Week of April 22 – 26:
There was plenty to enjoy as the week played out, however, definitely noticing a big focus on some non-core characters - what's up with that? A bit of a rant - viewers need to be able to count on certain things about characters they've invested in and have gotten to know - it's frustrating when that goes out the window for the sake of a plot. Case in point - Adam suddenly using Sharon and treating her coldly. What? Love them or hate them together, Adam's deep-rooted feelings for Sharon have become a fundamental part of what makes him tick. So much so, that it was what caused trouble between him and Chelsea in the first place - you can't have it all ways.
Who’s the daddy?
What a mess Chelsea has gotten them all into! The timely baby gift and letter from Adam was a nice complication. Anyway, some viewers are still trying to get their minds around Chelsea being a fabulous designer and now here she is back to pulling cons – except that she doesn’t see it as that because there’s no money involved? Hmm. Dear Chelsea, when Anita’s being the voice of reason, that should be your first clue that you’re in big trouble! Dylan’s romantic gesture toward Chelsea on Friday was very sweet – there was definitely a zap between them. It made for smiles, but also made it so much worse what Dylan is going to go through when the truth comes out. Gah. Would you like to see Chelsea in a relationship with Dylan or go back to Adam? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Chelsea’s Options poll.
Welcome to the 21st century.
Victor and Victoria’s sparring match at Newman over her return to work was pretty good stuff, especially her setting him straight on how women can have it all etc. The problem is figuring out Victoria's real motivations – only two weeks back she was all about staying home and devoting herself to having a baby. From the time she saw the headline about Sharon running the company it seemed obvious she was going to follow in Victor’s footsteps of always struggling for balance with family and the company. These issues sometimes drove Nikki back to her vice, and the same may prove to be true for Billy – though I’d love to see a twist here instead of the same old ‘Billy is a screw-up’ routine.
Should I sit on your lap?
One of the best scenes of the week was moody Adam’s face-off with Victor in the office. The one-liners, reluctant half-grins, and knowing chuckles felt super-satisfying.
Gus’s secrets became mildly more intriguing this week, but I’d like to see Neil doing more than supporting every day. Where’s Devon, by the way?
Toast to the beauties.
The friendship between Noah and Tyler is a promising development. Noah being a little off the rails is kind of cute – would like to see more! As for Tyler, it’s good that they’ve rounded him out a bit so he’s not just this flashy egomaniac making a play for a married woman.
I’ve made a decision.
Wow, powerful stuff for our Lauren and Michael this week! Although aspects of this have been hard to stomach – the demonizing of Lauren, Michael’s agony – it’s also brilliant in that we feel so much because we’re so invested. As for Fen – he’s clearly on track to be Kevin 2.0 – I wouldn’t want to be in Summer’s high heels right now – her rejection was clearly a last straw of sorts for Fen. Speaking of Summer…
It’s been an eventful week for Summer – managing to convince Phyllis to let her move into the same house as Kyle (using the magic word – Avery), and then landing a dream job from the person who miscarried because of her. How convenient that in a room full of models, Tyler twigged on Summer as the perfect candidate, and even more amazing, Chelsea, who formerly couldn’t stand to lay eyes on Summer, was feeling warm and fuzzy and giving out second chances! They’d all better watch out, though, because with Summer working there, Fen might try to burn the place down!
The good, the bad, and the disastrous
John visited Jack to tell him what he already knows – Phyllis' whole heart isn’t into being with him and it’s going to end badly. Still wondering if Phyllis will self-sabotage by bedding Kyle, thereby screwing up her relationships with both Summer and Jack.
Spice from Istanbul.
The face-off between Phyllis and Avery was pretty heated. Boing, boing! Avery got in a few good digs too, but really doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. Love to see Phyllis being feisty!
Dare to be different.
Lily’s situation became more complex this week, as she appears to be wrestling with unexpected feelings where Tyler’s concerned, while Cane’s being more understanding than ever. The scene between her and Neil was good – it wasn’t realistic for him to be oblivious to what’s going on in the office.
No strings attached.
Adam's certainly capable of mistreating people, but since Adam fell for Sharon, he has only lashed out at her when he felt hurt by her, so Friday's whole 'cold' thing seemed so off. Perhaps it's a set-up for Sharon to go on some kind of downward spiral again. It just seems they’re heading that direction what with showing her meds recently, and having Noah ask her if she’s been taking them.
How ironic – Nick’s fallen for the female version of himself – the heartfelt flip-flopper! Nick’s getting a taste of his own medicine, for sure, and did he really tell Avery that he’s never been a jealous guy? Really Nick? Really! Anywho, it looks like Avery may try for a re-do with Dylan just to complicate his life even more.
I love you all!
It was amazing and fantastic that Jill and Murphy finally showed up at Katherine’s bedside in the hospital. About time! What ensued were awesome scenes, although it was just a teeny bit questionable for Katherine to ask Cane to run Chancellor. Anyway, it is what it is, and the scene where Katherine was rolled out, shouting, "I love you all!" was so poignant, especially considering Jeanne Cooper’s health crisis in real life. So emotional!
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