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Genoa City Says Goodbye To Katherine Chancellor! Did You Reach For The Hankies During Y&R?

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Yesterday, The Young and the Restless aired its second part of Katherine Chancellor’s memorial.  For many long time viewers, and those who know how the cast of the number-one soap was deeply affected by the loss of their endearing legacy cast member, Jeanne Cooper, the episode had a lot of pressure on it to be highly emotional and impactful to its loyal audience and to give the iconic Cooper and her Grand Dame of Genoa City Mrs. C., a proper send-off.

There were some stunning moments on Wednesday’s episode.  Chief among them the flawless performance by Jess Walton (Jill) and the monologue she gave as she recalled the entire history and span of the relationship between Katherine and Jill to the attendees at the memorial.  Yes, for many fans, they called out they had seen the same clips one too many times.  But for others, seeing this incredible super couple at work throughout the years, was a glorious remainder of their incredible chemistry.  Did your heart not break in the scene where Katherine is carried out of the rumble in the “Out of the Ashes” storyline, where she tells Jill she loves her?   To Jess Walton, you did Jeanne proud.   Throughout the entire span of the two episodes, it was Walton who was it’s lifeline, who we shared the laughter, grief and sorrow over losing one of the most beloved characters of all-time in television, period.

As Corbin Bernsen (Jeanne Cooper’s real life son) speaks as Father Todd and reads, “My blood lives on through my children, how I have watched them grow up with pride..”, The Young and the Restless “Nadia’s theme” is played as the action shifts to Bernsen putting down Katherine’s urn filled with her ashes, and then the montage of each of the cast members as their character at the memorial saying one line, or giving just a emotional look, while laying to rest a rose by Katherine.  Quite the honor for a character on a soap.

Another touching performance was turned in by Doug Davidson as Paul Williams, who finally received his letter from Katherine to marry the one whom he loves.   But while those have complained that the impromptu marriage of Christine (Lauralee Bell)  and Paul should never have happened and took away focus from the memorial, still others feel and came to understand that in this episode, Y&R was attempting to tell  the story of a death and a birth, if you will.   What made this particularly emotional is knowing the back-story of how close Doug Davidson and Lauralee Bell were to Jeanne Cooper.   And every time you watched Davidson, whether it be at the memorial, or at the impromptu marriage proposal and subsequent “quickie” wedding, he was incredibly moved, as I am sure, by the spirit of his dear friend Jeanne Cooper throughout the taping.

As for the ending, what can we say?  How delicious was it to see enemies, Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) and Jill share their love for Katherine, get along and help each other in their time of sorrow?  And one final heart-tugging moment … they both see the ghost of Katherine watching them!  It is a dramatic moment which concludes with Katherine’s plaque with her birth date and her death.

So we ask you, was it a five hankie-filled episode for you?  Were you happy with the send-off that Y&R gave to the character of Katherine Chancellor?  Did you watch it again to perhaps understand the meaning behind it?  Or, are you amongst the fans who feel this just did not cut it?  For us, knowing Jeanne Cooper and loving the character of Katherine Chancellor, it was hard not to grieve …  and we did have to reach for the hankies several times over!  Share your thoughts below!

 

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Mo
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Mo

I misted up.

It was nice to ‘see’ Mrs. C at the end and I liked when they laid roses by her urn and spoke to her.

Mo
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Mo

Also loved all the flashbacks. And Father Todd officiating.

LisaJ
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LisaJ

I loved it, and understood the *point* of the wedding. However, I didn’t need to SEE it. I think having Paul merely proposing to the bug would have sufficed. Who cares if they get married or not? Lauralee Bell is never on the show.

Charlie
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Charlie

It was VERY touching. I reached for the hankies several times til my tear ducts ran dry! I love that they respected the entire history of Katherine and Jill. The Hologram at the very end was reallllly touching!

RANDY
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RANDY

jess Walton stranding ovation…..rest of the cast I thought were good,,,loved the clips ,,but im sorry the wedding,,just reminded me of why I stopped watching this show last year,,,this was not the time to celebrate a re birth as u put it,,it was a time for all involeved be a viewer or part of the young and the restless,it was time to say good by not I do

Fran
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Fran

I don’t watch YR on a regular basis , But I watch MRS . C’s goodbye and I thought it was great . The great J Cooper would be honored . Daytime will miss J. cooper

KatieK
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KatieK

I liked the Wedding, & I get it, but what is the point, cause we all kow she will never be on the show. I really want them to make Murphy more of a used character. Id love to see Mrs. C wishes be that Murphy come on & keep an eye on Jill.

gloria
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gloria

Just wait, we haven’t had the reading of the will! Hopefully Murphy will still have a major part in this storyline!

