The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of October 4 – 8:
There were some interesting twists to ponder on this week’s The Young and the Restless. On the whole, it was a decent week – I looked forward to watching most days, although none of the storylines have me super-excited. Here’s how it breaks down:
Awkward truly describes this new situation that’s developed with Chloe, Kevin, Jana, and Noah. It’s not working for me, and I think it’s because of what they’ve done to Jana. Kevin has changed, but not really; we can see it’s the Kevin we know having a mini-crisis and trying to be a bad boy. It’s human and engaging. That isn’t the case with Jana, who seems to have had a personality transplant to accommodate this plot. I just can’t buy Jana as shifty, hesitant, and desperate – she was always very ‘real’, and would ‘tell it like it is’ to anyone. Yes, she had grown out of wearing goth and punk outfits, but who is this prissy schoolmarm we’re seeing now? Trying to match her up with Noah is awkward too. That said, nuNoah is great. I love that he has edge and attitude – considering how he grew up, it works.
The festival was good viewing. I really enjoyed the scene with Sharon, Nick, Adam, Skye, Phyllis, and Jack all standing in a clearing looking at one another – delish! The mini-scenes with Jack/Nick, Phyllis/Sharon, and Adam/Skye were exactly the sort of thing I like about gatherings in Genoa City. As for the current pairings…
Adam and Skye.
Adam bedding Skye irked me. I was just coming to respect her as a force to be reckoned with, and then she allowed Adam, who had just threatened her, to throw her on the bed and ravish her. Now I think she’s a bit of a dolt.
Phyllis and Jack.
I’m not a fan. Luckily, the only thing that could make me okay with this re-pairing happened – Diane came back to town. Can’t wait for the cat fights!
Sharon and Nick.
Sharon is going back into the ‘mold’ with Nick, I find her more interesting on her own, or sparring with Adam or Phyllis. Plus, I’m just so over Nick being able to slide back into relationships with these women at will. See what Sharon’s portrayer had to say about her character in Soaps.com’s Interview with Sharon Case.
Harvest festival part II.
The Meggie/Murphy storyline came as a surprise, which was great, but I’m tentative about what will be revealed regarding Murphy. He has always been written as a gentle old soul who lost his beloved wife and lived a quiet life – I feel wary about the writers messing with that to further a plot. As for Meggie, she’s come into her own as a true soap villainess! Let us know what you think of this development by voting in Soaps.com’s The Young And The Restless Snap Poll: Murphy Madness!
It was good to see Colleen's death revisited on Victor and Jack, but I also could have done with a few flashbacks and Traci in town. Just saying...
Cane at the cottage.
A tense and edgy Cane makes for great TV viewing, and the added benefit of knowing the 'police officer' is actually a bad guy from down under played by soap vet, Paul Leyden, makes it even better! All I have to say is, "Let's get on with it." Having the storyline air only about twice a week makes it hard to stay interested and keep the momentum going.
Those scenes where Abby told off Victor and Jack in the hospital were stellar acting on the part of Abby's portrayer, Marcy Rylan. Bravo! Abby is more palatable than ever these days, although I have to wonder why they seem to have sucked all the fun out of her personality. Sure, she was too over-the-top to begin with, but now she seems too serious. A little of both would work!
Daniel gets a life.
The writers make some odd choices writing the moody character of Daniel, so sometimes I like him, and sometimes I don't. That said, I was glad to see him have success with his art showing this week - it made me feel good. The art show scenes were entertaining at times, but I could have done without the gushing over the designers and art consultant. Also, why would Noah get up and perform at Daniel's show, and why would Billy choose that setting to give Vikki a ring? I love a gathering, but there were a few things that felt out of place. By the way, it was nice to see Devon!
J.T. and Ronan.
A new favorite pairing! It's lousy knowing J.T. will be leaving town. I love that he's becoming a cool cop with an equally cool and sexy partner. This could work, writers!
I'm a little puzzled at Katherine's treatment of Tucker and Jill. Why does she expect Tucker not to go after Victor in business? I also found it odd that she was lecturing Victor on how life's too short and family is the most important thing, right after she had rejected her son and Jill who came to support her. She didn't even call to let them know about Murphy!
I was surprised that Victor made the gesture of offering a settlement, and even more surprised that Vikki and Abby didn't take it. Even though I could kind of understand where Victoria was coming from, I found myself flirting with that feeling about her being a spoiled brat - perhaps it was her delivery…
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- Candace Young