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    Friday, July 20 2012


    Nups! (Soaps.com)
    Restless Rant
    Week of July 16 - 20:


    "Y&R" is chock full of controversial storylines and behavior this week! Let's take a look.

    Nikki/Jack/Victor.
    Nikki may love Jack, but not as much as she loves Victor - the pair can't find enough excuses to get into each other's orbit. Ultimately, marrying Nikki is probably a waste of Jack's time, but it's hard to feel bad for him - he doesn't seem to care that Nikki's as obsessed with Victor as he is! On another note, it's cool that Jack's moving his leg, and forging a friendship with Sarge. Good stuff.

    Victor/Sharon/Adam/Chelsea.
    Adam and Chelsea are all 'feel good' love. It's romantic, and I enjoyed their wedding. The pairing comes across 'vanilla' at times, I think, because it doesn't have that over-the-top intensity of a couple who has fought to be together, or who share a forbidden love. Sharon and Adam had that in spades, although Adam is clearly closed off to it at this point. Sharon's reaction to Adam's rejection seemed more one of resignation than devastating heartbreak. After Sherlock Newman located her, and showed up in Kansas to confront her and take her back to the ranch, Sharon almost seemed devoid of emotion. Scary good. Especially considering she's already showed signs of heading off the deep end again. Anticipation... As for Victor, it's patently obvious he's a mere consolation prize to Sharon, yet he still moved her in. His only act of vengeance was to stick her in the guestroom? Really? Who is this man and what has he done with The Mustache?

    The website.
    Chloe and Kevin's website idea was marginally more interesting this week with Adam taking such a keen interest, but not worth sitting through scenes with Chloe cooing at Kevin that he's sexy when they disagree. They still have no couple chemistry, and won't no matter what their storyline. To steal Victor's line, "It ain't gonna' happen."

    Poor Paul.
    I cannot believe Michael and Lauren are sitting on what they know about the gun, while Paul gets charged with premeditated murder. Has everyone gone nuts? Nina, so desperate to have a loving relationship with Ronan, gives him a bitch blast every time she turns around. She never gives him the benefit of the doubt, which makes no sense given how she supposedly feels. And why isn't anyone helping Eden to regain her memories? Hit her over the head, hypnotize her - someone do something! Also, what became of that knife? Inquiring minds want to know - I'm very leery of how that's going to be explained...


    Basketball court bush nookie! (Soaps.com)
    Abby/Carmine/Victor.
    Though we've 'been there, done that' with Victor's disapproving daddy routine, it's worth it to see Abby get back to her naughty self. The basketball court bush nookie made me laugh - vintage Naked Heiress! Abby and Carmine are extremely hot together, and I always get the feeling there is more to Carmine than meets the eye, or than we know yet. Intriguing!

    The hit-and-run.
    This storyline has viewers and characters alike in an uproar. What works is the way so many characters are being pulled into the story and how it's causing conflict and controversy for everyone involved. However, some details don't make sense and some characters aren't necessarily acting as we'd expect. By week's end my head was spinning. Here's what I mean:

    Phyllis's kids and Nick: though no one could blame them for turning against her, Nick, after his usual knee-jerk reaction to cut and run, pointed out that Phyllis would stand by and fight if any one of them were in a similar position, which is probably true given her 'mama bear' personality. So they're sticking by her (we'll see how long it lasts), and as a result, we got a glimpse of feisty Summer - interesting. Ronan: although he shared intimacy with Phyllis, opened up to her, and has a soft spot for her, it's weird that he's being overly harsh toward Christine, who is a friend. Avery: she's trying to make up for all the years of not believing Phyllis about their dad by defending her now. Misguided? Maybe, but understandable. Besides, estranged siblings bonding is satisfying. Heather: she had an unexpectedly watered-down response to Phyllis's arrest. Odd. Billy: he's doing what he has to do - what Phyllis would likely do in his position - can't blame him. Michael: should have nothing to do with Phyllis's case - in what universe would a D.A. be allowed to make the prosecution's case against one of his best friends? Paul and Christine: his outrage, and her need to exact payback from Phyllis are right on the money. That said, Christine's self-righteous, holier-than-thou attitude is often unbearable, so it's fun to see people getting in her face - can't lie. Phyllis: though she has mellowed some over the years, if what she's accused of is true, she definitely needs to pay some price here. Will she? It's hard to see a way out for her, but this is a soap! In the meantime, there's nothing more entertaining than seeing a controversial, edgy character like Phyllis in a tight spot like this one! Where do you stand? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Hit-and-Run poll.

    Mailbag!

    Here's what some Soaps.com readers have had to say in email about "Y&R" recently:

    Barbara says, I'm really losing interest in "Y&R," it's getting ridiculous with Sharon and Victor together - yuk! I agree, get rid of the bad wigs and Harmony at the same time. The new Heather is terrible. The storyline is pat, so now once again they are repeating stories that have been done before. Will there be court scenes once more? This show is absolutely boring and uninteresting. I have watched it since the beginning and now it's time to let it go.

