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Week of July 4 – 8:
It was a bit of a weird week of “The Young and the Restless.” The good news is that it ended with an excellent cliffhanger episode on Friday that totally left me wanting to tune in Monday. Check out my thoughts on the storylines:
No fireworks on the 4th of July.
I certainly enjoyed seeing some of Sharon’s flashbacks on Monday’s episode (I always forget that they don’t just look younger, they sound younger too!), but on the whole I didn’t really see the point of it, especially since she tore up the darn letter at the end anyway. I would have much rather seen a 4th of July gathering.
Noah and his women.
Noah and NuEden bored the socks off me this week. I don’t feel much connection, and wondered why Noah said he went to New York so she would be comfortable being in Genoa City – who does that? Meh. As for Hunter, I can’t really muster up any enthusiasm for her either – she just came from nowhere and seems sort of insecure and off-the-wall. Hopefully something clicks with the summer youth contingent, but personally I’d rather watch Noah interact with Abby or the adults.
This stuff with Billy lately isn’t working for me. I’ll be interested to see where it’s going.
The bored meeting.
The Newman Enterprises board meeting was only mildly interesting. There was a bit of a spark there when Adam got Victor’s ire up, but that was it. Seeing Victoria do the ‘daddy’s girl’ thing for the umpteenth time doesn’t thrill me – I was glad to see Nick call her out on how hugely hypocritical she’s being.
Restless, but no style.
I was up for Nick and Phyllis having another go at Restless Style, and enjoyed the conflict it created with Billy and Victoria, but I was surprised that the first thing they wanted to do was get back to slinging dirt about Adam and Sharon for the millionth time. It’s a wonder this rag hasn’t gone under – no matter who runs it, all it’s used for is to address personal vendettas month after month! Not only is going after Adam getting old, but it’s a fashion magazine, not a tabloid. What I wasn’t surprised about was the desk sex – although it happened a little sooner than I might have predicted.
Although the idea that Adam would have left Diane in his suite with his open laptop is ludicrous to begin with, my interest was piqued by Diane snooping in his emails and following up with the paparazzi guy. What I don’t understand, yet, is why Deacon would want to team up with Diane, or more importantly, why they seem to be coming up with fabulous material for Diane now that she’s on her way out. Should “Y&R” find a way to keep Diane? Let us know your opinion by voting in Soaps.com’s The Young And The Restless Snap Poll: Keep Diane?
Brothers and rivals.
I really do enjoy watching Adam and Nick interact. For one thing, Nick seems to really come to life during these scenes, and for another, it helps to humanize Adam. There is sometimes a very subtle, underlying desire for acceptance on the part of Adam during their scenes that makes the dynamic more complex. In fact, this week, it came to the surface while Adam was particularly vulnerable and Nick was particularly angry (on the bridge); it twists perspective on the characters and their relationship.
The new bridge in the park got more front-burner time than many characters this week. Genoa City residents were clamoring to run, argue, or cry on it. I couldn’t help but laugh at Doris, Nick, Noah, and Faith all crammed on there to scatter Sharon’s ashes. If you ask me they should have thrown Doris right into the pond – what nerve to say she’s proud of Sharon now, when she was so mean to her before.
Nowhere to go but up.
Though I’d still like to see someone stop for five minutes and really consider things from Cane’s point of view (because he needs an ally), storyline-wise I’m enjoying the fact that he’s been set back to square one and has to weather this storm and prove himself again. I found myself wishing that Amber hadn’t left Genoa City – she would be just the character to cut Cane some slack – plus it would complicate the scenario developing between Daniel and Lily.
The chemistry is decent between Daniel and Lily, but the idea that Daniel, who divorced Amber over not wanting children, and who just gave up his own daughter for the same reason, would even think of getting romantically involved with Lily, who is raising twins, makes no sense whatsoever! Daniel just gave up his own flesh and blood because he is so not into being a father – a woman with twin babies should send him screaming from the room. This is a huge part of who Daniel is, so it can’t be swept under the carpet.
We will never be friends.
Genevieve and Colin are not working for me as Genoa City hangers-on. It doesn’t even make sense to me that they would want to stay in this town and continue to try connecting with people who have no use for them. What about Colin’s big dynasty in Australia?
I like the idea of Ashley spending time with Faith. It made me smile.
From square dancing to jailhouse rock.
Thank goodness Sharon was hauled out of that barn dance on Friday! I don’t think I could have taken one more week of life on the farm. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the performance by the Green River Ordinance band. Check out what Soaps.com learned about their experience on the show through The Young And The Restless Interview: GRO’s Jamey Ice.
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- Candace Young