Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of May 26 – 30:
“Y&R” continues to be a tedious affair most days with the overall product just not meeting viewers’ expectations. Thoughts:
What are you smoking?
That might be a question for the “Y&R” writers, who continue to bore us to tears with Avery’s $%*#& cooking show nonsense and have let the Ian Ward storyline drag on way too long without any further exposition of his background or motives. Without a doubt, Ray Wise plays the role to smarmy perfection, unfortunately, we have no idea what the character is hoping to gain by hanging around in Genoa City endlessly baiting and agitating people, so as I mentioned last week, Ian’s antics have become repetitive and seem pointless. Also, by now most are guessing that Paul will be revealed as Dylan’s biological father, so any shock value they might have had there was sacrificed by dragging this out to keep Ian around longer. There was a feelgood factor in Dylan teaming up with Victor to bring down their common foe, but many still wonder why Victor didn’t crush Ward and his organization after he tried to blackmail Nikki. The Victor and Ian clashes have some great one-liners, but again, why is Victor even bothering to let this go on? Nikki keeps warning that Ian may be an enemy that Victor may not be able to defeat, but why? What makes Ward so powerful/untouchable? It’s a moot point anyway, because Victor always prevails. As the Mustache himself would say, “It ain’t gonna’ happen.” Where do you stand? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Team Victor or Team Ian?
Summer finding Kelly at the house with Jack really didn’t have much impact one way or the other. It will obviously be a catalyst to send her too quickly into this thing with Austin, who is likely trouble, and when something happens Jack will probably blame himself. Sigh. The Jack and Kelly pairing continues to lack spark. Making matters worse, she was already whining at him because he had to go on a business trip. Yech.
Noah telling Nikki he knows she’ll go back to Victor because she always does was too funny!
Cops and robbers.
Courtney wrangling with a perp at the police station and mild-mannered Noah trying to stick up for her to Detective Harding – just can’t and don’t want to… Courtney hand-cuffing Noah in bed was an amusing concept, but there just isn’t the chemistry between them to take these scenes to the next level.
There were some very moving scenes as Chloe said goodbye to her loved ones – it was clear the emotion was quite genuine. The ending with Chloe looking at Billy’s sperm sample (how long would that ‘keep’ in her purse?) after she slept with Kevin, made me wonder if she’ll return down the line with a baby requiring a paternity test.
White hat, black hat.
Speaking of paternity tests, Victoria's secret is out in the open now - even Victor's in the mix. Billy's first reaction was wholly one of support, but then he mucked it up by accusing her of sleeping around. Meanwhile, Stitch is preparing to out himself as some sort of murderer, so Vikki's prospects are looking a little bleak right now. Since Stitch told Kelly he would come clean to Victoria because he cares about her, and Kevin just did a search on his name, my theory is that Kevin and Billy will learn the secret, and then it will be a race to see if Stitch will get to tell her himself before Billy does. As for what Stitch's secret may be - some are speculating that he used to be a police officer, and Kelly recently mentioned to Jack that her father died unexpectedly a while back - since we know she referred to Stitch killing a man, could this be the connection between them?
As much as Colin and Jill are amazing together, it's hard to know what to say about this months-long music box mystery suddenly culminating in a necklace and a note falling from a chandelier. Is there still more to the music box mystery and they don't realize it, or was this bizarre development just the end? As for Cane keeping 'mum' about Colin's involvement in Bonaventure to Victor's detriment, that's an interesting and possibly dangerous predicament for him to be in. If he throws Victor under the bus for Colin, and Colin turns out to be scamming again... Yike.
We could never forget Cassie - it seems like every other month is her birthday or the anniversary of her death. Enough, right? Sharon and Nick bickering over Mariah isn't that entertaining at all, although credit is due for Nick being written true-to-character as an over-bearing caveman type who frequently behaves as though Sharon can't think for herself. He redeemed himself slightly with his turn as Chef Nicolo, however. Cute.
Can't live like that.
So, Abby dumped Tyler. Anyone care?
Teeny tiny bit of betrayal.
The Devon/Hilary fantasy scenes were very hot - despite the awful background music. As expected, this is the pairing to be rooting for, though how we get there now without scads of ickiness is beyond me. Elsewhere, Leslie confronted Neil in the park about Hilary, though why her opinion should matter is unclear. She seems almost irrelevant now. It makes one wonder why they are even bothering to bring her husband into the mix. For more on Hilary, check out Soaps.com’s interview with Mishael Morgan.
- Candace Young