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    Friday, November 01 2013

    This... (CBS)
    Restless Rant for the Week of October 28 - November 1:

    The shocking death of Delia and the heart-wrenching performances that followed drew in the largest viewing audience that the show has had in nearly two years, according to a "Y&R" press release. That's no surprise, but it remains to be seen if those ratings can be sustained. The biggest drawbacks would appear to be certain poorly received storylines and the continued stream of newbies pushing into Genoa City. Notably, there was a huge positive fan response to the return of veteran core character Ashley Abbott, and the Abbott family reunion this week as compared to any of the stories with lesser known characters at the forefront. Thoughts:

    I heard I was needed.
    It was amazing to have Ashley return and share scenes with Billy at this difficult time - loved their interaction at the park. The Abbott family being all together felt so right. It was especially cool to see them sit down to breakfast as they did so often in the past, though there was a moment where their chatter and laughter felt awkwardly inappropriate in the face of their loss - particularly in Billy's presence. Notably, Summer was a better fit in the group than NuKyle, who still hasn't 'clicked' as an Abbott after all these months. On the whole, however, it was a breath of fresh air to have a core family gathering - if only it could always be like that.

    Goodbye to our little girl.
    The scenes surrounding the funeral were very well done - Billy and Chloe outside the doors together knocked the breath out of many viewers, and everyone leaving as Chloe's voice read Delia's poem was very poignant. The tea party for Delia was an almost unbearably bittersweet idea. Victor was so moved by it all he actually paid Billy a compliment, telling him he was showing great courage. What next? The icing on the cake was the Esther/Jill moment - holding hands and missing their granddaughter. But, was it worth it to kill off Delia and her potential for future storylines in order to have the current heart-wrenching storyline play out and to garner the high ratings? Let know your opinion by voting in our "Y&R" poll:

    The weight of guilt.
    The contrast of Adam kneeling at the roadside memorial as Delia was laid to rest was very powerful. Adam wrestling, almost wordlessly, with the weight of the guilt he's carrying has resonated with viewers to quite a degree. When he learned Connor could see, when Chelsea mentioned Delia, and when Chloe visited, there was that twist in the gut. For insight from the actor, read's interview with Michael Muhney.

    Let you go.
    Sharon improved to the point where she was able to take on Devious Cassie, so shouldn't it soon be dawning on her that she is still allowing Summer, Nick, Jack, and families to walk around believing Summer is Jack's biological daughter when she's not? If she's truly getting back to being herself then this would torment her since it's not who she is to have done something so diabolical. Needs to be addressed...

    Nikki's secret.
    Being honest, I'm more excited about Nikki having a storyline than the actual storyline itself, if that makes sense. As the reveal is being set-up it's becoming fairly easy to imagine how it will play out and how everyone involved will react. A surprising reaction or twist viewers don't see coming would be welcome.

    Contentious conversation. (CBS)
    Welcome wagon.
    Oh, Michael telling Lauren the prison welcome wagon paid him a visit was perhaps the best line of the week - he's such a gem. Unfortunately, this storyline is not so much so - the crazy just keeps coming. At this point, none of the Baldwins' actions even make much sense. Lauren lashing out at Paul and everyone else was rather irritating when her rigid attitude toward Michael over Fen's bullying, and her ensuing infidelity, was what put all this in motion. Even though it's coming from being panic-stricken, she might want to dial down the attitude a bit. Paul telling her he's sick of them trying to manipulate the system was an eye-opener, but he perpetrated that to some extent by letting them, and Kevin, get away with things before.

    Courtney's a customer.
    Wow, so suddenly Courtney has a huge drug problem, according to Fen's dealer, Raven. Um, since when? Wouldn't Summer have some inkling of this, having been her best friend for eons? This means our suspicions about Courtney pushing Noah into working at Newman because she has an agenda are also probably true. Ugh.

    Hilary's redemption.
    Hilary's overnight change of heart and redemption is as far-fetched as Courtney being a big drug fiend. Please. After all these months of this hardcore vendetta that viewers have been dragged through, suddenly it's all warm fuzzies? Cane stopped by to express a more realistic view of the matter, but neither Hilary nor Neil paid him much attention. What is perhaps most mind-boggling is that none of them appear interested in following up on what exactly Rose's connection to Gus was, and/or just how it came to be that Neil happened to start dating a woman (Leslie) whose father just happened to have a relationship with this woman named Rose, whom Neil just randomly met in a bar one night in another city, who just happened to die the night he met her, and whose daughter was able to track him down and begin harassing them all. Incredible!

    Dippy Devon?
    Devon going to Victor for 'mentoring', and being so easily manipulated by Mason made him look like a bit of a potential mark this week.

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    Posted by cindebugg at Friday, November 01 2013 10:48 AM

    You hit the nail on the head when you talked about the lack of twists and surprises. YR is predictable and boring.

    Posted by Tinkerbellz22 at Friday, November 01 2013 02:33 PM

    Though Delia's death has given Elizabeth Hendrickson and Billy Miller some amazing material to work with (especially EH who has been under-used for awhile) her death was not needed. Delia had connections to the Abbotts and though blood related to Katherine she had loved her as if she were blood (even writing with chalk on the driveway together). She could have grown up and with Reed been the next to carry on the Abbott/Newman pairings. And as a daughter of Billy and Chloe she was sure to be a firecracker as a teenager!

    If the writers had to kill off a soap kid they should have killed off Johnny. I didn't watch Johnny grow up and battle cancer. Killing off Chloe's only child just seems extremely cruel considering how great of a mother she had always been.

