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    Friday, June 28 2013


    Looky here. (CBS)
    Restless Rant
    Week of June 24 – 28:


    A "Y&R" viewer I know personally, who has watched since the show began and who rarely missed an episode, told me this week that he had stopped watching. This felt important enough to mention here. Among the reasons given were the botched paternity storyline ("the last straw") and the abundance of recasts and newbies. Soaps.com has also seen an increase in the number of emails from readers who basically aren't enjoying the show anymore. Many core characters have become unrecognizable in a quest to further plots, and the show is often boring. The show is full of fantastic actors and so the show is always watchable thanks to them, however, "Y&R" has not been what it should be, which is fabulous. Thoughts on the week:

    Phyllis' surprise party.
    Instead of the high drama of Nick and Phyllis telling Summer the truth about her paternity that we were expecting, we instead got Phyllis running around like the village idiot trying to keep Summer and Kyle apart. It’s not that the comedic aspect wasn’t appreciated; it’s just that who could believe Phyllis would handle it this way - especially after working so hard to get back on track with Summer after the Ronan thing? Not to mention that it was inconceivable that they would wait to tell Summer and allow her to continue crushing and kissing on her half-brother. Incidentally, the Phyllis and Kyle hook-up would have been far more entertaining with the former Kyle. Still can't see the reason for the recast... On a positive note, Abby walking into the Abbott living room and getting an eyeful of Phyllis and Kyle kissing was definitely a 'moment'.

    Dear Abby.
    Abby’s really working the nerves lately...she's kind of unappealing. While she may have had to tell Victoria that Alex isn’t 'the one', viewers already knew.

    This is happiness.
    In the make-it-stop category we have Chelsea with her tears and gushing over her fairytale romance with Dylan, who seems to do nothing but give humble, heartfelt speeches these days. One tries to get into the romance of it, but it’s just too contrived to muster up any genuine emotion about them (unless you count pity and perhaps a little indignant anger on clueless Dylan’s behalf). Worse, viewers have had to sit through scenes of this poor schmuck wondering if what he’s offering is 'good enough'. Considering where Chelsea came from, functional living in Dylan’s loft is a big step up, and considering what she’s doing, it’s way too good for her.

    Hello dollies.
    It was hard to believe that Chloe thought Kevin taking a shift in a soup kitchen was going to make everything better, but thankfully he didn’t bother anyway. We’re also thankful that Delia and her dollies didn’t get to Chloe enough to stop her from uttering the other 'd' word we’ve been waiting to hear – divorce. Chloe and Billy’s interaction has been a breath of fresh air despite the depressing issues surrounding them.

    It’s over.
    While the inclination is to be angry with Victoria for giving Billy the boot, after all, Jill, Chloe, and Jack are being supportive; she makes a good point when it comes to him putting her and the kids at risk. Notably, there are weird parallels to her dealings with Daddy Dearest, who has also endangered her loved ones, but still manages to get her to forgive him every time. In fact, she may find Victor has had a hand in Billy’s troubles yet again. The theory floating about that Carmine is on Victor’s payroll is a dandy. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what she’ll do if she’s preggers. Also on the subject of Victoria, what the heck was up with all that talk about Reed coming to stay and something being wrong with JT? It was so out-of-the-blue and then was just dropped!


    Really? Let's get it on. (CBS)
    Band-aid on a broken bone.
    The exchange between Adam and Sharon at Crimson Lights was like watching two imposters. Adam’s love for Sharon was the reason Chelsea insisted he must leave town with her, and was one of the reasons he could not. Even those who hated the idea of Sharon and Adam together couldn’t argue that it became a defining part of Adam’s character. We get that the writers want to run with Chelsea being Adam’s great love now, but they can't just snap their fingers and make it so. Trying to rewrite history only makes viewers feel alienated from the characters and what they know to be true about them, and is the wrong way to go about changing viewers' perspective.

    Spy girl.
    So Adam’s chemistry-free hook-up, Melanie, turned out to be working as Victor’s spy. It was handy that Adam overheard her on the phone and got up to speed so quickly – saved us weeks of this bunk. She’s so fired.

    Twenty questions.
    Avery had a bit of a bad week, what with Faith freezing her out again, and Nick refusing to budge on telling her 'What Is Going On With Him' despite her excellent round of guessing. The foreshadowing points to Avery washing her hands of him once she finds out what he did, and Sharon, who clearly isn’t fazed by what he did at all for some reason, picking up the pieces. Also interesting this week was Sharon kneeling at Cassie’s grave and talking about 'why she did what she did'. What did she do? Hmm…

    Neil's nepotism?
    Not sure what to say about the fashion division drama at Jabot, but can't help but think that if Neil hadn't been so intent on hiring the whole 'fam damily' he might have avoided having to make business decisions based on personal issues. So now Devon, who has zippo experience with anything except music is running the entire fashion marketing campaign on his own? That's not insane at all... Meanwhile, Cane took Lily’s admission about Tyler remarkably well. Frankly, he could have been justifiably angry, and it was a little weird that he blamed his own long hours. On the subject of weird, the whole Tyler/Lily dalliance is another plot that seemed to be heading to some explosive climax, but just fizzled out. Now they have this Tyler character floating around in limbo. In any case, Lily and Cane were fine and even got it on after the kids' party, which was a bonus since love in the afternoon’s been hard to come by in Genoa City lately. As for Chancellor business, why would Jill so blatantly try to bribe Cane's assistant, who of course tattled, thus making Jill look like a rank amateur? What crap.

