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JM's Opinion
Thumbs Down - Get Rid of the Ghosts!
October 6, 2006

For years, and years, and years, Iíve watched The Young and the Restless because it dealt so closely to real life. All the drama, all the action, no matter what it was, was something that can happen in real life. I felt like I could almost relate to the show. This past year however, has been a different story. We are once again being succumbed to watching yet another plot driven storyline; John Abbottís ghost, haunting Jack.

At first, I was okay with the idea of toying with Jack seeing his father, but that was only because I thought John was being written in as Jackís conscience and not an actual spirit. Well, I regret to say that todayís show confirms that John is indeed haunting Jack. John made the elevator shake, changed the lighting in the room and then when Victor came to see Jack, Zapato (Victorís dog) started barking at John as if he could see him. Iím sorry Lynn Marie Latham and the rest of the writing staff but this is unacceptable for daytimeís number one rated show.

Donít get me wrong, Iím all for morals, (which most characters seem to have lost over the last few months) but Iíd really much rather have Jack figure out what heís doing and change it on his own rather then having a spirit enter the show. This is opening the doors to untouched territory on the show and I thought weíve already witnessed whatís happened to dramatic serials that go down this path: They lose ratings and or get cancelled!

Now this confirmation (if you will) of Johnís spirit comes just one week after Latham fired Jack Smith and expressed interest in wiping out the entire old writing team in favour of her own one. Iím aware that the storylines are written well in advance and Jack Smithís name was credited in this episode, however Iím starting to wonder if Lynn is planning on taking the show further down the path of spirituality. It might sound like Iím over exaggerating to you; one episode and Iím getting all worried, but I canít help but remember the fortune teller, Cassieís spirit, bad weather striking at the most coincidental times (fog Ė Brad and Sharon sleep together, Lightning Ė Phyllis jumps into Nickís arms on plane) and Terrible Tomís ghost waking up for a scene.

It just seems that as the months go by we witness more and more of this spiritual/weird stuff on the show. I just hope for the showís sake, it doesnít get out of control. I do not, and will never like any storyline pertaining to ghosts. There are plenty of other shows that feature that already.

On a side note, Iíd like to give a thumbs up for todayís scene with Sharon and Phyllis. It was comical and entertaining, something the show needs more of.

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