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    Friday, October 17 2008

    Restless Rant
    Week of October 13 - 17:

    What is going on at The Young and the Restless?! Things have become downright schizophrenic. Storylines are running the gamut from wildly entertaining to deadly dull, and some are still going missing! Michael, River & Co., after their dramatic and emotional warehouse scene on Tuesday, which brought me to the brink of tears, have not been seen since! Beyond frustrating. The momentum has been utterly lost! The 'gaslighting' of Katherine by Gloria and Kevin, seen last Friday, was not even mentioned this week. Ridiculous! The writers went to such lengths to have Billy witness Gloria's behavior, and then didn't pursue it! The storylines for the younger set have been moving along and have been very well written, while the older set seem to have a completely different writer penning their scripts - and not in a good way! The Newmans and Abbotts are supposed to be the lifeblood of Y&R, and the concepts for their stories seem good, but the actual playing out of the plots, and the scenes themselves, are so dull that unless you're shaking your head in disbelief, you're in danger of falling into a glassy-eyed stupor! Here's how it breaks down:

    I'm madly in love with Christian LeBlanc's (Michael Baldwin's) acting, and have been so moved by this emotional journey he is taking with his father. To have been so bereft and angry at him all those years, and to have struggled emotionally and reached the point where he is finally reaching out to his father, helping him up, and allowing River to lean on him (very symbolic), moved me nearly to tears. Christian does such a wonderful job of expressing Michael's inner feelings without even saying a word. I'm really disappointed that the writers chose not to carry the momentum from that scene through the week. Meanwhile, a stunned Gloria, who had helped River by bringing Eden to Lauren's, and who almost won my sympathy, went after her departing husband, Jeffrey, on Tuesday - and we still don't know if she caught up with him! Jeeze Louise! Eden checkpoint - I can sympathize with the character, and like the idea of Michael having a sister, but I still don't like her, can't seem to make myself like her, and I just can't help it!

    After Jana confronted Kevin about the path he was going down last week, they haven't been seen since, except as gawping witnesses to Amber's phone call. I miss them.

    An important, main character, who is facing federal charges of money laundering, and who shares incredible chemistry with many of the ladies on the canvas. Sounds like someone who should have been on screen this week, but sadly, he wasn't.

    Nick/Phyllis/Sharon/Jack: I'm still wishing they would stop being so obvious about devising ways for Sharon and Nick to be in close proximity. After all that he went through to establish his independence and to take control of his beloved Restless Style, Nick would never have agreed to return to Newman - if they want to throw Nick and Sharon together, fine, but why not be a bit more clever and creative about it? The Sharon/Phyllis confrontation about the letter was overdue, but I found the scene a little underwhelming, and quite frankly, the whole bickering thing between them is getting old. A very nice touch this week was having Sharon discover that Jack has been at the Motor Arms Motel. Too funny! I'm looking forward to an entertaining confrontation!

    'The Plan': Be sure to correct me if I'm wrong, but why was it necessary for Nikki to concoct a detailed master plan to throw Heather off Victor's trail, when no one has any idea on Earth where he is anyway?! It's beyond ridiculous! And how about that Nick lecturing everyone about how they shouldn't be 'making giant sacrifices' for Victor, when he just rearranged his entire career path! The most interesting thing about this whole story is the plot point that has Paul Williams torn between helping his daughter, and helping his friend, Nikki.

    Victor: You are missed. Everyone back in Genoa City needs to be straightened out - stat! I'm kind of puzzled about the burning of the Chateau - sort of a grand emotional gesture for the ever-practical businessman, Victor Newman! Not to mention that it's kind of going to tip everyone off to where he is!

    So, Tyra and Ana are moving back. First, what kind of 'guardian' lets their child drop out of a prestigious art school after one month? Second, Neil hasn't even spoken to them since they left, but he is suddenly feverish to have them stay? Third, the Karen and Neil dynamic has finally gotten interesting, what with her revelations about her past, and now they're going to throw the perpetual-downer, Tyra, into the mix? I've been enjoying Neil and Karen, and I'd love to see more of Devon 'being a guy' with Roxanne, but this tale with Devon's relatives just isn't lighting up my life - as is so often the case with this family, the story is rather mundane. One bright spot, however, is that Aunt Olivia is coming back into the fray - I actually can't wait to see her again! Go get her, Lily!

