The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of November 24 – 28:
It was a short week, but a good one, for Y&R, as the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States saw the network air two ‘classic’ episodes! Soaps.com readers on the Y&R message board got a holiday treat too, when Daniel Goddard [Cane Ashby] popped in to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Back to business – it’s a bit of a ‘mini-rant’ this time around!
Nikki/Victor/Ashley/Paul: So, Ashley is rearranging her life to be with Victor even though they’ve been back together all of five minutes, he’s been suffering crippling depression, and is facing life in prison! As much as I like this strong-minded pair together, Ashley is not thinking with her brain, and her knee-jerk reaction is, in my opinion, out-of-character! Nikki’s confrontation with Victor was somewhat refreshing. It’s nice to hear her tell him off, but hard to believe she’ll never bother with him again [much eye-rolling] “Right. Sure Nikki!” She’s right though – accusing her of being behind the accident and the forged journal is completely over the top – and Victor knows it – he’s behaving like a stubborn child at this point! The rebound thing with Nikki and Paul was an interesting, and welcome, development. Don’t get me wrong – I think Paul deserves better than that, and I believe he’ll get hurt – but at the same time, he hasn’t had any action in a while, so I’m all for them having a fling!
Sharon/Nick: I like the way ‘the kiss’ conversation was handled. Sharon clearly wanted to hear him say he wanted out of his marriage with Phyllis, but he didn’t, which at this point, is totally realistic. They talked things out in a very sweet and amicable way, which was refreshing! I love that she told him about Jack’s involvement with Adam before she left – good girl! All I can say for Nick though, is that he should be as forthcoming with Phyllis as he was during this conversation with Sharon – then maybe ‘the kiss’ wouldn’t be taking on a life of it’s own! When it all blows up – I’m blaming Nick!
Phyllis/Jack: Love this! Watching them go head-to-head is amazing television! Michelle [Stafford] is doing a good job of portraying Phyllis as she creeps closer to her breaking point, and Peter [Bergman] is wonderful as ‘threatening’ Jack! As intimidating as he was, telling his ex that she’s asking for a war, don’t expect Phyllis to back down. She’s never been afraid of Jack before! **Mini-spoiler** – We haven’t seen the last of these two gunning for one another! Watch for Jack to become deeply angered when Phyllis tattles regarding his trip to Mexico and the motel room receipts, and Sharon is handed the proof!
Heather/Adam: Methinks these two are headed for disaster, as opposed to the altar! A Christmas wedding may be in the works, but at the rate this journal debacle is unraveling, they may not make it that long as a couple! Nice illustration of how little they really know one another, when Adam asked her to move to Europe and she put the kibosh on it instantly! Also, she’s already unimpressed by being called out by her boss due to Adam’s little money transfer, so anymore bad news about her fiancé may be the last straw – especially if it’s delivered by Paul – who she’s swept to the sidelines of her life again!
Sharon/Jack: Can you just feel her frustration? I can’t believe she gave him another chance, when her heart is so obviously not in it! Kudos for Sharon Case’s comedic sarcasm in the scene where she holds out the phone to Jack, saying, “It’s the FBI!” She does that sooo well! **Mini-Spoiler** – Can she kick him out of his own mansion?!
Phyllis/Brad: Again, brilliant! Having these two collaborate in a plot that is so clearly going to come back and bite them both in the bum, is inspired and delicious! I love it, and I can't wait to see what happens next! More Brad!
Olivia: Just a concerned word about one of my favorite characters - what are the writers doing to her?! Suddenly, she's become "Ms. Meddlesome!" Nothing is more irritating than someone who thinks they know what's best for everyone else - but someone who hasn't even been in town for years telling people what they should do takes the cake! After observing the incredibly loving and sexy pair of Neil and Karen for, oh, ten minutes, she tells him that he'd be better off with that grouchy twit, Tyra?! What's up with that?! Then, after not seeing her buddy, Ashley Abbott, in forever, she's aggressively attacking her for what she's doing with her life?! I'm puzzled as to where the writers are coming from with this stuff, and it doesn't look like there's an end in sight - **Mini-Spoiler** - Next week, Olivia tells Lily off for associating with her ex-fiance's brother! Egad!
The Custody Thing: How bizarre is this? Five seconds after Tyra starts dating a cop, Yolanda cleans up and comes looking for Ana? A little far-out, isn't it?! Anyway, as heart wrenching as these scenes should be, I'm just not feeling it. No tears for me - I just haven't become invested in these characters, Tyra and Ana, no matter how much they've been pushed by the writers. You can't force these things! I felt bad for Devon though. I'm so afraid they've devised this plot to drive Tyra and Neil together, and to facilitate Billy's ability to impress Lily by providing a lawyer! Plot-driven stuff doesn't work - heads up!
Lily Update: She didn't irritate me for three whole episodes - so things are looking up! However, she is irritating again on Monday's episode - so our pleas may still be falling on deaf ears. Please jazz this girl's personality up a bit! In related news, **Mini-Spoiler** - Week of December 8, Lily puts Chloe in the hospital! A glimmer of hope - maybe the writers are listening after all!
Katherine in the Diner: This was cute! Especially with all of the quaint little sayings infused into the dialogue. However, I feel like this will wear thin very quickly - hope the writers have something clever up their sleeves. Somehow, I just don't know if I can buy what they're selling here - in fact, what are they selling? Does she have amnesia? Nothing's clear, except that Jeanne Cooper is doing a brilliant job!
Go Esther: Need I say more! How inspired is it to have her telling Jill, in front of an amazed Chloe and Cane, that they are now equals and she should get her own drinks! I love, love, love it! Go Esther!
Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving was abbreviated and depressing on Y&R this year. That's it.
All in all the writing has settled comfortably with me! I'm looking forward to the show now in a way I haven’t in an extremely long-time. There is still some quirky stuff going on with some of the characters' personalities, but overall, it's truly very Bill Bell-ish! Here's to a job well done!
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