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    Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog.

    Friday, June 20 2014


    Right now! (CBS)
    Genoa City for the week of June 16 - 20:

    "Y&R" viewers are bored and feel like they're on the outside looking in at a show they don't recognize, rather than experiencing the emotions of their beloved characters along with them. Thoughts:

    The Underground.
    You know things have deteriorated to an unacceptable degree when you find yourself agreeing with Nick Newman on a regular basis. Mariah is not Cassie and it's messed up that Sharon is forming an attachment to her dead daughter's doppelganger. Looking for a positive - we did experience a slight thrill when Mariah physically attacked Abby. The writing seems to be on the wall in this story - Mariah will prove to be Sharon's new pride and joy and Nick and the naysayers will hang their heads in shame for not believing. Noah, who is incapable of being a badass for longer than five minutes, is already in apologetic mode, Summer's too self-involved to truly care, and Abby, the one-dimensional blonde heiress who spends most of her time foot-stomping and name-calling, will continue doing just that until she eventually is forced to (begrudgingly) admit that Mariah was just a scared misguided girl who needed someone to care about her. Yak. Victor finding out Mariah is connected to Ian may be the saving grace.

    Right this minute.
    How can we feel any real emotion about the Neil/Hilary/Devon situation when it's so ridiculous? Neil speeding to the altar clearly indicates an infatuation with the idea of being married and/or a reaction to what happened with Leslie. We've been told Hilary's very smart, so why isn't she calling him on this or having concerns? In any case, as discussed in the last rant, at this point, Neil deserves whatever happens to him. So now, Devon has just a matter of hours to make Hilary doubt herself. It would have helped for viewers to have seen Hilary acting hesitant with Neil or thinking a little longingly of Devon now and then; feeling Hilary being pulled in two directions would have built up some anticipation to her having to make this decision.

    No-tell motel.
    So Summer's first time was exactly how she imagined it (except, we presume, for a few technicalities such as the seedy motel, the bullet wound, the APB, and the cops). Sigh. This story has been so dumb since Avery's cooking show began that it's enough to make one shed tears. We can feel for all Summer's gone through, but who cares about the plight of yet another newbie, Austin? How about Aunt Avery digesting the news that Summer gave up her virginity to the guy who held her at gunpoint and then agreeing to defend him? In what universe...? Thrown into the mix for good measure were the two dads (aka Dumb and Dumber, aka Jack and Nick) blustering around the police station, with Nick's Neanderthal tendencies on full display while Jack fretted and talked on the phone to his new squeeze. When the cops left them alone with Austin and turned their backs there was a hopeful moment when it seemed things might get gritty, but alas nothing happened. Blah, yuck, double yuck. Wake up, Phyllis, and kick some butt! What do you think about Avery's decision? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Should Avery defend Austin?


    Lose the hat. (CBS)
    Down Under.
    Billy and Chelsea looked equally as unbelievable in their TV production people costumes as Courtney always does in her police officer Halloween costume. Did Billy and Chelsea hit up the local theatre for props before they knocked on Jenna's door? Egad. Anyway, that whole trip was boring and pointless and seemed to exist for the sole purpose of establishing that Chelsea and Billy get turned on by each others' misery...and having them share another kiss.

    Hospital drama.
    Paul's loved ones are appropriately distraught over his worsening condition, the problem is that viewers aren't getting fully drawn into the emotions because they suspect this was more about exposing Dylan's paternity than anything else. Most expect Paul to make a complete recovery, probably just in time to endure Christine's histrionics over him sharing a child with Nikki. Super Dylan, having overheard that he is Paul's son will almost certainly insist on risking his life to save the life of his father. Viewers guessed that Paul was Dylan's bio-dad months ago (despite the ludicrous premise that Nikki and Paul must have - oops - forgotten they had sex!) and it's still playing out predictably, which makes for a dull storyline. Case in point - Father Todd's most compelling scene was with Stitch, whose private hell at least still has a bit of mystery to it. Speaking of which, Ben/Stitch had some moving scenes in the chapel as this strong guy struggled with his personal issues and viewers felt/saw his vulnerability. My current theory regarding Stitch's secret is that he had something to do with the death of Kelly's father. If it turns out they are siblings, it was his father too. It also sounds like the death may have involved Stitch making some sort of controversial judgement call since he says he doesn't regret what he did, only that others were hurt by it.

