Secret's out. (CBS)

Uh-oh... (CBS)

Genoa City for the week of April 21 - 25:

It's all about the secrets right now on "Y&R," with Victor's secret being exposed this week. The biggest issue continues to be with the boring conversation in scenes, such as Jack and Kelly's long-winded talk about old movies or anything to do with Avery's cooking, which has the effect of a tranquilizer dart if you happen to be unable to fast-forward. Thoughts:

The host with the most.
The engagement party got a little odd when it became a series of one-on-one conversations with the rest of the attendees seemingly nowhere in sight, but it is what it is. The compelling bit was Victor and Sharon airing their grievances, unaware that outside, Nick was seeing the Cassie lookalike and chasing her down. As for Tyler, there is clearly something going on with him, and there's even been speculation he might be in cahoots with Mariah. While this twist may make him slightly more intriguing again, it also makes him very stupid, and well, does anyone really care what happens to Abby?

Nick's confrontation with the Cassie lookalike got pretty intense, although he maybe should have been a bit more freaked out than angry in the beginning. That said, it was satisfying that she gave up Victor so quickly and that a confrontation with all parties concerned was forthcoming. Victor tried to use the 'Sharon's got a secret' defense, but it didn't exactly fly considering she now doesn't remember she has a secret or what it might be (ack). Anyway, indignant Nick is always fun to watch - he was flinging some pretty big words around this time. In the end, we were left with a heavy underlying feeling from the scenes that Victor's warning about Sharon hurting Nick would soon come true.

Victoria and Ashley vying for Stitch's attention was entertaining to watch. I'd have to give the round to Victoria, if only for pointing out that Ashley was formerly her stepmother. Eek. The chemistry continues to be excellent with Victoria and Stitch, who has definitely become a top reason to tune in, surpassing his dull ol' buddy Dylan by leaps and bounds. As for the Chelsea and Billy kiss and steamy bathroom scenes - still too out of the blue to properly process. Of course the bigger news is that Victoria barfed in the bushes this week, which likely indicates a pregnancy with a 'who's the daddy' glitch. If she turns out to be expecting, let know whose baby it should be by voting in our Y&R Poll: Victoria's baby daddy.

We need to talk.
Hilary and Leslie facing off about Neil made for a good scene, but was faintly ridiculous considering neither of them had room to talk. Meanwhile, Neil swanned around Genoa City having flashbacks to 'the kiss', which frankly, was painful to watch. They always make this guy look like such a desperado. Hilary being unable to control herself from jumping on Neil in the suite was just...please. As for Neil and Devon both having the hots for the same woman again (calling Aunt Tyra), cue the gagging noises.

The suite.
Noah and Courtney are both pretty, but it's not enough - they're just so boring. Their love scene flat-lined because there was no sense of passion - we couldn't even fake it!

Baby talk.
Really? Lauren, Michael, Paul, and Christine sitting around talking about pregnancies and regrets about their children...or not having children in Christine's case? Perhaps this is a prelude to Christine wanting a late-in-life baby. Of course we want Paul to be happy, but honestly, this would verge on the torturous as storylines go. Anyway, these may be everyday realistic issues, but it's just groan-worthy to have to sit through these conversations when we want to see the characters doing things and taking us away from the mundane.

The town pariah.
Opinions abound on Jack and Kelly. The chemistry is completely different with NuKelly, who is coming across too 'Mary Poppins' as compared to the former edgier, sexier version of Kelly. It remains to be seen if this is going to fly.

Koala bears and teddies.
Colin's been making out alright lately, what with seeing his grandkids between trips to the bedroom with Jill, but something tells me he's in hot water after he butt-dialed Jill from the park. Naturally she didn't hear the part where he told the guy he'd decided not to scam her after all, just the bad-sounding parts. So soapy. Anyway, Jill's revved-up sex drive has been fun - looking forward to what she has in mind for Colin's night to remember.

The arrangement.
Thankfully, Kevin decided to acknowledge the truth about his marriage. Whew.

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- Candace Young