kept thinking the same thing. How would Blake and Emmy have played this scene. So much better, so much better. Rylan would have made the whole scene ultra-fireworks, a la Abby running over Tucker. And Hood would definitely be so much better than Jawbone.

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    Smitty

    Jamey thanks for writing this. Y&R is bad and Josh and Jill put a band aid over a wound that seems to have come off again. This wound is wide open and it’s bad. This show is just NOT Y&R. Most days that I watch I find myself just shaking my head at the show.

    The Bold and the Beautiful was brilliant yesterday…it’s sad when I used to could say that about Y&R.

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    TraceyAbbot101

    Well…… was wondering if I could post anything GOOD about Monday’s show and all I kept wondering was “where have I seen her before??” about the actress portraying the new possible client of Michael’s…

    well, it wasn’t that Y&R was wasting the talents of TWO EMMY award winnning actresses at the so called “party”….. Beth Maitland as window dressing? carrying around a cake box?

    Then it hit me!!!! Finally CLOSURE to the Paul/Ricky storyline…. it’s been a whole year since Ricky died? The scenes at the graveyard with Doug Davidson were great…. too bad the rest of Genoa City was running around like the keystone Cops.

    I ended my day watching the 11:00 PM telecast on the TV Guide network and the “interviews” with the cast and fans and the big question of the day was how does “Steve Burton keep his all over tan”??? Yikes.

    So, Billy is off the wagon. Is Victoria pregnant? I have no clue. And Nick is lying to Avery – but WAIT – he does tell her just as Big Red enters the bar…. there is sure hell to be paid!!

    And all this, and all fans are talking about is the off screen antics of one Greg Rikaart…..

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    Yoryla

    Once again, I Could Not Agree More.

    I watched this “shindig” and it was embarrasingly lame.

    I have to give a special “shout-out” to Hartley Sawyer as nuKyle, who, when Abby told him she had seen him and Phyllis kissing, nuKyle answered:
    “It wasn’t a kiss! – pause, stare into stupidity and like he suddenly just remembered – “Oh, it WAS a kiss…huh?”

    Who is this guy? Kelso from That 70’s Show?!

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    Cornfed

    This is all JFP’s doing, along with writers who HAVE NO CLUE how to write for Phyllis, which is most likely the reason why The Staff is leaving.

    Great post Jamey, tho ER’s appeal and abilities are questionable. I wanna smack her across the screen on GH, which isn’t the intention of TPTB, i’m sure. Someone needs to snap up Blake Hood…i say a Lucas Jones recast on GH?

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    LaDivaYR

    Props to Jamey for putting Y&R on BLAST after yesterday’s ridinculous mess of an episode! Let me add a few things:

    1) Casting: In what world are Shaggy and AnorexiAbby “solid enough performers”??? Get real! These hair models are as expressive as a seeping pimple on the tip of my nose. TOTAL amateurs whose only skills are being cheap (salary wise) and being friends of Jill’s.

    2) Directing: Whoever instructed La Stafford to impersonate a drunken Jessica Rabbit while faux seducing Shaggy needs to be banned from Hollywood. Same goes for the idiot who told Marco Dapper to grin every time he’s on screen regardless of dramatic underpinnings. I can go on and on but let me just say I’ve seen better directing on the Real Housewives of Atlanta than anything on Y&R for the last 6 months. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    3) Writing: Did Josh Griffith misplaced his brain last year? Did JFP hire Guza to ghost wrte? Did Jessica Collins take over as head writer? What the fuck is going on behind the scenes??? The writing is worse than even my worst predictions -and trust me, I expected a big pile of shit but not this nauseating! Silly plot after silly plot. Characters acting like caricatures of themselves. Bland, boring, annoying heffas like Chelsea and Avery elevated to STAR status, beloved veterans shoved into the background, etc. etc. etc.

    No wonder La Stafford is jumping ship! She might be a fucking annoying megalomaniac bitch but the woman has TALENT to spare. No one can deny that! Can you say the same thing for the 57 newbies that JFP has hired since taking over??? Shit, Beth Maithland has more talent in one of her ear lobes than Tyler/Carmine/Melanie/Kyle/Avery/Dylan combined! These friends of Jill’s are so painfully bad that they make Joshua Morrow look like Robert Fucking DeNiro!

