Week of May 6 – 10:
Not surprisingly, the two most compelling storylines on "Y&R" right now revolve around core characters - the Newman family business drama, and the Michael and Lauren break-up. Anyone else missing characters who bring much-needed flavor to Genoa City, such as Gloria and Jeff? Glo should be up to her neck in her sons' troubles.
This stuff with Chelsea almost telling Adam and Dylan the truth every time she sees them is going to get old. It’s hard to feel anything for Chelsea, who is duping two men in a big way for no real reason at all. Chloe chirping every day that Adam would take the baby away doesn’t make it true, and is also aggravating, because the Chloe that made amends with Esther, loved Chance, and championed her daughter’s battle against leukemia, wouldn't give Chelsea such bad advice. As for the romantic side of things, Dylan and Chelsea are kind of sweet, but for her to listen to his miscarriage story and still keep lying to him...
I need a maid.
The idea that Sharon and Adam, who historically have had such deep feelings for one another (whether understandable or not), are purportedly just using each other for sex, casts a pall over their romps.
This three-way chess match between Victor, Victoria, and Adam is intriguing to watch. One never can be sure who is being genuine, which makes every interaction intense. Either Adam or Victor could be setting up the other for a double-cross where the company is concerned. Adam has damaging information on Victor in his arsenal, and there’s Vikki digging for dirt on Adam, not to mention keeping the knowledge that Chelsea’s baby is Adam’s to herself! As Victor pointed out, Adam and Victoria are much more alike than they realize or would be willing to admit - *cough* ruthless *cough* – just like Victor.
So Nikki got a house call and shared dinner with Dr. Kurt? Interesting that he asked if she was getting enough attention. Hmm. Foreshadowing?
Still in a rut.
So now we’re supposed to believe that Kevin can no longer get turned on unless stolen goods are involved? This storyline just gets more awful. It would be amazing if they could figure out a way to bring back Jana. She grounded Kevin (when she wasn't in tumor mode), yet they were never dull. Meanwhile, Chloe has chemistry with several men on the canvas – no shortage of possibilities there.
It was another eventful week in Leslie’s world. Her father suffered a fatal stroke while trying to impart a secret, and then she learned someone is out to get her via the Genoa City Buzz. Maybe the culprit is this Rose person; likely a half-sibling. Interesting that the break-in at Neil's place doesn't seem to have been about him - at least so far.
You can’t unmake this bed.
Some viewers believe Lauren and Michael’s marriage should have remained untouchable, which is precisely why the drama unfolding this week has been so emotionally intense – because we care so much. The scenes in which Michael went from loud ranting to quiet hissing as he processed that Lauren had had an affair were riveting. Goosebumps. What should Michael do? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Michael’s Move poll.
I’m an idiot.
Nick made a comeback at Avery’s apartment, but only after taking Dylan’s word for it that Avery truly wanted him. Her word wasn’t good enough. Yeeps. When Nick saw Avery and Dylan together – again – and got exasperated, I wonder if it crossed his mind that that was how it felt for the women in his life in the past. Probably not…
Every time Jack and Phyllis are on we have to be reminded of their poor track record. So over it. It’s nice to see Traci for any reason though. As for the other residents of the Abbott house, it looks like Summer's headed for drama with Moody and Broody - Fen and Kyle. Many are puzzled about the change in direction with Kyle. He formerly was a zingy character with a cocky 'cat-that-got-the-canary' grin that was so 'Abbott', but the current version of the character lacks that 'personality' and seems somehow disconnected from everyone.
The dynamic with Lily and Cane is more upbeat now that they’re not working together; it's been evident in their recent scenes, even though Lily was acting distracted by her concern for Tyler during the lunch date.
Katherine Chancellor hasn’t been seen onscreen since she went upstairs to bed and said goodnight to Jill. That was the last scene taped before Jeanne Cooper passed away. There's no word yet on how the writers intend to handle the role of Katherine from here on out (hoping they don't entertain the idea of recasting!), but CBS Daytime has planned a tribute episode to Jeanne Cooper. She was the heart of "Y&R" and will be so missed!
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