Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) has to be one of the most perplexing characters in daytime. When Lynn Marie Latham created him, he was a sexy rogue who seemed to have a secret agenda where the Chancellors were concerned. While I rarely give LML credit for her reign of ineptness over The Young and the Restless writing room, Cane was definitely one character she had a better handle on than the current Dream Team.
There must have been more magic in Lily's (Christel Khalil) love box than in the hat that made Frosty the Snowman come to life, for this once-streetsmart Aussie to transform into the biggest doof in television after falling in love with her. Most men find out the baby isn't their's and they start yelling "BOO YAH, in yo face!" at the trick who lied to them about paternity, that is before they start doing a combination of the Running Man and the Cabbage Patch— at least that's how they act on Maury Povich— but Cane wants to raise a child that isn't even his? Dummy!
Maybe it's just the cold, bitter cynical soap fan in me, beaten down by years of stories about pervy grifters who romance their cousins and/or heroines who use their boobs as their secret weapons while fighting mobsters, but I don't buy Cane wanting to dedicate the rest of his life to Billy (Billy Miller) and Chloe's (Elizabeth Hendrickson) kid when he is finally free to be with the woman he claims to love.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that Goddard isn't selling the story.Bless his heart, Goddard manages to somehow sell each and every storyline stinker he's given on this show, but I am sure it has to be as frustrating as hell to see three-fourths of this show on fire, while being stuck as Genoa City's resident schmuck. If Y&R got a handle of their awful Tyra/Neil/Karen/Sally-Sing-Me-A-Song foster care debacle, and actually wrote Cane with a backbone and a character-driven story arc, Y&R would not only be one of the two best soaps in daytime, it would be one of the best shows in all of television period right now.