Restless Rant
Week of October 27 – 31:

Who’s hoping Jeffrey and Gloria will fall into a vat of tainted face cream? Moi! Make no mistake, I thoroughly enjoy these characters and the actors who portray them, but this has become the mother of all dragged-out storylines – enough already! Other storylines are also stretching our patience – why is it that the writers seem to have characters endlessly repeating their most un-entertaining behaviorisms?! I never want to see Jeffrey threaten Glo with that cream ever again, nor do I want to hear the zombie-like Victor tell someone he just wants to be alone, nor do I want to ever see Lily giggle, sulk, or stomp out of a room like a teeny-bopper again! Stop the madness! I’m afraid I just haven’t enjoyed the show much this past week, although with Y&R I can always find positives! Here goes:

Marge/Katherine/Jill/Gloria/Jeffrey:
It’s awesome having Marge back and enjoying Jeanne Cooper’s range – such an amazing actress! I’m looking forward to the twists and turns this will bring about for Katherine. But what’s up with that witch Jill? She is just the biggest bully! Feigning concern one moment, and plotting to save her own skin, and keep Katherine’s memoirs from being published by having her declared incompetent, the next minute! I always found something to admire in the Jill character in years past, but now there is no other side to her – just a crabby, selfish woman! Even her love for her sons has an undercurrent of an agenda! Let’s pair up Amber and Esther to bring Jill down! Katherine also has the devious Gloria and Jeffrey to deal with, who even as they team up, become further apart. Between his threats, and now Gloria’s seeming sympathy for Katherine, this is one doomed duo! I just wish they’d get on with it. The endless specter of the face cream has become a total turn-off. It was a nice twist to have Jeffrey notice Marge drunk in the bar and assume it was Katherine – there’s hope for this plotline yet!

Michael/River:
Not a word from these main players this week. Asking again – continuity please!

Heather: The ‘Ditz in the D.A.’s Office’ was up to her usual tricks this week. Paying visits without warrants, asking questions she has no business asking, trying her best to intimidate everyone in her path (including her own boyfriend), and on the whole being a terrible A.D.A.! The whole exchange between her and Phyllis at the tackhouse was bizarre at best. Anyone familiar with the Phyllis character knows that Heather wouldn’t have got further than the doorknocker! Since when does Phyllis become all self-doubting and vulnerable when confronted? Since never, that’s when! It’s when she’s cornered that her real defense mechanisms come out – Heather should have left there in tears! To have Summer tattle about the bugs and Heather leave with a smirk was unsatisfying and utterly ridiculous! Then, about, oh, two days after everyone else figured it out, Heather shows up at Newman Enterprises bragging that she’s linked Victor to the Chateau fire in France, only to have Nikki Newman throw her bag o’ bugs back in her face! She followed that up by telling Brad that the charges against him had been dropped – because both Walter and David were dead. Only weeks ago, she put him on notice that he was in deep doo-doo for exactly that same reason – there was no one to clear his name!! Next up, a visit with Sharon in her office, wherein Heather acts her usual condescending self, and winds up being duped with the help of her own secretary! Ye Gads! By week’s end, she’s so full of herself that she’s taken to ordering Adam to clean up his act and get a job and maybe she’ll consider staying with him! Man, who’d want to be with a piece of work like her!

Jack/Adam: Jack’s little foray into the world of breaking and entering was a tad far-fetched, but I can live with that. My question is, after being so clearly double-crossed and set-up by Jack, why didn’t Adam rat him out to Sharon, and why was he sitting with Jack in Crimson Lights at the end of the week, chuckling about the diary being printed in a magazine?! I was just starting to look forward to Adam’s wrath against Jack, when suddenly, he lost steam and became desperate for reassurance again! It will be excellent to see this story come to fruition, especially when Victor finds out, but I get weary just imagining how long that will take!

Jack/Sharon:
Another back-and-forth scenario that has gone on too long. Sharon has known for a long time what Jack’s true colors are, but is still doing this dance with him about it. Her ‘spinning in a boat with one oar’ analogy was great, and I, for one, am as sick of the going around in circles as she seems to be! We can only listen to the same conflict so many times – it’s just not compelling anymore. Time to move on! Pack your bag, girl! **Mini-Spoiler** Watch for Sharon to go off on Jack big-time next week!!