Restless Rant
Week of September 13 – 17:

It was a dramatically delicious week on The Young and the Restless, and lo and behold the drama centered on things that could actually happen in real-life! There’s not a whole lot to complain about, except my beef of the week…

Heather as District Attorney!
I was disheartened to see the so-not-working character of Heather being offered the District Attorney position, which means she’s staying in Genoa City. Erk.

Good Break.
This past week or so we’ve had something of a break from the always heavily-featured Nick/Phyllis/Sharon/Adam/Skye stuff. They may be among the most talked about characters on the show, but there can be too much of a good thing. Nice move by the writers in giving us a bit of a breather.

Terrific Tricia!
My rave of the week has to go to Tricia Cast for her portrayal of grieving mother, Nina. Her performances have been raw and realistic to put it mildly. I can’t say enough about how lucky viewers are to enjoy this caliber of acting. On Friday, her hysterical disbelief (and relief) at seeing Chance alive was also right on the money. Bravo.

Chloe’s Woe.
Also delivering some excellent performances this week was Liz Hendrickson as Chloe. From her vulnerable scene with Billy in the police station to her depiction of the angry/confrontational side of grief, she’s done an excellent job. I’m wondering if Chloe will turn to Kevin in her time of grief, and if he’ll end up getting hurt. Thoughts?

Vance Checkpoint.
How great that Vance Abrams is involving himself in as many cases as possible and making enemies like Victor Newman. Michael needed another lawyer to challenge him in town, and Vance would make a great love interest for any number of Genoa City’s ladies! More!

Nikki Notorious!
I love how Nikki spent all week going around snapping everyone’s head off while she hankered for a drinkie-poo! Such good scenes! That said, I thought it was a little self-indulgent for her to spill her guts to Katherine while she lay in her hospital bed. Anyway, I guess her wildly inappropriate remark to Jill was the last straw. I’m not usually a fan of the melodramatic, but Nikki’s over-the-top reaction to finally downing that glass of vodka at the Ranch was quite enjoyable – looked like it was better than sex! Hehe!

Change of Heart?
I really liked the idea of Jill going over to talk to Victor as one life-hardened person/parent to another this week. It was interesting that she was the one who finally persuaded him to back off Victoria. Of course, in the end he ruined his own gesture by expecting Victoria to grovel her thanks in spite of the fact that he ruined her wedding. Let’s all shake our heads together…oh, Victor. In another change of heart, Abby backed off Victor, which surprised me a little because she had just won a minor victory by having her trust frozen. In any case, I don’t think it will take much to persuade her to reinstate her claim.