The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of April 11 – 15:
In light of the stunning and sad announcement of the cancellations of All My Children and One Life To Live yesterday, I’m finding it impossible to do anything but appreciate “The Young and the Restless” today. Shortly after I got the news, I watched a scene of Jack and Victor sparring on “Y&R” and was struck by how powerful it is to have so many years of history between two characters – it’s what makes soaps so special. Sure there are storyline issues to vent about, and casting choices to question, but “Y&R” still delivers, and I simply can’t imagine it not being on the air. There has never been a more critical time to lift up our favorite Daytime shows and support them. Therefore, this ‘rant’ will have a healthy dose of ‘rave’ to note all the things worth celebrating about the show this past week:
I actually love that Sharon’s escape could never happen in real life – it’s one of those soap opera plots where it’s totally okay to suspend disbelief for the sake of the drama – plus it led to another one of those tension-filled scenes between Adam and Victor. Yes, it’s bizarre that Sharon is in this situation, but I can appreciate the change from her crying alone at the Abbott cabin as per usual – at least we get to see another side of her and go on a bit of a ride. So far, other than the ridiculous letters, and the spray tan she seems to have acquired while fleeing for her life, it’s looking okay as ‘on the run’ stories go. Her emotional scenes with Mama Doris (who I don’t remember being so mean!) were quite intense, and Sharon being presumed dead should make for some good fallout back in Genoa City. Also, I’m looking forward to her meeting the new hottie veterinarian, Sam.
She invented the game.
What a treat to see Katherine full of fighting spirit, and laughing with Victor, as they discussed their plot to break up the alliance between Victoria and Tucker. With Tucker acquiring Adam’s stock and receiving a warning from Victor, Tucker and Jack calling a truce, and Victoria planning to start a new rival company, I say, “Let the games begin.”
Fool me once…
I got a kick out of Adam leading Nick and Phyllis to St. Martin’s, and tricking them into boarding the boat – good stuff. As for Nick and Phyllis’s shenanigans later in the week, what can you say? Their chemistry is undeniable, and the build up all week was palpable. I love to have some passion in the afternoon, and they never disappoint in that department. It’s also ironic that searching for Sharon of all people is what threw them together. As I’m not a fan of Nick’s flip-flopping, I kind of hope they leave it at this for now.
Sometimes the smallest scenes remind me why Billy is so entertaining to watch - like when he talked to the reporter on the phone after Sharon's escape, squeaking at him to get the details, or when he confronted Chloe at the jail, or when he bumped into Kevin in Jana's apartment, or even when his mood darkened and he called Primrose. I don't want Billy to leave or be played by anyone else. Keep Billy Miller. Period.
Jana (gasp!) tells the truth.
More beats were played in the Baby Lucy storyline this week as Jana revealed some details about Daisy's baby to Kevin and Billy that will really propel things forward. I'm on pins and needles to see how they will roll this out. I think Billy will figure out the truth about Lucy and wind up in cahoots with Daniel to keep it a secret - delish.
The Malcolm/Sofia wedding felt rushed, but was otherwise a decent occasion. The Lily/Sofia scenes were nice, the Malcolm/Neil scenes were full of hidden meaning, it was good to see Devon, Roxy, Olivia and Nate, and adding Leslie to the mix was great. Sofia looked lovely, despite wardrobe's best efforts to hike her cleavage up to her chin, but it was her mid-toast dash to the restroom and ensuing phone call to hunt down a pregnancy test that left us talking. Uh oh!
So, we were tossed a minuscule bone in the Cane mystery this week. Ghosts and holograms don't leave footprints, so either Cane is alive or someone who looks just like him is watching Lily. Hmm.
How icky was it when Victor and Diane were making out and she was thinking about having sex with his son, and he was thinking about sex with his ex! That said, I was finally able to appreciate Diane a bit this week as she wheeled around Genoa City spinning her yarns between Jack, Nick, and Victor. Honestly, though, the writing's on the wall where Victor and Nikki are concerned. Maybe Diane should spike her drink - oops, forgot, Nikki's got that covered. It's so funny how she carries her mini bottle in her purse and moons over the vodka bottles at the bar. Great stuff.
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- Candace Young