By Marlena Delacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
One of the most important and unique of all daytime soap opera conventions is the Friday cliffhanger. On Friday, at the end of a week’s worth of episodes, either a secret is exposed or something significant happens which creates big suspense, compelling the audience to want to tune in to the show on Monday. This past Friday, our shows sprung some masterful cliffhangers, propelling viewers to tune in this Monday, which after all is the beginning of February sweeps.
On The Young and the Restless, it was disclosed to Michael that Carmine is still alive, while at the very same time Michael’s son Fen was about to be sentenced on a plea deal for his murder. The Baldwins’ interaction with Carmine, who started it all by having an affair with Lauren, has lasted the last two good years on the show. Now if Carmine isn’t dead, and Michael and Fen aren’t suspects in his “murder” any longer, what kind of storyline, if any at all, will the Baldwins have?
On The Bold and the Beautiful, looking for a way to keep Brooke away from Ridge, Brooke’s former lover Bill stumbled across some pictures on the internet revealing what exactly Ridge was doing during his year in Paris. The pictures, which he presented to Brooke, showed Ridge hugging another man while the two grasped a rainbow flag. Ridge, gay? Well, that’s a stunner. Kudos to the writers for contriving such apparently unimpeachable evidence of this shocking secret. Could it be a mistake? After all, during more than twenty-five years on the show, Ridge has always been presented as the most heterosexual of men. Well, you never know …
On General Hospital, Kiki visited her “grandmother” Heather at the Miscavage Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Only the catatonic blond she saw from the back turned out to be Luke, who had disappeared after confronting the real Heather, who had kidnapped Carly in the Quartermaine stables. Tracy had just reported Luke missing at the police station. This is quite a shocker and not the most logical of cliffhangers. However, did Heather get Luke into that state and transport him to the insane asylum? We’ll just have to tune in Monday to see.
The biggest of all Friday cliffhangers, up to which Y&R has been building the last year, might have been ruined by some advance casting news. As you know Adam and Billy drove off the road after Adam admitted at last to being the hit and run driver who killed Delia. On Friday, Paul and Nick discovered the wrecked car. Seems one of the car’s occupants –who? — had escaped before the car blew up into a fireball at the end of Friday’s show.
Soap news followers know that Michael Muhney, who plays Adam, is leaving the show, as is Billy Miller, who plays Billy. Billy has been recast with actor David Tom, who has played the role in the past. So is Billy is to be the survivor of the wreck ? What happens to Adam? Y&R viewers will just have to tune in Monday, and many days after that to find the answer to Adam’s disappearance.