This week was relatively low-key, so many viewers are anticipating some amped-up drama on "Y&R" for November Sweeps. Thoughts:
Despite the terrific Veteran's Day tribute that was (oddly) held at The Underground, the 'Nikki is Dylan's secret mother' storyline is falling a little bit short of the mark and it's possibly because so much of it just doesn't ring true. Nikki keeping such a big secret from Victor is certainly a legit reason for tension, but they've largely centered the conflict in the story around Victor and Nick's extreme dislike of Dylan, which doesn't really fly. Neither of them has any real reason to hate the guy. He didn't actively interfere with Nick and Avery's relationship before their doomed wedding - it was Avery's choice to stay with Dylan and be late. So, it's just not possible to really engage with what these characters are supposedly feeling toward him. That's not to say that there's no anticipation about the truth coming out - it's bound to be a disaster.
Bracelet in the blanket.
Avery has legit reason to dislike Sharon as she did actively interfere in her relationship with Nick, so Avery being snippy works here. For the record, with Avery and Dylan now having kissed, and since Sharon shares such noticeable chemistry with Dylan, there's a storyline ripe with conflict just waiting to naturally happen. Who would you like to see Sharon paired up with? Vote in Soaps.com's "Y&R" poll:
It was a little surprising how quickly Billy went from gun-toting rage to crying for help and attending a support group. Perhaps it was finally hugging and connecting with Johnny that was the catalyst? Either way, the support group scenes were moving. It was ironic that Billy had finally seemed to move past the vigilante mind-set and it was Adam's online comment that reignited it.
Despite his suffering, it was a decent week for Adam as he finally told Chelsea to just stop yammering, and later got in some good digs while helping Sharon out with Victor.
It was a tad confusing when Chloe showed off a picture of Connor and his eyes to Kevin, who then went on about how she should tell Chelsea it's too difficult for her to be around Connor. Was I missing something? In any case, Chloe and Kevin's scenes are lurking in dull territory again.
There are scenes within the Lauren/Michael/Fen storyline that have been worth watching, such as Jill and Lauren commiserating, Michael and Christine clashing, Paul and Lauren butting heads, and Summer visiting Fen and getting the goods on Courtney, but the bigger picture is that it's just dragging on with the crazy. The hang-up calls Lauren keeps getting signify that this likely won't be ending without more psycho nuttiness.
It felt like progress for Summer to confront Courtney about buying drugs and for Noah to ask about her family. The whole drug thing is faintly intriguing since she obviously doesn't appear to be under the influence - so is she buying drugs to resell to support herself? Is she buying them for an addicted parent? Any ideas?
Considering how cozy Kyle and Jack have been for quite a long time now, it's kind of silly to think that Kyle could go in and pull the wool over Victor's eyes. Even if he completely convinced Victor that he and Jack had had a falling out, Victor would still watch Kyle extra closely since the potential for him having an ulterior motive is just too high. It's too bad holier-than-thou Devon didn't agree to do it - it might have made him slightly more interesting. Kyle also met Hilary this week, so that could become a pairing...
Lily and Cane's sauna scene was a bit of fun, but there's definitely a need to get on with whatever is going to be next for these characters. They're repeatedly put in scenes where they just talk about what they'll do.
Abby had better hope Mariah doesn't decide to show up in Genoa City - judging by the relentless phoning she may be a little scary. Anyway, Abby and Tyler had their birthday love-in at, where else, Chancellor Park. Even if it was odd to have an outdoor surprise when it was so cold, Tyler was totally sexy and romantic - no complaints there. Across town, Leslie had less success as she burnt the meatloaf, but she and Neil got the biggest laugh of the week when she told him that Tyler had called her up for the peach cobbler recipe. Neil's expression was perfect with the line, "Back this truck up...Tyler's baking?" So funny.
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