Genoa City for the Week of April 14 – 18:

Middle-of-the-road material is still weighing things down, however “Y&R” has some storylines gathering steam and the crossover made for a bit of fun. Thoughts:

In shreds.
The fashion show kind of slowly fizzled after the catfight. Connie the stage manager was a highlight, and it was neat to see Rick and Caroline Forrester if you watch “B&B,” but there wasn’t much else to write home about. Chloe slashing the dress made for a moment of drama, but the fact that it was utterly ridiculous for her to sabotage her own business, or for Chelsea to be able to fix it and put in on the runway minutes later, took away from it. Then there was Neil following Hilary around with his tongue hanging out. Yet another couple viewers don’t want to see, as fans overwhelmingly voted in our Soaps.com poll to have Hilary with Devon. The other developing drama involved Summer noticing the connection between Jack and Kelly and reminding him about Phyllis. This has some potential although the abrupt recasting of Kelly may take the wind out of this story’s sails. Cady McClain felt very different in the role from Cynthia Watros on first impression. As for the Chloe/Kevin and Chloe/Chelsea stuff, it’s starting to feel like a lot of airtime for relationships that weren’t stellar in the first place.

Bun in the oven.
For those in the know, it was cute to see offscreen loves, Robert Adamson (Noah Newman) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline Forrester) share a couple of scenes, especially when she delivered the line about having a bun in the oven, a nod to her carrying his child in real life. Those who hadn’t a clue about the actors were probably left thinking they were pretty pointless scenes!

House calls.
Sometimes I don’t get Victor. He’s supposed to hate Billy Boy’s guts, so it seemed he’d be thrilled to find Stitch making ‘house calls’ to Victoria’s place, yet there he was up at the hospital uttering warnings later. Ye gad. Of course, placing Victor at the hospital may have been more about the near-miss with the Cassie lookalike whom Stitch was treating in the next room.

A hell of a ride.
Oh boy it looks like Jill is in for another disappointment with Colin, who is once again out for a score. The way Colin seems in the scenes makes me feel like he really does want to change this time, but is in some kind of a tight spot. There is a lot of regret in his expression at times. Of course no one, including Lily and Cane, who are now pondering letting him near the twins, will ever believe he’s not evil if he’s caught manipulating again. It may very well be a hell of a ride. Best comic relief of the week was when Jill was grilling Colin, the doorbell rang, and saved by the bell quite literally, he chirped, “Knickers!” as though he were disappointed to have their conversation interrupted. Hehe. Should Cane and Lily give Colin a chance? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Should Colin be able to see the twins?

What might have been.
That noise you heard was the “Y&R” viewers who’d been holding their collective breath exhaling with relief that Lauren wasn’t really pregnant. It just seemed an unappealing storyline for this point in their lives. Here’s hoping she doesn’t want to make a baby on purpose now.

Assets.
How funny was Jeffrey asking Chelsea for another chance…or at least another chance to screw-up, and then bumming ten bucks off of her? He’s awesome.