Week of June 10 - 14:
The big storyline this week was the reveal that Nick's not really Summer's father. Some loved it, others hated it. Either way, it definitely evoked strong emotion...and highlighted the lack of emotion viewers have for the storylines featuring non-core characters who simply don't inspire that depth of caring. Thoughts:
Sharon's continued struggle seemed rather poignant this week. It's unfortunate that it's coming partially due to the rewrite with regard to Adam's feelings for her, but it is what it is. Sharon's exchange with Noah in his apartment was very well done; heartfelt. Her loneliness and longing to attach herself to someone is probably something many people can relate to...though this bit with traveling salesman, Wayne, can't be good. It was also interesting that she crossed paths with Carmine, who seems to have chemistry with every lady he meets.
Speaking of downward spirals, it looks like Fen's bullying and bad luck has landed him in with a new crowd where he'll feel accepted at long last. Yike. Michael's not gonna' like this. On a positive note, the scenes with Lauren and Michael doing their homework were so touching..loved it!
Ding dong the marriage is dead.
Chloe finally uttered all those words we've been longing to hear this week, dumping Kevin, moving out, and removing her ring. Having Glo involved was the icing on the cake. Let's just hope and pray this is the end, rather than the beginning of a story about Kevin winning her back, which would be unthinkable. Chloe, once again, shared amazing chemistry with Alex this week, and will wonders never cease...managed to nab a scene with her ex, Billy. Easy as peasy we were reminded of their chemistry, and how they 'get' each other. Intriguing stuff, especially since Victoria saw their embrace and will now think they're having an affair.
I'm all for Leslie and Avery opening their own practice, but it's not a good sign that Leslie's their only client. Hopefully that changes quickly. Anyway, both of them have too much going on in their personal lives to take on too much in the way of work. Leslie is contending with secrets from her own past, and Neil's (still haven't figured that out), and Avery will soon be contending with an outed secret as well, when she learns what Nick has done. Do you think she'll dump him when she finds out? Let Soaps.com know by voting in our Y&R Avery's Reaction poll.
Some habits are hard to break.
Is it just me or did Chelsea and Dylan go from being strangers to being 'in love' in warp speed? It makes it all feel very superficial - no depth - all sugary sweet with no substance, much like Chelsea was with Adam in the beginning, which is why many viewers didn't, and still don't, buy that 'great love'. It's not that we can't enjoy the little fairytale unfolding; it has its moments, but the idea of Anita taking a wrecking ball to it has great appeal at times as well. Love that she's such a loose cannon!
Now that Adam and Victor are circling each other and the issue of trust, things have become much more interesting. Dying to know who Adam is talking to on the phone! As for their personal lives, Adam and Avery's odd budding friendship is very appealing. Victor's gesture to Nikki - a honeymoon in Tuscany - was wonderful, and immediately made me wonder when they'll find out the blockbuster about Summer.
Well, the DNA's out of the bag. Most normal human beings would follow up with a test on Jack and Summer, or a blood test, to confirm the results (as one Soaps.com reader pointed out, what if the hair Nick took from the brush wasn't Summer's?), but there's not much doubt that Phyllis and Nick will go running over to Jack's house and blurt everything out. Not that they have time to be particular, what with Summer salivating at the idea of bedding her brother. Eck. Backtracking, the scene in which Nick told Phyllis about the DNA test and she reacted, contained a lot of dialogue that did not ring true to me, but then there's been a lot not ringing true about some of the core characters lately. Anyway, the fallout over this reveal will no doubt be worth suspending reality. The one branch of this storyline that could have been very powerful is the angle with Summer and Kyle. Unfortunately, the decision to drop NuKyle in when they did (and him falling flat with viewers) is going to take away greatly from the impact that their devastation could have had. Bummer.
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