Restless Rant
Week of August 6 – 10:

Here’s what stood out this week on “Y&R:”

In the dust.
While Sharon hooking up with Victor will never be okay in my book, the story of Sharon getting utterly fed-up and becoming unhinged made for the most entertaining scenes this week. From her drunkenly crashing Nikki’s wedding reception, and kissing Tucker, to her denying any knowledge of the pre-nup and later setting it on fire, Sharon’s been a divine disaster! She’s been sad, funny, and yet shrewd. Her scenes with Nikki have been ‘must-see’. I’d still like to understand Sharon’s point-of-view better in all of this, but it is what it is – can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!

They have history.
Victor sure knows how to push Nikki’s buttons, doesn’t he? By letting the horse go back to the stable in full tack, he planted the seed that something bad could have happened to him, guaranteeing that she would fixate on his whereabouts at the expense of her new marriage to Jack Abbott. It’s also made for some delicious material between Nikki and Sharon. Nikki sending that text to Sharon (and her devilish smile after she hit ‘send’) was hilarious. Even better was Victoria’s response – “Mom! That’s terrible. But I really love it.” Awesome. As for Victor, he turned up on a wharf in the Port of Los Angeles looking pensive. Wonder what he’s up to…and what he’ll come home to…

Restless rag?
The Restless Style TV show was down ‘n’ dirty good fun – Abby was a natural – no surprise there! It was awesome to see the bustle and snarky interactions return to the RS offices. One question – when did the upscale trendy fashion magazine turn into a full-on gossip rag? That TV show is all about the mud-slinging! It was funny watching other characters react and make remarks as the show aired – Victoria getting pissed at Billy, Adam muttering that he was surprised not to have heard his own name, and Phyllis becoming a zingy bundle of nerves after becoming next week’s teaser. Good stuff! What did you think of Restless Style TV? Let us know by voting in Soaps.com’s Y&R Restless Style TV poll.

Paul’s problems.
Similar to last week, Paul’s whole song and dance about pleading guilty was on my last nerve. Thankfully, a few people gave him something to think about. It was good that Nina returned (though I was disappointed in her exchange with Ronan again), and that Michael stuck his neck out to advise Paul. Heather’s hand-wringing and crying on Daniel’s shoulder later in the week seemed a little out of character for her – surprised she’s not being more of a tough cookie.