The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog
Week of December 19 – 22:
Lots of little goodies this week, including Nikki’s Christmas episode. Here we go:
The three of us?
The idea of Ronan, Phyllis, and Nick working together is pretty sweet – all sorts of opportunities there to mine. Here’s hoping they play this up.
Ol’ Smilin’ Jack.
Jack’s reaction to Victor receiving a sentence of 25 years to life was absolutely classic. He didn’t even mince words with Nick and Victoria – refreshing.
The whole Newman board meeting was a little strange, what with Lauren making it her mission to convince the others to vote for Nick, and Tucker backing Adam. It will be interesting to see what Victor has in the works here, given that he told Michael his plan is ‘already working’. The scene showing Adam alone in the dark boardroom later was a nice touch – especially as Victoria was across town reflecting that Adam seemed to have everything he wants.
Many viewers thought Nick was being a jerk to Sharon after finding her speaking to Adam in Crimson Lights. If Nick were acting solely out of petty jealousy, I’d agree. But given that Adam stole Faith when she was born and let Sharon and Nick think she was dead, Nick’s continued issues are understandable enough. Realistically, it would be tough to get past.
No Chloe, you don’t feel uppercase love for Kevin – it’s lowercase love. Chloe may not realize it yet, but she dodged a bullet just as surely as Kevin and Angie did outside the studio. The Angelo and Angelina storyline continues to grate madly on the nerves of many viewers, but at least Angie put a halt to those ill-advised nuptials. Now she can go.
Asking the unfathomable.
That was an amazing scene with Billy asking Chloe to let him marry Victoria in the church – he didn’t even have to say the words out loud. These two ‘get’ each other in a way even their partners never do – so cool to be reminded of it. Billy feeding Victoria the words to say to the assembled guests was so cute, especially when she clued in to what she was saying and what it meant – I really do love this couple when they’re ‘clicking’. The way this became a ‘feel good’ scenario following the choked-up moments of Chloe’s phone call with Kevin blew me away. Additionally, Billy’s scenes with Delia this week were terrific.
A new tradition is being established with the Christmas pageant, and it really works – not only as a festive holiday offering, but also as a gathering that provides plenty of opportunity for crossed-paths and exchanges amongst the kids’ relatives. Katherine surprising Harmony and Devon by bringing Ana there truly helped give us a glimpse into Harmony’s inner feelings and regrets, and Ana provided Devon with another perspective on his situation. Adam finding Sharon there alone after the pageant was a nod to the past. The fact that he left her alone spoke volumes without a word said. Nicely done.
Lily and Cane’s playful and steady reconnection has been fun to watch – reminiscent of the shy flirting a couple does at the beginning of a relationship, yet bolder, because they are confident of the attraction and which direction things are moving. Unfortunately, the opposite can be said for Neil’s reluctant relationship with his wife. Ugh. He should never have married her, just to go around acting like an ass after the fact. They could have gone several other directions with Sofia’s storyline that might have been more compelling to watch and done more for the characters involved, such as Neil having to watch Malcolm and Sofia raise his child, or Sofia becoming a single mom and Neil struggling with his feelings as she dates. Just sayin’.
Read between the lines.
Worst of the week – Sharon’s visits to Victor in jail. Reading books? Boring scenes. The whole idea of the devotion she’s showing, and the credit she’s giving him seems unrealistic and misplaced, which makes it difficult to feel this storyline. The only possible intriguing consequence of Sharon and Victor’s closeness would be the reactions of Adam and Nick if it were to cross the line to something more. Gah.
Nikki’s Christmas episode.
Loved the flashbacks! Casey, Nikki’s sister, was my absolute favorite character back in the day, so it was amazing to see her – and it was a 'laugh out loud' moment to see Cash again. I enjoyed the use of these old scenes to show glimpses of how Nikki got to where she is today. There were a few snoozy parts, but the stunner that the guardian angel was her mom choked me up – especially when Nikki ran into the snow crying for her. Amazing. What did you think of Nikki’s Christmas journey?
In the spirit of giving, we’ve dug out this old Christmas excerpt from 1998 for you to enjoy. Highlights? Nikki’s unbelievable hairdo – guaranteed to make you burst out laughing; a younger moping Nick; a younger Neil – who is with Victoria; a younger, darker Victor; Cole (remember him?); and a young Cassie and Sharon (look for their huge gingerbread house) – this is the episode where Cassie frames that family drawing we’re always seeing! Check it out and enjoy!
All the best to you and yours over the holidays!
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- Candace Young