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    Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog.

    Friday, August 29 2014

    Stomach-turning union. (CBS)
    Genoa City for the week of August 25 - 29:

    "Y&R" seems to be resurrecting things from the past that 'worked' to try and get back into viewers' good graces. Everyone loved Cassie and Drunk Nikki, right? Thoughts:

    As the stomach turns.
    The good news is that the Mariah storyline took an unexpected twist, the bad news is that it involved Ian, who had raised her as his daughter, deciding he would marry her. If that's not gross enough, he apparently undressed her while she was unconscious and put her in the wedding dress. Ew. In this case, most would have preferred to see the more predictable, but infinitely more palatable plot of Kevin and Mariah having a motorcycle wreck, mentioned in last week's blog. There's no denying that Nick and Sharon have definitely managed to sell the 'Mariah is Cassie's twin' history rewrite, but it remains to be seen how the Mariah/Sharon relationship will go, and what will become of Ian, who was last seen at Nikki's door...again. How does he keep getting past ranch security anyway? Yeeps! What do you think of the Mariah reveal? Vote in's Y&R Poll: Mariah is Sharon's daughter.

    Katherine's remembrance.
    It was great to see Murphy and Nina brought back for Katherine's remembrance party. It would have been even better if the likes of Brock, Mackenzie, JT, Chance, Phillip, and Tucker had been in attendance. The first day of the gathering in Chancellor Park inexplicably seemed to focus largely on Kevin's brooding and Lauren and Jill discussing Michael's intimacy issues. The second day had Murphy telling those gathered that Katherine wanted them to write letters to her. It was an excellent idea, however some of the writers seemed to focus more on their problems than on actually addressing Katherine in a meaningful way. I'd have rather marked the anniversary of her passing with some fabulous flashbacks and the end of the trifling music box storyline. Just when it looked like Jill was done with it, the darn thing was swiped and showed up on someone's desk, which can only mean we're not done with it yet. Unfortunately, while admirable to try and keep a storyline thread running that has to do with Katherine, this really hasn't made viewers feel connected to her, or who she was, in any appreciable way.

    Drunk Nikki.
    Well, Nikki's back on the sauce, which we saw coming from a mile away. She attended an AA meeting and vowed that she wouldn't take a drink that day, but that was before Ian showed up, so we'll see. Victor hasn't figured out that she's hitting the bottle again, because as usual, he's too busy 'protecting his family' to actually protect his family. Hehe. Which brings us to...

    Liplock. (CBS)
    Eyes wide open.
    Phyllis is awake! Was she glaring at Victor? It kind of looked like it. I have to say it was classic Victor to be there when she finally woke up waiting to grill her about Sharon. Perfection. Can't wait to see what Gina Tognoni brings to the role.

    There was plenty of foreshadowing about Avery and Michael this week. First there was Jill's 'whoops' moment of assuming they were having an affair and publicly calling them out, and then Gloria hilariously advising Lauren in hushed tones to steer Michael toward an old geezer with nose hairs. Loved Glo being on as always!

    Meals on wheels.
    From the disastrous dinner at Neil's place to the lost-cause luncheon at Summer and Austin's apartment, Jack found himself fleeing from one meal after another. First Jack learned that Neil was blind, which had some questioning why Neil wouldn't have informed his boss of this sooner. Jack made his exit after the salad went flying and things became too tense and awkward amongst the stressed-out Winters clan. At the remembrance party, Jack then noticed what Neil, even with his newly super-tuned senses still hasn't - the chemistry between Hilary and Devon. Not too subtle there kids! Jack later took Kelly over to Summer's for lunch and proceeded to spoil dessert with his news about moving on. Based on her comments to Kelly in the kitchen and her reaction to Jack's announcement, Summer evidently thought Jack was just using Kelly for sex until Phyllis woke up.

    Family business.
    As if Cane doesn't have enough going on keeping an eye on Hilary and Devon, he now has to contend with the revelation that Colin is once again dealing with seedy types in the park. Will Cane help Colin, or wash his hands of him again? Hmm.

