Miscalculation? (Soaps.com)

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Restless Rant
Week of July 30 - August 3:

This week had an off-kilter feel to it. Here are some talking points going back through the week's "Y&R" recaps:

Daniel's crush.
Heather and Daniel aren't bowling anyone over with their chemistry, but they could be a cute pairing. His conversation about it with Abby made me smile.

Paul's guilt.
Paul is a level-headed and sensible person above all else. This bit with him wanting to throw himself to the sharks and even questioning whether he actually saw a knife is ludicrous. Oh, and since they brought Nina back and involved her, she should be there all the time.

Twisted Tim.
Tim's snarky, bitter attitude is understandable and somewhat entertaining, and the attempt at revisiting the past by having him turn the tables on Phyllis and demand sexual favors is amusing. For some reason, though, I don't find myself filled with anticipation for what's to come. The conflict in this storyline's been fun, but it took on a slightly tired 'old news' feel this week.

Mustache misstep?
Victor's internal upset over Nikki marrying Jack may have caused him to make a rare miscalculation. He's been giving Sharon more power at Newman, and has now made her his wife to boot. Additionally, he's not paid close enough attention to Sharon's mental state. Now that he's disappeared, presumably to nurse his wounded heart, a humiliated, going-off-the-deep-end Sharon could do a significant amount of damage. Hmm.

Shaky Sharon.
We've seen Sharon go around the bend before, but viewers seem more bothered by it this time. Why? Perhaps it's because this time she hooked-up with her children's grandfather - definitely extreme - or that her run-ins with others have put her in a more unfavorable light (the clash with Abby in Crimson Lights was positively icky), but I also think it's because this time, whether intentional or not, there is a disconnect between Sharon and viewers. Not being privy to her thoughts, private agonizing, tears, disappointment, doubts etc. makes a big difference.

Baby blahs.
Adam and Chelsea's sudden babymania was cute for the first two seconds, after which it became inane and unbearable.

Cranky Kevin.
Please give Kevin a storyline that doesn't involve him going around town being a huge hypocrite. He has to be in the top five or ten when it comes to twisted track records, and as recently as last week was still hacking into people's accounts, so this weird animosity that he keeps spewing toward Adam just seems like a misguided attempt at creating conflict where there really shouldn't be any.

Father knows best.
It's always a treat to see John Abbott, even as a ghost, but it was disheartening to see through his eyes how little Jack has learned over the years. After endless unsuccessful clashes with Victor, near-death experiences and epiphanies, misguided love affairs, and hurtful business dealings with loved ones, Jack is behaving worse than ever. It might have been interesting to see him get his head out of his own butt and wise-up for once - more than once realization seemed to be dawning - but he never quite got there. Alas, he may be back on his feet in the literal sense, but he's set himself up to lose everything. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion - his blinders where Nikki's concerned, his greed with Jabot/Beauty of Nature, and his treatment of Ashley are going to bite him big time. With all of that said, it's tough not to love Ol' Smilin' Jack, and when he stood up at the wedding it was one of the best moments of the week - I had tears!

Riding at the ranch.
It's kind of hot when good-girl Eden lets down her hair and hooks-up with edgy Kyle. Just sayin'.

No choice?
I think Sofia should have taken Neil on in court. That said, he's once again come out looking like a somewhat self-centered tool. Not that it makes him any less attractive to Harmony. That woman has to stop with the endless advice...

Goodbye Ashley.
Ashley's goodbyes were all poignant and left me wanting more of her, and more of her and whichever character she was saying goodbye to - a good indication that she shouldn't be leaving at all. It's great news that Eileen Davidson (Ashley) will be returning to "Days of Our Lives," but we hope she and Ash make her way back to Genoa City in the future. What's your opinion? Let us know by voting in Soaps.com's Y&R Ashley’s Farewell poll.

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