    Let’s face it, Y&R is the Titanic and JFP is the fucking iceberg. My biggest disappointment is with Angelica McDaniel, the VP who hired JFP in the first place. I thought she wanted to save the show but it’s become abundantly clear she’s just as much of a hack as the rest of them. I dare her to watch one whole episode (no FF button!) and still parrot the corporate line that the show is “in great hands.” Bitch, sit down!

    Heed my words, Sony & CBS: Those who forget history are DOOMED to repeat it. You hired disaster-queen JFP knowing full well that she’s torpedoed every damn soap opera she’s worked on. Was that your plan all along? To get rid of Y&R once and for all and pin the blame of the most hated bitch in daytime history (sit down, Brian Fons, not you!)? If so, congratu-fucking-lations! You couldn’t have picked a nastier hack to do your dirty work.

    La Diva out!

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    Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies

    NuKyle is horrible, horrible. I miss Blake Hood more every single day.
    I cannot help but think that MS is not “phoning it in,” as some have accused her of, but instead, that she has decided to ham it up since this storyline is SUCH a disgraceful sendoff for her.
    Brilliant point about the lack of payoff given the fact that we don’t care about these newbies. Also, we don’t recognize Phyllis. But I’ll bet we will recognize her in Summer once she becomes Little Red Scorned….

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    bobbyew

    I thought the episode was good with what we have to work with. Yes I miss Blake Hood too. Emme as well. Ya’ll we just have to deal with it till the ptb see that Josh G and Jill are running it to the ground. Not into but to the ground. Ms. Stafford is just phoning it in. B&B is the first thang I watch from my dvr the sites of Hollywood, sets and the acting is EMMY worthy. Go Bell crew. Sony ya’ll need to get it together over there at Y&R.

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    Duchess

    Great article Jamey. I watched B&B and Y&R back to back yesterday and it was like having filet mignon for dinner then being served stale cookies for dessert. How fitting that the two birthday parties aired on the same day and showed how to do a soap right and how to do it wrong. I literally fell asleep during Y&R while I was on the edge of my seat yelling in a good way at the screen during B&B. The only good thing about Y&R’s party was the Billy Miller and Peter Bergman scenes. Meanwhile every second of B&B was can’t miss. Now that’s how you do a party!

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    JJ57

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks Y/R is going downhill. The most positive thing I can say is that I appreciated the tribute to Jeanne Cooper,but I’m hoping they bring back more people from her past when she actually dies on the show. I don’t like what they did with Kevin…crazy…he would never steel from Mrs. C. She backed him when nobody else did. There were a lot better ways for Lily and Cain to have trouble in their marriage and they didn’t give us much background on the whole Neil story. They have ruined Sharon, maybe to the point of no return. They keep bringing in new people and not using people we’ve all watched for years. The only interesting story right now is Summer, Jack and Nick and that’s because it’s from the old writers. I am so sad Michelle Stafford is leaving but I don’t blame her. I think it would be a cool twist if it turned out that Summer was switched at birth and doesn’t belong to any of them. I am curious as to how Cassie is “coming back.”

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    giogio

    That certainly didnt look like a birthday party in my house. Five minutes, no one sat down, they started leaving one by one, guest of honor first. Than, “go into the kitchen and cut the cake”. Who was going to eat it after that. I swear, soap opera’s are the best for doing stuff like that. I miss Emme, but if anyone is interested she’s on GH. But I think the new Abby is doing good.

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    noway

    LADIVA

    :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer:

    Hysterical but spot on!!!!

    DaBitch (JFP) needs to go and take the rest of her circus ass clowns with her!!!

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    Cornfed

    [quote=LaDivaYR]Props to Jamey for putting Y&R on BLAST after yesterday’s ridinculous mess of an episode! Let me add a few things:

    1) Casting: In what world are Shaggy and AnorexiAbby “solid enough performers”??? Get real! These hair models are as expressive as a seeping pimple on the tip of my nose. TOTAL amateurs whose only skills are being cheap (salary wise) and being friends of Jill’s.

