Poor Dylan... (CBS)

So emotional. (CBS)

Restless Rant
Week of April 29 – May 3:

The emotional drama surrounding core character, Katherine, stood out this week for sure. Over the past few weeks, "Y&R" has increasingly had the feel of being a different show with newer/non-core characters featuring more than some viewers would prefer. Anyway, it was a decent week, but Friday's episode notably lacked a big cliffhanger and the Avery love letter stuff was mind-numbing. Thoughts:

The hotter, the better.
The passionate scenes between Adam and Sharon have been pure chemistry, but they're now on Victor's radar. His 'acceptance' comes with a price – he’ll want to control Adam’s personal life. It will be no surprise if Sharon becomes the victim of his manipulations, especially given the animosity he still has toward her. The Sharon/Victor conversation this week reminded me of the father/daughter type relationship they once had - a shame it was messed with to such a degree.

Nightclub no-no.
Dear Summer, if you’re going to try to get into a bar using fake ID, it shouldn’t be the one your dad owns. Period. Anyway, Summer has moved in with broody NuKyle, who will likely fall for her despite his protests to the contrary. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be much chemistry or energy happening with NuKyle so far. Summer also had a photo shoot this week with Mason - maybe stalker-y Fen will start cutting her photo out of magazines and making a shrine...

Booty call.
Tyler very smoothly did the booty call thing with Quinn, but Noah is so not a player – just too sweet, hehe. It was cute to see him go for it and then get shot down because he didn’t have his own place. Aw...

Poor Dylan.
I have a feeling viewers will find themselves uttering that phrase a lot as his storyline plays out. This week, poor Dylan was sketching the crib he was going to make for his baby when Avery appeared to chew him out for ruining her life by being alive and returning for her. After, Chelsea snapped at him to stop acting like her husband. Later, poor Dylan sat alone at the cottage recalling how he and Avery lost their baby and then she dumped him. Finally, poor Dylan left Chelsea a message about how much it means to him to become a dad. Poor Dylan…

Love sucks.
Interesting that they threw in a scene with Avery and Adam. Maybe Adam can fall for her, or sleep with her, and we can watch Nick lose his freakin’ mind. It would also be a convenient way for Adam to stick it to Dylan. Anyway, one has to wonder why they were made to cross paths… As for Avery and Nick, well, these two bored the pants off me this week. Even the forbidden factor of him being her sister’s ex doesn’t make them interesting. Shake-up required.

Katherine and her loved ones.
In the sea of newbie stories, thank goodness for this storyline surrounding Katherine. These were easily the most emotionally-charged and meaningful scenes all week. The fact of Jeanne Cooper’s health crisis in real life made it all the more poignant. When Jill offered to help Katherine up the stairs on Friday’s episode, there was something in the way Jill watched her go that brought me to the brink of tears. As for Katherine naming Cane as her replacement, it's questionable for various reasons, but having Cane and Jill working together could be entertaining. Once again, it was appropriate and much appreciated to have Murphy and Devon present for Katherine's brain tumor ordeal, but with something that serious you'd think her sons would fly in, and maybe even Mac.

In a rut.
Wishing, for the millionth time, that we could rewind to when Chloe and Kevin were best buds (such a great vibe and oh those snappy one-liners!) and have them move forward in separate storylines supporting each other as friends. All that's not working has just gone on too long. Love these characters! Holding out hope for a fix.

Deal with it.
It's amazing to have Lauren and Michael on the front-burner, despite the difficult circumstances. Carmine's slightly devilish charms have been the perfect temptation. You have to have someone stirring the pot on a soap – it might as well be someone that looks good and is a little intriguing to boot. Since Paul and Michael are cluing in that Lauren’s cheating, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Perhaps their spooky son's troubles will ultimately bring them back together? Juicy story!

Missing documents.
Sorry about the theft, Neil, but at least something happened to you this week! Curious little mystery unfolding…

Tyler had an emotional week as he finally reached out to Gus just as the stuff hit the fan about Rose. I wonder if Gus will split?

You gotta' know when to hold 'em...
I’ve seen some speculation out there that Victor might be paying Carmine to entice Billy back into his gambling ways. Certainly a possibility! Still hoping Billy will somehow twist this around… Do you want to see Billy go down this road again? Let Soaps.com know by voting in our Y&R Billy’s Vice poll.

Newman sibling rivalry.
Victoria was actually being nice to Adam about Chelsea’s pregnancy this week, so it seemed, but he didn’t go along to get along. So much distrust there. Who else still wonders if Victoria overheard Chelsea in the hospital?

Jack flat.
Jack acted surprised/concerned about Phyllis' interest in Nick's love life. Really, Jack? Not only has he been down this road with her before, he just went down it with Nikki - he knows how this goes, so why does he put himself through it? Gah!

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