Week of June 17 – 21:
There were more vets featured this week on "Y&R," which was awesome, yet the show continued to have a flat feel, and there was little in the way of passion or witty one-liners to liven things up. Thoughts:
Victoria may be hormonal but she’s not stupid. It was a bit of a stretch to believe she’d think Billy was fooling around with Chloe, but her continuing to accuse him even after he showed her his horse racing bets on his phone just seemed to make little sense for a smart cookie like her – though she was very convincing. Billy’s reactions to Carmine and Adam not helping him out were entertaining, but the best development was Jill being interjected into this story at long last. More!
Help the homeless.
Kevin and Chloe’s messed-up tale continued to drag on. Not much more to say – many wish it would just end already so the characters can get on to other things. As for Chloe and Chelsea, they need to find something else to talk about – their 'men' conversations are headache-inducing.
The Baldwin clan.
Again, the best new development in the Baldwin story was Lauren finally confiding in her sister, Jill. Lauren and Michael’s ups and downs continued to be compelling and realistic, and the scenes in which Michael defended Lauren to Fen were excellent. One thing – why haven’t they taken out a restraining order on Carmine yet? Given Michael’s connections it seems like a no-brainer...
The mystery blogger.
This Neil mystery just gets weirder. Why would this Rose person from Gus’ past be out to get Neil? Confusing. When Leslie pulled out the photo of Rose, did anyone else feel resistance to the idea of having to get used to yet another newbie?
The idea of Devon and Neil warning Lily that her attraction to Tyler is 'showing' is pretty realistic, but honestly, is there anything more irritating than Devon with his undershorts in a knot over something? It’s like he’s this young dude with the personality of a stubborn, crotchety old man. You’d think he was Lily’s husband... Speaking of Cane, he’s just cruising along as CEO of Chancellor – love his interactions with Jill. However, his new assistant, Hilary, is too 'perfect' – another newbie that will be hard to relate to or care about...
Having a hard time.
Once again, it was kind of heartrending hearing Traci talk about her troubles, and how the loss of Colleen has affected her, and her marriage so profoundly. Kudos. No offense to Steve, but I hope she sticks around.
The best thing to enjoy about Adam these days are his occasional interactions with Avery. They like to challenge each other so it gets interesting. Aside from that, Adam needs to snap out of the Chelsea downer he's been on - it's just too boring for his character. Meanwhile, there's Sharon, picking up traveling salesmen at Genoa City bars and pondering how she can glom onto her other ex, Nick, because she’s suddenly defined as a woman who can’t live without a man needing her. Sigh. Not feeling it.
Will you marry me?
Two weeks ago, Chelsea and Dylan were barely together and now they’re getting married? No words.
Punctured paternity plot.
Yep, punctured, like letting the air out of a balloon – that’s what it feels like happened to this potentially epic storyline. The anti-climactic mid-week reveal, when Nick first told Phyllis, was bad enough, but now to drag it out is bizarre. This isn’t something you keep quiet about once you know it, and there is no 'better' time to tell someone this kind of truth. Basically, with the waiting it's felt watered down. Perhaps the delay was to allow for one further bit of drama... With Phyllis and Kyle heading off together on a business trip, one can’t help but recall that he had a big crush on her, and the foreshadowing of Jack saying that perhaps being with Phyllis will distract Kyle from Summer...oh, and maybe he’ll meet an older woman and forget about Summer entirely. Hmm. Who else thinks Phyllis might just sleep with Kyle in order to put the kibosh on his relationship with Summer for good? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Phyllis and Kyle poll.
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