Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of July 21 – 25:
This week things picked up a little. Still, if this were a book, readers would have abandoned it a long time ago. Soap viewers are the most loyal of any TV show fanbase. It’s long past due for “Y&R” to give fans a reason to stick around.
The big news Soaps.com reported on this week is that Shemar Moore’s returning to Y&R for two days in September. Many fans are thrilled. Still, we’re all thinking the same thing. Is this brief return necessary to further the plot or is it a desperate ploy to gain ratings? Hopefully this isn’t going to be a sudden connection and history rewrite for Hilary…
Give us your thoughts! Y&R Poll: Shemar’s return.
Speaking of the player…
After Hilary made out with Devon in the laundry room, he wanted to know where they stood. Yes. Even though he knows, he wanted to hear it from her cheatin’ lips. Instead of encouraging her to talk about her feelings which could have led to another lip-lock, he should just back off. Then… So funny, Hilary had the gall to tell him, “I married Neil. I love my husband, why can’t you just accept that?” Maybe her intentions would somehow be clearer if she kept her lips off her step-son.
The visual effects on the scene with Devon driving his car looked like a movie from the 50s. Matt Purvis says, “It was the highlight of the week.” Then… Devon executed the old 1950’s ‘I ran out of gas’ move on her. Oy.
The dinner party was awkward and depressing. What more is there to say?
Phyllis’ hand moved when Summer visited and talked about accepting Jack as her father. Maybe she’ll come out of the coma, memory intact. But did Summer even notice the movement? Just when we think she doesn’t notice much more beyond what’s in the mirror we remember that she’s young, she just learned her father’s not really her father (though it’s a lie), her momma’s in a coma, and her ex-crush is supposed to be her brother. Sounds like a soap opera.
Victoria’s baby daddy.
The entire truth about Ben finally came out this week and it was a little anti-climactic. Ben “murdered” his alcoholic and abusive father and paid for it in juvenile detention. He didn’t really even kill him. The fire did. So of course, cut to Victoria who now in true soap opera fashion will likely lie about who her baby daddy is in yet another baby storyline. Sigh.
The big question: Will Ben be fired and sent up on charges for fraud?
Nikki still hasn’t stopped ogling the booze and running away from temptation. Maybe this is what Ian wants, to discredit her by piling on the stress so she not only pines for her old friend Harvey Wallbanger but breaks down and has a taste. If she starts drinking, what would that mean for the case? That he was partially to blame or that she looks bad? I guess it depends on how the judge looks at alcoholism and stress. It doesn’t look as though his vendetta is going to end even if he does get the money. Dude needs to get a life. It'd be better to wrap this storyline up and give him something else to do. The actor is brilliant.
Cricket harped on Paul a little more this week and about putting Nikki first. If she keeps it up she’s going to drive him away. Some saw Cricket as rather cold because she kept on harping at Paul even after witnessing Nikki's demeanour and candidness on the stand. Didn't seem as though Nikki was lying.
Adam, or ‘mystery person’ as he’s called, had someone plant a handkerchief in the nursery which was a nod to his and Chelsea's wedding anniversary. It was meant as a reminder of their love, to stop her from moving on with Billy. The problem is, they dropped the ball with Chelsea's lack of reaction, the lack of a flashback, and then lack of a follow-up scene. It's difficult to stay in the moment when this happens. The act itself was either romantic or a jealous and cruel gesture, depending on the viewer's perception. Why make her mourn more? Why doesn’t he just show himself? Is he burned all over? Can he speak? So many questions and no answers.
Last week in Restless Rant, I asked, "Who is Mariah?" We found out this week she's creepier than ever. Mariah’s no friend of Sharon’s and just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, she’s now lusting after Sharon’s husband. Ew. No. Please let's not go there.
- Christine Fix