    Preppy gone bad.
    Fen as a goth stoner might be a tough sell, let’s just leave it at that. Anyway, Michael and Lauren were cute this week watching Austin Powers with takeout. Still enjoying the realism of them working through their issues.

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    Posted by elizadolittle at Friday, June 28 2013 10:36 AM

    All the anaylsis and just a blip about Sharon at Cassie's grave? I would have liked to hear more about what you thought of that even if I don't agree with some of what you have to say.

    The former powers that be had people acting OOC. I do agree with the poster about too many newbies.

    Phyllis surprise party
    I don't think anything would make Phyllis hooking up with her former step son whose diapers she change. I do miss Blake Hood though. As far as it being hard to imagine Phyllis would handle the situation this way, it's not that hard. She often does things that don't really make sense. She's always been her own worst enemy. It had been almost 20 years since she seduced Dr and she used a similar tactic when he ended up blackmailing her all those years later.

    This is happiness
    I agree with you too contrived and hard to get into.

    Abby
    I disagree with you about Abby completely. If anything nuAbby is becoming more appealing. She's coming to her own, gaining a personality and has nice chemistry with Tyler and her scenes with her family are becoming more believable.

    Spy Girl
    The hook up between Adam and Melanie wasn't "chemistry free" from where I was sitting. I definitely saw chemistry.

    Band aid
    Trying to rewrite history doesn't make it so. I'll agree with you there. Like when the last regime had Sharon make her grand declarations to Adam to downplay what she had with Nick. Or is it only alienating when it's Sharon and Adam's fanbase?

    Neil's nepotism
    Regardless of Neil's reasons for firing Tyler doesn't change the fact that he acting unprofessional. This wasn't a new thing. Tyler has behaved unprofessional on several occasions.

    Posted by Williams Family at Friday, June 28 2013 10:49 AM

    No Paul this week. Actually, he only appeared on two episodes in June. Come on writers, Doug Davidson is an Emmy winner! He deserves airtime and his own story!

    Posted by taramade at Friday, June 28 2013 10:56 AM

    Sing it, sister! I am with you on all of it!! Especially the recast of Kyle.

    The Neil nepotism is the weirdest thing. I was hoping Devon was on his way out. Talk about a floating character.

    The other thing that is getting on my nerves is the fact that Paul and Cricket were supposed to be hooking up again. She hasn't been on in the longest time! What's up with that? *Not that I'm looking forward to it.*

    And I'm glad I'm not the only one who wondered what happened with the Reed/JT thing. These writers.

    I wonder how they are going to handle Jeanne Cooper's death? She's away with Murphy. Heck, they were hardly around each other much less would they ever go away together.

    Happy weekend and I always look forward to your spot on rants!

    Posted by sunmama at Friday, June 28 2013 11:13 AM

    ICAM Candace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The exec's at Sony need to get their act together. It is they who have made these hiring decisions of EP's who keep trying to kill this show. I personally don't think JG is a bad writer, its the queen behind the scenes that is screwing it up.

    I hate what they are doing to Jack and Summer via Phyllis, a story with such promise shot to h3ll.

    Like your friend I will probably be checking out shortly. I just want to see how they handle the death of Katherine. If it's like any other story of late we will all probably be disappointed.

    Posted by deceived at Friday, June 28 2013 11:30 AM

    Too many newbies to enjoy,,, I FF a lot... but am wanting to find out WHY Phyllis is going to such lengths to hide Summer's paternity... maybe Jack is not the father after all... hmmm

    Posted by bikette at Friday, June 28 2013 11:30 AM

    Candance, good rant and ITA. Wish you have it so you could vote for more than one. I find it boring, FF and unrecognizable. But I didn't get that Sharon was talking about anything other than all the bad decisions(marrying Adam/babynapper, Grandpa Victor, letting her family think she was dead, burning down the ranch etc.) she has made in the past. And I am still not buying that everything that she and Nick did was because of Cassie's death.

    Posted by NorthernFan at Friday, June 28 2013 12:08 PM

    Excellent rant Candace. I kind of like Billy and Chloe. So glad Kevin and Chloe are done. Hate them as a couple. Getting tired of Victoria's whining - hopefully being pregnant will get rid of that scowl of hers.

    I also miss the core characters. I don't mind newbies but I don't like them monopolizing all the story lines. Bringing them in gradually to see our reaction to their characters is so much better.

    Hate what they've done with Phyllis and Adam. Can't even get into who's harassing Neil. Don't really care about a lot of the stuff going on right now and that's too bad.

    Posted by Candace_Soaps.com at Friday, June 28 2013 12:10 PM

    The actress who plays Abby has definitely settled into the role. I'm still not overly interested in the latest incarnation of the character, but it was Abby's unappealing behavior I was referring to - a bit divalike.

    Candace

    Posted by youareloved at Friday, June 28 2013 01:03 PM

    If I may I would like to comment on the Twenty Questions and what Sharon meet when she said Why she did what she did I believe she was talking about all the mistakes she has made since Cassie passing.

    Posted by sunmama at Friday, June 28 2013 01:44 PM

    Candace

    The oreo commercial has got to go.

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