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    Friday, August 01 2014


    Tragedy queen. (CBS)
    Genoa City for the week of July 28 - August 1:

    Some aspects of certain Genoa City storylines are definitely drawing us in, however, there is still something lacking that makes "Y&R" feel 'B movie' where it should be brilliant - and it's not the acting. Thoughts:

    Neil/Hilary/Devon.
    Many are rooting for Hilary and Devon to end up together, but the whole thing has gone from awkward to distasteful and has many wondering how anyone will feel good about anything in the end. Neil being clueless and a cuckold is unappealing, and the longer Hilary and Devon carry on behind his back, the less sympathetic they seem. If Hilary winds up pregnant and it becomes a question of whether Neil's the daddy or the granddaddy...well, yuck.

    Moving on.
    The soppy tragedy queen that Kelly has morphed into really isn't proving to be very popular as a character or with Jack. The Kelly we first got to know was edgy, sexy, battle-scarred, and a bit of a loose cannon - certainly sufficiently 'Phyllis-like' to not only have explained Jack's attraction, but also much more appealing as a rival when Phyllis returns.

    Stitch's secret.
    I was on vacation when the secret came out, so may be a little hazy on the details, but it seems Stitch isn't actually a vicious killer given the extenuating circumstances. Yet everyone acts like he is? Go figure. Ben's confession caused Dylan to get all red in the face over how many people have lied to him - poor Dudley Do-Right. Avery gave him a reality check and opined that Stitch was still hiding something. After Kelly mentioned their mother taking Stitch's side immediately following the father's death, it became pretty clear that it will probably turn out Stitch is covering for his mother, thereby making him even more of a noble good guy than anyone ever thought. Yep.

    Control the outcome.
    If Victoria truly wants nothing to do with either Billy or Stitch as she claims, why not go ahead with the DNA test so as to eliminate one of them from the equation right now? By waiting, she's keeping them both dangling and hovering around until the baby comes. Hmm. Also, is it me or did Victoria's baby bump grow huge over the past two weeks? As for the quadrangle aspect of the story, it's kind of crazy that NuBilly and Chelsea have this sexy root-able thing going on, yet it's nearly impossible to imagine that this would have happened with Billy Miller's version of Billy. That said, the quadrangle is working thanks to chemistry, complicated emotions, and the untenable situations they're all in.


    Such attitude. (CBS)
    Advice?
    After Abby's run-in with Tyler, Aunt Traci told her to take time for herself and to figure out what she wants, while Lily advised her to hook up with a hottie. Too funny. Abby and Devon? No thanks. Trying to make friend chemistry into romantic chemistry can be disastrous. Case in point: Kevin and Chloe. What's your take on Abby's love life? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: What should Abby do?

    Memory flash.
    Things are picking up in Sharon's storyline what with the lipstick in the stairwell memory inciting her to take a renewed interest in figuring out her secret. Meanwhile, Faith is pushing for a wedding, Mariah seems to be setting her sights on Nick, and it's only a matter of time before Phyllis comes out of that coma - her pinkie finger's already making moves. If all goes well, this should add up to big drama and reveals. On the subject of Mariah having a thing for Nick, Christine said last week, Ew. No. Please let’s not go there. Agreed. It's one thing for Mariah to be attracted to Nick, but quite another for it to go beyond that. Must. Never. Happen. Ack.

    Domestic bliss?
    Everyone pretty much got on board with the Summer and Austin marriage by week's end, however grudgingly. The newlyweds acquired an apartment, a job for Austin, a string of pearls, and Austin received his first scathing look from Nikki. They also spent time dealing with Mariah, who is right on point as a conniving snippy schemer...such attitude. Next up for Summer and Austin is the trial. Does anyone really believe he'll be sent off to prison?

    Sticky fingers.
    Detective Harding and Kevin sparring was entertaining, but I didn't really get Kevin's reasoning to Michael for going so far as to steal Barton Shelby's ID - because Chelsea was such a good friend to Chloe? Also, can Michael and Lauren stop yakking to Kevin about Chloe at every opportunity? Onward.

    A fake.
    Well we got a glimpse of Colin and Jill this week, just long enough to learn that they're still tied into this necklace tale. Kurtz showed up saying the necklace was a fake and Colin still owes his debt. Colin rolled his eyes and looked exhausted - a little bit how it felt for viewers who were ready to move on storyline-wise.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Mama Ladd at Friday, August 01 2014 10:47 AM

    Ben was called Ben by his mom and Kelly because he was Ben Russell - just changed the last name and everything else - SS# etc. when you missed the confession, you missed that part

    Posted by ILUVMYYR at Friday, August 01 2014 10:49 AM

    They are calling him Ben even when he was a kid because that was his name. Ben Russell.

    Posted by Candace_Soaps.com at Friday, August 01 2014 11:58 AM

    Thanks for clearing that up! Hope that helps anyone else who missed it as well.

    Posted by Tammy O at Friday, August 01 2014 12:13 PM

    Can't there ever be a real good guy? Stop dragging this on and show Ben was covering for his mom and IS a good guy.

    Posted by LargMarg at Friday, August 01 2014 12:18 PM

    Tired of Y&R making Jill look so stupid re the necklace.
    I'm so glad I have TVO. Don't have to watch some of these stupid story lines. Neal/Hilary/Devon. Abby. Kevin. Sooo tired of Victoria. Bring back Phyllis and Victoria Rowell.
    This show used to be so great. Now it mostly STINKS.

    Posted by ocean37 at Friday, August 01 2014 12:20 PM

    Sharon and Mariah should end up being related like fans are hoping for, but regardless, if writers try to pair Mariah with Nick they could be sounding the death knell for the show. Adopting her, possibly??? While on the subject of pairing, NO Ashley with Ben either. Would only be another awkward mismatch like Neil and Hilary.

    Posted by YR 1985 at Friday, August 01 2014 12:21 PM

    B movie is right. What is going on w/my fav show? What is with the high turnover? Clearly the casting person has a "type" which isn't working. My kids asked "Why do you watch it if you just FF through everything." The only aspect drawing me in at this point is habit - I have been watching for 29 YEARS and loved all but the last 8 months or so this last month has been painful.

    Posted by Funnyfeet at Friday, August 01 2014 01:39 PM

    PLEASE don't make Stitch a bad guy~!~ I love him and Victoria together. Can't you just let them be happy for a while? Billy is an ass so let him continue to sleep with Chelsea. I don't like her digging around in Stitch's past, so I think they make a perfect couple. Billy Miller would have NEVER slept with Chelsea...

    Posted by jumpstart at Friday, August 01 2014 05:38 PM

    Please stop Victoria from holding her oversize belly…. I know she is excited that she’s having a baby… enough already, and really,., she look like she’s six months pregnant… and close the Sharon/Phyllis situation and let Nick know Summer is his daughter. You drag out these ridiculous story lines too long. I agree that I’m only watching because of habit not because it’s interesting.

    Posted by ShiningStar82 at Friday, August 01 2014 06:35 PM

    Abby is just one of the many pointless characters on the canvas right now. I could care less who she's with. Let Abby go back to New York.

    There's no way Austin is going to prison, at worst, he'll get a suspended sentence. As much as I think Austin does need to pay for what he did, I will say if he sticks around I kinda hope they do something with him and Mariah. I think there was some chemistry there and she comes off WAY more mature than Summer is ( who acts more like someone Faith's age).

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