Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of June 23 – 27:
The “Y&R” viewing experience improved this week with storylines moving forward and some excellent acting on display. Thoughts:
It’s my fault.
Wow, wow, wow. Paul’s weakened state, raspy voice, and disoriented inquiries upon regaining consciousness was so right on, and then his descent into panic, confusion and hysteria was just riveting to watch. Amazing stuff. The hospital scenes definitely delivered the drama as Christine sniped at Nikki (more than once!) while Lauren and Michael looked on with stunned ‘Uh-oh’ looks on their faces, and Dylan reacted to learning the truth about his paternity, conveying with nary a word how monumental it was to have someone like Paul, rather than Ian, be his father. As predicted last week, we had to contend with the cheesy Super Dylan to the rescue scenario, but somehow it was tolerable. I’d have liked to have seen Heather there, and Avery berating Dylan like an errant child was pretty unappealing, but on the whole this storyline rocked this week.
The Neil/Hilary/Devon thing got more twisted as Hilary actually went through with marrying Neil, despite having admitted to feelings for Devon. Cane, by questioning Neil before the wedding, succeeded in making Neil feel a twitch of uncertainty about the situation (although not enough to stop him), so maybe when it all blows up Cane will remind him of his warning. The loner wedding was bizarre and kind of sad. Devon’s arrival piqued the interest, but in the end all he did was stand there looking like he was about to either cry or vomit on Neil’s shoes. With Devon reduced to tossing back shots in misery post-nuptials and Cane predicting all manner of gloom and doom, how long can this marriage work? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: How long will Neil and Hilary last?
A radiant point of light.
It’s kind of fascinating to see Sharon continue to build her world back up knowing that it’s just more to crumble down around her when her secret is finally revealed. It was also rather spooky to see the family dinner with Cassie’s doppelganger, Mariah, taking part. Nick is such a caveman – warning Mariah not to get too close to his family when she agreed to show Faith how to blow a double bubble – oh, and there was Noah blowing bubbles along with them. Jeeze. As for Nick and Victor teaming up to work on the Mariah/Ian connection, that’s all fine and good, but Ian’s agenda needs to be revealed ASAP as his routine has gotten seriously old.
File the papers.
Victoria taking what she wanted (Ben) was totally hot! Of course it's all a prelude to Ben's secret being revealed, Victoria becoming completely disillusioned with him, and Billy being 'right', but we'll take it. NuBilly arrived on the scene this week and instantly felt like a promising fit. I'm looking forward to seeing which of the ladies he'll share the most chemistry with as he gets into the swing of things, and to watching him settle in. He'll need to acquire some of that jocularity and wise-cracking attitude that is so much a part of Billy Abbott's personality. Can't wait to see, ahem, more of him.
Wish you were here.
Summer is currently spending her time agonizing over Austin's circumstances and trying to convince people to get him out of jail. All the comments about how idiotic she's being are so true, but it's not necessarily unrealistic. A mixed-up young woman of Summer's age, experiencing love (lust!) for the first time could easily be prone to such levels of drama and seeming lunacy. Yep, it's all about the hormones and the guy - logic and reason barely come into the picture. I just wish Austin wasn't someone viewers had just met, so that we could feel more connected. Anyway, although I'm not sure Phyllis would be any more accommodating than Summer's 'dads' in this scenario, one could understand her wishing for her mom.
When Tyler and Abby met up in the park it was groan time. The conversation went exactly as one would have predicted and then Mariah appeared and threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the mix. Not many care what happens with this couple. Tyler, who formerly boasted sex appeal and attitude out the wazoo, has long since been lobotomized and Abby still lacks depth. When she gets feisty and pissed off it can be good fun, but she is unappealing too often. It's anyone's guess why they even like each other.
A fine piece of real estate.
Poor Colin seems like he ages significantly with each failed attempt at snagging the necklace and paying off his 'associate'. The escapades at the Chancellor Estate were truly entertaining this week. Some posters think Colin should go to Mattie for pointers about stealing the jewels - too funny!
Jack was like the little boy who saw mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe after seeing Kelly with Ben. I'm all but sure she'll tell him they're siblings.
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- Candace Young