Restless Rant
Week of January 24 – 28:

It was a decent week in Genoa City! The Cane storyline finally took a leap forward, there were Sharon and Phyllis scenes, and the Baby Lucy saga continued admirably. There was also Jill’s dysfunctional family brunch and Tucker’s firings. Read on for the breakdown:

They all love Lucy.
As I said last week, if this storyline is handled well by the writers it will be powerful – so far so good. I’m loving the stunned and thoughtful Daniel, whose fatherly instincts kicked in despite his certainty that they wouldn’t, as well as the way all the beats are being played – such as Kevin noting that Daisy’s baby would be the same size as Lucy, and Billy snapping over a staff member wanting to post the baby’s photo online. As for Victor’s rant about the baby to Victoria, it was too venomous for my taste – nasty even for Victor.

From Paris with disillusionment.
Cane’s storyline blew up this week! About time! The scene was set early in the week with the very romantic Paris-in-a-suite rendezvous, and the escalating tension between Colin and Cane after the engagement announcement. As much as I’d all but given up on this storyline, I was drawn in to the chain of events that unfolded from the moment Tucker’s business question was greeted with ominous silence by Blake. Granted, Tucker pulled a bit of a ‘Jack in Hawaii’ by finding the search on the Crimson Lights computer so easily, and so neatly putting it all together, but hey, I liked it. The ensuing scenes as Sofia and Cane each faced the music definitely had my attention. What remains to be seen is where this story will go from here now that Lily’s kicked Cane to the curb. Oh, and welcome back Winters brothers. Did anyone else notice that Neil was more understanding toward Sofia than Malcolm was? Hmm.

Engagement upheaval.
Jill’s engagement gathering was pretty entertaining. She was quickly backed into a corner by everyone’s vocal disapproval and came out snarling. It was difficult to empathize with her hurt feelings in this case – she definitely knows better than to jump into marriage and has made huge scenes warning others not to do it in the past – as Esther reminded her. I think with Jill, the irony is that she wants her family to care, and when they do, she fails to recognize it for what it is and alienates them.