    2) Directing: Whoever instructed La Stafford to impersonate a drunken Jessica Rabbit while faux seducing Shaggy needs to be banned from Hollywood. Same goes for the idiot who told Marco Dapper to grin every time he’s on screen regardless of dramatic underpinnings. I can go on and on but let me just say I’ve seen better directing on the Real Housewives of Atlanta than anything on Y&R for the last 6 months. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    3) Writing: Did Josh Griffith misplaced his brain last year? Did JFP hire Guza to ghost wrte? Did Jessica Collins take over as head writer? What the fuck is going on behind the scenes??? The writing is worse than even my worst predictions -and trust me, I expected a big pile of shit but not this nauseating! Silly plot after silly plot. Characters acting like caricatures of themselves. Bland, boring, annoying heffas like Chelsea and Avery elevated to STAR status, beloved veterans shoved into the background, etc. etc. etc.

    No wonder La Stafford is jumping ship! She might be a fucking annoying megalomaniac bitch but the woman has TALENT to spare. No one can deny that! Can you say the same thing for the 57 newbies that JFP has hired since taking over??? Shit, Beth Maithland has more talent in one of her ear lobes than Tyler/Carmine/Melanie/Kyle/Avery/Dylan combined! These friends of Jill’s are so painfully bad that they make Joshua Morrow look like Robert Fucking DeNiro!

    Let’s face it, Y&R is the Titanic and JFP is the fucking iceberg. My biggest disappointment is with Angelica McDaniel, the VP who hired JFP in the first place. I thought she wanted to save the show but it’s become abundantly clear she’s just as much of a hack as the rest of them. I dare her to watch one whole episode (no FF button!) and still parrot the corporate line that the show is “in great hands.” Bitch, sit down!

    Heed my words, Sony & CBS: Those who forget history are DOOMED to repeat it. You hired disaster-queen JFP knowing full well that she’s torpedoed every damn soap opera she’s worked on. Was that your plan all along? To get rid of Y&R once and for all and pin the blame of the most hated bitch in daytime history (sit down, Brian Fons, not you!)? If so, congratu-fucking-lations! You couldn’t have picked a nastier hack to do your dirty work.

    La Diva out![/quote]

    All right, this has GOT to be one of the most brilliantly scathing rants i have EVER read on this site! I about popped a you know what at my desk scarfing up all this loveliness! :beer:

    I’d said a couple months ago the Carmine Dapper stuff wasn’t doing it for me, i could barely make it thru a scene betw he and Lauren in the Colonnade room. Acting or directing, it just didn’t work for me…All other points here, on target as well! Jessica Collins as LEAD ?? In WHAT universe? Several missed opportunities here for Phyllis, as JFP set out to possibly undermine the star status of The Staff. She is right to jump ship from this steaming pile…

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    Ryan-Scott

    What I liked about yesterday’s episode was like Jamey I liked Peter B and Billy Miller. I wish I had a big brother like Jack!

    Carmine without a shirt was pretty good too.
    And so was Paul at Ricky’s grave. Love you Doug Davidson!

    Also, seeing it on TVGN WE HAVE CLOSING CREDITS AGAIN! :beer:
    Just like the old days. (If that’s the way they are on SoapNet excuse me as I didn’t have SoapNet).

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    hey mon

    Ryan-Scott, Carmine’s pectorals are getting larger, and so are his biceps. His triceps and delts are still the same.

    I find it hard to fathom that an exercise coach hasn’t gently pulled Marco aside, and asked him to do some work on his lats — mid to lower back muscles. This would give him a perfect V when viewed from the back, and even more symmetry when viewed from the front.

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    angrierblackerman

    [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]This is all JFP’s doing, along with writers who HAVE NO CLUE how to write for Phyllis, which is most likely the reason why The Staff is leaving.

    Great post Jamey, tho ER’s appeal and abilities are questionable. I wanna smack her across the screen on GH, which isn’t the intention of TPTB, i’m sure. Someone needs to snap up Blake Hood…i say a Lucas Jones recast on GH?[/quote]

    JFP likes her men strong, both the characters, and the actors that portray them. She likes her women weak and helpless and desperate, both the characters and the actors that portray them. She doesn’t get along with women who are strong, or have opinions. She needs to be the only Queen Bee on a show, and makes sure that there are no others. I imagine Michelle Stafford probably had some opinions about her character’s direction. And JFP doesn’t do women with opinions, only men around her are allowed to do what they want.

