The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of February 14 – 18:
I’m finding events in Genoa City as a whole very ‘middle of the road’ lately. This past week was a mix of fairly entertaining scenes, and stuff that was ‘off’ for me. Everyone will have different opinions on the storylines this past week – here are mine:
Oh, what a night!
Overall, I enjoyed the antics at Gloworm’s Puppy Love fundraiser. Victor walking over to Nikki and Deacon and asking if she was drunk made me laugh out loud – so like him. He followed that up by making a public declaration that Diane was his woman, which was a bit of a show – just slightly more civilized than clubbing her over the head and dragging her out by the hair. But the best scene, without a doubt, was the Newman clan gasping, staring, and whispering as Adam proved he’s definitely his father’s son by proposing to Sharon before all and sundry. I loved the ring in the Bananas Foster, and the proposal itself, in fact, I felt very ‘caught up’ in their chemistry until I remembered that he let her believe her baby was dead – such a nasty hurdle to overcome. On the ‘ranty’ side of things, I have absolutely no interest in Jeffrey’s money troubles, and the Jana/Kevin/Chloe stuff was a debacle. Jana was stalkery and stilted, Chloe and Kevin’s ‘angry passion’ felt forced, and, well, let’s just say I never want to see those two characters post-sex and panting ever again. Egad.
Lauren and Michael. This couple has been together forever and yet they still heat up the screen like they’re hooking up for the first time. Smokin’!
Dance with me.
The issue that’s emerging for me with the Nikki and Deacon pairing is that I’m not clear on Deacon’s motivations for being in the relationship. Is he hoping to marry her to score big bucks, or does he really have feelings for her? Nikki’s point-of-view has been developed, but Deacon’s outlook should be explored; the writers need to let us in on his thoughts and feelings. As for Meggie’s return, I wasn’t really excited about it, but I did get a laugh out of her referring to Nikki as ‘our aging princess’, and asking Deacon if he was ‘still hitting that’. Hilarious!
Sofia should count herself lucky she escaped marriage to Malcolm – talk about a guy who needs to get over himself. As for the possibility of sparks flying between Sofia and Neil, I’ll say this: I don’t mind the idea of them as a couple, but get tired of the soap cliché of two brothers fighting over a woman. Especially since these two brothers have done this in the past how many times? It’s old hat.
I became more disillusioned with Diane this week as she shuttled back and forth between Victor and Nick. This character came out of the gate strong with her feisty run-ins with Phyllis, Tucker, and Nikki, but has become a wishy-washy bore who doesn't seem to know what or who she wants. I realized in the midst of her drama this week that I didn't care if she wound up with Victor or Nick, and I couldn't figure out why either of them would want her.
I wasn't wild about the way Cane's funeral was shown in bits and pieces of flashbacks. I think the concept was good, but the finished product was a bit of a muddle. I'm still perplexed with the depiction of Lily's grief. There were promising moments: when she smashed the vase, when she shed a few tears on the casket, and when she showed signs of going off the deep-end by hallucinating, but I still want some primal wailing and sobbing - it should have happened by now. Kudos to Phillip for being one of the only characters at the funeral who didn't seem 'stoic' or 'numb'. This has definitely been a strangely written death aftermath. No one seems angry or devastated - they've mostly come across as weary and accepting, and then there's Colin, who cryptically declared, "This isn't over." Whatever that means! Even the burial was weird, with Lily insisting on going alone, and then only bringing Neil. I will admit, I liked the twist of Lily 'seeing' Cane in the fog - a nice wink to those that believe he's still somehow alive. What do you think about the depiction of the aftermath of Cane's death? Let us know by casting a vote in Soaps.com's The Young And The Restless Snap Poll: Cane's Death.
Nina's reaction to the news that Ronan ordered his own transfer was fabulous viewing, as usual, and Chance had my attention with his little spiel about wanting to take his liver back out of Ronan's body - he's got a bit more fire to him this time around! By the way, how cute was it when Esther saw Chance and fainted? Loved it! As for Ronan, I didn't get the scene with the crossword puzzle and him being angry. Anyone have a guess as to what's going on there?
Later in the week.
I liked the scenes with Ashley confronting Adam - realistic. Phyllis showing Nick the video footage after promising Jack she wouldn't was interesting - made me go hmm. Nick confronting Victor made for a good, intense scene - can't wait to see if Nick screws him over in the arbitration. As for anything else to do with the lawsuit, I'm over it. Colin bonding with his grandchildren intrigues me, as I have no idea where they'll go with this story. Daniel freaking out when he saw Phyllis holding Lucy was great - another beat played properly as this storyline unfolds - yay!
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- Candace Young