    In Stitches.
    Billy had some fun with Vikki making their prison break from the hospital. I appreciated the attempt to bring some more levity to NuBilly, who still comes across rather 'dry' much of the time. Stitch, meanwhile, got the shock of his life when his number one hater, Abby, pulled him into a liplock in the middle of the Club. Of course she was just trying to make Tyler jealous, but more likely it was an Abby/Stitch chem-test. Did you see magic?

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    Posted by Chicky2 at Friday, August 29 2014 11:46 AM

    NO! Did not see the chemistry and NO, that is a sister unwritten rule, no way. Would not buy that at all.

    It was nice to have a twist, for something to happen that none of us saw coming. It was nice to see Mariah emotional, somehow we could feel for her.

    I am rooting for nuBilly, he is dry, not the cute smurks of our beloved BM but trying to love him, he just needs to loosen up and perhaps that prison break helped but I am not 100% there yet.

    Sharon is going to go bonkers again at this rate. Poor thing and now Phyllis wakes up to turn her whole world right upside down again. This should be interesting.

    I felt Katherine's memorial was ill done and did not do her justice. Sorry, by an icon should have had more than that. Jill again all about Jill and everyone else all crying in their drinks. Sorry, I would have loved flashbacks too.

    It is starting to be painful to watch. I think it is a time for a break. It's either boring, frustrating or "been there, done that". Nothing good and nothing new.

    Signing off for now!

    Posted by lmfan at Friday, August 29 2014 12:34 PM

    Those would be sledgehammers not anvils if they were actually going to have a Michael-Avery affair. They don't usually have multiple characters suspecting an affair and warning the wife before anything happens. That is why I think Michael is a red herring. Another affair for the Baldwins after last year would be redundant. Something else will be going on with the Baldwins. Now, Avery may be a different story with her ex suddenly contacting her though.

    Posted by Many at Friday, August 29 2014 01:54 PM

    It seems that the stories are repeated over and over after only a few years. This seems inconsiderate for us long time viewers. NuBilly just plain stinks,don't think he could give out a honest laugh, he is working too hard, should not be. Nikki and her bottle is just plain boring, who cares, but she looks like a wreck looking for a place to happen. Sharon is also unbelievable moving through life. One getaway after another, then the writers wring it dry. Now who cares. Lost all interest in the "twin" story line, it has nowhere to go. Everything has been wrung dry to death, only lint left. With all the writers you would think they could come up with something. STICH STINKS. NO PERSONALITY AND CANNOT ACT.

    Posted by donholley77 at Friday, August 29 2014 02:59 PM

    Totally agree w/ u about Katherine's memorial! Should've focused more on her & solving the damn music box mystery, not Neil's blindness & M & L. Love the Mariah twist, & that we finally see In for what he is- A Predator!

    Posted by ShiningStar82 at Friday, August 29 2014 05:41 PM

    If they try and keep Ian around after this latest incident, I am going to beyond ticked off. I know JFP loves Ray Wise but you can only go so far with a character before they HAVE to go. He's beyond a cartoonish like villain at this point. Let him go!

    I did enjoy NuBilly a bit more this week with him breaking Victoria out of the hospital. He's never going to be Billy Miller but it's nice to see an attempt to break through the "Mr. Serious" attitude.

    Posted by Jarcom at Friday, August 29 2014 10:34 PM

    Please tell me that Tyler is not back!...hopefully today's appearance was just to finally say goodbye....among so many boring characters he is the worst .....thevshow does seem to be moving faster these days so at least we get by the boring stuff faster......

    Posted by bikette at Saturday, August 30 2014 09:53 AM

    I also can't wait to see what Gina Tognoni brings to the role, but WTH are we still waiting? I get that it takes 4-6wks before what they film is shown on TV, but GT was cast back on May 22. This is will begin week three of her just lying in her bed and still not saying a word to move this s/l along. It doesn't give me much hope for the secret to come out anytime soon. Wonder how long the nuAdam will wander around GC before anyone figures out it's him? I'm predicting NYE of 2015.

    Posted by Hotcatmama at Saturday, August 30 2014 09:14 PM

    Please get rid of Ian he is getting to be a pita. Abby is nothing but a rich bossy snob that the writers have her playing that thinks she is perfect. Devon and Hillary go for it and Neils daughter (forgot her name) shut your big nasty mouth your as bad as Abby.

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