Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of September 29 – October 3:
This Friday’s episode marked the first time since the storyline of Delia’s death played out that I’ve been disappointed to see an episode come to an end. Let’s hope this becomes the norm! It was awesome to see Glo this week, but where have Jill and Colin been hiding? Thoughts:
Women like staying power.
It was fabulous to see Ashley doing her thing with Jack, Ben, and Abby. Not only is it amazing to watch a strong, intelligent woman conduct business and assert herself, but the way she handles Abby is super satisfying. It was great fun to see Ben finally snap at Abby’s behavior toward him too. She ended up looking like a petulant teen at the adult table, which clearly was a bit of a wake-up call, as she left promising to rein herself in in the future. Finally.
Though the whole scenario with Connor biting Johnny was contrived to put Chelsea and Billy in a confrontation with Victoria (who takes their kid to the hospital for this?), it made for some solid scenes. Chelsea and NuBilly are quite a match, and Victoria is just in a position where she feels torn on so many levels. It all makes for a lot of emotion and drama. Good stuff.
Tall, dark and married.
Well, Mariah is really pushing this theme that she and Austin are more alike than Austin and Summer. Is she interested in him or just stirring up trouble? Hard to say, but you had to laugh when she told Kevin, who is smiling entirely too much and scaring us with talk about living in a fantasy world, that she doesn’t take other women’s men. Huh? She tried to take Tyler back from Abby and then Nick from Sharon. Watch out Summer. But that’s not Summer and Austin’s only problem – Austin didn’t look too pleased throughout her visit with Fen – and of course he’d be aware that Fen grew up like Summer and knows her better.
Turmoil and chaos.
The bachelor and bachelorette party scenes were among the best, and most fun, we’ve seen in quite some time. The guys talking about love at the football field was pretty dorky – I’m thinking that would never happen – but the rest was right on. Loved Nikki sneaking off to down Summer’s drink…and the brawl…how fun was it seeing Sharon on that guy’s back? The buzz of knowing that Phyllis was back in town created an underlying hum of building anticipation that certainly upped the excitement factor for viewers as the wedding-related activities moved ahead.
It's hard to understand why Phyllis would return and not reveal herself to her loved ones right away. Aside from that, as stated above, the buzz being created by her lurking around town while everyone remained oblivious was undeniable. Gina Tognoni has hardly had any lines but is already doing an amazing job projecting Phyllis' intensity and emotions. More!
Now this is a cool twist, although how is Dylan's arrest technically a hoax when he's actually been arrested and booked? Hmm. In any case, it's supposed to be a cover for him to work with Paul to try and find Ian or to lure him out. It will be interesting to see how this all goes awry. Drunk Nikki is definitely a wild card in all of this. Hehe.
Devon's mystery lady.
'Uh oh', was the first thought when Lily told Cane that housekeeping clued her in on Devon taking a suite. Yike. Not very discreet staff. Now the spotlight is on him more than ever.
Ack, ugh. As touched on in last week's "Y&R" Restless Rant, it’s obvious something is wrong with Michael and it's hard to even bear the thought.
Swoon-worthy man in a suit.
Joe Clark arrived in Genoa City and set many a female hearts a-flutter. More than a few viewers wondered how Avery chose Dylan over him, but of course we're to believe he was a very unsatisfying husband. Others can understand it because he's a bit too 'Ken doll' for their taste. We'll have to see more of him and assess his agenda (getting rid of businesses?) before we decide.
While it's all very admirable that Mariah is sticking to her guns on hating certain people, the never-ending rudeness and insults is starting to get tired. Though she managed to taint some of the proceedings leading up the wedding, she didn't spoil it...yet. Everyone gathered in the church for a full-on formal wedding - how incredible that they pulled this together in less than a week. Only on a soap opera! Everything seemed perfect, and all the players, including Avery and except for Victor, were in place for Phyllis to make her surprise appearance... But wait! She encountered a police officer outside her door! What? No! This truly left us gasping for the next episode to find out if she will interrupt the nuptials, if something else will, or if Nick and Sharon will marry as planned. What do you think? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: What will happen at the wedding?
- Candace Young