By now viewers of The Young and the Restless are well aware of the fact that grande dame Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) is fond of young Daniel Romalotti, Jr. (Michael Graziadei), due in part to his relationship with her good buddy Amber (Adrienne Frantz). Kay and Daniel have an even greater reason to be close. She was married to the ever-struggling artist’s late grandfather, Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker), hell Kay even put the boy’s aunt and father in her will!
Y&R fans totally get Mrs. C’s fierce dedication to Daniel, and that she would do almost anything to help him try to reclaim his freedom. The key word here is “almost”. This Y&R watcher is not trying to buy the most powerful woman in GC roaming around a damn waste dump looking for evidence that could save Daniel, when she could have easily hired a team of people to do it.
Will someone please let TPTB in on a not-so-little secret? No one tunes in to see The Young and the Restless,—a soap opera once which once upon a time was synonymous with daytime decadence, glitz, power and wealth— having the bejeweled and bedazzling Katherine Chancellor Sterling Murphy digging around in the damn garbage. Maria, Hogan, Scott, WHOEVER, this mess ain't cute!
What shenanigans do we have to look forward to next on Y&R? Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) remaking himself once again, only this time into a rodeo clown? Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) working at the Genoa City Car Wash? Since when do CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and socialites play in trash? Bill Gates told me to tell Y&R that's what peons are for.
I get that the soap was going for heart warming. “Wouldn’t it be moving to see all the town sifting through soiled tissues and rotten food for one of their own?” was probably how some misguided scribe pitched the plot point. Next time they might want to read the late great Douglas Marland's “How Not To Wreck A Show?” essay before going in to the writers' room.
Rule Number 6 states: "Don't change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn't have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, "He would never do that," then you have failed. "
By Marland’s standard, Y&R failed miserably today. Kay Chancellor would no more dig around in a landfill, than she would wear a faux fur coat, or concern herself with making sure her diamonds were “conflict free”. Did LML kidnap Maria and steal her laptop?
One of the most successful media moguls around, Tyler Perry, recently revealed in Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 special how his late mother wanted to have what Mrs. Chancellor had— the house, the maids to pamper and take care of her— and how that fueled Perry’s career aspirations. Something tells me the man who made Madea famous never visualized the late Mama Perry sifting through rubish.