Week of December 24 – 28:
There’s a tremendous cast in place, but "Y&R" honestly isn't doing much for me lately. Although there have been some dramatic moments in the business storylines and with Jack’s addiction, there is just no sizzle on the whole; even Christmas was a drag. There's a lack of couples with intense chemistry, and a disturbing trend toward 'love in the afternoon' being left to the imagination. Sorry, but watching people go up or come down the stairs or clutching bedclothes to their chests 'afterward' is no substitute for passionate scenes.
I’m that good.
The steam room scenery was 'that good'! I'm all for Tyler, but find he is talking himself up too much – there’s confidence, and then there’s arrogance, which is a turn-off. In any case, the writing seems to be on the wall for Tyler to cause issues with Cane and Lily - it's pretty obvious with Cane being written like a sourpuss, and Lily and Neil being so enthused about Tyler and his talents. How do you feel about the prospect of Tyler coming between Lily and Cane? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Tyler Trouble poll.
Jolly Ol’ Saint Vic.
Victoria buying into Victor’s crap for the billionth time was disappointing, though not surprising. Billy and Victoria’s sexy moments are still good, but it’s way past time for him to stop giving Victoria her way all the time. As for Nikki and Victor’s Christmas gift exchange (the bible and the ranch plans), the gifts were nice, but the scenes didn’t draw me in – not sure why.
I’m done – you’re done!
Jack’s addiction storyline is moving along nicely. It’s done wonders for the character of Kyle, who is emerging as not just sympathetic, but assertive, which is sexy. The intervention was entertaining viewing, if a tad predictable. It will be interesting to see how Adam's role will play out in the Jack/Victor feud this time around. As for Phyllis and Jack kissing – may it never go further. Jack makes Phyllis a dull girl.
Gingerbread men and snowman pancakes.
Nick and Avery might be good-looking, but the fun stops there. Why do they talk about food and cooking constantly? Even in bed! It’s like a writing gimmick run amok. Dylan of the dog tags can’t show up fast enough to shake-up this situation. Navery's attitude toward Phyllis niggled this week – why do they expect her to ever be okay with them being together?
This Chloe and Kevin storyline is just a mess. They don't work as a couple, so it’s adding insult to injury to have to sit through Chloe giving Kevin 'permission' to plot some idiotic caper. Kevin yelling at Michael’s house at Christmas was bad enough, but later, discussing how they hadn’t had Santa gifts for Delia didn’t even make sense. As if Billy doesn’t give Chloe money, and Victoria, Katherine, Jill, Esther, Lauren, and Gloria wouldn’t have seen to it that Delia was spoiled rotten.
Why didn’t Michael look at Fen’s untraceable phone and see that he’d been sending bullying texts to Jamie? Seems simple enough, and might have spared us from months of whining and tantrums from annoying Fen, who most recently snapped because Summer only gave him an air-kiss. Sigh.
I like the idea of Sharon going back to work, but found her Christmas wandering a bit odd. Why stop over to Adam’s to share what a great time she had with her kids and tell him again that they can’t get back together? It was notable that they had Sharon cross paths with both Detective Alex and Cane this week. Chemistry with Alex? I was intrigued...
After Sharon stopped by, Adam got a visit from Chelsea that was shaping up to be positive until she realized she was a consolation prize. Then there was Victor stopping by with tequila and threats. Adam's pain over his personal interactions was palpable in numerous scenes this week. In any case, both Adam and Nick stood up to Victor this week - bravo.
I love to see Jill bickering with/caring for Katherine, but it was disappointing not to see more of her personal interactions with Tucker or her visiting with Billy for Christmas, or even getting involved with what’s happening with Jack.
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