    Hmmm. There are simply no words to describe the scenes where Jack is 'channeling' Victor into the voice recorder. Cringy, comes to mind. Whack. Embarrassing. Unbearable. What on God's green Earth were the writers thinking with this?! It was too bizarre to even be funny! Kudos, though, to Peter Bergman, who probably did the best Victor Newman impression ever. As with Nikki's interminable drunken rantings about Victor in the Mexican bar, the acting was sensational, but it is not entertaining whatsoever to sit through endless scenes of it! I mean, why would Jack have felt the need to sound like Victor - it made him seem insane! If I were Adam, I would have run for the hills! In any case, it looks like these two will end up turning on one another in the end. When the truth comes out, although Jack has distanced himself from meeting with the forger, he is on the tape, which is in Adam's possession. Adam has been seen with the forger, and is also on the tape. Any way you slice it, they're screwed! Wonder if this revelation will spell the end of Adam and Heather? You see, if she uses the forged diary in her case against Victor, and it is exposed as a fraud, she is going to lose her case, and her job again - all because of Adam!

    Oh, oh! Do you see what's happening? Cane is going to fall for the mother of his child! With one, no two, of those sexy, lopsided grins in Chloe's direction this week, I have seen the light! He still loves Lily, yes, but he's getting as tired of the triangle as the rest of us are, and Chloe's quirkiness is growing on him. Perhaps she'll even fall for him as well - but then the sinister truth will be revealed - his dark horse brother, Billy, is actually the father of the baby! Muahahahahaha! I like it. Now that I have seen behind Chloe's fa├žade, I am enjoying this story much more. Cane telling Lily that she should leave town was a bit of a face-slap, wasn't it? It's funny, though, how she seems taken aback, even angry, when he stops pursuing her - even though it's exactly what she keeps telling him to do!

    The Chancellor Dinner Party: Fabulous! I loved every minute! The undercurrents running between Billy and Cane, then Billy and Chloe, as well as between Jack and Jill, were divine. Chloe's entrance in the smokin' hot red dress - good stuff! The unapologetic Cane discussing Jabot with Jack was excellent. Katherine telling the Cain and Abel story - a perfect touch. Jill copping on to Katherine's memory lapses - right on! Billy texting with Lily, while Cane stands there grinning - all of it, just perfection! I can't rave enough - more scenes like this, please!

    The Loveline Three-Way:
    Another brilliant piece of writing! I was totally eating up the on-air face-off between Amber and Phyllis - I call it a draw - when it got even better because Daniel came in and began wrestling his mother for the phone! Classic! His impulsive confession, and the immediate reaction of all those listening in was amazing! Phyllis rolling her eyes and putting the receiver down in defeat was perfect! Amber going to get some advice from Katherine was a good scene, and having Daniel bounce things off Chloe, of all people, was really inspired. Her own frustrations with men drove her to give Daniel the blunt advice he needed to hear, "It takes stones to be in love!" Amber's talk with Billy was right on the money - they are 'birds of a feather'. Daniel's break up with Colleen made me want to slap her - why so outraged? She's known all along how he felt, but chose to try and make him forget Amber with sex! The scene where Daniel goes to the door of the penthouse, Amber starts blathering, and he grabs her and kisses her, had me out of my chair, grinning from ear-to-ear, and doing the victory dance! Really great scenes and writing!

    My summation for this week? It's so clear that the scenes that make us feel something - whether it is sadness, joy, anticipation, or that just make us laugh, are those that make Y&R worth watching. Crazy plot-driven stories such as the Mexican debacle the Newmans, Jack, Adam, and Heather are embroiled in - do not make us feel anything, that's why they tank. I'd be willing to bet that most viewers couldn't care less about the outcome of this story. When writers focus on the character-driven stuff, and develop the characters so that we can relate to and care about them, that's when the amazing moments happen! More importantly, when incredible moments do occur, it would seem wise to make the most of that momentum - good plot points that go unmentioned for days on end become meaningless and/or forgotten - such a waste. Consistency is appreciated.

    Don't forget to leave a comment or a rant of your own! I love reading your take on things - even if it disagrees with my point of view! Please remember the guidelines and vent, vent, vent! Be sure to vote in the poll below and comment on it as well!

    -Candace Young

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    Posted by YandRLover73 at Friday, October 17 2008 11:27 AM

    Great rant Candace! I agree with just about everything you said...
    I LOVE Christian LeBlanc and think he is by far the best and most entertaining part of the show!
    I also love Brad but wish they would give him a better s/l, he is great to watch when he's in action.
    The Jack/Adam/Mexico scenes are mostly a bore and I am grateful that I am able to fast-forward through them on my DVR!
    Lastly, I am thrilled that Amber & Daniel have reunited and I hope it's for good this time!

