Thank God they started throwing us a few scraps of romance again. Romance, couples, family, and character building used to be staples of Y&R until it became a mess of disjointed dark, storylines that make no sense or never end, or are cut short or dropped. Also we have had to suffer through recent years of characters who act completely foreign to who they really were at their cores, or who just act so incredibly stupid or unrealistic, it insults our intelligence. Part of the lure of tuning into the same soap for decades for me was to catch up with familiar old friends. I know soaps can be really stupid, but it was a comfortable and guilty pleasure....until the characters became completely unrecognizable and lost their brains too. A lot of us longtime viewers have hung in there for years hoping we would get the Bill Bell style shows back someday. Have the murder, betrayal, nervous breakdowns, amnesia, lost children, deaths,illnesses, jail stuff, and intrigue now and then, but show the happy couples and families and friends just getting together for fun too, mixed in. I don't want to see all constant strife and stupid stories like 70 year old Victor punching out 35 year old thugs at the shipyard, or mystery people who lurk and stalk in the shadows for months, or Paul who can't catch a break, week after week, after week, after.... I'll take a Lane love scene over that crap anyday. It's great to see some good old fashioned love in the afternoon. Some may think it boring or the love scenes needless, but actually these sorts of "needless" scenes are what a lot of long time soap fans like peppered in with the murder, mayhem and intrigue.