Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the Week of October 6 – 10:
Phyllis blew into Genoa City, and the church, in such a way that viewers were feeling “Y&R” might have its mojo back. The excitement fizzled a little bit when it became clear that the intention was to milk ‘the secret’ even longer, but overall it was a solid week. Thoughts:
Reports of my persistant vegetative state were wildly exaggerated.
There were some fantastic moments with Phyllis’ dramatic return, and so many beats were played as it began to dawn on those affected just how this unexpected development would impact their lives. Jack all but forgot about Kelly’s existence when Phyllis appeared. Kelly’s shock was realistic, but then came the expected and unappealing melodramatic agonizing followed by the martyr routine as she packed her bags instead of fighting for her man. The former edgy, boozy loose cannon Kelly would have been so much more entertaining in this scenario. Summer was overwhelmed to see her mother but then it was business as usual – she whined at Kelly about her mother’s things, whined at Phyllis about not being at the clinic, and whined at Austin when he complained about being introduced as a friend. Yeesh. Avery, Nick, and Jack all picked up nicely where they’d left off with Phyllis and there were some solid scenes as they bantered in the hospital. One interesting aspect of Phyllis’ return is the question of what she actually knows/remembers and to what extent she is pretending/manipulating. Does she really remember Jack proposing, but not him breaking up with her? Hmm. Either way he’s in a tight spot. As for Sharon, her world completely changed with the reappearance of Phyllis, as the specter of the secret instantly enveloped her life and thoughts again. The irony is that she’s as desperate to uncover the secret now as she was to keep it hidden that night in the stairwell. I mean, she visited Phyllis to ask for help! The glitch here is this – if Phyllis remembers what Sharon did, would she keep the truth from Nick, Jack, and Summer in order to toy with Sharon? What do you think? Does Phyllis remember everything? Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Is Phyllis toying with Sharon? Oh and by the way, Gina Tognoni is killing it as Phyllis. Bravo!
Drop what you’re doing.
Abby is mean-girl fun one minute and an annoying harpie the next. “Victoria’s in labor! Victoria’s in labor!” Ack.
Where I need to be.
Billy’s statement to Chelsea made it sound a little like he is using her for a soft spot to land, so we weren’t too upset later to see him get his nose out of joint when Chelsea called out Adam’s name in her sleep. They have undeniable chemistry but the history and intertwined circumstances of their lives make this a very complicated relationship. For example, many fans were posting this week about Chelsea being able to maintain her feelings for Billy when he keeps bad-mouthing Adam, the father of her son. Oh, and we have to ask – why would Chelsea be doing a ballroom dancing video by herself? Egad.
Mariah and Kevin really riff off each other well. It's still up in the air as to whether it could parlay into a romance. Mariah and Nick had a big scene on Friday which kind of left her at a crossroads as far as the Sharon drama goes. On one hand she admires Phyllis and Victor, and so could align herself with them to destroy her, but on the other hand she's having these flashes of Nick and Sharon repeatedly telling her she is family, so she may surprise everyone by championing her mother's cause at long last.
While Joe may be the best-looking new addition to Genoa City's stable of leading men, viewers suspect he is foxy in more ways than one. Yep, he's definitely sly, slick, and up to something. Does he want to ruin Dylan for payback, or is it even bigger than that? Him knowing Cane was unexpected too.
I had to laugh at Paul 'interrogating' Dylan by playing cards with him. Too funny. Anyway, the plan is rolling out with the personal ad and Harding apparently is on board, which could be dicey though he seems loyal to Paul. Christine was the wet blanket as usual, predicting gloom and doom (which also sounded like foreshadowing), and Nikki agreed to everything, had a mini-meltdown, and went to get sloshed. Who else laughed when Paul told her he would put a guard on her 24/7? Haha, just what she needs, another person to give the slip to so she can imbibe! Either way, as mentioned in last week's Restless Rant, Drunk Nikki is definitely the wild card in this scenario.
Mind your own business.
Well, Lily and Devon had a sibling spat, but it all ended okay. One could see both sides as she wondered why he wasn't more forthcoming about his lady love, and he was defensive due to his circumstances and guilt, and her talking about him with the staff and pushing for information just made him grumpier. In any case, he's clearly heading to New York to hook up with Hilary. Something's gotta' give with this situation soon.
Victor being over in Sweden pressuring that DNA doctor for results while phoning in to get updates from Genoa City is a kick. He particularly enjoyed the report from Mariah that Nick was worrying Sharon would go crazy again. Hehe. The 'results' were teased on Friday's show, but when will we actually find out if there's something up with Faith's paternity? Can't wait for that and to see Victor return and visit Phyllis. Fun.
- Candace Young