Week of November 26 – 30:
"Y&R’s" November sweeps is turning out to be more like November sleeps. There’s a sense of gloom 'n' doom in the air, and more than a couple storylines have had viewers complaining 'been there, done that'. I'm also missing characters like Abby and Ashley - core family members who also spiced up the show a bit. That said, we're only a month in with the new writing team and they likely need more time to hit their stride. Here are some thoughts on the week:
Your marriage is over.
Victor trying to engineer the end of Victoria’s marriage to Billy is stale stuff – this must be the billionth go 'round, and frankly, it makes no sense at all for a man as shrewd as Victor to keep hitting the repeat button on the same lame material. On the other hand, it was refreshing how Victoria reacted to Victor dropping his bomb about Billy knowing he was in L.A., and I enjoyed her sibling discussion with Nick. As for Nick and Victor’s talk – I love that Nick is holding firm about 'the fight for Newman' – even going so far as to tell Victor to do it himself - but I had to laugh when Victor asked Nick what he’s been doing lately. Nick, of course, said parenting. Funny how he neglected to mention all the time he’s been spending boinking the kids' Aunt Avery.
Speaking of Nick and Avery, his little speech to Avery about not letting Phyllis figure into their relationship was a hoot - pretty unrealistic considering she’s his ex-wife and Avery’s sister! Meanwhile, I’m starting to dread seeing that kitchen appear on the screen, knowing insipid food-related foreplay talk will inevitably follow.
Kevin’s crumbling world.
The best thing that happened in this storyline was Jill advising Chloe to divorce Kevin. You go, Jill.
Who's using whom?
I have full confidence in Jill's ability to handle Tucker, and look forward to them doing the dance. I also loved Jill's visit with Lauren this week.
Chloe and Chelsea as bosom buddies aren’t feeling like a natural fit to me. Chelsea blabbing all about Sharon to Chloe continued the theme of her being a loose cannon, which culminated in her threatening to reveal Sharon’s crime if she didn’t stay away from Adam, and ordering Adam never to see Sharon again. Dear Chelsea, if you have to go to these extremes, you’ve already lost. You’re welcome. By the way, Chelsea’s imaginings of Sharon and Adam together were the hottest scenes on "Y&R" in weeks.
Jack’s blossoming addiction is making everyone, including Phyllis, uncomfortable. The constant grimacing is bad enough, but it was downright ghastly when he made his voice all husky and told Phyllis, "You mean a lot to me." Egad. I’d move out in a hurry too. Of course, Kyle thinks Phyllis should stay. Someone must have forgotten to tell the new writing team that Kyle is supposed to hate Phyllis for writing mean stuff about Diane. Whoops. Anyway, Kyle has not only entered into a secret plan with Phyllis to kick Adam to the curb, but on more than one occasion has clearly been trying to flirt with her! I’ve always thought Kyle was a perfect candidate for a fling with an older woman. It certainly would shake things up if it got out - poor Jack would be right on the phone upping his dosage! Strange that he can do that, by the way… What do you make of Kyle eying up Phyllis? Should they hook-up? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Kyle’s Crush poll.
I love that it appears Neil is going to walk in on Cane and Lily getting busy on his desk! It may not improve things at work for Cane, but it's soapy good!
Beautiful little friendship.
Jealous Fen has picked up where Summer left off sending Jamie mean texts. Cyber-bullying is an important topic, I just wish the storyline had a little more depth – it feels like filler. I also have trouble caring about these surly, sulky teens – maybe if we’d gotten more used to them as grown people first? Anyway, it sounds like things will get worse for Jamie before they get better. For more insight on the storyline and Fen, check out Soaps.com’s interview with Max Ehrich.
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