    Carmen rants, I am very disappointed in repeated storylines on "Y&R." I wish Drucilla would return. Cricket returning and pouting over something from 1994 is a joke. The writing has costs the show some awards.

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    Posted by dairymaid at Friday, July 20 2012 11:00 AM

    Candace, thanks for the rant! As usual, it is always on point! I agree that the "Mustache" is not acting as he normally does but I think that he is still suspicious of Sharon and wants her close by to keep an eye on her.

    Posted by bikette at Friday, July 20 2012 11:42 AM

    Good rant. I was looking forward to the end of Sictor. But no such luck today. I like Heather, but hooking up with the son of the woman who tried to kill her dad is going to make me not like her. Poor Paul, is anybody ever going to look into his case?

    Posted by dramaqueen333 at Friday, July 20 2012 03:14 PM

    Loving Adam and Chelsea, they are fun together, no baggage, and they understand each other. No drama, no guilt, no blame.

    Sharon is going to lose it again. Really surprised Victor took her back after she lied and went after his hated spawn.

    I hope Paul is cleared soon, I hate to see him in jail. Phyllis, on the other hand, deserves to be there for at least a while. She actually did try to kill someone, and would have; no matter how long ago it was. And since when do attempted murder charges have an expiration date? Phyllis, like Adam, has never paid for any of her crimes, legal or moral, and it's about time she did. Lots of criminals turn their lives around, it doesn't mean they shouldn't have been punished in the first place.

    Christine does need to worry more about Paul and less about Phyllis.

    I would have liked for Nick to stay angry for longer than 24 hours. Phyllis is a lucky girl -- she's hurt Nick, Daniel, Michael, Lauren, etc. and they all just forgive her. Adam should be so lucky.

    Posted by Insomniac at Friday, July 20 2012 03:43 PM

    Welcome back Candace. I agree with Dairymaid that Victor is keeping Sharon close so he can keep an eye on her. Ther was not mention of Faith. She can't very well live in the guest room with Sharon. Next week if we see her she'll probaby be a teenager:D I like Heather & think she's good for the part. Never cared much for Christine, always so self right-ous. Avery should get Phyliss to plead temporary insanity because that's probably what she was. I'm glad her family is standing by her & that Nick is back. No no on GC ever has to pay for their crimes so why should she?

    Posted by Insomniac at Friday, July 20 2012 03:59 PM

    I am so happy happy happy that Adam didn't go back to Sharon. He & Chels are so darn cute together. (Lots of typos in my other post.I don't check bacause I'm afraid of losing it) It will be interesting to see if Sharon leaves Adam alone when they get back to GC, & how the partnership with Kev & Chloe works out. It seems a little out of character to me for Paul to have such hostility to Phyliss when he's so broken up about Ricky. Christine is only supposed to be involved as a witness in Phyliss' case but she acts like she's in charge. It looks like they especially Christine, should be putting a lot more effort into finding the knife & having Edin hypnotized to get her to remember.

    Posted by sjenn at Friday, July 20 2012 09:25 PM

    Candace, welcome back. Love your rant this week and you're right on point! Was so glad Adam & Chelsea got married. Love them. The wedding was touching and Hope would have been proud of her son. Chelsea & Adam really "get" each other. They're such a cute couple. Sharon and Victor deserve to be miserable together--they're both scandalous! Next Sharon will be pursuing Nick. Glad Nick is finally rescuing Phyllis, it's about time. She was ALWAYS there for him. Cricket needs to pay more attention to Paul and forget about Phyllis. Paul needs someone to help him get out of this mess, instead of trying to get revenge on someone. Phyllis is about the only character in GC to actually go to jail. She's been locked up more than anyone else on this show (besides Victor). So, she's more than paid her dues. Daniel has a very short memory when it comes to his mother. How many times has she stood by him and fought to keep him out of jail. She even went psycho on a guy who was bullying him when he first got to GC.

    Glad Abby has Carmine, because she was getting awfully boring.

    Posted by Candace_Soaps.com at Sunday, July 22 2012 05:35 AM

    Thanks for the comments...and the 'welcome backs'!

    Posted by ANewman at Wednesday, July 25 2012 10:59 AM

    I cannot agree with most viewers about Adam and Chelsea. For their scandalous pasts, I find the pairing very one-note and kind of boring. I also can't help to believe that Miss Chelsea is pulling off the biggest scam of her life..cha-ching. Victor and Sharon? Ugh, what hasn't been said. It was nasty day one and still is. I like the new Heather. She brings depth to the character and given the chance, I'm sure will really bring it to potential storylines. I am happy about the Phyllis story, but only because I like Phyllis on the edge and have loved the sisterly bonding with Avery. Christine/Cricket is not acting differently than she ever has. She and Saint Neil have always gotten on my nerves!

    Posted by SMC40 at Friday, July 27 2012 11:42 AM

    Nick is Dicholas & Phyllis is Cleavus! My husband thinks Phyllis shows too much boobie & Nick thinks with his man toy! Phyllis looks silly showing so much skin! Michelle Stafford is getting older, let her wear more modest clothing like Nikki does! She will look her age which is 47! This is not England & she is not Queen Victoria!

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