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Restless Rant for the week of October 21 - 25:
The fallout from Delia's death continued to bring solid drama and incredible acting, but the overall depressing vibe in Genoa City is weighing down "Y&R" a bit - so ready for some love in the afternoon, a naughty, torrid affair, some comic relief, and a break from the tedious scenes with dialogue/characters we care little about. Recent viewer enthusiasm has largely focused on (a) brilliant acting, (b) particularly compelling scenes or (c) chemistry between certain characters, not the storylines themselves, which is telling. Thoughts:
We found our miracle.
Since the moment we found out that Delia would perish, we knew that it would lead to Connor receiving her corneas. Due to the outcome being so expected, most of the emotion as this played out came from watching the characters experience the difficult complicated feelings. Chelsea was outwardly upset, Adam was simply staggered by the implications only he understood, and Billy and Chloe seemed emotionally exhausted and resolute. It might have been an ideal time for Billy to recall that, despite their loathing for Adam on a daily basis, he did save Johnny's life way back when.
Dylan's been pretty droopy since his split with Chelsea but one thing that did work this week was his scenes with Sharon. They genuinely have chemistry, which many viewers commented on, but the push seems to be for Dylan and Avery to be the next big thing. While their history lends some interest to a Dylan/Avery pairing, it's hard to imagine them being very exciting together beyond the actual reunion. That said, Nikki involving Avery in her secret about Dylan, though a tad baffling, added a bit to the Avery/Dylan interaction in that it's a legit complication beyond Avery's waffling and the 'we're different people now' business, which was just tiresome. Who does Dylan have the most chemistry with in your opinion? Vote in Soaps.com's poll:
Baldwin family fiasco.
Maybe just too much has happened to the Baldwins, or perhaps it's just a result of the bungled Carmine storyline, but watching Lauren, Michael, and Fen all bickering in an interrogation room just felt sad. Not that there weren't some 'moments' - as always the acting has been topnotch - but it's just 'enough'; too much stress for too long.
Nice to see Neil and his family members again, and thankfully no sign of that Hilary person.
While it's always delicious when Victor and Adam face-off, it was rather unrealistic that Victor would show up on Adam's doorstep with a gift for Connor, given that Adam had already been very clear about Victor not being a part of his son's life. In the end it seemed to be about placing Victor there to notice that Adam had been burning something in the fireplace. Bet that will factor in down the line...
Chloe and Kevin opening the box containing Delia's things really was emotional - well done. Not so well done was poor Esther being written as refusing to come out of her room - awful. She spent more time with Delia than almost anyone and Chloe would need her mother right now - she should be a part of everything happening in this storyline. What about an Esther and Jill scene, for example, where they share their grief about losing their beloved Delia right after Katherine? That said, the Jill and Billy scene where she wordlessly pulled him into an embrace had me sobbing - so powerful - and having Jill talk to Chloe about Billy, and come together with Jack to help him, has been amazing. Devon stepping up to offer a million dollars of Katherine's money was all good, but here's hoping they're not going to go on a bender with the idea of Katherine working through Devon. The scenes at the police station with Alex, Billy, Chloe, and Kevin were also excellent. Billy's anger was tangible; just awesome. Let's hope after this case is over Alex will get to do something other than give Kevin life advice. So many want to see so much more of him.
Nick's honest words to Billy made for some very compelling scenes. While Nick seemed numb when he first heard the news from Victoria (who has been so appropriately disheveled, emotional, and uncertain), he came through with the real talk.
Abbott family meeting.
Love this! It was past time for this gathering, and Ashley's arrival was bliss at the end of Friday's episode. Summer's presence reminded viewers that Sharon getting back on track should mean putting an end to her huge deception sooner rather than later.
Best and worst.
While the frank conversation between Sharon and Adam in the park was a nice step forward, it was a bit weird for her to apologize, given that it was Adam who inexplicably began treating her coldly.
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- Candace Young