The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog
Week of December 5 – 9:
The Diane murder case continued, once again being the focus for the week, so here are some thoughts on this week’s happenings – trying not to repeat points made in the last column. Check it out:
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While Billy and Victoria are often amazing when they’re ‘clicking’ as a couple, Victoria’s spoiled brat routine always seems to reappear and undermine any stability they might be enjoying. No wonder he isn’t prepared to marry her again.
This week’s scenes with Lily learning that Cane left town to help Billy, and their ensuing date at the movies/passionate kiss afterward were a welcome respite from the heavy Diane murder storyline. As for Daniel, it’s cool that they’re still showing a protectiveness for Lily – makes sense – but it’s also great that he’s moving on with Eden. They’re not a couple that’s going to set the world on fire, but they are definitely cute together. One thing that didn’t make a lot of sense was Kevin warning Daniel away from Eden – since when is he like a big brother to her? Really. As for Eden and Noah – there was never believable chemistry there since she came back from rehab – no loss.
I love the way Jack is with Emily, and wish there was some escape from the fact that she and Patty look identical so that they could be together. The connection with Jack and Genevieve just isn’t as good. On the Abbott family front, it’s always great to have sibling scenes – even if they’re bickering like Ashley and Jack were this week – it makes “Y&R” feel ‘right’.
There’s no denying that this tale involving Victor’s false confession has had some interesting twists, but on the whole there is still such a fatigue with the ‘who killed Diane?’ storyline. ‘Who cares who killed Diane?’ is more accurate at this point. One of the best parts of this confession fallout is that Victor and Adam have finally, sort of, acknowledged how much alike they are – Victor’s dysfunctional relationships with each of his children are interesting, but the dynamic with Adam is the most intriguing of all. Victor’s confession has also given Sharon a reason to be back in Adam’s orbit – the chemistry when they’re in a room together is absolutely electric – whether they’re loving or hating. Having Ronan get fired, and Victor bribe the new detective to bring him the syringe case was quite a stretch, but the preview of Ronan asking Phyllis to go rogue with him makes it worth it to buy in – can’t wait to see what they get up to.
This bit with Ricky wanting to work at Restless Style, and Phyllis giving him pass codes is all very confusing. Here’s hoping it becomes clear soon.
Ah, what can we say about Nick this week? The streak from Victor he does seem to have inherited is the one that drives him to want to control all his exes’ lives. While Avery doesn’t really have a leg to stand on as far as complaining about ‘being over things’ is concerned, she certainly has a point about Nick’s, um, rotation. Which of Nick Newman’s women do you like him with best?
Angelo and Angelina continue to be too cartoonish to fit in. Another problem is – who cares if Devon is able to coach Angelina to greatness as a singer? Just can’t get into this storyline at all. That said, Devon and Roxy work – would love to see more of their dynamic as a couple. Kevin, whom we know and love, brings the comedy to these scenes with his resigned faces and sighs, but the idea of him agreeing to follow Angelina around in order to secure Chloe and Delia’s dream house is just one of the dumbest stories imaginable. Conversely, the scenes with Gloria and Jill bonding over drinks and their ‘bad boys’ at the Club were fabulous – so simple, yet so good – no gimmicks necessary! As for Jeffrey stranded on some island with only ‘Squishy’ the football to talk to – hilarious! For oh-so-smooth operator, Bardwell, to find himself in that predicament is pure comedy.
They’re squandering the potential of the Deacon character by writing him as a one-dimensional slimeball, rather than the bad boy with a heart that he used to be - just sayin'. The blackmail wedding to Nikki would be so much more interesting if there were actual torn feelings between them complicating the issue. That said, the twisted nuptials should bring some drama, and will definitely turn things upside-down between Nikki and Victor, who I’m guessing, won’t be pleased at the turn of events.
The backward episode.
This effort to do things a little differently and shake up the ‘norm’ wasn't appreciated by all viewers. No question it was confusing in spots, but it was also fun to be snapped out of the 'same old same old'.
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