The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog
Restless Rant for the week of February 17 – 21:
The big storyline this week was the hostage situation at the gala but there were some other stories rocking some pretty serious tension and/or building toward it. Thoughts:
The wheels are turning.
Well the gala certainly had some heart-stopping moments, which made for worthwhile viewing on the whole despite the things that made us go ‘hmm’. Some of the goings-on were a bit of a stretch – not the least of which was the sheer number of people who seemed willing to step up and risk taking a bullet. Of course, part of the enjoyment of these kinds of scenes is poking fun at the unbelievable bits, like how they managed to carry on about 6 different conversations after Womack ordered them all at gunpoint to sit down and shut up. We had Kevin whispering with Lauren, Leslie giving her table a rundown on Womack’s rap sheet and criminal profile, Cane master-minding a plan to overtake the gunmen, Jill and Colin verbally sparring, and Billy unwittingly creating his own drama with Victoria and Kelly over in the corner. There were some knee-slappers near the end too, like Victor parting the sea of cops to get inside and demand answers, Devon pausing amid the drama to phone and break his date with Esmerelda, and Colin shutting the door on the SWAT team so as to conclude his private business with Womack. Gotta’ love it. All-in-all it made for a solid few days of entertainment.
It was only once.
As much as it was sad to see Victoria realize the truth about Billy and Kelly, many were glad that the secret-keeping wasn’t dragged out. It led to some appropriately soapy scenes – Vikki slapping Kelly, Kelly’s honest conversation with Lily, Jack telling Billy he had confessed, and Victoria not being able to kiss Billy. Stitch has increasingly been a source of support for Victoria, but he is clearly harboring secrets of his own. Would you like to see Victoria forgive Billy or turn to Stitch? Let Soaps.com know by voting in our Y&R Poll: What should Victoria do?
Like Sheila all over again?
Nope. The Carmine storyline isn’t like the Sheila/Lauren story, which had layers, history, and complexities that just aren’t present here. Carmine became a one-note stalker and no background was even provided to explain his behavior. Had Carmine been given more dimensions and allowed to have some rooting value, Lauren could have been tempted by him again and this might have evolved into an entirely different kind of storyline that could have been revisited successfully over years.
Jill and Colin are magic together - it's been more than a pleasure to watch their 'cat and mouse' routine and enjoy their chemistry. Jill's voice turns husky and Colin gets that glint in his eye when they are sparring, and it's hot. Suddenly I'm not in such a hurry for the music box mystery to be solved - if it means more of Colin and Jill together, let it drag out! Colin's heroics also complicated things for Lily and Cane this week and we saw him get a hug from his grandchildren. In that moment he softened, just slightly, and it's that sort of thing that just makes viewers want to see him turn over a new leaf - even as we want him to stay a baddie. Looking forward to seeing more of this.
Victor sure gives himself a lot of free passes in the name of protecting his family! Having a clone of your son's deceased daughter running around making trouble - risking being seen by someone other than Sharon - is not justifiable and he knows it. However, the lure of the 'secret' Sharon is hiding is just too tempting... The photos in Sharon's house on Friday - so mean. I wondered if Sharon's therapist might be under Victor's thumb as well. Thoughts?
I'm all ears.
Viewers are still waiting for the Ian Ward tale to really get interesting. Sure there are elements that get the attention - Ward's smarmy creepiness, Nikki's anxiety, and the warm fuzziness of Nick and Dylan teaming up, but it's a Victor/Ian confrontation many are hoping for, and Victor doesn't even know he's in town yet.
A safe home.
There's quite a bit of debate going on surrounding Chloe's actions - does she deserve pity or a good slap? Anyway, Victor should be thanking her as her actions provided him with a means of keeping Chelsea as a captive audience for about 8 hours - seemingly more than enough time to change her mind about him. Spin!
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- Candace Young