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BEST AMNESIAC

RACHEL CORY, ANOTHER WORLD
Typical soap amnesiacs are so predictable. They wander around in their sackclothes and ashes sighing, lamenting and looking dreadfully pathetic. Meet Rachel Cory, an amnesiac with a twist.

So she didn't recognize her family, her friends, her mansion. Are these reasons to stop living? No! Victoria Wyndham's portrayal was delightfully entertaining and a breath of fresh air. In one priceless episode, our heroine inspected her clothes closet, termed it boring, and bagged the lot in favor of a new wardrobe. She also checked out the latest dance club, went bowling, found her roots and had fun flirting. The neat thing is that, even without a memory, Rachel remained headstrong, stubborn and opinionated -- in other words, she was still Rachel. Well done.


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KAY'S REVENGE ON JILL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
Continuity is the hallmark of daytime's classiest soap opera, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. The show's writers have added depth to their characters and allowed them to grow, without sacrificing continuity or motivation. Y&R has avoided the sudden and inexplicable turn-arounds in character and plot that plague other shows. The finest example is the long-running feud between imperious Kay Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster (Brenda Dickson). Kay blames Jill for her husband's desertion years ago, and the battle between these two strong-willed women has been riveting. In this year's best storyline, Kay acquired incriminating photos of Jill in bed with ehr stepson, and used them to break up Jill's marriage to wealthy John Abbott. Kay has vowed to continue her vendetta until Jill is penniless -- so we hope that doesn't happen for a long, long time.
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