Genoa City for the week of July 28 - August 1:
Some aspects of certain Genoa City storylines are definitely drawing us in, however, there is still something lacking that makes "Y&R" feel 'B movie' where it should be brilliant - and it's not the acting. Thoughts:
Many are rooting for Hilary and Devon to end up together, but the whole thing has gone from awkward to distasteful and has many wondering how anyone will feel good about anything in the end. Neil being clueless and a cuckold is unappealing, and the longer Hilary and Devon carry on behind his back, the less sympathetic they seem. If Hilary winds up pregnant and it becomes a question of whether Neil's the daddy or the granddaddy...well, yuck.
The soppy tragedy queen that Kelly has morphed into really isn't proving to be very popular as a character or with Jack. The Kelly we first got to know was edgy, sexy, battle-scarred, and a bit of a loose cannon - certainly sufficiently 'Phyllis-like' to not only have explained Jack's attraction, but also much more appealing as a rival when Phyllis returns.
I was on vacation when the secret came out, so may be a little hazy on the details, but it seems Stitch isn't actually a vicious killer given the extenuating circumstances. Yet everyone acts like he is? Go figure. Ben's confession caused Dylan to get all red in the face over how many people have lied to him - poor Dudley Do-Right. Avery gave him a reality check and opined that Stitch was still hiding something. After Kelly mentioned their mother taking Stitch's side immediately following the father's death, it became pretty clear that it will probably turn out Stitch is covering for his mother, thereby making him even more of a noble good guy than anyone ever thought. Yep.
Control the outcome.
If Victoria truly wants nothing to do with either Billy or Stitch as she claims, why not go ahead with the DNA test so as to eliminate one of them from the equation right now? By waiting, she's keeping them both dangling and hovering around until the baby comes. Hmm. Also, is it me or did Victoria's baby bump grow huge over the past two weeks? As for the quadrangle aspect of the story, it's kind of crazy that NuBilly and Chelsea have this sexy root-able thing going on, yet it's nearly impossible to imagine that this would have happened with Billy Miller's version of Billy. That said, the quadrangle is working thanks to chemistry, complicated emotions, and the untenable situations they're all in.