Week of September 24 – 28:
This week, the events in Genoa City swung between absurd and entertaining. The knowledge that the new regime’s material is coming up soon (October 12) is never far from viewers' minds, along with the question of how they will change things. On we go:
Out of the blue.
On Monday’s episode, Sharon, while talking with Tucker, randomly brought up her old pal, Drucilla. Why now? Did anyone else wonder if this was foreshadowing? Would you like to see Drucilla return? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Drucilla poll.
Victor Newman is dead.
As the press conference got underway, some of the Newmans were there to publicly support Sharon. Everyone tuned in (Jack told Cane that Nikki’s head looked like it was going to explode - hilarious), only to have the surprise be on Sharon when Billy blurted out the news that the The Great Victor Newman was dead. Again. Even Vic’s family members had a hard time mustering up genuine shock and sadness at the news – how many times has he died after all? In any case, Sharon rose to the occasion when Tucker, his mind going a million miles an hour, hissed at her to stake her claim, now. Nikki looked like she was going to claw Sharon’s eyes out when she heard she would be the one to ID the body. Meeeoww! Meanwhile, in L.A., Victor remembered his true identity right on cue.
Jack hardly had time to down a scotch after learning The Mustache had expired before he realized the ramifications. As he had been warned by his financial adviser, aka Cane, he had over-extended himself and the only way out was to sell Beauty of Nature back to Tucker. Just like that, Jack’s greed spanked him again.
While all of this drama surrounding the press conference, Newman Enterprises, and Victor’s untimely demise was going on, Adam’s ass remained glued to his sofa at home where he spouted drivel to Chelsea such as how he and Victor had both been ‘saved by the love of a good woman’. This whole storyline with Sharon, Tucker, and the company could have been far more compelling if Adam had been involved, flirting with Sharon, and up to his usual tricks. Opportunity missed.
In what universe would the Sharon we know callously order some stranger’s body to be cremated knowing it was someone’s loved one? Her antics at the funeral – though funny and entertaining on a certain level – also illustrated how unlike her true self she has become. She didn’t even wait for Noah, who believed his grandfather had died, to get to the service. She was going to marry Tucker, and has now threatened a public battle with Victor without any thought to her kids. Huh? Her super catty scenes with Doris didn’t ring true either. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved to catch glimpses of Sharon’s dysfunctional or bitchy side; it made her more interesting, but one could argue that the fundamentals of the character are being lost at this point. Not okay.
Billy’s got reason to worry what with Victor holding something over his head – even if he’s making nice and swears he won’t tell Victoria. Billy’s better to blurt the truth than to live like that, besides, Kevin thinks he should tell his wife everything. It’s quite a kick that Kevin is like Billy’s conscience.
Victor’s timely arrival at Sharon and Tucker’s wedding, and all that followed, was very predictable, but in a good way. We love to hate Victor sometimes, but there are always those moments on "Y&R" when nothing else will do but for Victor Newman to take control and put someone in their place. He does it like no one else can.
Crazy as a daisy?
The idea that Sheila may have returned for the umpteenth time to spirit Daisy out of Fairview isn’t very appealing. Been there, done that. Could it have been Phyllis, who Sheila looked like, and who is Daisy’s mother-in-law, that has stashed her someplace? The Fairview staff member 'wasn't sure' when shown the photo. Of course, it could be Sheila, and Patty may know more than she’s saying. Love Patty.
Danny’s come back to Genoa City to take Phyllis to task for trying to run over Christine and Paul…oh, and to apologize to Paul for kissing Christine all those years ago. This all could be quite interesting if it didn’t hinge on Christine, one of the most annoying characters in soap history, being the romantic heroine.
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