    Posted by ShiningStar82 at Friday, November 01 2013 03:53 PM

    I would never say killing off Delia or any child is a "good thing" for a story. It's terribly sad but in terms of her future potential for storylines...I don't see how Delia had any more story potential than any other child on the show. Not to mention, look at the kids who have become before Delia who also had great potential ( Fen, Kyle, Noah, Summer,Abby etc.) and it's been squandered despite those characters being alive. I'm not saying Delia dying is the way to go but it can have good storyline potential if it's done correctly.
    I will say I totally agree about Hilary, the sudden turn around makes no sense and thank you for bringing up the fact that no one on this show is wondering what Gus and Rose's connection was! That is what is driving me nuts the most.
    Good call about the Lauren and Michael storyline as well, watching this storyline is like watching a movie with too many endings. It just needs to end.

    Posted by Mistknapp at Friday, November 01 2013 04:20 PM

    I am very disappointed in Y&R these days. This Delia storyline is just too depressing to even allow the fans to enjoy the well acted scenes it has created. Now the fall-out stories will be just as depressing. How about some good, unexpected twists and surprises? I agree that the Hilary storyline is a little "out there" and farfetched. Re-cast Phyllis, bring her back and resolve the paternity debacle. Let Adam be happy for five min PLEASE! And lastly, bring the Dylan/Nicki storyline to the forefront, it has potential. This Delia storyline is just too sad and I have no desire to even watch it right now. I have to say I do love seeing Victor's loving and vulnerable side when it comes to his grandchildren, and even Delia/Billy right now.

    Posted by MsSuperSuds at Friday, November 01 2013 04:53 PM

    Love your take on Hilary's redemption especially when no one has explained the whole mess of her existence! Can't see much use or redemption for this character--unless someone does a whole lot of explaining. I am sure the writers will gloss over her destructive & dangerous deeds in order to keep the actress in the cast. Good luck to them on transitioning this character into a worthwhile GC citizen.

    I have no words to express what the writers are doing to both Devon and Neil at this point. Whatever! Hope they survive the fallout.

    Posted by Realitysaneness at Friday, November 01 2013 07:40 PM

    Very good rant! These bumbling writers forgot all about how this Hilary sum came about in the first place, and if she read the letters numb nuts gave her doesn't she have any questions about that...that is where all the issues should be..great going dumbies, you bungle on your own garbage. She should follow Cane's suggestion and leave town, Neil should grow a couple and be realistic in light of what she has done to his loved ones and taken them through and use his alleged great mind to realize he had no utterance in her mother's death, he is the level headed one and gives everyone else advice and then falls on his face on this,...unrealistic and out of character, he is not an airhead.

    Speaking of that neither is Paul this crap that Lauren and Michael are throwing out is stupid and beneath the intelligence of their characters, especially a former DA and then you have Fen written with this drug crap, the only good thing about that is you finally had the hairdressers attack his hair, good job, end of anything positive about this storyline. You finally killed Carmine now we are going to hear about him forever...

    How long before assie goes back to her grave, her input makes no sense at all sine it was Sharon who conjured her up to support her sick mentality, she should be gone with Sharon on her meds and Sharon should be gone to jail.

    The PD investigation and coroner investigation and notes from the corpse, bruising, shrubbery, loatrion of hat and bruises not in line with that should pick up on that Delia was on the side of the road when hit within the shrubbery and the possibility that whoever hit her may not have been aware due to there being no tire marks of screehing on the road and the fact that someone saw the guy pull over, could very possibly be they were not aware and the fact that someone should have mentioned she had the dog and he was out of the car possibly luring her out of the car and involved with what occurred...does everyone in this soap have to be brain dead...

    Speaking of that WAKE PHYLLIS UP! If the actress is not coming back replace her, you have replaced everyone else and Sharon has more than earned her jail time, let her begin it! Give Nick a break before you give him another brother that makes no sense. And Nikki is only thinking of herself, this guy has been and is going thru enough without having what he has known to be his whole life that he talks about and cherishes all the time with emphasis just because after almost 30 years she suddenly remembers she had a child thanks to these nutty writers. What bunk, this has been the most realistic soap on the air and these nail heads have killed it, write your own death in would you, that would be realistic!

    Posted by desert lord at Saturday, November 02 2013 12:07 PM

    I am wondering if Hillary is the daughter of Gus and Rose? just a thought.

    Posted by londonrose at Saturday, November 02 2013 07:32 PM

    The Hilary storyline made NO sense at all!! The whole Delia storyline was sad and so uncalled for...I was in tears watching this stuff!! Soaps use to have a balance of good and bad, but now everything is bad! These writers are about to make me need blood pressure pills for crying out loud.. I keep reading the spoilers to see when Sharon is going down. I'm willing to bet that storyline will fizzle out too!!

    Posted by gracie45 at Sunday, November 03 2013 11:11 AM

    I haven't watched the Delia thing at all, its just too depressing. It was totally short sighted and stupid to kill of that child. Katherine and that was enough depression, but there was a reason for it as Jeanne Cooper died in real life.

    I just check this site once in awhile to see what is going on, and there is nothing yet to bring me back. I'm vaguely interested in Nikki's story but the Hillary - Winters thing is a snooze, Michael & Lauren has gotten stale, Sharon and ghost Cassie is a bust and OMG if they bring back Delia as another ghost I will surely scream!

    If they don't pull up their socks and bring on some romance and humor they will lose me for good.

    Posted by Realitysaneness at Saturday, November 09 2013 07:23 PM


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