By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Bringing back an actor who played a character now dead can be tricky. The options are to bring the character back from the dead or create a double, commonly in the person of a long lost twin.
On The Young and the Restless, the dead character of Cassie, the daughter of Nick and Sharon, has been “resurrected” over the last year as Mariah, who this month, among several awkward plot twists, has been revealed to be Cassie’s twin. (Both Cassie and Mariah have been played by Camryn Grimes).
Mariah first came to town hired by Victor to impersonate the late Cassie and thus spook Sharon, and to get her to disclose her long buried secret that Summer is really Nick’s daughter, not Jack’s. In an unintended consequence, Sharon went into a motherly swoon over her dead daughter’s doppelganger and adopted her to be her own, taking her home to live with her and Nick.
Mariah repaid Sharon’s affection by betraying her. In a very icky twist, Mariah developed a crush on Nick and one afternoon came down the stairs in lingerie, expecting him but finding Sharon instead. The disillusioned Sharon threw Mariah out, but too late! Nick had just found out through some investigative work that Mariah was indeed Cassie’s twin, born to 16-year-old Sharon while she was unconscious. Mariah was brought up by an unloving baby nurse named Helen Copeland and her father figure, cult leader Ian Ward.
Back in up a bit, when Victor hired Mariah, she was still in the clutches of the evil Ian and Helen. Ian had been out to get possession of Mariah and her grandmother Nikki since he seduced Nikki as a young cult follower. So last week he kidnapped Mariah, and in another icky twist dressed her in a wedding gown, got her drunk and married her. An inebriated Mariah even signed wedding papers. Meanwhile Nick and Sharon found Mariah in Ian’s storage unit. When last seen, Ian was headed to Nikki’s to either harm her or pick up a pay-off.
This tangled plot has been suspenseful if only to answer the question of why Mariah has Cassie’s face. As the creepy Ian ward, Ray Wise has managed to be both conciliatory and creepy. And as always Sharon and Nick have had something big to fret over.
Will Mariah escaped all this unscathed and will she be able to be successfully reunited with her natural parents? Will Sharon’s secret be exposed? Can this storyline get any more complicated? My guess is, of course it can.
Charm, Romance or Not
Very rarely does a couple come forward who are truly charming whether they are romantically involved or not. On The Bold and the Beautiful, not romantically involved but charmingly up to no good are Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer) and Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan). Their scheme is to pul apart the engaged couple Bill and Brooke, who each wants for their own.
The actors, Sofer and Kanan are quite good together and are incidentally both veterans of General Hospital where Sofer played Lois and Kanan played A.J. Quartermaine. Carrying on admirably on B&B, their chemistry is true and they are always entertaining.