There's really only one story to talk about from this week's "The Young and the Restless," and that, of course, is Delia's death. Thoughts:
As Delia received a standing ovation from the audience watching her play the Wicked Witch in her school play, "The Wizard of Oz," so did the actors involved in this heart-wrenching storyline receive the highest of accolades from the "Y&R" viewing audience. Every one of the affected characters conveyed remarkably genuine emotions, but it was Billy and Chloe, naturally, who were expected to take viewers through the feelings of utter shock, desperation, and sickening, mortifying grief - and they did not disappoint. The audience saw Emmy-worthy performances as they took viewers through their shock and raw despair, to the crude emotions that accompanied the ensuing anger and blame, and also into the paralyzing struggle to comprehend their new reality. Regardless of the debate and protest surrounding the storyline itself, there can be no question that the actors made watching these episodes an epic experience.
The rules need to be broken.
The opposite side of the coin to Billy and Chloe in this storyline is Adam, who is not only dealing with the prospect of his infant son going blind, but the sickening realization that he may indeed have been the hit-and-run driver. If it was him, he clearly didn't know he'd hit her, not that anyone in Genoa City would believe him for a second. Most are finding it difficult to believe he could have struck Delia and not felt anything, though the piece out of his headlight and the fabric from her costume sure make it seem that he did. Perhaps it will eventually come out that he wasn't the one who killed her, but in the meantime it will be a gut-wrenching journey - it already has been as we feel ill on Adam's behalf as we see him contemplating the horrific idea that he's responsible. If the guilt's bad now, imagine if Connor gets her corneas. Intense.
Unfortunately, there were also aspects of the 'Delia's death' storyline that weren't so stellar. Writing another death - especially of such a beloved little character - so soon after the "Y&R" audience had suffered the loss of Katherine and the blow of Phyllis leaving the canvas, felt like being kicked while one is down and caused an unprecedented furor. Also, for viewers already feeling that core characters and show history have been disregarded in the unrelenting drive to push newer characters to the forefront, having Chelsea called to the hospital to 'help' Kevin with Chloe rather than her mother (the first person you'd call in such a situation!) was galling. Worse, we had to sit through Dylan's reaction to Delia's death when essential characters such as Esther and Jill hadn't even been told yet. Esther was eventually told (offscreen no less) and Jill received a voicemail from Jack. Jack himself found out accidentally, and Traci's in town but wasn't called to the hospital or rallied to Billy's side. NuAbby got involved, but didn't bring much emotion, and her involvement ended up being more about cementing her connection to Tyler. It also seemed like a case of yet another plot occurring in a strange bubble. In the real world all of Billy's, Chloe's, and Victoria's family members would have been called before anyone had even left the hospital - if only so they didn't find out from the news or the internet! Victoria only told her parents because they had Johnny, and Nick is still oblivious, so we were oddly subjected to Avery's love triangle issues in the middle of this much more important drama. Victor's reaction with regard to Billy went too far - he's always been opinionated, even rude, but has also always known when to hold back. Lately he's being written as having no filter at all, and little capacity for compassion, which makes him seem less clever and more boorish - it's off somehow. Ultimately, if we had to lose Delia it should have at least been mandatory to see a devastated gathering of core characters - Billy, Chloe, Victoria, and Kevin's families and anyone who loved Delia - supporting each other, as opposed to scenes with Stitch and Dylan in Crimson Lights, Tyler and Abby in the park, and Esther going back to bed. Fail. What is your take on the Delia storyline? Vote:
Sharon's back on her meds - yay - but still conjuring up a rather devious version of dead daughter Cassie to debate with. Sharon is too immersed in her own issues - it would be great if someone thought to recruit her to help Chloe through her tragic loss. It might do Sharon as much good as it would Chloe.
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- Candace Young