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    Cornfed

    [quote=angrierblackerman][quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]JFP likes her men strong, both the characters, and the actors that portray them. She likes her women weak and helpless and desperate, both the characters and the actors that portray them. She doesn’t get along with women who are strong, or have opinions. She needs to be the only Queen Bee on a show, and makes sure that there are no others. I imagine Michelle Stafford probably had some opinions about her character’s direction. And JFP doesn’t do women with opinions, only men around her are allowed to do what they want.[/quote]

    Which is why daytime legends like Genie and Bev McK got the fuck out of their respective shows, tho in all fairness i think Jill fired Genie before she could walk, but she was fired nonetheless for having an opinion, i believe. Genie had issues with how Laura was an eternal victim, and i’m sure Jill was more than happy to have Genie G-O-N-E! Beverlee had repeatedly gone to Jill about her long work hours, Jill refused to listen, so Bev exercised a secret clause in her contract and walked, but Jill gets the last laugh by ruining every show she runs.

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    Ryan-Scott

    JFP will forever be on my shit list for the Beverlee business.
    That was 21 years ago but I don’t give a shit. You don’t treat talent of that level like that.

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    Cornfed

    @hey mon — Thanks for the shout out! So were you referring to Marco Dapper’s 50 year old great body, or your own? ;) I like me some eye candy, but it’s the women who always got me to watch soaps…maybe the rare exceptions being Wayne Northrup and Peter Reckell back in the day!

    @Ryan Scott — true dat. Frankie Frame as well brought a heart and soul to AW, as did legacy character Maureen Bauer on GL. And self-righteous JFP barely cops to those mistakes, what a smug, egomaniacal asshat she is!

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    SoapArmageddon

    When it was announced that JFP would be taking over the reins at Y&R, those of us who were familiar with her trail of devastation voiced our opposition and were roundly criticized.

    I take no pleasure in saying the following, well…maybe just a little:

    WE TOLD YOU SO.

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    SwanQueen59

    LOL! I only look in periodically on Y&R, and since JFP took over it’s been very easy to hold the show at arms length. I truly had hopes for Josh as headwriter to pull this once proud daytime drama out of the depths. I only need to read recaps and spoilers to have an idea of what’s going on. And then I get “reviews” from my 86 year old mother. Suffice it to say she thinks the way Phyllis is leaving “lame” and Victoria and Billy “just awful”. No love for AH on her part. I’m glad she’s still willing to watch her favorite story but at this point she’s also getting into DOOL and she just can’t say enough good things about that show. And more often than not, I still listen to my mother! ;) She’s a pretty good judge about what works and what doesn’t… 0:)

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    Cornfed

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]When it was announced that JFP would be taking over the reins at Y&R, those of us who were familiar with her trail of devastation voiced our opposition and were roundly criticized.

    I take no pleasure in saying the following, well…maybe just a little:

    WE TOLD YOU SO.[/quote]

    Maybe the critics were *hoping* Sony would keep a close eye on Jill, but it looks as if Sony has no more clue what’s good for Genoa City than Josh or Jill do. The first thing they did was fire the music team. Hello — the music cues on Y/R were as legendary as Jeanne Cooper. What idiots!!

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    Divatude58

    While the show is not its best, JG and JFP do make an effort to write for the Winters family..,and not everything is centered around Cane. Spmething MAB did not do. Thank you for that?

    End Villy now.

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    Santa_Barbara_4Ever

    you know, JFP started out in the business as an assistant and then she became in charge of music for shows such at GH and SB….So therefore, she probably considers herself the expert on music for the show. SB had awesome music, but she is just messing YR all up. When I tune into YR, I expect the music to match what’s going on. GL did this shit during their big change and I hated it!!! It adds nothing to scenes and actually takes away some of the dramatic effects. SOMEONE @ SONY, PLEASE watch an episode and fix this! At least give us that much!

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    pferrando

    Like SoapArm…I also get to say…”I told you so”.

    It really wasn’t the party that bothered me, but the direction seemed off, and nuKyle stunk up the screen. I can just picture how Blake would have reacted being cornered by that tall blonde actress (who can act) that we call Abby now.

    And Beth, I apologize for them giving you cake duty.

    Overall some good uncomfortable moments though.

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