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Leslie's role in Dylan's paternity story
June 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm #2200865
I don’t get it.
Leslie not only falls in love and marries McHotty Dr. Barton Shelby off-screen, on Friday’s show, we learned that she becomes a KEY character in this cockamamie paternity story by doing the research, finding the doctor, AND questioning him ALL OFF SCREEN. She was the intelligent woman Y&R desperately needs on this show and they shove her to the side like a plot device.
I don’t understand why the writers neglected all these credible and intriguing elements contributing to GC’s new golden boy, Dylan, in favor of MONTHS OF aimless and purposeless cooking show scenes. Is it because they didn’t want to prop up Leslie? If that was the case, why even use her in this story at all?
I will never understand how off-kilter the attention on this show is in terms of Leslie. She clearly had better story than Avery and yet she was shafted.June 23, 2014 at 12:50 am #2201177
Yeah I was shocked too; but since she was Ian’ attorney it could make sense she did all these things and with attorney/client privilege that was their go to. Now, I’m seeing the cooking show as a plot point re: the dude to hassle Avery and his relationship w/Summer. I totally agree Leslie was severely short changed material to work with.
GH does this to a lot of story happens off screen; I think its important to show because these beats adds to the momentum/intrigue of the storyline.June 23, 2014 at 12:56 am #2201178
I think it’s just that they broke up leslie and Neil in favor of a pairing for him with Hilary and this triangle with Devon but still had to find a way to give Leslie Story. What better way than in the orbit and SL of her best friend/partner. They don’t really care about Leslie but she is needed as a talk to for Avery. Notice that whenever they truly talk it us mostly about Avery. I mean Avery didn’t even come to her engagement party. In whose world? Come on!
I also think that they want to use Ian as a catch all villain that hurts multiple people and who is involved in multiple stories. I think Ian is probably going to get Leslie in trouble that will give her and her new husband story. I guarantee that Neil will be involved somehow. I just don’t see TPTB at Y&R giving a black woman story that dies not include him in some way. I just don’t. Maybe his preoccupation with helping leslie pulls them back together and hilary feels neglected, which propels her towards Devon. Neil is never without a love interest for long. If hilary gets with/has a romance told for her and Devon, Neil will be given someone else to fall for at the same time. Believe that.June 23, 2014 at 1:59 am #2201189
Yeah, I get why they broke up Leslie and Neil.
I don’t get why they didn’t follow Leslie’s crazy life in the past few months in favor of Avery’s dull one. Literally NOTHING’s happened to Avery since getting together with Dylan besides being kidnapped for a hot minute. It’d be one thing if Avery got married or had an intriguing case to thrill us with. Or if she demanded Dylan do a paternity test with Ian and spent months proving he wasn’t his son. That, I think, we’d all prefer seeing. Not some half-assed cooking show with a half-assed villain who’s five seconds from being redeemed/boring, not that he started out as that interesting a character. It’d also make sense to shaft Leslie if she were home sewing socks for Tyler this whole time. Instead, the writers use her like a plot point to prop up Dylan, who serves far less value to this show than she does.
I’m also upset that Barton came to GC not for his new wife, but to take part in the Dylan paternity story. The writers just didn’t think she was worth a husband, but Paul deserved a doctor.June 23, 2014 at 9:22 am #2201196
This whole thing confuses me. Victor told Ian than it was Willa who told them Ian couldnt have children. Victor left the house when Leslie got there and before she told Nikki about her proof. So how the hell did Ian know to report her to breach of confidentiality? The writers are missing steps here lolJune 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm #2201225
I will say that I just assumed Leslie would protect Ian because of attorney/client privilege. The bottom line is that, Dylan is the show now. Anything that happens revolves around him and he’s a saint and everybody else can take a back seat. There’s nobody else that can be a hero or even a nice guy. Your seeing it now. Look at Stitch. There going to make him into a bastard, just to prop up Dylan. Look at Billy. You take a guy that maybe, maybe, you could root for, fighting for his marriage and now he’s kissing Chelsea. Same goes for Chelsea. Now, she’s annoying little patsy doing Billy’s dirty work. Where the compassion that she showed Chloe? And then there’s Victoria. I like that she’s taking nothing from nobody but did you see how nasty she was towards Chelsea when she confronted her about not telling Billy the truth?
