The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of April 13 – 17:
Have I told you lately that The Young and the Restless has become a little too dark? I think the only happy person in town this week was Jeffrey! Seriously, the show’s strengths at this point are the family drama, such as Karen and Tyra facing off in court, along with the superb acting. However, drama becomes cumbersome without elements that balance it. I have come to expect Y&R to evoke a variety of emotions; making me laugh, cry, jeer, and cheer – all in one episode – or at least in one week – and that’s not really happening anymore! Maybe it’s the focus on mental illness lately that is giving the show a depressive feel – not sure. Anyway, here’s hoping things lighten up a tad in the days and weeks ahead. As for this week…
Kevin in the Mental Hospital: Can someone explain to me why Kevin is having hallucinations about the chipmunk head covered in blood, when he was the one inside it? It’s not like someone else had been wearing it and Kevin had to keep looking at it during the robberies! He maybe would have seen it on the ground for all of two seconds before he ran away and left it on the sidewalk. It would make more sense for me if he were hallucinating about Clint’s face…but I guess that wouldn’t be as freaky! Anyway, in spite of Greg Rikaart’s stellar interpretation of Kevin’s insanity, no one is thrilled about watching a bunch of scenes with characters trying to ‘get through to him’ – it’s already gotten old. Here’s hoping Kevin has a big breakthrough soon! Oh, and here’s a slap for Gloria for always making everything about herself, and a slap for Heather, who was also abused by her stepfather and should be showing much more compassion for Kevin.
Phyllis/Sharon/Nick: This has become a repeat, or perhaps parody, of the Victor/Nikki/Ashley triangle from days gone by – two women driving themselves crazy over a self-indulgent man who isn’t worth it, ahem, or the tragic tale of a man who loves two women – however you wish to see it. The modern day twist, I suppose, is all the spontaneous sex, the fact that both women appear to be suffering mental illness, and that the man is a thick as a brick! Nick could never be mistaken for the cunning, decisive, and slick Victor Newman – that’s for certain! In spite of the fact that I perceive this triangle to be tired, I liked the way the writers juxtaposed Nick and Sharon’s lovemaking at the cabin with Phyllis tearing apart Sharon’s room at the Club. It was very powerful having those scenes interwoven – good work! Here’s a hearty welcome back to Phyllis’s not-so-nice side – the one dark and twisty thing we welcome in Genoa City!
Noah/Eden: Yes, kids like Noah and Eden should be waiting to have sex, but this storyline is very realistic in that they would disagree with that. Teenagers definitely think that they know what they’re doing and what they can handle. It isn’t until something goes wrong, or until they become adults themselves, that they are able to see it differently. Frustrated and moody teens do talk like Noah and Eden, and do decide to have sex. On the plus side, they’re probably the only ones in Genoa City with enough sense to have used protection!
Katherine/Jill: Katherine’s return, for me, has fallen a little flat because of the way the writers have spun the dynamic with Jill. To see them go head-to-head with good reason would be genuinely entertaining, but all of these verbal sparring matches and ‘misunderstandings’ are coming across as contrived; forced negativity to keep the characters at odds with each other. They have no real reason to be angry at one another, hence, I’m not feeling it. It’s a shame to have good ol’ Murphy dragged down by all of this nonsense too – let’s see him and Katherine having some fun or even put together a wacky memorial for Marge – lighten things up!
Lily/Cane: Nice to see Lily make a conscious decision to return to work - women should be about more than dealing with their love life. Lily also confronted her father and Tyra this week - both were good scenes - although it would have suited me fine if she had acted angrier toward Neil. As for Cane, well, he's still acting insane over this custody suit - he hasn't even been around that baby for weeks! Here's hoping he comes to his senses - there are too many mental cases in town already! Besides, what happens if Cane wins custody of Cordelia? How is Lily going to be with him and avoid parenting the child? Guess they'll just keep meeting at Crimson Lights until Delia turns eighteen and moves out!
Karen/Neil/Tyra: I was as shocked as Rafe was when Neil decided to pay for a lawyer for Tyra - so that she could make a petition against him and Karen! If he really believes that Ana belongs with Tyra, why not just say so straight out? Instead, he puts them all through court - and then stands up to 'say something' when the judge rules against Tyra! Hello?! In spite of Neil's bunk, the drama for this family has been great this week. Unfortunately, it underlines exactly what they're losing by letting Nia Peeples go - that girl can act! It's amazing to me that the writers didn't choose to invest in the feisty, interesting, intelligent, and sexy female character of Karen, instead of writing her out in an effort to boost the character Tyra, who after all these months, still hasn't gelled with viewers.
Billy/Chloe/Mac: Call in the bomb squad - this forced triangle isn't working! Here's why: although Billy Miller appears to have chemistry with even the furniture; somehow Billy Abbott and Mackenzie Browning seem to have little to no heat between them. Pair that with his one-sided relationship with Chloe, and you have a tanking triangle! If the writers had had Billy starting to fall truly in love with Chloe before Mac returned, then brought on a Mac who had real chemistry with Billy, things would be sizzling right now - but that's not the case. Each of these characters is miserable, and so are we.
Jill/Victor: One of the best moments of the week for me was Victor bursting into a spontaneous chuckle when he realized that Jill was fishing for a job at Newman Enterprises - then advising her to take up needlepoint! Loved it!
Victor/Colleen/JT: I saved this for last, because, strangely, it is the one storyline that caught my attention this week. I think it will be a riot to see Victor go head-to-head with Colleen. I can't wait to see her get the ol' vein in his cheek throbbing as she opposes his fragrance line expansion deal! Also, I'm really, really, hoping that JT will tell Victor to go take a flying leap about digging up dirt on Colleen - really, JT - just do it! Or maybe JT will tell Victoria what Victor is up to, and Victoria will then side with Colleen in the boardroom against her father - ah, the possibilities!
Although many things are working dramatically right now on Y&R, the writers seem to have hit a bump in the road with the current overall mood of the show. Here's hoping that the gear up for May Sweeps and the return of favorites such as Raul (David Lago), and possibly Nina (Tricia Cast), will have things on an upswing! Leave your thoughts below!
- Candace Young