Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of September 22 – 26:
“Y&R” has some storylines that have been quite entertaining and really are building momentum and anticipation in the audience. At the same time, issues continue to pop up with show history and dull, drawn-out dialogue. Thoughts:
The build up surrounding Sharon’s secret (drink!) continues to bring us excellent scenes and anticipation. As predicted in last week’s rant, Mariah assumed Sharon’s paternity sleep-talk involved Faith, which led to several fun scenes, including Nikki catching Victor paying Mariah off, and Victor faking a headache at Nick’s in order to make off with some DNA samples. Love! It’s interesting that they have Victor doing the testing overseas – and what will he find out? Imagine if another revelation came out of this unexpectedly and Nick isn’t Faith’s father. Juicy. Anyway, the wedding planning has continued happily (except for Nick seeing the dress – oops!) and next week brings Nick and Sharon’s bachelor and bachelorette parties, which look like they’re going to be an absolute riot!
You’re awfully quiet.
Fueled on sheer determination alone, with not a single physical therapy session required, Phyllis continued to make her way back home from Georgia. Having to beat off the touchy-feely driver and cope with having the cops on her trail were obstacles, but the truck driver who took her the rest of the way to Genoa City was a gem. Loved the throwback to the first scene of “Y&R!” For more on the original cast member who played the truck driver, read my interview with Tom Hallick. Can’t wait to see what Phyllis remembers and where she’s headed first!
I want you to be happy here.
Happily, the arrival of Phyllis ‘in the flesh’ will force Jack and Kelly to stop playing out the same scene each time they deal with a memory of her.
Don’t drink that!
Loving drunk Nikki, her secret little friendship with Maureen, and her near misses with Paul and Dylan while tipsy! Thanks to Dylan, she has now realized that she can pass off her slurring as an MS symptom. Gah!
Looking at me for murder?
Many viewers aren’t quite feeling this Ian Ward stuff. It’s irritating that not one person involved has twigged on the idea that Dylan could be the victim of a set up. Considering what Ian has shown himself to be capable of, it should have been everyone’s first thought – it certainly was for viewers. Meh. They’re also not thinking outside of the box or looking at other suspects. Case in point below…
The man in black.
Is Kevin going squirrely again? That seems to be the question. My ‘just for fun’ theory is that maybe he’s somehow involved in Ian Ward’s disappearance and is flying completely under the radar. It just seems he began writing this murder mystery screenplay right around the time Ian disappeared. He also alluded to having a reason to stick around that had to do with his new friend, Mariah. He could be keeping Ian somewhere and manipulating the whole thing from behind-the-scenes, knowing the police aren’t even looking at anyone but Dylan. The evidence against Dylan is circumstantial and he certainly seems to believe he’s innocent, so there has to be something else going on. What do you think about Kevin? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Kevin and Ian’s Disappearance.
Little Miss Negativity.
Sure Summer's been through a lot but this chickie sure does whine a lot...unless she's flirting with her hubby, and who knows how long this marriage will last? There have been hints that Austin may eventually be drawn to Mariah (although that crack about Phyllis 'not going anywhere' made her look particularly vile), and we are starting to see an emphasis put on the fundamental differences between Summer and Austin. Incidentally, if anyone is wondering why we still rant about dragged-out, uninspired dialogue, please refer to Summer and Austin's tedious discussion surrounding Austin not being able to accept the expensive tie, which took up an unacceptable amount of airtime on Thursday's episode and could have been dealt with in two or three sentences in one scene.
Lauren was finally able to switch gears from lamenting her troubled sex life over cocktails to boasting about the magic being restored. How funny was Jill wanting to share details? In any case, something tells me that while the prescription might be working for Michael there is more going on with him that is still to come out.
First date story.
Clearly Billy and Chelsea are moving forward as a couple, and their past in Myanmar has been addressed and put behind them. NuBilly seems sufficiently different and has such amazing chemistry with Chelsea in love scenes that this works where it wouldn't have before. Of course, as they fall for each other, any number of train wrecks lurk ahead in the form of Adam, Victoria's paternity test, Jill not approving, etc.
It was so refreshing to see Victoria finally let loose about her feelings and disappointment with Ben, and later to question herself for pushing both Billy and Ben away. Realistic! In the park, Ben was about to tell Victoria the truth, and as soon as the words were out of his mouth I knew Maureen would show up and put the kibosh on that idea - and she did. Soapy frustration!
You did what?
Wow, so Devon now knows that Neil asked Hilary for a divorce and she said she loved him too much to leave him. I feel Hilary and Devon's first big argument coming on!
- Candace Young