Week of February 4 – 8:
Enjoying "Y&R" more consistently these days - here are some thoughts on this week's events:
Congressman on the case.
This entanglement with Wheeler, Leslie, Tyler, and Avery’s case is somewhat intriguing. I'm guessing the woman who worked in Wheeler’s campaign office that was killed was Tyler and Leslie’s mother. Obviously there was a cover-up, which is making Wheeler and Leslie/Valerie nervous. Questionable – how did Leslie put a change of identity over on Vance Abrams? As for Leslie and Neil – she seems to be having trouble keeping her resolve not to canoodle in the office - drawn together like magnets!
I will fight for you.
Cane’s sudden fervor for Chelsea and her designs felt a little out of left field. They have screwed-up mothers in common I suppose, but honestly the whole idea of Chelsea being this incredible designer is a tough sell. As for Neil’s outlook on Chelsea – he’s entitled to his opinion, but it was unprofessional to chew Cane out at the Club. As for Cane’s other half, Lily has seen a new side of Tyler, who was asking questions about her marriage this week. I got a kick out of him saying he’d never hit on a married woman – umm…
Jack in the Jabot.
Things may be getting too casual at Jabot. On Jack’s first day back he was impressed with Chelsea’s designs when Billy showed them to him, and pretty much said she was in – but didn’t tell Neil. Meanwhile, Neil’s too busy making time with Leslie to do much with regard to the fashion division, other than put Cane on notice for overstepping. At least he was working! It’s also a concern that no one in charge at Jabot knows much about fashion. Billy and Kyle have barely been seen at Jabot, and Phyllis and Jack spent most of her first day back at the Club and arguing over pills. Speaking of which, how did Kieran Donnelly get into the CEO’s office anyway? Seeing Jack paw all over ‘Red’ in his office made me feel embarrassed for him. His continued attempts to turn their relationship romantic are so uncomfortable to watch. Their sparring session with Victor was pretty entertaining though. Read Soaps.com’s interview with Daniel Romer, the actor who plays Kieran Donnelly.
So glad Adriana’s gone – hope she never returns with that stupid money. We learned Alex is her brother, and now that Noah knows he was played, hopefully he’ll move on from this mess. As for Chloe flirting with Alex – though I didn’t understand what she hoped to achieve, at least there were a few sparks – anything would be preferable to the dead zone she and Kevin inhabit.
What a treat this emotional drama has turned out to be – you can sympathize with each character’s feelings. Amazing. I’m leery about the turn it’s taking though – it’s becoming clear that Jamie is lying, so even though his desperation is understandable, he could end up being vilified. Here’s hoping it will play out so that Fen takes responsibility for his role in it and learns something, and Jamie gets help and understanding.
Why is Kevin threatening to do asinine things like burn down his own business one day, and then doling out wisdom and mature advice to Fenmore the next? Kevin should at least have been exhibiting signs of being a basket of nerves when talking to Fen for continuity’s sake.
Just as friends?
Speaking of characters acting differently from one day to the next - Sharon dragged Adam to Nick’s nightclub opening and to hang at the GCAC afterward, but when he asked her to go celebrate a deal the next day, she gave him the grand inquisition over whether or not it would be just as friends. Kinda’ strange… In any case, their scene at Adam’s house showed a playful side of Adam – loved Sharon’s grin after he kissed her.
Is this real?
Yes, Avery, it’s real; there are now two Nicks in Genoa City. Avery appeared to have way more chemistry with Dylan than Nick – though that might have been the passionate emotions of the reunion. It was legit for Dylan to be called out for revealing himself to Avery in such a public way. I thought Avery’s reaction – shock and dazed emotion – was bang on. As it continued to sink in that he was alive, her scattered emotions were apt. I wouldn’t have been opposed to a bit of hysteria, or her blurting the truth to Nick sooner, but overall this storyline did not disappoint. Even better, if Avery and Dylan actually have chemistry, this may be a story to invest in. Who should Avery be with? Let us know by voting in Soaps.com's Y&R Avery’s Choice poll.
The Underground re-opening.
I wonder if Nick reflected on his big night and realized that the only people he knew who attended the opening were his son, mother, and sister, his ex-wife and his sworn enemy/half-brother, his promoter’s sister and her boyfriend, and his girlfriend’s ex-lover back from the dead. Hehe.
At the penthouse…
It’s beginning to look like Nikki has something like Parkinson’s Disease... Victor asking Mason to replace Sharon’s pills with placebos was disgusting. Mason not going through with it was unexpected - however he could still change his mind.
Aw, I felt so bad for Katherine this week; struggling and buying memory-enhancing pills! It was strange not to see Jill in scenes with her as per spoilers...
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