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    Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog.

    Friday, May 02 2014

    Umm... (CBS)
    Genoa City for the week of April 28 - May 2:

    The way storylines are rolling out for May sweeps has many thinking that recasts are likely on the horizon for the characters of Adam and Phyllis, especially given the reveal that Michelle Stafford joined General Hospital. Given all the new faces viewers have already coped with, the dramatically changed landscape of "Y&R," and the less-than-stellar state of the show in general, these are going to need to be two of the best recasts in soap history. More thoughts:

    Sharon's secret.
    While it's nothing new for Victor to stubbornly stand his ground in the face of his family's disapproval, or for Nick to disown him, or for Nikki to leave him, this storyline, albeit dragged out, gave us an interesting element in that Sharon cannot remember the potentially destructive secret she's keeping from Nick - so everyone's at a loss. Sharon's visit to Victor, to ask him of all people, to help her uncover the truth about the secret was truly unexpected - even Victor seemed surprised - a cool twist! What wasn't nearly as cool was the Cassie lookalike being revealed as Mariah. Not only is it implausible that Victor wouldn't have discovered her real agenda early on, but her pale freckled arm with the tattoo appears to be a totally different arm from the one we were seeing when Mariah was first stalking Abby and Tyler and peeps were speculating that Mariah would be a Lily alter-ego. Anyone else smell a hasty storyline rewrite? Perhaps some explanation will be forthcoming. We also learned that Mariah is tight with Ian Ward - sounds like she was once on 'The Path'. This left me wondering if the tattoo is linked to the cult, and if Ian Ward is ever going to do anything significant beyond popping up here and there to leer smarmily. In any case, it's a sad state of affairs for Tyler, who between Abby, Mariah, and Victor, now seems hopelessly emasculated. Boo.

    Secret admirer.
    Let's all start taking swigs of cooking sherry every time Avery mentions her web series, her fans, any recipe, or ingredients thereof - it might make it more bearable. As if it weren't awful enough, we're now to believe she's acquired a stalker after one episode. Between this development and Ian being on the loose, Dylan's even deeper into the grunting, staring, and intimidation than usual - Genoa City's very own Biff the Bouncer. My vote for the stalker goes to the cute photographer, Austin. Maybe he's also in cahoots with Ian Ward. You never know. Does he have a tattoo?

    Ben's secret.
    Many viewers are at their wit's end over the endless scenes between Stitch and Kelly alluding to this terrible thing he allegedly did in the past. Here's hoping they just reveal it already before we have to watch much more of NuOldBilly's sneering threats. Surely, they won't have Billy find out what Ben's hiding simply by doing an online search after all this? Right?

    Victoria's secret. (CBS)
    Victoria's secret.
    So Victoria got her miracle pregnancy and doesn't know if the magic result is courtesy of Billy or Stitch. My money's on Billy, which is unfortunate because this pairing doesn't have the rooting value any longer. Given Chloe's recent crazy idea of getting preggers by Billy to make another Delia, it crossed my mind to wonder how she would take the news. Could it send her over the edge?

    Secret affair.
    The Hilary and Neil thing is fairly unpalatable. It reeks of Neil having some sort of mid-life crisis or rebound crisis, and Hilary's passion for him seems like overkill. The words 'awkward' and 'uncomfortable' come to mind. Adding to the irritation factor in this storyline was Devon's juvenile reaction to hearing Hilary having sex - attempting to make her jealous of Esmerelda and then grilling her about whether she has a boyfriend. What the what?

    Monologues in the park.
    Bleh. Let's hope Jack and Kelly hit the sack soon so we can dispense with the long-winded romantic bonding sessions. Their candid conversation about Phyllis was something different, however. Quite moving.

    Biological clock winding down.
    Aw, who didn't feel happy for Paul when he tearfully agreed to start trying for a baby with Christine? Left me wondering if Paul will get his 'congratulations it's a boy' notification about Dylan before that can happen. How do you feel about the idea of Christine having Paul's baby? Vote in's Y&R Poll: Christine and Paul's Pregnancy Plans.

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    - Candace Young

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    Posted by ShiningStar82 at Friday, May 02 2014 03:47 PM

    Paul and Christine wanting to have a kid is an "enh" to me but I've never really cared for them as a couple.

    So glad you mentioned the tattoed wrist of Mariah!! I had been thinking the same thing. According to Jill Farren Phelps it was always the plan to make the fake Cassie actually be Mariah but it's not like that can't be a total lie.

    Posted by lmfan at Friday, May 02 2014 05:30 PM

    Curious but you see Paul and Christine potentially having a baby as sweet while Lauren and Michael having a baby was so unappealing. Why? These two couples are contemporaries. Personally, I like the idea of Paul and Christine having a baby and did find their scenes sweet, but the discussions between Michael and Lauren about their conflicted feelings and worry about health risks were much more realistic for a couple their age. The one baby story I don't like is Victoria in yet another WTD. She and Billy have a toddler so why do they need a baby and having a baby with Stitch, a man she barely knows, is unappealing. I guess they need yet another Newman spawn on the show while Paul and Lauren's oldest children are off screen and Likey's son Fen is barely seen. I do wonder if Chloe will be pregnant and leave town when EH exits Y&R.

    Posted by Candace at Saturday, May 03 2014 09:16 AM

    lmfan - I should have worded differently or expanded - I'm no more keen on a 'Paul and Christine having a baby' storyline than Michael and Lauren. It was the way I felt drawn into Paul's emotions in that moment that I was commenting on, and as stated, my hunch is that a revelation about Paul having a grown child with Nikki will derail plans for a Paul/Christine baby anyway.

    Posted by EdithP at Sunday, May 04 2014 01:05 PM

    Have I mentioned how boring and interchangeable all the new young blondes are on the show? They all have the same cut and color. I can't tell one from another. The writers, as well as the casting dep't. ought to be horsewhipped for implausible plots, repeating past plots over and over. I just have to point out that NuOld Billy looks 14 years old and this makes the pairing with Victoria ridiculous. He and Dylan have the same unchangeable facial expression. I am getting deeply irritated by "Cupcake," Avery. She is a bit too much. Don't the producers care anymore?

    Posted by ladybug67 at Monday, May 05 2014 06:18 PM

    Victoria is enable to forgive a one time mistake by Billy while trying to deal with his grieve, so it's ok for her to jump both feet in a full blown affair with bad boy Stitch and now not knowing who fathered her baby...Give me a break!!! She is and always was her father's daughter who was always a two timer no good @#$^%&*.... What an awful storyline this is...I'm will from now on be taping the show and skipping most of the things that have to do with those two idiots.

    Posted by Jarcom at Tuesday, May 06 2014 01:41 PM

    I do think that the Emmy noms for acting are deserved but the writing nomination is a joke

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