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Restless Rant for the week of August 26 - 30:

The drama involving Jill, Nikki, and Esther grieving for Katherine, and the tension between Adam and Victor, has been much appreciated. Remaining a concern is how often the show feels tedious; dragged down by humdrum, and sometimes repetitive dialogue about mundane topics. "Y&R" needs to focus on bringing back the big drama built upon "Y&R's" rich history (with the integrity of that history and the core characters intact), and enhance it with healthy doses of passion and wit.

Billy's bookshelves.
Absolutely there was cuteness (with Delia) and humor in the 'Billy builds bookshelves' storyline, but honestly, many are still waiting for this character to get a genuinely big, worthy story. The gambling problem was a recycle, and the weird blackmail thing was a flash in the pan.

The eyes have it.
Just as viewers have reached the point where they can't take another teeth-grindingly repetitive conversation between Chelsea and Chloe about 'the truth coming out', the truth is finally going to come out. What made these conversations particularly annoying is that none of it made a lot of sense to begin with - the bad advice, Chloe's venom toward Adam, or Chelsea's decision to keep his child from him because he 'chose' Newman. Chelsea also seems to think she's a real star for getting Melanie to drop the bogus charges against Adam, but some would say it's the least she could do given the fact that she is also telling a huge, damaging, life-altering whopper of a lie - to Adam and Dylan!

Going to the chapel?
For many viewers, the issue isn't whether Nick and wishy-washy Avery make it to the altar, it's whether the wedding will bring about a reveal of what's been going on with Sharon so we can start to move on from her being this peculiar, scheming manipulator, which has become kind of creepy.

Star hacker.
It's happy days now that Kevin has moved on from Chloe to a new storyline as the star computer hacker of the Genoa City Police Department, but it's time to dial it down a bit. It's wearing thin how Kevin gets away with everything and repeatedly makes the entire police force look like a bunch of bumbling idiots. The GCPD stories need more realism... and more Alex!

Inexplicably, this storyline began to deteriorate into bad B movie territory, which squandered Carmine's potential as a longer term character, as well as the possibility for future storylines involving genuine emotional angst or conflict among the trio. In the best part of this storyline, it was a compelling showcase of the raw emotions of the characters, but it ended up like a parody of a stalker plot. Cringe-y.

Blogger mystery.
After all this time, many still don't get this storyline with Neil. If Hilary's the blogger, and she's out to get Neil, why is she trying to break up Cane and Lily? Wouldn't she be aiming for a Leslie/Neil split? Also, why are Lily and Devon able to see that Hilary is behaving suspiciously but Cane cannot? Further, when Devon told Neil that he thinks Hilary is the person posting on the blog, why wasn't Neil's first question, "Could Hilary be Anne Turner?" Bringing Mason into the mix hasn't really done much to up the intrigue, although he may be Hilary's weak link since he seems to have a soft spot for some of the Winters family members.

The mod squad.
So, these trendy, good-looking characters are being paired off into cute couples, which is all fine and good, but not overly exciting. Why are they written as though there isn't anything exceptional about them? Abby and Tyler are the stronger personalities but even they seem toned down.

All that I value.
Loving Jill, Nikki, and Esther as they grieve for Katherine each in their own way. It seems to be more or less business as usual for everyone else. Clinging to the treasure hunt and letter intrigue is an effective means of not letting go (for all of us). Hoping against hope that the memorial will be all that it should be.

Summertime blues.
That was a touching scene between Summer and Nikki in Crimson Lights, but I'm not feeling the Newman vs Abbott battle over Summer hype. It makes zero sense for Victor to be debating that she's Jack's daughter, so that whole aspect of it just feels trumped-up.

Mystery investor.
Well, things finally switched gears and got more intense between Adam and Victor, who had been circling each other like caged animals for a time on the issues of trust and the mystery investor. An exasperated Adam shouted and walked out, and an aggravated Victor wasted no time putting Adam under surveillance. It's on! Of course the showstopper was the reveal that Jack is Adam's investor. My reaction was...torn. It's fantastic in that it will make Victor positively implode and the ramifications for Victor and Adam's relationship are enormous, but it also felt a hair predictable and it was a bit of a bummer that the investor wasn't someone utterly unexpected that would have blown our minds. What was your reaction? Vote:

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