Spying on Genoa City for the week of July 14 – 18:

This week, much like the past 3 years, has been flat, dry, and uninspiring. The storylines move so s l o w l y and characters have this subdued energy. There’s a running theme in Genoa City that people just can’t seem to let go and move on which makes for no escapism for fans. The stories aren’t there. It may be promoted as the highest rated soap but how many fans are watching out of habit more than anything? Please weigh in and let Soaps.com know why you continue to watch Y&R and leave a comment about your thoughts of the GC goings on this week.

Wedding.
Jack did the right thing, showing up for this ridiculous farce of a wedding. Instead of alienating his “daughter,” he made the right choice and walked Summer down the aisle with Nick. Still, it was almost a crime that they felt forced to defend Austin when the coppers stopped the wedding. Meh.

Insurance fraud.
This storyline isn’t very juicy so far except that it’s good to see two strong women in scenes together. Lauren would have done well not to have welcomed ole Colin into the family business. You know he’s only going to mess things up. They may be strong but on this subject, they’re a bit daft.

Who is Mariah?
It’s time to get the skinny on Mariah’s past. Are you concerned that it’ll go something like this: Mariah is somehow really Sharon’s kid, that Ian somehow stole at birth and somehow Sharon didn’t know she was carrying twins. Hopefully that’s not what’s coming but with Mariah’s mother arriving in CG this August, one wonders what we’re in for.

The mysterious case of the lipstick.
There’s really nothing worth discussing this week concerning this storyline. It’s dragging on… and on…and on…Out with the revelation already. The clocks a tickin’.

Names: Jack and Kelly
Location: Snoresville.

Cady McClain’s a brilliant actress, hilarious and yet Kelly has zero personality and nothing compels us to care for her let alone her relationship with Jack. Why bring in such a heavy hitter if not to use her to the best of her ability? Maybe when Phyllis wakens from the coma we’ll see some changes. Anything but this shrinking violet.

Y&R does love to dangle a carrot in front of us for a full year before giving us a bite.
After an entire year, we now know a bit of Ben’s history and that he and Kelly are siblings. My how far we’ve come from thinking they were married. We also know Ben stole someone’s identity and he’s a murderer. Even though Kelly spilled to Jackie Boy, it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s get a move on and tell the rest of the story already. We’re not getting any younger.

Nu-nu-Billy/Chelsea/Victoria.
Viewers are still getting used to Nu-nu-Billy. It’d be easier if the writers would tweak his dialogue more to match Billy Miller’s Billy. Sadly, the show hasn’t selected a replacement for Michael Muhney yet, so it’s likely we’re looking at several months until that story with Adam goes anywhere. That’s “Y&R” for ya. Dangle that carrot!

Cricket and Paul.
Who discusses whether or not to have a baby at the office? And maybe they should hold off on having a kid. Paul’s got a lot to wrap his head around with the news that Dylan’s his son. The man needs some space. Besides, it’s not as though the kid would ever see its parents since they’re both workaholics.