Thinking Fans Comment Update Sept. 2: Bob thinks the twist makes sense … Jonnysbro thinks EH is paydirt … but Chris thinks the writers won one and lost one. See Comments below.
By Patrick Erwin
By the time you read this, Young and the Restless will have just revealed a major plot point — that fashionista Chloe, Lily’s adversary, is actually Kate, Esther’s daughter!
There are many times where I have written about soaps and have had to be grumpy about what’s happening on screen, or be the bearer of bad tidings. So I’m really happy to ring the bells about this revelation and RAVE about it. I think this is the most clever and compelling twist I’ve seen on Y&R in ages! There are a few things they really got right with this one.
TIMING: Y&R introduced Chloe slowly as part of Lily’s modeling storyline as 2008 began. Many new characters these days are thrown onto the front burner the minute they come on board, but Chloe was slowly integrated into the Cane/Lily story. Even when her scheming ways became evident, it took a while for her full intentions to be revealed.
CASTING: Y&R definitely landed a great actress in Elizabeth Hendrickson. It’s been fun watching her play against the ingenue/scrappy heroine roles she did so well as Frankie and then Maggie Stone on All My Children. She’s completely believable, both as the haughty fashion plate and as Esther’s shame-filled wayward daughter.
SURPRISE: This was a great surprise — I didn’t notice any obvious cues that this was about to happen, yet it all fits together quite well. As I wrote in this space a few weeks back, we very rarely get to see complete surprises anymore on the shows — most “surprised” are telegraphed from a mile away!
More than anything, though, this story both plays to the show’s history and brings generations together. With Cane and Chloe married, this story puts Katherine, Jill AND Esther into a story. (Jill and Esther in a room together ALONE is worth the price of admission there.) Some of the best Y&R story has come from multigenerational conflict. The uneasy Jill/Katherine alliance when they were dealing with Nina and Phillip was classic!
It’s a great plot twist! Kudos to whoever at Y&R came up with it. I say “whoever” because so many changes have happened at Y&R it’s hard to be 100%sure where, exactly, the idea came from. When Chloe was introduced, the writer’s strike was just wrapping up. After the strike ended, Josh Griffith was executive producer (he may or may not be continuing in that role.) and the head writer was Maria Arena Bell. They’ve been in charge of the show as this twist unfolded. So I’m not quite sure who to thank!
Patrick Erwin blogs regularly at A Thousand Other Worlds …