By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
The Young and the Restless may be the best soap when it comes to dragging out its storylines. Because this week, it was more than worth than nine month wait when it was explosively revealed to Dylan MacAvoy that Chelsea’s newborn baby Connor isn’t really his, but the child of Chelsea’s ex-husband Adam Newman. As you know, baby Connor is experiencing signs of retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease Adam himself inherited from his blind mother.
In addition to the suspense, what made the storyline high point worth waiting for was the performances. As Chelsea the lifelong con woman, Melissa Claire Egan always sustains a nice element of hysteria, and that worked well in the revelation scenes. But it was Steve Burton as Dylan who stole the show with Dylan’s tearful and very sensitive reaction to the news, as his character loves what he believed to be his baby very much. Dylan had even married Chelsea and made a whole new life with her believing he had fathered Connor. He even bought Genoa City’s coffee house Crimson Lights to support the family.
As evidenced here, Burton has improved greatly as an actor since the days when he played Jason Quartermaine Morgan on General Hospital. As Dylan, he has found layers in his character, who has always been a guy almost too good to be true since his introduction last year. Now Burton has many opportunities to add more shades of gray to Dylan, a hero in the war in Afghanistan. This will be challenging if the spoilers are correct – they say he’ll go against character type by kidnapping baby Connor from his mother.
Of course, Michael Muhney who plays Adam was great as always in the scenes in which Adam found out that baby Connor is his son. Now in what will become a continuing storyline situation, he has threatened to take Connor away from the baby’s mother. Muhney is so terrific at being mean, this is a storyline worth looking forward to.
And what do you think of the spoilers/rumors that Dylan is really the long lost son Nikki gave birth to as a teen and gave away? The ages here don’t really match up — Steven Burton is too old to be Melody Thomas Scott’s son. But as Dylan has no relatives as is in Genoa City, this would tie him into the main Newman family, making him Nick and Victoria’s brother and Victor’s stepson.
What didn’t work for me was having Avery, Dylan’s ex, be late to her own cancelled wedding to Nick so she could listen to Dylan’s anguish at finding out the baby isn’t his. What real life bride would be late to her own wedding? As we’ve said in the past, Avery is also too good to be true, and this time she was tripped up by her own good nature. Will Avery and Dylan wind up getting back together? Will Avery ever marry Nick? The baby reveal certainly has launched many good future storylines for Y&R.