    Jack and Kelly.
    They have become terminally boring in record time.

    There's no place like home.
    Nikki moved back into the ranch. Shocker...not. There were some heartwarming scenes between her and Victor, though, who is really spreading some feelgood vibes lately, unless you're Ian Ward. By the way, why is Ward still around? Jeeze.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by reng at Friday, June 20 2014 10:40 AM

    I almost got dizzy nodding my head at your rant.

    Posted by MichaelT66 at Friday, June 20 2014 11:20 AM

    Nice rant this week! I laughed out loud with "You know things have deteriorated to an unacceptable degree when you find yourself agreeing with Nick Newman on a regular basis."

    Posted by Ninwis at Friday, June 20 2014 12:23 PM

    I love your rant! LOL!

    Posted by MichaelT66 at Friday, June 20 2014 12:49 PM

    I'm starting to think that Mariah is actually Sharon's daughter, Cassie's twin. Sharon gave birth while at one of Ian's hippie feel good places and he kept Mariah for himself since he can't father is own children.

    Posted by birda109 at Friday, June 20 2014 02:00 PM

    I vote for a complete destruction of the town along with all the inhabitants except possibly keeping one or two. Maybe a missile gone rogue or a drone that goes off course and demolishes everything. Then they can start all over again with fresh stories and stop all this senseless, trite and totally boring dialogue. We need a violent shakeup of these storylines - just a suggestion!!

    Posted by beezwax at Friday, June 20 2014 02:01 PM

    "Dumb and dumber"...lol!

    This show has way too many secrets. Every time a new character is introduced, he/she has a deep dark secret. It's easier to count "who doesn't have a secret?" Just about every storyline deals with a secret. Y&R should have a new name... WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR SECRETS!!!

    Posted by Over-It at Friday, June 20 2014 03:03 PM

    I absolutely agree with this week’s rant. I have been saying the same thing for several weeks. The Sharon altered Summer's DNA test resulting in Phyllis being in a coma narrative has been going on for entirely too long. Y&R should check their set to see if that awful smell is coming from the dead dog that they have been beating.

    Posted by ShiningStar82 at Friday, June 20 2014 03:12 PM

    No Avery shouldn't defend Austin! What happened to him waiving his right to council? I'm sorry but the whole scenario is just stupid. Summer is acting like she has no sense in her head whatsoever and I seriously do not get why Avery is being such a pushover for Summer.

    I also can't believe that with Sharon's obsession with Mariah, her shrink isn't concerned about it. That being said, it was hard not to be pleased when Abby and her petty little plan got exposed.

    Posted by apple1950 at Saturday, June 21 2014 07:53 AM

    Thought there would be more of a reaction from Victor with Dylan being Paul's son. Dylan find king out was uneventful. Nikki did say a year ago that three baby came early, hence, she could have been pregnant. Why is Iran hanging around? Let the fun begin? So he thinks it funny that he doesn't turn out to be the father? Was he hoping to extort money and leave town before anyone found out? He is sick. What's up with Abby? This character is completely useless and irritating. Summer and Abby are written as airheads. Neil and Hilary? Neil has lost my respect as a character and Hilary never had it. Don't get me started on devon being left all that money. Something is very out of sinc with this show and its characters.

    Posted by cpatrish at Saturday, June 21 2014 09:07 AM

    What has happened to the show I used to watch, from day one until the end of this past January? Jack and Nick as dumb and dumber was hysterical and on point. Jack and Kelly have seriously become terminally boring; all the story lines are just awful. I do not watch anymore.

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