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How To Fix Cane and Lily's Brash and Not-So-Sassy Marriage on Y&R


Christel Khalil, Daniel Goddard

Cane's (Daniel Goddard) job pushing cosmetics is causing more problems for his relationship with Lily (Christel Khalil) than his pretending to be the real Phillip Chancellor ever did! Okay, I'm exaggerating.  

This week on The Young and the Restless, Lily and the twins are left with only Grandpa Neil (Kristoff St. John) to help them celebrate Halloween. Meanwhile, Cane is busy wining and dining judgmental department store reps.  

Am I the only one who feels these story vignettes for the Winters/Ashby clan are a bit shallow and uninspired? Lily was once an in-demand model, like her late mother before her. If anyone would know how stressful the beauty biz can be it's her. 

Instead of writing Lily as a nagging wife, saddled with two needy tweens, why not create conflict for "Lane" by having Jill (Jess Walton) suggest Lily be the face of Brash & Sassy's new perfume? A beautiful cancer survivor and mom would definitely appeal to B&S's core demographic of millennial women. 

The thought of people ogling his wife via sexy billboards, digital marketing, print and TV campaigns would bring out the caveman in Cane. Neil would be at the ready with a cautionary tale. The family patriarch's first marriage to the late Dru (Victoria Rowell) ended because Neil couldn't deal with her work as a supermodel. Who better to warn his daughter and son-in-law not to let history repeat itself?

Victoria (Amelia Heinle) would be against hiring Lily, worrying bringing on Cane's wife would prove problematic for the already dysfunctional company. As for Billy (Jason Thompson), he'd think it was a great idea (mostly to get under Vicky and his stepbrother's collective skin)!

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The randy Abbott playboy once dated Lily. What if old sparks are reignited while he oversees Lily's development into B&S's new top model? Y&R would have a quad featuring four characters fans actually know and love. No offense to Travis (Michael Roark), who, let's face it, should really be Kyle Abbott, but I can't think of everything!

Lily resuming her modeling career would lend itself to crossover opportunities a smidge more organic than some game show announcer guesting as a tabloid reporter. Sharon Osbourne, a cancer survivor, could interview Lily on a fictional episode of The Talk. The two women could discuss how Lily survived ovarian cancer, went on to have her miracle family, work in the hospitality industry and now return to the public stage. Concurrently, the real-life Khalil could guest host the CBS Daytime chat-a-thon to promote the storyline. 

What if, just as Lily is embarking on her new adventure, ovarian cancer symptoms resurface? She'd be terrified to say anything, thinking she tempted fate by allowing herself to believe her life could be this incredible again. We wouldn't want to be too morbid, so it would end up being a false alarm!

CBS Daytime could partner with a real-life ovarian cancer organization for some infotainment and maybe even find a branded sponsor (Maybelline, L' Oreal, etc.) to create a limited edition Brash & Sassy perfume with some of the proceeds going to ovarian cancer research.

Heck, Khalil and Goddard could even cross over to The Bold and the Beautiful for Lily to walk the runway in Thomas Forrester's (Pierson Fode) "Brash & Sassy" tie-in womenswear collection for Forrester Creations and for Mrs. Ashby to grace the cover of Eye on Fashion!

So, you might ask, if Lily is back modeling, who's gonna run the Genoa City Motel 6, er, Athletic Club? I thought you'd never ask. 

Paging Gloria Baldwin Fisher Abbott Bardwell (Judith Chapman)! Oh, and ole GloWorm's first hire as club manager would be Gina Roma (Patty Weaver) to run the restaurant. Jeff (Ted Shackelford) could tend bar, while fellow grifter Anita (Catherine Bach) works as assistant manager, all providing quite the comedic Greek Chorus. 

What do you think of my latest Wishful Storytelling effort? Sound off in the comments!