Nervous to eat her cupcakes. (CBS)

Juggling. (CBS)

Restless Rant
Week of October 22 – 26:

As viewers continue to adjust to the new writing team at "Y&R," there are a few questionable things going on and dangling threads that are irksome, but overall it’s quite good. Many of the characters seem better defined, the camera work is more interesting, and the scenes have been tightened up – love the brisk pace too! Let’s take a look at the week:

Family feud.
Phyllis appears to be entering a different phase, as yet another marriage to Nick ends, she’s estranged from her daughter, and her sister seems on the verge of betraying her. Phyllis may deserve whatever heartache she gets on a karmic level, but it’s hard to be okay with Avery being the one to kick her in the teeth. When Avery was with Nick previously, she hadn’t reconnected with Phyllis on any level, but now it’s a different story. Also, Avery parted ways with Nick before because she was certain he’d never really be over Phyllis. Hmm. Aside from the ick factor, Avery and Nick do share chemistry, and Avery’s er, daydreams, were pretty hot. Phyllis should probably go ahead and indulge in Ronan. One thing I found incongruous is how Phyllis rages at rival Christine, but when faced with the idea of Nick/Avery, she calmly asks, "So, are you going to do this thing with my sister?" Huh? As for NuSummer, it's like watching a random teenager in scenes with Phyllis and Nick. I don't yet feel like 'this is Phyllis and her daughter' - probably the result of the rapid aging followed by the sudden casting change. Summer and Avery connected this week - makes you wonder how Avery will fare if she starts boinking Dad. Summer also lifted that boy's wallet - could he be Ronan's son? Pretty out-of-the-blue if he is...

Mystery woman.
Gah. Thankfully this storyline didn’t get a lot of screen time this week. It’s obviously Genevieve’s exit story, so we have to bear with it, I just hope it will spell the end of the Atkinson nonsense as opposed to kicking off another chapter of it. In other news, we're to believe that Cane didn't get promoted because of Jack's history with Genevieve? Jack hired Cane as his right-hand man long after Gen had betrayed him - so color me confused.

Out of retirement.
I love the idea of Katherine coming out of retirement. So much so, that I was able to overlook how weird it seemed that Neil would want to leave such a great post to go work for Jack. Also strange is how Neil’s personal life has dissolved into thin air.

Ranch re-do.
Those scenes with Victor surveying the charred remains of his home really tugged at the heartstrings. I got a kick out of the flashbacks of Victor and Nikki too.

The fight for Newman.
I actually admired Nick (this doesn't happen everyday) for bowing out of the drama of ‘fighting for the company’, but continued to dislike Victoria’s sudden mania for all things Newman. Why would she be willing to have Billy compromise himself to impress Victor? It's beyond comprehension. What about all the hideous things Victor has done to them? Why would she even want to pass his legacy on to Johnny? What do you think about Victoria asking this of Billy? Let us know by voting in's Y&R Vikki’s Request poll.

I set the fire.
As much as I enjoy Adam being back in dicey territory as a character, deciding to bring Sharon to live on his property probably wasn’t his brightest moment. As Sharon’s downward spiral continues, it’s only a matter of time before Chelsea discovers her – especially if she keeps showing up in the house! Looking forward to seeing how Adam juggles all of this...

Crimson Lights chaos.
The showdown with Phyllis and Christine was pretty entertaining. It looks like Chris will ride off to California now and save the day for Paul. I’m glad about that, since Paul needs to be out of jeopardy and into a hot romance or something. I love Nina, but she and Paul are like brother and sister. Paul and Christine? Just no.

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