ITA with the OP, the writing on this soap is the worst I believe I have ever seen on Y&R, day 1 viewer here. Some examples IMO are:
To many "secrets" that stay secret to long.
Stitches secret- OK NOW they are saying Kelly/Ben are siblings, ok, why did they write that scene when CW was still in the role where Ben told Kelly, "you can still have me", the scene did not come off like a sibling scene IMO.
Kelly, how many times have we heard her say, "if Jack asks me straight out, I will tell him"
NOW she has skirted it how many times without telling him crap, and he allows it, even though Ben has direct access to his nephew, Johnny.
Now Kelly is just so outraged that Billy would dare to try to find out, REALLY has everyone forgotten this "Ben" is not only around Vikki, but Johnny as well, IMO Billy has every right to know why a guy who is around HIS son, can't even see his OWN son.
Vikki, the once smart brash and sassy business woman, why in the world is she not at all curious about "Bens" past, REALLY his wife moved his son all the way to Australia, to keep him away, and Vikki has no problem with him being around Johnny, or Reed when he comes to visit, and she is just so outraged at Billy she's divorcing him, yet she acts like a jealous twit.
Devon, really was it necessary to turn him into a TOTAL jerk, now hes a drunk, throwing money off a ledge, and chasing his father's wife. If the writer wanted Dillary, they should have hooked them PRE Neil, because IMO this is disgusting, they shared another woman, TYRA.
Neil, bless his heart the words they have written for him to say about how much marriage and commitment, vows, mean to him, ok let's ask Karen and Sophia, and his bro Malcolm. I about fell off my couch that day Neil was talking about the "sacred vows"
Lily/Cane, Lily talking about the age difference with Neil/Hillary and people will talk, Lily two words for you, Daniel/Cane, both many years older then you, and Cane reduced to matchmaking Devon with his FIL's wife.
JFP's zeal to tie Dylan, to core characters, to try to make him fit and interesting has only damaged two of my fave core characters.
Nikki/Paul, and they are two of my all time faves, BUT really? They just forgot they had sex and there could have been a possibility, of Paul being the father, even when they went looking for him together, Paul never asked, "hey Nikki, you sure I couldn't be the father"??? WHAT, and now everyone is blaming this on IAN, ok ever heard the saying, Mama's baby, daddy's MAYBE?
And the cult thing is not how the history was, the cult leader was a woman, Sumiko, there was no Ian Ward until NOW. Nikki was not this naive waif they are trying to paint her now, she had already been married to Greg Foster and divorced, and Paul was a naive teen either, he had already fathered a child, Heather. Two naive teenager's, indeed!
Sharon/Nick, oh how I have wanted a Shick reunion, but they way they have written this, can't get into it waiting for that shoe to drop, and what about the "creamy nude" lipstick, that was confiscated for evidence, then just handed back to Summer, then Sharon trying so hard to forget, now trying so hard to remember. NOW they have Mariah, the IDENTICAL Cassie look alike, up in there having dinner with the little Shick family, and NO that would be confusing at all for a child Faith's age to be having dinner, and now living with a girl that looks just like her dead sister.
For months I thought Mariah was non-Caucasian character, due to her dark skin shown with the "tattooed wrist for months, then in comes this fair skinned red head. OKAY.
Summer/Austin, on what planet could Austin possibly escape jail time for what he has just done, we all saw it, they left no doubt it was him, and just how is Summer the "lead witness", she didn't know about until after he did it, looks to me like Avery the woman he stalked kidnapped terrorized at gun point would be the lead witness, and all the cops, that witnessed the shooting of the cheif of police. So in the days where internet stalking is a major issue, Y&R is apparently going to give Austin their stamp of approval for stalking Avery as M.J. the person who HATES defense attorney's except for now that he needs a defense!
I could go on and on, but my post is long enough. LOL.
But back to the OP, yes this regime is ruining Y&R, and GH is rocking right now. JFP not only ruined GH at one time, but she really screwed up GL as well when she was over there royally!