Mix-up. (CBS)

Hypnotic. (CBS)

Genoa City for the Week of May 5 - 9:

It's May, it's sweeps time, so why isn't there more happening on "Y&R" to bring viewers to the edge of their seats? Thoughts:

Get out of town.
If Dylan is Ian's son, which is questionable at this point, he certainly didn't inherit his smarts. How can Dylan not see that Ian is playing him and setting him up? It's a bit headache-inducing to see him act so clueless. Ian blew into town with some real potential, but weeks on end of him appearing in people's doorways and talking in riddles has definitely worn thin. The writers need to snap to it with this storyline. The Dylan/Nikki moment, where she said she loved him for the first time was a nice beat.

Her goose is cooked.
Whether Avery resigns from the cooking show or the stalker gets her, it's all good as long as it brings an end to this trifling storyline.

Whackadoo central.
It's really unfortunate to see a feisty character like Chloe going out in such a sad downward spiral. Her potential was basically squashed when she was paired romantically with her 'best buddy' Kevin and only got worse when she was cast as the 'negative Nancy' in her 'friendship' with Chelsea. Losing Delia could have been a catalyst for much change in her life, but instead her wagon was hitched to Kevin's again and he's been too busy sulking to notice how delusional she's become. It all seems to point to Chloe exiting on a rather unsettling note. Yet another longer-term character lost, and not made up for by the newer ones we still couldn't care less about or who bore us to tears.

Prescription mix-up.
As unrealistic as it was, the prescription mix-up that revealed Victoria's pregnancy to Chelsea did add another layer and saved us from listening to Victoria talk to herself about it 24/7. That said, it's tough to get into this storyline when the Victoria and Billy dynamic has completely changed with the recast. As for Stitch, he still has to weather the storm of his secret past being revealed - let's hope that's coming very soon.

He bailed.
It's a truly compelling dilemma that Jack is in with Phyllis and Kelly. Some are finding the transition to the new Kelly tough, however. Though not entirely absent, the chemistry is less intense, and this incarnation of Kelly seems to be much more of a swoon-y romantic heroine type than her edgier predecessor - almost like a completely different character. It was also curious that they wrote a scene with Lily giving a rather nervous Kelly advice about seducing Jack when the previous Kelly had no problem at all asserting her attraction to Billy or acting on it. Inconsistent.

When is Victor ever going to realize that his actions cause Nikki stress and aggravate her MS? It's almost comical the way he goes after everyone else for stressing her out, when he's the worst offender.

The big chill.
Colin and Jill are such a big plus in Genoa City right now. They do tension so well - sexual and otherwise - and their banter and facial expressions are always spot on and truly entertaining. That said, they also deserve some real substance to their storyline, so here's hoping it develops intensively.

Renewed energy.
Are you one of the many cringing in horror over Neil's new enthusiasm for life thanks to sex with Hilary? This pairing is definitely not going over well. Someone needs to yell at Neil, and when Lily finds out what he's been up to she's bound to put him on blast. Not that it will stop our Neil, oh no, but it would be satisfying in the moment.

Moving the storyline forward with Sharon undergoing hypnosis was a fine idea, but did we really need 3 or 4 scenes of debate between her, Nick, and the doctor about whether she should actually do it or not? There are way too many 'filler' scenes full of unnecessary dialogue on "Y&R" these days. Anyway, my guess is that Sharon will remember her clash with Phyllis in the stairwell and they'll all think that was her secret. Either that or Nick will interfere before she can remember anything. This reminded me of when Eden was hypnotized...

Everything there is to know.
'The Cassie doppelganger is Mariah' storyline just feels rather strange at this point, but it's early days. Viewers will need to adjust to Camryn Grimes playing this young woman who is so different from Cassie, the character we strongly associate her with. Some are also leery of the history that may be created to explain her resemblance to Cassie. That said, if Mariah proves to be bad-ass enough to shut Abby up once and for all she may just win us over. Where do you stand? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Team Abby or Team Mariah?

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