‘Young and the Restless’: Traci and Cane Headed for Romance – What’s the Big Deal?

Young and the Restless spoilers show Traci Abbott (Beth Maitland) and Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard) might be headed for romance. The new writers are shaking things up for sure. Let’s be real. Traci is long overdue a storyline of her own. Usually, Y&R has her as an accessory to her siblings’ drama. So, while some fans seem to be on the fence about a possible “Trane” pairing, maybe it’s exactly what the CBS soap needs.

Young and the Restless: Traci Abbott and Cane Ashby Comfort Each Other?

Confirmed Y&R spoilers say that Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E Bregman) starts a matchmaking campaign to fix up Traci and Cane. While this pairing seems unusual, consider the facts for and against putting them together. First, there is an obvious age difference. That seems to be bothering some fans commenting on social media.

But given how often soaps pair much older men and younger women, what’s the big deal? Young and the Restless is already laying the groundwork for something between these two. Traci Abbott seems to have a crush working on Cane Ashby. That’s why she’s fantasizing about him as the hero private detective of her latest romance novel.

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Y&R Spoilers: Sad Cane Ashby and Traci Abbott Comfort Each Other

In fact, there are some things in their favor on Young and the Restless. Both of them are single. And both have issues that lead them to need comfort right now. Traci Abbott is coping with the steady decline of her mom Dina Mergeron (Marla Adams). Plus her siblings are always at odds, and Traci is stuck playing peacemaker.

Y&R spoilers remind that Cane Ashby is a single dad that just got dumped. Lily Ashby (Christel Khalil) ran away from Cane as fast her legs would carry her. She did that the moment she got out of prison. So now, Cane is reeling. Plus, Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) warned Cane to stay away from his sister. So, Cane and also Traci need comforting.

Will Fans Embrace (And Maybe Even Ship) This Odd Couple?

To say that Young and the Restless fans don’t like the possibility of this pairing is an understatement. Soap social media is on fire with complaints about it. But if you think about Traci’s past romances, Cane Ashby is definitely not out of her league. Years ago, she married hottie Brad Carlton (Don Diamont). So, her return this time might come with romance.

This plot is also reminiscent of the “real woman” romance between Patrika Darbo’s Nancy Wesley and hunky hubby Craig Wesley (Kevin Blair Spirtas) on Days of Our Lives. In fact, Y&R head writer Josh Griffith once worked as a writer on DOOL, so maybe that inspired him.

Young and the Restless: Inspired by Other Non-Traditional Soap Pairs?

Also, remember CBS soap Bold and the Beautiful paired old school Sally Spectra (Darlene Conley) with Clarke Garrison (Daniel McVicar). There’s also Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) and Milo Giambette (Drew Cheetwood) on General Hospital. Those were all unlikely pairings that worked out great on the soaps. So maybe Y&R is trying to achieve this sort of interesting storyline matching Cane Ashby with Traci Abbott.

Admittedly, Young and the Restless character Traci Abbott gives off a different vibe than Sally Spectra and Nancy Wesley. Traci is sweet. And then she’s got that terrible history where Lauren Fenmore bullied her about her weight – and yet now Lauren is the one trying to play matchmaker. So, that part of the story seems an oddball twist.

It remains to be seen whether Traci and newly single Cane pair up. Right now, they are friends. But you never know, maybe they’ll be friends with benefits soon on Y&R on CBS. Keep watching.

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