The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of October 20 – 24:
The stories on Y&R are dragging on longer than a lecture from Nick Newman! Anyone else have the feeling that the writers are merely filling air time until November Sweeps?! For example, it took an entire week, and numerous dopey flashbacks, for us to find out that – drum roll please – Michael was with Gloria and Lowell at the pre-rally meeting! Dum-de-dum! So what?! I actually liked the young Gloria, but still, come on! Here’s how the rest of the plots crept along:
The Big Phone Call From Victor: All the hype, and for what?! He said the same thing he has been saying for months now, “Leave me alone!” By week’s end, he was in a church being totally maudlin and melodramatic again. Blah…it’s like he’s in character hibernation until November sweeps, and it makes for irksome and dull TV viewing!
Adam and Jack: I actually have kept one eye open for this story, only because I’m mildly intrigued to see who will come out on top between Jack and Adam. Interesting that Adam turned the tables by giving Frank all of Jack’s contact information, but I question Adam’s wisdom in allowing this diary thing to go ahead – he doesn’t have much left but Heather, and he stands to lose her over this nonsense! By the way, 75% of about 400 voters who participated in the Soaps.com poll detested the story with Jack ‘channeling’ Victor!
Nikki/Victoria/Nick/The Plan: Like watching paint dry. Eavesdropping on Nikki ‘Broken Record’ Newman should be a surefire cure for Heather’s infamous insomnia! I swear, if she tells her grown children they need to ‘protect’ Victor one more time…well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but it won’t be pretty!
Heather: The ‘Supreme A.D.A’ is so on my last nerve! She invented this case against Victor, which isn’t even in her jurisdiction, and is running around trying to intimidate everyone involved. Somehow, based on I don’t know what, she managed to get permission to bug people’s homes, which leads us to the question of how, and when, the microphones were planted! Oh, and just the other day she said she couldn’t discuss the case with Adam, then she happily goes ahead and does exactly that two days later! She’s surely going to come out with egg on her face again! And now, just as she’s starting to consider that this might be a futile and foolish pursuit, she’s no doubt going to find out about the diary, which will set her off on the (misguided) warpath again!
Katherine: This story is wearing on like some of the others, but at least there was the bright spot of the interaction between Jill and Katherine. Awesome acting on the part of Jess [Walton, Jill], and Jeanne [Cooper, Katherine] – their scenes have been so realistic and moving! It’s interesting that Marge is back on the scene, but again – get on with it – we’ve been watching her down shots for a week now!
Gloria: As always, Judith [Chapman, Gloria] was amazing this week. The acting in the scenes where she finally vented at Lowell in the jail made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! Brilliant! I was totally expecting an earth-shattering revelation though – something much bigger than Michael and Gloria being with Lowell at the rally planning meeting! Am I just not getting it?! I was left thinking, “That’s it?!” Maybe Gloria and Lowell are still covering something up…hmmm… I hope so! Michael’s scenes with Fenmore were great too! When I spoke to Christian [LeBlanc, Michael] this past week, he told me how much fun he has with the little guys that play Fen – so sweet!
Kevin/Jana: Probably the most satisfying scenes of the week were those of Jana’s hurt and anger toward Kevin as she figured out that he had moved Mrs. Chancellor’s car on purpose. His shame-faced confession, and her relief at his honesty, really made me feel something. Well done! Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] told me, when we spoke last week, that there are more excellent scenes coming up for fans of this couple in early November! Can’t wait!
Daniel/Amber: The scenes where they told Phyllis they were back together, and gave her credit for it, were hilarious. Phyllis shrinking back when Amber handed her the blue velvet box was hysterical. "No, no thanks!" I would have preferred to ride this wave a bit further by having them rub it in to Colleen too, but alas, it was not to be. Their scenes back at Daniel's place were cute too. But I'm still wondering what was originally in that blue velvet box…
Eden/Noah: A true snorefest. Except when Noah told Sharon to 'chill out and watch her blood pressure'! That was funny! These two kids together are a crashing bore though - I don't sense any chemistry between them, nor any rooting value to the pairing. What teenagers sit and talk about literature? Which 'hip' writer penned Noah saying, "I've gotta' bounce." Teens everywhere cringed in embarrassment for him! Anyway, it sounds like they're going to Paris. My advice? Leave them over there at a posh boarding school!
Sharon: She's lonely! What is Jack thinking? Why is he so consumed by the idea of revenge on Victor Newman? I just don't get it!! Methinks Jack's going to have to learn the hard way that Sharon shouldn't be left sitting alone in that mausoleum!
Nick/Phyllis: Just in time for Hallowe'en, the randy twosome discovers that someone has bugged their home - Oooooo - spooky! Oh wait, it's just Heather (much eye rolling). What fun on Friday watching Phyllis eat all those cream-filled treats and moaning, as she kept up the ruse that she and Nick were still getting busy! Hilarious! Oh, and how about that doll, I mean daughter, of theirs - she's sure grown! Is it me, or is she strangely quiet for a person being raised by Nick and Phyllis?!
Chloe: It really gave me pause for thought to see how Chloe treated Esther in the coffeehouse. I'm truly working to see the vulnerabilities beneath her facade; therefore I tried to imagine how she might be so very bitter about being sent away as a child. I almost got there, but not quite - Esther's just too darn nice to treat so cruelly - she obviously thought she was doing the right thing sending Kate/Chloe away to boarding school! Part of me wants to slap Chloe, and the other part of me wants to shake Esther - how could you ship her off like that! Argh! Of course, when you factor in what Chloe is doing to Cane - how can you have sympathy for her? On the other hand, did you see the hurt in those big Chloe-dog eyes when Billy asked her to help him get Lily? Seeing her tough that out, knowing how she feels about him…. sigh!
Cane/Billy: I love how they're setting up this rivalry. Cane is on his guard, especially after Kevin's warning, and Billy is keeping up a careful façade of good will and comradeship where Cane is concerned, even as he plots his undoing. Testosterone-fuelled Billy was beyond sexy as he railed to Jack about Cane 'the donkey' stepping in and taking over his life! I really hope the writers don't drop the ball on this one - this is shaping up to be a legendary rivalry indeed! Delicious!!
Olivia/Karen: This is a good little nugget of intrigue! So, Karen was seeing Dru's sister, Olivia, as a doctor years ago in New York, then came to Genoa City and wound up in a relationship with Neil! Wow! I wonder what Olivia knows about Karen's medical history? I believe it's just the truth about why she doesn't want to have children (the gene she may carry). If it was years ago, then the secret can't have anything to do with Neil, unless she's undergone a hysterectomy or something. We already know that Karen has told Victoria about the 'gene' issue, but opted not to tell Neil. She may be afraid that if he wants children, knowing the truth might drive him away. In any case, it's amazing to have Olivia back on the canvas - love her! How about a pinch for that nosy Tyra, though, "So are you going to start a happy little family of your own?" she asks both Neil and Karen. Butt out!! Please don't let her find out Karen's secret and stick her nose in! Be sure to vote in this week's poll on the Y&R Main Page to let us know what you think of Tyra!
With a few exceptions, I'm bored to tears with the show, my friends! It's not bad, and it's not good. It's in limbo, it seems. Even the revelations and reveals have been anti-climactic. Not as good as the hype. In this current day online environment where spoilers are plentiful, it takes a good shock, or a real surprise, to excite the audience. If there's build up, there should be a bang, not a letdown.
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