Young and Restless Weekly Blog: Restless Rant!
August 25th – 29th
Last week I loved Monday’s episode – Jana and Kevin’s wedding. This week I did not like Monday’s episode – a drunken, weepy Nikki recounting stories from her life with Victor. Melody Thomas Scott did an amazing job with the material – it was very realistic. Trouble is, just because it’s realistic, doesn’t mean you want to watch it for an hour! Partway through the show I was actually groaning out loud when Nikki came on and began slurring, “He put my make-up on for me in the hospital…” On the upside, there was lots of action and change this week! Here’s a look:
Neil/Karen/Tyra: Yep, it’s looking like a triangle folks! Quite an eyebrow-raiser when Neil practically begged Tyra not to go to New Hampshire – with Karen standing right there! Later, he totally disses Karen’s attempt at getting romantic. I’d say her days are numbered! Too bad, because I finally started liking her after she got up in Adam’s face this week – was that tirade right on the money, or what?! Ana is gone to school, and that’s as it should be. That’s all I’m gonna’ say about that!
Restless Style Gang: So, obviously, the powers that be have decided that a return to the original animosity between the four is in order. Smilin’ Jack is back to being cocky and self-destructive, Sharon and Phyllis don’t like one another anymore, and Nick is taking charge a little more again. Interesting turn of events, but I am still finding the change jarring. Noah is being very well written as teenagers go. As long as he’s not taking over the magazine before the year’s out, everything will be fine!
Paul: Please give this man a life of his own! He deserves it! I happen to love Paul, and think that he can do better than baggage-laden Nikki, but enough of having him solving everyone else’s problems and worrying about Heather! Give him some love!
Brad: My prayers appear to have been answered as Brad has been involved in more story this week, but I’m hoping that they’re not just ‘using’ the character as a catalyst for conflict between Adam and Victor, and then dropping him again. He really needs to be a main player and not just a convenient villain.
Daniel/Amber/Colleen: I missed them this week, except not Colleen. Our Soaps.com poll this week showed that out of 606 respondents, a whopping 76% support the Daniel/Amber pairing! Pretty good stats!
Jill/Katherine: I’m loving the tension between them. Although the name-calling is gone, it’s almost like old days!
Nikki/Victor: Well, is she a sucker for punishment or what? Staying in Mexico, desperate to find a man who wishes she were dead! I expect she won't get a warm reception from 'very much alive Victor' who has been pushed to the emotional edge and also wishes he was dead! I'm looking very much forward to his return to Genoa City though, for one reason (see next point).
Adam: This guy has lost it! I found myself asking, "Is he is in shock? Why is he acting this way?" Trying to withhold judgment has been difficult- I'm not sure what sort of explanation could redeem his in my eyes. He certainly doesn't resemble the original character, who had depth, and he also doesn't resemble offspring that was raised by Hope! One thing is for sure. The "king of the world" has set himself up for one heck of a fall - courtesy, I hope, of Victor Newman. I'm sure Karen's speech to Adam will pale in comparison to Victor's - and I can't wait!
Chloe/Cane/Lily: Here we come to the blockbuster moment of the week: Esther realizing that Chloe is actually her daughter Kate! While I acknowledge that it's completely unbelievable that Esther and Mrs. C would have ditched Kate over the years, this is fiction and I Love it! Love it! Love it! I have waited patiently for some kind of clue to understanding Chloe, and it was worth it! This revelation adds so many twists and complications to the story that it's genius! Oh, and Cane was on my nerves this week running back to Lily after deciding to tie the knot with Chloe. But, honestly, this story can only get better with the time soon coming for Billy, Jill's other son to arrive on the scene. Great job writers!
All in all, it was a good week! The writers got us all riled up about Adam, the Will, Neil's firing, Chloe and Cane's elopement, and Brad becoming CEO of Newman, then ended things with a couple of great reveals - Victor's alive, and Chloe is Kate! My only complaint is that there are still some abrupt characterization changes going on, and that Monday was a little too much of a good thing for my taste. What's your opinion?
Be sure to leave a comment or a rant of your own, whether you agree with me or not! Remember, it's all in fun!