Restless Rant
Week of October 13 – 17:

What is going on at The Young and the Restless?! Things have become downright schizophrenic. Storylines are running the gamut from wildly entertaining to deadly dull, and some are still going missing! Michael, River & Co., after their dramatic and emotional warehouse scene on Tuesday, which brought me to the brink of tears, have not been seen since! Beyond frustrating. The momentum has been utterly lost! The ‘gaslighting’ of Katherine by Gloria and Kevin, seen last Friday, was not even mentioned this week. Ridiculous! The writers went to such lengths to have Billy witness Gloria’s behavior, and then didn’t pursue it! The storylines for the younger set have been moving along and have been very well written, while the older set seem to have a completely different writer penning their scripts – and not in a good way! The Newmans and Abbotts are supposed to be the lifeblood of Y&R, and the concepts for their stories seem good, but the actual playing out of the plots, and the scenes themselves, are so dull that unless you’re shaking your head in disbelief, you’re in danger of falling into a glassy-eyed stupor! Here’s how it breaks down:

Michael/River/Gloria:
I’m madly in love with Christian LeBlanc’s (Michael Baldwin’s) acting, and have been so moved by this emotional journey he is taking with his father. To have been so bereft and angry at him all those years, and to have struggled emotionally and reached the point where he is finally reaching out to his father, helping him up, and allowing River to lean on him (very symbolic), moved me nearly to tears. Christian does such a wonderful job of expressing Michael’s inner feelings without even saying a word. I’m really disappointed that the writers chose not to carry the momentum from that scene through the week. Meanwhile, a stunned Gloria, who had helped River by bringing Eden to Lauren’s, and who almost won my sympathy, went after her departing husband, Jeffrey, on Tuesday – and we still don’t know if she caught up with him! Jeeze Louise! Eden checkpoint – I can sympathize with the character, and like the idea of Michael having a sister, but I still don’t like her, can’t seem to make myself like her, and I just can’t help it!

Kevin/Jana:
After Jana confronted Kevin about the path he was going down last week, they haven’t been seen since, except as gawping witnesses to Amber’s phone call. I miss them.

Brad:
An important, main character, who is facing federal charges of money laundering, and who shares incredible chemistry with many of the ladies on the canvas. Sounds like someone who should have been on screen this week, but sadly, he wasn’t.

Nick/Phyllis/Sharon/Jack: I’m still wishing they would stop being so obvious about devising ways for Sharon and Nick to be in close proximity. After all that he went through to establish his independence and to take control of his beloved Restless Style, Nick would never have agreed to return to Newman – if they want to throw Nick and Sharon together, fine, but why not be a bit more clever and creative about it? The Sharon/Phyllis confrontation about the letter was overdue, but I found the scene a little underwhelming, and quite frankly, the whole bickering thing between them is getting old. A very nice touch this week was having Sharon discover that Jack has been at the Motor Arms Motel. Too funny! I’m looking forward to an entertaining confrontation!

‘The Plan’: Be sure to correct me if I’m wrong, but why was it necessary for Nikki to concoct a detailed master plan to throw Heather off Victor’s trail, when no one has any idea on Earth where he is anyway?! It’s beyond ridiculous! And how about that Nick lecturing everyone about how they shouldn’t be ‘making giant sacrifices’ for Victor, when he just rearranged his entire career path! The most interesting thing about this whole story is the plot point that has Paul Williams torn between helping his daughter, and helping his friend, Nikki.