So there you have it. Billy, Chelsea, Victoria and Stitch are going to be bad people now at the expense of Dylan. And don’t be surprised if they make good guy Paul unlikeable.June 24, 2014 at 10:01 am #2201415
@rhythmchyc Let us not forget Shelley-Jean stated are giving the viewers “kickass A-quality episodes every single day.” As much as I love Leslie she doesn’t need to be in this story, it seems the writers have no clue what to do with the character of Leslie which we all know eventfully means leaving the canvas. Sad…June 24, 2014 at 11:11 am #2201492
I don’t get it. I remember in the Bill Bell days, scenes like Leslie questioning the doctor, etc…were ALL SHOWN. We could’ve seen Avery frost those cupcakes and make out with Dylan (since that’s SOOO important to the writers), but there should also have been scenes juxtaposed to that of Leslie learning the actual truth. There would have been at least a LINE thrown out from Avery or someone asking Leslie who she’s spending so much time talking to online or on the phone…which would lead to Dr. Shelby. There would have been scenes of Nikki at least in her mind wondering if Paul could possibly be the father. That element of suspicion would’ve been there from the start. It’s kind of illogical to think that Nikki automatically would think Ian was the father when Paul had taken a dip in her waters as well. Why would she just ASSUME that Ian was Dylan’s father? No tests were done or anything?
I don’t hate Y&R. I’ve actually enjoyed it since Paul’s been in the hospital and the stories are beginning to show movement again. My biggest issue with the show is that things DO NOT MOVE for months and months, and then we get a couple of weeks of great material where everything explodes, and then we get six more months of boredom and filler material. I’m only 24 but I remember Y&R taking FOREVER to climax a story, but in the time that it took, there were other things being explored. It took HOW many years for Neil to learn that Lily wasn’t his daughter? Yet in that time, Dru left for Paris, Neil and Malcolm fought for Alex, Malcolm “died”, Neil became an alcoholic…everything was layered, to the point that we weren’t clamoring for the reveal because there were other things going on that intrigued us. But how the hell are we supposed to care about Stitch’s secret, and his involvement with Kelly, when there’s absolutely NOTHING ELSE going on with them? That’s all their story is…is Billy trying to find out the truth, and they are hiding it. Move their characters along, give them other things to focus on, and when you want the truth to come out, THEN bring it out. Keep Billy researching, but give Stitch and Kelly something else to do besides have this very public “secret” conversations about whatever they are hiding.
Okay, I’m rambling.June 25, 2014 at 2:36 am #2201564
I don’t know why they’d keep Leslie on at all at this point, after she broke up with Neil. Adding a husband and getting rid of her after that just doesn’t make sense. Then again, a lot of what happens on this show doesn’t make sense.
Stoney, I agree with your rambling. That so little happens and that so many explosions occur without causality or build up leads me to believe the writers are flying by the seat of their pants. They don’t have entire storylines planned a year ahead. They’re just doing a terrible job right now.June 25, 2014 at 9:22 am #2201573
@rhythmchyc The ONLY reason that they kept Leslie was as a backup plan just in case the Neil/Hilary pairing didn’t take off. They liked her with Neil but thought that they might want to try him with the new resident AA actress in town to see if they could build something better. If they got rid of Leslie, then Neil would have to start all the way over. They didn’t really want to do that. Because no matter how the story seems to be turning now, there is no way that i think Hevon was the original story from how Nilary was written. All the dramatics of her running into his arms, the many love scenes and attempts to show so much chemistry, the poetic conversations they had, the inyetvirws the actors gave and and mostly Hilary not showing Devon an ounce of interest the ENTIRE time she was secretly sleeping with Neil. Not to mention the onterviews the players gave and how KSJ promoted the pairing and acted downright aggressive about it on social media. It seems like he thought this would be the one and something big and lasting. He really wanted it to work. Kinda sad because Nilary seems to be the worst received pairing Neil has ever had. So now they are moving away from it. I fully expect Neil to be in story with Leslie and Barton by September. And that’s why I think Leslie is still around and, more importantly, has a husband. It’s Neslie angst.
@stoney07 I agree with you about the pace of the show. Everything should not climax at the same time. Paternity secrets like Lily’s used to be a staple on shows and were done well back in the day. But no longer. Look at Summer’s story. Lord help us.June 25, 2014 at 11:20 am #2201581
What hell is all this climax talking going on here? lol
@stoney07 You are right on the money with assessment. Various stories should be in different stages of development. Weaving in and out of the frontburner. Every arch of a storyline should lead to something greater. They should play out like chapters in a novel that will eventually come to a dramatic climax during sweeps month. In, fact there should be one or two of the storylines that dominate each of the three sweeps months periods in terms of reveals and movement of plot.
Call Sally please call the woman.
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