The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog
Week of May 20 – 24:
It’s was a relief to see a little more of the “Y&R” vets this week. Some viewers have been feeling pretty desperate about there being so much focus on the countless newbies. Some vets are missing in action or being sorely underused, while non-core characters such as Avery, Dylan, and Chelsea are featured almost daily. For whatever reasons, longtime viewers aren’t clambering to accept these characters as main players. This could be because they’ve no real roots in Genoa City, it could be due to issues with character development, or both. On the whole, the show hasn’t been ‘must-see’ despite it being May Sweeps. Thoughts:
It was tough not to feel a little for Fen after he was set-up by Summer and then beat up, but given what he did to Jamie, the character needed some karmic payback. The party at the penthouse was all sorts of strange. 13 year-olds play ‘Truth or Dare’, not high school grads, and how awkward was it watching Fen lay all over Summer to kiss her? So creepy! They keep stressing that Summer is 18, but she seems 15; it’s a problem for the storyline. On the plus side, Kyle showed actual signs of life when he punched Fen. Unfortunately, many still aren’t feeling NuKyle; he doesn’t look, or act like an Abbott male; no swagger, no smirk, no twinkle in his eye, and no magnetic playboy personality… In any case, Summer’s plan worked. Kyle asked her out on a dull dinner date after watching the dull photo shoot and gave her a dull kiss goodbye later. Sigh.
Some are jazzed about the Summer paternity storyline, others not so much. It’s suddenly hard to relate to our Nick Newman, that’s for sure. Here’s hoping they get maximum dramatic mileage out of it before revealing that she’s Nick’s in the end. It was pretty juicy that Sharon overheard Nick talking to Cassie about the paternity secret on Friday…
My best friend.
It was great fun seeing Michael’s reaction to Fen’s declaration that Carmine saved his butt and was ‘cool’. Michael’s fabulously emotional reactions are riveting, whether he’s quietly devastated or loudly volatile.
It’s awesome to have Traci back in town, though it’s admittedly a tad unsettling for her to suddenly swoop in with this overbearing mother hen routine, consumed with concern over Jack being driven back to pills, when she didn’t even show-up during his addiction meltdown in the first place. Not that there haven’t been very entertaining scenes as a result. Phyllis and Traci hashing it out as Phyllis dragged her bags out the door was classic. Jack trying to pass Traci off to Billy made viewers snicker. Jack having the electricity turned off at Phyllis’ place…cute, but not cute enough. Now that he’s had the lights turned back on he should read the writing on the wall…
Sexy Detective Alex is one of the newer characters with potential, so it’s disappointing to see him relegated to discussing Carmine with NuAbby, or stuck behind a desk snarking at Kevin about data entry. Worse, he was made to look like a typical soap opera ‘Keystone Cop’ by Kevin, who showed off his hacking skills while doing community service. Get this man a spicy love interest and a storyline!
The mystery surrounding Neil thickened as it was revealed that his stolen journal entries are being sent to Genoa City Buzz from his own corporation. Ye gad! What could this mean?
So Chloe’s going to try to put Crimson Lights on the market… Hopefully Kevin will be so upset it will be the end of them.
Adam’s behavior has been alienating lately, so some have amused themselves trying to puzzle out why he’s being put in scenes with Avery, and enjoying how quickly he’s begun to realize that Chelsea’s lying to him. I wouldn't want to be her if he finds a way to prove it. He wouldn’t have tried to take the baby from her as she claimed to Chloe, but now he might, and she’ll have only herself to blame. Victoria being tied into the baby secret definitely adds another layer, though it’s rather unpalatable. More on that below…
Not a great week’s end for Billy and Victoria’s relationship, but fab intense scenes. This week, Billy continued to be tempted to gamble and Vikki continued to fixate on Adam/Victor/Newman Enterprises. Whatever they’re injecting her with has made her so warped that she is willing to keep Adam’s child from him just to compete in a rivalry largely created by her own green-eyed monster. It seems to have conveniently slipped Victoria’s mind that if Adam hadn’t saved pregnant Chelsea from the frozen lake and delivered her baby safely, she wouldn’t have Johnny right now. This is obviously a bid to make Vikki seem as ruthless as Victor and Adam, yet the way it’s going she’s just going to come out looking hormone-crazed and obsessed. Shame. They should have had her best him in business instead. What do you think of Victoria's actions? Let Soaps.com know by voting in our Y&R Victoria’s Vendetta poll.
Jill and Cane’s meeting about personal and business matters felt like a familiar port in the storm. They have a great vibe in scenes together. As for Lily and Tyler's situation, it seems they're indicating that she is developing feelings for him, though she still loves her husband. Confusing...
As usual, Victor’s not paying enough attention to Nikki because he's too consumed with business and manipulating his offspring. Dr. Kurt, on the other hand, seems to have oodles of time to pay attention to her…
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