Eliza
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Eliza

I loved .. the music, into song sung by Danny, Katherine’s special opening credits, Jill & Father Todd’s speeches, Jill & Nikki’s conversations, the flashbacks ( wish there were more though), Delias invites ( except the fact that if was Nikki’s suggestion. What? Not Grandma Jill’s? Stuff like this makes me think the writers don’t even know the family trees) I would have rather had one day and just focused on this. Katherine & her loved ones. HATED, and did not understand why Mac and Philip were not there. They wouldn’t have been hard to get for one day and… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well to be fair they did mentioned Mac. It was before the memorial in the living room and Jill said something to the effect that both her and Brock had tried to get Mac to come, but Mac refuses stating something big was going on that she couldn’t explain but it was preventing her from being there. This sorta fit with something that happened months ago when JT phoned Vicky saying she might need to take Reed for a while because something big was going on. So fingers crossed at some point the writers will let us know on screen… Read more »

Mk
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Mk

TB thinks that they wanted no gay characters, and use thay the reason.

gloria
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gloria

Yes, I would love to know what the hell is going on D.C. with JT, Reed, Mac, the new baby, etc. Months ago it looked like a big mystery was unfolding with JT texting Victoria about some trouble then NOTHING. It was mentioned another time or 2 but still NOTHING. Reed will probably come home & be 18 yrs. old–ugh.

Nate
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Nate

Supurb 2 episodes. Another highlight for me was the scene between Cricket and Nina, done with no dialog, when Nina offered herself to be Maid of Honor. That was 25+ years of BFF, and for me the emotional impact of that scene was great.

gloria
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gloria

Agree, it was precious!

H Parson
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H Parson

Loved the first day & loved the second day up until the wedding hijacked us out of having more time with our beloved “oldies” (Brock, Gina, etc.) reminiscing about the good old days.

And the park set is as phony looking as can be.

RIP Katherine Chancellor.
RIP Jeanne Cooper.

sara
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sara

Perhaps Christines wedding was added to keep the Bells happy? MAB & her Highlight Hollwood pal are going to have a hard time criticizing YR if Lauralee is part of it. Supposedly she has a big story coming up. If JFP can keep the Bells happy there wont be any objection to placing
her favorite guy front & center.

su0000
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su0000

The wedding did not belong in the good bye..
It was out of place..
I was shocked that the wedding was thrown into that beautiful moment meant for Jeanne Cooper/Katherine ..
The writers upstaging the moment with a stupid wedding for couple that is not even all that much, was really a dumbass thing to do ..

Outside of the wedding fax pas , Jeanne Cooper/Katherine’ s good bye, was very moving to tear drops ..

Mk
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Mk

I liked danny and cricket better, they are true soul mates.

Joshua
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Joshua

I’ve been watching since 1981 but haven’t tuned in any this week because I’m doing my best to avoid Chelsea and Dullan who are being shoved down our throats six days of the week.

As much as I loved Jeanne Cooper/Katherine Chancellor, I guess I didn’t love her enough to make it through another episode of the worst soap opera on the air (thanks, Jill Farren Phelps!)

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I got the point of the wedding, however, I think the wedding itself took too much airtime that could have been better spend. I mean I could have done without the scene where the women all gave Christine the traditional things a bride should have a wedding. I thought it strange that Cane got more air time for his speech than Brock her son. There could be a lot more clips involving the two of them, assuming those shows still exist. I thought Esther would be more inclined to speak about the time Katherine help her deliver her baby rather… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

The scene of Katherine saying “goodnight” to Jill was included…….

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Thanks Scott, good to know. I was watching live, must of missed it on bathroom break during the commercials one day— don’t have a PVR, should have dug out the old VCR for it– didn’t think I was gone that long. Oh well, I appreciate knowing they didn’t leave out such important scene– afterall

gloria
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gloria

That scene, I rewound & watched again. God.

