Week of January 28 – February 1:
It was a solid week for "Y&R," with some of the storylines starting to really come together and move forward. There was some excellent emotional stuff happening as well. Here are some thoughts on the week:
I can handle it.
The bit with Sharon trying to push the Chelsea/Adam relationship doesn't work. No matter who raves about how great Adam/Chelsea are together, it won't be convincing. Sharon’s therapist telling her she shouldn’t be with Adam right now is also off – why shouldn’t she be with someone who is supportive and who thinks she’s amazing? It just seems like grasping at straws to throw up roadblocks, and it’s not very believable. It’s exciting that Sharon will fight with Adam against Victor, even though she’ll probably be the first casualty of the war – hope this isn’t the case and Adam gets Mason’s number. Speaking of the Adam/Victor war, how about that scene between them at the penthouse? Gasp! It’s a very difficult relationship/dynamic to get a handle on. Victor despises Adam, yet when he was blinded by Patty, Victor came to his aid from behind-the-scenes, which suggests he cares about him deep down. In the current circumstances, Adam thinks Victor should appreciate him because he’s able to offer him entrance back into Newman, however, I sense that perhaps Victor hates him all the more for being in that very position. Complicated indeed.
At this point it seems fairly obvious that Nikki’s either sick or pregnant, the latter being highly unlikely. It should be an emotional story that will force Victor to re-examine his priorities. Will he still focus on getting the company back when she needs him more than ever? Early in the week, Jack’s visit with Nikki was great – it was nice to see them get back on solid footing.
Jack and Jabot are really rocking a feelgood vibe right now – kind of awesome and a nice change, although it bears mentioning that it's bizarre that certain characters are suddenly qualified to work in the new fashion division. Anyway, it’s great that Billy’s back on board – wow, does it ever feel like a better fit for him than co-CEO at Newman! I love that this will bring Billy back into Cane’s orbit, and also hope to see more of Kyle, who has grown on me. Adding Phyllis into the mix will triple the fun! As for Neil and his bunch, I suspect Devon will take Tucker’s offer, and Neil will be drawn into Leslie’s drama from the past – which became much more interesting this week as it came to involve more characters and more was revealed. My guess is that the person Avery’s trying to free has something to do with Leslie and Tyler’s mother dying and their evil father. How Wheeler figures in remains to be seen. Tyler tried to convince Leslie to approach Wheeler about keeping ‘the bastard’ in jail – little do they know he’s already trying to have Avery pulled off the case. Hmm. It was great that we saw a vulnerable side to Tyler – finally – when he was trapped in the elevator. Lily was a great help to him using her mothering skills, which provided little opportunity for sparks to fly, but which bonded them a bit.
Wants her gone.
I was a bit taken aback over Victoria so vehemently wanting Chelsea gone from town this week, since we saw scenes in which they made their peace a while back. Vikki had already resigned herself to Chelsea staying in town after she married Adam, so why the uproar now?
Thank goodness Gloria’s joining Chelsea and Chloe in their business – comic relief from all the pouting and snarking. Between Chelsea’s personal life and Chloe being sour over the stolen stolen money – ugh. Here’s hoping Chloe working with fashion again will lead to other, ahem, changes in her life. As for Chelsea, Cane is being placed repeatedly in her path as she contemplates the need to move on from Adam. Not sure what the writers were going for, but it was a little weird when Cane talked to her in that low purring voice about making her dreams come true during the business meeting. If there’s chemistry between two characters, you don’t need to try that hard to make the air seem sexually charged. Just sayin'... At any rate, it was different than Chelsea’s flirtation with Alex, who was on my nerves for talking too loud. Anyway, Anita showed up at Restless Style (is this place getting a new name?) and was her usual overbearing self. The look on Chelsea’s face was funny though when Anita was enthusing about the need to get some sex. Good for a laugh. Who should Chelsea have her revenge hook-up with? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Revenge Sex poll.
No money honey.
Adriana trusts Noah with the stolen stolen money, which confuses him. Aw, so sweet. Not! This story is awful. The only redeeming factor at this point is that Noah is in it…because he’s sexy.
Baldwin versus Baldwin.
Speaking of sexy, how about Carmine and Lauren? Sparks definitely were flying there, and with Michael on the verge of having to prosecute Fenmore, that might be all that it takes to drive Lauren into Carmine’s big comforting arms. As for what happened to Jamie, I tend to think Fenmore did not push him. However, Jamie sees the bullying as being indirectly responsible for him ending up unconscious on the ground, and wants to see Fen pay. Karma!
Tucker and Katherine’s goodbye.
I hate that Tucker’s leaving! I cried along with Katherine, even though I wished she’d told him she loved him. It makes no sense for him to go to Hong Kong just when he’s making progress with Katherine and Devon again, so I hope he returns at some point. It was a bit of a slap in the face not to see a goodbye between him and Jill as well – where the heck is Jill?
Well, this Dylan-coming-back-from-presumed-death storyline has been pretty good so far. He seems like an awesome guy, so it was kind of sad to see him witness the kiss between Avery and Nick. I can’t help but wish there was a more exciting female character at the center of it all though. Avery has turned out to be wishy-washy and fairly dull – unless you count her cheating on her husband and sleeping with her sister’s man, of course – odd things for someone with her personality to do. Anyway, hopefully it’s emotional seeing Dylan/Mac and Avery come face-to-face for the first time. As for Dylan’s run-in with Sharon – it was too nicey-nice to really tell if there could be chemistry.
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