There are still issues, but "Y&R" once again delivered some solid drama that allowed the actors to shine. Thoughts:
Don't go now.
The week kicked off with more drama at the hospital. Nikki and Christine going at it was great fun - Nikki giving as good as she got through gritted teeth was the most formidable and, hence, enjoyable she's been in some time - she's been quaky, shaky, teary Nikki for too long. Avery, of course, smacked Ian across the face, which was satisfying, but that didn't stop him from flinging accusations at Nikki...at least until Victor arrived. It's hilarious how Ian scuttles away like a cockroach when Victor becomes threatening. Later, Dylan went into sepsis shock and Avery caterwauled at his bedside as Sully's ghost and a fatherly vision of Paul vied for his soul. Dylan improved and Paul woke up knowing Dylan would be fine. Heartwarming, though cheesy. It might have been preferable if Paul had actually made his way into Dylan's room instead, but it is what it is. One irksome item - where was Christine after Monday? She went from guarding Paul like a pitbull to being completely MIA. Maybe she was miffed that he wanted to fixate on Dylan instead of 'their future'. I smell trouble. What do you think of Ian's accusations about Nikki? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Does Ian's claim against Nikki have merit?
Deal with the devil.
Leslie = fierce! She told Ian to take a short walk off a long pier following a pep talk from her hottie hubby, and then gave the Newmans a heads-up about his plans. Loved it.
Start living again.
Victoria and Chelsea clashed over Billy, and Chelsea later admitted to Kevin that she feels more for Billy than she should. That's believable enough, but Billy being interested in Chelsea is more of a stretch. NuBilly check-in: he's settling into the role nicely, but as mentioned last week, we're still looking for more of Billy's smirky wise-cracking attitude that is the cornerstone of his personality. Billy is the naughty boy/overgrown frat boy with a heart. Here's hoping that vital side of him emerges soon. The 'ugly outfit' remark was a step in the right direction. Are you seeing chemistry between NuBilly and Chelsea or NuBilly and Victoria? Be sure to comment below.
Kelly finally coughed up 'the truth' about her and Ben - or at least part of it - confirming what many had already deduced; they are siblings. Meanwhile, Kevin learned that Ben had taken on the identity of a young man who died. What does it all mean? Frankly, our heads hurt from trying to figure it out and we're in serious danger of not caring anymore. Out with the secret - stat.
Nick 'softening' toward Mariah was nothing less than expected. The bit with Sharon insisting she would never marry Nick again had many rolling their eyes. We all know he'll talk her into it. His non-proposal and her reply, "I won't," made for a cute moment.
Out of time.
The twists in the Colin/Jill saga had us moving from one emotion to another. Lauren's visit had a terrific beat when Jill confided she'd almost walked in on an intimate moment between her and Colin, and Lauren grimaced and said she's been there, done that, and didn't want to do it again. Ha! Anyway, some questioned whether Jill would knowingly commit insurance fraud to help her hung-up husband. Is it realistic? One thing we know for sure is that they need to get out of the house more.
So Summer went completely off-the-rails and married her jailbird. The good news - it meant we got to see Jack turn all red and blow a gasket - more than once. The not-so-good news is that viewers are calling the story ridiculous and many are too newbie-weary to invest in Austin and his troubles. Noah heard the news and tried to be stern with Summer, but as usual that fizzled in under a minute. As for Courtney, her tough chick routine with Austin was about as believable as her being a cop in the first place. Um, when is someone going to tell Nick?
Enjoy the view.
Noah and Courtney shared yet another awkward and vapid couple scene, this time in the Dive Bar admiring the view. There really isn't anything flowing naturally between these two after all this time.
Best of the week was a wasted Devon drunk-dialing Cane in Paris. Baha! He continued to keep things entertaining by showing up at Hilary and Neil's Jabot celebration (held by the only two people in town who support the union) and nearly giving Hilary an ulcer as she waited to see what alcohol-fueled declaration he had come to make. We thought for a minute that Neil might finally wake up and smell the fumes, but alas he continued to be utterly clueless about Devon and Hilary even after discovering them in close proximity in the elevator. Gah. Later, Abby's words of wisdom drove Devon out onto the building ledge where he dispensed with his cash. When Courtney and Noah showed up there later and admired the view out the window I had a good laugh wondering if Devon was still out there. Hehe.
Have an amazing Fourth of July holiday, and here's hoping Canadian readers enjoyed their Canada Day earlier this week!
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- Candace Young