Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of September 8 – 12:
Bringing back ‘Drunk Nikki’, resurrecting Cassie via Mariah, the two-day return of Shemar Moore as Malcolm, heavy use of flashbacks, and the trend of hiring primetime actors and popular actors from other soaps are among the most recent moves aimed at improving the “Y&R” viewing experience. The good news is that clearly an effort is being made to give viewers more of what they want. Unfortunately, the underlying problems aren’t gone. There are two biggies. First, the spates of unoriginal, rather weak writing. It’s worth noting that each time an actor is cast who viewers genuinely feel optimistic about, there is immediate concern as to whether the writing will be there for the character. Second, as demonstrated by the debacle of Lauren Fenmore asking for sex advice, is the lack of proper knowledge/use of the show’s history. This was brought further into the spotlight last week when Shemar Moore revealed to TV Guide that he and Kristoff St. John (Neil) had to ask for re-writes in the scripts for Malcolm’s return to make them historically accurate and make sense as to what Malcolm would know and say. And it still seemed off. Half the time the Winters clan was talking as though Malcolm hadn’t been seen in about a decade, and then they’d suddenly reference the character’s more recent departure after Moses was born. That said, Malcolm’s was a return to remember, and it’s awesome that a more concentrated effort is being made to incorporate the history into the show, it’s just frustrating that it’s so hit or miss. Thoughts:
There were a few complaints about Nikki slurring and undergoing personality changes after a single sip of her vodka rocks, which is both funny and true, but hey it’s a soap. What we didn’t need to see was Nikki Newman praying to the porcelain god later. Ack. Anyway, the scenes with Nikki and Maureen bonding were entertaining, the Nictor argument was epic, and the tie-in with Maureen being Kelly and Ben’s mother, and later figuring out ‘Sherry’ was Victor Newman’s wife made it all that much more fun. Clearly, Maureen will be out to see what she can get for herself out of her new ‘friendship’ and her children’s connections to the Newmans and Abbotts. Soapy goodness.
Burning down the house.
So, Jack is having dreams and ‘feelings’ about Phyllis now that she’s awake because he’s just psychic like that? Okay fine, there was Nurse Hathaway’s weird phone call as well. Not surprisingly, Kelly and Jack got Summer’s seal of approval just as Phyllis sat upright and let out a blood-curdling scream down in Georgia. It’s a wonder they didn’t hear her in Genoa City. So excited for her to make her way back to town!
How are you now?
Okay, Avery needs to stop grilling Dylan about his feelings every time they share a scene. Is she his girlfriend or his therapist? She even forbade him to read the newspaper article about Ian. So unappealing. It’s like they really don’t know what to write for Avery sometimes. As for Dylan and Paul, just as Dylan’s ready to be his ‘friend’, Paul is going to haul him down to the station for questioning. Although Dylan’s no Ricky, it looks like Paul will be revisiting the issue of tension with his son.
Someone give Stitch an award for having the patience of a saint. Abby not only grated on his last raw nerve running her mouth, she even hit him! I assume the writers are going for a love/hate thing with Abby and Ben, but it's not working much. Abby has become a walking instant migraine and her constant ranting and b****ing at everyone and about everyone is only serving to make her more and more unlikeable.
I heard that deep velvety voice before I saw him - Malcolm! Yes, it was a week of breakthroughs for the Winters family, as not only did Malcolm return to help Neil confront his feelings about his situation, but Lily found a reason to appreciate Hilary. Malcolm was all about the real talk as he kept the pressure on Neil through numerous potshots and insults, until he broke down and admitted that he was scared. Even then, manly man Malcolm wouldn't let Neil wallow - he told him to accept his predicament and deal with it. Neil's vulnerability was palpable in some of these scenes. Excellent. The straight talk continued as Malcolm expressed his thoughts on Neil's penchant for falling in love too fast since Dru died and expressed some skepticism about the Neil/Hilary union. When Malcolm finally said his farewells and backed out the door with tears in his eyes, many were choked up. If they had played Nadia's Theme there likely would have been full-on wailing. Come back anytime, Malcolm.
Center of the universe.
Nick chasing Mariah around town has become annoying. At The Underground, there was foreshadowing of trouble ahead with Mariah and Austin bonding and Abby warning Summer to watch out. Of course, Mariah is also bonding with Kevin and his Harley and has a past with Tyler. Who would you like to see Mariah paired with? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Mariah's love life.
If you can't be with the one you love...
It seems if Billy can't be with Victoria, he'll pursue Chelsea, regardless of all the implications and complications that could result. NuBilly has great chemistry with Chelsea, and the shower dream and their flirtation over the phone was fun to watch. Victoria is just in too broody and indecisive a place right now to be with anyone, so bring it on. A Chelsea/Billy pairing is the perfect set-up for Adam's return also. Good stuff.
It makes sense.
Nick proposed to Sharon amid a re-enactment of their Polynesian-themed college dance and in the coffee house they once owned together. A very much appreciated effort at showcasing the couple's history, especially with the flashbacks. Now that they're engaged and fully in love again, it's clearly time for Sharon's secret to be revealed. Whee!
- Candace Young