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Chilling. (CBS)

Restless Rant
Week of October 15 – 19:

One week in with the new "Y&R" writing team and the characters are already more sharply defined, with some seeming edgier, the pace has picked up to a very satisfying degree, and the sets look great. Some of the storyline adjustments and cast changes have given viewers a jolt, but on the whole it’s been a positive transition. Congrats to all concerned! Thoughts for the week:

Witch hunt.
A decision was obviously made to wrap up the hit-and-run case in a hurry and to move forward with the fallout. This made for some illogical legal goings-on, but it was worth it to see the look on Christine’s mug when the judge informed her she was the reason the case was being dismissed. Not saying 'the Bug's' point-of-view wasn't legit, just that she's annoying and often obnoxiously self-righteous, so it was satisfying to see her rendered momentarily speechless. As for Phyllis, we'll have to presume she’s paying for her crimes to some extent by losing Summer and Nick. Moving forward, Christine is pursuing a civil suit, Ronan is pursuing Phyllis (let’s not turn him into a level 5 stalker please), and Avery appears to be pursuing Nick, which makes for tons of conflict, but isn’t a particularly welcome development as far as Avery’s character goes – kind of icky. One loose thread not addressed in all of this was Danny and Christine’s ‘second chance’. For more on this, read’s interview with Michael Damian.

The D.A. blues.
Life isn’t a bowl of cherries for Michael right now. He’s on the outs with Kevin, who dialed him in about the realities of the job he’s doing, and though Phyllis walked, he’s still super stressed out about having to prosecute Paul. He chose to let Ronan off the hook, which probably relieved a little of his tension, but they seem to be making a point of focusing on Michael's exhaustion – foreshadowing? As for Paul’s case, it was uproariously funny how Eden spewed out these nonsensical words from a dream and the Mystery Inc. crew deciphered them within minutes to reveal the probable location of Ricky’s murder video. Really? It was way ridiculous, but what the heck. Go Paul!

Riley Newman.
Probably the most enticing development from the new writing team was the chilling set-up of Adam uttering to Nick, "Your daughter killed my son." We’re seeing an edgier Adam distancing himself from Chelsea’s pain, since, as he revealed to Sharon, he feels karmically responsible, and re-entering a new phase in his rivalry with his siblings and father. Chelsea had some amazing scenes this week – the one where she named the baby and then wailed, and the other when she told Summer what she’d done. Gah. It will be interesting to see if Adam and Chelsea will survive this, since his guilt is now compounded with lies, as his reconnection with Sharon has complicated life even more. Sharon’s meltdown was an appropriate climax to the story she’s been playing out, and with Adam being the one to rescue her, Friday’s episode left me full of foreboding that he’ll be blamed for torching the ranch. After all, Sharon won’t remember, Nick will think it was retaliation for the baby, and Chelsea will only know that he lied and smelled like smoke. Dun, dun, dun...

Jack splat?
Jack may be on top of the world right now, but that makes for a long fall to get your feet back on the ground. There’s no denying Jack has every reason to feel justified in celebrating ‘besting’ Victor, who has made a fool and an ass out of him repeatedly, yet somehow we expect Jack to be better than that, so his greed and gloating disappoints us and is uncomfortable to watch. The idea that Billy would agree to spy on Jack doesn’t work for me, nor does the idea that Victoria would ask that of him. Off kilter.

Proceeding as planned.
Please make it end. This mystery woman stuff is tiresome and as silly as it comes. Lily, Cane, and the rest of us need to be free of it. As for Cane repeatedly mentioning his hopes for a promotion, something tells me he’s going to be let down by Jack. In other news, Lily’s family is missing in action.

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