    Posted by MamaBob at Friday, October 17 2008 11:40 AM

    Thank you for an excellent rant. Funny I was thinking last night that what Y&R was truly missing was the lack of character development. Seems like when a new character comes on the show they are immediately involved in something really stupid before we've even had a chance to get to know them. The Victor/Jack stories are driving me crazy. Call in the shrinks PLEASE!!

    Posted by vernonda2n1 at Friday, October 17 2008 11:47 AM

    The 3 Loveline Three-Way:

    I loved it!
    Glad that the writers brought this back, so that Amber and Daniel could finally square things off with "Demon Girl" Phyllis for good.
    I have 2 admit, that Loveline was "The Squared Phone-In Boxing Ring" platform for everyone in Genoa City 2 hear and for us viewers 2 be able 2 see this visually being played out by awsome actresses and actors, well done ladies & gents for doing this 2nd time around!
    I couldn't stop myself from laughing through the whole entire scene!

    Posted by Candace at Friday, October 17 2008 11:48 AM

    Thanks for your input!

    YandRLover73 - I have grown to like Amber and Daniel together, but we know it won't last on a soap! LOL!

    MamaBob - I'm much more interested in Jack when we have a reason to CARE about him, then when he's doing stupid scheming stuff. I like to be invested in the outcome - I couldn't care less about what happens with this diary!

    Posted by Candace at Friday, October 17 2008 11:49 AM

    vernonda2n1 - agreed! The acting was fabulous, as was the premise for the Loveline phone call. Dr. Drew and Stryker just totally aggravate in the background too - so funny!

    Posted by _CHIKA_ at Friday, October 17 2008 12:27 PM

    Dang dude we see eye to eye on alot of things
    Victor: I can't wait till he is back!! What is up with the fire. also I can't wait till he gets over his "darling sabby" that hole thing is gettin old!! I herd in the chat that she is coming back for some hanting scenes man i hope not that girl buged me the hole " ashata ah we" bla bla bla

    Brad: Man that guy has gottin LAME!!! The story is soo old!! Its sad but I don't care any more.
    Colleen: That hole thing with Daniel MAn that girl is dumd!! What was that she new Daniel still liked Amber but she sleep with him anyway!! Thinkin sex would make him forget all about her NOT!!!! Thank DOG!! i Love seein amber and him together that hole thing with Phyllis that was great I can't wait till she finds out! That is goin to be a great day! Okay I better stop we will be here all day But Tell the wrighters to put sharron and Nick together soon Nick and phill don't mesh Have a good one

    Posted by chicky at Friday, October 17 2008 01:07 PM

    Excellent Rant Candace. I agree with you 100%. No one cares if Victor killed Walter. Let's move on. I swear they do these scenes just to give Heather something to do.
    Give her a real case that doesn't involve Victor and let's move on.

    I have to say, I love Katherine. For all her years, all her wisdom, I absolutely love her. Her story was perfect, her advice to Amber was amazing.

    I don't love Brad but I guess that is the writers. If he had perhaps Sharon in his life he would show the softer side of Brad and give him a storyline. What the current one is is lame. I love Brad, just not his actions of late.

    Posted by magg-pie at Friday, October 17 2008 03:41 PM

    I totally agree with you on the point that...........
    The Newman's and Abbott's are supposed to be the lifeblood of Y&R, and the concept.
    I for one cant wait for the Victor's story to come out about Walter Palin and the mob , i hope they are going to make it worth our wait .

    I wonder how many people realize just how important Victor is to the Y&R.If not for him there wouldn't be much of a story. I think at least 65% if not more of all the goings on here are related to Victor in one way or the other.

    Posted by 2tgtbt at Friday, October 17 2008 03:59 PM

    Kudos!!!! To: Candace I totally agree. I still don't like Sharon she is always playing the innocent victum in every situation.

    I think that Adam will keep the tape recorder and try to blackmail Jack. although at some time I think he will give it to Victor to get back into his graces.

    it was good seeing Victor back. I'll be glad when he gets out of his funk!!

    Heather is some piece of work. why is it that she has to make it her mission to try to get Victor? what will it accomplish for her? no one can take him down. I wouldn't want to be in her shoes when Victor comes out of his funk!

    Jack should focuss his marriage and stop trying to get the victornator!!! he always loses.

    these new writers sure are all over the place.

    Posted by adamfan at Friday, October 17 2008 04:16 PM

    I do love Michael and his family as well... however, I can't stand Eden... could you please get another actress for this role..

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