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Raising Cane: Y&R

One of the most important rules of good soap opera writing is that you cannot re-write recent history, not if you want viewers to invest in the storylines. For years Y&R has set the standard for quality soap writing but lately it is as if they have forgotten the basics. It was one thing for the show to introduce us to Cane as the real Phillip Chancellor. Most viewers can suspend the reality of disbelief with a revelation like that because enough time has passed since the supposed baby switch happened that most people cannot say with absolute certainty that it did not happen. Soaps cannot, however, expect viewers to believe this type of story then completely change everything we know about it in a way that makes other stories seem less credible. This is what happened when Y&R decided that the real Phillip was actually alive and Cane was an imposter. This might have made sense if Cane had not recently taken that paternity test that did not exclude him as the father of Chloe's baby, results that would have been impossible if he were not Billy's half brother. And even if Cane were willing to risk losing Lily by using the real Phillip's blood in this test to throw off suspicion, there was absolutely no reason for him to think of doing this at the time. He had no idea that Chloe and Billy knew each other before they met in Genoa City, let alone that they had a relationship. Furthermore there would have been absolutely no plausible reason that would require him to use Phillip's blood for this test in the first place seeing as how no one could prove that he actually slept with Chloe, which he did not. I really hope that someone brings up this test at some point on the show because I cannot wait to see how they explain why Cane was presented as a possible DNA match for Chloe's baby if he is not Phillip.


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