Tom
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Tom

I found that the best performances during the course of this storyline were given by Jess Walton, Doug Davidson, and Tricia Cast. Corbin Bernsen deserves major kudos for getting through the memorial episodes without breaking down. But for most of the rest of the cast, no matter how much I may like them or their characters, I was underwhelmed. Oddly enough, the most effecting scene of all was weeks ago when Jill went to tell Jack that Katherine had passed–Walton and Bergman said more with facial expressions and non-verbal cues than words ever could…

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I wanted Katherine’s sendoff to be great, but her
thunder was stolen. If that producer and writers
go to DAYS, they’ll ruin that show too! It was
supposed to be Katherine’s day and no one else!!!
When somebody dies and they’re honored with a
sevice of any kind, everybody’s lives should be put
on hold out of respect. Y&R dropped the ball; a ball
they have not been catching!!!

su0000
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su0000

I feel throwing that wedding in was terrible more so considering Christine and Paul had little to with love of Katherine and they both had little to with the life and times Katherine C.
It was terrible to give Paul& Christine a spotlight during Katherine’s memorial., there was no real connection…

Beacon
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Beacon

I was bothered by Cricket and Paul marrying. Not because it intruded on Kay’s memorial but because Kay always knew Cricket belonged with DANNY.

Mk
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Mk

My point exactly! Danny was her soulmate.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Bravo to Jess Walton (Jill)! However, other posters are right: Thom Biertz (Philip), Mackenzie & Chance should have been there. And where were Gloria (Judith Chapman)? Dina Abbott Mergeron (Marla Adams)? Traci Abbott (Beth Maitland)?

Could have done without seeing Cricket OR the wedding. (Another contract character married to a noncontract character — these soap marriages rarely work.) Lauralee Bell is the only piece of the Bell legacy I DON’T miss. Doug Davidson (Paul) certainly deserves a more dynamic leading lady.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Michael always mentions Y&R being #1 when
introducing a story of that show. The problem
with that statemen is it is a half truth. Y&R is
#1 in the ratings, but dead last in entertainment!
Y&R is hurting the soaps. When people see Y&R
they think there is no sense in watching the others
because Y&R is #1 and crappy, which leads them
to believe the others are pissy and crappy!!!

su0000
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su0000

I agree..
constantly referring to Y&R as the #1 soap is very misleading, it is really not all that good.. And declaring it as #1 soap is doing harm to the excellent soaps with lower numbers but much higher in diversion n greatness..
Y&R may be rated as top numbers but it is far from being the best soap as numerous fans how also watch GH, have said that Y&R simply is not the best soap..
How Y&R gets the high numbers is totally unbelievable..
(like a fixed race)
GH is very much better in many ways..

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I agree, but I also know DAYS has been better
since DAYSaster last year. I think the ratings
system is screwed up!!!

Wendy
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Wendy

I”ve just read through all the comments, so will not go over many of the similar points discussed. A few different observations I will make are concerning some of the behind the scenes crew efforts. First, the music chosen was really lovely including the special song which Michael Damian only was able to sing off the actual scene for a ‘sound check.’ The actual singing was not included. I felt that should have been put in the second day’s memorial hour and eliminate the sudden wedding which felt highly inappropriate. After all, Michael Damian’s presence on the show was really… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

Many of the same feelings as others have posted. I think Trisha Cast is amazing and would rather it was Nina & Paul that married. I just don’t see any spark between Paul & Christine. Although, I wonder if Jill’s remark about Mackenzie isn’t a hint that the character will be returning to the show and they have not cast the part yet so rather than bring back a former actress they had her be absent. If they brought back both Mac & JT it might be the next conflict in Billy & Victoria’s marriage. We know that happy couples… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Other than the absurd wedding of two very back burnered characters it was great. Jess Walton was amazing and she and Melody Thomas Scott could make the next great “supercouple” since Jill and Katherine.

Derrick
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Derrick

Beautiful episode!
Chris and Paul’s wedding was a surprise but beautiful!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

If there was a wedding at the service for Alice Horton
on DAYS, I would have wanted to blow up Burbank
Studios!LOL

gloria
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gloria

Amen!

Debby
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Debby

Am I the only person who found it ridiculous that Sharon was not in attendance at the memorial? No matter what direction the writers are taking the character of Sharon she should have been there!

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